Friday, July 21, 2017

DIY: Liquor Bottle Soap Dispenser

DIY Crown Royal Bottle Soap Dispenser

Folks this is a simply item that can class up your guest bathroom. Its easy, looks expensive and the best part - its FREE.

Supplies:
An Empty Pint Crown Royal Bottle
A can of Metallic Spray Paint (I used Gold)
A discarded pump from a liquid soap dispenser and its container. (I used Jergens Hand Soap Pump)

Rinse out the Liquor Bottle, soap dispenser and pump with warm water and allow all to dry. Once dry, insert the pump back its original dispenser and screw it back on. Now, spray paint the pump. Paint will spray over old container but that's okay because you will be throwing it out anyways. Its done this way to keep paint off the inside of the pump and to hold it upright while drying. You may need to go over it a 2 or 3 times to get the paint evenly distributed. Allow to dry. Pour your favorite liquid hand soap into the liquor bottle and screw on the painted pump. Its ready for use.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Washer Easy Fix if its Not Filling with Water

Fix for washer not filling with water


Okay, maybe you guys already know this, but we didn't. Its so insanely simple that I had to share in an effort to save others time, money and frustration. Try this, before calling a repairman, if your washer is not filling with water.

We bought a new washer just over a year ago and to my chagrin, it stopped working last week. I was so angry, I was ready to beat the crap of the dang thing with a sledge hammer. In hindsight, I'm glad I didn't.

In passing, I mentioned my "dead" washer to my parents and asked for a suggestion for a repairman. My dad asked what was it doing (southern for what was the problem.) When I explained it wouldn't fill with water, my dad laughed. I found it strange that he laughed, but I went on to explain how I double checked that the water hoses were not crimped. I even unplugged it for a while to see if something needed to reset; nada. Nothing I did helped. When I finished my rant, my dad spoke up, "I bet you, I know exactly what's wrong, and its a stupid fix. He chuckled, "take off that water hose and look inside. You will find a small screen. Use tweezers and pull it out. I bet that the screen is full and it won't allow the water into the washer. Run the screen under warm water, clean it up, and replace it. See if that fixes it."

Okay, I'm not one to question my dad's repair advice, but this seemed just too simple. Could a screen, in a fresh water hose, really be full of debris? I had my doubts, but I also had nothing to lose. We had to at least try this crazy, hair brain scheme. Guess what - Dad was Right! When we removed the screen, it was full of what could best be described as mud. I washed up the screen, my husband placed it back in the hose and screwed the hose back on the washer. First load I tried, after the repair, worked like a Champ! In fact, I think the washer is working better than before; if that's possible.

All in all, I learned not to question my dad's advice on repairs, and second, that sometimes the simplest things can cause the biggest problems. Hopefully, your washer issue will be something this easy to fix. Please let us know if this quick fix helped you.

Tip for Cheap & Easy Living: Storing & Reusing plastic shopping bag

Storing  plastic shopping bags in tissue box


Tip for Cheap & Easy Living:
Storing & Reusing plastic shopping bags

We've all done it. You need to drop by the grocery store after work and you forgot your cloth shopping bags at home. If you're like me, you feel guilty sending the discarded plastic bags to the landfill and I never remember to take them back to the store for recycling. Not to mention, they are a bulky mess to store and hold onto. 

My solution?
I reuse them where I would use a garbage bag, a tote, a disposable bag; etc.

Storing Solution:
Storing them can be efficient by doing this one simple and free thing. Save  empty tissue boxes and pack them with plastic bags. It makes a compact and an easy to dispense solution.

Ideas for reuse:
  • Use several bags to line a waste basket, when someone is sick, for easy clean up. After use, simply tie up doubled bags and toss out.
  • When I want to donate several small items to a charity, I take them in these bags. I don't have to worry about keeping up with or asking for my bags back.
  • Keep a tissue box of these in your vehicle They come in handy.
  • Not only can they be used for garbage, but I've even used them as doggie poop bags, when I was out of the real ones. 
  • I've used them for storing a wet swim suit until I got home. 
  • They can be used to carry small purchases from roadside vegetable stands, yard sales, flea markets; etc.
  • When someone is sick and needs a barf bag, double these up and use.
  • Throw a few in your beach bag and use for collecting shells at the beach.

The reuses are endless, and for the best part, they are FREE.


Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Easy: Turn a Standard Blender into a Bullet Blender

Turn a Standard Blender into a Bullet Blender

If you're like me, you love the concept of a bullet blender, with small individual size cups, but hate the added expense. Those blenders can cost well over a hundred bucks and you still have to buy the special cups. And if you want to make ahead and refrigerate several smoothies, well, you have to buy several of those special cups. This idea serves the same purpose, and quite possibly, won't cost you a dime; if you already own a standard blender and regular mouth, pint Mason jars.  Trust me; once you try this, you will not want to use a blender any other way and clean up is a snap!

How to turn a regular blender into a bullet blender


Simply flip your pitcher over-

Twist off plastic piece that fits into machine.

Pull out blades.

Put blades into an a (regular mouth) pint mason jar.

Twist on plastic ring to hold blades in jar.

When you're ready to blend, fill jar, put in blades and twist on plastic ring. Flip upside down, place in blender and hold jar down with a bit of pressure to keep it from popping out. I haven't experienced this with mine but each blender is different. Pulse a few times to see how it will react and to get use to the amount of pressure you need to hold jar in. Blades do not hit the glass; so no worries about breakage.
Turn an average blender into a bullet blender

I use mine like this everyday, sometimes, several times a day. It's great for making individual smoothies. You don't have to buy special cups or worry about washing up a large pitcher. Clean up is easy. Simply wash blades and plastic ring with soap and water and toss the jar in the dish washer. Easy! Easy! 

Come back and let us know your experience.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Yummy, Heath Bar Chocolate Pie

Heath Bar Pie Recipe
Our family loves Heath Bar Chocolate Cakes but it can be a bit much to make and keep one refrigerated until it's all eaten. Here is a quick, easy and delicious alternate. It has passed the Sunday dinner taste test in our family, so we're certain your family will enjoy it too.

Ingredients

1 - Ready Made Chocolate Pie Crust
1 - 5.9 oz package of Jello Instant Chocolate pudding
1 1/2 cups of cold milk
1 - 8 oz tub of Cool Whip
1 - bag of Heath Bar pieces (with baking chips in grocery store)

Directions:

Pour dry pudding into a mixing bowl and with an electric mixer, slowing mix in the milk. Continue to mix for about 3 additional minutes. Next, fold into the pudding about half the bag of Heath bar chips, and half the cool whip. Once well blended, spread pudding mixture into the pie crust.  Empty remaining cool whip into a clean bowl and add in remaining chips (reserving a few chips to sprinkle on top of pie) and stir. Spread cool whip mixture over pudding mixture. Sprinkle reserved chip over the top, cover, then refrigerate for 2 hours before serving. Quick, easy and delicious!

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Busy Family Dinner Quick Tip


Fill crock pot liner, with food, the night before

When using a crock pot during the busy work week, put all your "dry" ingredients into a slow cooker bag, the night before. 

Start by finding a bowl large enough to hold all your ingredients. Place a crock pot liner in the bowl and fill with your dry ingredients. Tie the bag off, place the bowl with bag in it, into the refrigerator. Next, place "wet" ingredients (cans of broth, soup starters; etc) next to the slow cooker for easy access. The next morning, take bowl out and drop bag into cooker. Untie bag and pour in wet ingredients. Cover and start up crock pot. Makes the morning routine less hectic, dinner easy and cleanup a breeze!

Fill crock pot liner, with food, the night before