I think I’ve said this 1,000 times since I started this blog: Sometimes the smallest things can make our lives dramatically better. It surprises me how the big projects can make as much of a difference as some of the smaller changes we make. I moved our living room around a tad the other day and BAM, no cost and now I literally love the room again! Sometimes it does cost a little, or require just a small change (or the purchase of a product) and it truly can change your life for the better. Here are the five things that happened in January that absolutely made my life incredibly better!
I told you how much I love my glass spray bottle in my post about my new recipe for an all purpose natural spray. After a couple of months of using this little bottle now I am here to report that it remains one of my favorite purchases. The head is durable, it never dribbles or squirts funny, in fact it works better then any spray bottle I’ve ever used even on the regular windex bottles! It sure beats dumping vinegar on all of my surfaces! I almost feel spoiled now using such a fancy pancy spray bottle. (Yeah apparently it doesn’t take much to make me happy lol)
This might be an obvious one but seriously I don’t know how I lived without one for SO long! I had one growing up and my family used it often for aches and pains etc. I also experimented in making my own etc. (and rather failed at that I might add) but I’m so damned frugal I just couldn’t justify buying one for myself. Enter my mother-in-law the hero who purchased this for us for xmas 🙂 I can’t tell you how often I would come home in January (when it was in the negative temperatures outside) warm this baby up and wrap it around my wet freezing feet. My husband has taken a shine to it as well and it is almost every night now one of us warms it up and brings it to the couch for our evening sit.
I mentioned this little basket in my post about it here, but I have to bring this up again. This project literally took me all of ten minutes (less time then it took me take the photos of it!) and it has improved my kitchen life so dramatically it is almost hard to believe. FINALLY, no sponge or soap container knocking over into my sink. I think the real last straw for me was when I had a big nasty pan soaking – filled with gross dirty cold water – when I bumped the foaming hand soap and it went SPLOOSH, spraying me, the counter top, the floor etc. and, yes, it went in my mouth. That was it and funny how we don’t always wonder WHY THE HECK DIDN’T I DO THIS SOONER!?
I love love love these little guys but I hadn’t fully fell head over heals until January when I discovered THIS RECIPE. Yes it is literally just 2 ingredients (bananas and oats) and nothing else unless you want to add something. Now I made them as big cookies initially and they stuck a bit and I’m not a baker so I thought maybe I should try my little silicon baking cups and I swear I heard angels singing. This last time I made them I mixed in some of my sister-in-laws homemade tri-berry jam and a pile of blueberries I picked last summer and, seriously people, AMAZING. My husband calls them “gewies” and I almost wish they weren’t so good because they were supposed to be my very healthy breakfast but we’re eating them all the time! Seriously, NOTHING sticks to these little cups, I was able to donate all of my muffin tins etc. In the pic the “recipe” is of our absolute favorite egg muffins – they are incredible. Just mix up a bunch of eggs with your favorite seasonings and then in the bottom of each cup I add ground cooked sausage and onions and cheese, top with the scrambled raw eggs and bake for half an hour! I’ve tried all kinds of different combos from ham to pepperoni etc. and they are always AMAZING. And, they are a great way to use up eggs, in one batch I usually use 17 eggs! And they freeze great too!
So, it finally happened people, I went to my stash of jars and I had run out. How is this even possible!? All these months of my ridiculously saving ever single glass jelly, pickle and olive jar and it turned out I wasn’t a total nut after all! (A little story. I threw a sweet potato away the other day – it was already cooked, there was nothing wrong with it but I knew we wouldn’t eat it so I decided to skip the putting it in the freezer for 6 months before throwing it out and Joe literally took me in his arms and had to console me. I have real issues with throwing anything away – just call me grandma.) So, I have this jar hoard in our house (And also in the barn but those are special jars left to me from my grandma so those don’t count as hoarding, is what I tell my husband.) so, anyway, I save every jar and I actually used them all 🙂 Between rice, oats, seasonings, herbs, leftovers to freeze etc. I utilized almost every single jar I had saved over the last 6 months!!! Sweet victory!
It really is the little things folks 😉