Blah Blah Blah Holidays

I have no motivation for home projects this week.  I’m in holiday season survival mode.  Trying to wrap up everything in the office before I start my vacation, attending potlucks and secret santa exchanges, and finishing up my holiday shopping for the family.

It never fails, each year as it gets really close to Dec.25th, I panic that I haven’t bought enough presents.  Then I over spend and impulse Amazon shop.  Yey, holidays.

Anyway, when I get back from visiting the family I have a project lined up.

My first reupholster project EVER.  Check out my $15 Nova Restore find.

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It’s going to be amazing! Or it will look horrible and I’ll never speak of it again.

Hope everyone is enjoying the week and panicking with me!

Extra bonus, pic of the kitten Max stealing the dog’s bed, Sadie then squeezed into the cat bed.

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Have a great week,

Sarah

Pinterest Potluck – Creamy Cheesy Crab Dip

How do you do a DIY Holiday Party? Have some friends over and everyone brings a favorite recipe from Pinterest 🙂

For the get together, I made a crab dip recipe that I make each year for my family’s seafood themed Christmas Eve Party.

Creamy Cheesy Crab Dip

3 packages low fat cream cheese
1 pint low fat sour cream
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp dry mustard (optional)
1 tbsp old bay seasoning (to taste)
4-6 cloves minced garlic
one bag sharp cheddar cheese shredded
one pound container of backfin crabmeat

Combine all ingredients in a bowl, except for cheese.  Pour contents into dish and cover with tinfoil; Heat at 350 degrees for one hour;  With five minutes remaining, stir in grated cheddar

This can also be combined with chopped spinach…..

Those of you from Baltimore (Charm City!) may feel the need to triple or quadruple the amount of Old Bay called for, but I find its better to sprinkle on the final dip to add more flavor.

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I used Jumbo Crab meat this time, just make sure you mix it well to break up the crab pieces.

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I whip mine into an almost fluffy consistency to make sure the cream cheese is well blended.

The final product may not look exciting, but its super yummy and feeds 10-12 people easily.

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Enjoy!

Sarah

Call Me a Hippie – Homemade Laundry Detergent

That’s right, and now it costs me about $.15 a load to run laundry.

I hadn’t really considered making my own detergent until I came across a really easy recipe via Buzzfeed DIY.

Which led me to the Wellness Mama blog and her step-by-step instructions. I went for the liquid detergent and picked up the borax and Dr. Bronner’s lavender soap at Target, and the washing soda at Giant.

To make liquid Laundry Soap:

  1. Grate one bar of soap with cheese grater or food processor.
  2. Put grated soap in pan with 2 quarts water and gradually heat, stirring constantly until soap is completely dissolved.
  3. Put 4.5 gallons of really hot tap water in a 5-gallon bucket (available for free in bakeries at grocery stores, just ask them) and stir in 1 cup of borax and 1 cup of Washing Soda until completely dissolved.
  4. Pour soap mixture from pan into 5-gallon bucket. Stir well.
  5. Cover and leave overnight.
  6. Shake or stir until smooth and pour into gallon jugs or other containers.
  7. Use 1/2 to 1 cup per load. (Source)

End result = 3-4 month supply of laundry detergent 🙂 For someone with a lot of clothes, it’s very reassuring.

IMG_0275I did find the consistency to be a little watery, next time I’ll try using 1/2 gallon less water and see how it works out.

Save up at least 5-6 detergent containers for storage, and make sure you have a large funnel.

I have no plans to try to make homemade versions of every product I use, but the future doomsday prepper in me is excited to have clean clothes during the zombie apocalypse.

Cheers,

Sarah

Ikea Holiday……..Go.Go Now.

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving, I got to visit my family in Ohio and woke up to a couple inches of snow my first morning there.

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No, that’s not an ice rink in their backyard, its a huge above ground pool.  Anyway, if you happen to live near an Ikea, I want to remind you to get there and check out their Holiday decor.  I stopped by the White Marsh/Baltimore location the other weekend and grabbed some great additions to my Christmas decorations.

First up, they had tons of great LED lights and prices 1/2 those of Home Depot and even Amazon.  I bought two of the silver Strata stars for $9.99 each to add to my porch.

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It took a lot of self control not to pick up these Strata string lights for $14.99, they would look amazing draped around a dining room kitchen light for some extra sparkle.strala-light-chain--bulbs-indoor__0210081_PE363547_S4

I also picked up this cute silver SNOMYS tree at $14.99, it should be a cat proof addition to my dining room table.

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I know, a whole lot of silver 🙂  What most impressed me about the Ikea offerings was not only the affordable ornaments and decor, but also plenty of options for those that don’t have the room/time for a traditional tree.

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They do offer online shopping if you can’t make it in person.

Happy get back to work Tuesday