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5 ways to get rid of an old mattress

Categories: Decluttering, Kids Cook

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This post is brought to you by the 3 sets of mattresses currently occupying space in my living room.

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I’ve had to do a lot of research over the past couple of months about ways to get rid of an old mattress. I’m actually starting to see why there are mattresses dumped on the side of the road, it’s not always easy to dispose of them. There’s no city service in our area that will take them away and we don’t have a truck, so we’ve considered several options.

1. Ask if the company you bought the mattress from will haul the old one away - Though this wasn’t an option for us (long story), before you buy, ask if the seller will haul the old mattress set away. This will be worth your effort, I promise.

2. Post it for free on Craigslist - If the mattress is in decent shape, try posting it for free on Craigslist. You never know what people will want.

3. Take it to the city dump - If all else fails, borrow or rent a truck, hand over the money and take the mattress to the city dump.

4. Donate it to a charity - Though this option isn’t available as frequently as it once was, perhaps there’s a shelter or a refugee resettlement-type program in your area that will take usable mattresses. Donationtown may provide some ideas.

5. Look for a mattress recycling center - My research has shown that recycling mattresses is becoming more popular. Check Earth911 for an option near you.

I don’t know what we’ll end up doing, but it’s got to be soon, or we’re going to have to put Christmas lights on the things.

How about you? Do you have any suggestions for disposing of old mattresses? Pleas share in the comments below.

What goes on your kitchen counter?

Categories: Decluttering, Kids Cook

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Lovely accent to your kitchen, or flat filing cabinet?

It’s been a hot topic around here the past couple of days as we’ve attempted to give the kitchen a thorough cleaning. It’s come to light that we (the adults in the house) are of differing philosophies regarding the counter space.

One of us thinks that the more stuff the better on the kitchen counter. That way, you can see and get to whatever you need.

The other one of us has the right idea.

(Oops, did I give away who’s who, here?)

Left to my own devices, I probably wouldn’t have much of anything on the counter because I think it looks better. However, I know I’d be complaining every time I had to get something out to use it. But. other people in the house *ahem*husband*ahem* see things a little differently. For him, the more stuff the better on the counter. That way, you can see what you have and use it!

As you may be able to tell, we don’t always see eye to eye about what should stay on the kitchen counter.

Right now, The permanent residents of the kitchen are: the microwave, the coffee maker, the bread box, a small television, toaster, electric can opener, an iPod dock and an electric pencil sharpener (The kids do homework at the kitchen table, and they are really hard on pencils.).

However, I’m not fond of the way it looks, especially since the kitchen is the main way people come in and out of the house, and the kitchen is the first thing they see. I think it looks too cluttered, but these are things we actually use.

Our kitchen was done many, many years ago, and I wish I’d had the foresight to ask them to put in an “appliance garage” to get some of the little ones out of plain view, but I didn’t. One thing I do need to do is replace the plug covers with something closer to the paint color, that would help the overall look, I think.

How about you? How do you decide what gets kept out on the kitchen counter and what lives behind closed doors?

Mini Cherry Cobblers — Picnic Perfect

Categories: Cooking, Entertaining, Food, Holiday Entertaining, Kids Cook, Uncategorized, summer living

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I found these adorable ramekins at the grocery store a few weeks ago.  I am a sucker for this color blue and pretty things in general.  For only $1 each, I could not pass them up.  I knew that I would find something to use them for.  So far I have served grapes in them, hummus, dips of all kinds– the best part of course is that no one is concerned about double dipping since they all have their own individual ramekin.

I have yet to find the cure for the unparalleled horror of having a sibling breathing near your food, but should I discover the answer to that I will be sure to let you know. I am here for you, people.

So Fourth of July came and I had them setting out on the counter and I decided that I would make a red, white and blue treat with them. 

The best part? The recipe is so easy that even your youngest children can make this with minimal help.

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To make 10* individual cobblers you will need:

2 21oz canned cherries
1 tube of biscuits
1T melted butter
2T sugar
1tsp cinnamon

*Why 10? The biscuits come 10 to a tube and the 21oz can makes 5. So, uh, do the math! Or better yet, make your child do the math and then pat yourself on the back for helping them keep their mind sharp during their summer vacation. Their teacher will be proud of your efforts!

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Divide the cherries up evenly between your ten ramekins.

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Whack your tube of biscuits open against your counter until you hear that satisfying pop. Then take the biscuits out, flatten them slightly, and stick one in each ramekin on top of the cherries.

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Brush the top with the melted butter. Sprinkle with the cinnamon/sugar mixture.

Bake in the 375 degree oven for about 15 minutes.

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These taste delicious hot, cold, or any state of cooling from hot to cold. I have already made another batch today since it was easier than listening to the complaints that 10 is not evenly divisible by 7. (See, more summer math work! FTW!)
 

Easy Peach Cobbler

Categories: Cooking, Food, Kids Cook, Uncategorized, summer living

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With the warm weather approaching, or if you live on the face of the sun like I do, the warm weather has already arrived, entertaining demands to be made easier and more casual. Afterall, who wants to slave over a hot stove on a sweltering day? No one that’s who.

This dessert is perfect for the casual entertaining of summer. It is easy, ridiculously so. Your children can make this entirely by themselves. And it is delicious. As a matter of fact, I hid the leftovers so that I could have it all for myself. What? Don’t judge me! You have done the same thing.
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Pumpkin Dip

Categories: Cooking, Entertaining, Food, Holiday Entertaining, Kids Cook

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This is frighteningly good. It tastes like Pumpkin Pie without that pesky crust, or baking. Or time. Or any real effort. Are you the sort of person who remembers at 2:00 that you have a holiday party to attend at 2:30, and you still need to shower, dress, and bring a food item to share? Then this is the recipe for you.

Serve with Gingersnap cookies, or graham crackers if you prefer.

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Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

Categories: Cooking, Food, Holiday Entertaining, Kids Cook

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So, you carved your jack o’lantern, but what do you do with all of those seeds? If you are like the old me you just throw them away, along with all of the slimy pumpkin innards. But yesterday I decided to roast them up.
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Ham and Cheese Corn Muffins Recipe

Categories: Cooking, Kids Cook

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I made these a few days ago and my children loved them. They raved on and on about these muffins and wanted to know if I would make them again. As in RIGHT THAT VERY SECOND.

Something that gets that much of a good review begs to be shared.

1 package Jiffy corn muffin mix
1/4 cup chopped deli ham (I used Boars Head honey ham)
1/4 cup shredded cheese (I used a cheddar/colby jack mixture)
1/3 cup milk (I used water because the only milk I had on hand was vanilla flavored soy)
1 egg
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

(I quadrupled this recipe and it made 24 large muffins and 12 mini-muffins)

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It’s America’s favorite you know. (For my celiac peeps, here is a link to a delicious gluten free cornbread recipe. Add the ham, cheese, and mustard to this recipe.)

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Dice up your ham into small bite sized pieces.

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Dump all the ingredients into your bowl and mix well.

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It is another recipe that is easy enough for kids to make.

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I love my muffin tins, the way that they are worn and well loved.

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Grease your muffin tins really well. A word of advice I have, if you have paper liners that you normally use for cupcakes, I would use them. These muffins are notorious for sticking. Also, it would make them better able to be transported intact in a lunchbox.

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Bake in a 400 degree oven for 15-20 minutes. Serve these warm or cold.

Be prepared to buy the ingredients to make them again.

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