May 23, 2019

A "make-do" makeover... (gotta read to the end)

When the economy "tanked" and we took a huge financial hit...
we had to (were fortunate to be able to) move from our home to
 a townhouse (long story!) 

Anyway it wasn't very big and the kitchen didn't have any kind of pantry. 

Let me start by saying - I am an "organizer" - It is in my blood!

I love to change things around - make a space feel new - and especially organize. (Just ask my family haha)

That being said - if you are finding yourself low on space -
 by choice or otherwise - think outside the box -
 like I did back then and still do of course!

This cupboard - previously used in one of our daughter's bedrooms
 for clothes etc., became my...

Baking Pantry!

We ust added a few shelves and it transformed into my baking pantry!

Hidden from everyone unless you happend to open the door (haha)
It was perfect for all my flour, sugar, grains, cereal, etc. 
Even a drawer for my cake decorating supplies. 

(How do you like all that wonderful Tupperware?)

As for the regular pantry - well that was non-existant too...
So, true to form, I took over the coat closet for that.


Oh..."where did the coats go?", you ask...they went in the garage....


♥You make-do when you have too ♥

Oh...and by the way - 4 years later when we sold the townhouse and were able to move into our current home...the buyer wanted to know if we would include one thing in the sale - yes - you got it - that cupboard! 

She even paid me $300 for it!

Stay Cozy gals,

May 20, 2019

Bonjour mouli-julienne!

 I couldn't resist this item at a thrift store recently. 
It's was made in France and this version came out in the '70's.

 Do you think this is a redundant tool if you already have a 
modern day food processor?
 I have a mandoline too - but I could not pass up this adorable
 orange French kitchen tool! 
 It is sooo retro! 

 It looks like a metal three legged creature to me. 
To use it, the round rotary cutting blade of choice is inserted, 
the crank is dropped in to hold it in place,
 the item to be ground up is dropped into the hopper-- be it carrots,
 cabbage or cheddar cheese—the lid goes down and
 the crank is turned. 
Voila, out the bottom comes perfectly shredded or
 sliced bits and bites. 

I will probaly end up selling it - they go for $25-$35  - 
but I have to try it out first.

Does anyone else have one of these beauties?

Stay Cozy,

April 15, 2019

World Market Treasures...

I found these wonderful Easter decorations at my local thrift store.

They are all originally from World Market.

Aren't these "faux" nutcrackers adorable?
I need to get decorating...

Stay Cozy,

April 11, 2019

72 candles...

This is what the cake looks like when your friend turns 72 and 
his wife decides she will adorn it with all 72 candles!

And he blew out every one of them!
 ~Good Job and Happy Birthday Fernando!~

It took three of us to light the candles and the
icing nearly melted off the cake - but what fun!

Stay Cozy,

April 2, 2019

Having a bit of a rough day...

Life would be a million times better if there were pinatas strategically placed throughout the day!

Trying to Stay Cozy,

March 14, 2019

"Pi" Pie fun...

Happy "Pi" Pie day to you...

Let's have fun with pie...

See the source image

Will you be serving pie today?

Lots of stores have them on sale - both fruity and pizza pie!

Stay Cozy,

March 6, 2019

Have you ever made Colcannon?


 A St. Patrick’s day favorite, it’s a mixture of creamy mashed potatoes and usually
 kale or cabbage. A great side dish for your St. Patty's day celebration or serve 
as a main course!


  • 3lb. russet potatoes
  • ½tsp. salt, plus more for seasoning
  • ½cup (one stick) butter, divided, plus more for serving
  • 2shallots, minced
  • 4cups chopped, fresh kale
  • ½cup chopped green onions
  • ½cup half-and-half
  • ¼tsp. white pepper (or to taste)


  • Peel then cut potatoes into eighths. Place in large pot and cover with water to an inch above potatoes. Add ½ teaspoon salt. Bring water to a boil, then reduce heat and continue to simmer 15–20 minutes until potatoes are fork tender. Drain, then cover.
    Melt ¼ cup butter in large skillet. Add shallots and sauté 2 minutes. Add kale and cook 3–4 minutes until wilted. Add green onions and cook 2 more minutes.
    Mash the potatoes. Add remaining ¼ cup butter, half-and-half and wilted greens. Mix with a masher. Season with salt and white pepper. If you are so daring - add a pat of butter on top just before serving!
Stay Cozy,

February 28, 2019

Mom with a purse...

When you're in Dollar Tree and you ask your mom if 
she remembered her glasses?

So cute...
(btw...she is 89 and beautiful as ever)

Stay Cozy,

February 12, 2019

What's Your Valentine Fortune?

DIY Paper Fortune Cookies are easy to make and fun to receive!
I have made them for Valentine's Day and other occasions as well...

All it takes is some fun colored paper  - solids or prints - some glue, 
scissors and some homemade fortunes...

Here is a great link with directions and free printables for the fortunes:

Have fun!


January 29, 2019

Goodbye Starbucks - Hello Instant Pot...

Have you tried these egg bites at Starbucks - 
they cost over $4 for only 2! 

 Easy Instant Pot Egg Bites - Make them yourself.


I used only 4 ingredients - chopped broccoli ( blanched), eggs,
 chopped onion and a little milk ( I used almond milk).
The best part about these Instant Pot Sous Vide Egg Bites is that they’re
totally customizable - add what you can even use just the whites. 

I used my 6 qt Instant Pot to make these Sous Vide Egg Bites.

I found some baby food silicone trays at my thrift store for 99 cents that 
fit perfectly inside the Instant Pot, one on top of the other...
the first one placed on the trivet that comes with the Instant Pot. 

I set the Instant Pot to STEAM for 8 minutes. The egg bites were perfectly cooked. It will take about 3-4 minutes for the pressure to build, and then the countdown timer will begin. After the time is up, let the pressure release naturally  before removing the egg bites from the Instant Pot. 
 That's about 1/2 hour from start to finish!

 Heat them in the microwave for 30 secs. for a quick breakfast
 or wrap them up and take them with you for lunch.
You can freeze them too.  

Stay Cozy,
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