March 2016

The Ultimate Guide to Thrifting For Your Home & Wardrobe

March 31, 2016 - 09:32
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Thrifting at Goodwill

I am a big proponent of thrifting. I know there will always be people that are opposed to it for a variety or reasons, but I am a big fan of it. It has really changed my home for the better. I have a home that looks complete and fully furnished with quality furniture that I couldn't have otherwise afforded. It has done the same for my wardrobe too, allowing me to find really special unique pieces that have taken my style game to another level. If you aren't turned off by secondhand goods, give this guide and thrifting a chance.

My Favorite Easy Cajun Chicken Pasta Recipe

March 29, 2016 - 11:04
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Cajun Chicken Pasta

I love a good bowl of pasta when I am craving comfort food. This cajun chicken pasta recipe is one of my favorite, go-to recipes. Every time I make it, I get lots of compliments and it seems to be a real crowd pleaser. Since the pasta itself is pretty filling, I usually pair it with a light salad and that is plenty to complete the meal. This recipe does require several ingredients, but trust me it is worth it!

4 ounces of linguine pasta

2 chicken breasts, boneless and skinless

2 teaspoons of Cajun seasoning

2 tablespoons of butter

1 red bell pepper

How to Organize Your Closet In 6 Easy Steps

March 24, 2016 - 11:19
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How to Organize Your Closet

I am one of those rare people that love to organize, but I know that organizing isn't most people's idea of a fun time. Even though I enjoy it, I had been putting off organizing my bedroom walk in closet. This week i finally got around to it, and now that it is done I feel so accomplished. In fact, it feels so great that I decided to share my process with you. Here are the 6 steps I would recommend for how to organize your closet and transform it into a de-cluttered, stress-free zone.

How to Make Your Own Pair of Distressed Jeans

March 22, 2016 - 10:44
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How to Distress Denim

Distressed jeans, especially denim ripped at the knees, are super popular right now. I love the look of them, but it can be pricey to buy a good pair of ripped jeans at the mall. I figured, why not just do it myself for way less money. I purchased a pair of really nice J Crew boyfriend jeans at Goodwill for only $3.99! They were in mint condition and appeared to be virtually brand new. However they were very preppy, and I wanted to add a little edge to them by distressing them. I made sure to select a pair that were pretty firm without a lot of stretch.

A Delicious and Simple Midcentury Pecan Pie Recipe

March 21, 2016 - 09:39
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I absolutely love a good pecan pie. It is a special treat that is good any time of year, and it is surprisingly easy to make. I recently found an old cookbook from the 1960's while shopping at an estate sale. This cookbook is all about baking and is full of amazing recipes. The first one I tried is their pecan pie recipe. It turned out to be exceptionally delicious, so I figured I would share it with all our readers. If you are craving pecan pie, you don't want to miss out on this recipe!

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Cast Iron Skillets - Grandmother's Non-Stick

March 20, 2016 - 15:00
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cast iron skillet

Our grandmothers didn't have non-stick but they survived. They cooked eggs, made sauces, and seared meat all in a piece of cooking equipment that is coming back into vogue: the cast iron skillet. As many avid cooks know, these pans are: oven safe, last forever, get scalding hot, and when cared for properly, are non-stick. With the downsides to Teflon and traditional non-stick pan getting more and more attention in the press, people today are looking for alternatives. I for one am glad to see the return of the cast iron skillet.

A Restaurant Treat: Making Artichokes at Home

March 15, 2016 - 16:14
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Artichokes can often seem daunting to the home cook, steaming is a pain, multi-step cooking processes that take a long are annoying, the results if you just try to grill them are a disaster. So many of us resort to eating these tasty and healthy treats only in a restaurant environment where in many cases they've been salted and buttered to the point of being pretty unhealthy. Well I have an answer, what follows below is a no-nonsense recipe for cooking tasty artichokes at home.

5 Things You Need to Know About Your Kitchen Sponge

March 10, 2016 - 11:34
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We use kitchen sponges all the time to clean our dishes, but we don't realize just how dirty these sponges really are! Unless you are cleaning or changing out your kitchen sponges frequently, you may be inadvertently spreading germs around your kitchen. But fear not, we've got the facts you need to know, plus tips on how to keep your sponge safe to use. Here are 5 important facts that I learned about kitchen sponges.

A Simple Crowd Pleasing Appetizer: Bacon Wrapped Smokies

March 09, 2016 - 11:08
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I am always looking for super simple appetizers that I can bring to parties or serve at the parties I throw. When I first made these bacon wrapped smokies I knew I had a winner on my hands. Every time I make these they quickly disappear leaving me wishing that I had made even more of them. Best of all this app only requires 3 simple ingredients, bacon, lil smokies, and brown sugar. With that combo of ingredients you really can't go wrong!

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