5 Beautiful and Useful Kitchen Accessories Ideas

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A wise man named William Morris once said, “Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” This is definitely a good rule to live by when decorating your home, especially your kitchen. Counter space in the kitchen is so precious that you don’t want to clutter it up with unnecessary and/or unsightly items. Here are 5 beautiful AND useful kitchen accessories ideas that will help your most hardworking room look better and function better.

 

1. Colorful Step Stool

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A stool is handy in the kitchen when you need to reach items in the upper cabinets or shelves. But why use a rickety, old stool that you hide away in the pantry or a dark corner? Go bold and beautiful with a bright stool that adds color and whimsy to your kitchen while still having a lot of purpose.

You could paint this popular IKEA step stool or you could buy one already painted, like this one.

 

2. Soft and Washable Rug

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If you have tile in your kitchen, you know how hard it can be on your feet during long bouts of cooking. A rug would help, but they can get dirty fast in a kitchen. Find a rug that’s washable, such as an indoor/outdoor rug, and you’ll add both style and function to your kitchen.

Many indoor/outdoor rugs in stores today are soft and easily cleaned with a hose. That’s a perfect combination for such a messy room like the kitchen. This indoor/outdoor rug is a great example of a stylish rug that will add a lot of character to your kitchen with little maintenance. If you prefer a more neutral color, try these rugs.

 

3. Stylish Knife Storage Solution

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Knives scattered all over in a drawer can dull the blades over time. A common way to store knives is to put them in a knife block, but many of them are just blocks of wood that don’t add any beauty while taking up counter space. A practical yet stylish way to solve this problem is to get your knives on the wall with the help of a magnetic holder. This one is really beautiful and will add warmth to your kitchen. If you prefer a kitchen block, how about this sleek glass knife block?

 

4. Attractive Trivets

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If you cook a lot, you know how invaluable trivets can be. They protect your countertop and dinner table from hot pots and pans, allowing you to move things around as you cook, especially if you don’t have a huge 6-burner stove. But many trivets are pretty plain-looking and don’t look great just laying round in the kitchen. Why not try to DIY a couple of attractive trivets? Try making these cool patterned wooden trivets with veneer tape or tile trivets that match your backsplash!

Prefer to buy something new? This silicone “cool tool” is truly a great buy. They act as thin trivets, a way to grip hard-to-open jars, potholders, and more. These trivets come in several colors, so you can buy a couple in a color that compliments your kitchen’s decor. Plus, they have a small hole on top so you can hang them on a hook, saving precious counter space!

 

5. Vibrant Pot or Kettle

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Add a nice pop of color to your stove by always leaving a colorful pot or kettle on one of the burners. A kettle is a popular option, but if you don’t drink a lot of tea, it will just take up space and that’s not a very useful kitchen accessory! Try a brightly colored pot, like this beautiful Le Creuset dutch oven, that you can actually cook in everyday. A more economical option is this set of colorful pots that look like so much fun to cook with.

 

What do you think of these kitchen accessories ideas? Would they look good and be functional in your own kitchen? Do you have any other suggestions for beautiful and useful kitchen accessories ideas? Share away!

For more kitchen tips, check out Organizing Your Kitchen and A Clean Kitchen in 20 Minutes or Less Daily.

“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!

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7 Simple Meals Kids Can Make Themselves

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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.

 

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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.

7 Ways to Teach Kids in the Kitchen

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Children are constantly looking for opportunities in which to expand their independence. Parents are constantly looking for ways to help their children grow and develop knew knowledge. If you’re wondering how to fill both of those needs, look no further than your own kitchen! There are many things you can do to make your kitchen friendly and inviting for kids. Bring your little chefs into the kitchen today and check out these 7 tips for encouraging new skills and independence while planning, preparing, and serving family meals.

 

1. Invite kids to help in meal planning and grocery shopping

Rather than just writing everything down yourself, why not involve the kids in the meal planning part of your month? Kids definitely have an opinion when it comes to the food they like to eat, and making compromises on your end – such as chicken nuggets and fries every other Wednesday – is apt to make them more likely to compromise when it comes to that green bean casserole you keep trying to get them to eat!

Sit down together and make a list of everyone’s favorite meals. Talk about the food groups and how each meal is best if it has lots of color and a variety of foods. Help them select foods from each group to make up each meal, then make your grocery list based on the meals you have created. Kids are great at helping find and retrieve shopping list items while in the grocery store too! Involve them in as many ways as you can.

 

2. Give them choices when it comes to snacks and lunches

Encourage kids to take the lead on their snacks and lunches by creating “stations” in your kitchen that set healthy boundaries while also allowing for individual choice. A basket full of healthy snacks in the pantry is a great option for when children come home hungry from school. Another idea worth considering is a “build-your-own-lunch” station. You can provide the sandwich fixings and lunchbox essentials, but allow the kids to choose and create a lunch all their own from those options.

 

3. Provide them with their own set of (safe) kitchen tools and an apron

What could be more fun than having your own set of tools when it’s time to help mom or dad in the kitchen? Kids will love having their own special utensils, bowls, and an apron. Try this fantastic set – it’s got everything those little hearts could desire.

 

4. Invite them to cook with you

There are many things children can help with when it comes to preparing food. Depending on a child’s age, mixing, pouring, cutting, and measuring are just a few of the skills that can be developed. If you need some ideas for age-appropriate tasks kids can complete in the kitchen, check out this infographic from Cooksmarts. If you want a few great ideas for simple foods you can make together, try these kid-friendly recipes.

 

5. Give them the reins for dinner once a month

Whether it’s macaroni and cheese from a box, peanut butter sandwiches, or something bold and adventurous, just go with it! The kids will love having the freedom to choose what, when, and how to get food on the table. If they ask for help or want to give you an assignment you can join in as “sous chef.” If they don’t seem to need you, be sure you still stick around to supervise and always follow safety rules for tools and appliances.

 

6. Consider growing a small garden

Showing kids where their food comes from and teaching them how to be part of the process is a great way to get them interested in new foods and trying new things. If you don’t have the room for a garden plot, growing herbs in old soup cans or keeping a tomato plant on the porch can bring just as many benefits. Not sure what to grow? Try a few of these ideas for plants you can grow indoors if you’re really stumped! Allow children to help plant, feed, and water your little garden, then show them the many ways you can use your homegrown “ingredients” in everyday family cooking!

 

7. Teach kids how to set the table and serve themselves

Every kid has seen the table set, but not every kid has learned to set it. Teach them the basics of table-setting etiquette – it will give them something to think about the next time they sit down to a nice meal! If you like, you can spend time making a simple table-setting placemat like these made from construction paper, or this one created from dollar store placemats.  And don’t be afraid to let children serve themselves in the right settings. There might be a few spills and plates piled high with Jell-O, but often children just need opportunities to show you what they’re capable of!

 

Did you enjoy learning ways to teach kids in the kitchen? Looking for more great ideas for kids? Try these tips for raising kids who love learning!

 

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.

 

25 Fantastic Indoor Herb Garden Ideas

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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 Superfoods to Boost Your Child’s Brain Development

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If you’re looking for a way to give your child an advantage when it comes to schooling and mental development, consider this: food for thought. Not just any food will do when it comes to brain power, however. These eight foods are proven superfoods when it comes to memory, function, and performance of the brain.

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1. Eggs

Protein, Omega 3’s, and zinc, which acts as an antioxidant and detoxes the brain, are all provided in eggs. Scrambled, boiled, or sunny-side up, every egg’s a winner where the brain is concerned.

2. Spinach

If your kids aren’t into salads, it’s easy to slip this superfood into a smoothie or a casserole – or try this tasty quiche  from Remodelaholic. Spinach is full of flavonoids, which are great “protectors” of the brain.

3. Water

Okay, it’s not exactly a “food”, but water is essential to cognitive performance and nerve function. Keeping kids hydrated helps them avoid that rundown feeling that can sometimes hit during the day.

4. Fortified cereals

A good source of vitamin B12, fortified cereals can actually help a child’s memory. Plus, a low-sugar cereal can be more than just a healthy breakfast – it’s great for snacking too.

5. Berries

The evidence that various berries aid in the retention and improvement of short-term memory is growing. Blueberries and strawberries are easy finger foods for little hands.

6. Nuts and seeds

Vitamin E and Omega 3’s are just two of the reasons you should add these natural snacks to your child’s diet. Raw is best, but it never hurts to try something new, like this recipe from Pixels and Crumbs.

7. Oatmeal

Oatmeal contains good carbohydrates that very slowly release glucose, which is a major nutrient for brain function. The slow-release ensures that this boost is a lasting one and helps your kids stay focused longer.

8. Fish

Nothing beats the omega 3’s and essential fatty acids found in a good bit of wild salmon. If your child is hesitant to eat it, try a couple of new recipes that include things he/she does enjoy. A fish taco with fruit salsa, baked homemade “fishsticks” or an old favorite like a tuna (or swap canned tuna for canned salmon) sandwich are great places to start.

 

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.

 

Resources:

http://www.naturalnews.com/026273_spinach_cancer_brain.html

http://www.prevention.com/food/food-remedies/best-foods-kids-brains

http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/eat-smart-healthier-brain

http://www.chron.com/life/food/article/Brain-foods-help-send-kids-to-the-he-2138005.php

http://www.shape.com/healthy-eating/diet-tips/11-best-foods-your-brain

http://www.psychologytoday.com/articles/200307/flavonoids-antioxidants-help-the-mind

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10 Uses for Almond Milk

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Almond milk is gaining popularity these days thanks to its light and sweet taste, great nutritional content (it’s high in protein, fiber, calcium, and Vitamin E), and low calorie count and fat content. Grab a carton at your grocery store and try all of these 10 uses for almond milk and you’ll see just how versatile and delicious this healthy drink can be.

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1. Make a breakfast smoothie

One of the most common uses for almond milk is to include it in a healthy smoothie. If you’re feeling rushed in the morning, try this easy 5-step recipe for a breakfast smoothie that can be made with almond milk.

 

2. Whip up mashed potatoes

Mashed potatoes are traditionally made with cream and butter, but you can make a healthier version with almond milk and a healthy oil, such as coconut oil.

 

3. Eat with cereal

The nutty flavor of almond milk works very well with most cereals, especially crunchy ones such as granola. You could also use it with oatmeal.

 

4. Add to a soup

If you like your soup creamy, try adding almond milk to your next soup instead of using cream or dairy milk.

 

5. Pour it in your coffee

You can greatly reduce the sugar and calorie content of your coffee by using almond milk instead of half-half or flavored coffee creamers. It might take some time to get used to it, but you’ll soon enjoy the light, nutty flavor that the almond milk adds to your daily coffee.

 

6. Pour it in your tea

Almond milk also works well in a hot cup of tea.

 

7. Use it in pancake and muffin recipes

Simply replace the milk in your pancake and muffin recipes with almond milk. The food might come out just a little bit different, but chances are you won’t be able to taste the difference.

 

8. Whip it into your eggs

If you like to add milk to your scrambled eggs, you can do the same thing with almond milk.

 

9. Make vegan ice cream

Try these three recipes for vegan ice cream using almond milk for a healthier dessert. You’ll need an ice cream maker.

 

10. Drink it straight up

Out of all the uses for almond milk, this is the most obvious yet most often overlooked.  Simply pour yourself a refreshing glass of cold almond milk and enjoy it alone or with your next meal!

Can you think of other uses for almond milk?

 

“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!

 

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7 Tips for Smart Pantry Organization

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There’s a reason a pantry is hidden behind a door. When we try to cram a lot of food in a tiny amount of space, a disorganized mess is what we get. Try these pantry organization tips to maximize the space in your pantry.

 

1. Baskets

You can find baskets everywhere these days, often at great discounts. Grab a couple and put them in your pantry to use as an easy pantry organization solution. Use them to corral small objects that can easily spill out, such as little potato bags for your kids’ lunches and instant oatmeal packets.

 

2. Stackable Bins

Put a couple of stackable bins on top of each other at the bottom of your pantry. You can use them to hold potatoes and onions (separately, since onions can cause potatoes to go bad fast), recyclable items, or pet food.

 

3. Small Wire Baskets

Look at the sides of your pantry and you might find a lot of wasted space. Ashley of Domestic Imperfection came up with the brilliant idea of screwing in pencil organizers to the side walls of her pantry. She then filled them up with spices and other small condiments. What a great pantry organization idea!

 

4. Tiered Shelves

Instead of rummaging through stacks of cans every time you need a can of coconut milk for your dinner, invest in a couple of tiered shelves to help you easily see all the cans you have at once. These shelves can be used for spices as well.

 

5. Lazy Susans

A lazy Susan, or a turntable, is a great way to efficiently use corner space in your pantry. Corner shelves can be awkward to fill with food containers, but a lazy Susan will allow you to use the whole corner. Here is a great example of this clever pantry organization solution.

 

6. Storage Containers

Food containers can be brightly colored and harsh on the eyes, making it harder for you to find what you’re looking for in your pantry. Try dumping out your dry food into clear storage containers that have an airtight seal. Add pretty labels to them, like this, and your pantry will look much more organized. As a bonus, your dry food will last a lot longer thanks to the airtight seal.

 

7. The Zoning Strategy

Last but not least, the zoning strategy will help you navigate your pantry. Divide your pantry items into “zones” according to your lifestyle. For example, you could assign a basket to hold all of your baking items, from muffin cups to chocolate chips, if you bake cookies a lot. Put all of your kid-approved snacks in a plastic bin to make it accessible for your children. Another basket could be filled with noodles, bottled pasta sauce, and Italian seasoning for your family’s Spaghetti Nights.

 

With a little work and a bit of time, you can turn your pantry into a pretty little spot in your kitchen rather than a messy eyesore that you dread rummaging through. For some more organizing ideas, check out Organizing Your Kitchen and Tips for Organizing Kids Closets.

 

“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 courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens.

How to Organize a Pantry

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It takes a bit of time to thoroughly organize a pantry, big or small, but in the long run it’ll save you time. Plus, opening up the pantry doors to find a neat, organized space is always a good thing! Start a great organization system with these 5 steps.

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5 Steps to Organize a Pantry

Start from scratch

The best way to start is to pull everything out. Once everything is out of the pantry you can throw out expired items and see everything you have. This also gives you a chance to wipe down all the shelves and remove anything that doesn’t belong there.

 

Sort by type

While everything is out of the pantry sort everything by type. Pastas, canned items, cereal, etc. Bunch them together in groups on your kitchen table or floor so you can have an idea of how much space is needed for each item and how you might want to store it.

 

Containers for storage

For things that don’t stack well like seasoning packets, bags of marshmallows, etc. add a few baskets or bins to the shelves in your pantry to keep them organized rather than just throwing them anywhere. These are great because they’re clear and you can see what’s inside! If you want to make your pantry a little more stylish try some metal baskets!

Also consider storing things in different containers than what they come in from the store. Things like flour, sugar, quinoa and more usually come in large bags that are odd to store. Get some large mason jars, cute glass jars like pictured above, or plastic containers (these ones looks amazing!) to repackage everything and make it more convenient. You can even spend a month or so collecting jars from old pasta sauces, etc and use those.

 

Organize

Since you already have everything sorted, you can slowly put everything back into the pantry in an organized manner. Remember to keep the lighter items near the top and the heavier items (like cans) near the bottom, especially if you’re in an area that has earthquakes.

 

Label

Not everyone wants or needs labels, but it can add a little touch especially if you buy or print up some pretty labels. You can label baskets, bins, shelves or even the containers themselves. The great thing about this is that while the primary food shopper or cook in the house might know where everything is, but if everything is labeled anyone can come in and find what they want quickly. Another plus to that is that no one has to shuffle things around messing up your newly organized pantry!

 

Aileen is a wife, entrepreneur and animal lover. She lives in a small California town, with her husband and a handful of pets, where she spends her days designing blogs and running her online boutique. You can find more at Life by Aileen where she talks about chasing dreams and her attempts at a simpler life.

 

10 St. Patrick’s Day Breakfasts

10 St. Patrick's Day Breakfasts

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10 st. patrick's day breakfasts

1. Green Pepper Shamrock Eggs

This quick and healthy breakfast will put a smile on every face. You can make three or four-leafed clovers depending on the peppers you select.

2. Rainbow Pop-tarts

This one is a little more labor intensive but sure to please in the early morning hours! Use a pre-made pie crust to cut down on prep time.

3. Shamrock Quiche

A great idea for the creative chef! Carefully cut and shape a disposable pie tins into clovers and start baking.

4. Chorizo and Egg Rainbow Tacos

This more savory rainbow food will fill you up on this sweet morning. These chorizo and egg tacos are great for your older, more sophisticated breakfasters.

5. Easy Rainbow Fruit Tray

Go from cutting board to table and dig in with this easy fruit and dip breakfast.

6. Shamrock-Shaped Toast

Cut your toast freehand or get a cute cookie cutter like this one. Top it off with some avocado to add the color of the day to your plate!

7. Rainbow Pancakes

Not many can resist a good pancake and these ones are particularly tempting in their rainbow brights!  Keep griddle temperatures low to avoid browning the colors. For an even simpler version, try this recipe using rainbow sprinkles.

8. Green Smoothies

Choose one of these tasty recipes and blend up a Leprechaun-green but oh-so-lean morning delight.

9. “Boxty” Potato Pancakes

If you’ve got a hankering for some Irish authenticity, the potato pancake is the place to start. Add some savory sausages and you’ll be shouting “Top o’ the mornin’” to everyone you meet.

10. Cereal

You heard me. It’s simple, it’s sweet, and it’s perfect for a quick St. Patty’s Day breakfast. Put a few drops of green food coloring in your milk and serve it up ice cold over a bowl of Lucky Charms or Froot Loops!

10 St. Patrick's Day Breakfasts

 

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.

 

13 Easy Side Dishes for Winter Gatherings

13 Easy Side Dishes for Winter Gatherings

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13 easy side dishes for winter gatherings - Tipsaholic.comWith a variety of gatherings to attend throughout the winter months, you may be on the lookout for a few tried and true recipes that you can throw together in a flash. This collection of both sweet and savory side dish recipes will leave you with plenty of options. Each of these side dishes is a crowd-pleaser with a short list of ingredients!

1. Sweet Potato Casserole – no marshmallows required, this sweet potato dish may become your new favorite.

2. Cranberry “Fluff” – the little bit of extra time spent grinding the cranberries for this salad is well worth it.

3. Spinach Strawberry Salad – keep the prep for this salad short and sweet by purchasing the dressing, or make your own if you’ve got a few minutes!

4. Berry Cheesecake Salad – possibly the easiest side you will ever prepare.

5. Butternut Squash, Apple, and Cranberry Bake – literally 3 ingredients and a bit of spice!

6. Greek Tortellini Salad – fresh and classy, this salad will draw the hungry curiosity of any group.

7. Garlic Sweet Potato Mash – sweet potatoes don’t have to be sweet. This savory version is simple and has the added benefit of being low in calories!

8. Homemade Mac and Cheese – kids love the stuff in the blue and yellow box, but adults will want to lick the pan clean with this homemade classic.

9. Green Beans and Bacon – even a tentative veggie lover can go for one paired with bacon, right?

10. Confetti Corn – you’ve never had a corn dish like this one from Barefoot Contessa! Use frozen corn to enjoy the quickest prep time without losing the flavor.

11. Broccoli and Grape Pasta Salad – a classic blend of ingredients makes for a take-anywhere-for-anything kind of salad.

12. Broccoli Salad with Dried Cranberries – always a favorite, throw in a handful of sunflower seeds or pecans for added crunch!

13. Goat Cheese and Cranberry Pecan Salad – you can’t really go wrong with dried cranberries in winter salads. The goat cheese gives every bite a pleasant twist!

 

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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.

6 Elements Of A Warm White Kitchen

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Beautiful white kitchens are highly desired these days, but an all-white kitchen can feel sterile like a hospital if there’s too much white and not enough warmth. If you have a white kitchen or are planning for one, try to incorporate as many of the following elements to make your kitchen a gorgeous yet inviting space in your home. (featured image via Dear Lillie)

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1. Lots of light

White is a color that loves light. A white room that’s filled with light looks almost heaven-like. Push apart the curtains, add bigger windows, or switch out a kitchen door with a french door to let in more light.

 

2. Wood

Wood is a great way to instantly warm up a white kitchen. Wood flooring will make a big impact, but you don’t have to replace your flooring to include wood. Leave your beams in their natural wood state, add wood countertop to an island, or install reclaimed wood shelving in place of a cabinet. This kitchen from Dear Lillie is a beautiful example of how great wood can look in a white kitchen.

 

3. Gold

Gold and white is another appealing combination. Gold also adds a traditional feel to a modern kitchen. You could add gold knobs or pulls to your cabinets. Or go big and install gold toe kick under your lower cabinets. This lovely kitchen includes a lot of gold and does it perfectly.

 

4. A light backsplash with gray grout

A popular backsplash choice for white kitchens is white subway tiles, but you can warm them up with gray grout. The gray grout will also be easier to clean and add some more dimension to a white kitchen. Learn how to install a subway tile backsplash from Remodelaholic.

 

5. Glass cabinets or open shelving

A row of upper white cabinets can look very… white. Break up all the white by replacing a couple of solid cabinet doors with glass cabinet doors. Or you could remove a cabinet or two and install open shelving.

 

6. Colorful accessories

Choose a color or two to add some life to your white kitchen. You could get a couple of yellow striped dish towels and hang them on your oven, purchase a candy-red kettle and leave it on your stove, or paint an utensil holder in your favorite shade of teal. Other ways to add color through kitchen accessories include a stand mixer, trivets, vases, art in colored frames, a bright rug, window treatments, and bar stools.

 

For more white kitchen inspiration, check out this white kitchen renovation and this kitchen with gold lighting. If you love gray, here are some drool-inducing photographs of gorgeous gray and white kitchens.

 

“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!

8 Ways to Use an Ice Cube Tray (Even When You Don’t Need Ice)

If you’re like me, you’ve got a few old plastic ice cube trays hanging around that you just don’t want to give away, even though you don’t make ice cubes with them. It’s time to put them to use! Both inside and outside of the freezer, ice cube trays can come in awfully handy.

8 Ways to Use An Ice Cube Tray, via Tipsaholic.com

8 Ways to Use Ice Cube Trays via Tipsaholic.com

In the freezer:

1) Freeze pesto: Fill each cup with a little pesto and freeze. Pop a pesto cube or two out when you need to whip up a quick pasta lunch or drop them into soups and sauces for extra flavor.

 

2) Preserve herbs: Chop up fresh herbs and put them in the trays. Fill each cup with water or olive oil and freeze. When a recipe calls for just a small portion of fresh herbs, you’ll have just the right amount in one cube.

 

3) Don’t waste tomato paste: Recipes rarely call for more than a tablespoon or two of tomato paste, so what’s left in the can often goes unused. Spoon tomato paste into the ice cube tray and freeze for perfect future portions and no waste.

 

4) Stockpile smoothie ingredients: Puree kale or spinach and freeze it in an ice cube tray. Add the still-frozen puree cubes to smoothies instead of plain ice for an extra dose of healthy vitamins.

 

5) Make mini popsicles: Freeze juice, yogurt or pureed fruit in an ice cube tray until thick or slushy, then prop a toothpick in the center. Once frozen, you’ve got a bite-sized popsicle – the perfect no-guilt, anytime tiny treat.

 

Around the house:

6) Organize jewelry: The cube cups in the tray are the perfect way to organize pairs of earrings, rings or other small pieces of jewelry on a dresser or in a drawer.

 

7) Start spring seeds: Put a little potting mix in each cup of the tray and sow small seeds. Once they sprout, carefully lift them out and transfer to a larger pot.

 

8) Make a paint palette: For your child’s next art project, keep the paint colors from getting mixed together by putting each color into a different cup of the ice cube tray.

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.

Organizing Your Kitchen

Does your kitchen always seem too cluttered? Do you struggle to find more space in your small kitchen? If so, I’ve got some simple organization tips and tricks that can help you keep things tidier and even create more storage space. How do I know? I use all of these tricks  in my own kitchen!

 

Kitchen Organization Ideas

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8 Great Tips for Organizing, De-Cluttering and

Maximizing Space in Your Kitchen

 

1) Use a plastic magazine holder from an office supply store to hold your boxes of foil and wraps. Storing the boxes vertically in a cabinet keeps them tidier and easier to find while also freeing up valuable drawer space.

 

2) Apply self-adhesive squares of cork board to the inside of your kitchen cabinets. Using cute thumbtacks, you can pin up items that normally would be cluttering up your kitchen counter: shopping list, coupons, receipts, recipes, notes.

3) For the cabinets under your sink, use an over-the-door caddy (designed for showers) to store sponges, soap, dish detergent and other items that you might usually keep around the edge of your sink. They’ll be out of sight but also right where you need them!

4) Use a bread box for counter top storage. You can turn it into a coffee station by placing it next to your coffee pot and stash things like filters, sugar, K-cups or tea bags in it. Or use it to store small items such as napkins, vitamin bottles or anything else you keep on the counter. With a closable lid, the bread box will leave your counter top looking sleek and tidy; only you will know what’s inside!

5) Stick small self-adhesive hooks to the inside of cabinet doors to hang light, often-used items like measuring cups and spoons, oven mitts or small towels. This keeps tools right where you need them and prevents “junk drawer” syndrome.

6) Slide under-shelf storage baskets like this one Shelf Mesh Basket onto the shelves in your cabinets to avoid wasting all that extra vertical space. Put items like napkins and place mats in these baskets to free up drawer space.

7) Line drawers with a number of small baskets or plastic trays and group like items together in them.  The baskets prevent the contents of the drawer from getting all jumbled together so you’ll be able to find exactly what you need at a glance.

8) Use a turntable on one shelf in the refrigerator for small jars, tubes, packets or containers. You can spin the turntable to locate an item so nothing gets pushed to the the very back of the shelf and forgotten (yuck!). This also frees up the door storage bins for larger containers.

What are your favorite kitchen organizational tricks?

Kitchen Organization Ideas

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.

Grey and White Painted Kitchens

Blue Grey Kitchen Cabinets

Remodeling a kitchen can be expensive.   Luckily if your kitchen cabinets are in good shape, paint can do wonders.  One of my favorite looks right now for a kitchen are a mix of grey and white painted cabinets… especially when they are working together!  Check it out!

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