Cheesy Hashbrown Bites | Recipe

Cheesy Hasbrown Bites

I love breakfast, every time I visit my family in Pittsburgh eating breakfast together is a way to reconnect. When they visit me I make my oatmeal bake and brunch egg bake. Now I have a new item to add to my menu! This hashbrown bites are easy to make and a great way to use up left over baked potatoes.

Ingredients:

  • 5 Potatoes, baked and refrigerated
  • 1 Medium red onion
  • 2 Cloves garlic
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/2 Teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1 Cup shredded cheese (your choice)
  • Olive oil, for the muffin tins

Supplies:

  • Food processor with grating accessory or hand grater
  • Muffin tin with 12-18 muffins

Method:

  1. Be sure to start with baked potatoes and refrigerate them.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  3. Shred potatoes with the food processor, then onion and garlic.
  4. Mix the eggs in a small bowl and add seasoned salt to the bowl.
  5. In a large bowl mix the shredded veggies, egg mixture, and cheese until evenly distributed.
  6. Grease the tins with olive oil to avoid sticking.
  7. Use a 1/4 cup measuring cup to put the mixture into each hole.
  8. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes – 1 hour. Until the bites are browning on the top.

These are great reheated in a toaster oven.

Crib Sheets Tutorial

I knew that with decorating Baby V’s nursery that I didn’t want to go out and buy a set from a store. I wanted to have the ability to personalize the room. One easy way to do this was to make my own crib sheets. If you search for sales, you can save money from buying from a store and you can get cute fabric to match your theme.

I made three designs in flannel fabric. I recommend getting a wider fabric because it will shrink when you wash and dry it.

Supplies:

  • 2 yards of fabric, at least 44 inches wide.
  • Matching thread
  • Elastic 1/4 inch thick, at least 4 yards
  • Scissors
  • Sewing Machine
  • Iron & ironing board

My mattress is a standard size. We opted for the Lullabye Earth mattress, if you’d like to compare sizes. You’re going to cut 8 x 8 inch from each corner. (if your mattress is a different size you may have to adjust accordingly.) You want the edge of your mattress it line up with the edge of the squares for a snug fit.

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After cutting the fabric you’re going to sew a french seam on all four corners. To do this, put the wrong sides of the fabric together, pin, and stitch a straight line with 1/4 inch seam allowance. The closer to the edge the better. You will create a house like shape with the fabric, as seen below. For some reason, I could not visualize this before starting so if you’re like me, relax, it’s what you want. Do this to all four edges.

Crib Sheet 3Crib Sheet 4Very carefully, trim the fabric all the way to the seam, as close as you can get it without cutting what you’ve just sewn.

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Flip the crib sheet inside out so the right sides face one another and iron the seams flat. You’re going to sew again with 1/4 inch seam allowance.

Crib Sheet 6You’ve created a french seam. This keeps the edges nice and neat, and when you wash it you won’t have to worry about the inside fraying. It’s very clean. Here’s a sneak peak of what the edge will look like.

Crib Sheet 7After you’ve done this to all four sides, add the elastic.  I did this by first ironing 1/4 inch all of the way around and then ironed and pinned 1/2 inch hem. This creates enough room for your elastic to work its way through. You’re going to sew ALMOST all of the way around, taking care at the edges, and leaving a 2 inch gap to string the elastic through.

Crib Sheet 8 Crib Sheet 9Put a safety pin on the end of your elastic and get to work working it through. Sit down in front of the TV because this part, for me, took the longest. The amount of elastic you will use will depend upon what you buy. I believe the type I used came in 8 yards, so I left it intact and worked it through.

Place the crib sheet on your mattress and adjust the elastic accordingly. This takes trial and error but you want to get the elasticity right. When you’ve decided how much elastic you want to use, simply sew a few lines on the overlapping ends and finish off the piece. I apologize for not taking a photo of this part of the process but I think it’s pretty easy to visualize. This is the underside view.Crib Sheet 10

There you have it! A custom made crib sheet. Have you made bedding before? Or are you working on homemade nursery decor? Share in the comments below!

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Pineapple Frozen Yogurt | Recipe

I love ice cream but its not healthy enough to eat everyday. I thought it was time to make something that was ice cream like but is much healthier. I decided to make my own frozen yogurt without added sugar and unnecessary additives. This also reminds me of the pineapple ice cream I’ve had at Disney World. Yum!

I recommend serving this after freezing it for an hour or so. If it sits for too long in the freezer it will turn into a block, it’s still good but you will have to defrost for a while before digging in.

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Pineapple Frozen Yogurt

Ingredients:

  • Greek yogurt, plain or vanilla
  • 1 Pound frozen or fresh pineapple
  • Vanilla extract, optional

Supplies:

  • Food processor or blender
  • Ice cream maker, bowl pre-frozen

Method:

  1. In a food processor, combine yogurt, pineapple, and vanilla until smooth.
  2. Place the yogurt mixture into your refrigerator while you set up the ice cream maker. Try to keep the mixture as cold as possible.
  3. Put chilled yogurt into the ice cream maker and run for 20 minutes, or as the instructions on your machine suggest.
  4. Remove frozen yogurt from the machine and store in a container.  It will be too liquidy to serve, unless you are going for soft serve.
  5. Freeze for approximately an hour and enjoy!

Note: If you keep this is in the freezer for a long time it will become a block, so you will have to thaw it before serving the second time around. It’s best served after making.

Enjoy this frozen treat without all of the guilt!

My Newest Project – Baby Voorhees

Hello There! I’ve been absent for quite a while. However I’ve been working on a very important project that is due in April!

 Lindsay and Steve Baby Shower

Baby Voorhees is due April 22nd! Things have been busy around our house prepping, relaxing, and reading every baby book ever printed. :)

With the coming posts I will be sharing projects that I’ve been working on in the nursery and healthy recipes I’ve been making.

I am by no means an expert when it comes to babies but I’m happy to share what I learn as I go!

12 Secrets to Save Money when Holiday Shopping Online

12 Secrets To Save When Online Holiday Shopping

It’s that time of year! I love the Christmas lights, holiday movies, homemade treats, and even the music. One thing I do not love is holiday shopping at the mall. It is chaos. You will not find me out at 3 am wrestling other customers for a TV or toaster.

My ideal shopping situation is sitting in my PJ’s drinking a mug of tea and buying gifts online as the snow falls. I avoid all of the stress of shopping and still get what I want and save money while doing so.

By this point shopping online is my thing, I try to save money however I can when online shopping so I can make my money go further. Here’s my list of 12 secrets to save money when holiday shopping online.

  1. Wait for the sale – It’s a game to figure out when your item will be on sale. You want to maximize savings with a sale and online coupon. I know that the Disney Store Online rotates through promo codes, sometimes up to 40%. I would never buy something without scoping out the deals and sales on their site for a few days. It’s absolutely worth it.
  2. Coupon codes, coupon codes, coupon codes – Need I say more? I do not buy anything online without a coupon/promo code or a really great sale. Google “XYZ Store Coupon Code” and see what pops up. Check out retailmenot.com and couponcabin.com sometimes you can find a really great code.  If you’re lucky, you can use more than one on an order. They are out there, it’s free money. Who doesn’t like free money?
  3. Sign up for Email Updates – Sign up for email updates from your favorite store, they are happy to tell you what they have on sale. What’s even better, you can sometimes get a discount code for signing up!
  4. Facebook – Like a store on Facebook, again, they will be happy to share with you their coupon codes and sales. Some coupon codes are just for their Facebook fans.
  5. EBates – I recently started using ebates and I was thrilled to receive $7.15 from a purchase I made at Old Navy online. Free money for doing almost nothing. You can sign up here and receive a $10 gift card when you make your first purchase. After signing up I got $10 gift card to Target and I saved $7.15. So I’m up to $17.15 for just a few clicks of the mouse. All you have to do is go to ebates first, choose the store and enter their site to check out. It’s so easy.
  6. Amazon Coupons – I really did not know about Amazon Coupons until I stumbled upon the site recently. It’s a gold mine. I saved $30 on a gift I bought. $30 from a website! Definitely check this out before you complete your order on Amazon. So many categories apply, books, electronics, toys, food and household items.
  7. Look for Gift Card Deals – This might require you to go to an actual store, or not. Check flyers and online deals for gift cards at a lower price such as a $25 gift card for $20. You can use this with your online purchase and save $5. A grocery store near my family offers “Fuel Perks” or money towards gasoline purchases, so they like to buy gift cards for their purchases and then get free/discounted fuel!
  8. Free Shipping – Do not pay for shipping. Many online retailers offer free shipping this time of year, some offer free shipping if you buy a certain amount of items, and some have coupon codes. Some stores such as LL Bean always have free shipping. Yay!
  9. Use Google Shopping – Did you know Google will price compare items for you? It’s awesome. Especially when buying bigger items, use Google Shopping to compare prices. If you’re looking for a specific item, search for it and the website will tell you who has the lowest price for your item. Note: Personally, I will only buy from stores that I am familiar with, there are a lot of online retailers that pop up with lower prices but I do not know their reputation so I will skip them and go to a retailer I know is credible.
  10. Be Cautious of Flash Sales – Sales with a timer are tricky psychologically. It could get you to buy something you really don’t want just because there is a timer on it. Think it through first.
  11. Create an Account – Avoid checking out as a guest on a site. By signing up for an account with the company, you will receive updates and your order attached to your name will be in the system. This helps a lot if you have an issue or need to return an item, since you are already in the system.
  12. Check Prices Later – If a product you buy goes on sale after you’ve purchased it, you can contact the company to see if they will refund the difference. It never hurts to ask and you could save!

There you have it, 12 ways to save money with holiday shopping! What tips do you have for online shopping? I’d love to hear your tips and suggestions.

Happy Shopping!

Disclaimer: The ebates link goes to my tell-a-friend account, this means that if you sign up I receive a little bonus for telling a friend.