Monday, November 24, 2014

How to Make a Wreath from a Placemat



Hi there! Today I'm going to show you how easy it is to make a wreath from a placemat. I found two round cork placemats at a junk shop, and got them for free! The owner wanted/needed to clean things out, and I guess she thought a set of only two placemats would be hard to sell. (They probably are.) So I snagged them up before she could change her mind, and knew just what I wanted to do with one of them. I hot glued some picture hangers to the back like so:



Then I tied on a pretty red ribbon and voila! A "wreath" that cost $1.29 (for the picture hangers) and took all of 5 minutes. Now this is the kind of craft I have time for lately.

So what's hanging on your door this Christmas?

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Online Shopping Sites You've Never Heard Of



Hey, hey, welcome to Retail Therapy Thursday! So, I've got a secret for you: 20 of the best online shopping sites you've never heard of, where you can find unique home decor and home accessories. Check it out!

20 Unique Places to Shop for Home Accessories


And while we're on the topic of shopping, Cyber Monday is right around the corner on November 30, 2014. Do you have your lists made yet? Here are some really unique gifts for the home.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Pierogi Soup



Hey, hey! In light of the fact that it's literally a tundra outside, I have a delicious soup recipe for you today. I had a bowl of it five minutes ago, and it warmed me right up. This recipe was a little experiment: I took my basic potato soup recipe and threw in some smoked sausage, and at the last minute...sauerkraut! Pierogi soup was born.

Pierogi Soup
4 to 5 potatoes, peeled and cubed
1 c. chopped celery
1 medium onion, chopped
3 T. butter
2 T. flour
1/4 c. milk
1/2 package smoked sausage, diced
1 c. sauerkraut, drained
salt and pepper
cheddar cheese and sour cream (for garnish)

Place the potatoes, celery and onion with about 1 tsp. salt in a large saucepan and cover with about an inch of water. Bring to a boil. Cook until the potatoes are fork tender.
Meanwhile, combine the flour and milk in a gravy shaker and shake well. When the potatoes are tender, add the thickening agent to the potatoes. Stir.
Stir in the butter.
Let simmer for 5-10 minutes.
Meanwhile, dice the sausage, then add it to the soup with the sauerkraut.
Add plenty of pepper and salt to taste.
Let simmer for another 5-10 minutes.
Top with sour cream and cheddar cheese, then serve!

This would be perfect with a grilled cheese on rye. Stay warm!

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