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Saturday, April 30, 2016

Make Rice Using a Pressure Cooker!!!



 Make Rice Using a Pressure Cooker!!!
I received a fabulous Magic Mill Programmable Electric pressure cooker
 at a very reduced price to test out in exchange for my review!


I got the 10 quart size, not the 12...and it seems more than adequate for my family of 5.
It comes with a the pressure pot, the stainless steel inside cooking bowl,
an extra rubber ring for sealing, 2 varying trivets, measuring cup and spoon, and big tongs for removing cooking bowl.
And the directions booklet, totally tells you all the details on how to work
 the machine and all the troubleshooting, just in case!
I added 2 cups of rice.
Then 4 cups of water.
Set and twisted the lid on and in place
Pushed the "Rice" button and done!
Just press rice, it will begin to pressurize and then the timer
 will start once the pressure has been reached.
If it steams and squeals like a teapot, it's not sealed correctly.
So use a hot pad to tighten the valve on top of the lid and make sure it is sealed.
It did not take much for mine to seal and all the steam to stop venting.
When it's finished, it beeps 3 times and goes to bb mode
which will keep it warm until you are ready.
Then turn the valve on the lid to vent out all the steam.
Then remove the lid.
The rice was perfection.  And it was super fast!
I know, I know, rice on the stove top only takes about 20 minutes.
But this was so simple to just start and go on with my day.
The rice was fabulous!
There is no end to the things you can cook in a Pressure Cooker!
Like even hard boiling eggs...those need a steamer basket, which isn't included.
but I'm going to try my steamer and see how it works.
I'll let you know!
Oh, it also has a "Slow Cooker" setting, so you can use it as just a slow cooker!
It's programmable and easy to set in the morning so it will go off at the desired time
and be ready for dinner!
And...it can cook beans.  Beans from the hard small beans to big fluffy beans in 40 minutes.
That is a huge time saver!
Have you used a Pressure Cooker?
Please give me all your tips or favorite recipes!!!





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Friday, April 29, 2016

Kitchen Table/Island with Casters!!!

Kitchen Table/Island with Casters!!!
 This is a project I wanted to do for a long time!
I wanted a table, that was counter height--so it could double as an island...
but on wheels...for mobility.
I was sent these amazing casters from Rockler in exchange for this post.

4" Polyurethane Casters, Total-Lock Swivel (Plate Mount)
 So, I knew I wanted casters.
But I didn't know anything about casters before this project.
These are amazing.  They are strong, they lock solid, they are easy to release.
They roll smoothly and all around.
They are worth the money.
 The table we inherited was counter height.
If we put the casters on the legs of the table, they wouldn't have the support they need...
and it would make the table 5.5 inches taller.
 We've been renovating our house.
We have it all trimmed out in pine.
Nevermind the plaid couch that needs recovering...
or the floral rug...it's to protect our beautiful laminate flooring while we finish up projects.
 ~
So we used some pine boards and cut them to fit the length and width of the table.
 Then attached them to each other as well as to the table.
This raises up the location of the casters and makes the table only 1.5 inches taller.
 Super easy to mount the casters.
 Repeated 4 times.
 It's awesome!
We have a leaf for the table too, so it can get much longer.
The wood supports make a great foot rest too!
 And I love that I can roll the table around depending on where I need it!
Win win!
I love the mobility!
Check out Rockler for more great Woodworking and Hardware!





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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Don't Forget to Flush Vinyl Arrow!

  Don't Forget to Flush Vinyl Arrow!
 I used vinyl from Expressions Vinyl!
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We moved into this house at the beginning of March.
I have constantly had to remind my kids to flush the toilet.
I cornered my youngest son and he said it's because the flusher is on top on this toilet.
So I did something to fix the problem.
And you know what?  It worked!

I received this fun sample pack of vinyl from Expressions Vinyl at Snap conference.
I love this glittery coral vinyl and decided it would be perfect for the arrow.
 I used my Silhouette cameo to cut a fun vintage arrow.
I used a cutter, but you could just cut it with scissors!
 I weeded off the excess vinyl.
 I like weeding!
 Then peeled the outside edge and placed it on the freshly clean and dried toilet lid.
 It's awesome.  It's bright.  It's glittery.
It's impossible to miss!
 I used the inside arrow for the second bathroom.
It's perfection.
No more surprises :)
Check out #expressionsvinyl for more fantastic vinyl ideas!
I love vinyl!!!
Check out this Diamond Confetti Wall I did with vinyl!
http://www.doodlecraftblog.com/2016/04/diamond-confetti-wall.html


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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Congratulations Burlap Bunting Banner!

 Congratulations Burlap Bunting Banner!
There is always reason to celebrate!
I found out that my sister in law had been at her current employment for 9 years
and we decided to celebrate!
I think it's important to celebrate every day.
Sorry about the pictures.  This banner turned out way longer than I expected!
 I had some gorgeous burlap paper from DCWV
You can find it here
I cut into 2 inch by 3.5 inch pieces!
And red paper 1/2 inch smaller so it would have a 1/4 inch border.
 I used a pen to write C-O-N-G-R-A-T-U-L-A-T-I-O-N-S on each piece.
Again, this is MUCH too long of a word for a banner.
Try a word that only has 5-8 letters...like Congrats or Party or Yay...
Okay, 3 letters would be great too.
I added some rhinestone swirls for decoration
 Hot glued the pieces in order on some twine.
 Tied the ends to skewers.
 And covered the backs with washi tape to look awesome!
 It was a huge success!
The sign turned out gigantic--it's so big it's hard to take pictures of!
Congratulations is way too many letters!
 I had to tape them on jam jars to keep the sign up--a cake wouldn't hold it!
I love this burlap paper!







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