Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Freezer as a root cellar

This is easy and a great way to recycle

remove all of the working parts and cut two holes in each side.   (Note:  if your appliance still contains freon, certified individuals can be hired for freon removal or these services may be available at area junk yards or recycling centers.)  To the holes  attach PVC pipe for air circulation.  When in the ground, it looked like someone had buried a semi.  A tarp was partly buried as well in order to protect the freezer and allow easier access during icy conditions.  We later added a sheet of insulation under the tarp as well.  we suggest making  crates for easier storage and better air circulation.With hopeful trepidation,be  careful to store only the best potatoes and packed the smaller ones in the upper boxes and use use them first.

root vegetable storage

Love this as a way to store vegetables

You’ll need some cardboard or wooden boxes and something for insulation; newspaper, sawdust, peat moss, or sand. Place a layer of insulation on the bottom of the box and then a single layer of your root crop (carrots, potatoes, beets, etc). Make sure the roots aren’t touching the sides of the box. Cover the roots with a quarter inch of insulation, then another layer of roots, and so on until the box is filled. Make sure to leave enough room to have the top layer be a few inches of insulation. You don’t want exposed roots at the top of the box. Also, it’s best to store a single type of root in each box, instead of mixing and matching.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Shower caddy recycled

I love this for tiny kitchens and tiny families

Great way to recycle and this caddy can hang on any wall or end of cupboard and there are many styles of caddy's  around

Lamp shade to wool storage

Love how simple this is and how effective it is as well as how great it looks

Turn an outdated lampshade into this really useful wool storage 

repurpose your old table

This is a fantastic idea for those who need a work table with storage

Take and old table and an old dresser merge them together and this makes a great work space

Vintage bread boxes revamped

Turn these

Into these

fab fab fab

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Three ingredient Fruit cake

This is the best and easiest fruit cake .
 I love slow cookers as they are easy to use, they use very little electricity, they do not heat up the  kitchen  so I am going to share the odd easy recipe.

This cake is so easy and can be frozen once its cooked

You will need

1 kilo of mixed fruit
2 cups of self raising flour
750 ml of fluid 


I use cold tea or Chocolate Milk ( any flavour really) or fruit juice of choice (often what is on sale)

Soak fruit in liquid over night

When ready to cook add flour mix well

place grease proof paper in  slow cooker 

Pour in cake ix

cook on low for up to 8 hours or high for about 4 hours.

All slow cookers are different so judge the baking time yourself .


Saturday, May 13, 2017

apartment dog potty

These are so simple to make and so good for for both cats and dogs especially when you live in an apartment

Dog collars from recycle belts

Dog collars from recycle belts, what a great way to use vintage belts

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Moist coconut sheet cake

1 butter or Vanilla cake mix  3 eggs
1 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 packet of instant pudding (I used vanilla)

 Mix together all ingredients until smooth and creamy. Pour into a 9 x 13 pan that has been greased and floured. (o use grease proof paper)  Bake at 350 for 32 - 35 minutes or until tooth pick comes our clean.

Poke holes in cake 

then mix 

1 can of cream of coconut
1 can of sweetened condensed milk

pour over cake then leave to cool, O\I actually put it in the fridge 

Tops with whipped cream and the coconut    ENJOY


Lazy Cookie Bars

The boxed cake mix. So versatile, so easy and so yummy. Only 4 ingredients and you probably have them all at home already. It’s not a really thick bar. It’s more like a sheet pan cookie. It’s gooey and I love the edges – those are my favorite. Feel free to mix this up by adding nuts or different types of chocolate chips.

Ingredients:1 (15 oz.) box yellow cake mix
2 eggs, beaten
5 tbsp. butter, melted
1 bag (12 oz.) semi-sweet chocolate chips

I prefer to use plane brand cake mix which is usually under $1.00

 Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Spray a 9×13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray

 Combine dry cake mix with melted butter and beaten eggs.

 This is easier if you have an electric or stand mixer because batter will be very thick.

 Stir in bag of chocolate chips. Spread batter into greased baking dish.

  spread the batter around using using your hands since the batter is very thick

Once it is evenly spread out, put in the oven and bake for about 20-25 minutes.

  It will puff up as it is cooking and be golden brown around the edges when it is done.

And like any good chocolate chip cookie, I like to eat these warm so you can usually find me sneaking some bites from this pan before it’s cool! This makes a great base for some ice cream too.



These are great and perfect to those who do not like eggs

180g unsalted butter, softened (2/3 cup)
1/3 cup caster (superfine) sugar
1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
1 1/2 cups self raising flour
Pinch salt
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
Preheat the oven to 180 C (350 F) and line a few trays with baking paper.
Using an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the condensed milk until well incorporated.
Add flour and salt, and mix on a low speed until combined. Stir in the chocolate chips.
Roll tablespoons of the dough into balls, place on the lined trays and flatten with your hand.
Bake for 10 – 15 minutes, until golden. Makes 48 cookies.
Happy baking!

French Toast Roll Ups

These are gorgeous and if you roll jam  or anything other than fruit you can make these and freeze them for a later date
These French Toast Roll-Ups have cream cheese, fruit, or whatever fillings you like rolled up in cinnamon sugar bread. Impressive and crowd pleasing!


French Toast Roll-Ups
  • 8 slices white sandwich bread
  • softened cream cheese, diced strawberries, or Nutella
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • ⅓ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 heaping teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • butter, for greasing the pan
  1. Cut the crust from each slice of bread and flatten it out with a rolling pin.
  2. Place about 1-2 teaspoons of your chosen filling 1 inch from one end of the bread in a strip. Roll the bread up tightly and repeat with the remaining pieces of bread. I really like cream cheese with diced strawberries as one combination and Nutella with diced strawberries as another combination.
  3. In a shallow bowl whisk the eggs and milk until well combined.
  4. In a separate shallow bowl mix the sugar with the cinnamon.
  5. Heat a skillet set over medium heat and melt a tablespoon of butter.
  6. Dip each bread roll in the egg mixture coating well and then place them in the pan seam side down. Cook in batches until golden brown, turning them to cook and brown on all sides, about 2 minutes per side. Add butter to the pan as needed.
  7. Add cooked rolls immediately from the pan to the cinnamon sugar and roll until completely covered in sugar. You can serve with syrup for dipping but I think they're perfectly good all by themselves.

Cake mix pie crust

To make the Cake Mix Pie Crust you will need a cake mix I like to use plain brand as it is under $1.00, 1 whole egg, 3 egg yolks and 1 tablespoon butter.

 Sift cake mix: This step is not totally necessary, but I have found it helps a lot in combining the cake mix. I actually sift every cake mix

 Ingredients: Add the eggs and butter

Mix until it begins to stick together

Knead: Turn the mixture onto the counter and gently knead until all the ingredients are combined. You can now wrap it in plastic wrap and place in refrigerator to chill or use right away. It’s best to chill though. I chilled mine for about 15 minutes to make it easier to handle.

 Rolling: Sprinkle counter with a small pinch of flour and roll out pie crust . You can make small pies  divide dough in half and make 2 regular pie crusts.

Fill with what ever filling you want and bake in oven at 350 for 20 min for full size pies

I kind of like to cook the crust first  then make into banoffee pies