Crafting-DIY, Holidays, Inspiring

Wine Cork Pumpkins

How cute are these little pumpkins? It’s pumpkin everything month and this is a cute and super easy craft you can whip up in no time. I made 3 at one time,cause while you got it all out and you get started it goes fast.Wine Cork PumpkinFollow these easy directions:

Materials:
– 25 recycled wine corks
– Orange acrylic paint
– Paint brush
– Hot glue gun
– Craft knife
– Silk leaves & dried moss
– Scissors
– Sisal twine

Instructions:
1. Paint both ends of all but one cork. Allow to dry.

2. Arrange the corks in rows (4 on the bottom, then 5, then 6, then 5 and 4 on the top row) and hot glue them together. Tip: Try to match up the corks so they’re the same length in each row.

3. Cut leafs or any dried greenery you choosing to use and hot glue onto top of pumpkin

4. Take the one remaining cork and cut off part of it with the craft knife. Hot glue it on top as the stem.5. Tie a short length of sisal twine around the stem to resemble the vine.

Tip: Not all corks are created equal. Watch for ones that are shorter and use that one for the stem.

image image image This will make a cute little gift for your BFF,the Hostess at the next party your invited to or wrap it up with some Pumpkin Cookies and some Pumpkin Spice Latte Syrup for a awesome “just because” gift. FYI- I believe in the Great Pumpkin!

Cooking Methods & Tips, Inspiring

Our new eating plan, “Clean Eating”

Last May hubby and I decided to change things up a bit. Cut out a lot of sugar, less crap food &  fast food. Lets get a little healthier and maybe lose some weight.

We started making little changes and what I realized is we were really just eating cleaner. Which is every where you look these days, so that helps to remind us daily what to do. Not to say we are totally devoted to this all the time,we still have a lot of things we shouldn’t but have cut way back. We have both lost weight and feel better. This is where we started, by taking little baby steps.

We did some of these things already, but now its more of a daily option. I have to say it is more preparing of food and probably more grocery shopping to keep everything on the fresh side, but I really don’t mind. You just have to stay focused and on top of it daily. This is a great article on just making some small adjustments. Enjoy and good luck.

 

8 Baby Steps to Eating Clean

Thinking about trying this whole Eating Clean thing, but not entirely ready to jump in with both feet?  Maybe you’ve realized that making a change from your current eating habits might not be a bad idea, but where do you start?! Recognizing that what you’re doing now isn’t working is a great first step! The good news is eating clean isn’t a “diet.” It’s a lifestyle and a new way of eating, and it isn’t going away anytime soon.  Follow these “Baby Steps to Eating Clean,” and you’ll be well on your way to a healthier you in no time!

1. Drink More Water: Drinking water is a vital part of eating clean, but start small if you’re not normally a water only type of person.  If you tend to drink coffee or soda, start by replacing just one of those a day with water. If you just can’t take the water only, try thesehomemade vitamin water recipes or dress up your water by clicking here.

fresh water pitcher with lemon and lime slices

2. Get Rid Of Fake Foods Gradually: Don’t try to clean out your entire pantry all at once.  Start by getting rid of just a few items at a time, and replacing them with healthier alternatives, such as replacing refined breads and pastas made from white flour with ones made from whole grains.

woman putting food away in her refrigerator

3. Trick Your Tastebuds: If you’ve been eating foods with lots of salt, sugar, and other additives for years, it can be hard to adjust to the more subtle flavors of whole foods. I found that mixing some of the old with the new worked for me in some cases. For example, to get used to eating brown rice instead of white I started by mixing the two together.  I gradually decreased the amount of white rice until eventually I adapted to eating just the brown rice.

salmon avocado salsa dinner

4. Eat More Fruits & Veggies: If you know you don’t eat enough fruits & vegetables, start adding them in gradually to your daily diet. Eat a piece of fruit with breakfast and lunch, and add a portion of vegetables to your dinner or sneak them into your smoothies.

pile of fresh sliced fruit

5. Focus On A Few Favorite Foods: If you love your meat and protein, start simple by purchasing meat that comes from grass-fed cattle or eggs from pasture-raised chickens.  If you’re a produce lover, start buying organic fruits & veggies.

healthy beef and broccoli stir fry

6. Shop The Perimeter: Most whole, natural foods are found on the outside aisles of the grocery store.  Try to avoid buying too many items from the center of the store.  That’s where you’ll encounter more processed and packaged foods.  Better yet, shop your local farmer’s market for more natural, whole food choices!

two women shopping at the farmer's market

7. Read Labels: This is a simple way to determine how “clean” a food truly is. A natural food (such as an apple) has no label, while a bag of chips has a label with a ton of ingredients that you probably can’t pronounce.  If you’re not ready to completely give up processed foods, start by studying the labels and choosing foods that contain the fewest and simplest ingredients.  Try to avoid hydrogenated oils, artificial flavors or colors, preservatives, high amounts of fat or sodium, and added sugar. Read: 10 Alarming Ingredients to Avoid!

nutrition facts label

8. Cook At Home: This is an easy way to start eating more whole foods and save money in the process.  Restaurants and fast food places rely on highly processed foods to create their meals.  When you cook your own food, you have control over the ingredients going in your dish.  People who cook tend to eat more healthfully and weigh less than those who don’t.  This doesn’t mean you have to become a master chef overnight.  Start by learning a few meals with simple ingredients. Get started by looking around Skinny Mom’s Recipe Index.

bell peppers salsa and herbs laid out on counter for cooking

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The Daily Special

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “You, the Sandwich.”

I’m a foodie,love ALMOST everything,just some more than others. If a restaurant were to name something after me it would be “The Daily Special”, everyday would be something different from what ever is fresh in the kitchen. For example today I look around my kitchen and found this

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Avocados,tomatoes,crab,pesto,mozzarella cheese and fresh basil, just need some nice sourdough and they would have “The Daily Special” Meme the Panini. Tomorrow would be what ever is fresh and ready to move out of the kitchen. Ciao!

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