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How to Make Your Own DIY Seed Grow Light Stand!
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45 Minute Vegetarian Chili
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Delivery of the first shipping container!
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What I Love: CeraVe Skin Products
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What I Love: Dana’s Bakery Macarons + Drake
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Mexican Arugula Corn Salad
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Single Serving Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie
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Interview with FiFi Bofinkles About Meow Mix®
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Rainbow Crunch Granola Bars

How to Make Your Own DIY Seed Grow Light Stand!

Garden MUST HAVE for starting your vegetable seeds!  With just a few supplies from the home improvement store you can make your own DIY Seed Grow Light Stand.  This is a easy project to make instead of buying a store bought light stand – saving you hundreds of dollars!  We use this for our seeds and they grow amazing – last Summer we picked over 1,000 pounds of vegetables!  

This year we wanted to upgrade to a larger space for our seedlings to grow.   In the past, we had a large shelf with grow lights, but with the garden getting bigger this year, that means we need more space to grow seedlings.   We began to look at premade grow carts from all the garden suppliers and were shocked by how much their grow carts cost.  They were anywhere from $700-$1300.. and sometimes more!   Not being ok with spending that much money on a growing system that we knew we could make for a lot less, we set off to our local home improvement store to make our own!

With just a few supplies from the home improvement store you can make your own DIY Seed Grow Light Stand- saving you hundreds of dollars!

You’ll need 3 main supplies to make your own Seedling Grow Light Stand.

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45 Minute Vegetarian Chili

Delicious Vegetarian Chili made in 45 minutes that even meat eaters will love!

Last (last) weekend we had some pretty amazing canned chili for lunch on the land.  The chili was filling, tasty with great spices and had that very important texture that ground meat gives in dishes.  The thing is though, this was vegetarian chili.  After I exclaimed for the 20th time how great this chili was (everyone agreed – vegetarians and meat eaters) I then made it my goal to make similar style homemade chili.  This 45 Minute Vegetarian Chili recipe was born!

Delicious Vegetarian Chili made in 45 minutes that even meat eaters will love!

(By the way – Caroline’s is the best canned Vegetarian chili ever.  If you need some cans to take camping or to stock up your pantry, definietely try it!)

The chili is made up vegetables: tomatoes, bell pepper, corn, carrot, jalapeno and diced green chilies.  Now comes the beans: black and kidney beans.  There’s plenty of spices: garlic, bay leaf, cumin, oregano, chili powder salt and pepper.      We’re going to give it that texture that ground meat gives it with meatless crumbles.  If you’re a meat eater and you’re thinking “yuck” you better check yourself because these are good (I promise!).   It has the same texture consistency of meat while being tasty.  I recommend using Neat or Morningstar brands for crumbles.    Matthew (husband) is a meat and potatoes guy. His dream meal is a pot roast with mashed potatoes and he even says how good this recipe is, so you can trust me (and him). 

Delicious Vegetarian Chili made in 45 minutes that even meat eaters will love!

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Delivery of the first shipping container!

Delivery of our first shipping container to build our tiny house in Upstate New York!  This post shows pricing and delivery info.

We’ve been so busy Upstate over the last few months! This weekend we put down the wood for the garden boxes, but before I get there, I have to backup a few months because I have a few posts to catch up on.  If you aren’t following long, Matthew and I bought land in Upstate NY where we’re building a weekend getaway

First up – the first shipping container arrived!
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You might have read in the original post but Matthew and I have dreams of building a shipping container vacation home one day. A shipping container home is literally a home made out of recycled shipping containers.  Shipping containers travel around the world by ocean delivering all sorts of things.   You can buy them used, or one use, and they come wind and water tight so they are pretty strong and long lasting.  Shipping containers are a great option in building something environmentally sustainable as you’ll be reusing.   A bonus is that they look pretty cool.  If you’ve never seen a shipping container home or are confused by what I’m talking about, click here to check out photos.  Beautiful, aren’t they?

What’s the ultimate goal? We’re not sure.  Will the future home be made out of shipping containers or will it just have that aesthetic?   We’re not sure, but we wanted to start the wheels turning in the shipping container direction.    Since we just have land, and we’re building the garden, we needed safe storage for tools, wood and other supplies.  It made sense to us to start thinking about getting a shipping container as it could be #1 container for our future Upstate home, while acting as a sturdy storage  container in the meantime.  If we decide we don’t want to do a shipping container home, it will probably end up as extra cool guest house one day.  So either way, we’ll be giving this container a new life to live.

We stated talking about shipping containers a while ago and I’ve been pricing them for about a year.   Your best bet is buying them off a shipping container company who has direct ties to the ports, since they’ll literally be coming off the ocean, on to a flatbed truck and then delivered to wherever you are.  I priced around with a few different companies and was surprised to see prices were all so different.  I’m glad I did my price check because we ended up saving thousands of dollars.  Also, I learned that prices of shipping containers literally change from week to week depending on how many they have at the ports.  With that said, availability also changes depending on what size you want.   Shipping containers come in all sizes, with the most popular models being 20 or 40 feet long (they’re 8 feet wide).  We wanted a 40 foot container, but we also wanted a high ceiling container, so we were looking for a 40 foot high cube container which is 9.6 feet tall.  Tall containers aren’t as easy to find, but they also aren’t hard.  Most likely a popular port will have some high containers, or they’ll be easy enough to track down.  We also went the route of getting a used container instead of getting a brand new one to save even a few more thousand dollars.  We were worried we were going to regret getting a used one, but in the end it all worked out and I wouldn’t have done it differently.  The container looks more worn than a brand new one,  but once it’s fixed up inside and outside, I’m not sure if justifies the extra money if you’re on a budget.   We bought our container off modalART which was a good choice. If you’re looking for a container, I’d recommend them.  We’ll definitely use them again if we buy a few more (ultimate goal is to have a 2-3 story container house). They were easy to work with, as well as recommending us trusted trailer delivery services.  Shipping containers are huge and they’re made out of steel, so you’re going to need a trailer to deliver them.  Keep this in mind when budgeting as this is a significant cost.  It cost $1100 to deliver the container from the port in Newark NJ to Upstate NY.  If you’re going to buying a few containers, then it’s that price x container as you need a truck per container.

So no more chatting… here comes the first one!  

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What I Love: CeraVe Skin Products

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CeraVeSkincare #CollectiveBias

It’s not often that you love a entire line of products, but that’s how I feel about CeraVe.  Usually with beauty products I’ll fall in love with one product from a brand, and then move on to another brand for the rest of my needs, but CeraVe in one sweep wins for my favorite cleanser, moisturizer, night time cream and SPF.

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What I Love: Dana’s Bakery Macarons + Drake

Birthday Cake, Fruity Cereal, Cookie Dough, Molten Chocolate, S’mores and more – these are my favorite macarons!

Cookie Dough Macarons

When I first tasted Dana’s Bakery Macarons it was love at first… well, taste.  My first one was Fruity Cereal and it tasted and smelled just like Fruity Pebbles, but in tasty macaron form.  Because taste testing is very important I had to try a second, it was Cookie Dough. I remember muttering “Oh My God” a few times afterwards because it was perfect.  From there, I was hooked.

Fruity Cereal Macarons, just like Fruity Pebbles!

Look at how gorgeous the Birthday Cake macaron is with that beautiful dust of glitter. It’s like a Birthday party in space!
Birthday Cake Macarons

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Mexican Arugula Corn Salad

 

EASY Mexican Arugula Corn Salad with Lime Olive Oil dressing!  This simple, healthy salad recipe includes Arugula, Spinach, Tomatoes, Corn and a Olive Oil/Lime/Cumin dressing to give it a Mexican taste! This is a perfect side salad but could easily turn into a main course if you add chicken to it.  My family loves this salad, it makes healthy eating easy!

I love this Mexican flavored Arugula Corn Salad!  The olive oil/lime juice dressing that coats the arugula greens, tomatoes and corn leaves me craving this salad for lunch and dinner.   I love Mexican flavored dishes, so the lime, cumin and dash of red pepper flakes gives this such a burst of flavor making this a exciting salad!

EASY Mexican Arugula Corn Salad with Lime Olive Oil dressing!  This simple, healthy salad recipe includes Arugula, Spinach, Tomatoes, Corn and a Olive Oil/Lime/Cumin dressing to give it a Mexican taste! This is a perfect side salad but could easily turn into a main course if you add chicken to it.  My family loves this salad, it makes healthy eating easy!

With the weather turning to Spring and Summer (it was 70 degrees this weekend!) I’m taking a step back from hot soups for lunch and instead am craving something fresh and crunchy.   What’s growing in the garden dictates our meals, so I’m looking forward to picking our fresh vegetables, dicing them up and having a big bowl of salad for lunch.  And what’s even better is there no time waiting for lunch or dinner to be heated,  this Mexican Arugula Corn Salad is made within minutes.  

Here’s a video that shows just how easy it is to make this salad!

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Single Serving Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie

Sometimes you don’t want to make a dozen of cookies.  This delicious Single Serving Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie will save the day (and your waistline!).

Do you remember my Blueberry Sponge Cake recipe?  The goal was to create a small single serving cake so I don’t eat an entire cake.  Well I’m back again with single serving happiness, but this time cookies!  Why? Because cookies are the best!  And if there’s a dozen cookies in my kitchen I’m going to eat them all.

Sometimes you don't want to make a dozen of cookies. This delicious Single Serving Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie will save the day (and your waistline!).

These cookies include two of my favorite ingredients: peanut butter and chocolate.  It will take you less than two minutes to gather all the ingredients and then you’ll throw it into your oven for 10 minutes. This recipe is perfect for a toaster oven, as there’s no reason to heat up your big oven for just one cookie.  Wait until the cookie turns golden brown, then take it out of the oven and let it cool for a few minutes.  

Now the fun part – time to relax and eat a cookie!  Grab your cookie, some tea or milk, the current book you’re reading (or a episode of Downton Abbey) and enjoy your Single Serving Cookie!

Single Serving Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie
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Ingredients
  1. 2 tablespoons flour
  2. 1 tablespoon sugar (white or brown sugar)
  3. 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  4. 1 teaspoon peanut butter
  5. 1 teaspoon butter
  6. 2 teaspoons milk
  7. 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  8. tablespoon chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven or toaster oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix flour, sugar, and baking powder in small bowl.
  3. Add peanut butter, butter, milk and vanilla and continue to stir until combined.
  4. Add chocolate chips and gently fold over in the dough.
  5. Spray small pan with baking spray. Form dough into one cookie and place on pan.
  6. Bake for 10-12 minutes.
  7. Let cool for 10 minutes.
  8. Enjoy!
Notes
  1. Serving: 1 cookie
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Sometimes you don't want to make a dozen of cookies. This delicious Single Serving Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie will save the day (and your waistline!).

Sometimes you don't want to make a dozen of cookies. This delicious Single Serving Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie will save the day (and your waistline!).

Sometimes you don't want to make a dozen of cookies. This delicious Single Serving Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie will save the day (and your waistline!).

Interview with FiFi Bofinkles About Meow Mix®

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Meow Mix®. All opinions are 100% mine./em>

*This interview is true. Nothing has been fabricated.  FiFi Bofinkles really told me these statements And yes, I use a kitchen tool as a microphone.  We are very professional here at BFG.*

Hey FiFi Bofinkles. You are looking good today.  Can I get your thoughts on some new food?
“Thanks Mom.  Did you mention food”?
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Oh I did. I wanted to get FiFi Bofinkles opinion on Meow Mix® Heart Healthy + Oral Care food because she’s kind of a food expert.  She’s spent her last 15 years eating lots of food, and then asking for more food. She’s spent those years bullying cats to be the first one at the bowls (and the last).  There’s not a can of food or a treat that FiFi Bofinkles doesn’t like.  Ok, she doesn’t like lemons.  She wanted me to tell you that.

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Rainbow Crunch Granola Bars

RAINBOW Crunch Granola Bars made with chocolate chips! This homemade no bake recipe makes crunchy granola bars made with oatmeal and rainbow cereal! Kids love making them alongside Mom for breakfast and lunch treats!

We live in a granola bar loving household.  If you open up the cabinet you’ll see boxes of them, all bought in bulk, because it’s a bad day if you run out of granola bars.  One thing I don’t like though is the prices of granola bars.    For a pack of 8, it’s usually $5, and those granola bars are tiny.   Loving to make my own food if at all possible, and love to save money, I decided to start making my own granola bars.  It’s easy, and I bet you have all the ingredients already in your pantry!  Plus you can easily customize them to include ingredients that you like.  You get to pick the cereal, if you want chocolate chips or not (of course), throw in the option of dried berries or nuts or whatever else you want.

RAINBOW Crunch Granola Bars made with chocolate chips! This homemade no bake recipe makes crunchy granola bars made with oatmeal and rainbow cereal! Kids love making them alongside Mom for breakfast and lunch treats!

These Rainbow Crunch Chocolate Chip Granola Bars are delicious.  So delicious that after I made a batch earlier this week I’m already being asked to make another.   We eat these bars for quick breakfast on the go, but also afternoon snacks.  They’re a good snack that fills you up between lunch and dinner.   For my bars I used Berry Colossal Crunch cereal to add crunch, but also to add color.  The bright colored pieces of cereal give these granola bars a rainbow effect which is perfect for kids, but is also great for adults who have a inner kid in them and always picks the rainbow cereal at the kitchen table.  
RAINBOW Crunch Granola Bars made with chocolate chips! This homemade no bake recipe makes crunchy granola bars made with oatmeal and rainbow cereal! Kids love making them alongside Mom for breakfast and lunch treats!

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