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Thursday, August 19, 2010

foil dinners

Foil Dinners

Our Rating: ★★★★★
Ingredients: (Makes 2 dinners)
1 lb. thawed hamburger
2 large russet potatoes
Vegetables of your choice (I use 1/2 onion and 1 red pepper)
Salt and Pepper
Spices of your choice (I use Mrs. Dash and Garlic Salt)
Optional: Can of cream of mushroom soup or velveeta cheese sauce

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.

Put salt, pepper, and spices on your hamburger and knead it into the hamburger. Flatten and spread out your hamburger over the foil. Peel and cut up your potatoes and vegetables and put over hamburger. Put more spices on top of everything.

Optional ingredient: If you want to add cream of mushroom soup you will add a half can to each foil dinner. If you want to leave the soup out and make cheese sauce to put over afterwards or just leave it plain you can do that too.

Fold up your dinners making sure that nothing is going to bubble out. Coat with a Couple sheets of foil if needed. Put on a cookie sheet and bake for 1 hour.

Optional ingredient: For the cheese sauce just cut up cubes of velveeta (about 1/4 of a package) and put about 1/4 cup of milk and microwave. Stir and microwave until liquid.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

diy easy black-out curtains

Do you wake up feeling like you need a nap? This is the story of my life! Have you considered that while you sleep you might need complete darkness to get the deep sleep you need? I never considered this in the past. After the first night of putting my curtains up I felt completely rejuvenated! I literally can feel the difference in the amount of energy I have from day to day. This might sound like a sales pitch but I'm dead serious! I get a deeper sleep having complete darkness. I had NO idea and was not expecting that this result would come from curtains but I definitely want to tell everyone about it!

Curtains are expensive. It might be just me but the only ones I can find that I like even slightly are a fortune! Maybe I am cheap but I am not willing to spend $30+ per panel for curtains. Make your own curtains... in minutes!
Here's Mine:

My blinds are closed yet there is still ALL this light!

Curtains closed... it's night time in the middle of the day!

What I Used:

"Blackout" Fabric (Can be found at any fabric store - I got mine at Hobby Lobby)
Measuring Tape
2 Twin Sized Bed Sheets (Found mine at Target)
Iron & Ironing Board
Curtain rod & Clips (Found mine at Target)

I measured my windows first and held up a twin sized sheet horizontally and it fit from top to bottom with extra on the sides so i went and bought a couple sheets of my choice (2 windows to cover for me) and some "blackout" fabric. Blackout fabric is the most important ingredient in this recipe!! I brought them home, ironed my sheets and folded the extra fabric on the sides over and made a seam with the iron. I cut the blackout fabric to match up to my sheet. I clipped the sheet and the blackout fabric behind onto my curtain rings and installed the curtain rod. Seriously with shopping and everything this project took 2 hours. If you would like to have 2 panels for your window (1 on each side) you can always cut your sheet in half and sew a seam too. I chose the easier route. I would definitely recommend getting a good sturdy curtain rod. The one I got is pretty crappy cause i went for the cheapest. Spending a couple extra bucks on the hardware will make a big difference.

Goodnight! ♥