Thursday, August 30, 2012

Quick Tip: Roll your Dough

I love making my own Pizza Dough, or sometimes I like the one from Trader Joes:) I find that rolling can be a struggle. You can't really do it on the cokkie sheet because of the edges and when you do it on the counter the parchment paper moves all over the place!
My Grandpa taught me a long time ago if you get your kitchen shammy wet and lay it underneath the parchment paper, the paper will not move. 
I love it! 

Live with passion!
Daniela

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Organized pantry


Sorry, but YES this is another blog about organizing your pantry

I had lots of fun doing it:) My son even loved to help out!!


I used: shoe boxes, shoe hanger storage, Martha Stewart Labels....
The pasta items and rice items have their own box, the boxes are see through which makes it so much easier when doing my shopping list, a quick glimpse:) 

The two boxes are snack boxes containing peanuts, cookies, crackers etc... 
In the middle is a section for my sons food items, again easy to do an inventory.
On top( not in picture) I have a section for breakfast items so I can easily find my beloved Peanut butter. 

I have seen this great idea on pinterest and thought how genius is that. My son helped me to fill the see through pockets. 
It has been great because now when I leave and grab a snack it saves so much time. Also my son sees all his choices (maybe too many at times) at once. 
In case you cant tell what it is. This is for shoes and you hang it on your door:) 
And I keep all my canned goods together:) My pantry is fairly small but it meets our needs:) 

Also I had to build the shelf inside the closet because it did not fit otherwise. 

I love my new organized pantry and cant stop opening it and feeling joyful:)

Live with passion
Daniela

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Organic Basket




I love the farmers Market, the colors, the smells, the pretty baskets. My challenge is to find vegetables that I am not familiar with and learn about them. My newest vegetable this week is: Spaghetti Squash. 

Fresh produce makes a really nice gift to someone. When I go to the farmers market I ask about a basket and they give them to me for no charge (super nice farmers). My organic Baskets usually contain 

Squash
Asian Beans 
Heirloom Tomato
Purple Hurl Beans in Mason Jars
Fresh Herbs in Mason Jars 
Zucchini 

                You could also add some of your local farmers market food, for example: 

Jelly
pumpkin/Almond Butter
Honey
gourmet popcorn 
olives

Add some cute Tags and keep it simple, don't use any wrapping paper. The Beans in my picture are just wrapped in parchment paper. 

                                                                       Have fun gifting
Daniela

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Huehnerfrikasse

Huehnerfrikasse


This recipe is so simple and a great leftover meal after having rotisserie chicken the night before. It is a German recipe and I love making it since it is a great way to utilize leftovers and it is really yummy. 
 Ingredients:
  • chicken meat from a rotisserie chicken
  • 1.5 cups green or white asparagus cut into pieces 
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1 cup mushrooms sliced 
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • flour 
  • milk 
  • salt and pepper 
  • dried basil and thyme 
  • garlic 
  • olive oil
First in a deep skillet heat olive oil and add diced garlic. Brown chicken for about 7 minutes, add Asparagus, mushrooms, salt and pepper. 

pour skillet content in a deep dish and set aside. Do not wash skillet and heat butter, sprinkle flour over butter and stir with spatula until brown clumps start to form, pour in milk and whisk fast, you might want to add more milk it depends how much and how thick you want your sauce. Now add dried basil and thyme. 

Take set aside ingredients and add to sauce, now add frozen peas and let simmer for 5-8 minutes. Serve over brown rice. 


Enjoy and live with passion. 
Daniela

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Herbs in Mason Jar

Herbs in Mason Jars 


This is a great gift idea, especially when you have Herbs planted in a little garden. 

Just take Herbs of your choice and place them into Mason Jar. I use Martha Stewart labels and string. 

Happy Gifting 

Live with passion

Daniela

Monday, August 13, 2012

DIY: Dryer sheets

DIY- Dryer sheets 



This is so simple and works really well. People use dryer sheets for mostly two reasons 
  1. to eliminate static 
  2. make your laundry smell fresh
and both will be accomplished with the ingredients you will use. 

You will need:

  • conditioner (cheap brand) 
  • essantial oils ( I use lemon and lavender)
  • old cotton shirt'(s)
  • water 
  • ziploc container
  • storage container 

You will do the following 

  • cut old cotton shirt into squares
  • make a solution from water and conditioner (thick) put in ziploc storage container
  • soak cotton squares in solution
  • dry dryer sheets 
  • store in container 
  • add 3-4 drops of essential oils before use
  • when folding laundry take dryer sheets and repeat steps. 

Live with passion 



Daniela

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Ten "Things" rule

The Ten "Things" Rule:

Obviously we love a clean and organized house/life, otherwise we wouldn't spend time on the Web to look for easy solutions. 
We love to clean and organize to make our life easier, smoother and to enjoy our home+family. Maybe a little OCD has something to do with it as well j/k :) 
See this is where my problem lies, I love clean and organized spaces in my house but sometimes when life gets busy or the motivation is down it is hard to keep up the Corporation:) 
For example: My Closet: 
Love my closet a lot but I absolutely dislike organizing it. 
I recently had a new baby and dealing with the postpartum body (or whatever that wobbly thing is). So I love and live in workout clothes right now. Very comfy and practical. 
Well when getting ready for date night or church I get so frustrated because nothing really looks that great on me and I find myself trying on ten different outfits. And I really don't have the time nor the motivation to put it all away neatly. After a few weeks my closet does not look that organized and clean anymore, when I put away laundry I pile stuff on poorly folded clothes and so on.
                                 Solution: 
The Ten Things Rule. Whenever you are in a process of cleaning think "what are the 5-10 things (depending on task) I can do to improve the situation.
  • putting laundry away: per drawer refold or reorganize 5 clothes items or towels. Put 5 pair of shoes away etc. 
  • Spice cabinet: reorganize 10 spices where they belong or refill them. 
  • Tupperware drawer: reorganize 5-10 containers, find the fitting lit.
  • cutlery drawer: place 10 items where they belong .
  • children's room: put 10 toys together where they belong.
  • bathroom: reorganize 10 items in your drawers, sort out old lotions or empty ones you haven't used in forever.
  • Car: before you get out of your car do ten things, like gathering trash, put toys back in box, look under seat.
  • desk: 10 Things where they belong, throw out old papers or file papers, put pens where they belong.
The list could go on and on. What I am saying is this: Keeping and maintaining an organized space doesn't always happen, the the "things" rule is more for catching up and get back on track. It all depends on how busy my days are. Sometimes I do only one ten "things" other days I do 4 or 5. It should not take you more then 5 minutes:) 
I noticed that this rule takes less time than reorganizing my closet or cleaning my entire car, not finding my spices while cooking....! It does save time in the end...promise:)

                                              Live with Passion
Daniela

Quick Tip: Bathroom rugs

 Quick Tip: Bathroom Rugs 



Happy Tuesday everyone:) Only 3 more days until the weekend( remember the glass is half full) !

                 Here is a quick tip: When cleaning your bathroom rugs try this next time: 
Put them in the dryer for 10 minutes with or without heat thats up to you. You could also add a dryer sheet which will make them smell great and your bathroom will smell good too. I have 2 dogs and a cat. Pet hair is always around and gets into everything. When I take them out of the dryer the rugs are clean and fluffy:) 

       Stay tuned for my DIY Dryer sheets... coming up soon



Daniela

Monday, August 6, 2012

From Diaper Bag to Backpack

From Diaper Bag to Backpack! 

One of the hardest choices when registering for my baby shower was the "Diaper Bag" I just couldn't decide. How many compartments, zipper or open, simple or busy looking, pooh bear or leopard print etc. 
When I had my first son I changed my diaper Bag about three times. 

Now that I have two little guys with different needs and more stuff I am in need of a new diaper bag. I considered an easy accessible bag with a few compartments and definitely a zipper. 
Considering that in the first few month my new baby will most likely be carried in front of me and therefore I need both of my hands free. Holding my Toddlers hand, the Binky in A.J.'s mouth and on and on. 

I decided for a backpack! We have it for 2 month now and I love, love, love it. We love to got to the zoo and I just carry it on my back and my little guy in his baby carrier on my front. I can easily throw it on one shoulder, carry the car seat and hold Zach's hand... it works:) 

I know what you are thinking... but how do you transport it in your stroller?
There are two ways. The backpack does fit in the bottom of my stroller and is very easy to access! Or I bought ($3) two hooks that go on the the stroller handlebar. 

My back pack is stylish and practical. Very happy with it :) 


The back pack has four compartments, I have a small bottle of hand sanitizer hanging of the zipper. 


The first compartment I keep Diapers both sizes, wipes, extra set of clothes, burp cloth, blanky, books, Nursing cover, ointment

Snacks are really important, I refill or replace them the night prior and add a juice in the morning!

My son is obsessed by his cars and dinos, He really counts on his Mommy to have them packed


The last compartment I keep my stuff, like wallet, phone, keys. It is easy accessible for me1


This Backpack has room for cups and bottles on the side:)


Live with passion
Daniela

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Flooding

Flooding

          Water? Yes please but not on my ceiling if possible!

Oh yes I managed to flood my upstairs guest bathroom. My Mother in law left the day prior  so I was getting ready to clean the guest bathroom. My 2 month old AJ was sleeping in his swing downstairs and my Toddler, Zachy was in his playroom right next door, playing with his racing cars:)
So I put the stopper in the sink and turned the hot water on (cleaning water). Well here is where it begins... AJ started screamng in his swing, and he chokes pretty often so I know I have to be quick. So I picked him up and walked into the playroom to check on Zachy. He ran over to me and fell on his precious little face. So I put the baby down and comfort Zach while AJ was having none of this! He was hungry and he wanted food now. So I sat on the couch in the playroom and started feeding. 
The funny thing is I noticed an unusal noise but the ceiling fans (2 of them) were running and sometimes the blades create a noise. 
.... Oh and then it clicked in my head.. shoooooot the water.... I put the baby down, managed to grab the activity gym (don't ask me why) and ran into the bathroom. 
                                            Water water everywhere!!!
My linen closet is in this bathroom and I grabbed every single towel which absorbed the water really quick. Zach came in and said "what a mess Momey" . I am like... "I Know Sweetie I can see that"!
After I cleaned the bathroom I thought OK that was just in time.....Not. I walked downstairs and on the bottom there was water pouring out of my light fixture! Oh darn... it kept dripping and dripping, more towels, please:(
The ceiling eventually got wet and you could see the water, we have drywall and need to see whats going to happen. Maybe we are lucky and no mildew will develop, we will see:) 
My neihbor came over, because my husband was in a business dinner with his boss and I did not want to worry him. Love neighbors who have an industrial fan just sitting in their garage, very handy:) 

But really, think about it. Now I have a story to tell, never a dull moment as a Mommy of two, can you imagine what I would break if I had three kiddos? :) 

                     Live with passion and Don't sweat the small stuff! 


Daniela

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Quick tip that saves you some money


Save Money on your razor Blades




Razor Blades are a big expense and there are some misleading information out there. 
The company tells you it is time to change your blade when the top part of the blade (the gel pad) is gone!
That is not exactly true. 

My husband shaves his head every two days and his "beard" on a daily basis! So we went through a lot of Razor Blades. After every use he started to gently dry of the blade with his towel and now one Razor Blade lasts for about two weeks even when the gel pad is gone!

I also like to use men shaving blades because they do a better job and they are less expensive. The Razors are not as cute but cute does not save me money in this case.

Give it a try and let me know. 

Live with passion. 

Daniela

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Arugula- Parmesan Thin crust pizza

Arugula- Parmesan thin crust pizza


Ingredients:

  • Pizza dough ( I used walmart brand)
  • Herbs (de Provence or oregano) 
  • Shaved Parmesan
  • Arugula
  • mushrooms
  • pizza sauce 
  • mozzarella cheese
  • salt and pepper 
  • olive oil
  • minced garlic 

  1. Follow directions to make pizza dough, mix herbs, salt and pepper into dough.
  2. when pizza dough is baked use brush to spread pizza sauce evenly, make sure you cover corners. 
  3. evenly top pizza with mozzarella cheese
  4. now add mushrooms, cover entire pizza (they will shrink) 
  5. bake in oven for 12-15 minutes on 400 degree or until corners of pizza are golden brown.
  6. add Arugula and drizzle olive oil and garlic over pizza ( lightly) 
  7. put pizza back in oven for 5 minutes but turn oven off and let residual heat warm up the Arugula
  8. take pizza out and sprinkle shaved Parmesan cheese over pizza and serve!

I made this pizza for a church social and cut it into bite size pieces, it was a great snack. 

Live with Passion and enjoy 


Daniela