My family has recently discovered the joy of slow cooker dinner planning. And, by planning, I mean not really planning. This particular recipe is about as simple as it gets. Combine chicken breasts or tenders with a jar of your favorite salsa in your slow cooker. If you really want to get fancy, you can add some beans or fresh vegetables. Cook for whatever time your cooker recommends (usually 5-ish hours), serve and enjoy! Great served with rice. Pro-tip: adjust the spice level of your salsa according to your tastes.
Finally, a simple DIY holiday decor project to create a beautiful centerpiece using just a pillar candle, magnolia leaves, ribbon and a glass vase. More details and tips via the link.
Brown sugar. It’s a tasty goodness that no baker, eater of grapefruit or oatmeal connoisseur should be without. However, unlike standard sugar, brown sugar can be a bit high maintenance. Clumping and hardening are two woes that seem to come up all too often when you’re ready to partake in a brown sugar treat. According to the folks at Real Simple, all it takes to keep your brown sugar in peak shape is tossing a few marshmallows into whatever you’re storing the sugar in. Give it a try and let us know how it works out for you in the comments below. Sweet!
Pistachios are a treat to eat, but they do take a little work. Most pistachios pop right open, but some can have very stubborn shells. That’s when I discovered it was time to fight fire with fire. Simply take a single half shell from another nut, and insert it in the gap between the stubborn nut’s shells. Then just twist the half shell like a screwdriver and the stubborn nut will easily open up and reward you with a tasty nut for your clever efforts.
Slamming doors is a personal pet peeve of mine. The only thing worse is a door that slams that also has a poorly aligned latch that rattles around. The good news is you don’t have to be a master carpenter or construction engineer to silence slamming doors and the disharmony they bring. Just head to your local home store and pick up a package of felt pads (used to protect delicate surfaces from not-so-delicate objects). While the pads shown here are by the strike plate, I prefer to apply mine to the upper and lower corner of the door jamb where they are less visible. The pads won’t completely silence the wrath of an angry teenager, but you’ll find your doors closing in a much more civilized fashion.
This hack doesn’t require a whole lot of explanation. Make sure your jar lid is dry, get about a foot of duct tape, stick one end firmly to the left edge of the jar (with the loose end of the tape coming towards you). Then just get a firm grip on the jar with one hand and pull smoothly on the tape with the other. That’s it, you’re ready to spread your marmalade or whatever you’re trying to get at. Enjoy!