A Website That Tells YOU What’s For Dinner…My Fridge Food

My Fridge Food

My Fridge Food

Have you ever stood in your kitchen, arm propped against an open refrigerator door, staring at an assortment of ingredients wondering if any of them add up to a meal?  Well, stand and stare no more!  My Fridge Food does all the work for you…you plug in what you have in your fridge and pantry and it spits back an array of possibilities.  The recipes begin with those matching all of the ingredients you have on hand and then work their way down to others that might only require one or two more.  Not only will this save tons of time and trips to the store, it’s an awesome resource for cutting back on waste by helping utilize food you’ve already purchased.  One of my new favorite sites…and yet another reason why I love the internet.  Check it out!

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MY FRIDGE FOOD

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Pop Sugar

my fridge food

what’s in your fridge?

my fridge food

what’s in your fridge?

my fridge food

what’s in your fridge?

Quick Kitchen

Use Detailed Kitchen

Check the items in your kitchen and click “Find Recipes” below

Apples Avocado Bacon
Baking Powder Barbecue Sauce Beer (in general)
Bread (in General) Brown / Dijon Mustard Brown Sugar
Butter / Margarine Cheese (in General) Chicken / Turkey (in General)
Chicken Breast Chicken Broth / Soup / Stock Corn Starch
Cream of Veggie (in general) Doritos Eggs
Fish (in General) Flour Garlic
Ground Beef Honey Ketchup / Catsup
Lemon Juice Mayonnaise Milk
Onions / Shallots Pasta Noodles (in General) Peanut Butter
Peppers (in General) Potatoes Ramen
Rice (in General) Salsa Shortening / Oil (General)
Shrimp Steak Sugar
Tomato / Red Sauce (General) Tomatoes Tortillas / Taco Shells
Vinegar (in General) Yellow Cake Mix Zucchini

– See more at: http://www.myfridgefood.com/index.php#sthash.BsgwSqfG.dpuf

Quick Kitchen

Use Detailed Kitchen

Check the items in your kitchen and click “Find Recipes” below

Apples Avocado Bacon
Baking Powder Barbecue Sauce Beer (in general)
Bread (in General) Brown / Dijon Mustard Brown Sugar
Butter / Margarine Cheese (in General) Chicken / Turkey (in General)
Chicken Breast Chicken Broth / Soup / Stock Corn Starch
Cream of Veggie (in general) Doritos Eggs
Fish (in General) Flour Garlic
Ground Beef Honey Ketchup / Catsup
Lemon Juice Mayonnaise Milk
Onions / Shallots Pasta Noodles (in General) Peanut Butter
Peppers (in General) Potatoes Ramen
Rice (in General) Salsa Shortening / Oil (General)
Shrimp Steak Sugar
Tomato / Red Sauce (General) Tomatoes Tortillas / Taco Shells
Vinegar (in General) Yellow Cake Mix Zucchini

– See more at: http://www.myfridgefood.com/index.php#sthash.BsgwSqfG.dpuf

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7 Centerpieces for Your 4th of July Table…

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Controlling Craziness

So, we’re getting closer to the 4th and now that we’ve figured out who’s bringing the cold pasta salad and jello mold we can focus on decorating the table, right?!?  This is my favorite part because for me, the decorations are what pulls everything together and gives the day meaning outside of just a family get together.  I’ve come across a lot of fun and festive July 4th centerpieces in the last few days – here are the ones at the top of my list!

#1. 

Controlling Craziness

BHG

Look for inexpensive lanterns at your local consignment or thrift shop and pick up a few cans of spray paint.  These don’t come around often though, so if all else fails you can find them at IKEA for relatively cheap.

#2. 

Giggles Galore

Giggles Galore

So easy!  Bright container, fresh fruit and marshmallow…this one can be admired and eaten simultaneously!

#3.

Top Dreamer

Top Dreamer

I love this idea because I have 4,000 glass vases (ok, that might be a slight exaggeration) lying around my house…a festive ribbon, a $2.50 bag of Twizzlers and your set.  This is a perfect option for the decor procrastinator.

#4.

Decor for the Holidays

Decor for the Holidays

You can’t go wrong with fresh flowers and I love the vintage look of the tag.  Add a few pops of red to round things out…sometimes the simpler the better.

#5.

BHG

BHG

Blue glass can be found everywhere from Dollar General to Wal-Mart and you may even have some stashed in your cabinets.  How amazing do they look in a collection of heights with stems of red flowers?

#6.

Chicken Scratch NY

Chicken Scratch NY

If you have access to scrap wood or wood cutting materials, get yourself 3 cuts at varying heights , drill a small hole in the center an inch or so deep and fill with wax.  Use rope to simulate a wick and paint to finish.  Follow the picture link for the complete tutorial…love these!

#7. 

BHG

BHG

Scrapbook paper is a great medium for decorations any time and the 4th of July is no exception.  For this piece, roll a section of festive paper and adhere with glue.  Cut a circle, add a slit and glue together for the topper.  Add sand to a metallic tin to hold your fireworks in place.

10 Color Combinations for a Beautiful Bedroom…

Fabulous Home Blog

Fabulous Home Blog

I love introducing new color combinations into my bedroom – I recently went from greens and yellows to browns and blues and the change is really nice!  There was a time (unfortunately not too long ago) where I thought the more color the better…blue bedspread, green curtains, yellow pillows and a red throw…yeah, that kind of works, right?  (My husband very graciously let me work through that phase in my own time.). What I found though was that focusing in on one or two complimentary colors and adding in neutrals around them really gives the room a polished finish and allows the eyes to rest.

Here are 10 beautiful color combinations to consider for your room!

#1.  Pink and Green

The Suite Life Designs

The Suite Life Designs

#2.  Blue and Orange

Northern Lights

Northern Lights

#3.  Gold and Navy Blue

Style Design Life

Style Design Life

#4.  Purple and Teal

Turn View

Turn View

#5.  Orange and Brown

Coastal Living

Coastal Living

#6.  Greyed Jade and Salmon

Decor Hound

Decor Hound

#7.  Pink and Navy Blue

Sheridan French

Sheridan French

#8.  Brown and Red

Style at Home

Style at Home

#9.  Brown and Pale Blue

Sunday in Bed

Sunday in Bed

#10.  Coral and Taupe

Fabulous Home

Fabulous Home Blog

And here’s mine!

Reclaiming Your Castle

Reclaiming Your Castle

Dreaming of the Outer Banks, NC…A Perfect Summer Destination

Style Me Pretty / Elaine Palladino

Style Me Pretty / Elaine Palladino

The Outer Banks, NC are unlike any beach town you’ve ever been too.  Several years ago when my son was still very young I had the good fortune of spending a week there and to this day it’s the most memorable vacation I’ve ever had.  The night of our arrival a large storm front slammed into the coast and shook the windows of our beach house with such force that I was sure they would shatter.  I sat up all night feeling the floor sway under my feet as the stilts holding us up above the sand gave way little by little to the wind.

The following morning we made our way to the beach and what we found was a wall of foam, waist-high – a testament to the power of the storm.  In its wake were thousands of sand dollars and starfish scatter along the shore for miles in every direction.  We spent the rest of that afternoon throwing as many as possible back into the water.

In the evenings we’d wait in anticipation for the dolphins to come in to feed, impossibly close to shore, darting through the waves just before they broke at our feet.  In Corolla, we found our way to a secluded beach and watched as wild horses fed on sea oats and walked freely through the shallow waves – a scene so beautiful I count myself lucky to have seen it in person.

Jared Lloyd Photography

Jared Lloyd Photography

I was reading through some posts this afternoon and came across a photo gallery of the barrier islands taken by Elaine Palladino for Style Me Pretty; it instantly reminded me how much I want to go back.  There’s something magical about this place – if you ever have the chance to go, you should.

Style Me Pretty / Elaine Palladino

Style Me Pretty / Elaine Palladino

Style Me Pretty / Elaine Palladino

Style Me Pretty / Elaine Palladino

Style Me Pretty / Elaine Palladino

Style Me Pretty / Elaine Palladino

Style Me Pretty / Elaine Palladino

Style Me Pretty / Elaine Palladino

Style Me Pretty / Elaine Palladino

Style Me Pretty / Elaine Palladino

Style Me Pretty / Elaine Palladino

Style Me Pretty / Elaine Palladino

Style Me Pretty / Elaine Palladino

Style Me Pretty / Elaine Palladino

Style Me Pretty / Elaine Palladino

Style Me Pretty / Elaine Palladino

Style Me Pretty / Elaine Palladino

Style Me Pretty / Elaine Palladino

Style Me Pretty / Elaine Palladino

Style Me Pretty / Elaine Palladino

Style Me Pretty / Elaine Palladino

Style Me Pretty / Elaine Palladino

In writing this blog, one of my favorite posts has been about using mason jars in the kitchen…for food…imagine that! This weekend I’ll be making the Cupcakes in a Jar so I thought I would share this with you again. Enjoy!

RECLAIMING YOUR CASTLE

Is there anything that we haven’t done to the mason jar?  Paint it, illuminate it, fill it with buttons and hang it from the bottom of our cabinets.  I can’t really point the finger – I recently bought a $7 bag of coffee beans just so I could dump it into a mason jar and top it off with a tea light.

These handy little jars used to have a purpose, though – my grandmother used them to store homemade apple butter (and a fly one Christmas…which also happened to be the last Christmas I ate apple butter).  But I love the idea of using them for serving food; it’s practical and trendy and after all, that’s what they were made for…I think!  Pinterest might prove me wrong there.

So, here are 5 Classically Cool Ways to Use Mason Jars in the Kitchen…

#1.  Cupcake in a Jar

This idea…

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Transforming Mini Blinds into Chic Roman Shades…Weekend DIY

 

The Happiness of Living

The Happiness of Living

Window treatments can totally update the look and feel of a room but they can be so expensive!  Thanks to The Little Green Notebook that’s not a problem anymore.  Take your old, unflattering white blinds and use the bones of the slats and pull string to create custom roman shades – with no sewing at all!!!

via The Little Green Notebook

Supplies–
Tape measure
Scissors
Fabritac (or comparable fabric glue – NOT HOT GLUE!)
Mini blinds (like the $3 Target mini blinds)
Fabric (yardage depends on the size of your window)
Trim (optional)

1. Measure you windows carefully. Then do some math and figure out how many folds you want in your shade. I like the look of a fold every 9 inches, which meant I only needed 6 slats for my small windows.

Little Green Notebook

Little Green Notebook

2. Let out the blinds all the way, making them the longest they can be. Carefully cut away all of the thin tilting/ladder-like strings, being very careful not to cut the thicker lift cord. I simply ran my scissors along the top of the slats, cutting away the tilt strings and avoiding the lift string altogether.
3. Take out the plastic plugs from the bottom of the miniblinds and remove and put aside the thick bottom slat piece (you’ll need this later). Then simply pull off most of the slats, while leaving the few you’ll need for the folds of the shade. Like I mentioned before, I only needed six slats for my shade.

Little Green Notebook

4. Make sure the blinds are still let out all the way. Measure carefully and reinstall the thick bottom slat so that the length of your window and the full length of the shade are roughly the same. I decided to make my shade about 1″ longer than my window measurement. Just to make sure it would be long enough.

Trim the extra cord away off the bottom.

Now cut out your fabric, using the shade skeleton as your pattern and leaving a 2.5 inch (or so) border on all sides.

5. Congrats! You’re done with the hard part! You should have something that looks like this:

Little Green Notebook

Little Green Notebook

It’s time to start gluing.

6. Start with the top of the shade. Fold over and glue the fabric together to make a clean edge and glue that to the front of the big top rail mount. **NOTE: Do not glue the folded hem to the very ends of the rail mount. You need to be able to slip the rail into the wall-mounted brackets, so the fabric needs to stay unglued on the very ends.

7. Measure 9″ (or your preferred fold length) from the top of the rail. Adjust and glue a slat into place. Continue all the way down, gluing the slats to the fabric. I glued the rounded, convex side of the slat to the fabric so there was more slat-to-fabric contact. Make sure not to glue the lift cord to the slats or the fabric.

8. Glue, turn in and glue again the three other sides of the shade to finish off all the edges. Let it all dry.

9. (Optional) Glue on some trim to the bottom slat. I picked up some super, super tiny ball trim at JoAnn’s for less than $1 a yard. (only needed one yard)

Little Green Notebook

Little Green Notebook

10. Hang up the shades just like hanging up mini blinds. The cord still functions the same way and, as long as you didn’t glue the lift cord to your slats or fabric, the shade should lift and fold beautifully.

 

Affordable Updates for a Classic Kitchen…

SF Girl By Bay

SF Girl By Bay

I love the look of shiny granite counter tops and big stainless steel appliances but that’s not the only way to showcase a lovely kitchen.  If you’re in a position where remodeling doesn’t fall within your budget, consider some bright paint colors and imaginative storage and display options to revamp a retro, classic kitchen…it can be just as quaint for a fraction of the cost.

Fluxi ion Tour

Fluxi ion Tour

Look for modern signature pieces – a bold lampshade or pendant light, a contemporary piece  of art, bright dishes in interesting hues or clever decals like the LOVE emblem above.

Design Sponge

Design Sponge

This is clearly an older kitchen, but the bright tea cups and bold color choice in shelving make that an afterthought.  Despite the outdated cabinetry this looks very cute and welcoming.

Feita De Detalhes

Feita De Detalhes

Love the bursts of colors here against white board paneling.  Using light blues throughout pull in the dated tile and make it feel purposeful and unique.

Daily Dream Decor

Daily Dream Decor

An apartment kitchen can be small and boring but this one is so colorful and visually interesting that the plain white cabinets fade completely into the background.  Notice the bursts of yellow that keep things light and help pull everything together.

Here are a few more beautifully classic kitchens updated with charm…

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We Heart It

We Heart It

Martha Stewart

Martha Stewart

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