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Spice Blends – It’s All About the Flavors!

spice blendsSpice Blends- It’s all about the Flavors!

Why do I need spice blends, you are asking. My dear diy home goddesses! Ethnic cuisines have a specific flair to them. It’s not always based on the foods being made, it’s more to deal with the spices that go with it.

Yeah, people say Greek, and this diy home goddess instantly thinks of lamb and feta cheese. But, it’s also prevalent in Middle Eastern, Aussie, some French and Italian dishes. And it’s an alternative in America to ham at Easter.

A stew can host a lot of ethnic varieties, such as American, Hungarian, French, Spanish, German, Caribbean, Italian… you get the point.

Sometimes, flavor depends on the ingredients used. But the best way to bring ethnic flair to a meal is through spice blends. And it’s easy peasy to do that with staple spices you probably already have in your kitchen.

Many recipes have a list of spice ingredients. But let’s say you are a true diy home goddess, and are just throwing ingredients together to make up your own dish. Or let’s say you want rice or chicken or steak, and you want a kick instead of the same old boring, plain dish. Here’s where you can make your own spice blends and put them to good use.

If you want, you can buy packets of the spice blend or jars of it, ready to use. Or you can be a true diy home goddess and throw the combinations together with what you have in your spice rack. That way you can make the spice blend as needed. And it saves money!  Read more

Household Book – A Great Organization Tool

household bookHousehold BooK

My Story

I try to be organized. I really do. But some things can be overwhelming. I was always buying light bulbs. Always. I could never remember if I had the one I needed. Or which one I needed. Did the ones I had fit?  I decided I needed a household book. Why? Because I was always asking myself questions.

  • Where is the warranty for the heater?
  • What color paint did I use for the powder room on the main floor?
  • Didn’t I already get that termite inspection this year? Why are they calling?
  • What light bulb does the living room need again?

You get the drift.

That is why any diy home goddess need a household book. It’s the easiest way to keep track of everything needed for a house.

What You Need

  • A Binder, probably a two inch binder will do.
  • A 50 pack of sheet protectors from an office supply store.
  • A pack of college ruled paper
  • Or a simple template you can create in Excel or Word if your handwriting is as messy as mine.

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Toilet Flapper Replacement

TOILET FLAPPER

TOILET FLAPPER

The toilet flapper? The stopper? The whatchamacallit? Whatever name you use for that contraption that makes the tank refill with water after you flush the toilet, you need to become familiar with it. Why? Because it will need to be replaced every two to five years. And a home goddess doesn’t need to waste the $50-$100 by calling a plumber (I have friends who do) when you can do it yourself. Yes, even a diy home goddess can do this, easy peasy.

Why do you need to change the toilet flapper? There are two reasons to change a toilet flapper (the handyman official name for it):

  • If you have a chain, the chain broke. It’s metal, it can happen. You can’t flush the toilet at all.
  • The rubber no longer seals the hole where the water escapes. The water never stops running, because the water keeps leaving the tank; it never gets full.

My Story – “Tanks A Lot!”

When was my first time? I had used the toilet before I headed to work one morning. The toilet would not flush. I opened the tank, and saw the chain was broken and spread around the base. I lifted the metal bar for a manual flush and rushed off to work.

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Tile Mural for Kitchen Styling

TILE MURAL

Tile Mural for Kitchen Styling

The Story

There is this wonderful internet shop called the Tile Mural Store. They have ceramic, porcelain, and stone tiles to personalize your kitchen (or bath, or bar area), so that it looks like no one else’s. And I saw a lot of picture in the company’s gallery. You can believe me, there are no two rooms alike in there.

Note: I need to send my pictures to the company to add to the gallery.

When I was redoing my kitchen last year, I decided I wanted to redo the back splash. Someone recommended the plastic tin looking tiles for me when I bought the house because they were easy to clean. They didn’t have any grout that would get messed up. They were a silver tone, so they went with everything. You didn’t need to use any thin-set, because they were attached by using double sided tape.

Heck, I didn’t know any better, so that is what I bought. What were they called? Fasade-18-in-x-24-in-Traditional-4-PVC-Decorative-Backsplash-Panel. They were cheap. The EX put them up in a little over an hour, with some patchwork cutting (which I realized later was a sucky job). But I went with it. As I said before, I was going through a mid life crisis when I bought my first house, so I did what people suggested.

Tile Mural

This is what was originally put up, when I didn’t know any better

Yeah, they were definitely easy to clean, and they didn’t clash with anything in the kitchen. They kind of matched since the appliances I purchased were all the stainless steel look anyway. Read more