Showing posts from March, 2021

Quick and Easy Orange Pomegranate Jelly Instant Pot Recipe

Learn how to make a quick and easy orange pomegranate jelly in the Instant Pot.  This makes a small batch that doesn't need canned for preserving.  Also learn how to thicken jam with cornstarch without the need for pectin. We have an orchard with apples, peaches, plums, and cherries, so I do make a lot of jams and jellies each year.  I can them to preserve them for the winter and the following spring.   However, we really only use a lot of strawberry jam, grape jelly, and peach jam.  For other flavors, I make them in small batches and don't can them.   Enter the Instant Pot.  It makes quick work of making jams and jellies for small batches. As if that's not easy enough, you can also learn how to thicken jam with cornstarch.  That's right, you don't even need a box of pectin to make this orange pomegranate jelly recipe! Orange Pomegranate Jelly Instant Pot Recipe Can You Can Jelly in Instant Pot? This orange pomegranate jelly recipe won't make enough to can, so y

Succulent DIY Essential Oil Diffuser (Dollar Tree Craft)

Learn how to make your own essential oil diffuser.  This succulent DIY essential oil diffuser is easy to make in under 10 minutes.  It's a Dollar Tree craft, so it's inexpensive to make.  This makes a great diffuser for an office, bedroom, or other small space because it's pretty as well as functional. I use my essential oils in several different ways, but the method that I use most is diffusing.  I diffuse oils during the day to uplift my mood or to help me concentrate, and I diffuse at night to promote relaxation and sleep. I do use an electric diffuser in the main living area, but for smaller spaces I use passive diffusion.   I like the passive diffusion because I don't have to worry about water.  I use the same oils or blends often, so I don't need to worry about mixing all of my oils.   I was using a water diffuser in my office, but it was a pain to go get water for it and to clean it when it needed cleaning.   So I made this rock oil diffuser for passive diffu

How to Make a Chapstick Holder With Keychain

 Learn how to make a Chapstick holder keychain so you don't lose your favorite lip balm.  This is an easy sewing project that's perfect for beginners.  You don't even need a pattern to sew Chapstick holder; just cut your fabric in the dimensions given.   My grandmother was a talented seamstress.  She tried to teach me to sew, and I even made a few things for 4-H when I was a kid. Unfortunately, I lack the spatial ability to sew much more than a straight line. The sewing genes skipped a few generations though.  My daughter is becoming quite a talented seamstress.   She'd love to make a career combining her two loves: sewing and theater.  Right now, she's hoping to work in historical fashion and possibly in theater. Until then, she's been helping me.  I was constantly losing my lip balm, so I had her teach me how to make a Chapstick holder keychain. Okay, so she really did sew Chapstick holder and I mostly just took photos and watched. But I promise you, this is a

Bunny Butt Chocolate Covered Oreos Easter

These adorable bunny butt chocolate covered Oreos Easter treats recipe are perfect for putting in Easter baskets or setting out for an Easter snack.  They are easy to make without a special mold.  These are an easy no bake Easter chocolate treats to make, and older kids can help make them with some adult supervision. My daughter loves to make things with melted chocolate like these chocolate dipped Oreos.  Since Easter is close, I asked her to help me make them for Easter treats ideas. She's set up with a chocolate melting pot and several molds, but I wanted an easy Easter treats DIY for my readers.  I didn't want to use a special mold or special equipment, but you totally could if you want to. I like these homemade Easter treats because they are easy to make and no bake.  You'll need some Oreos, chocolate, and about an hour to make them. Your guests, however, will think that you spent hours in the kitchen making recipes for Easter treats. I'll also have some variations

How to Clean With Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide as cleaner isn't as commonly used as baking soda or vinegar as a natural cleaning option, but hydrogen peroxide can clean several items in your home.  Learn more about using hydrogen peroxide to clean and how to clean with hydrogen peroxide. Using hydrogen peroxide to clean is a safe and effective way to clean many surfaces in your home.  It's inexpensive and easy to find at most big box stores, making it a great natural cleaner to have in your cupboard. Uses for hydrogen peroxide cleaning are for the bathroom, kitchen, and so much more.  Using hydrogen peroxide to clean kills germs on hard surfaces, making it a wonderful natural disinfectant. However, there are some precautions to use when using hydrogen peroxide as cleaner.  Although it's a natural cleaner, it should be used with caution because it can irritate your skin.  It can also lighten fabrics, so be mindful when learning how to clean with hydrogen peroxide. How to Clean With Hydrogen Peroxide Wha

How to Make Glass Cleaner With Vinegar, Cornstarch

Learn how to make glass cleaner for streak free windows.  This recipe for glass cleaner has a secret ingredient: cornstarch.  It helps really get glass clean without leaving streaks. I've been using natural cleaners for over 15 years now.  When my oldest was a baby, I was concerned about using chemicals around him.  My husband has asthma, so making the switch to natural cleaners helped him, too. For several years, I just used vinegar water to clean my windows.  It worked in that it got them clean, but it also left them streaked. I don't like seeing the sun shine in through streaks, so I set out to come up with another DIY glass cleaner recipe that would clean naturally without leaving any streaks. Through trial and error, I found the secret for the best homemade glass cleaner recipe.   Cornstarch (or arrowroot powder). I know it sounds crazy, but it really does help!

47 Recipes from Box Cake Mix

Looking for a quick and easy dessert recipe?  These recipes from box cake mix are simple to make for a delicious dessert or treat for your family.  You can make cake mix dessert recipes like cookies, breads, and more. Sure, homemade cakes are best, but you just can't beat the convenience of a boxed cake mix.  When my store has double coupons and a sale, I stock up.  When you can get them that cheap, it's not worth it to make things from scratch.   I enjoy cake, but you can only make so many cakes before you're sick of them.  If you're wondering what can I made with cake mix, I've compiled several delicious dessert recipes that you can make. Most of these recipes use a yellow or white cake mix, but some use chocolate or other flavors.  I'm sure you can find one that you love. If you want to make a traditional cake, learn these boxed cake mix hacks to make it taste like homemade. Otherwise, keep reading for several recipes using cake mix to make for a quick dess

Mermaid Dunkaroo Dip Recipe

Learn how to make Dunkaroo dip at home.  This 4 ingredient cake batter dip is the latest Tiktok trend and is an easy recipe based on the classic Dunkaroo cookies and dip that were discontinued several years ago.  This makes a delicious dessert dip for both kids and adults, and the fun mermaid Dunkaroo dip with cream cheese variation is perfect for pool parties or kids birthday parties. Do you remember Dunkaroos?  They were packs of crackers with a creamy frosting like dip.  I used to love them, but of course my mom rarely bought them. When my kids were little, I used to get them a Dunkaroo dip snack sometimes.  Of course, Mom had to take one or two packs just for nostalgia's sake.   Thanks to the wonder of the Internet and Tiktok, now I have a cake batter dip recipe to share with all of you!  I made mine a mermaid Dunkaroo dip recipe, but you can make other variations or make a funfetti dip recipe. I made this when we will be at the lake all day or at home swimming.  It's a qui

Healthy Blueberry Muffin Recipe With Greek Yogurt

Learn how to make a healthy blueberry muffin recipe.  This is a moist and delicious way to make blueberry muffins with Greek yogurt.  The yogurt makes them light and moist even with the addition of whole wheat flour.  These freeze well, so you can make them ahead of time and eat them when you want a delicious muffin. To say that my son loves blueberry muffins is an understatement.  His grandparents even get him blueberry muffin mixes for his birthday and Christmas as a joke. He's a bit of a muffin connoisseur.  When my kids were little, I used to teach them about  math and science by baking. One summer, we set out to make the best ever blueberry muffins.  We tried at least two recipes a week, making notes to tweak them to make the next batch better.   We did end up making the best ever blueberry muffins, but this kid loves his muffins.  So mom had to make some more adjustments. This blueberry muffin recipe with Greek yogurt is a much healthier version of the classic recipe.  I made

Boxed Cake Mix Hacks: How to Doctor Up a Cake Mix

 Learn how to doctor up a cake mix with boxed cake mix hacks.  With just a few simple additions, you can learn how to make a box cake taste homemade to save time with a semi-homemade recipe. We just finished up birthday season.  Most of our family has birthdays from September to February.  In an effort to stick to a budget, we make our own cakes. A made from scratch cake tastes yummy, but those $1 boxes of cake mix sure are tempting.   Unfortunately, those $1 boxes of cake mixes taste like, well, a $1 box of cake mix. Learn how to make a box cake taste better with these boxed cake mix hacks.