8 Easy Ways to Organize Your Refrigerator and Freezer

8 Easy Ways to Organize Your Refrigerator and Freezer - Tipsaholic
 Follow along with Get Organized Week by clicking here or on social media with #GetOrganized. Or share your own organization tips with #GetOrganized on social media.

Organize your refrigerator and freezer and you’ll reduce food waste, prepare meals quickly, and clean faster. Take the time to organize your refrigerator and freezer with these eight tips and you’ll find yourself smiling every time you open the refrigerator door.

tipsaholic title divider - organize your fridge

Categorize food in clear plastic bins

Putting things in bins is always a great organizing tip and your refrigerator is no exception to this rule. Unpack all of your food, especially kids’ snacks, from their packaging and organize them in clear plastic bins. It’ll be easy for you and your family to find what they want to eat. It’ll look great, too! This organizing trick works well with soda cans, just make sure to grab plastic bins that are designed for cans like this one.

clear bins

Put extra condiments on a lazy susan

Do you love your condiments? Most people store their condiments in the doors of their refrigerator, but maybe that’s not enough space for your collection. Organize your refrigerator and freezer by adding a lazy susan on a shelf. Store the rest of your condiments on it and you’ll be able to quickly find what you need by just rotating the lazy susan.

lazy susan

Get extra space with cabinet shelves

Instead of stacking your plastic containers on top of each other and having to unstack them every time you need something that’s on the bottom, use cabinet shelves to gain extra space in your refrigerator.

wire racks

Another idea is to use a corner cupboard organizer and put it in a corner of your refrigerator. Put your leftovers or your packaged lunches on your shelves and grab what you need without unstacking anything!

corner organizer

Store opened wine with a wine holder

If you like to drink wine, you can easily store leftover wine in your refrigerator with this stackable wine holder. This organization tool prevents your wine bottles from rolling around in the refrigerator or taking up space in the shelves on your refrigerator doors. They would also work great for water bottles and glass soda bottles.

wine holderUse bowls to hold fruit

Round fruit, like oranges and apples, can roll around in refrigerator drawers and become bruised as a result. Grab a few bowls and put them in your refrigerator to hold your round fruit. Very simple and clever! Bonus points if you use pretty bowls in bright colors.

bowls

Keep it clean with refrigerator liners

Make clean-up even easier by using refrigerator liners, such as these fridge coasters. Instead of scrubbing the plastic drawers and compartments in your refrigerator, simply lift up the fridge liners and wipe off the dirt. You could also make these DIY refrigerator liners using placemats.

refrigerator liners

Freeze soup in freezer bags

To save space in your freezer, put soup in plastic freezer bags and lay them flat so you can stack them up. This is much more space-efficient than using bulky containers. Put freezer labels on them to keep track of the contents and the expiration dates. You could simply use masking tape and a sharpie to label them. If you’re not sure when your frozen food will expire, check this guide to expiration dates for frozen food.

freezer bags

Write on the refrigerator or freezer (yes, really)

Here’s a cool idea: you could write right on the refrigerator or a deep freezer with a dry erase marker to keep track of the food you have in there. Another idea is to paint your freezer (or refrigerator) with chalk paint and write on it with chalk. Fun and practical!

write on fridge

What other ways do you organize your refrigerator or freezer? For more organizing tips, check out Organizing Your Kitchen and Tips for Organizing Your Garage.

 

“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

Top 10 Tips for Planning and Organizing Thanksgiving Dinner

Don't let hosting Thanksgiving dinner stress you out. Here are the Top 10 Tips for Planning and Organizing Thanksgiving Dinner ~ Tipsaholic.com #thanksgiving #dinner #planning
 

10 Essentials for planning Thanksgiving Dinner

If you have plans to host Thanksgiving dinner this year, you’re probably wondering where to begin. The amount of “to-dos” on your list can be overwhelming and you certainly don’t want to leave anything out! Start here with our list of ten things you need to do to plan and organize the best Thanksgiving dinner ever.

 

1. Make a guest list and get a head count

Invitations need to be extended early if you want certain friends and family to make an appearance. Make a list and start making phone calls and sending emails as soon as possible, and make sure you ask guests to RSVP by a certain date so you can get a final head count.

 

2. Plan your meal and make assignments

Once you know how many guests you’ll have, you can start planning your meal. If you’re planning a potluck be sure to contact your guests and ask what they’ll be bringing, or give them an assignment so you’re sure to cover all the Thanksgiving classics. You’ll want to let everyone know how many people will be coming so dishes can be prepared accordingly.

 

3. Make a grocery list and plan your shopping

Gather the recipes you’ll be using and make a grocery list from them. Plan to buy as many items as you can in advance to be sure that you won’t be hunting for something at the last minute. Some items may need to be purchased closer to Thanksgiving day, so make note of these for a final shopping trip.

 

4. Plan your table and décor

You may want to plan something special for your supper table and holiday decorating, or you may need a few more place settings for the amount of guests you’ll have. If you’re not sure where to start, these simple Thanksgiving tablescapes are sure to inspire you! Add any decorations, dinnerware, and other special items to your shopping lists.

 

5. Make a cleaning and decorating schedule

A cleaning and decorating schedule will be your best friend in the weeks leading up to the big meal. You’ll want to make room in your freezer, arrange for guests who will be staying with you, and complete any DIY decorating projects in advance. Plan to have fresh linens, fully-stocked bathrooms, and plenty of room for all the food!

 

6. Complete your shopping

Make your shopping trips as simple as possible. Have your lists at the ready and take some helpers if needed. You may want to delegate the shopping to a trusted family member if you need to complete other tasks. Make sure your freezer, refrigerator, and pantry are clean and ready for the abundance of Thanksgiving items.

 

7. Plan “busy activities” for kids and adults

The last thing you want is boredom at your fabulous Thanksgiving bash! Come up with some simple crafts, games, or other activities for any children you’ve invited, and make sure there are a few things for the adults to do too, just in case. If you feel out of your element in the entertainment department, you may want to ask a friend or family member to take over this task. Check out Pinterest and other websites for ideas.

 

8. Make a D-day schedule

This may be the most important part of your Thanksgiving organization! When it comes to final preparations, you’ll need a master list for things like what to defrost and when, what to cook and when, what needs to be set up, what needs to be cleaned last-minute, and when guests will be arriving. Ask for help if needed, especially when it comes to the most important tasks like cooking the turkey, making the gravy, and setting the table. You may also want to set out an appetizer or start guests off with something to drink while you finalize everything.

 

9. List last-minute preparations

You can make these things a part of your D-day schedule by placing them at the end. This part of your list should include things like carving the turkey, setting out the gravy, pouring drinks, lighting candles, turning off the oven, reheating pre-made side dishes, adding dressings to salads, and more. Once you’ve got those things under control, be sure to take a breath and enjoy the meal with your guests – you’ve earned it!

 

10. Take it easy after dinner!

Hopefully the stress you may have felt leading up to the meal has abated and you can look forward to dessert. You may need to do a few more things like slice pies or whip a cream topping. Chances are you’ll have many willing hands to help clean up once the food has been eaten. Be sure to wrap up leftovers as soon as possible (within two hours is best). More than anything, take time to sit and enjoy friends, family, and your time together on this wonderful Thanksgiving day!

 

Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at Utterly Inexperienced, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

For more Thanksgiving Inspiration check out these ideas:

13 Easy Side Dishes for Winter Gatherings - Tipsaholic.com          Turkey          Fall Desserts

Easy Side Dishes              Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes      Fall Dessert Recipes

p3gold          10 Unique Stuffing Recipes for Thanksgiving - Tipsaholic         thanksgiving-tips-tipsaholic-1

Thanksgiving Tablescapes          Stuffing Recipes               Thanksgiving Cook Tips

10 Flavorful Acorn Squash Recipes

Have you tried the very versatile and healthy acorn squash yet? Try these 10 delicious acorn squash recipes for your next dinner... or breakfast or lunch via @tipsaholic #squash #veggies #acornsquash #recipes 10 Acorn Squash Recipes

Have you tried acorn squash yet? They aren’t very expensive and will add a lot of vitamin A and C to your meals. Acorn squash is also versatile! Try these 10 acorn squash recipes for your next dinner… or breakfast or lunch.

If acorn squash is new to you, here’s how to prepare it.

Roasted Parmesan Acorn Squash

Roasted vegetables are always so good and acorn squash is no exception to this rule. Slice your acorn squash into moon-shaped slices and enjoy them roasted with grated Parmesan cheese. This is a pretty kid-friendly side dish, which is a big bonus!

Have you tried the very versatile and healthy acorn squash yet? Try these 10 delicious acorn squash recipes for your next dinner... or breakfast or lunch via @tipsaholic #squash #veggies #acornsquash #recipes

5 Ingredient Breakfast Stuffed Acorn Squash

Acorn squash is so tasty, it doesn’t require a lot of ingredients to cook a delicious side dish, as evidenced from this recipe that only uses five ingredients. Even though the recipe description says it’s for breakfast, its also delicious for lunch or dinner!

Have you tried the very versatile and healthy acorn squash yet? Try these 10 delicious acorn squash recipes for your next dinner... or breakfast or lunch via @tipsaholic #squash #veggies #acornsquash #recipes

Acorn Squash Fries

Everybody loves french fries, but they don’t always need to be made with potatoes. So many starchy vegetables can be turned into tasty fries and acorn squash is one of them!  Try this acorn squash recipe and then try these other healthy fries.

Have you tried the very versatile and healthy acorn squash yet? Try these 10 delicious acorn squash recipes for your next dinner... or breakfast or lunch via @tipsaholic #squash #veggies #acornsquash #recipes

Acorn Squash Paleo Wraps

If you’re looking for a good gluten-free or paleo recipe for wraps or tortillas, this is a great one. What’s more, this recipe only requires two ingredients. Enjoy them as Mexican tacos, lunch wraps, or alongside a steamy bowl of chili.

Have you tried the very versatile and healthy acorn squash yet? Try these 10 delicious acorn squash recipes for your next dinner... or breakfast or lunch via @tipsaholic #squash #veggies #acornsquash #recipes

Rice and Mushroom Stuffed Acorn Squash

Instead of serving rice and a vegetable side with your main dish, why not combine your rice and vegetable sides into one delectable package? If someone in your family doesn’t like acorn squash, just serve them the creamy rice stuffing mix. Problem solved.

Have you tried the very versatile and healthy acorn squash yet? Try these 10 delicious acorn squash recipes for your next dinner... or breakfast or lunch via @tipsaholic #squash #veggies #acornsquash #recipes

Oven Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Acorn Squash

When you combine two vegetables to make one vegetable side, you get two sets of nutrients and plenty of leftovers for lunch that week. This recipe is a great example of that and it’s made even better with the addition of chopped dates, walnuts, and a savory sauce of rosemary, mustard, and apple cider vinegar.

Have you tried the very versatile and healthy acorn squash yet? Try these 10 delicious acorn squash recipes for your next dinner... or breakfast or lunch via @tipsaholic #squash #veggies #acornsquash #recipes

Balsamic Glazed Acorn Squash

This is a pretty simple recipe but still tasty with the help of balsamic vinegar. This easy acorn squash recipe would work equally as well for a family dinner or a big Thanksgiving dinner. Gotta love recipes that you simply chop, season, and throw into the oven!

Have you tried the very versatile and healthy acorn squash yet? Try these 10 delicious acorn squash recipes for your next dinner... or breakfast or lunch via @tipsaholic #squash #veggies #acornsquash #recipes

Baked Acorn Squash Rings

This exciting acorn squash recipe was created as a healthy replacement for onion rings by covering acorn squash rings with bread crumbs and coconut flakes. Crispy, yet tender inside, what a beautiful combination.

Have you tried the very versatile and healthy acorn squash yet? Try these 10 delicious acorn squash recipes for your next dinner... or breakfast or lunch via @tipsaholic #squash #veggies #acornsquash #recipes

Roasted Acorn Squash and Sweet Potato Soup

Winter squashes can be turned into creamy, thick, and delicious soups. This acorn squash soup recipe is made with sweet potato, coconut milk, and garam masala, which is a great combination for a fall soup that warms you up as it gets cooler outside.

Have you tried the very versatile and healthy acorn squash yet? Try these 10 delicious acorn squash recipes for your next dinner... or breakfast or lunch via @tipsaholic #squash #veggies #acornsquash #recipes

Acorn Squash Pie with Apples

We can’t forget dessert, can we? Yes, acorn squash can be turned into a yummy dessert that screams fall. Instead of making pumpkin or sweet potato pie again this year, why not try an acorn squash pie? This recipe uses sliced apples as a replacement for a pie crust, but you could still use one when you bake yours.

It’s amazing to see just how many different ways to prepare acorn squash there are. Is this list missing any great acorn squash recipes? Share your favorite recipes with us!

“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

Need more fun veggie ideas? Try some of these:

Veggies           edible plants          ss8

Veggie Sides                          Edible Indoor Plants              Spaghetti Squash Recipes

12 Spaghetti Squash Recipes

spaghettisquashpin

spaghettisquashhead

Spaghetti squash is a wonderful winter squash that resembles pasta when cooked. You can simply swap out pasta with spaghetti squash for your favorite pasta recipes, but why not also try some of these 12 spaghetti squash recipes?

 

bake

If you like simple and fresh spaghetti dishes with tomato and basil, you’ll like this spaghetti squash recipe. Try roasting your spaghetti squash ahead of time to make this dish even easier to make.

ss2

This recipe uses the spaghetti squash themselves as your bowls so you’ll spend less time cleaning and more time thinking just how delicious your dinner was. To make this recipe faster to cook, try using your favorite jarred pasta sauce.

ss3

Shrimp, dried tomatoes, fresh basil, and tomatoes all in one dish? So very healthy, especially when you sub out noodles for spaghetti squash. Up the nutritional value of this spaghetti squash recipe by adding extra vegetables.

ss4

Love pesto? Try this spaghetti squash recipe that also includes peas and chicken. And it’s so easy and quick to make, especially when you cook the chicken and squash ahead of time.

ss5

Spaghetti squash is delicious, but it can be too light for a main meal unless you add meat and cheese. This recipe uses white beans to make it more filling and thus would be a great vegetarian main dish. It also uses feta rather than the usual mozzarella or Parmesan, which gives the dish a nice kick!

ss6

There’s all sorts of pizza crust recipes out there now, so naturally there’s a pizza crust that’s made with spaghetti squash! It won’t taste like a regular crust, but it’ll still be good and be a great base for you to create a pizza on. Try one of these pizza recipes with this crust!

ss7

This is another spaghetti squash recipe that would work great as a vegetarian main dish, thanks to the portobello mushrooms. I love how the mushrooms act as the pizza crush for this dish. You could add your favorite pizza toppings to make this recipe even better.

ss8

Buffalo chicken recipes tend to include a lot of cheese and hot sauce… and this recipe fulfills that expectation. It’s just a tad bit healthier with the spaghetti squash, but it’s still creamy and delicious, just the way you like your buffalo chicken dishes.

ss9

All the staples of southwestern cooking are included in this spaghetti squash recipe: jalapeno peppers, red bell peppers, black beans, corn, cilantro, and more. Forget the tortillas and try this recipe! Add chopped avocado on top for even more deliciousness.

ss10

Sometimes you just get that craving for take out, like pad thai. But who knows what’s really in those paper containers? Make your own pad thai and make it even better for you by using spaghetti squash instead of rice noodles.

ss11

Many spaghetti squash recipes require that you roast the squash before you actually put together the dish, but all you need to do with this recipe is to cut it in half and throw it in the slower cooker with the other ingredients. Perfect for busy days!

ss12

This delicious spaghetti squash casserole is a true people pleaser. I’ve made this one several times and everyone, from 3-year-olds to foodie snobs, have told me how much they enjoyed it. Try it soon; it just might make your weekly rotation!

 

Since spaghetti squash can last a long time in your refrigerator or pantry (from 1 to 3 months), go ahead and stock up on it so you can try some of these spaghetti squash recipes! Have I missed anything on the list? Let us know!

 

“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

 

Featured image via Better Homes and Gardens.

Check out these other great meal ideas:

cranberry-pear-tart-250x250    sweet-potato-recipes-tipsaholic-1-250x250    Turkey-250x250

Cranberry Desserts         Sweet Potato Recipes       Recipes for Thanksgiving Leftovers

 

 

8 Cranberry Inspired Dessert Recipes

Get creative with cranberries! Perfect Fall Desserts. 8 Cranberry Inspired Dessert Recipes - Tipsaholic.com #cranberry #recipes #desserts

 

No Thanksgiving dinner is complete without the cranberry sauce. However, you can do a lot more with these tart berries than just make the seasonal side dish. Juicy and tart, cranberries will lend a robust flavor to traditional desserts. Plus, they are considered a superfood rich in antioxidants and vitamin C. Here are eight cranberry inspired dessert recipes for you to try this fall.

8 cranberry inspired dessert recipes - Tipsaholic.com

1. Cranberry Pear Tart with Almond Cream

This tart is both elegant and delicious. Pears and cranberries complement each other to provide the perfect bouquet of subtle, delicious flavor.

Get creative with cranberries! Perfect Fall Desserts. 8 Cranberry Inspired Dessert Recipes - Tipsaholic.com #cranberry #recipes #desserts

2. Cranberry Bliss Cookies

If you’ve ever tried a cranberry bliss bar at Starbucks you’ll definitely want to make these copy-cat cranberry bliss cookies. Plus, who can resist cream cheese frosting?

Get creative with cranberries! Perfect Fall Desserts. 8 Cranberry Inspired Dessert Recipes - Tipsaholic.com #cranberry #recipes #desserts

3. Cranberry Pie

Combine the tart flavor of cranberries with a light, flaky crust to make a scrumptious, albeit less commonly made, pie.

Get creative with cranberries! Perfect Fall Desserts. 8 Cranberry Inspired Dessert Recipes - Tipsaholic.com #cranberry #recipes #desserts

4. Cranberry Brie Bites

These cranberry brie bites are the perfect mixture of savory, tart flavor. Serve them as an appetizer or bite-sized dessert.

Get creative with cranberries! Perfect Fall Desserts. 8 Cranberry Inspired Dessert Recipes - Tipsaholic.com #cranberry #recipes #desserts

5. Orange-Cranberry Yogurt Loaf

Your family will devour this loaf as soon as you pull it out of the oven. This sweet bread is a perfect morning side or post-dinner dessert.

Get creative with cranberries! Perfect Fall Desserts. 8 Cranberry Inspired Dessert Recipes - Tipsaholic.com #cranberry #recipes #desserts

6. Cranberry Pumpkin Oatmeal Muffins

These muffins are the perfect after school snack or post-dinner treat. Plus, they are healthier alternative to cake or cookies.

Get creative with cranberries! Perfect Fall Desserts. 8 Cranberry Inspired Dessert Recipes - Tipsaholic.com #cranberry #recipes #desserts

7. Mini Cranberry Apple Pies

These bite-sized pies will be a hit at your next office party or family get-together. Sprinkle Turbinado sugar before baking for an extra-special touch.

Get creative with cranberries! Perfect Fall Desserts. 8 Cranberry Inspired Dessert Recipes - Tipsaholic.com #cranberry #recipes #desserts

8. Cranberry Gingerbread Scones

These scrumptious scones marry two holiday-favorite ingredients. You’ll love the unique flavor combination.

Get creative with cranberries! Perfect Fall Desserts. 8 Cranberry Inspired Dessert Recipes - Tipsaholic.com #cranberry #recipes #desserts

Feature image via Some the Wiser

 

Clarissa Fidler is a 20-something trying to find her place in this world. She grew up in Seattle, attended college in Utah, and recently moved back to the Pacific Northwest after spending three years in Chicago obtaining her master’s degree in journalism. Clarissa spends her days working as a higher education professional helping graduate students pursue their passions. In her free time you’ll find her reading the New York Times, cuddling with her cat Harper, catching up on her favorite blogs, enjoying the outdoors, or checking out a new restaurant.  If you’d like to read more by Clarissa, check out her blog West Hawthorne Place.

Try these other fall ideas:

Veggies         pumpkin-roll-recipe         Fall Desserts

Veggie Sides                         Pumpkin Recipes                  Fall Desserts

tipsaholic-simple-vegan-chocolate-cake-joy-the-baker        Easy Paleo Desserts via Tipsaholic.com         25 camping desserts

Vegan Desserts                    Paleo Desserts                       Camping Desserts

7 Healthy and Easy Vegetable Side Dishes

7 Healthy and Easy Vegetable Side Dishes

7 Healthy and easy vegetable side dish

Sometimes we take the time and energy to plan our main dishes, but forget to plan for our vegetable sides… and we fall back on the same boring vegetable sides that we’re so tired of. No more! Here are 7 healthy and easy vegetable side dishes that you can prepare fast so you can focus your cooking energy on your main dish!

Easy Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts

So many people despise brussels sprouts, but they probably haven’t tried this recipe. Any vegetable tastes better roasted rather than steamed and this is certainly true of brussels sprouts. Add a few tablespoons of balsamic vinegar along with olive oil, salt, and pepper, and you’ve got yourself an easy vegetable side dish that even your kids will like.

Garlic Cauliflower “Mashed Potatoes”

Like mashed potatoes, but don’t like how full it makes you? Try mashed cauliflower with garlic, butter, salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Just mash it with a food processor and serve! It goes really well with meatballs and sauce or meatloaf or any heavy meat dish. The best part? You can even make it ahead of time and just heat it up when you’re ready to eat!

Honeyed Carrots

Honey and carrots is a beautiful food marriage, when done right. This recipe combines fresh garlic, fresh rosemary, fresh parsley, butter, honey, and olive oil to create a beautiful dish of honeyed carrots. After a couple of minutes in a pan, you’ve got yourself an easy vegetable side dish ready to go!

Garlic Portobello Mushrooms with Pecorino Romano

Cooked portobello mushrooms taste awesome when they’re cooked to the point that their moisture has all evaporated, as evidenced by this great recipe. After you slice and cook the mushrooms with garlic, salt, and pepper, pile the steaming hot mushroom slices on a plate and grate pecorino romano cheese over it for an easy and delicious vegetable side.

Parmesan Zucchini and Corn

Made in only 10 minutes, this vegetable side of zucchini and corn is easy to make and so satisfying to eat. With the addition of dried herbs (basil, oregano, and thyme) and a fresh herb (cilantro), this easy veggie side goes great with a main dish of chicken or fish.

Caesar Green Beans

This green bean recipe is made easy with the help of a bottled Caesar salad dressing and made even more delicious with grated parmesan cheese on top. Doesn’t that sound like something that kids would like?

Lemon Garlic Roasted Asparagus

Whenever I see fresh asparagus in the grocery store, I always pick it up because I know I can prepare it in just a few minutes for a great vegetable side dish! This delicious recipe shows you how. All you need is a lemon, garlic powder, olive oil, and salt and pepper. Toss everything on a foil-lined baking sheet and cook for a few minutes and enjoy!

A beautifully prepared vegetable side dish is a delicious addition to a main dish and it’s even better when you can cook it with minimal effort. What are your favorite easy vegetable side dishes?

For more easy recipes, check out 8 Quick and Easy Portable Breakfast Ideas and 3 Savory and Easy Sweet Potato Recipes.

Feature and title image via Better Homes & Gardens.

“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

Find other great recipe ideas:

syruprecipesbhg          Pizza         6 Creative BBQ Side Dishes - Tipsaholic.com

Syrup Recipes                       Pizza Recipes                         BBQ Sides Recipes

recipes for healthy french fries via Tipsaholic.com        Re-Grow Vegetables from Scraps via Tipsaholic.com         4 Paleo Meal Recipes via Tipsaholic

French Fry Recipes             Grow Veggies from Scraps   Paleo Meal Recipes

Recipe Ideas for Thanksgiving Leftovers

10 Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes

1o recipe ideas for thanksgiving leftovers

Part of the reason we all tend to overeat on Thanksgiving Day is that we overcook! Even if we’re expecting a crowd, there always seems to be way too much food leftover after the big day. Sure, turkey sandwiches are great, but why not create some new, unique meals with all those Thanksgiving leftovers instead? Think of it as recycling – only much more delicious!

10 Recipes for Turning Thanksgiving Leftovers into Something New

  1. Turkey Hash with Eggs: you can even use leftovers for breakfast
  2. Turkey Enchiladas: this cheese sauce is amazing
  3. Turkey and Biscuit Casserole: baked comfort food
  4. Stuffing Meatloaf with Marmalade Glaze: stuffing is even better the second time around
  5. Turkey Magiritsa: a great riff on a traditional Greek soup
  6. Turkey Tetrazzini: this creamy pasta feeds a crowd
  7. Creamy Mashed Potato and Leek Soup: when you just want a break from all that turkey
  8. Turkey Croquettes: a great use for leftover turkey and mashed potatoes
  9. Cranberry Nut Squares: cranberry sauce transitions from side dish to yummy dessert
  10. Pie and Cranberry Sauce Milkshake: hope you’re lucky enough to even have leftover pie for this one

Feature and Title image via Better Homes and Gardens.

Julianne Puckett is the creator of Yankee Kitchen Ninja, a blog about what she calls “stealthy homemaking” — healthy recipes that are quick and easy to prepare, DIY gardening tips and the occasional craft project. A designer, writer and former suburban-dwelling IT professional, she lives in rural Vermont, where she struggles to balance the siren call of her inner farmer with her love of cute shoes and cocktails.

If you love these tips, then try these:

13 Easy Side Dishes for Winter Gatherings - Tipsaholic.com          title         Fall Desserts

Easy Side Dishes                    Indoor Fall Decor                  Fall Desserts

12 Delectable Fall Desserts

12 Delectable Desserts You'll "Fall" For - tipsaholic, #dessert, #recipe, #bake, #fall

 dessert divider

 

Fall is fast approaching!  That means cooler weather… and all the scrumptious desserts that come with it!  Pumpkin, pear, cherry, apple, cinnamon; the flavors of fall offer a myriad of dessert options.  That old standby, pumpkin pie, is sure to be a hit with friends and family, but if you’re looking to revamp your fall dessert repertoire we’ve got some great ideas for you!  Don’t dump the old classics – everyone craves a good cinnamon apple crisp with vanilla ice cream from time to time – but slip a new treat into your rotation or try it out for a fall gathering to sweeten things up.  These 10 delectable fall desserts are sure to become fast favorites!

 

1. Pumpkin Pie Cake – bugaboo, mini, mr & me:  If you love the flavor of pumpkin pie but want to try it in a new way this dessert is a must!  All the flavor is there, wrapped up in a moist and flavorful cake and topped with delicious homemade whipped cream.3

 

2. Poached Gingered Pears in Chocolate Sauce – Pham Fatale:  This dessert seriously ups the fancy-factor!  No one will believe just how easy it is to make them.  Lemon, ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg create a medley of tasty goodness while a dark chocolate sauce is the grand finale.600

 

3. Cinnamon Caramel Swirl Bars – McCormick:  Though cinnamon is front and center in this super delicious, super easy to make bars, you’ll love the warm, gooey caramel.  Throw in some pecans, vanilla and brown sugar for a completely sweet-tooth satisfying dessert.Cinnamon Caramel Swirl Bars.ashx

 

4. Cherry Kuchen - Food Family Finds:  Speaking of easy to make, try this moist and delicious sweet cherry kuchen instead of cherry pie.  You’ll love how simple it is and how deliciously everything combines.  There’s no competition between flavors – making this a must-try.Cherry-Kuchen-Cake-Recipe

 

5. Dark Chocolate Pomegranate Mousse – Sue’s Nutrition Buzz:  If you’re a chocolate-lover, this dessert is sure to please!   Whip up the light and fluffy semi-sweet mousse and combine with pomegranate juice, topping with whole pomegranates.  It’s fun marriage of fall flavors.dark-chocolate-mousse1

 

6. Pumpkin Cheesecake Tarts - Very Best Baking:  These great mini tartlets are an incredible addition to any fall buffet!  With a crunchy crushed gingersnap base and spiced cream cheese filling you can top these off with whipped cream or sour cream and drizzle on some semi-sweet chocolate for a delectable alternative to pie.28492lrg

 

7. Roasted Pear Dessert – Two a Healthy Life:  If you’re looking for something sweet but still light and healthy, look no further.  Whip this dessert up in a jiff, using fresh halved pears, fig jam and goat cheese.pear001b

 

8. Caramel Pecan Hand Pies – The Cafe Sucre Farine:  It doesn’t take much to make these adorable mini pies!  Pecan pie is a staple of fall, and these little hand pies are sure to be a hit with everyone, especially the kids.  They’ve got all the goodness of the real thing, and they look amazing, too.IMG_9858

 

9. Pear and Dried Cherry Crisp With Walnut Streusel - Once Upon a Chef:  For an easy dessert that takes little time and minimal effort but packs all the punch of combined pear and cherry flavors, this dessert is a go-to!  With an incredible streusel topping, this crisp is a homey comfort food you won’t want to miss.Pear-and-Dried-Cherry-Crisp-with-Walnut-Streusel2

 

10. Pear Right-Side Up Cake – Lunchbox bunch:  Not only is this tart beautiful to look at, but it packs all the flavor you could want in a fall cake.  Mandolin-sliced pears top this super moist cake.  It’s completely vegan.  Even better?  It’s low-fat!pear-cake-1

 

11. Salted Caramel Apple Crumb Bars – Two Peas and Their Pod:  This is not your ordinary apple crumble.  The crumbled crust is moist like cake, while the apples filling combines all the fall favorites – nutmeg, cinnamon, all-spice, vanilla – along with a rich salted caramel sauce.  These bars will turn heads!salted-caramel-apple-crumb-bars

 

12. Spiced Pumpkin Mousse Trifle – Rachel Ray:  Trifle’s not just for strawberries, pound cake, cheesecake and other summery fixings!  This trifle is perfect for your fall table with pumpkin mousse, ginger, and cinnamon.  Layer it up with crumbled gingersnaps and top with cream.  Cloves and dark rum deepen the rich fall flavors.l_R180346

 

Featured Image via Better Homes and Gardens.

 

Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

Find more delicious recipes:

red velvet recipe roundup              25 camping desserts            tipsaholic-10-tempting-vegan-desserts-pinterest pic

Red Velvet Recipes                  Camping Dessert Recipes      Vegan Dessert Recipes

Easy Paleo Desserts via Tipsaholic.com             syruprecipesbhg              kebab Title slide

Paleo Dessert Recipes             Syrup Recipes                             Kebab Recipes

7 Simple Meals Kids Can Make Themselves

7 Simple Meals Kids Can Make Themselves ~ Tipsaholic.com #kidfood #kidscooking #kidrecipes

kidfood2

 

Evenings are often full of homework, extra-curriculars, laundry, and a whole lot of busy. Is it any wonder that it can be difficult to find time to make a meal? Give yourself a break this week! With a little bit of planning and preparation on the weekends, your home can be stocked full of ingredients for simple meals kids can make all on their own.

 

Chef Salad

Prepare salad ingredients for the week and store them in plastic containers in the fridge. Whenever the kids need a quick meal, they can pull everything out, build a salad, add a bit of dressing, and voila! Instant dinner.

 

Simple Sandwiches

Everyone has to start somewhere, and putting together a good old-fashioned PB&J is a great way to learn. Using a butter knife to spread ingredients over bread is a fabulous fine motor skill that even the smallest children can develop. And hey, the kids can get even more creative trying new combinations like peanut butter and bananas, hazelnut spread and sliced strawberries, or even something new like cream cheese and veggies. And don’t forget old favorites like ham and cheese; pre-sliced ingredients make for even easier prep!

 

Microwaved Bagel Pizzas

The microwave is usually an appliance older kids don’t need to be afraid of. Teach your children how to use your particular model and leave sticky notes with heating directions whenever necessary. Keep a few simple pizza ingredients in the refrigerator – sauce, pepperoni, shredded cheese, and bagels – and kids can make their own bagel pizzas and heat them in the microwave for 1 to 1 ½ minutes.

 

Quesadillas or Nachos

Plain cheese is nice, but if you plan ahead, you can provide the kids with shredded chicken, peppers, and other tasty additions they can place between a couple of tortillas (or layer on chips) and warm up in the microwave. Don’t forget to keep a bit of salsa and sour cream around for dipping!

 

Fruit and Yogurt Parfait

It doesn’t get much easier than this – a little frozen fruit, yogurt, and some granola to top it off make a tasty parfait. Kids will love layering the ingredients and won’t need to come running to mom and dad for help!

 

Chicken Caesar Wraps

Purchase a simple Caesar salad kit from the grocery store, then spend a little time cooking chicken breasts and slicing them lengthwise. Kids can make a wrap in minutes with a tortilla, chicken from the fridge, and lettuces and dressings from the salad kit.

 

French Toast Skewers

Cut your next batch of French toast into cubes and store them in the freezer. When you’re busy and the kids get hungry, they can take some out, warm them in the microwave, layer them on a skewer with fruit, and drizzle with syrup. Yum!

 

Sometimes a busy parent just has to let the kids feed themselves! Try these ideas for no-cook breakfasts if your mornings need to be simplified.

 

 Featured image via 

 

Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at Utterly Inexperienced, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

10 Breakfast Syrup Recipes for More Flavorful Pancakes

10 Breakfast Syrup Recipes for More Flavorful Pancakes, Waffles, and French Toast! @Tipsaholic


syruprecipes

 

A warm, rich maple syrup has long been the go-to when it comes to pancakes.  Pure, flavorful maple syrups have even gained popularity as natural sweeteners in recent years. But if you’re all for bucking plain old maple and looking for something new to top off your pancakes, waffles, or french toast, these 10 breakfast syrup recipes will certainly give your taste buds a tickle.

 

1. Lemon syrup

Add a little tang of citrus to your morning stack of hotcakes with this recipe. The buttery richness of the syrup base blends perfectly with the lemon flavors and will taste great over a variety of pancakes. Try it over strawberry, blueberry, or the lemon poppyseed suggested in the recipe!

 

2. Chocolate syrup

Chocolate milk turned into syrup? Yes. Chocolate milk turned into syrup and poured over a steaming pile of pancakes. Don’t be afraid to try this creamy little number – it’s like soaking your breakfast with a rich cup of hot cocoa and makes the perfect syrup for a cool fall morning.

 

3. Buttermilk syrup

If maple is the top dog of syrups, then buttermilk is its sweet sister. Five ingredients and a few minutes foaming on the stove are all it takes! Make this buttermilk syrup a staple for pancake and waffle mornings at your house – you won’t regret it.

 

4. Orange syrup

Feeling a little fancy? An orange syrup like this one is fancy enough for any pancake, even one topped with ricotta and toasted almonds as suggested with the recipe! The ingredients are simple but the mixture goes a long way in making a hearty breakfast.

 

5. Caramel Apple syrup

Butter, brown sugar, and apple cider are all you need to whip together this drizzle-approved syrup. Add a handful of diced apples to your pancake batter – or make the suggested apple cider pancakes – when apple harvest rolls around.

 

6. Peach syrup

Pour this fruity treat over your next stack of French toast and be prepared for breakfast with a punch. Fresh peaches, a dollop of whipped cream, and you’ll be ready to dive in.

 

7. Cinnamon Cream Cheese syrup

Make your plain old waffles taste like cinnamon rolls with this cinnamon cream cheese syrup, or go an even more decadent route by “frosting” some banana bread, zucchini, or apple pancakes.

 

8. Blueberry syrup

There’s something about a good blueberry syrup that takes a waffle to a whole new level. Boil down a simple-syrup of sugar and water and then add a blueberry and maple syrup puree to get this syrup going.

 

9. Coconut syrup

If you’ve been dreaming of a tropical getaway, pouring an incredible coconut syrup over your breakfast might just take you one step closer. Coconut milk provides the base for this syrup, and the rest of the ingredients are simple and sweet.

 

10. Peanut Butter syrup

Have you been known to spread a bit of peanut butter over your pancakes before dousing them in syrup? Skip that step and go straight for the good stuff by mixing up a batch of this heavenly peanut butter maple syrup!

Looking for more amazing breakfast recipes? Try these fun No-Cook Breakfast Ideas!

 

Featured image via Better Homes and Gardens.

 

Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at Utterly Inexperienced, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

8 Quick and Easy, Portable Breakfast Ideas

8 Quick and Easy Portable Breakfast Ideas - Tipsaholic, #breakfast, #recipe, #easymeal

 breakfast title

 

Mornings can be hectic for many, but you can make the morning rush just a little easier by preparing portable breakfasts in advance and grabbing them as you run out the door. Some of these recipes require a few minutes of heating before eating, but you can always skip that step if you’re in a hurry. Make it easier for your family to eat the most important meal of the day!  If you’re too busy for breakfast, try these 8 quick and easy, portable breakfast ideas.

 

1. Zucchini-Potato Frittata

5069f111d9127e30da000ba1._w.540_h.393_s.fit_

A frittata is not that hard to make and it keeps well in the refrigerator. Cut out a slice when it’s time for breakfast and heat it up.  This recipe includes zucchini, potato, and bacon all in one delicious, portable breakfast. You could use sweet potato for even more taste and nutrition!  Bonus: You could grab a slice for lunch, too!

 

2. Cranberry-Pistachio Energy Bars

cranberry-pistachio-energy-bars-ck-l

There’s so much goodness in these energy bars, from rolled oats, quinoa, and coconut to almond butter, that you can feel good about as you munch them on way to work. Make 15 servings at once and store them in zip-top plastic bags that you can easily grab and put in your purse.

 

3. Easy Breakfast Roll-Ups

Easy-Breakfast-Roll-Ups

A breakfast burrito might be portable in theory, but they can be messy. Scrambled egg and shredded cheese can easily fall out, especially when eaten by kids. This recipe offers a truly smart and easy way to assemble breakfast burritos, or roll-ups, that won’t cause a mess in your car!

 

4. Pancake Pockets

pancake pockets with berries

Your kids will love this recipe and so will you! Pancakes are definitely not portable, especially with fruit toppings and syrup.  You can solve that problem by putting the fruit inside the pancakes; so clever! The fruit sweetens the pancake pockets just enough that you won’t need syrup.

 

5. Overnight Refrigerator Oatmeal

1122766

You can make this overnight oatmeal the night before, or prepare several jars for a week’s worth of portable breakfasts. Mix together old-fashioned rolled oats, Greek yogurt, and almond milk in a jar and leave it in the refrigerator overnight. Top it with banana and anything else you want to add – try roasted nuts, a drizzle of honey, or your favorite fruit – and eat up!

 

6. Quiche Crescent Cups

Dubliner-Quiche-Crescent-Cups-ItsYummi-718x1436

Crescent is quite possibly the most delicious breakfast bread ever and when you combine it with eggs, cheese, and bacon, you have yourself a scrumptious breakfast. You can make this in advance and store it in your refrigerator. Heat it up in a toaster oven for a few minutes and enjoy!

 

7. Breakfast Cereal Parfait

breakfast cereal parfait

Layer yogurt and strawberries in a mason jar or any other glass jar and top with a lid. Let your parfaits hang out in the refrigerator until you’re ready to eat, then you can grab one and sprinkle your favorite cereal on top. You could use any other fruit that you prefer as well – how about blackberries, blueberries, or even kiwi?

 

8. Waffle Cups

Waffle-Cups

Sure, you could toast a couple frozen waffles and be on your way, but waffles aren’t as filling as eggs. That’s why these waffle cups are such a genius idea! Defrost your frozen waffles, press them into muffin cups and cook. Fill them with eggs and fixings – like bacon, cheese, and/or vegetables. When it’s time to eat, heat them up in a toaster oven for a few minutes.

 

Featured image via Better Homes and Gardens.

 

“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

9 Unique Pizza Recipes That Take You Beyond the Pepperoni

9 Unique Pizza Recipes to take you beyond pepperoni ~ Tipsaholic.com #pizzarecipe #dinner

 

pizza recipes

Do you like to make your own pizza at home? Why not try something different than pepperoni and cheese for your next pizza? Try one of these 9 unique pizza recipes that pack a lot of flavor and nutrition in one slice! Pizza is definitely more versatile than some people might think.

1. Shrimp Fra Diavolo Pizza

If you like shrimp, you’ll love this fantastic shrimp pizza that includes grape tomatoes, sauteed onions, fresh basil, and mozzarella cheese. You’ll need to cook the shrimp and vegetables before you add them to the pizza, but shrimp is so fast to cook that it’ll take no time at all.

2. Sweet Potato Pizza with Kale and Caramelized Onions

This is my favorite pizza recipe, and I think you’ll like it too if you like sweet potato. The combination of caramelized onions and the other ingredients is just divine. You could also switch out the sweet potato for butternut squash for another unique pizza recipe!

3. Barbecue Chicken Pizza with Bacon and Corn

You might’ve heard of barbecue chicken pizza, but you haven’t tried it quite like this! With the addition of bacon and corn, this flavorful pizza is even better with chopped cilantro on top. Yum.

4. The Zucchini Anchovy

Anchovies have such a bad reputation in the pizza world, but they don’t deserve it. Find out just how delicious anchovies can be with this great pizza recipe. Don’t worry, there’s only one anchovy in the recipe, but it’s all that you need.

5. Beet Pesto Pizza with Kale and Goat Cheese

Beets and goat cheese together is a beautiful marriage, which means that this pizza recipe is going to be out of this world delicious. You’ll need to make this roasted beet pesto before you can assemble the pizza, but you should have some left over for a future dinner of pasta and beet pesto!

6. Sicilian Pan Pizza with Seared Eggplant

You already know that tomato sauce and eggplant go great together if you like eggplant parmigiana, but have you tried eggplant on pizza? This pizza recipe uses a baking sheet so you get the same crust that they make on the Sicilian coast: fluffy and crazy delicious.

7. Steakhouse Pizza

Hungry? This pizza recipe is sure to satisfy a big appetite! You don’t cook the steak right on the pizza crust; you cook it separately and add it on when the crust and cheese are done. Add your favorite steak sauce on top and you’ve got a unique pizza that everyone will love.

8. Three Cheese Peach and Prosciutto Pizza with Basil and Honey Balsamic Reduction

This pizza recipe shows you just how versatile pizza can be! Peach, cheese, prosciutto, honey, and balsamic vinegar all in one place? Try this one before peaches (or nectarines, which would also work in this recipe) go out of season!

9. Chorizo Manchego Pizza

If you haven’t tried chorizo yet, you’re in for a treat. This pizza recipe uses cured chorizo that you slice, but fresh chorizo can be used instead if you can only find that – just make sure to cook it before you add it to the pizza.

 

After you’ve tried one or two of these unique pizza recipes (or all of them!), try your hand at creating your own pizza with your favorite ingredients. You might be surprised at how good your creations taste! After all, you can’t go wrong with pizza.

Share your favorite unique pizza recipes in the comments!

 

Featured image via Better Homes and Gardens.

“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

25 Fantastic Indoor Herb Garden Ideas

25 Indoor herb garden ideas @tipsaholic, #herbs #gardening


fantastic indoor herb gardens

Whether you’re an apartment dweller with urban garden needs, a cook who likes to have fresh herbs right at your fingertips, or you’re simply looking for an easy way to begin growing your own herbs, indoor gardening is a great solution!  Greenery is important to your home for decor and air quality, plus herbs have the added benefit of being edible.  Herbs are great for beginner gardeners since they are easily managed and require little space, but even an old pro will love the fantastic indoor herb garden ideas we’ve rounded up.  No matter what your experience level or needs are, this is your go-to list for growing herb gardens inside.

1. Reclaimed Wood Mason Jar Garden – Not Just a Housewife

This is an easy and quick project that makes use of old wood and mason jars.  All you need is a bit of wall space to hang these on!

25 Fantastic Indoor Herb Garden Ideas - Tipsaholic.com #herbs #garden

2. Over-the-Sink Hanging Pots – Coordinately Yours

Nothing could be easier than simply placing some well-positioned pots!  Use inexpensive pots, paint them up, and drill a hole for hanging on a hook!  No extra wood needed, no wall space used.  Perfect space-saver!

25 Fantastic Indoor Herb Garden Ideas - Tipsaholic.com #herbs #garden

3. Upside-Down Herb Garden in Bottles – Behance.net

It’s hard to believe that these chic, modern bottles are actually painted water bottles!  Strung upside down and hanging from copper pipe, this is the perfect balance between form and function.

25 Fantastic Indoor Herb Garden Ideas - Tipsaholic.com #herbs #garden

4. Countertop Tin Can Herb Garden – HGTV

If you’ve got a vacant spot on your counter, you can make this adorable tin can garden!  Keep your cans together and allow for drainage in a circular pan or tray.  It’s easy and enviro-friendly!

25 Fantastic Indoor Herb Garden Ideas - Tipsaholic.com #herbs #garden

5. Upcycled Canister Window Herb Garden – Crafty Kitchen Witchery

Use your recyclables to create this upside down herb garden!  These simple throw-away canisters are transformed with pretty paper.  With some easy to follow tricks, you can create dangling planters to place right in front of your kitchen window.

25 Fantastic Indoor Herb Garden Ideas - Tipsaholic.com #herbs #garden

6. Hanging Basket Herb Garden – The Telegraph

Those tiered hanging baskets aren’t just for fruit!  You can create a whole garden in one three-basket unit.  Just hang within easy reach from the ceiling by any window in the house and you’re golden.

25 Fantastic Indoor Herb Garden Ideas - Tipsaholic.com #herbs #garden

7. Hanging Bottle Top Herb Garden – Home DZine

Here’s another idea for using recyclables.  If you’ve got lots of plastic bottles around, all you need are the tops and you can create this fun hanging herb garden.

25 Fantastic Indoor Herb Garden Ideas - Tipsaholic.com #herbs #garden

8. Wood and Chalkboard Herb Garden Jars - Camille Styles

With some reclaimed wood, some mason jars and a little chalkboard paint, this small, wall-mounted garden is a clever mix of trendy, shabby and useful!  It’s a fast project that requires little space and looks great.

25 Fantastic Indoor Herb Garden Ideas - Tipsaholic.com #herbs #garden

9. Vintage Tea Caddy Herb Garden – Apartment Therapy

Go treasure hunting at your local thrift shop for some vintage tins.  These tea caddies make an awesome display for herbs when set in the window sill.

25 Fantastic Indoor Herb Garden Ideas - Tipsaholic.com #herbs #garden

10. Tabletop Herb Garden – Bell and Star

It’s not difficult to fit all the herbs you regularly use in one bowl or basket.  Then just place it on your counter, or even better, on your table as a clever centerpiece.  It’s convenient and efficient!

25 Fantastic Indoor Herb Garden Ideas - Tipsaholic.com #herbs #garden

11. Pallet Frame Herb Garden – The Kitchen

This pallet frame is the perfect spot to plant some herbs right on the kitchen wall.  An added bonus?  The extra ledge space in the frames is perfect for some eye-catching bottles, jars, canisters or other kitchen paraphernalia that can double as decor.

25 Fantastic Indoor Herb Garden Ideas - Tipsaholic.com #herbs #garden

12. Vintage Box Herb Planter – Design Sponge

If you notice any interesting wooden boxes, with or without lids at flea markets and thrift stores, scoop them up because we’ve found a use for them!  With some minor tweaks you can turn them into herb planters in no time at all.

25 Fantastic Indoor Herb Garden Ideas - Tipsaholic.com #herbs #garden

13. Window Ledge Herb Box – A Beat That My Heart Skipped

If there aren’t any vintage boxes to be found, never fear.  Any plain wood framed box can be transformed with a bit of paint and creativity.  Just place your new box on the window ledge for a very pretty and useful planter.

25 Fantastic Indoor Herb Garden Ideas - Tipsaholic.com #herbs #garden

14.  Herb Mason Jar Shelf - Food, Family and Finds

A wooden shelf with holes for mason jars can easily become an herb shelf.  Can’t find a specific shelf dedicated to housing jars?  Use any normal wooden shelf and drill large holes yourself.

25 Fantastic Indoor Herb Garden Ideas - Tipsaholic.com #herbs #garden

15. IKEA Wine Rack Herb Garden Hack - Curbly

This hanging herb garden was once a wine rack!  It’s incredible what you can make with a few simple and quick adjustments.  With large glasses, some paint and some herbs, your wall will look very stylish and delicious.

25 Fantastic Indoor Herb Garden Ideas - Tipsaholic.com #herbs #garden

16. Window Bucket Herb Garden – 3 Peppers

Some curtain rods and a few paint buckets with handles can easily house your herbs in front of a sunny window.  This idea is simple and versatile as you could have any number of variations with styling and colors.

25 Fantastic Indoor Herb Garden Ideas - Tipsaholic.com #herbs #garden

17. Shoe Caddy Turned Herb Garden – Birds and Blooms

A cloth shoe caddy is a perfect space-saving solution, and not just for shoes!  Hung near natural light, all you need is a bit of soil and some herbs to turn an organizer into a garden.

25 Fantastic Indoor Herb Garden Ideas - Tipsaholic.com #herbs #garden

18. Herb Tower - DIY Enthusiasts

This whimsical pot tower is a mini version of the outdoor variety.  It tucks perfectly into a window sill and can hold several different herbs within the tiers.

25 Fantastic Indoor Herb Garden Ideas - Tipsaholic.com #herbs #garden

19. IKEA Pots Window Herb Garden – Urban Gardens

IKEA hanging pots are probably the most used home decor/DIY item there is.  You can use them for nearly everything, from holding craft supplies, to organizing small toys, and now for herbs!

25 Fantastic Indoor Herb Garden Ideas - Tipsaholic.com #herbs #garden

20. Modern Hanging Herb Garden – Tried and True

No need to buy a special rack or frame to house your herb garden pots – just use what you have on hand!  These modern and simple wooden frames were once a room divider that was never used.

25 Fantastic Indoor Herb Garden Ideas - Tipsaholic.com #herbs #garden

21. Chalkboard Pot Herb Garden – Robin’s Nest

An indoor garden can be as easy as adding chalkboard paint to your clay pots!  Just write the name of the herb and place on the window sill or counter and you’ve got instant decor and edible greens.  Add some twine or ribbon for some more detail.

25 Fantastic Indoor Herb Garden Ideas - Tipsaholic.com #herbs #garden

22. Herb Garden Drawers – The Garden Glove

Another reason to scout out your flea markets and thrift stores!  Score an old shelving unit like this one and you’ve got an interesting, clever and beautiful herb garden display.  Depending on the condition of the piece, you can simply add your herbs while still in pots, or go all out and make them into planter boxes like the ones mentioned earlier.  Either way, it’s perfect for any table, counter or shelf!

25 Fantastic Indoor Herb Garden Ideas - Tipsaholic.com #herbs #garden

23. Woodland Herb Garden - Garden Therapy

These homey and natural plaques are a perfect backdrop for herb jars.  Add hooks to sections of log, then hang your jars.  Mount them on the wall or even on the side of the cupboard over your sink!

25 Fantastic Indoor Herb Garden Ideas - Tipsaholic.com #herbs #garden

24. Mini Hanging Herb Garden – Better Homes & Gardens

Take that normal, boring hanging basket and make something fun, unique and yummy!  Grow your herbs in a basket hung sideways from the wall.  It’s not difficult to create, and takes up just a bit of wall space.

25 Fantastic Indoor Herb Garden Ideas - Tipsaholic.com #herbs #garden

25. Hanging Herb Garden Jars – bugaboo, mini, mr & me

With metal chains and hooks, you can hang your herb mason jar garden from nearly any wooden backdrop.  The ombre chevron is painted on a simple raw wood board, and the whole garden is then hung from the same type of chain.  You can hang the jars sideways or straight on.

25 Fantastic Indoor Herb Garden Ideas - Tipsaholic.com #herbs #garden

If you liked these, you’ll love the edible garden ideas from this post at Remodelaholic!   If you’re looking for more container ideas, check out these indoor and outdoor planters.  And don’t miss the creative genius behind these creative container gardens!

featured image via Better Homes and Gardens

 

Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

8 Ideas for No-Cook Camping Breakfasts

8 ideas for easy, no cook camping breakfasts, #camping, #breakfast, #easyfood

 

no cook breakfasts

 

Cooking while camping – some love it, and some just don’t. If you tend to be on the “don’t” side of things or are just looking for some simple early-morning meals, these no-cook camping breakfasts are perfect for your next adventure in the woods. Simplify your camping trip by leaving the eggs and frying pans at home for Sunday brunch. If cooking anything but hot dogs over an open fire makes you cringe, take these 8 great ideas and get your breakfast on!

 

1. Yogurt parfait bar

A container of yogurt and some sliced fruit are all you need for this light and healthy camping breakfast. Layer your favorite yogurt with your favorite fruits – try peaches, strawberries, or blueberries for starters – and top it with granola for a bit of crunch.

 

2. Fruit and make-ahead dips

It doesn’t get much simpler than fruit for breakfast. It’s light, healthy, satisfying, and you can always choose your favorites. If plain fruit doesn’t appeal, try making this easy cherry fruit dip to go with it or this even easier two-ingredient “Strawberry Fluff” dip from Oh, Sweet Basil.

 

3. Cereal and milk

You heard me. Throw a box of your cereal of choice in the camper and a carton of milk in the cooler and call it good. Or, if you’ve got a crowd, try the miniature boxes in a variety pack like this  that carries a little something for everyone! Oh, and don’t forget the spoons!

 

4. PB&J or other simple sandwiches

It might sound like more of a mid-day meal, but nothing beats the simplicity of a sandwich. A peanut butter and jelly sandwich can easily replace toast and jam on a campout, particularly where the kids are concerned. Even your favorite sliced meats and cheeses go great with fruit.

 

5. Make-ahead refrigerator oatmeal

Oatmeal doesn’t have to be cooked with this great idea! Whip up a batch of refrigerator oatmeal breakfasts with this recipe from Happy Go Lucky and pack the jars in the cooler. If your group of campers enjoys trying new meals together, you might consider simply bringing the ingredients and jars along and letting everyone mix up their own the night before.

 

6. Tortilla roll-ups

Grab a package of flour tortillas on your way out of town and give this simple breakfast a try! Spread a tortilla with peanut butter, hazelnut spread, or cream cheese, then add bananas, strawberries, or other fruits you like.

 

7. Bagels, donuts, or muffins

A store-bought breakfast should never be underestimated. When the campers are hungry and anxious to start the day, you can bet they’ll be ready for anything. Bagels and cream cheese, donuts, muffins with butter, and other quick breakfast options will be welcome in the campsite. Add in a side of yogurt or fruit to round out the meal.

 

8. Breakfast cookies

If you’ve got the time, a couple dozen of these breakfast cookies from Sally’s Baking Addiction can be made ahead and used for a quick meal while enjoying the great outdoors.  These compact finger foods are also great for hikers!

 

Looking for more great camping foods for your summer? Try these 8 Easy and Delicious Camping Food Ideas!

Featured image via Sally’s Baking Addiction.

 

Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at www.utterlyinexperienced.blogspot.com, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.