Monday, August 27, 2012

Pinterest Inspired Recipe - Egg Muffins



With school starting, I am wanting to try out some new breakfast ideas.  For whatever reason, I've never eaten breakfast at home before school.  I always make/buy something that I can bring with me and eat while I work like toast with peanut butter or oatmeal.  Of course with Pinterest, my options have multiplied:)  I decided to try these egg muffins that I could reheat at school and eat as I work.

I mostly followed this recipe that I found on Pinterest.  I did change it up a little for what would work for me.  Here is my recipe.  I used a 12 cup muffin tin.  I put in cupcake liners and sprayed them with cooking spray.  I think I could have just sprayed the tin and not worried about the liners. 

Egg Muffin Recipe

12 eggs
salt/pepper
your choice of fillings (I used crumbled sausage because I had some on hand and shredded cheese)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees
Beat eggs together and add salt and pepper (I used a lot of pepper and just a touch of salt)
Put your choice of fillings in the bottom of each cup until about 2/3 full
Pour eggs into each cup until about 3/4 full

Bake 25-35 minutes (Mine took 30)
You will want the tops to be brown

I had these this morning for breakfast and they were tasty!  I will definitely do veggies and cheese next time for something different.  These would also be a great easy breakfast to reheat for kids at home before school in the morning.

Enjoy!
Heather

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Organizing Art Supplies

Like many kids, my daughter loves art and art supplies.  She is especially fond of markers, colored pens, and mini notebooks.  I thought I would share the best way we have found to organize all these supplies.  The way we have done it is also simple enough for her to take out and put away when she is finished.

Her art supplies are all stored on the top shelf of the bookshelf that holds all her toys in our family room.  The other baskets and shelves hold toys that she keeps in the family room.  She has a small table and chairs in the family room that she can do her projects at as well.


The first thing all the way to the left on the shelf are all her coloring books, notebooks, and folders.  I used magazine holders on their side.  This way she can slide the books in and out of the holders.  I love it because they are no longer in stacks that fall over or she wants to pull the bottom one off the pile.  She can also easily see the covers and pick the one she wants.


In the middle of the shelf is a small basket I had around the house.  We used it to hold the small notebooks and pads of paper she likes so much.  Again, she can easily see her choices and pick the one she wants.


Finally, I used scrapbook caddy for all her makers, pens, stickers, etc.  I bought this a long time ago when I was into scrapbooking so I don't remember the price.  I know you can buy them at Michaels and Hobby Lobby, both of which offer coupons you can also use.


She is able to take the whole caddy with her to the table to use what she wants from it.  Everything can go back in before the whole thing goes back on the shelf.  It keeps me from finding supplies all over the floor, shelf, and table.

These are simple solutions that I have found work for us.  It also helps as my daughter gets older that she can take out and put away the supplies as she wants to use them.

Enjoy!
Heather
 OrganizingHomelife.com

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

A Pinterest Project - A Prettier Box

So, I swear I found this idea for a cute burlap covered box on Pinterest but I went back through to find the link and there is no picture of it on my boards!  Seriously!  Of all the pins I have, it somehow isn't there.  I want to give credit where it is due so please let me know if you have the original post or pin.

I'll go ahead and explain my steps to you.  I bought burlap remnants at Joann Fabrics with a bunch of other fabric.  I used some of the fabric on my jewelry organizer.  I knew I wanted the burlap to cover a box, so then I just had to wait for a box:)  Thank you to my need for Garlic Garlic and Beer Bread from Tastefully Simple because that box arrived a few weeks later.


I started by cutting off the flaps of the box.


Then I laid out the fabric to measure what I would need.


I made the cuts for the sides so that the ends would be prettier.


I used hot glue along all the edges and along the inside edge on the top to adhere the burlap.


Then I glued ribbon around the box, overlapping the edges in the back.


I turned the box around so the overlap was in the back and then added a flower I had at home.


So cute!  For my first attempt at this, it turned out pretty well.  Being the perfectionist that I am, burlap was not the best material to use.  It was hard to get to lay nicely and I'm already concerned about the fraying edges.  I think if I were to do this again, I would use a regular fabric.  I'm also not thrilled with the unfinished look of the inside.  For now however, it is sitting on a shelf with my daughter's extra school supplies in a closet so it is definitely being utilized and looks cute while its there:)

If anyone knows the original post or pin, please let me know so I can give credit where it is due.
Enjoy!
Heather

Monday, August 13, 2012

Freezer Organization

Awhile back, my husband and I broke down and bought a chest freezer.  It is the kind that has a lid you lift up and everything goes down in there.  I like to save money whenever possible so I usually buy meats in bulk when they are on sale, put them in smaller portions, then freeze them until we need them for meals.  However, I could never find anything and was always digging in the freezer.  In addition, I wasn't making good use of what we had bought because I had no idea what was even in the freezer.  I'm not sure this is the system I am going to stick with but it is a huge improvement for now.  Here is what the freezer looked like before I started.  I always cringe at these pictures:)


My organizing solution for now is reusable grocery bags.  They were only 99 cents apiece while I work out a system I want to keep, and I figured they would hold up in the freezer for awhile.


I sorted the meats into the bags by type.  I ended up with three bags, one with beef, one with poultry, and one with pork.  The odds and ends are in our kitchen freezer or the mesh rack in the freezer.


Once everything was sorted, I put the bags into the freezer.


I also wanted an inventory so I would be able to better plan meals around what we already had in the freezer.  Initially, I googled freezer inventory to get an idea of what works before creating my own.  However, I found one that I decided would work.  I love the idea of in/out and using different marks.  It was a download offered for free at organizedhome.com.

Link to Printable

 After I filled out the inventory, I put it into a sheet protector and taped it to the top of the freezer.




If anyone has suggestions for containers that work well in a freezer or other great ideas for organizing a freezer, I would love to hear them.  This is working for us right now, but I anticipate changing my mind on this one:)

Enjoy!
Heather





Friday, August 10, 2012

Organizing Pictures

I can't believe summer is almost over!  I go back to work in about ten days and am happy to say I accomplished most of the things on my summer to-do list.  Of course, I added more projects over the summer to the list:)  I've got some ideas in my head for fall decorating I need to get started on so they are ready next month.  I'll post as I get them finished.


We spent about a week and a half on vacation so I have some posts to catch up on that I finished before we left.  I am also starting to get my classroom ready and may post some of my organizing tricks for that space also.

Can I saw how excited I am upon returning from vacation, while trying to catch up on all the blogs I love, I saw that I was featured on two different blogs from my necklace organizer  and home manual organization that I posted to their link parties.  As a new blogger and linker, I am beyond excited right now!!!

Enough about that...A big project for me this summer was organizing our pictures.  I had them in a variety of holders, boxes, etc.  I used a 40% coupon at Hobby Lobby to purchase an organizer for the pictures.  I purchased one similar to this.

Source

I liked the smaller holders contained within a larger bin.  Then I pulled out all the mess that was piled on the shelves in our entertainment center.

 And this...Yikes!


I sorted all the pictures into categories or events.  If some events had a small amount of pictures, I combined them with other events.  For instance, I have Fall 2011 which contains the Pumpkin Patch trip, Halloween, and Rylee's birthday.


Then I labeled the back of each picture if it wasn't labeled.  I included the event, date, and who was in the photo.

I used mailing labels and typed out each category or event.  I cut scrapbook paper I had to 4x6 to fit in the smaller box with the pictures.  I stuck the label to the scrapbook paper to include with the pictures in each container.


Each event and the front page went into the organizer.


I also bought a box at Michaels for 5x7 and wallet sized pictures.  I used my label maker for this one.


I then used a box I already had for the 8x10 sized pictures.  This was bought many years ago at Ikea.


Everything is now looking very pretty and organized on the shelves of my entertainment center.  I even have extra space now!  I love when that happens.
Enjoy!
Heather


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