cook bacon trick

‘Don’t go bacon my heart…’ haha. Bacon. I think it should be a food group unto itself and I know I’m not alone it that. Crispy or chewy? What side of the fence are you on? I’m crispy all the way! This cooking tip will help you get delicious bacon every time. Yumm!

This method of cooking has us covering the bacon with water. It keeps the initial temp low and helps the meat retain moisture and stay tender. Start by boiling the water to get rid of excess grease and then fry (the water will evaporate on it’s own). This may take a few minutes longer than other methods but it looks delish!

My absolute favorite way to eat it is crispy with brown sugar. I even like my veggies wrapped in bacon, sprinkled with brown sugar and baked until the sugar is bubbly. Real House Moms has a bacon recipe that will leave your mouth watering. It doesn’t involve brown sugar, but it’s still life changing! Find it here.

Here’s the video… Enjoy!

Hacks For New Moms

Babies are a lot of work! They are precious and wonderful but they are hard work. As a new parent, advice will come from all sides. Everything you do will be wrong according to someone! Everyone has two cents to chip in (more like $20!). These hacks from Diply might help you out. Figure out which ones work for you and then tell your mother-in-law to…well…you know. Lol. Just kidding, I love my second mom, but these tips are great!

Some of these hacks are just plain common sense (like bring a clean pacifier) and some are more appropriate for toddlers (monster spray) but all are fun. And helpful. So helpful! I am in love with #21, I hate having a messy car. Using a pool and laundry basket for corralling kids and toys makes me smile. Fun! My fav for a baby is #1 and for a toddler would have to be putting sidewalk chalk in deodorant containers.

Looking for more tips? Parenting has 20 for new moms that are fabulous! Find them here

Find the full article from Diply here…

Diply: 21 Super Simple Live-Saving Baby Hacks

jar storage

All the small things…” nope I’m not talking about a Blink 182 song. I’m talking about all the little things in your life that need organizing and these brilliant ideas to help get the little tiny things in your life in order. Who doesn’t need help with that?! If you said no it’s because you’re lying or because you recently had a nervous break down and threw away all your worldly possessions. I haven’t had that breakdown yet so my stuff still needs help.

It is always the hardest for me in the bathroom. That’s where most of my tiny clutter is. What a mess! There and the kitchen. Buzzfeed has a lot of fun ideas that should hopefully cut down on the chaos.

I know that this hack is old, but it’s not played out…magnets to organize bobby pins! I loose all of mine and this could save time in the morning. I love the pill organizer for traveling with jewelry. Earrings in an icecube tray is another wonderful idea! I also want to try the drawer organizer for kitchen utensils. iheart organizing has tons of great ideas too. Find them all here

Here’s the full roundup from Buzzfeed…

Buzzfeed: 33 Clever Ways To Organize All Things Small

The Right Way To Clean

I have discovered the secret to a clean house: Never let your children or husband inside it. Haha. We all know that that isn’t going to happen! We have to find other ways to clean it without breaking our backs or being beat down by those horrid dust bunnies! They are scary, at least at my house.

There might be an easier way of doing something than what you’re trying right now. Your methods aren’t wrong but why not give these ones a try?! I just used this method to clean my coffee pot and it worked like a charm. My house didn’t smell that great afterwards so I suggest that you light a candle before you try it unless vinegar is your favorite smell. I have one cookie sheet I should really use #2 on but I kinda like that is has a weather and well loved look.

House work can’t kill you, but why take chance? Do things the easy way! Martha Stewart has some tips on other things you’ve been clean cleaning wrong . These are all so helpful!

Check out Diply’s full article here…

Diply: 15 Things You’ve Been Cleaning Wrong Your Entire Life

Stay Warm Save Money

I got the best Christmas gifts ever! A heating blanket and soft fuzzy slippers. I asked and Santa came through! There was never a doubt in my mind. I am always so cold during the winter months and hopefully these warm presents will keep from turning into a popsicle. I might not be cranking up the heater to tropical climates anymore.

Have you ever thought of using bubble wrap to insulate your windows? No? Get onboard. It’s affordable and easy to come by. I love that you can get it with designs; how perfect for those doors and windows that are more visible. There are products made specifically to stick on windows that are really expensive and bubble wrap is a nice alternative.

A lot of companies will come and do a free ‘energy evaluation.’ They check to see where the problem areas are and where heat might be escaping and where the ventilation/insulation issues are. Having one of those done will save you a ton! SFGate has some other great ways on how to keep the cold out…

Here’s the video… Enjoy!

50 Sewing Tips

I was in 4H as a kid (sixth grade to freshman year) and I picked up a few sewing tips but not as many as I’d have liked too. There were just a bunch of other important things on my mind back then. Mostly boys and cheerleading. I didn’t know I’d ever want the info later.

These tips are so great! I’m going to be bookmarking this page and be referring back to it quite a lot; what a list! This is a wonderful resource to have for newbies and experts alike. This comprehensive roundup of tips is broken up into 6 sections: getting started, basics for beginners, technique, gadgets, fabric, and there is even a ‘for kids’ section. Some tutorial examples that I’m really excited about are understanding your sewing machine, how to sew a straight line, hemming jeans, sewing ruffles, and pattern cutting. I’m going to study up sewing with lace and cleaning my machine too.

You can’t teach an old dog new tricks. Says who? You’re never too old to learn a new tip or two. Be sure you start following Sewaholic for more help with sewing! She has a constant stream of project, tips and inspiration for the modern seamstress.

Find the full article from Crazy Little Projects here…

Crazy Little Projects: 50 Sewing Tips For Beginners And Pros

Revive A Baguette

Bread doesn’t really last long enough around my place to get stale or hard. I know I’ve mentioned my love of carbs. I put my leftovers in the fridge and normally I don’t have any problems but this would definitely work in a pinch or if I forgot to seal it up tight and it turned into a rock.

Baguettes and salads are normally on the menu when I make spaghetti and this info on how to revive bread could come in really handy in case I don’t have time to run to the store. How do your save bread? It’s going to sound weird but you Bathe the baguette in water.Really get it wet and then wrap in foil. Once it’s all wrapped up you’re going to stick it in the oven…the video will tell you all about it! This video also shows the right way to get mold off of cheese. I knew how to ‘cut’ it. *smile* but I didn’t know that it was supposed to be wrapped in something breathable!

Another thing you can do if you don’t have time to go buy fresh bread and don’t want to save stale bread is make your own. This recipe from Taste Of Home is a game changer. Find it here

Here’s the video…Enjoy!

diy upgrades for home

These are such clever home upgrades! Maybe not everyone is sold on these DIYs but I certainly am. Buzzfeed’s home upgrades roundup is really amazing and I’m so glad to have run across it! Remodeling and adding ‘pizazz’ doesn’t have to cost a fortune and these 31 projects prove it. Whether you need to hide some eyesores or make your ceiling look taller, there is something here for you!

A little paint and some curtains can change so much. This roundup stole my heart with idea #1. Painting vinyl and linoleum floors? Yes please! I just painted my air vents a nice mocha and they look beautiful! Putting a frame around something can totally change things too.

#13 is my absolute favorite! I don’t want the television to be the focal point in my family room and I love the idea of disguising it as a picture. We only have one because we want to watch TV as a family and not have everyone off in separate rooms. This is the best! I really like #15 too. If you liked these you should check out Lynn Dean. She has so many ideas on her Pinterest board for remodeling. Find them all here

See the full roundup from Buzzfeed here…

Buzzfeed: 31 Easy DIY Upgrades That Will Make Your Home Look More Expensive

Protect Your Cast Iron

What’s the big deal with cast iron? They can be scary pans until you figure them out. What kind of pan can’t be cleaned with soap? And some people don’t even clean then with water! Once you figure them out you will love them and never go back! I love mine because it gets hot so quickly (perfect for searing), distributes heat evenly, can and go from stovetop to oven. Cast iron pans also have a natural nonstick surface as long as cared for properly. No BPA, PFOA, or other harmful carcinogens are present!

These pans are wonderful, but sadly they don’t always stay wonderful. Don’t worry if you mess yours up! You can recondition it or re-season it. It takes some canola oil and a hot oven. A few hours at 250 degrees and it will be as good as new.

If you’re worried about protecting your other pots and pans, The Kitchn is always a good source of information!

Here’s the video…Enjoy!

52 Weeks Of Organization

“Don’t bite off more that you can chew.” I think we have all heard that. I think we have all done that! I know I have and especially when it comes to resolutions and large projects. Every December 31st I decide that I am going to clean and organize my house from top to bottom (I also make this same declaration when spring cleaning starts). How often do you think I have accomplished my resolution? Oh thats right…I haven’t. Nein. Ne. Nil. A grand total of zero times. My resolve fails fast! I normally get to the cleaning supplies, under the sink, laundry room, family calendar, and the things I need regularly to keep life from becoming a disaster!

Cupcakes N Kisses has a 52 week plan that breaks organizing your home into manageable bite-sized pieces. I am so excited to feature it here today and I’m even more excited to try it! Will this be the year or organization success?! Wish me luck! Also see these helpful tips from HGTV.

Find all the organization tips here…

Cupcakes Kisses N Crumbs: 52 Weeks Of Organization