Seeding Cucumbers

I’ve discovered a way to seed cucumbers!

Ok, so most cooks out there probably already know how to do this, but I’m relatively new to this whole cooking thing, so I was super excited when I discovered this little trick ON MY OWN! :)

I love pasta salad. When I make it, I typically put cucumbers in it; however, I’m not really a fan of the seeds. Well, now I can easily put cucumbers in the pasta salad with no seeds…I just use a spoon!

Peel the cucumber (if you choose). Cut it in half lengthwise. Then use a spoon to scrape the seeds out. I know, I know, most of you cooks out there are rolling your eyes at me – but I was so excited when I thought of this trick! :)

Lazy Girl Fitness

Think you don’t have time to exercise? Check out these Lazy Girl Fitness posts! She has some pretty great ideas for anyone who is always on the go. And, even if you aren’t always on the go, these are some great ways to be a little more active throughout the day. I’ve done the calf raises while brushing my teeth – I felt the burn!

 

Slow-Cooker Time Conversions

I planned to wake up bright and early one day a few weeks ago to make beef stew in the slow-cooker. However, that ‘bright and early’ plan didn’t quite work the way I planned. By the time I was ready to throw everything into the slow-cooker, I didn’t have time to cook the food for 10-12 hours on low as the recipe called for (unless we wanted to eat supper at 10:00pm, which wasn’t very appealing to me!). Instead of eating at bed-time, I looked for a slow-cooker conversion chart online and discovered a couple helpful websites.

This website simply gives you the high/low slow-cooker conversions (pictured to the left), plus other slow-cooker information that is probably helpful, I just didn’t have the time to read it.

 

This website gives you time conversions for a conventional oven, in addition to the high/low slow-cooker conversions, which I thought was super helpful!

I just love the slow-cooker. It makes cooking sooo easy! I’ll share some of my recipes one of these days.

What slow-cooker tips and tricks do you know?

Newspaper decorations…sort of :)

After 2+ years with no decorations on our bedroom walls, I FINALLY had a vision.

I was worried, though, that once all the decorations were hung, I wouldn’t like the placement, would end up changing it, and have several unnecessary nail holes in the wall.

So, I began brainstorming what I could do…I remembered coming across a magazine or newspaper years ago that suggested using parchment paper. Simply cut it to the size of the pictures you’re hanging and tape it to the wall. No unnecessary nail holes!

I didn’t have parchment paper, but I did have newspaper. Continue reading »

Helpful Painting Tips

I really enjoy painting, especially cutting in! I guess you could say it’s therapeutic for me…odd, I know :) . Anyway, here are some tips I’ve learned from painting with my gma throughout the years that will hopefully help you enjoy painting, too.

Pictures below!

  1. Buy a GOOD QUALITY trim brush. The most resent one I bought was a Purdy (cute name, huh?). I don’t even tape off trim anymore, I just freehand it. Having a quality trim brush is what makes cutting in enjoyable!      Continue reading »