Measuring Spoons Simplified!

When you’re using measuring spoons in your kitchen, have you ever thought about how measuring spoons are connected?

Recently I was baking lots of recipes and freezing the items.  I realized that many of the recipes only use two of the measuring spoons out of the six stored on a split ring.  I was irritated that #1, I had to hassle with all of the measuring spoons to get the one I wanted and #2, I had to wash all of them. Then I realized that it’s because they are connected with a split ring and it’s a pain to remove just the one(s) you need for any given recipe.

So…do you know what a book ring is?  You probably have a few of them laying around your house.  They are used to keep papers together.  The difference between a book ring and a split ring is the book rings are very easy to get apart. If you’re not familiar with them, you’ll find them in a stationery store or at Amazon.

Now my measuring spoons are on book rings.  When I begin a recipe, I read through the recipe paying attention to which measuring spoons are needed.   I simply remove the measuring spoons needed for that recipe from the book ring and put the other measure spoons away. No more fighting the split ring and all the measuring spoons on that split ring and now only the measuring spoons I used are washed and then replaced on the appropriate book ring after they’re washed.

In a previous post, I noted that I have two sets of measuring spoons; one rectangle in shape and the other circular in shape.  The rectangle measuring spoons are for dry ingredients such as baking powder, baking soda, dry yeast, salt etc.  The circular spoons are for liquid like vanilla, water, milk, vinegar etc . It eliminates the problem of using spoons for something liquid and then having to worry about using dry ingredients immediately afterward.

Some things seem so simple.  It just takes enough frustration to find a solution!

 

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Simple Photography Set Up

 

Do you need a place to take pictures but don’t have a lot of space?  Perhaps this post will be beneficial to you.

We recently got a player piano. We already have a Yamaha baby grand in our living room and weren’t quite certain where we were going to put the new piano.  However, when you get a piano for free (especially a player piano) you make room for it right???

After re-arranging our living room and dining room furniture there was a space that needed to be used and so I made the best of it.

This is what I used to get a great photo station:

1-set of 4 bed risers (one of my favorite tools)!

 

1-48″ long x 24″ wide Lifetime folding table model #80370 (from Costco) with adjustable legs (I set mine at 33″ from the bed risers to the top of the table).

 

 

1- IKEA table top, model Linnmon 16353, shiny white, 23 5/8″ wide x 47 1/4″ long x 1 3/8″ thick (It’s the white piece on top of the table…)

 

 

1-IKEA table top, Matte white, size 23 5/8″  wide x 39 3/8″ long x 1 3/8″ thick

 

 

 

It can be turned on end as well if you need a tall picture…

 

1-foam core board for reflector with 2 clamps from Home Depot (to make the foam core stable)

 

 

Optional:  purchase clearance cabinet doors from IKEA to create different looks like the two below…

Benefits of setting this up?

It’s easy to take down.

It’e easy to create a variety of looks.

It’s a nice clean look as a background.

I also use this area as a work station for other projects such as cutting on a Silhouette  or with my laptop connected or to cutting quilt pieces on a GoBig! Accuquilt cutter.

People that come to my house always comment on it.  (It  can be seen when they come in our front door and I’m working on a project).

Please don’t look closely at the photography on this post.  I’m just a beginner but trying to get some good content out to you.

So there you have it.  Take 4-5 feet and do something useful with it!

 

 

 

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End to Constantly Washing Your Hands in the Kitchen.

Do you enjoy constantly washing your hands while you’re baking or cooking in the kitchen?  Me either!  I get tired of turning on the water and then dripping from the sink to the hand towel. Here’s a tip that works for me.  I place a wet dishcloth on whatever counters I’m working on.  For the most part, all I need to do is wipe my hands on one of those dishcloths from time to time and it will save me lots of trips to the sink as well as saving water!  When needed, just rinse them out and continue using them.  Be certain you hang them to dry before adding them to your laundry.  Then they won’t smell bad or get mildewed while they are waiting to get laundered…

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Sewing Needle Tip!

Do you ever have a hard time reading the size of your sewing machine needle?
What I started doing is color coding my sewing machine needles with nail polish. Now I know exactly what needle I’m using by looking at the color nail polish on the needles themselves and the case they are stored in. No more straining to read the size of the needle.

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A Noteworthy Idea

I learned a great technique for taking notes at a conference or special training class.  Take a fresh notebook to the meeting.  At the top of the first page write “Good Ideas”.  Skip a couple of pages and at the top of the next page write “Things To Do”.  While taking notes, if the speaker, has a suggestion that sounds like a good idea, flip to the “Good Ideas” page and jot down your notes.  The same goes for the “Things To Do” concepts that might be shared.  When you get home the meat of the meeting will probably be in the beginning of your notebook.  You won’t have to search through pages of notes for what you want.

Here’s my twist on that idea.  I’m a real fan of self-improvement books.  I love to learn how to do things faster, easier and better.  While reading a new book this past week, I realized I could use the same idea by penciling in on the front inside cover of the book (if I own it) any notes of new websites or information I learned about in the book.  I used the inside of the back cover of the book for a list of “Things To Do.  I always read books by turning down pages and highlighting them but now I can quickly find “Good Ideas” and “Things To Do” by checking the inside covers thus saving a lot of time.

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Sopaipillas

Do you like Mexican meals? When we do Mexican food invariably it includes this recipe that my husband has been making for years. You will need a deep fryer but the extra effort will be worth it when you fill these yummy Sopaipillas with honey or jam.

Ingredients:
2 cups minus 4 T. warm water (105-115 degrees)
2 tablespoons dry yeast
6 tablespoons sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons salt
2 eggs
4 tablespoons shortening
6 cup flour
oil for deep frying

Directions:
Rinse a medium-sized bowl with hot water. Measure the warm water into it. Sprinkle in yeast. Add sugar and salt. Stir until all are thoroughly dissolved. Beat egg and add together with shortening and half of the flour. Beat hard 2 minutes or until smooth. (Use a wooden spoon or electric mixer at medium speed.) With hands, work remaining flour into dough. Continue mixing until dough is smooth and elastic. Place dough in a greased bowl. Turn over to grease the top. Cover it with a damp cloth or several thicknesses of plastic wrap. Let rise in the refrigerator at least 2 hours and up to 4 days punching down once a day. Use part as needed. One fourth of the dough makes about 24 Sopaipillas as follows:

Remove 1/4 of the dough from the refrigerator. Heat oil between 375 and 400 degrees or until almost smoking.
On a well-floured surface roll it out between 1/8 and 1/4 inch thick. Cut into 2 inch squares. Fry Sopaipillas a few at a time turning over with a slotted spoon until they puff up and turn light brown on both sides. Drain on paper towels. Serve with honey or jam. To eat, break open Sopaipillas and pour honey into the hollows. If you don’t want to use the remaining dough to make Sopaipillas, bake into rolls following directions for any refrigerator rolls.

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Clothes, Clothes and more Clothes!

Do you have lots of clothes?  I know a lot of people who have SO MANY clothes.  What I’ve discovered though is that most of the time I don’t even remember what someone wore when I saw them.  I dress nicely but I’m not a clothes horse.  I have many other things on which I’d rather spend my money than clothes!  My girlfriend, Linda, once shared a great tip with me.  She said, “It’s better to have a few really nice things than a lot of junk.”  I use that concept when I purchase clothing as well as many other things in my life.

I’ve also notice the more clothes you have, the more laundry you have to do.  My laundry increased significantly when I started wearing more casual clothes as opposed to dressing in business attire.

I have “rules” in my life that keep my life simple.  One of my “rules”  is that there are only three places clothes belong;

1.  On a hanger in the closet

2.  In a laundry basket

3.  On your body

Try this rule and see if your life is better!

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