Wednesday, May 18, 2016

How to Make Over the Cupboard Kitchen Organizers

I know I’m supposed to like having a decorating space on top of my kitchen cabinets. I tried hanging plates on the wall because that is what you are supposed to do in a kitchen, right?

I didn’t like it.

I tried groupings of doodads on top of the cabinets - meh.

I just can’t make it work.

Besides, what I really need is more storage in my small condo kitchen, not more doodads. A kitchen remodel isn’t in the plan this year. Moving to a bigger house is too much work. I need to find some space in the kitchen I have...

Like above the kitchen cabinets!

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I couldn't find matching storage that fit above my kitchen cabinets and the ceiling. What I did find  cost an arm and a leg so I made my own! This is a super simple project anyone can do and get professional looking results.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

DIY Washing Machine Cleaning Tablets

I like my HE (High Efficiency) front loading washing machine. It never smells moldy. I think I am an anomaly. I seems like the rest of the Internet has dirty and smelly washing machine issues and even more people need to lean how to clean their washing machines.

I have to be honest and admit, the only way I remember to clean the washing machine is when it starts to smell.  Thankfully that isn’t very often but boy oh boy do those washing machine cleaning tablets cost a pretty penny! A package of two Afresh tablets are almost 8 bucks a pop. The Tide washing machine cleaner tabs are a little less but I stay away from the Tide tablets because their detergent makes me break out.

Still, 4 dollars to clean a washing machine each month adds up. There has to be a cheaper way to clean a moldy washing machine that is just as lazy as popping a cleaning disk into the machine and turning it on.

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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Spicy Tuna Fish and Noodles Recipe

I’m not sure how I ended up with a pouch of tuna fish in the pantry.

It was something I regularly ate when I first set out on my own at the tender age of 18 because it was cheap. I can barely stand tuna fish salad now. I think I hit the lifetime limit.

Which is probably why I found it in the back of a cupboard.

It was lunchtime and I wanted something easy and quick. I started poking around the kitchen to look for ingredients that were not tuna salad or any way shape or form of tuna casserole.  I had a few little odds and ends in the refrigerator and I figured that this was a good opportunity to combine the ingredients into a recipe, throw it onto the wall, and see if it sticks.

A quick and easy lunch or cleaning out the pantry or both recipe!

Metaphorically specking. I do not recommend you toss cooked food onto the wall.

It is messy.

Let’s stir fry!

Spicy Tuna Saute 

Monday, April 18, 2016

How to Use Free Mason Jars as Kitchen Organizers

April showers bring May flowers. They also brought ants who tired of the lovely outdoor all you can eat buffet in our compost bin and decided take their Spring Break vacation in our kitchen.  Friends I hope you never, ever have to experience innocently pouring a bowl of cereal in the morning and seeing a flood of ants rise to the top of the bowl just before you take a bite after pouring the milk. Never, ever.

I composted the cereal, found where and how the ants were getting into the house, and stopped them using the steps in this post on my DIY blog Condo Blues Five Things You Absolutely Must Do to Get Rid of Ants.

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Monday, March 28, 2016

18 Allergy Medic Alert Bracelets You'll Want to Wear!

I had a severe allergic reaction to a medication as a child. The topic of getting me a medical alert ID bracelet often came up and went. I didn’t wear one and didn’t think much about it until I recently saw a display of children's food allergy awareness bracelets while grocery shopping.

At first I frowned because of course no one would make food allergy bracelets for adults since everyone thinks food allergies are a “new” children’s issue. (News flash. Food allergies aren’t new or worse or just for kids. Our science and awareness has gotten better at detecting food allergies before someone dies from them.)

Fortunately I have a 6 inch wrist and the kid’s milk allergy bracelet fit me on the last snap. I bought it since my milk allergy is more of an issue in my day to day than my medication allergy.

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Now hanging out with Mr. Moo the Milk Allergy Mascot on my wrist is no big deal to me because sometimes I want a big screaming sign that says I’M ALLERGIC TO MILK!” when I’m at a potluck dinner and the like. Other times, like work meetings, dressier occasions, performances, or days where I don’t feel like being a billboard I’d like a medical bracelet that is more sublet and fashionable. More importantly I need an emergency ID bracelet with the medicine allergy on it too just in case I need it to speak for me if the unthinkable happens and I cannot.

Monday, March 14, 2016

How to Vacation at Universal Studios Orlando with Food Allergies

Depending upon your food allergy or medical condition, Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure, and Universal City Walk (collectively called the Universal Studios Orlando Resort) is either very good or disappointingly bad about accommodating food allergies. Universal Orlando wins awards for their food but don’t expect to be able to eat any of it. In my experience:
  • If you are one of the 60% of the US population that can’t digest milk, you’re screwed. Don’t even think about eating any of the specially themed food, treats, and drinks.  I got so sick it almost ruined our trip.

  • If you are of the 1% of the population that has to be gluten free, you get all sorts of special menus, accommodations, food safe treats and drinks in both parks, City Walk, and the resorts.

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I’m sure many of you food allergy moms are clutching your pearls a gasp I didn’t research every single ingredient served in every restaurant before Husband I left for our vacation at Universal Studios. I thought I did. I read the Food Allergies Or Intolerances? No Problem page on the Universal Studios Resorts website before we left.  I thought I could indulge in food allergy safe specialty junk food like the other amusement park patrons while we focused on our Big Three: Harry Potter, Minions, and Marvel.

Sadly this is not the case.

Tips to Survive Universal Studios Florida and Universal Island’s of Adventure with Food Allergies

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

10 Amazing Pie Recipes to Try Right Now!

March 14th is Pi day to celebrate the first three digits of Pi (Greek letter π.) Pi is the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter - 3.14159 (the first 6 digits.)  Pi can be calculated until infinity beyond its decimal point which is pretty snazzy for a math equation. It also makes a cute design on Pi pie dish (affiliate link.)

This dish makes me giggle every time I see it. I need to buy one.

Pi day is also a great excuse to make and eat pie! Not that you ever need an excuse to eat pie because, pie.
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Pie Recipes for Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Dessert