Mayonnaise

The last time I tried to make homemade mayonnaise, I made the mistake of using only extra virgin olive oil. It did not work! This time I tried another recipe I found online called Basic Mayonnaise. It worked perfectly! The mason jar tag chain I used to label my Mayo can be found at Etsy.

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Mayonnaise

2 Eggs

2 tsp Lemon Juice

1/2-1 tsp Fresh Pressed Garlic

3/4 c. Oil (I used grape seed)

1/4 c. Olive Oil

1/2 tsp Salt

1/4 tsp Black Pepper

2 tsp Mustard

Mix in Ninja until thick for about 1 minute.  Very good in chicken salad. Look how thick and creamy it is!

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Enjoy!

Eggshell Plants

Making your own eggshell plants can be a fun Easter craft or candy alternative for an Easter basket gift. You can plant flowers, herbs, or veggies. Assemble them with the kids as a fun project or put them in your kids’ Easter baskets. They can use the plants for their own garden this summer. They will have fun eating out of their own garden, or if they choose to they could even sell the produce they grow.

Eggshell Plants

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You will need:

  • Seeds
  • Containers
  • Potting soil
  • Eggshells
  • Nail

Instructions: Find a container.

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Or Eggshell.

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Add potting soil to container or Eggshell.

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When using the eggshell be sure to poke a small hole in the bottom of the shell.

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This allows water to drain.

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Add seeds.

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Water and wait for plant to grow.

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Transplant outside after threat of frost is gone.

Enjoy!

Pear Dressing

This is one of my favorite dressings. I found it on Hip2Save.

Pear Dressing

1 ripe pear, peeled and chopped
1 to 2 cloves garlic, either minced or pressed
Freshly squeezed lemon juice (from 1 lemon)
1/3 cup white vinegar
A few drops of Stevia (optional)
1 tablespoon of mustard
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1/2 cup olive oil

Blend everything (but olive oil) in a blender. Once blended, drizzle the olive oil slowly into the dressing and continue to blend until combined.

Enjoy!

Air Freshener Candle

Our cozy little home has only two closets in it. One is for our clothes in the bedroom and the other is a small bathroom linen closet. I don’t have the room to store all our linens, extra blankets and towels in the bathroom, so I use some plastic crates and an ottoman with storage built in. These are great ways to store things; however, I do notice a plastic/store smell to some items that have been stored for longer periods of time. I set out to make some air fresheners for them.

Here is what you will need:

  • Mug warmer
  • Glass jar
  • Beeswax or other wax
  • Essential Oils of choice

Air Freshener Candle

I took out my mug warmer and a clean baby food jar…

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…added some beeswax to the jar and let it melt.

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Once the wax is melted, remove from heat and add essential oils–as much or as little as you like.

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Let harden and then place in the storage container. Be sure that it will not be near a vent as you don’t want it to melt onto your linens and blankets. My home stays pretty cool all year long and I do not put them near a vent. I have not had a problem with them melting yet. You could punch holes in the lid of the jar if you want to have a cover.

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I have also added essential oils to a cotton ball inside the jar, topped off with a piece of cloth over the opening, and that worked ok too.

Enjoy!

“How the Grinch Stole Christmas” Dinner Theater Date night!

This year for one of our Advent calendar activities, I planned a “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” dinner-themed date night. It was pretty fun to plan and pull off. I searched for some food ideas online and here is what I came up with.

I found a printable invite online. Printed it and slipped it into my husband lunch box for the day of the party.

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I search online and found some food ideas. I typed up a menu, printed it, and set it at the table.

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Movie Night Menu

Appetizer:

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Grinch Kabobs

(green grape, strawberries and banana)

 

Main Course: 

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Roast Beast

(Venison)

 

Side dish:

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Who Hash

(Potatoes & Cheese) 

 

Dessert:

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Who Pudding

(Pudding with dried cranberries and cinnamon)

 

Beverage:

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Beezlenut Splash

(Sparkling cider)

 

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When my husband came home I had some music from the “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” soundtrack playing and had the DVD cued up.

I pulled out the good china and we had a candlelight dinner while we watched “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”

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It was a fun way to enjoy one of my childhood favorite Christmas movies.

Have fun planning your date night!

Christmas Minute-to-Win-it Competition!

If you are looking for a fun Christmas party game idea, I would check out doing a Christmas Minute-to-Win-it party.  I have seen some ideas for Minute-to-Win-it game nights on Pinterest (I believe that is where I found this blog a while back). It looked like a lot of fun, but at the time we were just in a small apartment so I put the idea on hold. Once we were in our small house, I wondered if we still had enough room to pull this off. So we invited some family over to try it out. It was so much fun!

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With my husband’s help we were able to show clips of what the challenge was on our TV for each game just like on the show. I think that worked well, as a visual can be helpful with some of these games. You can find most of the instructions by Goggling them or checking on YouTube. Here is a sample of some of the games we did:

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“Nutstacker”

You will need:

  • Candy canes
  • 8 nuts

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“Face the Gingerbread Man”

You will need:

  • Gingerbread cookies*

*These were the hardest things for us to find. We finally ended up finding some and just bought enough for everyone to have one gingerbread cookie. We used regular cookies if the gingerbread man one broke.

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“Merry Fishmas”

You will need:

  • Candy canes (4 small and one regular)
  • Chopsticks
  • String

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“Stack Attack”

You will need:

  • 36 red cups

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“Christmas Balls”

You will need:

  • A wrapped empty gift box
  • One round ornament

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“Christmas Cliffhanger”

You will need:

  • 10 Christmas cards
  • A table

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“Snowball Toss”

You will need:

  • Marshmallows
  • Bucket
  • Christmas wreath

 

Have fun planning your party!

“The 12 Daytz of Christmas“

If you are looking for a fun and creative gift for your husband or wife, you might want to check out The 12 Daytz of Christmas. I found the idea for “The 12 Daytz of Christmas” on Pinterest. I gave it to my husband a few years ago and it was a blast. It was a good way for us to make sure at least once a month we were doing something fun! At the first of each month he would open that month’s envelope and see what our activity would be. Next we would look over the calendar and plan our big date for that month. You can customize them to what works best for your family.

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Be creative and have fun with it!