Tag: Upcycled DIY

Incredible Activated Charcoal Beauty Hacks

Incredible Activated Charcoal Beauty Hacks

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How to Turn a Coffee Maker into a Fish Bowl

How to Turn a Coffee Maker into a Fish Bowl

I’m not sure if you are aware, but I love coffee. In fact, I can’t go more than a couple of hours without coffee (I’m aware of how sad that is.) So you can imagine how upset I was when my old faithful coffee pot […]

Leftover Salad

I love recipes that begin as leftovers. The average person wastes 244 pounds of food each year—roughly the same weight as a refrigerator!  Let that sink in… 244As a person who hates to waste, I use most of my leftovers in new recipes.

For the week of Earth Day Green is Universal is sponsoring a #NoFoodWasted campaign to educate people how they can reduce food waste in their own homes.



This is an issue near and dear to my heart. Below is a blog post originally published September 23, 2013.

Last week one of my Facebook followers posted this:

Sarah M. – Oh I need ideas for leftovers. Sometimes Blake & I are stuck with fridge full of food but tired of [eating] it the same way we fixed it.

Ok Sarah, here is one of my leftover favorites!  I hope you and your family enjoy it.

Leftover Salad

Leftover salad is great for lunch or a light dinner late in the day.  It’s a simple recipe:

  • salad greens
  • your favorite fruits and/or veggies
  • leftovers
  • dressing (optional)

The possibilities for Leftover Salad are endless.  Today at work I enjoyed a Steak Taco Leftover Salad made with leftover steak, leftover bean dip, tortilla chips and salad greens.  Look how yummy it is! Don’t you want a taste?

 Leftover Salad

Some of my other favorite Leftover Salads are:

  • Chinese – salad greens, stir fry w/ stir fry sauce, crispy noodles
  • Hamburger – crumbled up hamburger, salad greens, diced tomatoes, canned corn or fresh cooked corn (we eat corn with our burgers), potato chips, and thousand island dressing
  • Baked Chicken Dinner – shredded chicken, diced baked potatoes, salad greens, cold cooked veggies (Any of the following: peas, corn, green beans, asparagus), ranch dressing

The best ingredient in Leftover Salad is creativity.  Just open your cabinets and your refrigerator and enjoy.

Now it’s your turn!  If you have a great idea for a Leftover Salad or you have a leftover you’re struggling to reinvent simply leave a comment and I just might feature it in an upcoming post!


Make sure you share #NoFoodWasted this week with your own ideas to reduce food waste.

Here’s a list of more ideas to reduce food waste:

  • Freeze food that is almost expired in order to preserve it.
  • Minimize food waste by eating leftovers. You could save up to $175 per month!
  • Compost your food waste. Many cities and towns have community drop off points or municipal pickups.
  • Cooked too much food? Share extras with friends, family or co-workers. They’ll thank you and your food won’t go to waste.
  • Eat before you shop. Food shopping on a full stomach can help you avoid impulse purchases, which often wind up as food waste.
  • Create a menu for the week and purchase only what it requires.
  • Can’t finish your meal? Save it for later! You could save up to $175 per month!
  • Did you know? Some 14 percent of all the trash produced in America consists of food scraps! Why not try composting?
  • Keep cilantro and parsley stems, onion peels, celery leaves, mushroom stems and other veggie scraps in a bag in your freezer. When you have enough, simmer them into a stock for soup.
  • Use stale bread for French toast, bread pudding, croutons, fondue, meatballs or French onion soup.
  • Combine small mixed scraps of cheese to make fondue, macaroni and cheese, salad or sliced fruit toppers.


The DIY Ultimate Bundle is Back!

  I’m a DIY addict (if you couldn’t tell). I’m obsessed with doing things myself. It doesn’t matter if it’s making an upcycled glass bottle coffee station or making a worksheet for my son to improve his writing skills. I love DIYing (If that’s even […]

What is a Locavore?

A locavore is someone who eats locally. Why should you eat locally more often? Fruit and veg you buy (or pick) locally is more nutritious because it’s been picked closer to ripening. Produce picked closer to ripeness has more time to soak up and produce […]

How to Organize Your Seed Storage

Organization has always been a struggle for me. If I can just toss something in a container haphazardly and put it away, then that’s what I do. And that is exactly what I’ve been doing with my seeds for the past few years.  All of my leftovers stay in their original seed packages, I fold them over, and stick them in a gallon sized Ziploc bag.  Only, that kind of seed storage hasn’t worked so well.  Some of the seed packages don’t want to stay folded and others tip over and the seeds spill out.  Also, there’s no way for me to know what all I have without taking everything out of the bag laying them all out (I have a lot of different seeds in my collection.).  This year I got smart about it.  I grabbed an old coupon organizer, labeled it for my seeds, and got organizing!

Seed Storage 3

First I sorted my seeds into piles and grouped them together to fit in all the pockets.  You can label yours with whatever seeds you may have on hand. This is how I labeled mine: Tomatoes/Peppers, Herbs/Spices, Lettuce/Cabbage/Greens, Squash/Cukes/Melons, Corn/Beans, Root Veg, Fruit/Flowers

Seed Storage 2

But there were still loose seeds at the bottom of the bag. So I labeled some envelopes, put the seeds in, folded them in half and added them to my seed organizer.  Thank goodness they were easy to ID (dill and bell pepper).

Seed Storage


Now all of my seeds are organized and ready to plant and share (and I can store them on my bookshelf)!

Seed Storage 1


Do you garden? How do you organize your seeds?


DIY Easter Egg Crayons

I’m always on the lookout for a great alternative to the plastic eggs I once put in my children’s Easter Baskets.  This year I decided to make some Easter egg crayons.   Here’s what you will need to make your own: broken crayons  (at least […]

DIY Vintage Tray Magnet Boards

I have a major organization issue in my home.  I get gifts and freebies from people, the items come in, I have no place for them and they never leave. Meanwhile, I boxes and bags of things that I have to sort through, many of […]

My Favorite Fast, Simple, Gluten-Free Breakfast

I hate eating breakfast.  There’s too much going on in the mornings to even think about breakfast for myself. Getting Adventure and Mysterious off to school on time is like herding cats.  When they finally get to school I feed my little Finale.  By then I’m so used to going that I start doing dishes and start a load of laundry, I blink, it’s 10:30, the breakfast window has closed, and I don’t feel so good. Can you relate?

simple gf breakfast

I found out if I squeeze a quick, nourishing breakfast in at the same time I feed my Finale I feel a lot better. But it has to be something gluten-free (I feel drained after I eat anything with wheat), quick, and easy.  My go-to simple breakfast starts with yogurt.  I am madly in love with lime Greek yogurt right now.  It doesn’t matter what brand.


Then I add a fruit.  Just about anything works.  Strawberries are my favorite with lime yogurt but you can add peaches, pineapple, apples, kiwi, banana, or any kind of berry.  The possibilities are limitless!

yogurt strawberries

For the end I add a cereal. Toasted rice cereal is my favorite but I’ve been known to add other things, too: Chex, flax seeds, sunflower seeds (minus the shells), or toasted oatmeal.

Yogurt Strawberries Cereal

Of course I wash it down with coffee, because I’m just a little obsessed with coffee. : )

What would you put in the bowl?




Easy Rustic Toilet Paper and Paper Towel Holders

My children are highly skilled at breaking both toilet paper holders and paper towel holders in their bathroom.  For a while we just tried setting the roll of toilet paper on the sink and using regular hand towels.  But I’m sorry to report that my […]

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