Nickel Wafer Gingerbread House

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What a really cool gingerbread house – I love the use of nickel wafers (both colored and chocolate) when use for decorating of a gingerbread house. This gingerbread artist used jelly beans, nickel wafers,Fruity Pebbles and sticks of gum for the shutters. I like the small touches like the wreath in the window  -it really added to the look overall. The artist used plastic Christmas trees and I would have found a candy or icing variety of some sort myself.

Halloween Fall Candy Vase

1173670_10151838607405266_2079439709_nAnother bouquet using stems painted black. Fill with various levels of candy corn, candy pumpkins and you could even add black jelly beans. Half way through add wood sticks and then fill the rest of the way.

Halloween Floral Bouquet

1150293_10151838607720266_20330505_nWhat a simple idea for a quick floral arrangement idea. Fill the bottom of large pitcher or bowl with jelley beans, Place smaller vase inside and sill gap with marshmallow characters, candy corn and black jelly beans. Arrange floral bouquet in the inside vase.

Kitchen Drawar Organization By Guest Writer Cindy Davis

Kitchen organizing is something we all do whenever we have to prepare a meal. Whether done consciously or without giving it too much thought it is something simply ingrained in our minds. If we want to keep our kitchen in a condition that helps instead of hindering our cooking efforts we need to have quite a few things done. Kitchen drawers are pretty much the most commonly-used area where we store the majority of what we need to do our job. Here are some tips on what you can do to keep things in order, adding functionality to your work space:Kitchen Drawer Organization

  • Prepare a junk drawer

Making sure you have one drawer for all those little bits around your kitchen you’re not certain about will ensure you can deal with the clutter. These can be mostly things you haven’t used in over a year or the odd piece of clothing that must be turned into a cleaning rag.

  • The spice drawer

Spices are essential to our cooking and that is why they deserve the preferential treatment. Having their own drawer will not only make it easier for you to find them, but it will also allow you to keep them out of sight. You can organize them by using special compartments for the spices with their own lids, where you can take as much as you need with a spoon or your fingertips. Alternately you can organize them with their bottles or spice jars if the depth of the drawer allows it.Kitchen Drawer Organization2

  • Utensil drawer

Utensils are something else we can’t do without and unless they are properly organized we will have to endure rifling through the contents of a single drawer, trying to dig out what we need. Luckily, there are plenty of organizers on the market that fit within most drawers in our kitchen furniture. Another alternative to that can be drawer dividers which allow us to compartmentalize the contents of our drawers according to our needs. They come in varying sizes that are affordable and easy to install.

  • Pot and lid drawer

Depending on your furniture you might be blessed with deep, comfortable drawers. If you have these, then you can make use of that space in the best way possible. Stacking pots inside one another or side by side is not difficult, however the lids can become a problem if the space doesn’t allow them to stay without banging around. There are lid organizers on the market, which look pretty much the same way as a plate organizer. Make use of these when you are preparing  for cleaning and organizing your N11 drawers.

  • Kitchen Drawer Organization3Canned food drawer

Depending on the size of your drawer and the amount of canned sauces, food and other canned goodies you’re using you might be able to organize them very well. You can lay them down in separate lanes using dividers to keep several cans of a tomato sauce for example. If you feel creative you can emulate the can dispensers in stores and you can have a carpenter construct one of these for  you. The use gravity to dispense individual cans, stopping them before they fall out with a little hooked end. These are sold as wire-rack varieties for cabinet or kitchen top use.

  • Grains and beans drawer

You can make use of plastic containers to keep your rice, beans, lentils or any other types of grains or beans you’re cooking with often. This will allow you quick access as well as perfect organization through proper labeling. You can also put your salt, sugar, flour and other vital ingredients here or in a similar drawer.

Bio: Cindy Davis is dedicated writer with great flair for home improvement and home remodeling projects. She is currently focused mainly on the household cleaning and organizing field and therefore her present article treats exactly this theme.

Magic Jelly Beans

555114_478480305534822_1906957858_nAs the weather gets nicer outside I am dieing to get out and garden. I found this great little planting treat on Face Book on $5-10 Dollar Meals- Cheap Eats. Grab a handful of Jelly Beans and plant them in the garden with your children. Have them water them thoroughly and talk to them about planting and how something that starts from seeds can grow and provide us with food to eat. Do tell them though that these Jelly Beans are a fun magical experiment and that if they plant them and nourish them carefully something might grow that they will love. In a couple of days after you see them watering and caring for their magical beans – when they are not looking – take the beans out and “plant” a huge lollipop. They learn something about the process of gardening, doing a little work pays off and may want to help more in the garden.

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Simple Chilli

*1 can red beans

*1 can kidney beans

*1 can black beans

*1 can pinto beans

*2 can chilli beans

*1 lb hamburger

*1 medium union

*chilli powder

*onion powder

*garlic powder

*cheddar cheese (optional)

*cheesits (optional)

Brown hamburger and add diced onion, then add cans of beans, then add seasonings to taste. Cook for 1 hour stirring occassionally. Serve with cheezits or sprinkled cheddar cheese.