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    Mother's Day Gift Ideas

    When I was a kid Mother’s Day meant making something extra special to show mom how much she was loved. When I became an adult showing her how much she was loved meant buying her something special. A couple of years ago I was in a crafting mood and made my mom a 4-foot Garden in a 4-inch Pot for Mother’s Day. She absolutely loved it and said that she had missed all of the homemade gifts that we used to make her.

    Now that I know how much handmade gifts mean to my mom I have made it my mission to make her something extra special every year. This is a list of some Gift Ideas for Mother’s Day that have topped my list this year.

    Mother's Day Gift Ideas
    Photo Flower Pot {A Diamond in the Stuff}
    Mother's Day Gift Ideas
     DIY String Heart {Green Wedding Shoes}
    Mother's Day Gift Ideas
     4 Foot Garden in a 4 Inch Pot {Fluster Buster}
    Mother's Day Gift Ideas
    Etched Dish {Make It & Love it}
    Mother's Day Gift Ideas
    Necklace Rosette Bib {Create Craft Love}
    Mother's Day Gift Ideas
     Teacup Candles {CreateLive}
    Mother's Day Gift Ideas
     Lemon Sugar Scrub {A Pumpkin & A Princess}
    Mother's Day Gift Ideas
    Stamped Tea Towels {Centsational Girl}
    Mother's Day Gift Ideas
    Foot Soak {Tidy Mom}
    Mother's Day Gift Ideas
     Gardening Basket {I heart Naptime}
    Mother's Day Gift Ideas
    Mother's Day Gift Ideas
     Thumbprint Necklace {Momasaurus}
    Mother's Day Gift Ideas
    Garden Stepping Stones {Living Well Spending Less}
    Mother's Day Gift Ideas
     Love Jar {BHG}
    Mother's Day Gift Ideas
     Flower Pot Candy Jar {This Mama Loves}
    Mother's Day Gift Ideas
     Bucket Full of Pansies {Farmhouse 40}
    Mother's Day Gift Ideas
    Mother’s Day Kisses {The Girl Creative}
    Mother's Day Gift Ideas
    Scented Hanger {With a Blast}
    Mother's Day Gift Ideas
    Portable Fire Feature {With a Blast}
    Mother's Day Gift Ideas
    Mother's Day Gift Ideas
    Always My Mother {Phrase-ology}
    Mother's Day Gift Ideas
    Garden Markers {The Chicken Chick}
    Mother's Day Gift Ideas
     Tissue Paper Flower Pots {Artsy Va Va}
    Mother's Day Gift Ideas
    Sea Glass Serving Tray {Sand & Sisal}
    Mother's Day Gift Ideas
    Aromatherapy Pillow {Almost Supermom}
    What have you made for Mother’s Day?

    Follow Fluster Buster’s board Holiday’s – Mother’s Day on Pinterest.

    More Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

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    Everybody claims to have the best chewy chocolate chip cookie recipe, but they haven’t tried this one. These bakery style cookies are hands down the best, loaded with chocolaty goodness and pleasingly chewy. #cookies #chocolatechip

    Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

    I’m kinda picky when it comes to cookies. I don’t like cookies that are crunchy, frosted, to soft, or filled with a sugary or fruity substance. In order for me to spend some of my daily calories on foods that are more for pleasure than nutritional value it has to be on something that I absolutely love.

    These chewy chocolate chip cookies are on my list of pleasure foods that I love, especially if they’re hot out of the oven. Nothing makes you feel warm and fuzzy all over like fresh baked, hot out of the oven cookies and a big glass of milk.

     

    Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

    Do you ever freeze your cookie dough? I prefer eating my cookies hot, so I pretty much always double or even triple my recipe so that I can freeze some of the dough. Freezing the dough allows me to easily have a hot cookie whenever the craving strikes.

    If you’ve never frozen your cookie dough, you should try it, it’s super easy to do. Just scoop your dough onto a cookie sheet and make sure the balls of dough aren’t touching. Then, place the pan in the freezer until the dough is completely frozen.

     

    Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

    When the dough’s frozen take it out, place the dough into a freezer bag/container and return to the freezer. Flash freezing the dough before placing it in a freezer container keeps the dough from sticking together.

     

    Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

    Now when a cookie craving hits, you just take out what you need, place it on a cookie sheet and bake. Hot cookies in minutes!

    I have a tendency to overeat these cookies, because the are so delicious, but when I freeze the dough and only bake a few at a time, I don’t end up eating myself sick, which is really good for my waistline.

    The Best Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie
    Bakery Style Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies. These are the best cookies, hands down, they are pleasingly chewy and loaded with lots of chocolaty goodness.
    Yields: 3 dozen
    Ingredients
    Directions
    2 ¼ cup
    1 tsp
    1 ½ tsp
    ½ tsp
    All-purpose flour
    Whisk together and set aside.
    ¾ cup
    1 Tbsp
    ¾ cup
    ½ cup
    Butter, melted & cooled
    Molasses
    Brown sugar, packed
    Beat together for one minute in a large bowl.
    2 large
    2 tsp
    Eggs, room temp
    Add to the sugar mixture, beat until combined.
    1 ½ cup
    Chocolate chips
    Slowly add the dry ingredients into the wet, making sure not to over mix. Fold in chocolate chips.
    Scoop and place dough on a cookie sheet that is lined with parchment paper. When the cookie sheet is full place in the freezer for 4+ hours.
    Bake
    Preheat oven to 325°.
    Bake frozen cookie dough 12-15 minutes rotating pan once. Let cool on baking sheet.
    Store
    Place frozen cookie dough in a freezer safe container and keep frozen for up to 2 months.
    Cookies
    Recipe from: FlusterBuster.com

    Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

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    Fluster’s Creative Muster Party #122
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    This is my kind of dessert! Easy 3 Ingredient Mandarin Orange Dessert from Dawn at Homemaking Hacks. I love that it’s easy enough that even the kids can make it. You should check out the other combinations that Dawn’s come up with.

    Great Ideas
    By linking to this party you are giving Fluster Buster and co-hosts permission to use your images in featured posts.
    **Visit one of the links (other than your own), leave me a comment with the link # that you visited and I’ll share your links on Google+.

    A Look Back at Creative Muster Features
    May 6, 2014 – Dark Chocolate Caramel Bon Bons with Sea Salt from My Sweet Mission
    May 7, 2013 – Crusty Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes from My Sweet Mission


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    Easy Cheeseburger Sliders Recipe. I don’t know what it is, but there’s something fun about eating a little burger. Maybe it’s how they easily fit in one hand but still tastes like you’re eating a full sized burger. The best part though, is how easy and inexpensive they are to make. Add some homemade crispy oven fries and a pickle spear and you can feed your family of 4 for under $5.00.

    Sliders Recipe


    Whenever we have these Cheeseburger Sliders on the menu, I tend to make up a whole slew of them. They make a great after school snack. I just bake up a few more rolls and flatten out a few more patties and when they’re done they get wrapped up and thrown in the freezer. When the kids get home from school, or I need dinner in a rush, I’ll grab a few from the freezer, pop them in the microwave and I can serve them up in minutes.

    Sliders Recipe
    Each burger only has around 1.5 ounces of ground beef, which is one of reasons why this meal can be served for under $5.00.

     

    Sliders Recipe
    When working with ground beef, try not to handle it to much, the heat from your hands can melt the fat which will cause your burgers to be more dense.
    So gently mold the ground beef into balls.

     

    Sliders Recipe
    I like using ground beef with a lot of fat (20/80), the fat tends to give the burger more flavor. However, using ground beef with more fat makes the burgers shrink up when they cook.
    So, when I roll out the burgers I like to make them bigger than the buns, that way once they’re cooked they’ll fit perfectly on the bun.

     

    Sliders Recipe
    I like using bake & serve rolls that you get from the freezer section, but you could also use rolls that are already made. I just prefer baking them myself not just because it’s the cheapest option but I also like that they aren’t as dense as some of the ones that you buy.
    I really don’t like dense burgers!
    Cheeseburger Sliders
    Serves: 4
    I don’t know what it is, but there’s something fun about eating a little burger. Maybe it’s how they easily fit in one hand but still tastes like you’re eating a full sized burger. The best part though, is how easy and inexpensive they are to make.
    Serve with:
    Crispy Oven Fries
    Pickle Spears
    Ingredients
    Directions
    8
    rolls, frozen
    Bake according to directions on the package. Cool and cut.
    12 ounces
    1 tsp
    1 medium
    ground beef
    onion powder
    salt & pepper
    onions, minced
    ·         Preheat broiler to high
    ·         Gently season the ground beef. Avoid handling it to much.
    ·         Separate ground beef into 1.5 ounce balls.
    ·         Roll into patties. Make patties bigger than the bun.
    ·         Place patties on foil lined, broiler pan and place in oven 2-3‪‪  inches. Broil for 2-3 minutes, flip and broil for another 2-3 minutes.
    2 slices
    American cheese
    pickle, slices
    ketchup (optional)
    mustard (optional)
    Cut cheese slices into fourths. Top patties with cheese, place on buns and top with your favorite condiments.
    pickle spears
    Serve with crispy oven fries and a pickle spear
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    Item
    Dept
    Store
    Price
    Notes
    8
    bake & serve rolls
    frozen
    Save A Lot
    $0.66
    24 rolls for $1.99
    12 ounces
    ground beef
    meat
    Fas-Chek
    $1.79
    *1 pound for $2.39 – on sale
    1 medium
    produce
    Aldi
    $0.08
    *3 pounds for $0.69 – on sale
    Approx. 3 medium onions/pound
    2 slices
    American cheese
    Dairy
    Fas-Chek
    $0.12
    *16 ct for $0.08 – on sale
    Crispy oven fries
    $0.41
    onion powder
    pantry
    pantry
    pepper
    pantry
    ketchup & mustard
    pantry
    pickle slices and spears
    pantry
    Feed 4 for
    $3.06
    *Stock up price
    Main Course
    Recipe from: FlusterBuster.com-

     

    Sliders Recipe

    Don’t forget your printable coupons to save even more.
    What condiments would you like on your Cheeseburger Sliders?

    Sliders Recipe

     

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    Sliders Recipe
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    Fluster’s Creative Muster Party #123
    Always packed full of Great Ideas!
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    How do keep track of all the things that you have to do for your blog? Keeping an editorial calendar is one way to stay on top of it. If you don’t know How to Make a Blog Editorial Calendar you should check how April from Illistyle suggests you do it,

    Great Ideas
    By linking to this party you are giving Fluster Buster and co-hosts permission to use your images in featured posts.
    Great Ideas

     

    A Look Back at Creative Muster Features
    May 13, 2014 – Banana Puddin’ Parfaits from Love Bakes Good Cakes
    May 14, 2013 – April Space: The Kitchen from Polka Dots and Paisley


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    Fluster’s Creative Muster Party #124
    Always packed full of Great Ideas!
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    One of the things that I always have on hand is Lipton Onion Soup Mix. I use it in my soups, for seasoning meat and also for dips. Coupons and Freebies Mom has a great Copycat Lipton Onion Soup Mix recipe that costs less to make and will fool everyone.

    Great Ideas
    By linking to this party you are giving Fluster Buster and co-hosts permission to use your images in featured posts.
    Host – Robin – Fluster Buster
    Co-Host – Jaime – Coupons and Freebies Mom
    Great Ideas

     

    A Look Back at Creative Muster Features
    May 20, 2014 – Cranberry Pecan Dark Chocolate Bark from My Sweet Mission
    May 21, 2013 – Flower “Bed” from Penny’s Vintage Home


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    Fluster’s Creative Muster Party #125
    Always packed full of Great Ideas!
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    Lessons-Learned-from-75-Pinterest-Power-BloggersEarning and Saving with Sarah Fuller always has the most informative posts, that’s probably why she gets featured so often. This week she’s sharing some great insight that she learned from 75 Pinterest Power Bloggers.

    Great Ideas
    By linking to this party you are giving Fluster Buster and co-hosts permission to use your images in featured posts.
    Great Ideas

    A Look Back at Creative Muster Features
    May 20, 2014 – Cornbread Casserole from The Coconut Head’s Survival Guide
    May 28, 2013 – Death by Chocolate Cake from Just Dip it in Chocolate


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    Fluster’s Creative Muster Party #126
    Always packed full of Great Ideas!
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    Great IdeasPam-spray-ingredientsHave you seen this on Pinterest, Homemade Pam Nonstick Spray? I haven’t tried it yet, but Penny Pincher Jenny has and she’s sharing a couple of things that she learned.
    Great Ideas
    By linking to this party you are giving Fluster Buster and co-hosts permission to use your images in featured posts.
    Great Ideas

    A Look Back at Creative Muster Features
    June 3, 2014 – Growing Mint in Water from Outdoors in London
    June 4, 2013 – Homemade Queso Dip from Walking on Sunshine


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    Fluster’s Creative Muster Party #127
    Always packed full of Great Ideas!
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    Great Ideasgreat ideasOur most viewed link this week was Homemade Bug Repellent by Bargain Briana.
    Great Ideas
    By linking to this party you are giving Fluster Buster and co-hosts permission to use your images in featured posts.

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    A Look Back at Creative Muster Features
    June 10, 2014 – Wild Rice Chicken Salad from Grandparents Plus
    June 11, 2013 – Snickerdoodle Bread from A Peek into My Paradise


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    This Strawberry Chocolate Mousse is an easy and delicious recipe that can be prepared and served in less than 10 minutes. #chocolatemousse

    Strawberry Chocolate Mousse
    I love this time of year – strawberries!!!! Being raised on a farm that grew strawberries you’d think that I’d hate them but it’s still one of my favorite fruits.

    Strawberry Chocolate MousseOne thing about being raised on a strawberry farm is that you collect a lot of strawberry recipes over the years. You have to find a lot of creative ways to use up all of those strawberries so that you don’t have any waste.

    Strawberry jam is still one of my favorite ways to eat strawberries but anything that involves strawberries and chocolate comes in at a very close second.

    This strawberry chocolate mousse combines the best of both worlds, strawberries and chocolate, but what’s better than that is that it’s super easy to make.

    Easy 3-ingredient Strawberry Chocolate Mousse
     
    An easy and delicious recipe that can be prepared and served in less than 10 minutes.
    Author:
    Recipe type: Dessert
    Ingredients
    • 1 pound strawberries, sliced
    • 1 small package instant chocolate pudding
    • 16 oz Cool Whip
    Instructions
    1. Gently fold pudding into Cool Whip
    2. Layer the strawberries and chocolate mouse.
    3. Top with Cool Whip (optional) and serve cold.

     

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  • 06/16/15--15:00: Creative Muster {Party #128}
  • Great IdeasWelcome to week 128 of The Creative Muster!

    We’re thrilled that you’ve chosen to party with us.

    The Creative Muster is home to some of the most creative bloggers, so we spend a lot of time sharing on our social media sites. If you’re looking to get exposure, find some inspiration or meet new people then you’re in the right place. Grab your favorite family friendly posts, share them, then sit back and check out some of the other amazing things that are being shared.

    Great IdeasGreat Ideas60 Ways to Save Money by A Mitten Full of Savings

    A Look Back at Creative Muster Features
    June 17, 2014 – Rocky Road Clusters by My Sweet Mission
    June 18, 2013 – Fried Oklahoma Pickles by Cottage Making Mommy

    Great Ideas


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    homemade dishwasher detergent

    DIY Dishwasher Tablets. The secret ingredient in this homemade dishwasher detergent leaves dishes and glasses sparkling clean, with no clouding or spotting.

    homemade dishwasher detergent

    For years I’ve been making many of my own household cleaners, my favorite is the laundry detergent, but it wasn’t until recently that I decided to experiment with making my own dishwasher detergent.

    Our dishwasher’s manufacturer suggested using dishwasher tablets, more specifically the ones from Finish. Besides having to come up with a good dishwasher detergent recipe I had to find a way to bind the detergent together to form tablets.

    After experimenting with several online recipes I came up with the best homemade dishwasher tablets, ever! The secret to these amazing tablets is something that I’ve been using in my dishwater for years – Mrs. Stewart’s Liquid Bluing.

    homemade dishwasher detergent

    My grandmother always had a bottle of liquid bluing in her laundry room and her whites were the brightest I’ve ever seen. When I had a family of my own Mrs. Stewart’s became a staple in my laundry room as well.

    homemade dishwasher detergent

    For those of you that have never heard of liquid bluing, it a non-toxic, bio-degradable liquid that you add to your wash water. It restores whiteness without harming fibers like bleach does.

    It has several other uses as well, I’ve been using it in my dish water ever since I read the label and found out how it adds shine to your dishes.

    homemade dishwasher detergent

    Adding Mrs. Stewart’s liquid bluing to the dishwasher detergent doesn’t just help to shine the dishes but it also acts as a binder so that you can make tablets!

    When you mix the liquid bluing in with the dry ingredients it become a dark blue. However, as the tablets dry the blue color will fade.

    HINT: To dry, place the ice cube trays in a warm area. I like to place them in the trunk of my car on a hot day. They will be completely dry within 24 hours.

    Copycat Finish Dishwasher Tablets
     
    DIY Dishwasher Tablets. This recipe will leave dishes and glasses sparkling clean, with no clouding or spotting.
    Author:
    Recipe type: Cleaning
    Serves: 72 Tablets
    Ingredients
    • 2 cup washing soda
    • 2 cup baking soda
    • ½ cup epsom salt
    • 6 tablespoons vinegar
    • 2 tablespoons Mrs. Stewart's liquid bluing
    Instructions
    1. Combine dry ingredients
    2. Stir in wet ingredients, mix thoroughly.
    3. Measure 1 tablespoon of mixed ingredients into each compartment of an ice cube tray.
    4. Pack it down and place in a warm place for 48 hours or until completely dry.
    Notes
    To dry, place ice cube trays in a warm place, like the trunk of your car.
    Use 1 tablet per load.
    Store in a dark, dry place.

    Fluster Buster Tip: The right tools for the job

    Have you ever used liquid bluing?

     


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  • 06/23/15--15:00: Creative Muster {Party #129}
  • Great IdeasWelcome to week 129 of The Creative Muster!

    We’re thrilled that you’ve chosen to party with us.

    The Creative Muster is home to some of the most creative bloggers, so we spend a lot of time sharing on our social media sites. If you’re looking to get exposure, find some inspiration or meet new people then you’re in the right place. Grab your favorite family friendly posts, share them, then sit back and check out some of the other amazing things that are being shared.

    Great IdeasGreat IdeasPassword Organizer Printable by Simply Stacie

    A Look Back at Creative Muster Features
    June 24, 2014 – Firecracker Poop Printable by Kandy Kreations
    June 25, 2013 – Teapot Planter by Rain on a Tin Roof

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    appetizer

    This is the perfect appetizer for any party! It’s easy, so there’s no fuss. It’s delicious, so everyone will love it. It’s addicting, so it will be gone quickly. And…. it makes a beautiful centerpiece for any table.

    I don’t know where this recipe came from all I know is that it has been a family favorite from as far back as I can remember. There hasn’t been a holiday or special occasion where we haven’t had polish roses on the table.

    Here’s how you make them:

    appetizer

    Clean and trim the green onions.

    appetizer

    Cover the white part of the green onion with cream cheese.

    appetizer

    Fold the beef, not quite, in half and place the cream cheese covered onion in the middle of the folded beef.

    appetizer

    Put a dab of cream cheese on the corner of the beef, this will act as a kinda’ glue to hold the meat in place.

    appetizer

    Fold the beef over the cream cheese in a V-pattern.

    appetizer

    Fold a second piece of beef, not quite, in half and place the green onion in the middle.

    appetizer

    Again, put some cream cheese on the corners of the beef.

    appetizer

    Again, fold the beef over the cream cheese in a V-pattern a little lower than the first piece of meat.

    appetizer

    Place the Polish Roses in a vase of water to display and serve.

    Polish Roses
     
    Author:
    Recipe type: Appetizer
    Ingredients
    • 12 green onions, cleaned and trimmed
    • 8 ounces cream cheese
    • 3 packages Buddig beef or ham
    Instructions
    1. Cover the white part of the green onion in cream cheese.
    2. Fold the beef, not quite, in half and place the cream cheese covered onion in the middle of the folded beef.
    3. Put a dab of cream cheese on the corner of the beef, this will act as a kinda' glue to hold the meat in place.
    4. Fold the beef over the cream cheese in a V-pattern.
    5. Fold a second piece of beef, not quite, in half and place the green onion in the middle.
    6. Put some cream cheese on the corners of the beef.
    7. Fold the beef over the cream cheese in a V-pattern a little lower than the first piece of meat.
    8. Place the Polish Roses in a vase of water to display and serve.

    What is your families favorite appetizer?
    Follow Fluster Buster’s board Food – Appetizers on Pinterest.


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  • 06/30/15--15:00: Creative Muster {Party #130}
  • Great IdeasWelcome to week 130 of The Creative Muster!

    We’re thrilled that you’ve chosen to party with us.

    The Creative Muster is home to some of the most creative bloggers, so we spend a lot of time sharing on our social media sites. If you’re looking to get exposure, find some inspiration or meet new people then you’re in the right place. Grab your favorite family friendly posts, share them, then sit back and check out some of the other amazing things that are being shared.

    Great Ideas

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    Mason Jar Salad: The Perfect Summer Salad Recipe by The Sits Girls

    A Look Back at Creative Muster Features
    July 1, 2014 – Coffee Filter Firework Pom Poms by the Suburban Mom
    July 2, 2013 – Radio Cabinet Revamp by createinspire

    Great Ideas

    Great IdeasFluster BusterRobin @ Fluster Buster

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  • 07/07/15--15:00: Creative Muster {Party #131}
  • Great IdeasWelcome to week 131 of The Creative Muster!

    We’re thrilled that you’ve chosen to party with us.

    The Creative Muster is home to some of the most creative bloggers, so we spend a lot of time sharing on our social media sites. If you’re looking to get exposure, find some inspiration or meet new people then you’re in the right place. Grab your favorite family friendly posts, share them, then sit back and check out some of the other amazing things that are being shared.

    Great Ideas

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    How to Stop Complaining by Snippets of Inspiration

    A Look Back at Creative Muster Features
    July 8, 2014 – DIY Non-Toxic Sunscreen by A Mom’s Take
    July 9, 2013 – Pottery Barn Inspired DIY Pool Sign by One Krieger Chick

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    Great IdeasFluster BusterRobin @ Fluster Buster

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    low fat foods

    You know that piece of fat the hugs a steak? That used to be my favorite part when I was a kid, especially if it was cooked on the grill. Although I was told, many times, that it wasn’t good for me I didn’t really care, I just loved the taste. As an adult I wish that I could still afford not to care, my taste buds would be so much happier!

    I’ve been on a huge kick lately to reduce the fat in my diet, mainly for health reasons but also to keep my waistline under control. This new kick however is bringing my grocery budget to a whole new, scary level.

    Low fat foods can be very costly but there are a few ways around it, especially when it comes to meat. One trick is to have the butcher trim the fat for you. Another trick, if you’re handy with a knife, is doing the trimming yourself. When it comes to ground beef removing the fat is really easy, anyone can do it and you don’t have to be a butcher or a knife wielding ninja.

    How to Lower Fat in Ground Beef

    1.  Start by browning ground beef with a high fat content. I like the 73/27 blend. because it’s usually the cheapest.

    2.  Once the ground beef is browned, drain the fat using a strainer.

    3.  Next lay the ground beef out on a few layers of paper towel.

    4.  Pat, pat, pat to remove the fat.

    5.  Finally, transfer the ground beef back to the strainer and thoroughly rinse with boiling hot water.

    Is it worth the effort?

    Absolutely! 4-ounces of 73/27 ground beef contains about 24-28 grams of fat. However, after you’ve blotted and rinsed the ground beef you’ve reduce the fat to about 6-8 grams, that’s about the same as the fat content found in 95/5 ground beef.


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  • 07/14/15--15:00: Creative Muster {Party #132}
  • Great IdeasWelcome to week 132 of The Creative Muster!

    We’re thrilled that you’ve chosen to party with us.

    The Creative Muster is home to some of the most creative bloggers, so we spend a lot of time sharing on our social media sites. If you’re looking to get exposure, find some inspiration or meet new people then you’re in the right place. Grab your favorite family friendly posts, share them, then sit back and check out some of the other amazing things that are being shared.

    Great Ideas

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    Sparkling Summertime Sangria by The Rebel Chick

    A Look Back at Creative Muster Features
    July 15, 2014 – Cow Couple Sugar Paste Cake Topper by The Spring Mount 6 Pack
    July 16, 2013 – Mini Strawberry Tarts with Lemon Glaze by The Chef Next Door

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    Citrus Marmalade (Main)

    Citrus Marmalade is a mouthwatering spread that’s tastes amazing on toast, English muffins and shortbread cookies. Besides using it as a condiment it also tastes great on baked chicken, fish and as a base for barbecue sauce.

    Citrus always reminds me of summer, I think it’s the combination of the bright colors and the the tart, refreshing taste that quenches your thirst on a hot day. I like to make up a huge pot of marmalade when citrus is in season so that I can have a little taste of summer throughout the year.

    Marmalade Recipe

    If you’ve never made marmalade before you’re in for a real treat. It’s super easy to make, unlike jelly where you have to run the fruit through a cheese cloth or a sieve. The hardest part in making this marmalade is peeling the pith from the fruit and having the patience to wait for it to set up so that you can dig in.

    Marmalade Recipe

    Marmalade Directions

    The tastiest way to make marmalade is to use as little of the pith as possible, the pith is kinda’ bitter. I like to use a potato peeler to remove the rind from the fruit, it seems to leave more of the pith behind then just peeling or using a knife.

    Once you’ve removed the rind, cut it into thin 1-inch strips.

    Marmalade Recipe

    Place the strips into a Dutch oven or large pot and add water. Bring it to a boil, then cover and simmer for 20 minutes, being sure to stir occasionally.

    Marmalade Recipe

    While the rinds are simmering remove the pith from the fruit, remember the pith will make your marmalade bitter so be sure to remove as much as possible.

    Now remove the seeds and membranes from the fruit and give it a good chop. Stir the chopped up fruit and juice into the peel mixture.

    Add your sugar and pectin and bring to a rolling boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

    When it’s done skim off the foam and ladle into hot prepared jars leaving a 1/4-inch headspace.

    Marmalade RecipeCanning the Marmalade

    • Wipe the rims with a clean cloth being sure to remove any residue from the marmalade.
    • Place the jars into a canner filled with simmering hot water. Be sure that the jars are covered by 1-2 inches of water.
    • Bring to a boil and process for 10 minutes.
    • When they are done processing remove the jars and let them sit for at least 24 hours before storing.

     

    Citrus Marmalade
     
    A mouthwatering spread that's tastes amazing on toast, English muffins and shortbread cookies. It tastes exceptionally good on baked chicken and fish.
    Author:
    Recipe type: Jams & Jellies
    Serves: 7 cups
    Ingredients
    • 1 medium grapefruit
    • 1 medium orange
    • 2 lemons
    • 4 cups water
    • 1 package (1-3/4 oz.) powdered fruit pectin
    • 5 cup sugar
    Instructions
    1. Using a vegetable peeler, remove the colored part of the fruit peels. Cut rinds into thin strips, 1 inch long. Place rinds in a Dutch oven.
    2. Add water and bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat. Simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
    3. Remove the white pith from the fruit. Cut fruit into segments, discarding the membranes and seeds. Chop the pulp, reserving the juice. Stir the fruit and juice into the peel mixture.
    4. Add pectin and sugar. Over high heat bring to a rolling boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
    5. Skim off foam and ladle hot mixture into hot jam jars, leaving a ¼-inch head space. Wipe rims and add lids.
    6. Place jars into a canner filled with simmering hot water. *Be sure that the jars are completely submersed. Bring to a boil and process for 10 minutes.
    7. Remove jars and let them sit for 24 hours before moving.

    I go through a lot of marmalade, some for my own use but I give away a lot too because so many people I know have never tried marmalade. Once they’ve tried it I end up having to make more the next year because they can’t get enough of it. 

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