I’m somewhat of a crock pot fanatic. I mean that while at the same time having spent years only using it for pot roast. Seriously, pathetic.
Those days are LONG gone. I now use it for EVERYTHING. So when I saw this recipe on Pinterest I HAD to try it. The meal is very similar to some I’ve had in great seafood restaurants (including an amazing meal in Maine several years ago). I also liked it because I’m sorta weird about seafood–I don’t cook it often because when it’s bad, it’s REALLY bad. This made it seem super easy to just toss in (and it was!).
Here’s the modified version I used (because the person that originally used this recipe must have had the biggest crock pot ever made. I cut the original recipe in half so it’d all fit.
3-4 quarts cold water
1/4 cup Old Bay or other spicy seasoning (less if you can’t handle spicy)
1 tablespoon kosher salt, plus more, to taste
4 celery stalks, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 yellow onion, diced
1 head garlic, halved
2-2 1/2 pounds small red potatoes
3-4 ears corn, shucked, each cut into 4 pieces
2 pounds smoked sausage, cut into 1 1/2-inch slices
2 pounds medium shrimp, in the shell, deveined
In a slow cooker combine the water, Old Bay seasoning, salt, celery, onion, garlic and potatoes and cook on low heat until the potatoes are tender when pierced with a knife, 4-6 hours.
Add the corn and sausage to the crock pot and simmer until the corn is tender, 1-2 more hours. Add the shrimp and simmer until opaque, 20 to 30 minutes more. Taste the broth and adjust the seasonings with salt and pepper, if necessary.
I hardly ever buy beauty products. They are SO expensive and I usually don’t feel like I see much of a difference. So, I always love finding DIY versions on Pinterest. I came across a recipefor a cinnamon, nutmeg, honey beauty mask. It stated that nutmeg and honey reduce swelling and redness in your skin, as well as soothe acne scars and prevent infection. So, as I always have all three of those on hand, I decided to give it a try.
1/2 tsp. Nutmeg
1/2 tsp. Cinnamon
Mix all together into a paste. Apply on skin and leave on for 30 minutes. Mine became kinda drippy at the end. I hopped in the shower and took it off by rubbing in a circular motion and it really exfoliated my skin as well. This recipe is a winner. My skin looks brighter, feels softer and much shiner. Let me know how it works for you!
We LOVE tacos in our home and typically eat them once per week. I used to buy a taco seasoning blend from a local spice manufacturer–but I noticed that their regular blend and even their bold were a little to blah for my tastes. Plus it was SUPER expensive given the amount we use. I found this recipe online a year ago and have been using it ever since. It’s fun to play with a bit (I like more garlic then is normally calls for). The family LOVES it. Even my toddler eats it. I will say I usually double or triple the recipe to make enough to last for a while.
Homemade Taco Seasoning
This recipe makes 1 oz.
1TBS Chili Powder
1/4 tsp. Garlic Powder
1/4 tsp. Onion Powder
1/4 tsp. Crushed Red Pepper Flakes (I just use crushed red pepper)
1/4 tsp. Dried Oregano
1/2 tsp. Paprika
1 1/2 tsp. Ground Cumin
1 tsp. Sea Salt
1 tsp. Black Pepper
Just mix it all together and store in an airtight container.
I LOVE Downy Unstoppables. They make our clothes smells AMAZING. There’s only three minor problems:
1. They are insanely expensive
2. The girls and I are pretty much allergic to any and all fragrances.
3. They are full of all sorts of junk.
Because of the whole allergic issue before I started making my own detergent I used a “free and clear” detergent. Which was rather boring and made my clothes smell like nothing. My homemade detergent doesn’t really have a scent either…enter this dandy little recipe I found on Pinterest. I’ve been making these for a couple of months now and I love them.
Homemade Scented Laundry Fabric Softener Crystals
Stuff you need:
– Epsom Salt (or Ice Cream Salt or Coarse Sea Salt)
– Your favorite essential oil (I’ve made batches of Lemongrass and Orange–they both came out amazing.)
– Something to stir or blend with (I just use a fork)
– An airtight container and scoop. (I use an old formula container and it’s scoop)
– A bowl for mixing. (I just use the container I’m storing it in)
Pour salt (as much as you want to make–I used about 2lbs. the last time). Drop in 20-30 drops of your favorite essential oil (more or less depending on your preference). Stir (or use a handheld blender a few pulses). Store in air tight container until use. I have an HE machine and I use two small scoops (about 2 tbs.) per load right into the drum of the washing machine. It’s not overpowering scent but it leaves a little refreshing scent.
When we bought our Microfiber couch two years ago I figured it was the first new couch I’d ever had as an adult. I was so excited by the purchase that I never stopped to think about my kids destroying it. So, here we are two years later and it was starting to look (and smell!) not so new. When I found this tip on Pinterest I HAD to try it. My results were not nearly as noticeable as the results from Pinterest but there’s a couple reasons for that . 1. My couch is only two years old 2. It isn’t as light of a color 3. I don’t have pets (the Pinterest link photos involve dogs). Needless to say, I noticed a difference in the look of my couch and the smell! It really neutralized the odors.
This one you could easily already own the needed materials. A vacuum, spray bottle, rubbing alcohol, a white sponge and a white scrub brush. Note: They should be white in order to insure that no color bleeding occurs.
1. Fill the spray bottle with rubbing alcohol.
2. Vacuum the couch to rid it of all loose particles.
3. Work I’m sections spraying an area with the rubbing alcohol and then using the sponge to clean it. I worked in a circular motion and it worked well and actually rather quickly.
4. Let it dry and then if your material is stiff once dry use the scrub brush to loosen it up again.
Gross, but here’s the proof it worked:
No, the sofa doesn’t smell like rubbing alcohol. It really neutralized the odors in the couch. It also got rid of a two month old formula stain.
If you couldn’t tell already–I’m on a huge essential oils kick. This next one was a super easy leap for me. I’m a co-sleeping mom to a baby with severe acid reflux. This means I get spit up on my bed nightly (among other gross baby stuff). Plus, I was grossed out about dust mites, etc. I’d never cleaned/deodorized my mattress (yes, that’s gross). So, I found this Pinterestlink and knew I had to try it.
It’s insanely simple. I used about two cups of baking soda and 10 drops of essential oil.
Mixed this all together and use something to sprinkle the mixture all over your mattress (I used my powdered sugar shifter). Leave it on for an hour or longer and then use your vacuum attachment to vacuum it off.
Next time I’ll try lavender as it’s supposed to be calming but I must say lemongrass smells AMAZING. It just makes me happy.
Rory had the typical toddler reaction to having a sister–she reverted back to having potty accidents. ALL THE TIME. ALL OVER HER FLOOR. Needless to say I’m not ready to pay to shampoo them because I’m not yet sure she’s finished with the accidents but I needed something to make her room no longer smell like a urinal. Using three of my favorite ingredients I hit the mother load of deodorizers and I owe it all to yet another Pinterest find.
Homemade Carpet Deodorizer
1/2c Baking Soda
20-25 Drops of your favorite essential oil OR 1tsp. Ground Spices
Mix it all together, pour into a shaker or some sorts (an empty Parmesan Cheese shaker is perfect). Sprinkle onto the carpet and let it sit for 20 minutes before you vacuum up. I used lemongrass (one of my favs) and it smells so clean and fresh upstairs. I’m seriously in love with how easy this is and how clean it all smells.