Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Quick Pantry Organizing

Take a good hard look at that pantry- what a mess.

Second shelf is a nightmere. This is the snack shelf, where an overload of boxes and bags come to die. Most are half empty, some are mixed with 5 different snacks- just a mess of snack food. It overwhelms me to see thing like this.

....and this is my miscellaneous baking shelf. I have a whole separate cupboard for my cake decorating supplies, so this shelf is used for all the other stuff I have for non-cakes. It's probably the worst shelf in the whole pantry. Behind those sprinkle jars are about 20 bags of bulk sprinkles and other bulk items (fruit sugar, cream of tartar, etc.). This shelf needed organizing the most- whenever I need sprinkles I find myself digging through a mountain of them only to make a bigger mess.

Simple Solution: Dollar store baskets. I got these baskets at Dollarama, costs a whopping 2 for $1.25. 


After moving all snacks into their baskets, my recyle bin got a little fuller. It's ridiculous how much space cardboard alone takes up in a cupboard.

Moving sprinkles into those really small tupperware containers that you never know what to do with, makes it so much easier for me to get at them.

...and one by one my baskets were filled.


So, I didn't change everything, but changes were made where they needed to be made. 

The snack shelf
The removal of all of those boxes made for a very clean looking shelf. I sorted 3 bins into bars (kashi, nutri-grain, soft cookie bars), miscellaneous snacks (fruit snacks and rice krispies) and pouches (sidekicks, clubhouse packets, soups, oatmeal). After 3 bins, there was still room of the side for extra boxes and other things (see in the picture above).

On the shelf below, I kept one basket for pasta. Instead of those half-filled bags falling all over me when I open my cupboard, they now have a home in one little basket!

The only problem: I chose baskets with an angled bottom without even noticing it. Obviously, there is a gap between the baskets (wasted space). I'm considering finding new baskets that are perfectly square so that I can eliminate that wasted room!


Monday, January 23, 2012

Party Pretzels

Chocolate covered pretzels are one of my weaknesses. Whoever it was that thought to combine salty goodness and chocolate, is a genius.

A friend brought over some goodies to make some of these wonders at home (which surprisingly, I have never done thanks to the Bulk Barn) and we took 15 minutes out of our day to make some for a get together we had over the weekend.

All you need is:
- Chocolate to melt (I prefer milk chocolate)
- Pretzels (duh)
- A bowl
- Tongs (or a fork) to pick up the pretzels
- A cookie sheet lined with wax paper
-Sprinkles (optional)

To start, break the chocolate into small pieces and place it in a bowl. Heat in the microwave in small intervals allowing it to melt (We learned this the hard way when long intervals in the microwave led to cooking of the chocolate).

Next, throw some pretzels into your bowl of chocolate and mix them around.
I like it when my friends do all the work (This is Kurtis by the way).

When the pretzels are sufficiently covered in chocolate, use tongs to remove them and place them on wax paper.

Now it's time for the fun part!

Put as many sprinkles as you'd like on the still-wet pretzels and then pop them in the refrigerator for a few hours to cool and harden.

So simple, so yummy. 

Friday, January 20, 2012

Wanted: So Charming


I saw this Juicy Couture charm bracelet a while ago online, and fell in love. 
You know how people tell you to wait a few months to see if you still love something? Well, I still love it.

I started browsing charms, and although I am much more of a silver person, I love the gold charms much more than the silver ones that Juicy has right now (see some of the other charms here).
Check out my favourites:

Cupcakes and Frappuchinos!?
I don't think they could have come out with cuter charms.
Although far, far out of my price range for now, this bracelet is on my (maybe someday) wishlist.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Living Room Decor Change: Part Two

As you saw in part one of the living room decor change, our upper living room needed a change after a fresh coat of paint.

After we got our super cheap picture frame and awesome metal scroll piece up (see part one for details), the wall was still looking like it was missing something.
Enter Pinterest.
I found this lovely pin and decided to make it my own.
This is how I did it:

Chris and I talked about it, and decided that we would do our maps in black and white to keep with the theme of the black frame and scroll already in the area. We also decided that we would do two hearts: one for where we met, and one for where we currently live.

I used my scanner to copy a full colour map in black and white. It took me several tries to zone in on the exact locations of where we met and live, but I eventually figured it out. Fitting a huge folded map into a scanner isn't exactly easy.

Next, I traced a heart (using a template made from a plane piece of computer paper) onto my chosen maps, placing the exact place where we met and live right in the centre of the heart.

I then cut out my beautiful hearts!

Because I never thought to print them on cardstock, I ended up gluing them to white scrapbook paper just as a reinforcement.

When they were all glued and reinforced, I cut them out again.
Finally, I used a sharpie and placed a tiny heart right where we met/live now. 

My incredible boyfriend had a great idea. After trying to matte the hearts on about 5 different types of scrapbooking paper and realizing how terrible they looked, he suggested that we simply take away the backing and use the wall.

So...that's what I did. I popped off the back and used a hot glue gun to glue the glass into the frame.

After a little bit of Windex, we were ready to go!


We used a small piece of tape to hold the hearts against the glass, and one nail to hang each frame.

I absolutely adore how simple and clean it looks.
The only thing left to do is fill the picture frame with pictures of us and our girls :).

Monday, January 16, 2012

Crazy Easy Banana Cream Pie


Make a simple dessert.

Banana Cream Love!

Bananas, instant pudding pie mix, ready crust.

Make the pudding.

Thinly slice bananas for the bottom of the pie.

Pour pudding on top of bananas.

Add a garnish of banana, and serve with whipped cream!
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