Creative Re-Purposing: The perfect hiding spot

You may have noticed by now, I’m all about “hiding” things we use on a regular basis… and trying to creatively “re-purpose” items to serve a new purpose.

I found these two suitcase looking decorative boxes at Hobby Lobby then asked my husband to drill a hole in the back of each one.

Added an electrical cord…

Put it on my husbands side of the bed to hide his stuff.

During the day, everything is tucked away nice and neat and when it’s time for bed, he just pops open the little box and ta-da… all of his stuff is easily accessible.

We placed the other one in the laundry room…

We use it to hide the dust buster.

Do you use boxes in your house to “hide” things?

Please share… we would love to know!

 

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Aunt Audie’s Fudge

Word to those in a hurry … Completely read all instructions before you begin!!!

 


3 cups sugar

¾ cup butter (1 ½ sticks)

1 small can (5oz) evaporated milk (about 2/3 c)

1 pkg Semi-Sweet chocolate chips (about 2 c)

1 jar of Marshmallow Crème (7oz)

1 cup chopped Pecans or Walnuts (we use Pecans)

1 tsp Vanilla

Spray rectangle-baking dish with Pam, set aside.

 

Gather all, pre-measured, ingredients and have within reaching distance before you begin!!!

Place sugar, butter and evaporated milk in large heavy saucepan.

Bring to a full rolling boil on medium heat, stirring constantly.

Boil 4 minutes, stirring constantly to prevent scorching.

Did I mention, completely read all instructions before you begin!!!

Remove from heat.

ADD chocolate chips and marshmallow crème; stir until completely melted.

Add walnuts and vanilla; mix well.

(Didn’t get a picture at this stage…too busy trying to get it all stirred together)…ouch, my wrist hurts.

Pour immediately into prepared pan; spread to form even layer in pan.

Let stand at room temperature 4 hours or until completely cooled; cut into bite sized squares.

We store ours in the fridge.

Can be kept out, in an airtight container, at room temperature.

Can also be frozen.

Best Fudge EVER… Yum.

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Manner Monday: Bodily Functions at the Dinner Table

Click here to read today’s post:  Bodily Functions at the Dinner Table

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Manner Monday: Thinking of you…

Take a few minutes to send a hand-written note to someone this week.  Believe it or not, it only takes a few short minutes!

It’s amazing what the power of the pen and paper can do.  Here are some ideas to get your thoughts flowing:

  • Send a ‘thank-you’ note
  • Send a ‘thinking of you’ note
  • Send a ‘note of support’
  • Send a ‘sympathy’ note
  • Send a note to Grandparent

If you’re up for a personal challenge, try and make it a personal goal to send a note every day this week.

What are some other reasons you can think of to send a hand-written note?  Please share!…

 

Please visit my post ‘What is Manner Monday?’ to learn more about how to make the most of Manner Monday. Do you have a ‘manner’ you would like to see covered on Manner Monday?  Feel free to send me your thoughts.

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Manner Monday: Interruptions

In the world of business, we are all well aware of “interruptions” during our day.  They consist of everything from that little email “chime” on our digital device, to telephones ringing (or vibrating), and coworkers stopping by for a chat.

The other day, my five year old was in the middle of some serious Lego construction.  He was humming and singing and having a grand time.  In my efforts to keep everyone “on schedule”, I was getting ready to start chatting with him to share what was on our “to-do” list for the rest of the day.  Something stopped me in my tracks and I’m so glad it did… I decided my “interruption” could wait, as it was obvious he was focused on the project at hand.  He ended up working diligently for about 30 more minutes on his creation.  If I had interrupted him, I doubt the creation would have seen the light of day.

I know the next time I get ready to “interrupt” someone when I can clearly see they are otherwise engaged with a task… I will second guess the interruption and decide “is this interruption immediately important?” or “can it wait?”

If you are having difficulties in your office workspace with interruptions, click here to read a previous blog post on Office Space Etiquette.

Please visit my post ‘What is Manner Monday?’ to learn more about how to make the most of Manner Monday. Do you have a ‘manner’ you would like to see covered on Manner Monday?  Feel free to send me your thoughts.

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Creative Re-Purposing: Snack time

When I find something I ‘love’, ‘can’t live without’, ‘have to have’, I try to figure out how I can use it creatively… for something more than it’s original purpose.

Such as this adorable Mackenzie-Childs stacking tea set…

That we hide

snacks in…

That Billy can help himself to whenever he needs a little “pick-me-up”…

Do you have a favorite thing that you’ve “creatively repurposed”?  Please share!

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Colorful Cupcakes

Yes… I’ve been living under a rock!

Recently a friend, Kate Lewis, posted this fun tip over on her blog about tie-dye cupcakes

So I shared her post on Facebook and received many comments… apparently this is something many of you already do!

Well, this past weekend, Billy and I decided to give it a shot.

With it being the 4th of July, we decided to go with Red, White and Blue.

 

It’s amazing what a little food coloring can do!

Wa-la….

Billy had a blast making them.

He’s already asking “when can we make them again?!?!?!”

And to think… I’ve been under a rock - Wonder what else I’m missing out on!?!?!?

 

 

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Ice Cream Pops

We’ve been making these yummy Ice Cream Pops for the past few weeks.

They make such a nice treat. They’re just the right size, they’re easy to eat, and they leave no dishes to clean!

Here’s what you will need:

For the 4th of July, we used red and blue sprinkles.  We have been using a variety of “sprinkles”, but figured we would be festive for the weekend.

Next, take your small ice cream scoop (ours makes 1 1/2 inch scoops)

While the ice cream is still in the scoop, insert a small wooden spoon.

Then pop it out and pass it on to the “decorator”.

We usually make a few for the “big kids” by crunching some pecans and mixing in miniature chocolate chips. (Yum)

Place in the freezer until time to eat.

And presto… a fun snack for everyone!

Enjoy!

What are you favorite summertime treats?  Please share…

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Manner Monday: People Mover Etiquette

Many families are heading out on summer vacation.  For many, that means hitting the airport. Most airports have various forms of people movers consisting of moving sidewalks, escalators and trams. These “people movers”, if you do not utilize them on a daily basis, can sometimes leave you to wonder how to navigate them comfortable and confidently.

Think of moving sidewalks and escalators as a highway. Slower traffic (standing) in the right lane, faster traffic (walking) in the left lane. When driving on a highway, if you stop in the middle of the rode, you create a traffic jam, or worse, an accident… same thing happens on people movers. Add to the mix, people pulling luggage, pushing small children in strollers, the elderly who may be feeling unstable… you get the picture. When you step off the escalator or moving sidewalk, if you need to get your bearings before moving on, make sure you step aside completely clear of traffic to alleviate an accident.

Also, it’s always a good idea to “hold on”, you’d hate to lose your balance and create the domino effect down the escalator. Especially on the tram, not only do you need to “hold on”, but hold on to your personal effects as well, those little trams can fly… sending your carryon on a little journey of its own!

If you are traveling, have a great vacation and good luck with the “people movers”.

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Please visit my post ‘What is Manner Monday?’ to learn more about how to make the most of Manner Monday. Do you have a ‘manner’ you would like to see covered on Manner Monday?  Feel free to send me your thoughts.

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Manner Monday: Father’s Day

Father’s Day is Sunday, June 19.  As I was thinking about the Holiday, I was curious as to its origin.  According to Wikipedia, “The first observance of Father’s Day actually took place in Fairmont, West Virginia on July 5, 1908. It was organized by Grace Golden Clayton, who wanted to celebrate the lives of the 210 fathers who had been lost in the Monongah Mining disaster several months earlier in Monongah, West Virginia, on December 6, 1907. It’s possible that Clayton was influenced by the first celebration of Mother’s Day that same year, just a few miles away. Clayton chose the Sunday nearest to the birthday of her recently deceased father.” … Wow, I had no idea!

If you are lucky enough to spend time with your father, or a father figure, I’m thinking the best gift of all for anyone is time and attention.  Turn off the cell phones and just spend time with him.  Visit, listen, talk, and laugh… good old-fashioned communication:  just like they used to do in the “olden days”.

What are your plans this Father’s day?  Please leave a comment below and share how you plan to honor your father (or father figure) this Sunday.

Also, Flag Day is Tuesday, June 14th, Click here for information on Flag Etiquette.

On another note… Are you short on personalized stationery?  If so, please visit:  www.MannerMonday.PaperConcierge.com we have hundreds of styles and designs available.  We also have darling place mats that help the little ones in your life get a jump start on their table manners and make dining more fun.

Please visit my post ‘What is Manner Monday?’ to learn more about how to make the most of Manner Monday. Do you have a ‘manner’ you would like to see covered on Manner Monday?  Feel free to send me your thoughts.

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