Friday, March 27, 2015

Ready for the Weedend Breakfast Recipe: Muffin Pan Mini Quiches

Ready for the Weekend Breakfast Recipe:  Muffin Pan Mini Quiches
https://michellesmithrdsecrets.wordpress.com/2013/07/08/crustless-mini-quiches/



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Crustless Mini Quiches

I thought of this recipe when I started working as a Dietitian at the hospital. I am not a morning person at all and I was looking for a way to have a nutritious breakfast that wouldn’t require me to set my alarm any earlier and this is what I came up with. You can make them Sunday evening and you’re set for the workweek for breakfast. Just put them in the fridge and pop them in the microwave in the morning  to reheat. 
Makes: 9 crustless mini quiches
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
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  • Oven
  • Medium bowl
  • Whisk or fork
  • Knife and cutting board
  • Muffin pan
  • Spoon
Ingredients:
  • Cooking spray
  • 6 eggs
  • 1/2 cup 1% milk
  • Seasoning of your choice
  • Mix-ins such as vegetables and cheese
Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350°F
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2. Spray muffin pan with cooking spray
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3. Add eggs, milk, and desired seasoning into bowl and whisk  (I chose the Italian Herbs grinder I had in my pantry. I add LOTS to give extra flavor.)
4. Pour egg mix into muffin pan, about 3/4 full
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5. Add desired mix-ins (I use what I find at the Farmer’s Market. This week I happened to have scallions, red bell pepper, and cheddar cheese. Other options to try are spinach, onions, swiss, mushrooms, tomatoes, feta, etc. Get creative!)
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6. With a spoon, stir each cup to get the mix-ins incorporated
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7. Put in the oven, setting the timer for 10 minutes
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8. After 10 minutes rotate the muffin pan 180° and set the timer for another 10 minutes
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9. After a total of 20 minutes, remove the muffin pan from the oven (You will notice the quiches have puffed up a lot but they will sink back down once removed from the oven.)
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10. Immediately remove quiches from muffin pan using a spoon to help scoop them out
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11. Let cool and enjoy! (Or store for later use)
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These are not just for working people in need of a fast breakfast either. Have a family or group of kids with different likes and dislikes when it comes to veggies? Have bowls of different options available and have each person add their own mix-ins. It’s an easy way to allow everyone to have breakfast just the way they want it.
*Nutrition for 2 mini quiches with egg and milk only (since your mix-ins will vary):
  • Calories: 124
  • Total fat: 8 g
  • Saturated fat: 2.6 g
  • Cholesterol: 289 mg
  • Sodium: 122 mg
  • Total carbohydrate: 2 g
  • Sugar: 2 g
  • Protein: 10 g
Keep in mind cheese will add protein as well as saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium.







Thursday, March 26, 2015

FOR THE KIDDOS: POOL NOODLE CROQUET

FOR THE KIDDOS:  POOL NOODLE CROQUET
http://innerchildfun.com/2011/08/kickin-it-croquet-style.html

Kickin’ it Croquet Style

Cut pool noodles in half down the middle (we reused the ones from our awesome marble run), and each pool noodle is enough to make up two arches. Use garden stakes to keep them in place on the lawn. Gather up a few kick balls and kick the ball through the course croquet style! First one to get their ball to the finish wins!!
This ended up turning into a “beat the clock” racing game… fun!!
Goooooaaaaaaallllllll!!!!
Lots of great active and frugal fun!
Wishing you and your lovely family a wonderful weekend!!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Crafty Wednesday: How to Make a Homemade Butterfly Feeder

Crafty Wednesday:  How to Make a Butterfly Feeder
http://www.ehow.com/way_5484767_homemade-butterfly-feeder.html


How to Make a Homemade Butterfly Feeder
Found This Helpful
Besides bringing a magical beauty to any garden, butterflies help promote growth by pollinating flowers. You can attract more butterflies to your yard with these DIY butterfly feeders – one made with a plate and one made with a jar – that also serve as attractive garden ornaments. Mother Nature would definitely approve.
Butterfly feeders
Butterfly feeders (Jonathan Fong)

Things You'll Need

  • For the plate butterfly feeder:
  • Acrylic plate
  • 10"-14" wire plate holder
  • String
  • 1/2" metal washer
  • Sponge
  • Silk flowers and leaves
  • Hot glue
  • Glass beads
  • Sugar
  • Water
  • Wire
  • For the jar butterfly feeder:
  • Glass jar
  • Nail and hammer
  • Silk flowers

How to Make a Plate Butterfly Feeder

Step 1:
Attach a wire plate holder to the back of an acrylic plate. You can find plate holders at hardware stores, arts and crafts stores, and home decor stores. Cut four pieces of string about 24" long and tie the ends to the prongs gripping the edge of the plate. These four strings will suspend the butterfly feeder on the tree.
Wire plate holder and string
Wire plate holder and string (Jonathan Fong)
Step 2:
At random points along the four strings, thread some glass beads and secure them with knots on either side. These beads will help catch the light to attract the butterflies.
Glass beads on the string
Glass beads on the string (Jonathan Fong)
Step 3:
Take the four strings and tie them together around a 1/2" metal washer. This washer will be used later for hanging the feeder on a tree.
Tie the strings to a washer
Tie the strings to a washer (Jonathan Fong)
Step 4:
Using a hot glue gun, attach brightly colored silk flowers to the strings at various points.
Glue flowers to the strings
Glue flowers to the strings (Jonathan Fong)
Step 5:
Make your own butterfly food by mixing 10 parts water with one part sugar. Heat the mixture until the sugar dissolves, and allow to cool.
Make your own butterfly food
Make your own butterfly food (Jonathan Fong)
Step 6:
In the center of the plate, place a sponge on some silk leaves. Spoon some of the sugar water mixture onto the sponge until it is saturated, but not overflowing. Then hang the butterfly feeder from a tree branch using wire connected to the washer. Check the feeder regularly to make sure there is plenty of sugar water in the sponge.
Spoon the sugar water onto the sponge
Spoon the sugar water onto the sponge (Jonathan Fong)

How to Make a Jar Butterfly Feeder

Step 1:
Thoroughly wash and dry a glass jar and lid, removing the paper label. Using a hammer and nail, puncture a hole in the center of the lid.
Punch a hole in the lid
Punch a hole in the lid (Jonathan Fong)
Step 2:
Cut about a quarter inch from one end of a half-inch thick sponge, and cut that piece in half lengthwise so it is about a quarter inch on all sides. Then trim this piece so the sponge is about one inch long.
Cut a small piece of sponge
Cut a small piece of sponge (Jonathan Fong)
Step 3:
Insert the one-inch piece of sponge into the hole in the lid so there is a half-inch of sponge on either side. To help squeeze the sponge in the hole, use the nail to push a little bit of the sponge through, and then pull it from the other side. The sponge should be very snug in the hole.
Squeeze the sponge through the hole
Squeeze the sponge through the hole (Jonathan Fong)
Step 4:
Turn the glass jar upside down. Cut two pieces of string that are 48" long. Wrap each string around the base of the jar and tie a double knot. The two knots should be opposite each across. You will now have four ends of string extending from the jar. They are labeled here 1A, 1B, 2A and 2B.
Tie two strings around jar
Tie two strings around jar (Jonathan Fong)
Step 5:
Take strings 1B and 2B and tie a double knot about half way up the inverted jar. Do the same with strings 1A and 2A. Try to get the two knots at an even height, on opposite sides of the jar.
Connect strings halfway up
Connect strings halfway up (Jonathan Fong)
Step 6:
Then take strings 2A and 2B and tie a double knot at the top of the inverted jar. Do the same with strings 1A and 1B. You have now formed a macrame-style structure to hold the jar securely.
Connect strings at the top
Connect strings at the top (Jonathan Fong)
Step 7:
Thread some glass beads on the string to catch light in the garden. Tie the four strings together to a half-inch metal washer. You will use this washer to hang the feeder to a tree branch.
Tie string to a washer
Tie string to a washer (Jonathan Fong)
Step 8:
Hot glue some silk flowers to the top of the inverted jar to help attract butterflies. Glue additional flowers at other points on the jar, or along the strings. Fill the jar with the sugar water butterfly food, and seal the lid tightly. When you invert the jar, the sugar water will saturate the end of the sponge sticking through the lid. Then hang the feeder on a tree branch, using wire threaded through the washer.
Hot glue flowers to the jar
Hot glue flowers to the jar (Jonathan Fong)


Read more : http://www.ehow.com/way_5484767_homemade-butterfly-feeder.html

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

TUESDAY'S JEWELRY SPOTLIGHT FEATURING MICHELLE OF "ORNATE TREASURES"

TUESDAY'S JEWELRY SPOTLIGHT FEATURING MICHELLE OF ORNATE TREASURES




https://www.etsy.com/listing/158415072/ocean-wave-earringsbeach-wave-lampwork?ref=shop_home_active_1

Hello and welcome to my little shop!

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I am blessed to be a stay-a-home mom of 2 wonderful girls and definitely a craft addict. In addition to designing jewelry, I also enjoy tole painting, scapbooking, cooking, gardening, landscaping, crocheting, photography, woodworking and love to work most of all with my husband on home improvement projects.

It is mesmerizing to see all of the beautiful colors and gemstones that God has created! LOVE to work also with Swarovski crystals, seashells and pearls. It is truely a joy to create a piece of jewelry for someone special! My jewelry style ranges from very feminine, to sea or nautical themes, rustic or natural, and sometimes very funky.

I am a proud member of CAST (Christian Artists Street Team), CAPS Team, Create in Christ, Handmade Jewelry Team, Handmadeology, Etsy Promotion Forum Team, Etsybead Team and Etsy Success Team.

Happy shopping!

~Michelle

Monday, March 23, 2015

MONDAY SOLUTIONS: DIY DRAIN CLEANER

MONDAY SOLUTIONS:  DIY DRAIN CLEANER
http://tidymom.net/2011/unclog-drain-with-baking-soda/



Keep the plumber away- Natural Homemade Drain Cleaner

 To keep my life running smoothly, both literally and metaphorically, I look in my kitchen pantry for all the ingredients I need to unclog my pipes and I can do it without causing damage to the environment or my pocket book!
Best Drain Cleaner

Unclog a drain with Baking Soda and Vinegar

  1. Pour 3/4-1 cup of baking soda in the drain.
  2. Pour 1/2 cup vinegar in the drain and immediately cover the drain (I use a plug or set a plate over it – you want to keep everything inside the drain)
  3. Leave everything to sit and work for about 30 mins (don’t use the sink during this time)
  4. After 30 mins, remove the cover and let hot water run thru the pipes for about 2-3 mins.
  5. for really tough clogs you may need to repeat – but I find if I do this on a regular basis (about once a month) it keeps my drains clear and fresh with out any problems.
Likewise, I do something very similar to keep drains fresh.  Especially good for seldom used drains.

Freshen Drains with Baking Soda and Vinegar

  1. Mix 1/2 cup baking soda with 1/4 cup table salt and pour down drain
  2. Follow by pouring 1 cup of heated vinegar down the drain (it will foam and bubble)
  3. Let it sit for 15 minutes
  4. After 15 minutes run hot tap water for 30-60 seconds.
Baking soda and vinegar are the foundation of DIY cleaning!  It’s really that simple.  For just pennies you can keep your drains and home fume free by using baking soda and vinegar instead of harsh chemicals or calling the plumber.
This is just one of many ways to save money by using baking soda around your house.  To save even more,  head over to Arm & Hammer’s Savings Center to print out a $0.50 off coupon on your next purchase of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda!