I'm starting a new series!
My schedule can get quite hectic sometimes so when I'm home, I tend to spend a lot of time
I don't have an island in my kitchen and my counter space is limited so I needed to find a way to display a recipe to refer to it while I'm cooking. This counter is where I do all of my prep work and it's right next to my stove so I use a simple 3M Command hook along with a binder clip to hang my recipe. It's right in front of me at all times and it saves my precious counter space. Lately, I get most of my recipes from the web, or my collection of cooking magazines, which makes this method work really well. When I'm finished with the recipe, it goes into a page protector and into my recipe binder. (I'll share that in a future post!) Simple and easy solution for viewing recipes!
Do unclaimed cups drive you CRAZY? I don't know how many times one of my kids has gotten a drink, just to set it down and forget about it. Then, later, they won't drink it or reuse the cup because they don't know for sure if it's theirs. Or, they have friends over and they will get everyone a drink... in the SAME kind of cup and no one knows whose is whose!! GRRRRR! Well, here is a very easy solution. I bought this set of BPA free cups at Reuseit.com, and purchased some chalkboard labels on ebay. I stuck them on the cups and I use a chalk marker to write the kids' names on them. The chalk comes off easily with just a swipe of the thumb before putting them in the dishwasher. I've been using these since last Summer and the labels have not come off. This has saved me a lot of sanity.
HINT: This also works GREAT for guests!
I have an undying love for Mason jars. I think it comes from growing up in the South. Seriously, I don't think I could ever have enough of them lying around. I like to pick them up at garage sales, flea markets, and leftover stores, however, they don't always come with lids. Did you know that most mayonnaise jar lids will fit regular-mouth Mason jars? Yep. Just save those lids. When you buy jars of food, be sure and check the lid before recycling it to see if it will fit any of your lidless Mason jars.
Over the course of the last few years, I have slowly but surely eliminated almost all store-bought cleaners and have replaced them with all natural, SAFE, homemade versions. Here's one of my favorite all-purpose mixes.
Using a 1:1 ratio of vinegar and water, add this to an empty spray bottle. Add a few drops of essential oil such as lemon, orange, peppermint, lavender, or pine. The essential oil is not, well, essential for this recipe, but it really helps cut the vinegar smell. This cleaner works great throughout the kitchen and smells fresh and clean. I use this on counter tops, stove tops, linoleum floors, kitchen table, microwave, outside surface of appliances, and in the sink. This cleaner costs pennies to make and you will feel good about using something safe for your family.
Take your shopping list to go! I learned this great tip from Julie at Less-than-Perfect Life of Bliss, where her shopping list is written on a chalkboard and not very portable. Even though mine is on a pad, I don't always want to tear it off if I'm just going out to run errands and may or may not end up at a grocery store. I just like to have the list with me, just in case, meanwhile, we can continue adding to it at home. I've already ended up using it a few times, although I hadn't planned to, so I was grateful to have the pic on my phone!
So there you have it -- My first 5 WFMW tips, shared. Have a wonderful Wednesday!
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