Something Sweet: DIY Embroidered Recipe Cards for Valentine’s Day

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Homemade Valentine's Day Gift Idea - Something Sweet! DIY Embroidered Recipe Cards Paired with A Baked Dessert or Treats
I just love these DIY Embroidered Recipe Cards from One Sheepish Girl Blog (Pictured.) Make these awesome cards with a free printable template, then gift with something sweet you’ve baked up for a spectacular homemade Valentine’s Day gift. Be sure to include the recipe of your gift on the card. You can also gift with extra blank recipe cards or recipe cards filled in with your favorite dessert and treat recipes! Or pair it with a handmade diy oven mitt and hot pad.

How to Use Baking Soda, Vinegar, Salt, Lemon and Honey for Cleaning, Cooking and Personal Use

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Practical DIY Solutions for Using Baking Soda for Cleaning, Cooking and Personal Use - Plus Other Free eBooks on the Uses of Vinegar, Honey, Salt, and Lemon

Looking for practical solutions to help save you money and live a more natural lifestyle? Then check out the practical uses series of books by Patricia Briggs! Practical Household Uses of Bicarbonate of Soda contains information on just what bicarbonate soda – more commonly referred to as baking soda – actually is, its uses throughout history, as well as baking soda cleaning solutions, personal uses, and cooking uses!

There are also some fun activities for both kids and adults including things like fizzy drinks and sherbet dip, rocket science and volcanoes!

You can download Practical Household Uses of Bicarbonate of Soda instantly to your computer or kindle. If you don’t have a kindle, you can still download this ebook by downloading the free kindle reading app.

Other books in this series include: Practical Household Uses of Lemon,Practical Household Uses of Salt,Practical Household Uses of Honey, and Practical Household Uses of Vinegar.

For more ideas on how to save money, be sure to read my article, Frugal Tips for Saving Money, and share your own suggestions!

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Cooking and Baking with Mace – The Vintage Spice You’ve Never Tried But Should

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Recently I read what I thought to be a rather interesting article on Etsy’s blog titled The Historic Spice Cupboard. It contained some really neat information on vintage spices – rather the spices our great and great great grandparents probably used – in cooking and baking. Some of the spices are still used today, while others are a lot less common. For example, mace, is not a spice I had ever heard of.
Cooking with spices - Mace(Photo Source: theKitchn)

I’ve always thought of mace as pepper spray so I was a little confused at first. But as it turns out, mace is a very close relative of nutmeg. Mace is actually the red membrane that surrounds the nutmeg seed. It’s very similar to the taste of nutmeg, but rather has a more red pepper reminiscent heat. It was very common in the 18th and 19th centuries, but has since fallen by the way side. Like nutmeg, it can be used in baking. However it is also served well in savory dishes for flavoring meats, stews, curries, savory sauces, and even homemade pickles. You can also use it in teas, tinctures and beverages.

Additionally, it’s believed that mace has an antioxidant effect in the liver, helping it conserve glutathione and increasing protection against free radicals. theKitchn has additional information on this amazing vintage spice. You can also find out more information on mace from Mountain Rose Herbs including both contemporary and folklore info.

If you want to try mace, be sure to buy it from a reputable source that guarantees that the powder is not made from previously BWP (broken-wormy-punky) nuts. It’s also better not to use an irradiated product which breaks down the fatty acids that contain the essential oils that give it aroma and flavor. Mountain Rose Herbs is great place to buy both whole and ground organic mace. In fact, I have it on my next shopping list of things to buy from them since it’s so versatile and can be used in so many different types of recipes. I’ve also found it to be a common ingredient in many Indian dishes.

Following are just a few of the many recipes I’ve found that can be made with mace:

Have you ever cooked with mace?

Easy Homemade Pita Pizza Recipe

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Ever wondered what to do with that tiny bit of leftover spaghetti sauce? Our solution was to make homemade pita pizzas!
It’s inevitable. You make spaghetti and sauce and once dinner’s over it seems you’ve either made too much sauce or too much spaghetti. In our case, we still have leftover pizza sauce. So rather than have spaghetti again and have to buy another jar of sauce, Scott and I used our leftover spaghetti sauce as a pizza sauce for some homemade pita pizzas! Here’s what we used:
 
Ingredients:
Pack of 10 Mini White Bread Pitas (King of Pitas Brand available from The Fresh Market)
Fresh Mozzarella Cheese, sliced
Red Pepper, sliced and seeds removed
Baby Portabella Mushrooms, sliced
Deli Sandwich Pepperonis, sliced
Yellow Onion, sliced
Leftover Spaghetti Sauce (or flavored tomato sauce)
Fresh garlic, finely minced
Fresh oregano and basil, finely chopped
Sea Salt and Cracked Pepper
Directions:
Place up to six pitas on a baking sheet and spread spaghetti sauce on top of the pitas. Add slices of mozzarella cheese. Then top with desired ingredients and bake at 350 degrees F until the cheese has melted.
We made two different pizzas. One all veggie and one meat. My pizzas were topped with pepperoni, mushrooms, garlic, oregano, and basil. Scott’s were topped with peppers, onions, garlic, mushrooms, oregano, and basil. Both had light salt and pepper on top. These were by far the BEST pizzas we’ve had anywhere in a long time. Definitely better than eating out or ordering in! The fresh ingredients really made the biggest difference.
How do you use up leftover spaghetti sauce at your house?

DIY Easter Chicks – for Dinner! What?!

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Traditionally Easter is a time that families spend together celebrating family as well as the resurrection of Christ. But that doesn’t mean Easter has to be entirely a serious occasion. You can add an interesting twist to your Easter dinner this year by crafting these DIY Easter chicks with the kids!

DIY Easter Chicks - It's what's for dinner! Traditionally Easter is a time that families spend together celebrating family as well as the resurrection of Christ. But that doesn't mean Easter has to be entirely a serious occasion. You can add an interesting twist to your Easter dinner this year by crafting these DIY Easter chicks with the kids!

These DIY Easter chicks are actually mashed potatoes. Crazy, right?! They are both fun to make and fun to eat! To learn how to make your own mashed potato Easter chicks, simply check out the easy step-by-step tutorial below.

The instructions for these DIY Easter chicks has been graciously provided by guest blogger, Melike, of A Cup of Sparkle Blog. Be sure to visit Melike’s blog for other great diy projects and food recipes as well as check out her handmade shop, A Cup of Sparkle, for beautiful, handmade jewelry and accessories.

DIY Easter Chicks - It's what's for dinner! Traditionally Easter is a time that families spend together celebrating family as well as the resurrection of Christ. But that doesn't mean Easter has to be entirely a serious occasion. You can add an interesting twist to your Easter dinner this year by crafting these DIY Easter chicks with the kids!

DIY Easter Chicks: A fun cooking activity for kids and adults

I have a fun cooking tutorial today for you in preparation for Easter, made of potatoes. Are you ready to make the cutest chicks you ever seen? I have to warn you beforehand though. You will have hard time eating them afterwards 🙂

Here is what you need: Potato, pepper, salt, carrot, butter, lettuce

DIY Easter Chicks - It's what's for dinner! Traditionally Easter is a time that families spend together celebrating family as well as the resurrection of Christ. But that doesn't mean Easter has to be entirely a serious occasion. You can add an interesting twist to your Easter dinner this year by crafting these DIY Easter chicks with the kids!

Step 1: Boil and then, mash potatoes – I didn’t use milk to make it easy to roll later.

Add desired amount of salt, ground pepper and butter while meshing the potatoes

Step 2: Roll two different sizes of balls from mashed potatoes: one for the body and one for the head of the chicks.

Step 3: Put the head on the body and shape the chicks with your hand — this is where creativity kicks in! Just have fun using your fingers…

Step 4: Cut the carrots to make the mouth of the chics. You can have the mouth open and closed. It is a bit simpler to make it closed. Tomatoes also work well instead of carrots.

Step 5: Use ungrounded pepper for eyes or small pieces of black olives

Step 6: Now, it is time to decorate your serving plate. You can cut lettuce, or use any other green vegetables you have to make it look like grass. Place your chicks on top of the greens…

WA-LA …it is time to serve your mashed potatoes! It will make an awesome Easter dish that you can prepare with kids. It will also make a great appetizer for any lunch or dinner party.

If you enjoyed this recipe for making mashed potato style DIY Easter chicks, then you may also like these other food recipes for white chicken chili, molasses cookies, crockpot pork tenderloin and avocado + pistachio salad.

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