Friday, June 24, 2016

How to Make Vodka Watermelon - Everything You Need to Know Guide!

I wanted to make a vodka watermelon. Some people call it infuse a watermelon. Some people charge a watermelon.

Whatever you it call it, it is the same thing. A 21 years and older watermelon filled with booze with a 50-50 chance of either coming out perfect or not infusing at all.

I’m not trying to scare you out of a spiked vodka watermelon recipe. I’m letting you know up front, if your vodka watermelon didn’t work, keep reading this post to learn how to fix a drunken watermelon that won't absorb vodka on the first go round.

How to Soak a Drunken Watermelon With Vodka 

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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

How to Dehydrate Frozen Vegetables


I went to a Meijer 40% off store closing sale and came back with a ton of frozen vegetables. I didn’t have  freezer space for them because I also loaded up on frozen seafood (a sad fact when you live in land locked Central Ohio.) My plan all along was to dehydrate the frozen vegetables, vacuum seal them in mason jars, and use them in crock pot meals. Our slow cooker is the hardest working member of the Lazy Budget Chef kitchen and Thunderdome.
 
I flip flopped about writing this tutorial because I was afraid it might make me sound like some sort of hoarder or weirdo. I could see the flood of comments on the post telling me buying a freezer is easier. True but our condo is small and we often have storm related blackouts.

We haven’t had a major power outage in awhile and I was lulled into complancity. As I was mulling over how to fit a chest freezer into our condo, our neighborhood had a three hour power outage as I was unloading the dehydrator on a beautiful sunny day.

I took it as a sign to write this post.
  
Next time if someone wants to send me a Sign you don’t have to go so such extremes. A text message will do just fine.

How to Dehydrate Frozen Peas, Corn, Onions, and Green Peppers


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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

16 of the Best Homemade Cleaning Products and DIY Cleaning Solutions


It is embarrassing for how long I didn't know I could make and use homemade house and kitchen cleaners to clean my house for cheap. 

My light bulb moment was the I walked up and down the conventional cleaner aisle in the grocery store trying to find a floor cleaner that didn't have petrochemicals in it that could potentially harm my dog. It was a practically impossible task because cleaning products do not have the ingredients listed on the bottle. 

I left the store frustrated.

And determined.

Well, if the companies aren't going to tell what is in their products, then I'll make something myself! Then I'll know my household cleaners are made with safe ingredients! So take that companies!

Turns out my DIY household cleaning solutions are not only nontoxic and use less resources to make, but they also cost less money. Which means you can live green without the pretentiousness and high cost associated with some of the eco guru products now in stores.

Or you can make your own cleaners just for the sake of saving money. That's OK too.


Sixteen of the Easiest Homemade Cleaning Recipes You Can Make for Cheap!


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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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