Makeover your Leftovers!

There is nothing quite like opening the fridge and chowing down on a plate of leftovers in the days after the largest meal of the year! Try out these fun ideas to give your leftovers a new life this year!

LEFTOVER THANKSGIVING PANINI Ree Drummond The Pioneer Woman/Turkey Day Leftovers Food Network Dijon Mustard, Sourdough Sandwich Bread, Swiss Cheese, Leftover Roasted Thanksgiving Turkey, Cranberry Sauce, Leftover Dressing, Leftover Giblet Gravy, Butter

The Perfect Turkey sandwich! Go ahead and add a thin layer of mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce for your turkey sandwich this year, recreating the flavorful experience of Thanksgiving!

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Peppers Stuffed with Stuffing! Grab a few bell peppers and fill them with leftover stuffing. Throw the in the broiler to give the top a nice crispy layer and enjoy your madeover leftover meal!

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Beer-batter your leftover turkey and serve it up with waffles and a side of cranberry sauce for a Turkey-Day take on the simple pleasure of chicken waffles!

Three Ways to Color your Treats!

Nothing says holidays like colorful snacks! Check out these fun ways to add some festive flair to your feasts this winter season!

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Red and Green Rice Krispie Treats! Throw some food coloring into a standard batch of treats for an easy splash of spirit to your holiday snack table!

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Blue and White Waffles! Celebrate Hanukkah in style by dropping blue food coloring into your waffle mix and then covering with a generous dusting of powdered sugar!

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Holiday Shortcake! Add some red food coloring to your angel-food cake mix and some green food coloring to your whipped cream. The strawberries will bring bright red and you can add green M&Ms for a colorful winter tribute to strawberry shortcake!

DIY Turkey-Day Centerpieces

If you don’t have time to completely redecorate your entire home for every single holiday, no worries! Keep your general decor in a neutral tones with gentle pops of color, then you can put your focus on the centerpiece of your dining room table and create a signature look for each special season!

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Crafty Turkey. Pull out your construction paper, get out your wooden popsicle sticks, plug in your glue-gun and scrounge up some googley-eyes. Then get to work and build yourself a fun Turkey centerpiece and matching place-settings for each guest!

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Golden Pine-cones. This one is as simple as it gets. Gather together a collection of 15 pine cones and spray paint them gold. Make sure to use your spray paint outside so you’re not inhaling the fumes inside your home! Then all you need to do is stack your pine-cones in the center of your table in a large shallow dish!

Fill glass bottles with grains and spices for a colorful arrangement.

Bottles of Thanksgiving, Collect a handful of empty wine bottles and clean them. Once they are dry, fill each bottle with different grains and colorful beans. Then place one colorful taper candle into each bottle to create a unique and stunning centerpiece!

DIY Gift Ideas!

Struggling to come up with the perfect gift idea? Why not use your hands to make something beautiful for your family this year? Whether you are knitting a scarf or making homemade jam, gifts that we pour our heart and soul into are always a hit!

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Incense holder. Grab a jar or a glass and fill it halfway with sand (if you want to get fancy, you can layer different colors of sand!) Then thread a few meaningful charms onto a ribbon of burlap or colorful yarn and wrap it around your container. Place a few seashells or pieces of colored glass on the sand. Pick out a lovely assortment of incense and place each stick deep in the sand. Voila!

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Picture Frames. Grab a picture frame from your local thrift store. Load your glue gun with glue and get ready to get crafty! Depending on what you have lying around in your craft drawer or closet, stick with one theme and glue adorable things around the edge of your frame. I recommend sea shells, wine corks, rainbow yarn, bottle caps, pebbles, old coins, buttons. You can choose the photo you want to display first and then let that dictate the frame decor!

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Personal Scrapbook. If you find that you are the kind of person that holds onto movie ticket stubs and wedding invitations, consider finding a small scrapbook to fill with memories with one specific friend. Add in notes to remind them of moments you shared. Find photos of the two of you and try and set the book up as a timeline of your friendship!

How to make Focaccia!

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Picture the utter satisfaction of casually letting your guests know that the bread you are serving with dinner is homemade! Picture how much more delicious your bread will be after you put love and energy into baking it! Picture how much money you will save by baking your own bread and limited those pricey trips to that fancy French bakery!

Gather the following ingredients and put on your most adorable apron…

-Flour

-Olive Oil

-Dry Active Yeast (in a jar or in packets)

-Sugar

-Salt

-Spice (Rosemary is a favorite, but Za’atar is quite delicious!)

-A ceramic bowl (it’s important that this bowl is not made out of metal!)

-A deep cookie sheet

-A bread maker! (if you don’t already own a bread-maker, check out your neighborhood’s craigslist or pick one up at Target or on Amazon! They don’t take up too much space and will make your baking life so much simpler!)

Pour 1 ¾ cups of warm water into your ceramic bowl.

Add about 2 tbsp of flour and a pinch of sugar. Whisk.

Then add 1 packet of dry yeast and whisk.

Let this bowl sit (preferably on your stove top with the oven on low to allow the heat to help activate your yeast!).

Pour 1/2 cup oil into the bottom of your bread-maker.

Then dump in 4 ½ cups of flour, 2 teaspoons of salt, and 2 tablespoons of the spice of your choice.

Check to see if your yeast/water mixture has started to froth and bubble. This is a good sign that the yeast is active and eating up the flour and sugar you fed it!

Pour the yeast mixture into the bread-maker mixture.

Set your bread-maker to “dough”.

Take the next hour and a half to watch a show, read a book, do some gardening, take up needlepoint or go for a quick jog!

Then remove the dough from the bread-maker, spreading it out on your well oiled cookie tray! Lightly oil the top of the dough once it is flattened out so that the dough doesn’t dry out!  Let the dough rise even more for about 30 minutes.

Then poke gentle holes in lines all along the the bread to give it that distinctive focaccia pattern. Let it rise even more (about 30 more minutes! The more you let it rise, the fluffier your bread!). Give the top another coat of oil and sprinkle with sea salt! Place your tray into your preheated oven (425 degrees) and let it bake for about 20-30 minutes!

DIY Pizza Night!

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The first thing you need for your pizza night is a sense of adventure and an understanding that you might get a little messy. Sometimes accessing our inner messy child can help us enjoy our time in the kitchen and find simple joy in the act of creating delicious food!

Gather together the following ingredients:

-1 packet of Dry Yeast (in packets preferably! If not, you can use 2 teaspoons)

-3 cups Flour

-2 tablespoons Sugar

-1 teaspoon Salt

– 2 tablespoons Olive Oil

-1 cup Water

Place all of these ingredients into your bread-maker in the order they are listed. Set the bread-maker to ‘dough’ and be relieved that you live in the future and there is machine to help you make your pizza dough!

While your dough is mixing and rising, gather the toppings you would like on your pizza! Here are my recommendations…

-1-2 cups of shredded mozzarella cheese

-2-3 tomatoes sliced

-a handful of basil leaves

-sliced mushrooms

-sliced red onion

-sliced bell peppers

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When your dough is ready, spread it out and let it rise for about 30 minutes. Place the dough on a greased cookie sheet. Then, coat the dough in olive oil, mozzarella cheese and the toppings of your choice! Bake for about 10-13 minutes at 225 degrees! Buon Appetito!

Fall Cleaning!

Everyone always talks about spring cleaning but we would like to share our tips to keep your home clean and tidy this fall! No need to wait until spring to scrub your space! Here are some tips for solving common autumnal mishaps in your home! For every glass of red wine you pour, for every cozy rainy afternoon, for every candle you light…there is a wine stain, a muddy entryway and a messy wax spill!

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Red wine. As you as you can, dab at the stain with a clean cloth. Be sure to dab (not rub!) so that you can absorb some of the wine before the stain sets! Then, place the stained fabric over a large bowl, centering the stain over the center of the bowl. This works best with clothing or a tablecloth. This method will not work with upholstered furniture! Pour regular table salt over the stain and let that sit for up to 5 minutes. Then pour boiling water over the stain. Repeat, alternating with salt and boiling water until the stain is very faint! Then you just need to machine wash your fabric!

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Muddy Carpet. As much as you want to clean your carpet quickly, take a deep breath and let the mud dry before you start to attack it! Rubbing mud will only sink it further into your carpet making it more challenging to clean! Once the muddy spot is completely dry, you can vacuum over the mud much slower than you usually vacuum! The slower you go, the more dirt you will be able to suck up! I recommend vacuuming the sport 4 or 5 times before moving on the last step. Finally, find yourself a Rug Doctor. These miraculous machines will clean out the scariest, bleakest mud stains! You can rent them at most grocery stores and then drop them off when you’re done and when your carpet looks brand-new!

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Wax. Let the wax dry completely. If you try to remove the wax while it is still hot and liquid, you will only smear the wax more. Once the wax is dry, use a blunt knife to scrape off as much as you can. If there is still wax on the fabric, place a paper towel over the wax stain and then iron over the paper towel. Take care not to use the steam setting and be sure not to burn your fabric! This should transfer the wax from your fabric to the paper towel!