Christmas Leftover Poutine 

We hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! I thought I would repost this recipe/directions to make Poutine with leftover turkey and the fixings.  It is a great Boxing Day meal and is very easy to make.  It is also a great way to use up any leftovers you might have !

Sandie

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Redecorating!!!

I don’t know why I put it off for so long… although washing the walls might be at the top of the list lol… but I am finally redecorating our main floor!!! And I am so excited to be finally starting that I thought I would share it with everyone!

Right now our walls are green. Sort of a bright olive green that I am sick of looking at. We got some new recliners and I told Chris I wanted to get gray ones to spur me on to redecorate…. so gray it was. They are so much more comfortable that our old ones and have given me the prompting I needed to get started!

At this point, it is only pictures but pictures that I can see in my head as a complete picture and I can’t wait to see if it ends up looking as good as I want it to!

Here are the chairs we got…. nice and cushy and very comfy.

This is the colour I am painting the walls….

I got this big 10 x 14 area rug for a steal to replace the light green carpet that we have now… I liked the way it had the streaks and fade, sort of like the recliners.

I ordered plain gray curtains…. (that I still need to hem)

A new quilt for the trundle bed that’s on the main floor…

I got some new cushion covers and a nice dark gray fluffy throw to put on our burgundy couch to try to bring the gray into it. I am still contemplating getting one of those gray fuzzy pillows for it too lol!

And I got a new rug for the back door, where the kitchen is to bring all the colours together…

AND…. I have finally talked Chris into the fact that our old buffet would look so much better if I chalk painted it a dark gray lol! I can’t wait to start that project when everything else is done!

Sandie

Garden Update

I spent this past weekend making a big pot of soup, a bunch of quiche and some homemade bread to take to my grandmother who is under the weather…

This meant I didn’t have anything ready to post. So… since I got a nice “mini” harvest from my garden yesterda I thought I would share a picture.

Surprisingly enough, I am still getting veggies from my garden! Mother Nature must realize feel sorry for me this year lol!

And here it is…. drum roll please… my little harvest!

Sandie

“Boy Stuff” with my Cricut

Yes, I know… weird title. Chris has been watching and admiring all the stuff I have been making with the Cricut and I guess he wanted in on it lol!

Years ago I painted the name of his “toy” truck onto the air breather cover. Right now he is in the midst of “modifying” said truck into what he calls the “baddest truck in the Kawartha Lakes” but still wanted to include that name.

He took a picture of what I painted all those years ago and I somehow managed to clean it up enough to make a vinyl sticker out of it. While it is still a bit rough around the edges it isn’t too bad for a first attempt!

This is the picture I had to work with of the name I painted on the air breather cover.

While I couldn’t get the shading part into the sticker without using a cut and print process (I didn’t want to print because I think after a bit the ink would just start to fade) so I just did the sticker in black vinyl for him.

The second thing he wanted me to try was a modification of a sticker someone else gave or made for him. It is a Hendriks racing logo.

While that sticker is great, the bottom portion is done in black and with how dark the tint is on the windows of the truck it wouldn’t have shown up well.

I cleaned up the parts of the sticker I didn’t want/need to cut… again in Design Space…. measured how big the original image was so it would fit, and cut it out of white vinyl.

Before picture….

After picture… and yes, the white is hard to see on the white background.

Now he can put the vinyl stickers on the back window of his truck AND have it stand out because the black part is now white!

Sandie

Jello & Kool-Aid Popsicles

With the hot weather here already, it is nice to have a frozen treat or two ready to beat the heat.  These popsicles are very flavourful and  almost drip free which is great when making them for the little ones! I can remember my ex mother-in-law making these every summer for my kids and their cousins.  The kids (and adults) loved them! It was that memory that prompted me to make them yesterday.

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I also made my version of Iced Coffee yesterday, another great treat on a hot day!

Sandie

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Homemade Dishwasher Tabs

I think I mentioned in a previous post that I have been getting into making my own cleaning products. It has been fun to experiment and even more so, knowing when I am cleaning I am not using any harmful chemicals.

I use cleaning strength vinegar for a lot of things but for some things, I like to go in other directions. I am going to make my own “Windex” in another post…. not very exciting but again, homemade and no chemicals.

Sandie

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Homemade Toilet Fizzies

Yes, I know… not very glamorous lol… but it’s a job we all have to deal with. This project makes that not so pleasant job a little more tolerable!

Toilet Fizzies!!!

Easy to make and even easier to use!

Here are the ingredients required to make them, and some silicone ice cube trays. The essential oil scent is up to you… I chose an orange scented essential oil.

To start, mix together 1 cup of baking soda and 1/4 cup of cream of tartar in a large measuring cup.

Add 2 – 3 tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide and about 30 drops of the essential oil and mix well.

Using a teaspoon, press the mixture into the ice cube tray cavities. I had enough for 20+ Fizzies.

Allow to dry for about 6 to 8 hours, maybe more depending on the humidity.

Pop them out of the ice cube trays…

And store in a covered container close to the toilet so you can pop one in a couple times a week!

Sandie