How to choose a paint color

How to choose a paint color

Deciding on a paint color is no easy task. You CAN NOT simply look at a swatch and decide. Every color looks different depending on the light of your room and you surroundings. 

Here is a step by step of how to choose a color. 

1) get samples of prospective colors. Go to a local paint store and purchase samples. 

2) paint them in strips on your walls. All over your walls in many areas.  You will see how different one color can look depending on where it is. Number your cans and keep track of which color is where.

3) narrow down the choices

4) paint over the “no” colors with your pared down choices

5) confidently make your decision! For our dining room I used Ebbtide in a eggshell finish. I did this last year and i am still in love with it!

How to clean inside your oven door, it’s easier than you think!

How to clean inside your oven door, it’s easier than you think!

Ok here goes, I’m airing my, um, eh hem, dirty door. … A disclaimer, this mess is NOT from me, I repeat I did NOT create this filth, but I sure did clean it!

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When we bought our house back in June I was APPALLED by the oven door, I’m talking straight up sickened! BUT, with unpacking, painting and getting everything in order; then going into labor 16 days after closing…. needless to say, the door didn’t get cleaned. Every day it was like nails on a chalkboard to my eyes, inside that oven door was a dark black abyss of grossness. Finally one Saturday morning I decided,  crying baby or not that door was getting done!
It was remarkably easy, which was great because I expected it to be rather hard. Here’s the lowdown.
You need:
A screwdriver or torque screwdriver.
Some powdered “Bar Keepers Friend”, it is the cheapest and hands down BEST cleaner on the market. I use it on everything!
A sponge
Dish gloves
A “cleaning toothbrush” or q tips  (for the cracks and crevices )
And some rags and a bowl of your sink for a the constant sponge rinsing.

To start:
Look at the top corner inside the door and you will see this:

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That is what is holding your door together. Unscrew it using a torque bit or screwdriver, which ever bit your screw requires. Have a chair or stool handy to rest the door on once you take the screws out. If your screw is stripped you can take a pair of pliers and grip the outside of the screw and unscrew it that way.

Open the door and rest it on the stool, the inside of the door will stay up while the outside rests on the glass. Gross isn’t it?  Again, I did NOT make this grossness!

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Take your sponge, get it good and soaked, and wipe everything over to make it wet (I did one door at a time)

Then cover it all with Bar Keepers Friend

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As you can see I started with a scrub brush but then found the sponge worked better. Things are about to get really messy!

From there is was hard to stop and take pics, but I’ll show you some highlights. These were the qtip and cleaning toothbrush areas. To get in there I had to really work those small spots, and they needed it!

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While scrubbing continually rinse your sponge, wipe the door down with the towel, rinse the towel, add more “Bar Keepers Friend”, scrub more, etc. Just keep repeating till that bad boy is clean! This took just two rounds, but your oven could take more or less.

And here is the after:

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Pretty amazing isn’t it?

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I chose to also clean all the side of the door with windex before closing it up. Just to make sure it was perfectly clear. Anddddd ta da!!!!

Look at her. She’s a beauty!! I might not even hold it against her that she’s electric!! 😉

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A practically brand new oven door for less than 2 bucks and some elbow grease? Yes please!

And there you have it.
Unscrew
Rest on a chair
Scrub it all down with Bar Keepers Friend
Rinse
Scrub and rinse again if needed
Windex
Rescue
And you’re set!

If you have any questions feel free to ask!

Never hang a crooked picture again! The easiest way ever to hang things on the wall!

Never hang a crooked picture again! The easiest way ever to hang things on the wall!

Never hang a crooked picture again!

We’ve all done it, struggled to hang pictures on the wall.  Tried to get all the holes and hangers to match up with the back of the piece to be hung on the wall. It never works out well;  at least it never did, until now. I remember seeing on pinterest a while back, something about making a copy of the back of the picture on a scanner, and I thought  “wow, that’s perfect! !!” Then I realized that most of the items I was having issues with were far larger than the scanner…..  and then it hit me…… MASKING tape!!! How did I never think of this before? Well, it works, and it’s super easy. All you need it masking tape, a sharpie and your hanging supplies. Seriously, that’s it. Step 1: turn the object to be hung over, and flip hangers into the hanging position. Never hang a crooked picture again!! Step 2: Apply masking tape in a straight line from one hanger to the other. Sticky side down. never hang a crooked picture again! Step 3: make a mark with the sharpie at the point in the hanger that will be resting on the nail (or whatever you will be hanging from) never hang a crooked picture again! Step 4: Remove the tape and apply to the wall where you want to hang your piece. After applying take a few steps back and take a look. Is it level,  is it where you want it? Even take the piece and line it up with the tape, does it look like you want it to? I moved mine several times, that is the great thing about the tape, you can move it without committing to holes in the wall! never hang a crooked picture again! never hang a crooked picture again! Step 5: position nails or hangers with the dots on the tape and hammer away! never hang a crooked picture again! never hang a crooked picture again!

Notice how for these hangers, the nail is actually above the tape BUT the point that catches the piece on the wall is at the mark on the tape, and that is what you want! If using nails, just hammer them right into the mark on the tape. The tape will pull up with the hammered in, have no fear. Step 6: Pull the tape off the wall and perfectly hang your piece! Seriously, it’s that easy, and it takes less than 5 minutes. In actually took longer to write all this than it took to hang it all, lol. never hang a crooked picture again! never hang a crooked picture again!

Side note: See the pictures below. If the hangers on your object are not level with each other, are uneven, misplaced,  whatever he case may be. You need to do the taping step just a tad different. Rather than putting the tape sticky side down on thw object you would like to hang, put it sticky side up. This will make it exactly on the wall how it is on the back of your piece,  mirroring the hangers exact unevenness on the correct sides. never hang a crooked picture again! never hang a crooked picture again!

A new addition to the family and how to freshen your towels!

It seems like every weekend is busier than the last! Seriously! For two little days I sure seem to pack a lot in!  I am sorry I haven’t written. There has been A LOT going on. Father’s day, garden work, life stuffs, AND a new addition! That is right, I am an Auntie again!!! I am so very excited! (okay, I’ll chill with the !)

The corn is growing!!

The corn is growing!!

Last weekend I recreated a salad I made at the cabin the weekend before, and it came out great, I can’t wait to share the recipe with you. I also made a delicious french toast bake, it was SO good. (Also will share that recipe soon)

Exciting new salad I made!

Exciting new salad I made!

Also, Cicadas are everywhere! As in, we can’t drive with the windows down because they are flying into the car!! Gross!!!!!!

Remainder of a cicada

Remainder of a cicada

This past week we went strawberry picking, which was a lot of fun. However, challenging it might have been. 😉 Nah, really, my sister and I rocked that patch!  And last but not least, I found a way to freshen my towels.   I tossed some baking soda in with the towels (1Cup for a large load) along with my regular soap, extremely hot water and set them to the regular wash cycle then dry as normal.  Low and behold, they are like brand new!! I’m not saying they weren’t prefect….. but…. ummmm…… Someone in the house (and by someone I mean Mister C) likes to put wet towels in the hamper, and we KNOW what that does… It is more than my anal retentive heart can bear, luckily the baking soda did the trick and all is well again. I had been trying different methods for MONTHS so I am so glad to have finally found a solution!

 

My beautiful and fresh smelling towels

My beautiful and fresh smelling towels

Clean Your Stove Burners, No Scrubbing Involved

My stove takes a beating, a serious one.  Between canning, jamming, pickling, preserving, and all the day to day cooking, I put it through a lot!  I was on pinterest (shocker right?) and I saw a pin for easy cleaning using ammonia and I was completely intrigued, I rushed right out and bought ammonia.  4 weeks went by and I still hadn’t done it, what can I say, there has been a lot going on and the stove seems to always be in use. Finally I declared I had waited long enough, and I would take the plunge and do it! Honestly, it couldn’t be any easier, this is the best thing ever! I didn’t take a before picture and I wish I had, in fact I didn’t even think of it untill they were all wrapped up lol.

Spankin new burners!

Spankin new burners!

There are two ways you can do it. One burner at a time in a big Ziplock freezer bag, or all together in a bucket. I opted to do them all together in a bin, it just seemed easier to me.  You don’t need to cover the burners with ammonia, just use 1/4 cup per burner.

Looking pretty!

Please don’t tell Ruhlman I did this to my side towels. I swear I didn’t dry the burners on them, only placed for a photo!

You will need:

  • 1/4 Cup ammonia per burner (it’s gonna smell a little)
  • Container or large zip lock or brining bag (if using a container without a lid, you CAN wrap the container in plastic wrap, like the entire thing, and it totally works. Yes, that is what I did. I laid out a bunch of plastic wrap on the floor of my kitchen and proceeded to wrap th entire container neatly and orderly ensuring no seams were exposed.
  • A healthy dose of patience
This is what they looked like when I opened it up. Gross!!!

This is what they looked like when I opened it up. Gross!!!

This is what my bucket looked like

This is what my bucket looked like

How to do it:

  • Choose your vessel and decide whether you are cleaning the burners all together or separately
  • Add 1/4Cup ammonia per burner
  • Add Burner(s)
  • Seal and put outside or away from little people or animals
  • Wait 12-24 hours (grill food for dinner)
  • While wearing gloves, open them up, and dump the ammonia and nastiness.  It is best to do this in a tub or outside.  The ammonia will smell rather strongly, so it’s best to keep your face turned in the other direction
  • Rinse off under running water. If you see any pieces that need a little help, just rub them off with your gloved hand
  • Make sure they are rinsed really well, and then allow to dry and put back into action!
  • It’s THAT easy!
I am in LOVE with this method!

I am in LOVE with this method!

I did my burners just after breakfast on a Saturday and unearthed them just before breakfast the following day, so they sat about 24 hours, you can wait as little as 12 hours though. You can set them on top of each other, I did offset them a bit, and they were fine.  You have to give this a try!

Saint Patrick’s Day Inspiration Round Up

Here is a little something you might not know about me…. I’m Irish. I know, I know, everyone is Irish right now.   No really, I’m Irish Italian to be precise. I have found two 4-leaf clovers in my life. One took up residence with a “rock star” who happens to be one of my favorite foodies, and the other is nestled in my 2nd copy of Ratio by Michael Ruhlman. The first also resides with said rock star.  For those who don’t know, Saint Patrick’s Day is almost here, as in this weekend.  If you need some last minute inspiration, heck any inspiration at all, look  no further, I’ve got you covered.  No I am not including that pepper shamrock thing that EVERYONE is posting all over their walls and boards, well not including it here, it is on the board.  As usual I have scoured pinterest and gathered all my favorite ideas right here for you’re viewing pleasure. Also I have an entire pinterest board with these ideas and many many more. All pictures below link directly to the recipe, if you want to check out my entire pinterest board click here.

Without further ado, here are the ideas!

Lucky Charms cupcake from Betty Crocker

Lucky Charms cupcake from Betty Crocker

 

Blarney Stones from Taste of Home

Blarney Stones from Taste of Home

 

Bailey's Irish Cream Cupcakes (with icing tutorial) from Recipe Girl

Bailey’s Irish Cream Cupcakes (with icing tutorial) from Recipe Girl

 

Chocolate Baileys Cupcakes from Tidy Mom

Chocolate Baileys Cupcakes from Tidy Mom

 

Irish Coffee from Irish Central

Irish Coffee from Irish Central

Guinness and Baileys Cupcakes from Irish Central

Guinness and Baileys Cupcakes from Irish Central

 

Leprechaun Balls from Mom Foodie (not for the kiddies)

Leprechaun Balls from Mom Foodie (not for the kiddies)

End of the Rainbow Crunch, from Mama Loves Her Bargains

End of the Rainbow Crunch, from Mama Loves Her Bargains

 

ColCannon Potatoes from Williams Sonoma

ColCannon Potatoes from Williams Sonoma

Mint Oreo Brownies, from Loves Veggies and Yoga

Mint Oreo Brownies, from Loves Veggies and Yoga

 

Fun little activity for kids from about a mom

Fun little activity for kids from about a mom

 

From Edible to Printable, DIY Homemade Valentines For Everyone!

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and who doesn’t love giving and receiving a handmade card, gift, or yummy treat to celebrate the special day?   Whether you have oodles of free time on your hands or non at all, there are Valentine’s treats and projects that will fit into your schedule!

I have scoured the internet (ok so pinterest, but really that IS the internet now) and put together a compilation of what I think to be a fantastic representation of the best ideas out there!  From toddlers to teens, friends to lovers; there are a plethora of ideas I’ve gathered for you to choose from.  Choose from quick and easy to complex and lengthy (but rewarding and impressive), it is all represented here! *Please note, these are not my pictures, all pictures came directly from the post/website they represent. Click on each picture to go to the recipe/how-to! For more great ideas, check out my Valentine’s Pinterest Board!

This Chocolate Pomegranate Tart, from Pastry Affair, looks divine!

This Chocolate Pomegranate Tart, from Pastry Affair, looks divine!

These heart cupcakes are a cinch to make!

These heart cupcakes are a cinch to make!

It's a good amount of work, but well worth it for your loved ones! From GlutenFreerican

It’s a good amount of work, but well worth it for your loved ones! From GlutenFreerican

I couldn't find the source for this, but the pinterest caption says "Starting Feb 1st let them wake up to a new heart on their door to something you love about them."

I couldn’t find the source for this, but the pinterest caption says “Starting Feb 1st let them wake up to a new heart on their door to something you love about them.”

Love this idea from A Small Snippet!

Love this idea from A Small Snippet!

Coupons  from Better Homes and Gardens. They have Kids, Adult and even a Blank version!

Coupons from Better Homes and Gardens. They have Kids, Adult and even a Blank version!

Cherry Chocolate Kisses, from the Curvy Carrot!

Cherry Chocolate Kisses, from the Curvy Carrot!

Super easy Valentines from Spoonful!

Super easy Valentines from Spoonful!

These Strawberry Oreos from Six Sister' Stuff look great!

These Strawberry Oreos from Six Sister’ Stuff look great!

I love these easy and beautiful Doily Valentine Decorations from Smashed Peas and Carrots!

I love these easy and beautiful Doily Valentine Decorations from Smashed Peas and Carrots!

Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies, yes please! From  Bakingbites

Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies, yes please! From Bakingbites

These handmade treat bags from The Farm Chicks are adorable!

These handmade treat bags from The Farm Chicks are adorable!

These bubbles from Simply Modern Mom are a great non candy alternative!

These bubbles from Simply Modern Mom are a great non candy alternative!

Another great alternative to candy for valentines from dandee-designs!

Another great alternative to candy for valentines from dandee-designs!

I see no reason to wait till Valentine's Day for these Dark Chocolate Raspberry Cupcakes with Raspberry Whipped Cream from Ambitious Kitchen!

I see no reason to wait till Valentine’s Day for these Dark Chocolate Raspberry Cupcakes with Raspberry Whipped Cream from Ambitious Kitchen!

These are all over pinterest, and they are adorable! From  I Gotta Create

These are all over pinterest, and they are adorable! From I Gotta Create

Love these cookie hearts from Martha Stewart

Love these cookie hearts from Martha Stewart

What holiday is complete without a corresponding chex mix?! From Betty Crocker

What holiday is complete without a corresponding chex mix?! From Betty Crocker