Category Archives: House and Garden

DIY Vase

A total bonus for me when I bought my townhouse was the already established rose bushes. This morning, while waiting for the pup to go, I noticed the first two buds from my favorite bush started to bloom. However, I cut them before I realized that I don’t have any bud vases. No worries, I rummaged through my shelf of empty containers, found this spice jar, and voila! I’ve got a pretty vase of roses for my breakfast table (fresh baked bread this morning!), for free.

Roses from the Garden


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Swiffer Hack

Someday I’d like to meet the person who decided that the entire first story of my condo needed pink tiles for flooring. It’s not just pink; it’s a uniform, pale, pale pink that shows every speck of dirt or drop of water that enters my house. And between my tendency to splash or spill when I cook and a dog that loves mud, there’s an awful lot of dirt that shows up on my floor. I know tile does clean easily, but I’m too lazy to pull out the bucket and mop once a week and the Swiffer wet cloths get expensive. But, I had a stroke of genius a few weeks ago and had to share it with y’all.

Step 1) Grab a rag (the microfiber ones are best for scrubbing)

Step 2) Squirt some all-purpose soap on that rag

Step 3) Wet the rag and wring it out

Step 4) Attach to Swiffer like you would the wet cloths

Step 5) Mop floor

Step 6) Throw rag in washing machine

It’s quick, it’s cheap and it’s more environmentally friendly than a disposable cloth. What else could a girl want? Well, besides a floor that isn’t covered with stinking pale pink tile.

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A Busy Girl’s Best Friend

Last Saturday, the day I normally cook for the week, after running errands, gardening, cleaning, grooming the dog, washing clothes, baking bread, and wrestling with a tricky lunch recipe, I ran out of steam before tackling my dinner recipe. Sunday turned out to be a 14 hour day, followed by 12 hour work days on Monday, Tuesday, and yesterday. My ingredients are all neatly prepped in my refrigerator, but I just never got around to making the stew. Thank goodness for leftovers.

Every time I make a big pot of kitchen sink soup (I throw in whatever beans, veggies & starch I have on hand) I freeze half of it. It was so nice to pull out a quart of frozen vegetarian Italian soup and have something tasty, nutritious and cheap for dinner, otherwise I would have had to resort to take out, which might be tasty, but is usually less nutritious and cheap than my own cooking. Microwave the soup, toast a slice of homemade bread, pour a glass of Two Buck Chuck and I almost feel like I’m in Europe somewhere. Almost.

Now this overworked student is going to ignore the pile of laundry that still needs to be folded and the opportunity to make more flash cards, and go lounge on the couch, read something trashy, and watch Grey’s just because I can.


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