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Magnetic Spice Rack

DIY Magnetic Spice Rack

Today I will show you how to make a spice rack with a few items from Amazon and Ebay. It costs me a total of $93 and you can buy a filled spice rack that looks similar to this on Etsy for $130. With the items I was able to purchase, 20 of my spices made it to the rack, four are in jars waiting for more magnets. The most expensive part of this project was the magnets and there was no way to cut corners there. I attempted using cheaper craft magnets and found that the neodymium was necessary. Here’s what you’ll need with links:

Clean your jars. One by one fill with spice, label, add two magnets to the lid, then close and apply to refrigerator. On some my magnets ended up side by side and other they are stacked. They should work either way but if you find one jar is heavier than the others just stack it on top so it has more support.

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Thanks to my friend Mike for this tutorial and links!

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Potty Training

Oswin has been potty training for three weeks now. I never knew when to expect this, sometime between 2 and 4 was when we planned on starting.

We would let Oswin use the toilet whenever he had the desire and read the Pirate Potty book. This happened most often before or after baths. One day he refused to keep a diaper on. We had a talk and decided it was time to purchase a portable potty and some rewards. The froggy potty was what we found, cheapest portable option. He picked out three toys from the Fisher Price baby section. When we got home I instructed him to use the potty when he felt the urge. If he can put his pee and poop into the potty for a whole day he gets a reward. He was already good about peeing in the potty as needed. It took 3 days to get him to know when it was time to stop and potty.

I suggest the Pirate Potty book with its sticker rewards if you’re looking for somewhere to start. The kindle or other distraction like that is very helpful when it’s time to focus on pooping. Having the potty in each room we were all hanging out in was very helpful. I do think that letting him use a portable plastic potty has encouraged him to pee in a bowl or cup when outside. Good luck when it’s your turn. As with anything patience and communication got us through.

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Meal Plan 061316 – My Etsy!

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Jam season is moving very fast and strawberries are already ending. I have missed posting a few days because I’ve been busy canning. You can now find my jams on Etsy. If you are local please contact me directly to avoid shipping charges.

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We met Denise from Snowline Farm on Friday morning. Our bags were full of things to try. The share included:

  • Eggplant Plant
  • Eggs(check out the picture below of an abnormally large one that had two yolks!)
  • Radishes
  • Kale
  • Greens
  • Lettuce
  • Garlic Scape
  • Green Onions
  • Broccoli
  • Basil

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Our pick up spot happened to be next to the end of the Oregon Trail. It was a great field trip for the kids and my first time there.

For our meal plan this week I’m all out of delivery dinners(Blue Apron and Sun Basket). They were fun but I rather plan some budget dinners and treats. With the bounty from Snowline Farm we enjoy salads and sauteed greens at least daily. Please see my Meal plan from last week for breakfast and lunch ideas.

Dinner:

Treats:

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Use the contact form below if you need jam or anything else 🙂

Sweet Chicken Chili Ponzu Catfish

I had a sudden urge to make a cooking video and this was my the first time. Please see above for details on the preparation of Blue Apron’s Sweet Chili Ponzu Catfish with Coconut Jasmine Rice and Green Beans. I enjoyed a glass of Green Fin red blend from Trader Joe’s to give me some charisma.

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Below are all of the ingredients before step one.

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Here is the final product, I made a lot more mistakes on this recipe because I was distracted with recording. I don’t know if I’ll ever cook catfish at home again. We don’t get it locally and most of the fish we eat is caught by someone we know. I did enjoy the flavors of this dish and would be happy to try it if someone else cooks!

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Thirty five minutes left till my Strawberry Compote Giveaway ends, make sure you enter!

 

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Tunes I have on repeat this week:

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It seems we all need new breakfast and lunch ideas.  For the benefit of the readers who mostly eat away from home, I will focus on lunch box food.

This week we will be eating three dinners from Sun Basket and two dinners from Blue Apron.  All other recipes this week are from 100 Days of Real Food.

Breakfast:

Lunch

Blue Apron dinners for four

Sun Basket dinners for two

Shopping list is below. *Note this does not include any ingredients from the Lunchbox mix and match ideas or the meal delivery services.

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Please make sure you enter to win my Strawberry Compote. You can comment on the original blog post, share it on Facebook, or tweet about it. Entries accepted until 8 am, Wednesday the 8th.

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Strawberry Compote Giveaway!! – Grahfx won!

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Remember the strawberry jam I posted about making on my first blog? I made it with a recipe from 100 days of real food but substituted maple syrup. The end product is a darker, delicious strawberry compote, with a thinner consistency. I have 7 pint jars remaining from that batch and would like to give one away.

To enter share this post on Facebook or Twitter and comment here with your favorite flavor of jam. There are a total of three entries available. Click on the title of the post and there will be a built-in sharing option at the bottom of the post. I will draw a number on Wednesday, June 8th, 8 AM Pacific time.

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Since that first try I have perfected a small batch of strawberry basil and strawberry rhubarb jam.  They are $10 and I have two pints of each flavor. There is also six pint jars of strawberry compote available at $7 each. Please let me know if you are interested in purchasing.

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Blue Apron – Seared Chicken and Miso Udon Noodles

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I decided to prepare our second Blue Apron meal of the week for lunch, seared chicken and miso udon noodles with sautéed sugar snap peas and pea tips. It took me about 45 minutes to put it all together. I was impressed with the flavors in this dish. We’ve been wanting to cook udon at home. Another new ingredient to our home was pea tips, they were a perfect addition. Both kids devoured the noodles and accidentally ate some greens, Oswin enjoyed a bit of chicken and snap peas. It has motivated me to cook at home having these meals waiting to be prepared.

I’ve also included a little video of our day which included farm fresh eggs from our Snowline Farm CSA. The stellar jays and robins have devoured the bird snack and left me a bare partially eaten apple. Dinner included leftovers from our salmon meal, 1.5 lbs of asparagus, and a large salad. Tomorrow I’ll be posting about how to make a magnet spice rack.

Herb crusted salmon

Blue Apron – Herb Crusted Salmon

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Mat prepared our first Blue Apron meal, Herb Crusted Salmon. He has some cooking experience and generally makes egg scrambles, pancakes, egg nests , BBQ or other meals with a little of my assistance and a recipe. We found that this is a great options for someone who usually goes out to a $9 per plate meal and wants to learn some new techniques. I highly suggests you read through all of the steps before you get started.  With our first delivery discount we paid $49.92, normally $69.92. We received two meals for four people.

The meal included herb crusted salmon with roasted asparagus and zucchini freekeh salad. The adults ate up every component of the meal. Ardith, the one year old, rejected the zucchini but snacked on a bit of salmon and freekeh. Oswin devoured his salmon and tried the vegetables. If we make this meal again I will cook the asparagus longer and separately, we added another pound to the half that they provided us. This was our first time trying freekeh it’s comparable to quinoa.

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The Salmon we normally eat is not this bright pink. The end result was so delicious and delicate. Our next meal with Blue Apron is seared chicken and miso udon noodles with sautéed sugar snap peas and pea tips.

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