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Salmon Clam Chowder

I love soup weather! I could eat soup for lunch and dinner everyday!


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Chowder is easier to make than you think – and the homemade version is unbelievably creamy and so delicious. 

Salmon Seafood Chowder

Ingredients

  • 4 slices bacon, diced
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup vegetable stock
  • 2 (6.5-ounce) cans chopped clams, juices reserved
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 russet potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1 cup half and half, 2% or whole milk
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves
  • 1/3lb pre-cooked salmon (I did it this way)

Instructions

  • Heat a large stockpot or Dutch oven over medium high heat. Add bacon and cook until brown and crispy, about 6-8 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate, reserving 1 tablespoon excess fat; set aside.
  • Melt butter in the stockpot, if needed more then then bacon fat. Add garlic and onion, and cook, stirring frequently, until onions have become translucent, about 2-3 minutes. Stir in thyme until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  • Whisk in flour until lightly browned, about 1 minute. Gradually whisk in milk, vegetable stock, clam juice and bay leaf, and cook, whisking constantly, until slightly thickened, about 1-2 minutes. Stir in potatoes.
  • Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer until potatoes are tender, about 12-15 minutes.
  • Stir in milk and clams until heated through, about 1-2 minutes; season with salt and pepper, to taste. If the soup is too thick, add more milk  as needed until desired consistency is reached.
  • Add crumbled cooked salmon into soup, warm for a few minutes.
  • Serve immediately, garnished with bacon and parsley, if desired.

Notes

*Half and half is equal parts of whole milk and cream. For 1 cup half and half, you can substitute 3/4 cup whole milk + 1/4 cup heavy cream or 2/3 cup skim or low-fat milk + 1/3 cup heavy cream.

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These nutrition facts are based on half and half and no salmon

DIY Turquoise Stained Mason Jars

I wanted to add some color to my living room so I decided on Turquoise. I bought some new pillow covers, a copy turquoise blanket and a turquoise aqua beverage tray that sits on my ottoman. I love mason jars, but unfortunately don’t have the beautiful aqua colored ones, so I looked on Pinterest and found and easy method to try and turn my plain ones into beautiful turquoise ones. Plus my daughter loved painted them to help! Now that I’ve figured out that this is so easy I’ll probably be painting them in all kinds of colors.

If you mess up on painting your jars you can wash them off and start over. Send me pictures of your finished product. Have fun!

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Things you need

1 teaspoon Modge Podge

3 drops Food Coloring

splash Water

2-3 Mason Jars

 

Note: I used 2 blue and 1 green drop of food coloring for turquoise

Directions

  1. Mix all your ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Paint on your jars. If you paint the outside you can put water in them.
  3. Set out to dry, a couple hours.
  4. And your done!
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Homemade Laundry Detergent

Homemade Laundry Detergent

Are you sick of paying an arm and leg for laundry detergent? Well I was so I decided to make my own. You probably thinks that seems way to hard, but trust me it’s easy and quick and you will save a lot of money. Besides saving you a ton of money homemade laundry detergent is also better for your clothes, it doesn’t put that harsh chemical build up that store bought detergent does, which in turn ends up on your skin and also breaks the fabric down.

I know most people love the smell of store bought laundry detergent but this detergent also smells amazing, so clean and fresh. So don’t worry you won’t be losing that clean smell on your laundry. Homemade detergent is also safe for babies skin. I hope you like this homemade laundry detergent as much as I do, save money and your save your clothes, can’t beat that.

Also for all you moms out there I use cloth diapers and this works amazing on them. Cleans them better then store bought detergent because it just cleans and doesn’t coat them with chemicals that actually will make them repel water (pee) . So this is a great item if you have kids because it still fights all those stains. My daughter is only 18 months so I haven’t experienced big kid stains, grass and dirt, but it works great on food spills and diapers so I would say it would do great at fighting big kid stains also.

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Homemade Laundry Detergent

Ingredients

2 cups Borax
1 bar Fels-Naptha Bar Soap
2 cups Arm & Hammer Washing Soda

Directions

  1. Grate an entire bar of Fels-Naptha Soap with cheese grater into a large plastic container.
  2. Next add borax and washing soda and stir.
  3. One tablespoon of the mix per laundry load.


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DIY Burlap Wall Pin Board

I have seen these sold at stores for $50-$75 (depending on size) so I figured, make it myself for under $15, I like the sound of that.




Burlap Wall Pin Board

Supplies

cork board, I used an 11×17 board
burlap, enough to wrap around your board and staple on back
staple gun and staples
fancy thumbtacks, upholstery pins or decorative nails

Directions

  1. Cut burlap to be a few inches bigger then board. Then wrap around your board and staple the back. Make sure to pull the burlap tight.
  2. Once you have staples all 4 sides, flip over to front and push the pins around the edges of the cork board.
  3. Put whatever decorations, or pictures you want on your board and hang on the wall.

My daughter thought it was really neat and had to check it out!

Supplies