Sunday, August 14, 2016

DIY Chip Holder - Organize Your Pantry

DIY Chip Holder - Natural Homemade Living

It's hard to believe August is almost halfway over and the kids are getting ready to go back to school. Where did the summer go?
We've been busy camping, working on projects, organizing and redecorating so we'll have some cool stuff to share once things settle down. Today I wanted to share my favorite pantry organizing tip, the DIY chip holder.
I don't usually buy chips in small bags but for camping these little bags are perfect. I used to store them in a large basket but it seemed like it was a mess when everyone was digging through a basket to find their favorite chips. I decided to make a holder for them and hung it inside the pantry door. It was a quick little project and the kids love it! Most of the items I already had in my craft baskets so the project only cost $3.00.

What You Need:
Rulers - I bought the craft rulers at Michael's (4 in a package)
Small wood clothespins - you can get these at the craft store
Craft glue (or your favorite wood glue)
Removable mounting squares to attach the rulers to the door or wall

  1. Decide how many bags of chips for each ruler, I chose 12.
  2. Apply glue to one side of each clothespin and place it toward the top of the ruler.
  3. I applied one clothespin to each inch on the ruler.
  4. Let them dry according to the glue instructions. Mine took about an hour.
  5. Apply removable squares to the back of each ruler. I used 4 squares per ruler.
  6. I didn't have much wall space in my pantry so I hung my rulers on the inside of the door.
  7. Hang one chip bag on each clothespin. Done.
Hope you like it!
Love and peace,

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Overnight Steel Cut Oats

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Overnight Steel Cut Oats

I have been experimenting with overnight oats for a couple of months and I have found my favorite, chocolate peanut butter banana! I think part of the problem is that I really don't like to eat breakfast so after trying other options such as protein drinks, yogurt, cereal and breakfast bars, I decided to try this. I don't like the texture of rolled oats but the steel cut oats are chewy and I like that! You can also make this gluten-free, just choose gluten-free oats.
Ingredients and Directions:
1/4 c steel cut oats (not cooked)
2 T peanut butter powder (Costco has Honeyville Organic for a reasonable price)
1/4 c chocolate cashew milk
1/4 c Greek Yogurt (plain)
2 T sliced almonds (optional)
1/2 banana (add this prior to eating)
Stir all ingredients together. I use glass jars. Refrigerate overnight. Add the banana prior to serving. If they are too thick, add a little more milk. It works best for me when I make 5 jars at one time then I have them ready for Monday-Friday. Enjoy!
Love and peace,

Saturday, April 02, 2016

Best Spicy Chicken Drummies

Best Spicy Chicken Drummies
This is the perfect chicken recipe for the grill or to roast in the oven! I roasted these in the oven because we haven't quite arrived at grilling season in the Midwest. They are quick to pull together and they have great flavor!
I buy my organic chicken drumsticks from Costco, an entire package of 15-18 drumsticks under $10!

Ingredients and Directions:
6-8 chicken drumsticks
3 T melted butter
1/2 c hot sauce (I use Frank's)
1 clove minced garlic
1 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp cayenne pepper
Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Remove the skin from the drumsticks, rinse and dry with a paper towel.
  2. Melt butter and mix together with hot sauce, lemon juice, garlic, cayenne pepper and salt and pepper in a small bowl.
  3. Line a baking sheet with foil and preheat your oven to 425F.
  4. I take a small amount of the liquid out and use it for basting during the baking process. I do this before I dip the drumsticks so I don't contaminate the liquid mixture. (I'm weird like that).
  5. Dip each drumstick into the melted ingredients and place on the baking sheet.
  6. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until the chicken reaches 165F.
  7. Double the recipe if you need more drummies.
  8. Let drummies rest for a couple of minutes and enjoy!
Love and peace,

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Quick and Easy Twice Baked Potatoes

It's grilling season in the Midwest so I wanted to share my twice baked potato shortcut with you. This method is faster than baking the potatoes first and is perfect for entertaining or serving at family grill night!

Ingredients and Directions:
4 potatoes, I use russets
1 c Greek yogurt
1/3 c ranch dressing or your favorite dressing
1/3 c milk
1 c grated cheese, Colby-Jack or your favorite, and a little extra for topping at the end
Optional: bacon pieces, onions, finely diced peppers

Wash and dry your potatoes. Poke small holes in each potato using a fork. Wrap in wax paper or a paper towel and microwave on high for about 10 minutes. You will need to adjust this time based on the number of potatoes you are making. 
Let the potatoes cool just until you can handle them and cut each potato in half lengthwise. Carefully scrape out the middle and place in a medium size bowl. Using an electric beater, beat on low until the potato insides are mashed. Add milk, yogurt and dressing and beat until smooth. 
Fold in the grated cheese then salt and pepper to taste making sure all ingredients are mixed together. Place your potato skin sections on a baking sheet and begin filling them with your potato mixture, using a large spoon. When all have been filled, sprinkle some grated cheese over the tops. Bake at 350F for 15 minutes in a preheated oven. Serves 8.
Love and peace,