Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Frugal Camping Tips Twist Tie For Food Bags

Photos by Suzzycue
How many times have you lost your patience looking for a twist tie to close a bag of chips,popcorn ?  Then have the food spill on the floor, while you are looking. Many times this has happened to me.
The solution is to cut the top off, the bag of food, and use it to close the bag. A simple frugal tip and it works. You’ll never look for a twist tie again 🙂 A friend of mine working with me in a Nursing Home Kitchen showed me this and I use this trick a lot.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Frugal Family Recipes Pizza


Photo by Suzzycue
We all love takeout pizza 🙂  You can make it yourself at home and have the same take out flavor for half the cost. This pizza was made with a pita. I covered the bottom of the pita with olive oil before I laid it on the oven rack. This will make it crispy and delicious.) Then I put the toppings on. This is a good way to clean out the leftovers in the fridge.
I use any spaghetti sauce that I have in the cupboard, Mozzarella cheese in chunks (I drop around the pizza)spinach, fresh tomato slices, sliced mushrooms, onions . Then sprinkle a little more olive oil on the top. That is the trick to fabulous pizza. Put the rack and pizza in the oven on the third rack and bake for 10 minutes . When the cheese is melted and the bottom has  browned up, take it out, wait to slice it( a few minutes). Then enjoy 🙂
This pizza is Frugal and a fun way to spice up your pizza night with your kids. You can let them make their own any way they want.  If you would like to see my other Frugal recipes they are listed here. Enjoy !

Frugal Camping Tip for Corn


Photo by Suzzycue

Cooler Corn

Cooler corn is just that. You take your Coleman cooler from the garage and clean it out. Then put into it a dozen corn cobs that have been cleaned. Pour over it two kettles of hot water and close the lid. Then Nothing. Let sit closed for 30 minutes and it is done perfect and it will not cook past perfection. I love this way to cook corn.
We owned a campground on Lake Huron for twenty-one years and I learned all kinds of camping tips from the campers that camped with us. I really miss it a lot.
More Camping Hacks
Have you ever wanted to learn to cook with pie irons on the fire. Give these recipes a try. Happy Camping 🙂

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Handiwork Cork Crafts Square Candle Holder and Cork Spice Rack

I gave this as a gift that is why the candle is still wrapped in clear wrap.
I gave this as a gift that is why the candle is still wrapped in clear wrap. | Photos by Suzzycue

DIY Wine Bottle Cork Garden Bench

So cute. Drink your bubbly!
So cute. Drink your bubbly! | Source

Wine Bottle Cork Square Candle Holder

I love these and when you have three together it really makes a statement.
I love these and when you have three together it really makes a statement. | Source
Bottom view
Bottom view | Source

Wine Bottle Cork Square Candle Holder

Square Candle Holder
Nothing trims up your square candles and says wow, when you light up this homemade cork masterpiece. Put three of these square cork candles, in different heights, together on your table to really make a statement in any room.
45 corks
hot melt glue gun
2 –8 inch glue sticks
3 inch Square Candle

  • Step 1: Glue 5 corks side to side to make a row. Repeat twice to complete 3 rows of 5 corks each. Then glue the three rows together to make the square bottom of the candle holder.
  • Step 2: Glue 3 corks end to end. Repeat 5 times to make 6 sets of 3 corks each.
  • Step 3: Glue 2 corks end to end. Repeat 5 times to make 6 sets of 2 corks each.
  • Step 4: Take a set of 3 corks and glue them on top of the ends of the square bottom from step 2 (See Picture.) Then rotate holder to the left and glue on 2 cork set. Rotate left again and glue on 3 cork set. Rotate left a final time and glue on another 2 cork set to finish first row. Repeat step 4 three times to cover a 3 inch square candle. If your candle is taller add as many rows as you like.
  • Step 5: Add the candle to your holder and remember never to leave a lighted candle unattended.

DIY Wine Bottle Cork Garden Bench

Awesome for a spice rack
Awesome for a spice rack | Source

DIY Wine Bottle Cork Garden Bench

Garden Bench
This sweet garden bench can be made to any size by increasing the number of bench seat corks. You can put decorative flowerpots on it for an herb garden in your kitchen or display your favorite ornaments on it. The garden bench will look great in your patio garden or sitting beside an indoor fountain.
22 corks roughly the same size
hot melt glue gun
2-8 inch glue sticks
4 champagne corks (optional)
coping saw/ work gloves
marine varnish(optional)

  • Step 1: Put on the work gloves and cut 2 Champaign corks and 6 other corks lengthwise in half using the coping saw.
  • Step 2: Glue 6 corks side to side to make the seat of the bench.
  • Step 3: Glue 3 corks end to end . Repeat once. Then glue one set of three to front side of bench seat from step 2.
  • Step 4: Find 4 corks the same size and shape and glue underneath four corners of seat. Now, you have the legs in place.
  • Step 5: Take your cut corks from step 1 and start gluing the cut side, tops of them to right hand corner of bench seat. Glue them side-by-side until they go all the way around the back and end up on left hand front of bench seat. This makes the bench skirting. (See picture.)
  • Step 6: Glue the 3 half’s of campaign corks to the top of the skirting at the back of bench seat approximately a ½ inch apart.
  • Step 7: Center and glue the other set of 3 corks from step 3 onto the top of champagne corks to finish the back of the bench.
  • Step 8: You finish this bench by gluing two corks on right and left sides on bench seat to complete the arms. (See picture.)