Wednesday, March 23, 2011

My New Pantry & Labels

With all the beautiful pantries out there in blog land I decided to jazz my cupboards up too.
This is a little cabinet my Hubby painted and fixed up for me for Christmes I filled it with my Kitchen ware and some food.
This cabinet is cute but it was a little small for some of my items. 
 I moved another pantry cabinet from my garage into the dining area for more storage.
I filled jars with my bulk foods and pantry must haves.
They looked a bit plain so I used some of the silhouette vinyl in black and made pretties for the jars.

My Bosch
(Thanks Aunt Judy!)
It fits so much nicer in this cabinet.  Before I had to separate all the parts but now they all fit on one shelf.

I love the new space and now I am off to make more labels!  I think they turned out so pretty!

Linking to Marni over at Sassy Sites


Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Get your moneys worth at the gas pump

I received and email today with these ideas on how to save a little cash at the pumps.  I thought it made sense so I am passing it on to you all.

I don't know what you guys are paying for gasoline.... but here in California we are paying up to $3.75 to $4.10 per gallon. My line of work is in petroleum for about 31 years now, so here are some tricks to get more of your money's worth for every gallon: 

Only buy or fill up your car or truck in the early morning when the ground temperature is still cold. Remember that all service stations have their storage tanks buried below ground. The colder the ground the more dense the gasoline, when it gets warmer gasoline expands, so buying in the afternoon or in the evening....your gallon is not exactly a gallon. In the petroleum business, the specific gravity and the temperature of the gasoline, diesel and jet fuel, ethanol and other petroleum products plays an important role.

A 1-degree rise in temperature is a big deal for this business. But the service stations do not have temperature compensation at the pumps.

When you're filling up do not squeeze the trigger of the nozzle to a fast mode If you look you will see that the trigger has three (3) stages: low, middle, and high. You should be pumping on low mode, thereby minimizing the vapors that are created while you are pumping. All hoses at the pump have a vapor return. If you are pumping on the fast rate, some of the liquid that goes to your tank becomes vapor. Those vapors are being sucked up and back into the underground storage tank so you're getting less worth for your money.

One of the most important tips is to fill up when your gas tank is HALF FULL. The reason for this is the more gas you have in your tank the less air occupying its empty space. Gasoline evaporates faster than you can imagine. Gasoline storage tanks have an internal floating roof. This roof serves as zero clearance between the gas and the atmosphere, so it minimizes the evaporation. Unlike service stations, here where I work, every truck that we load is temperature compensated so that every gallon is actually the exact amount.

Another reminder, if there is a gasoline truck pumping into the storage tanks when you stop to buy gas, DO NOT fill up; most likely the gasoline is being stirred up as the gas is being delivered, and you might pick up some of the dirt that normally settles on the bottom.

What do you think?? 
Do you have any ways to save some extra cash?

Monday, March 7, 2011

Easy Home Made Bread

Oh I know!  It looks super Yummy Right?  Well it is Super easy which is why for me it is even yummier!
I wanted to share with all you because you can make this bread too!
Bread Recipe:
9 ounces of Warm water
2 tsp Active Dry Yeast
2 TBSP of dry milk
2 TBSP sugar
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 TBSP Olive Oil (I use peanut oil)
3 cups of bread flour

I use my Kitchen Aid mixer with the dough hook just add ingredients to mixer in listed order pausing for about 5-10 minutes after the yeast is in.  Then add remaining ingredients.  I knead with the dough hook for about 8-10 minutes on low speed then remove hook and cover with towel and leave to rise.  After the dough has risen to double its size punch it down and form into greased loaf pan. Allow to rise about an hour and then bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes depending on your oven. 
The lazier way
Only One Rise
After you are done kneading the dough in your mixer form it into a greased loaf pan and let rise for about an hour in a warm spot and place in oven.  Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes
Actual handling time on this is about 5 minutes that's what I call a quick n easy recipe! 
Do you make homemade bread? 
Do you have a tasty bred recipe?  
Please share!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Choose the Writing Vinyl Wall Art

I promised a pretty post this week here it is!
About a  month ago I won the Choose the Writing giveaway over at The Girl Creative.  I did not want to mention it till I had the vinyl and had it up so I could show you all!  
I knew I wanted a vinyl scripture verse for the wall above the T.V. 
I just had to find the right one.  Marni who has the blog 
Sassy Sites! was super helpful and super sweet!  Once i had the verse I wanted I explained I also wanted a star to be next to the vinyl.  She did a couple examples for me to look at and I found the perfect set up.  I was so excited when I got it in the mail.
This is what it looked like.  She sent directions and a paper sample of the vinyl layout for my reference when putting it up on the wall.  Both were very helpful.
 Finished Product!  Looks AMAZING!  See! My star fits perfectly!
Marni is taking a break from the vinyl business (Bummer!) but her blog is in full swing!
Go check out her blog {HERE} it is full of inspirations from her and the many talented bloggers who post to her link parties weekly.  You will love it!