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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Pinterest Plucks

Here is an amazing idea that brought a tear to our eyes and a lump to our throats from our friends at Pinterest!

Fill a room with memories, literally!  This idea could be used for just about any occasion (engagement, birthday party, divorce, bat mitzvah, etc).

Things You Will Need:

Latex Balloons
Helium Tank
Photos or mementos from the honored guests life.

There are two ways to go about this, at least.

WAY 1 (Great for intimate occasions like an engagement or to announce your spouse you are expecting):

The host works alone and does all the work in terms of collecting the items, photos, etc.

WAY 2 (Great for more public events such as graduations, birthdays, or anniversaries):

The host asks/emails the guests and asks each of them to supply a memento or photo that will mean something to the person.  The host should supply a deadline for submissions.  Than the host puts the room together by inflating the balloons and attaching the items.  Then the guest can arrive and bob among the balloons squealing with surprise.

Pinterest Plucks

Here is another wildly successful idea we found on Pinterest!

Make any food stored in a plastic bag (IE chocolate chips, jelly beans, brown sugar) with great idea. All you need is the top section of a soda or sports drink bottle.  In this case, the picture really is worth 1000 words!

Pinterest Plucks

Here is a wonderful idea we found on Pinterest!

Slide rubber bands (Kathleen prefers the bands that cluster asparagus because of their width and color) on to your coat hanger (wire, plastic, wood, or otherwise) to prevent your silky garments from slipping off to the floor!

What The Sheet!!!

Here is a collection of great alternative uses for everyday dryer sheets!

- Deodorize anything smelly (Gym bags, diaper bag, shoes, bottom of a wastebasket, etc) with a dryer sheet!

- Clean your iron!  Set it on low, and iron a dryer sheet.  It will help to release any build up.

- Tame a wild needle and thread.  Simply run your need and thread through a dryer sheet to reduce tangling and make the need glide with ease!

- Eliminate pesky static from your clothes and hair.  Just give the effected area a rub with a dryer sheet to reduce the fly aways!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012


Oven Roasted Meatballs


1/2 lb ground beef
1/4 lb ground veal
1/4 lb ground pork
1 slice sandwich bread (Wonder, etc)
3 TBSP whole milk (you could substitute lower fat milk if you are watching your weight)
1 whole egg plus 1 additional yolk
Chopped Herbs (parsley and rosemary work wonders)
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
salt and pepper to taste

1.) Preheat your oven to 450 degrees.
2.) Oil a sheet tray with cooking spray (you could also cover the sheet tray with foil or parchment paper)
3.)  Soak bread in milk until it becomes softened.  Mash with a fork to form a paste.
4.) Whisk in egg and additional yolk, herbs, cheese, salt,  pepper, and meat mixture until combined.
5.) Form the meat mixture into 15-16 balls and bake for 5-8 minutes until the bottoms are brown.  Flip and continue to cook for another 11 minutes or until done.

VOILA the versatile start to any number of dishes!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Meal Of The Month Coming Soon!

Stay Tuned!




::Velcro A Go Go::

We were sitting around the office shooting the breeze with Connie and Wendell when one of one of our favorite topics/products came up, the ever versatile VELCRO!!!  We decided to propose a challenge, to brainstorm a list of the 19 best uses for Velcro!  The gauntlet was thrown and the battle began!

1.) Secure your cat or dog's food dishes to the floor/carpet!  No more (or at least a reduction of the) mess!
2.) Secure small, lightweight hand tools (aka hand saws, screwdrivers, hammers, etc) to the wall above your work bench!
3.) Secure decorative items or chotchkies to display shelves so they don't take a dive the next time your boyfriend slams the door on you (or vice versa).
4.) Secure wrap-style tops or skirts to prevent wardrobe malfunctions!
5.) To secure a reusable canvas or nylon bag to the inside of your car to serve as a trash bag.
6.) Secure your GPS or an envelope of maps (Christopher Columbus) to the dash!
7.) Use a small dot to create a breakaway cat collar to keep your kitties from hanging themselves.
8.) To secure decorative elements such as flowers to basic pumps (shoes for all you straight men).
9.) To secure your throw rug, welcome mat, or bath mat to the carpet/floor.
10.) De-clutter your desk by mounting your boxes of pens, pencils, paper clips, post-its, etc to the wall above or beside!
11.) Secure a flashlight to your bike for evening safety!
12.) Secure milk crates or boxes to the inside of your trunk to organize groceries or other items traveling in steerage.
13.) Is your belt too long, secure the extra yardage with a spot of Velcro to keep it looking clean and professional.
14.)  To secure your winter mittens or gloves together so you never have to hunt them down.  You could also mount a strip of Velcro on your mudroom wall and stick the gloves/mittens on this as you enter!
15.) Secure your dust pan to your closet or garage wall so you never misplace it.
16.) Stop slipping and sliding chair pads by affixing them to the chair with Velcro.
17.) To keep pictures from hanging crocked or askew.
18.) Affix kitchen towels to the a handy spot in your kitchen for easy storage and use.
19.) Secure your baby's dish to the high chair!

Connie's latest Ebay purchase!

Friday, March 2, 2012


"You shouldn't have pulled out so quickly!" Connie exclaimed.  Wendell was flustered from the accident.  He never saw the other car coming when he attempted to pull away from the curb and pull into traffic. A sub-compact going double the speed limit had sped by shearing off the the driver's side mirror.  The micro machine took the corner on two wheels that were no bigger a go-cart tired and was gone!  Shaken, Wendell and Connie looked at one another.  "This first date isn't turning out so great is it?" Connie lamented.  At that moment, an idea raced through her mind as quickly as Wendell raced into her heart.  Knowing having a mirror replaced would be a costly repair Connie said "Wendell, I have two words that will spice this date back up, DOLLAR STORE!".  Wendell's eyes widened and his pace maker buzzed.  This date was going to take a turn for the better and nothing got the both of them hotter in the compression hosiery than a good DIY project!  On the ride to the nearest dollar store, Connie explained her project.  She told her Boniva popping boy toy, she had seen the perfect temporary replacement for the missing mirror at the dollar store.  When they entered the store Connie made a b-line for a display of rectangular locker mirrors.  She picked one up and made her way to check out.  While waiting in line, she told Wendell they would also need to stop by a hardware store to pick up some Gorilla Glue Gorilla Tape to finish the project.  After the two collected all the supplies, they stopped in a parking lot to make the fix.  Wendell removed the dollar store locker mirror from its packaging and held it on the remains of the driver's side mirror.  Shaking with excitement (and an undiagnosed  nerve condition) Connie used the weather resistant tape to affix the mirror.  Tada, the car mirror was fixed!  "It should at least last you until you get your car inspected" Wendell said.  "Or until those cheapskate bosses give me my damn paycheck" Connie said with a chuckle.