Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Christmas Storage Tins

Several years ago I somehow collected a few too many popcorn tins and came up with the idea to store my Christmas stuff in them. I love this for at least two reasons.

Organization: There is a tin full of just lights.There is a tin full of just ornaments that I put into another tin that has a few larger decorations packed in there too. There is a tin with stuff like the previous years cards and stockings and such.

Storage: They make the Christmas stuff easy to find in the shed (bug and element free) and you can just leave the tins out (strategically placed) as decorations themselves.

I also have a dark green tin that has Halloween written on it that is full of costumes.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Merry Christmas Puzzle!

Started on December 24th around 8am... finished December 25th around 4pm. Of course I took many breaks in there. I think I need to go out and get a new (to me) puzzle before this weekend and pass the ones I have on to someone else. I'm not into doing the same puzzle more than once unless it has been years. It's kinda like re-reading a book to me. I already know what's gonna happen.

I did the outer edge first of course and then I did the net and all of the surrounding water. Then I did the sky and worked back to the middle where I finished it with the dock.

Friday, December 16, 2011

That really works?

Several years ago, I won a TV/DVD combo at a work picnic. It is a Westinghouse 26" SK-26H570D.

Recently, the DVD player began giving me some problems. When I put a DVD in and it makes a repetitive sound and then says "No Disc".  I had tried everything. At first, what worked (I thought) was spraying a can of air in the slot but as it turns out... I don't think that was it. I think it was the air straw doing something to where the disc enters the player.

Like I said, I've tried everything and since I thought there was a lose string from the little brush like thing at the entrance I took my bone folder (craft tool) and ran it back and forth. Hmm. It works now? Yep! Not every time of course, I still get the "No Disc" thing sometimes so I stick the bone folder in the front just a little and run it back and forth pretty fast.

I'll try to update this post with a quick video. I know others have this problem and so with proper tagging, I hope they find the answer here so I don't have to join a fix-it forum. Meanwhile, I'm watching a movie. :)

Monday, December 12, 2011

Cinnamon Ornaments

I made these years ago and I hang them on my tree every year. It has been years and they still have a pretty strong scent. They are made from Cinnamon and Applesauce! Go HERE to find the recipe. The bows were put on with a glue dot. 

I had an initial problem with the dog eating them but once he got a taste he stopped. Just watch for the hooks. I'm lucky because Max doesn't eat foreign objects. He spits them out.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Meatloaf for One

I found this meatloaf recipe in a book about cooking for one or two or something. It is fast with easy prep and clean up. I prefer recipes that only dirty one or two items so I'm not sure if I altered this recipe somewhere along the way because you only need a Texas style muffin tin, one large bowl, a 1/2 Cup and a 1/2 tsp. Oh, and a knife to dice the onion.

My Favorite Meatloaf
1lb Lean Ground Beef
1 Large Egg - Beaten
1/2 C. Italian Bread Crumbs
1/2 C. Heinz Ketchup
1/2 tsp. Salt
1/2 tsp. Dried Oregano
Pinch of Garlic Powder - Optional
1/2 Diced Onion

Mix with your hands.

For Texas Style Muffin Tin (Serves 6)
Bake at 350 Degrees for 25-30 Minutes or no pink. Add more time for larger pans.
Cool in pan and then dig out the servings and freeze in individual baggies.

Serving Suggestion: I love this with Italian Style Stewed Tomatoes that have been thickened with Corn Starch and french style green beans.
I did some calculations on eTools and if you use the 95% Lean 5% Fat Ground Beef this comes out to 5 Points Plus Points per Serving.

**Keep your eye on the dog while cooling.**

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Holiday Wreath for less

We needed a wreath for the lobby at work but the pre-decorated one was $40 so I found the last blank one for $7, got 1 piece of fake floral decor for $4.50 and made my own. I should have taken a photo before I fluffed it up. It was pretty flat.

Here's what I turned it into and all I needed was a pair of wire cutters. Just cut the stems long, feed them through and wind them around the base. This is a $12.50 wreath and I got to craft at work. Fun!

For Tea and Cocoa

This is where I make Tea and Hot Cocoa. That canister has teabags and cocoa packets in it. Since I'm in a small apartment and pretty much too short for most of the upper cabinets, I decided I needed easier access to my mugs.

So I went to KMart and got some mug hooks for under $2/pack. Of course they come in packs of 4 and nobody has just 4 mugs. Now as you can see, I have everything I need right there. No tools required.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Christmas Stocking

This was my first real knitting project (many years ago) beyond a washcloth which is the standard learning project. I wanted to make myself a Christmas stocking. Somewhere along the way my parents eliminated the whole stocking thing. I wanted it back so I made one and have insisted that it get filled every year complete with an orange in the toe. I used standard sport weight red acrylic yarn and then knitted some white fluffy yarn onto the top. Someday I hope to get to make another one to hang next to it.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Good Finds

Today I went out in search of a Christmas tree. First I looked at Big Lots and decided I wasn't interested in a large ugly tree for a minimum of $35. So I went to the Goodwill behind my apartment. There I found a 6ft tree for $19 but I didn't want something that big so I went to the Goodwill in Murrysville. I found just what I was looking for: a 3ft tree for $3! That's $1/ft. Woohoo! I already had the decorations, just not the tree because I usually get a real one. I miss my $15 trees from the Stevenson's tree lot.

Look what else I found! Also $3! I don't think it was supposed to be only $3 but who am I to complain. It has a very very very slight smoker's scent so I hung it outside all day and gave it a spritz or two of Febreeze. now I have a black, taupe and gray hooded wool coat. Brown here I come.