Archive for May, 2009

Marty's new tunnel!

Sunday, May 31st, 2009

While we were at Ikea we found this awesome cat tunnel for Marty!  I think he likes it… even though in most of the pictures he is just laying beside it.  It is hard to get good action shots… maybe another video will be coming soon!

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Click here to see the album.

Come, have a seat…

Sunday, May 31st, 2009

This afternoon Peter and I went to Ikea in search of bar stools.  We came home with two pretty nice ones… if you ask me!

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In an effort to make a good steak…

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

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Since Peter and I don’t have a grill, whenever I make steak it is very disappointing.  After a google search I came across this recipe from Alton Brown.  Peter and I watch Alton Brown all the time and have our DVR set to record his show Good Eats, so I trust that this recipe will be delish!  I will let you know how it goes!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds sirloin steak, 1 to 1 1/4-inches thick
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Directions

Preheat oven on broiler setting. Make foil ‘snake’ out of aluminum foil to use to keep oven door slightly ajar so that broiler won’t turn off if it gets too hot. Brush steak with oil and salt and pepper, to taste. Place a piece of foil on the bottom rack as a drip pan. Place another rack in the position above this and put the steak directly on this rack. Cook steak in this position for 5 minutes. Flip steak and cook for another 5 minutes. Move rack with steak to top position in oven, moving rack with foil and drippings just underneath, and cook for 3 minutes. Flip 1 last time and cook for another 3 minutes. Transfer steak to wire rack and rest for 3 to 5 minutes. The above times are for medium doneness. Adjust cooking times up or down as desired.

You can watch Alton Brown make this recipe on Good Eats episode Raising the Steaks .

My Review:

SO… I used this recipe to make steaks tonight.  The result?  AMAZING!!! The steaks were done to perfect medium-ness!  I used my toaster oven to make them so that I didn’t heat up the house and I was a little leery that they wouldn’t be good, but they were!  I will definitely be using this recipe from now on to make steaks, until I get a grill that is!  The only thing that I added: Montreal Steak Seasoning by McCormick.  (It just added a little extra flavor.)

Tips for first-time home buyers

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

ING Direct has posted an article containing some helpful tips for first-time home buyers. Check it out on their “We the Savers” blog.

Fruit and Veggie List

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

I found this list of 47 fruits and vegetables and their pesticide exposure “score.”  I thought it was interesting.

Design*Sponge

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

I ran across this website in a magazine and checked it out.  VERY neat!  The website showcases before and after projects, shares recipes, offers helpful city guides, and recommends several awesome DIY projects, plus much more!

Beachy Candle Holder Part 2

Monday, May 25th, 2009

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As I was flipping through the Pottery Barn catalog I saw candles that were very similar to those in my previous post on the topic.

If you don’t have the time or the desire to DIY, the Pottery Barn version (as pictured above) come as a pack of 12 for $19.00.

"Organic"

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

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In an effort to eat healthier, more wholesome meals I have been reading articles about eating and cooking “organic” foods.  It sounds so pure and healthy to chose “organic” products, however, I am very aware that the USDA and the FDA allow various In-organic and possibly harmful chemicals into “organic” farming. (Click here and here) (The key is to chose items that are rated 100% organic, not just stamped “organic”.) Another consideration in this process of going “organic” is the cost: for example Bananas at Wegmans are $0.54 per pound, however their “organic” counterpart is $0.69 per pound.  I realize a mere 15 cents doesn’t break the bank, but if my average weekly grocery bill is increased by 15 cents per item, it might ruin my budget. So in an effort to figure out how to go “organic” without blowing the budget I have complied a list of various websites with advice on which food items contain the most chemicals, which food items are not necessary to buy “organic”, and ideas on ways to get the best deal.

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Beachy Candle Holder

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

I love this craft idea!  What a neat way to incorporate the beach into your home… and a great use for a shell collection!

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What You Need:
  • Seashell
  • Candle mold sealer
  • Utility knife
  • 2 votive candles
  • Glass jar
  • Saucepan
  • 3-1/2-inch wick with clip (or longer if shell stands tall)
  • Pot holder
Instructions:

1. Fill the seashell with water to check for leaks. Fill any holes with candle mold sealer. Cut the votive candles into pieces. Remove and discard the wicks. Place the wax pieces in a glass jar. 2. Fill a saucepan with 2 inches of water. Place the glass jar into the water. Over medium heat, bring the water to boiling. Boil the water until the wax melts. Never leave melting wax on the stove unattended. 3. Place the 3-1/2-inch wick in the shell and secure it with candle mold sealer. Prop up the seashell if necessary. Using a pot holder, carefully pour the liquefied wax into the shell and allow it to solidify. It may be necessary to pour a bit more liquefied wax into the shell after the first amount hardens.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Photo Projects and Gift Ideas

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

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