Archive | May, 2012

Scarf Control

Although the weather is pretty mild here in California, often the mornings and evenings are chilly, so I wear scarves several time a week.  I have quite a few (so my hubby says), so I needed to find a way to organize them that would allow for quick searching as I run out the door.  This weekend I decided to organize my scarves.

This is what I did.  I took  a 5-pair pants hanger from my closet.

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Then I tied each scarf around the rungs.  I have the loop of the scarf in front, for easy access when I pull one out.  (see photo below).

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This hanger will allow me to hang about 30 scarves, so the nice part is I have room for more :)!

DIY Scarf hanger from Organized Island

What are your accessory organization tips?

Tip Junkie handmade projects

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High School Graduation Gifts on a Budget

Graduation season is here!   We happily receive announcements of friends and family that are graduating from preschool to high school.  While I wonder, how does it all happen so fast?  I am also thinking, how can I acknowlege them all? While I realize that the gift of money is probably the most popular (and maybe desired), my budget is telling me to look for other options.

Most of the announcements I received this year are for high school graduations.  I thought I would share with you some other gift options that are still very useful and all the suggestions are less than $15.

  • Journal book – for their notes, action items, with a sentiment written inside
  • Travel Mug – with some coffee, tea or hot chocolate packets
  • Books – a finance  or cookbook (or a local guidebook if recipient is going away to college)
  • Framed Inspiration – take a favorite quote or inspiring poem and frame it
  • Tote or sports bag – people always need these
  • Gift Bag – with highlighters, post-its and supplies from the dollar store
  • Advice Jar – collect advice from friends and family on index cards and put them all in a jar to send off with the student

What are your suggestions for non-cash graduation gifts?

Strawberry Festival Inspired Crepes

This weekend my family were on our way to Santa Barbara and we happened to be near a Strawberry Festival in Oxnard.  We decided spontaneously to check out the festival.

There were lots of craft booths, entertainment booths, game booths and of course lots and lots of strawberry food items.

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They even had strawberry beer and wine! 

We especially liked the chocolate covered strawberries – they were dipped in white, dark and milk chocolate and oh and they tasted so good!

I would recommend checking out the festival if you have an opportunity.  Seeing all of the strawberries made me want to recreate some strawberry love at home so I decided to make some crepes.  I am all about easy and these can be made in just a few minutes.    I filled mine with fresh strawberries and whipped cream, but you can use any combination of fruit, ice cream, cheese, nuts, etc…

BASIC FRUIT CREPE RECIPE

1 1/2 cups fresh fruit

1 cup flour

2 eggs

1/2 cup milk

1/2 cup water

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons melted butter.

Whipped cream (I used canned)

First wash and prepare fruit.  Slice or chop fruit an set aside.

Mix flour and eggs until combined.  Add remaining ingredients and mix well.

Heat a smidge of butter in a nonstick pan over medium heat.  When pan is warm, pour in batter to cover pan bottom.  As pan heats, tilt pan so that batter is spread around and can set.

Cook about 1 1/2 minutes, then flip with a spatula and cook another 1 1/2 minutes.  Flip out of pan and fill with fruit, whipped cream, nuts, whatever & enjoy!  Makes about 4 good sized crepes.

Cook about 1 1/2 minutes, then flip with a spatula and cook another 1 1/2 minutes.  Flip out of pan and fill with fruit, whipped cream, nuts, whatever & enjoy!  Makes about 4 good sized crepes.


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