How to clean a Keurig!

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Hey everybody!  So, today I woke up wanting tea, went downstairs to prepare it and realized I hadn’t used the Keurig in months and should probably clean it.  Once upon a time, the Keurig and I were best buds and I visited it every day, but after having to redo my diet a bit, it sits in the corner and is only turned on every once in a while.  So, in an attempt to get her going again and NOT  get sick off of whatever has probably been growing in the water left in the tank, I cleaned my Keurig.  And now, I’m going to share how I did it with you!

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All you need is; 

  • Vinegar
  • Soap
  • A bottle brush or sponge
  • water
  • A
  • Mug to brew into

The process is also really very simple.  Pour about an inch of vinegar into your tank, and fill it up the rest of the way with water.  Let the machine draw in the water mixture and heat, and then turn off the “auto off” feature, so it will stay heated and you can let the warm vinegar/ water mix sit and decontaminate the inside of the Keurig for a while.  I set a timer for 30 mins, and then came back when it was done to finish the job.

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The next step is to run the vinegar through the machine.  That’s right, brew vinegar water.  Make sure your k cup holder is empty though!  When this has run through, brew more water, until whats coming out no longer smells like vinegar (this would not be a very yummy thing to drink!)

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After that is taken care of, take the other removable parts off (tank, k cup holder, and the tray under where you put your mug)  wash them in warm soapy water, or run the dishwasher safe parts through the dishwasher.  I didn’t want to wait on my machine, so I hand washed them using a bottle brush to get in those crannies.  Be CAREFUL when you go to wash the inside of the k cup holder, there is still a needle in it!

Then put the parts back on, and you’re done!  Now, I’m going to go have my tea!

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Vodka Sore Throat Soother

 Vodka Sore Throat Soother

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     So ladies and gents, I have managed to get myself a WICKED case of strep.  I’m on round 2 of antibiotics (uuuuugh) and still not seeing the end of the tunnel yet.  Go me!  At least I’m thorough about it.  Anyhow, my throat is starting to feel a little like someone is cutting me with a knife, and I can’t speak very well when I do manage to croak something out.  I’m a mother of two children under the age of 5, so this wont do.  So although I do like how my husbands’ phone “dings” whenever I text him something I need to say, (it makes me feel a little like Tinkerbell) I NEED THIS TO GO AWAY.

     I went digging on pinterest for something that would soothe my sore throat, and I found this gem over on yesterdayontuesday.com!  Its as simple as honey, lemon juice, and vodka!  Plus, if I tried it and it didn’t work, I could drink the vodka and feel better anyways.  Win.

So here’s what you need;

  • 1/4 cup lemon juice (which I managed to squeeze out of one good size lemon)
  • 2tbsp honey
  • 2tbsp vodka
  • A small container to store in

I also chose to add some cinnamon, because it makes it taste awesome and is said to be anti microbial/ anti inflammatory. 

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First, juice your lemon.  Pour this into your container jar (in my case a mason jar) and be sure to strain out the seeds.

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Then, add your two tablespoons each of honey and vodka, a few sprinkles of cinnamon, and close it up and give it a good shake.

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The dosage for this is supposed to be two tablespoons at a time.  In the course of two hours or so, I have finished the whole container…
Update: So I actually managed to get a full nights rest last night! Which is something, because I had been waking up with coughing fits and not able to get much rest for about a week! This morning, I woke up with only a slight soreness where my throat was the worst off, but fully able to speak and even sing a few tunes at the sink while washing dishes. I’m definitely keeping this recipe! It is a life saver!!

If you’ve tried it let me know how it worked for you!  And, if you have any other helpful remedies let me know!  Til next time!

The Only Cobbler Recipe You’ll Ever Need

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Easy Raspberry Cobbler

     This recipe was gifted to me from my awesome MIL when my hubby and I first moved out into the big scary world where I would be the one responsible for feeding her precious (though not so little anymore) boy.  It was handed down to her from Grandpa Ernie, and I cannot thank him enough for it!  My husband is even now, at this very moment sitting beside me raving about this cobbler.  Which is insanely simple, and can be made with just about any berry, or fruit you have on hand.  I tend to use blackberries, peaches or raspberries. And it NEVER fails me. I pull this one out whenever I have company I feel like impressing a bit, or when I want to spoil my darling hubby or kids.  So without further ado, here is The only cobbler recipe you’ll ever need.

IMG_0349First things first. 

You’ll need:

  • 4 cups or so of your chosen berry/fruit
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 tbsp butter (originally this was 6… but I cut back a bit)
  • 8×8 baking dish
  • Pam or butter (for greasing the pan)

Getting the ingredients out of the pantry is honestly the most difficult part of this recipe.  I’m really not kidding.

Preheat your oven to 375

First, rinse the berries and put them on a paper towel to dry off some of the water.  I usually use fresh berries, but if you’re using frozen I would make sure to thaw them out and remove the excess water first.  If you’ve been reading my other posts, you can probably guess that the only reason I know this is because I have, in fact, attempted to throw frozen berries into a pie before (not this recipe) and it ended up like soup.  The same will probably happen in this case if the ice isn’t removed before you throw it in the dish.

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     While your berries sit for a second, lightly grease your 8×8 dish.  Then place the berries in the bottom, and spread out evenly.  Sprinkle your tablespoon of lemon juice over the berries, and then grab a medium size bowl.  In your bowl, mix the 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar and egg until it resembles a coarse meal.   Cover the berries with this mixture, and then melt your butter (I usually just scoop the butter into a coffee cup and microwave for around 30 seconds)  and drizzle that over the top of the dish.  Then bake for 35 minutes, or until light brown in color and bubbly.  Let stand for about 10 minutes and serve!  Ice cream is optional (but a REALLY GOOD option).

Thank me (but really Grandpa Ernie) later.

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Have you tried it?  Let me know how it worked for you!

How to Clean your humidifier.

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     So not too long ago, my family discovered the wonder of the humidifier.  My kids have a certain…talent for getting sick whenever the pollen counts rise, the temperature changes, or there is ANY holiday coming/here.  Also breathing air…  I’ve been doing my damnedest to stop this trend in our household, and my humidifier allies are key players in my battle plan.  Which I am pleased to say is working as of late.  But apparently it is also necessary to clean them as well.  So I searched the internet for THE BEST way to clean a humidifier.  (which means takes the least amount of elbow grease, and time)

I found a variety of options,  from running the machine with vinegar in it, to completely dissembling the machine, scrubbing with chemicals, and waiting for said machine to dry before putting it back together for use.  Ain’t nobody got time for that.  So I tried a few and here is what I came up with for you.  The easiest (and yet still thorough) way to clean your trusty humidifier so your children can breathe at night. 


You’ll need

  • White distilled vinegar
  • A bottle/ glass cleaner
  • Tea tree oil (optional, but really helps to kill that vinegar smell, and is also antibacterial.)
  • Large bowl or sink.

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My Process

     First, unplug the machine and make sure all parts are cool.  Then, empty the tank and all other areas where water might be hiding (base etc).  Take any small removable parts (including filters) out, rinse, and put in either your sink or a large bowl.  Pour enough vinegar into the bowl to cover the parts (you may choose to dilute the vinegar a bit with some hot water to save you from using all of your handy dandy vinegar) and add 3-5 drops of your tea tree oil in.   Let this soak, turning if necessary, while you tend to the rest of your machine.

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     Take your empty base and tank, and fill with vinegar and tea tree oil as well.  I used about three cups of vinegar and the same amount of oil (3-5 drops) in my tank, and swished it around really well to make sure I got all the sides.  I left them to sit for at least 30 mins, making sure to flip my tank every 10 minutes. (hey, I wanted to be sure)

     Once that has set, take your brush and gently rub any residue away and voila! I recommend wearing gloves if you have them during this part, because vinegar stings horribly if you have cuts or sensitive skin anywhere on your hands.  My hands are red and burning as I type this for you.  Oh the hardship.  Rinse all parts thoroughly and they’re ready to go!  If you really want to, you can run the vinegar mix from the tank through the machine for 30 minutes or so, which I did just to feel like it really disinfected the whole humidifier.   Just be sure to set it outside when you do so the house doesn’t smell like vinegar for days.

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    The best part of this method, it that once you know what to do, it’s extremely simple and the majority of the time it takes, you don’t have to actually be working on it.  (yay multitasking!) As an added bonus, by using vinegar instead of bleach, your machine and the inside of your nose won’t smell  like harmful chemicals.  Or burn.  It should only need to be cleaned every two weeks or so, but check your manual if you still have it.  I usually lose mine so…

     If you have serious buildup, and the initial soak doesn’t take care of it, pour in some fresh vinegar and soak for a longer period of time.  When it finally softens you may need to take a scrubber or sharp object to the tough spots, but I promise it will come clean, and as long as you keep up with it afterwards it won’t be that hard ever again.  Once again, yes I know this because I have had to do it.  I used this opportunity to get my dashing and incredibly helpful husband involved. 🙂

So that’s it!  Have you tried it?  What would you like me to do next?!  I’m dying to know!  Leave the answers in the comments section!

The Birthday Chalkboard

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     OK, so a while ago, I was scouring Pinterest for an awesome way to celebrate and remember the little ones birthdays.  I came across a whole lot of birthday boards, most of them made to look like chalkboards and SUPER cute!  Only I wanted something a little different.  I decided I didn’t want to pay someone for a print of a board that I would use only once, but I wanted to make a reusable version that was just as cute and could be a personalized as I wanted.  (AND cheaper).

So this is the plan I came up with.  I was going to make a chalkboard, and write my own stats for each child on their birthday, according to whatever they were up to that year.  I would then take amazingly adorable photos with the birthday boy/girl and hang the chalkboard, with one of the photos I had taken next to it.  The following year, I wipe the board down, redo it for that birthday, take new photos, and re-hang the new photo and board right next to the old photo(s).  This way I end up with a photo for every year, and the current board hung all together in a nice little display!

So how exactly would one do this? 

First I needed something suitable for the board itself.  I chose to use hardboard, which I found at Blick Art Supplies.  I wanted a 24X30, which is only about $5!  No, don’t just use cardboard because after painting the board may bend and the ribbing from the inside can make it more difficult to write on later. And Yes, I know this because I tried it.

After you have your board, you need chalkboard paint.  You can go two ways with this.  Either brush/roll it on, or spray it on.  Personally I prefer to spray paint this project because it takes pretty much no cleanup and takes all of 30 seconds to do one coat (which is important because…kids).  I also think this gives me a better finish.  The smoother your finish, the easier it will be to get a good line on your chalkboard.  (you know, going the way you want it to go instead of catching on a bump and making your banana look like something…else.)  Anyway, I used Rust-Oleum ChalkBoard Spray paint that I found while wandering Wal-Mart one day.

Next you need CHALK.  I got this at Wal-Mart too.  At first I used sidewalk chalk (So many colors!)  and then I got the smaller, less chubby sticks because they’re better for writing.  I used both on my board this year.  Chalk is usually under $1 for a small pack.  Another option is to go with bistro markers, but the ones I tried did not want to erase from my board, so back to chalk I went.

I used a poster board frame I had around already to hang it with, since I didn’t feel like attaching an anchor to the back of the board.

My Process

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OK, so you need:

  • Your hardboard(which I forgot to photograph before painting)
  • Chalkboard Paint
  • Chalk
  • Stats (if you come up with them ahead of time you wont sit in front of your board, staring at it trying to remember what you wanted there)
  • Frame
  • wet wash cloth (this is for mistakes, and paper towels leave bits and pieces!)

First things first, Clean off your board!  You don’t want cat hair or packaging debris under your paint!  After you do this, apply your first coat of paint, then allow to dry.  For me, this usually means duck back inside to wrangle the kids before they demolish my entire house.  I usually end up just going back out whenever I have another mommy time window to put a second, then third coat on.

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Then, you put whatever you want on it!  (this really has endless possibilities)  I usually start with their first name, how old they are, and if they’re little how tall and how much they weigh.  For first birthdays you can do how many teeth, words they say, favorite toys etc.  I even include a few things they hate that year, because usually its funny to remember the next year.

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And once you manage to get your cutie to sit down for photos…hang er up!

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Hope you love it as much as I do!  If you’ve done it, or something like this please feel free to share!

The beginning.

Hey everyone!

Today I did it!  I finally started a blog!  I’ve only been thinking about it for over a year and here I am!  Why am I here?  Because I want to share with you my experiments and adventures in creativity, home making, and motherhood.  And I want you to tell me about yours, or try it along with me!

Alright! lets get started!  Who brought the wine?