Friday, July 25, 2014

Amazed and a little scared!

Hey all!

Just thought I would write a quick little note here. I decided to sit tonight and do a little research on the computer. The kids are all occupied, and the hubby is at work so it's a little "me" time with the computer.
I started this blog 3 months ago (april 2014). It was my 4th one that I started. The first 3 I lost interest in very quickly. (A couponing blog, another deals blog, and a holidays blog) About 2 years ago, a friend of mine mentioned it to  me about starting a blog and how well hers was doing. She was making some money blogging and I wanted in on the action.
Being an avid couponer, I thought what the heck I can do this. I can tell people what I bought and when the sales are. Wrong! I just couldn't keep interest in the searching and shopping ect. And everytime I tried to sign up for an affiliate company I was denied. I guess I thought it would be faster or a quick buck. I didn't give it a chance thats for sure.

So I tried 2 more times when the mood struck me. and that too wasn't what I wanted to do.
A few months ago when I was cooking dinner (Mongolian Beef Stir Fry) I took a picture, and shared it with my friends on facebook. It got likes and comments and lots of photo love!
That is when it hit me (like a ton of bricks!) I need to be blogging about the things I make and fully enjoy making. Because I LIKE to share that stuff. Sure money would be great, but I sincerely like sharing my recipes, trying new recipes, making crafts and decorating the house.
So here we are! That's how Daily DIY Life was made.

Back to the point of this post... (sorry I ramble!)

The past week I have discovered Link Parties (Check out where I party HERE ) and I have seen some amazing and very creative blogs. There are so many, I never knew existed. It's wonderful to see so many fresh ideas and wonderful creativity at all of these places.

I know everything takes time to make/create and build, but wow! I have so much to learn. I'm really anxious to move forward with this wonderful new project I have started, but extremely terrified that I won't be able to "keep up with the jones' "Only time will tell I suppose.

So, for the few readers that I do have, please stick with me! I will still be posting on a regular basis, but I need to also keep up the research to see what and how I can make this tiny little blog about our life even better.

Until tomorrow .....
Have a wonderful evening! :)
Heather

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Soft & Chewy Oatmeal Cookies

 I don't do much baking in the summer time, I admit that. But since the fall season is approaching fast, it's time to dig out all the yummy cookie recipes and get ready for baking! Next to chocolate chip, oatmeal cookies are one of my favorites. Especially when they are soft and chewy, melt in your mouth sweet yummy goodness *drooling* !
Here is my family's favorite recipe for Oatmeal cookies. I hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

Soft & Chewey Oatmeal Cookies


1 cup butter, softened
1 cup white sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
3 cups quick cooking oats
1 cup raisins (optional)


In a medium bowl, cream together butter, white sugar, and brown sugar. Beat in eggs one at a time, then stir in vanilla. Combine flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon; stir into the creamed mixture. Mix in oats. Mix in raisins. Cover, and chill dough for at least one hour.
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets. Roll the dough into walnut sized balls, and place 2 inches apart on cookie sheets. Flatten each cookie with a large fork dipped in sugar.
Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in preheated oven. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

Garlic Butter Pasta Sauce




Do you ever have those nights when you forget to take something out of the freezer? Or maybe it is the night before you go grocery shopping and your cupboards are a little scarce? That happens to us all, and then we have to get creative and use our pantry to make something wonderful. Or make a run to Taco Bell (I did that this week...Yikes!)

This Garlic Butter Sauce is perfect for any type of pasta. And is a quick, satisfying meal for all. Even the picky teens like it enough for seconds! SCORE! We love quick and easy dinner recipes as well as make ahead meals.


Ingredients:
1/3 Cup Butter
1 Clove Garlic, minced
1/4 Tbs dried basil
1 tsp dried Oregano
sprinkle of paprika for garnish

In a small saucepan melt butter, add garlic and saute until cooked. Add dried oregano and dried basil and stir until heated through.

Toss with your favorite pasta for a quick and easy meal.
Serve with a garden salad and some crusty french bread! Yummmmm perfect for any quick weeknight dinner.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Ice Cream Quick Bread




It's not cold!! It's not frozen!!  It's just simply delicious! :)
This quick and very easy recipe whips up to make a moist and flavorful loaf of bread. Perfect along side a hot cup of coffee in the morning. And just as satisfying at the end of a meal for a quick dessert.

We have tried many brands/flavors for this recipe. Using full fat ice cream definitely is a must to get the texture and consistency you want in any good quick bread recipe.

The stronger the flavor the better the bread. Good quality ice cream worked much better than store brand or generic. Might be the flavor and the fat aspect. Store brands tend to be a bit more mild in flavor.




Ingredients:
1 cup ice cream, softened (full fat ice cream works best!)
3/4 cup self-rising flour
1 tablespoon sugar



Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Grease and flour a  5-3/4-in. x 3-in. x 2-in loaf pan
In a small bowl, combine the ice cream, flour and sugar.
Transfer to your prepared loaf pan
Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
Cool for 10 minutes before removing from the pan to a wire rack.
Yield: 1 loaf (6 slices).


Notes:
The stronger the ice cream flavor the better tasting bread you will have.To substitute self rising flour, you can place 1 tsp. baking powder and 1/4 tsp salt in a measuring cup and fill the rest with all purpose flour to make 3/4 cup.

Add some extras!! If you have some chopped nuts, or chocolate chips toss them in the batter too. It will just add another dimension of flavor to this already delicious bread.

Watch your cooking time! If this bread is over cooked, it will be a little dry. (nothing some butter or jam won't fix, but try to keep an eye on the bread.)

Enjoy!!
Let us know what flavor combo you try!

$1 DIY Dry Erase Board




We took a trip to wal-mart today to pick up some paint for some future projects. As I was wandering around the paint department, the paint samples caught my eye. All of those fantastic bright colors are perfect for inspiration.
I'm still working on the kitchen, and turning it into a beach themed kitchen. My accessories and decorations are seriously lacking. So why not grab some beachy colors and see how creative I can get?

My plan was to turn a $1 yard sale picture frame into a calendar using the paint chips as the squares. When I got into the backing of the frame, it was on there pretty good and I didn't want to damage the matte or the photo with out the right tools to take it apart. So I decided to go with something on a smaller scale.

And I came up with super easy and VERY affordable dry erase board!


Supplies:
Photo frame ($1 at the dollar store!)
Paint sample chips (FREE at walmart)
Glue or double sided tape

Trim your paint chips so the name or logo is removed (not all of them have this on the front, but some do)
Cut the chips to the desired size you want.
Lay them on the cardboard backing that came with your photo frame. Move them around until you get a look you like. I liked the gradient from light to dark look.
Glue or tape them down (i used hot glue. just a dab on the corners)



Pop it back into the frame.
The glass is going to act as your white board, just be sure to use a dry erase marker and not a sharpie :) I've done that before! Yikes!

For more quick and easy crafts, Check out our crafts page. You are sure to find something to spark your inspiration!

Happy crafting!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Tuesday Tips 7/22




This week were going to focus on things in the kitchen. I could probably go on forever  with a list, a long list of things I need to deep clean in the kitchen. But as always, start small and build  up.
You don't want to get overwhelmed doing everything at once.
That is how we get "bored" with the project were tackling.

Don't forget to use your timer (mentioned last week in Tuesday Tips)
Turn on your music and get to it!


Burnt Pans - If you have really stubborn  burnt on food, or a pan that has lots of residue cooked onto it, here is a solution to make it sparkle!!
Mix together baking soda, vinegar and water. Let your pan soak over night in the solution. They will be a breeze to clean the next morning.

Sponges - Here is 2 great tips for sponges!
1. Did you know sponges carry bacteria? lots of it! You can kill that bacteria simply by tossing your wet sponge in the microwave for 2 minutes! Always lay a paper towel down under the sponge. Some sponges are made with plastic fibers that can melt. So be extra careful when removing them.
2. Get DOUBLE the use out of your sponges, simply by cutting them in half before using them. Lets face it this makes total sense! We all use the edge of our sponge more than we do the whole thing anyway. Double the sponges for the same price!

Garbage Disposal - Lemon juice and hot water will kill any odor coming from the disposal. I also like to toss my lemon rinds in the disposal and grind them up. This also takes away the odor I think even a little better. *If your disposal is older and not so durable, stick to lemon juice and water.

Refresh those wooden cutting boards -
Wooden cutting boards that get used often can have a grimy build-up on the surface. To refresh your cutting board, cut a lemon in half pour a good amount of salt on the board, and use the lemon like a sponge to scrub off any old residue. Next, use a scraper to scrape up the salt and lemon mixture. Last, rinse with water and set out to dry.

Al tho this is not in the kitchen usually , I thought it was important enough to add to this weeks tips:
Pet Hair Removal from Carpet- (Moved furniture and did a deep sweep this week and I think I have enough dog hair to create a whole other dog! YUK!!)
Use a squeegee to remove pet hair from your carpet! Genius! Im am going out tomorrow to buy a squeegee! Reno (the 4 legged son) is shedding so bad right now, I'm kind of looking forward to winter so he stops LOL


There ya go .. this weeks Tuesday Tips to keep your home clean and neat with minimal effort! I am the first to admit I am not the best housekeeper and I hate to clean LOL So any little tips or tricks to make things easier or faster I'm all for!

To see past Tuesday Tips click the links below: (This is just week 2...more to come of course!)
Tuesday Tips 7/15/14 - Stainless Steel, Microwave , Dishes, Using a timer and Playing some music

Monday, July 21, 2014

Candy Cane Wreath








Another wonderful Dollar Store craft for you to try out! I just love being able to come up with decorations and ideas that don't break the bank. If I can find the stuff on sale, on clearance and even better - at the Dollar store I'm in!

We found these cute plastic candy canes last year at the Dollar Tree. There were 6 candy canes per package and we used 3 packages to make this wreath.

Using a little hot glue we glued the 2 curved sides and a dot on the end to stick 2 together.
Once we had 9 sets of 2 (they look like a heart at this point) we glued each heart back to back with another set until we formed our wreath shape.

Then we decorated!
Everything that we used to decorate was also from the dollar store. Except the snowman in the middle, he was an ornament at one time. We just took the loop off of him and glued him to the center.

You can add as much or as little as you want to this adorable little wreath. They even sell "fat" candy cane ornaments those work great too. Just cut the loop off and glue away!

Atach a ribbon through your wreath and viola! It's ready to hang.

Another super easy craft that is very much craft fair worthy. Give it a try and let me know what you come up with.

"Virgin" Pasta Salad


You all know what the term "virgin" in drinks mean - no alcohol
Well in this wonderfully creamy "virgin" macaroni salad there are no carbs! Well, not from the pasta anyway. There is no pasta!! Perfect for those of you on the Atkins diet! (I'm not a nutritionist, so if something is bad for you in this recipe on the Atkins diet I apologize now! This is my girlfriends recipe and I'm just doing what I'm told! :) )

Ingredients:
1/2 head of lettuce, shredded
2 medium tomatoes, chopped
2 cucumbers, chopped
1 can of spam, diced
2 Tbs apple cider vinegar
1 1/4 C. real mayonnaise
salt & pepper to taste

mix together vinegar and mayo in a medium size bowl until creamy
Add in the remaining ingredients. Toss in the dressing to coat well.
Salt & pepper to taste

Pretty easy!!
This recipe is thanks to my best girlfriend Amy. She's been on a mission to make yummy recipes to share with all of you. She's a fabulous cook, so I'm sure you will like what she comes up with.

Enjoy .....

Sneak Peek! Cookie Swap....

Hello everyone!!
For the last 5 years, I have been the hostess for our annual cookie swaps. I am working on a page filled with ideas, games, rules, links to invitations and best of all COOKIE RECIPES!

If you have ever been to a cookie swap, you know just how much fun they are! If you have never been to one, there is no better time to start a new tradition than this year.
What a great way to get everyone together for a day of fun and some delicious cookies.

The pages are almost finished, and since the holidays are right around the corner it is time to start planning our party.

I'm hoping to go live with the cookie swap pages by August 1st.
I'm putting out this sneak peek so everyone that is interested in hosting a cookie swap can be sure to like our FACEBOOK page and follow us on GOOGLE+ so they don't miss out!

I'm very excited about the new cookie swap pages, and sharing traditions and recipes with all of you.
What a great way to get everyone together this upcoming Holiday season!


Sunday, July 20, 2014

Copycat KFC Coleslaw




I'm not sure if any one else on here is a "coleslaw snob" like me or not. I love love love a good coleslaw, but let me tell ya it really has to be good!
KFC coleslaw is wonderful, and I played around with this recipe for probably a year to get it the way i like it...Better I think!
If you are a coleslaw snob, and like the tangy sweet taste of KFC coleslaw you will LOVE this recipe.
I don't get a chance to make it much in my house because the hubby and the kids both hate mayo (somethings seriously wrong with them!)
So when I do get to make it,  it's usually for a party and I get to make a bigggggg batch. And keep the left overs.

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do! 

 1 (16 ounce) package coleslaw mix
2 Tbs minced onion
1/3 C. white sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/8 tsp ground black pepper
1/4 C. milk
1/2 C. mayonnaise
1/4 C. buttermilk
1 1/2 Tbs white wine vinegar
2 1/2 Tbs lemon juice

Combine the coleslaw and onion in a large bowl.
In a separate bowl, combine the rest of the ingredients mix until smooth.
Pour mixture over the coleslaw and onion; stir well and chill for atleast 1 hour.

Baked Honey Siracha Chicken



Coming from a girl that does NOT like super spicy, this recipe is crazy good!
I can hand some heat, mild salsa maybe even medium. As long as it is not burn your mouth so you can't taste the food hot. I want to be able to taste what I'm eating not suffer through dinner :)

Anyway, I had never purchased a bottle of Siracha til my oldest son and his family came to visit last Christmas. Actually I didn't even purchase it, they did when they did a little grocery shopping and they left it behind. So I tried it on  something, I cant even remember what now and I liked it! Who knew?

One of my favorite things to put Siracha on is re-fried beans (that I also don't like LOL) with cheese.
One day I decided to see what kind of recipes were out there and I found this super easy Honey Siracha Chicken recipe on damndelicious.net.
Hey why not ... sweet and heat! They go together nicely.

Ingredients:
  • 2 pounds chicken wings
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro leaves(YUK..BUT TO EACH THEIR OWN!)
  • Sesame seeds, for garnish
  • For the honey Sriracha glaze
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup Sriracha*
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • Juice of 1 lime
Instructions
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • To make the glaze, melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in flour until lightly browned, about 1 minute. Stir in honey, Sriracha, soy sauce and lime juice. Bring to a boil; simmer until slightly thickened, about 1-2 minutes.
  • In a large bowl, combine wings, butter, vegetable oil, garlic powder, salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Place wings onto the prepared baking sheet and bake for 25-30 minutes, using metal tongs to turn at halftime. Brush wings with Sriracha glaze and broil for 3-4 minutes, or until crisp and crusted.
  • Serve immediately, garnished with cilantro and sesame seeds, if desired.

 This recipe is from damndelicious.net I do not claim to have created the recipe.
The photos however are my actual cooking shots :)