Occasionally Crafty

January 29, 2015

Flash Freezing: Stop throwing away your money!

While I don't profess to be the best as saving money, I do know that the easiest place to save money is with food! I'm hoping throughout the year to share a few tips that have helped me!

Today I'm talking about flash freezing! Basically it's a way to save those vegetables from ending up in the garbage, along with the money you spent on them.

Have you ever bought too many onions? Do you manage to use all of the green onions that come in one package? Maybe you do bountiful baskets, or garden and end up with more than can be eaten before it goes bad. Then it's time to chop and freeze!

The point of this not to teach you to chop up veggies, or even how to stick them in a bag and freeze them, but if you want them to be usable once you need them again, flash freezing is your new friend!

My photos are with green peppers so you can see the process clearly :)

First: Chop your veggies and spread them out on a cutting board or cookie sheet. This will allow each piece to freeze individually. If you throw them all into a bag at this point, the moisture/juices from your food will freeze together, creating one big clump!

Second: Place in your freezer

Third: After a few hours your food will be frozen into individual pieces.

Last: Place in freezer bags and pull what you need out of it, instead of one big frozen clump of peppers!

There are so many ways to utilize this skill to help save a few pennies here and there. I freeze peppers, onions, meat, bananas, the possibilities are endless! Now go look at your produce and see what you can save from the trash can!

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January 26, 2015

Valentine's Day Decor: Heart Skewers

It's taken me awhile to feel like pulling out my Valentine's Day decor.  And, truthfully, there's not a lot of it.  I enjoy putting up a few things here and there, but I have to say Valentine's Day is not my favorite holiday!

Anyone else with me on that?

Still, I happen to love these heart skewers I made.  They are so easy that I'm not even writing a tutorial about them!

Buy some wooden hearts and skinny dowels at the craft store.  Paint your hearts the color(s) you want.  Lightly distress if desired.  Put a big dollop of hot glue on the back of the heart, then press the dowel in.  Let dry.   Voila!

I put mine in a white pitcher vase filled with dry beans so the skewers will stay in place.

There you go- a quick and easy Valentine's day decoration!

 I may be linking this up at some of these parties: come party with me!

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January 22, 2015

Glass Etched Soap Bottles

You may have heard us refer to the original Occasionally Crafty girl, our mom! She was always working on something as we were growing up. I don't think Valerie or I took full advantage of everything that was available to us as kids, but as you can see we both craft a lot now! 

So it shouldn't surprise you that when we get together with our Mom we usually end up crafting! While Valerie was in Chicago visiting our Dad, my Mom and brother came to visit us. When we were shopping some after Christmas sales, we came across these glass bottles with metal pour spouts. She mentioned that they'd be great for dish soap and we both thought of how we could decorate them!

Before she went home we got to work designing our bottles! I used a circle background image to create the effect of bubbles for my bottle.

Use the vinyl as a stencil and paint the open spots with glass etching cream. Be generous, but cautious because anywhere the cream touches it will etch! Wait 5 minutes, rinse off the cream and then peel off the vinyl! Voila!

Here's how it looks with soap!

My mom has a lot of apples and cherries in her kitchen, so we did a mix of vinyl and glass etching!

I love simple crafts that bring a little personality to your every day living! I smile (just a little more) every time I do dishes!

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