Easy Meatball Marinara Dish

This dish is the perfect comfort food that is simple to make and only requires five ingredients. It takes less than 10 minutes to prepare and 30 minutes to cook. This dish is a perfect meal for weeknight dinner that tastes great as left overs.

What You Will Need:

3 lb. bag of frozen meatballs

1 large jar of marinara (any brand)

1 Can of biscuit dough

1 Clove of garlic

½ bag of shredded mozzarella

9”x13” casserole dish

Directions:

Pre heat the oven to 400 degrees. Spray the casserole dish with non-stick cooking spray.

Using a knife cut the biscuits into six pieces. We like to cut the little circles like a pie. Line the bottom of the dish with the dough pieces.

Pour half of the marinara sauce over the dough pieces. Dice the garlic clove into tiny pieces and evenly spread on top of the marinara. Evenly place the frozen meatballs around the dish.

Pour the rest of the marinara over the meatballs and use a spoon or paint brush to make sure the meatballs are evenly coated.

Sprinkle the shredded mozzarella over the entire dish. Use as much cheese as you like. If you are keeping calories in mind, simply evenly cover the dish with the shredded cheese.

Bake for 25-30 minutes at 400 degrees, until the cheese around the edge is slightly brown.

Corner Shelves and their Benefits

Corner shelves can be a great way to organize many different storage spaces. It is also a wonderful way to display smaller accessories. Find out where in the home to utilize this aspect of design.

Corner shelves can be easily incorporated to any custom cabinet job. These shelves can be as deep as the cabinets themselves. Place corner shelves in areas such as the pantry to create a neatly organized spice rack.

Store smaller closet items like purses and shoes in corner shelf units. Storage in this area of the closet leaves more hanging and shelf space for clothing. Extend the shelf from the floor to the top of the hanging clothes bar. Use a shelf or two to lay out jewelry that you use regularly such as watches and necklaces. Having your accessories near your clothing makes it easier and more efficient to put an outfit together. Keep valuables out of sight as a safety precaution.

Shelves in a corner create a smaller shelf and is perfect for storing smaller items like toiletries and makeup. This is a great place to gain extra storage space in a smaller bathroom. Keep rolled up hand towels and decorative jars here. This will make a custom spa look that has the added feature of providing extra space. Accessorize one shelf to make the shelves look even more unique and aesthetically pleasing. Place tooth brushes and toothpaste on a corner that is next to the sink in a small bathroom.

Kitchens are a great place to install corner shelving. Keep spices that are used daily on a shallow corner shelf near the stove. Salt, pepper, garlic cloves and other small produce go well in a corner kitchen shelf. Keep knives in a corner shelf and make sure the placement is as close to the counter top as possible.

Easy and Healthy Snacks When the Heat is On

Fall is on the way, but there’s still plenty of heat ahead!  In this read you will discover several refreshing snacks that only require two to three ingredients each. These snacks are perfect to make for one person or many people.

The most refreshing treat is sliced tomatoes, with fresh mozzarella drizzled with balsamic vinegar. Add some fresh basil for an added kick of freshness. This dish is so easy it can be prepared in merely minutes. Choose this dish to help you cool off on a sweltering day!

Sweet and savory is a delightful combination. Take a fig and cut it in half. Add a small spoonful of goat cheese. Wrap the fig and cheese with a small slice of prosciutto and hold it all together by placing a toothpick through the bite sized snack.

For another sweet and savory combination, slice green apples and top with a white cheese, such as white cheddar, Gouda or brie. The savory cheese pairs wonderfully with the sweet freshness of the apple. Feel free to add some fresh turkey to this little snack, to transform it into a bite sized savory sandwich, sans the bread.

Make a simple summer salad with diced tomatoes, diced cucumbers and toss in Italian dressing. After tossing the mix, refrigerate for thirty minutes then serve. Feel free to add fresh chopped basil to the mix. This can be eaten with a spoon or spread on a crispy crostini.

Throw some fresh berries in a bowl. Strawberries, raspberries and blueberries work nicely together. Drizzle with honey and serve with plain yogurt. This is a healthy snack that taste like a treat. It taste even better if the honey is warmed up a bit. The coolness of the berries taste great with warm and sweet honey!

Never Buy Dryer Sheets Again

 

With school starting back, you are going to want to keep clothes smelling extra fresh after laundering them! Find out how to make your own dryer sheets, so you never have to buy dryer sheets again. The only thing you will need to buy to make this is washcloths, fabric softener and a container with an air tight lid to keep them in.

What You Will Need:

4 old washcloths

¼ Cup Fabric softener

2 Cups Water

Round container with an air tight lid

Directions:

Start off by cutting each washcloth in half. This will leave you eight washcloths to transform into dryer sheets.

In the container you intend to store the washcloths, mix together the water and fabric softener. Place the washcloth halves into the container. Place container somewhere handy that is near the dryer.

When ready to dry clothes. Squeeze out extra liquid from the washcloth. Lastly throw the washcloth into the dryer and dry clothes as normal.

Once the load is dry place the washcloth back into the solution, for later use. You will have multiple washcloths available if you are doing multiple loads.

That’s it, quick and easy. This method will save you money and help the environment by re-using the washcloth, instead of throwing the chemically treated dryer sheet in the trash after each use.

Fall Inspired Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup

Now is the perfect time to start saving recipes for the upcoming fall season. This is one of our favorites! This soup is warm and comforting with fresh, yet savory flavor! This recipe will feed several people for at least two days!

What You Will Need:

1 Pound boneless, skinless chicken breast

5-7 Cups chicken broth

2 cups skim milk

5 Oz. Bag baby spinach

1 Lemon

3 Cloves Garlic

1 Tsp. Salt

½ Tsp. Cracked black pepper

½ Diced Yellow onion

1 Cup dried orzo pasta

½ cup fresh basil, diced up into small shreds

1 Tsp. Coconut oil

Fresh shredded parmesan for garnish

Directions:

Precook the chicken and shred it before making the soup.

In a large pot, set the burner heat to medium and add all liquid ingredients, except for the skim milk.

Turn the heat up to a medium high and add the juice squeezed from the fresh lemon. Make sure to squeeze the lemon first into a separate container so you can remove the seeds, before pouring it into the soup.

Add the garlic, basil, diced onion, coconut oil and shredded chicken.

 

Turn the heat down to medium. Add the milk, orzo pasta, spinach, salt and pepper. Cook the soup at this temperature for about 20 minutes

Sprinkle with fresh parmesan for garnish and enjoy! 

Healthy Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

When the craving strikes for homemade chocolate chip cookies, consider this healthier alternative. These muffins make easy items to grab and go! Find out how to make these delicious treats that will fill you up and satisfy your sweet tooth!

What You Will Need:

Muffin Pan

Olive Oil Non Stick Spray

3 Bananas

1 Egg

1 ½ cups Whole Wheat Flour

1 Cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips

¼ Cup Honey

½ Cup Plain Yogurt

1 Tsp. Baking Powder

¼ Tsp. Salt

1 Tsp. Vanilla Extract

1 Tbsp. Coconut Oil

1 Tbsp. Coconut Milk

Directions:

First you are going to mix together the dry ingredients (flour, salt and baking powder). Use a fork or whisk to mix these three ingredients together.

In a large mixing bowl, use a fork to mash the bananas up. Then add the honey, vanilla, yogurt, coconut oil and coconut milk. Mix well by hand and then use a hand held or counter top mixer, to thoroughly mix the wet ingredients.

In a large mixing bowl add the dry mixture to the wet mixture and use your hands to mix up the batter. At this time add the chocolate chips and continue to use your hands to distribute the chips into the batter.

Spray the muffin cups with the nonstick spray. Using a spoon, add the batter to each muffin cup. Fill up each cup about ¾ of the way.

Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. After twenty minutes, use a tooth pick to check to see if the muffins are done. If the toothpick comes out a little wet, bake for five more minutes.

Let the muffins cool for ten minutes, then remove from the muffin tray and place them on a serving plate.

Tips for Concealing Flat Screen TVs

It is official. Large flat screen televisions are part of our homes and décor. Find out how to conceal or make your large TV blend in with the surroundings.

Have a custom cabinet built to house your device. A shallow cabinet with bi-fold doors can easily be made to install on the wall and place your TV inside. This can also be built to integrate with the rest of your home’s décor style. You will need bi-fold cabinet doors that open and close. When you are not watching the TV simply close the doors. This application works best over a fireplace. It will look like beautiful millwork accenting the fireplace. Feel free to get creative when deciding what type of cabinet to build.

Technology during this day and age makes it easier to operate media devices wirelessly. If you have a closet that can be converted into the media storage room, you can install TVs, music and speakers that can be controlled wireless through a smart phone or tablet.

Picture frames are a wonderful way to turn your television into a digital photo slide show when the TV is not in use. These frames can be purchased or custom made. Make sure to select a frame that will mix in nicely with any existing mill work or cabinetry within the surrounding vicinity of the television.

Use an entertainment unit that is complete with doors. There are so many styles and features available for this type of furniture. This is a good route to take if you need to conceal media devices with cords. If you do not have the option to go wirelessly this application can easily fix your problem. These units typically come with “punch-out” pieces to allow the cords to feed where necessary. 

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Mattamy Homes Testimonial

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Use the Oven Instead of Stove Top for Hard Boiled Eggs

Summer is coming to an end, but don’t give up on the season too soon! Hard boiled eggs are essential for yummy summer snack recipes. There is an easier way to make hard boiled eggs, that makes the eggs taste better and easier to peel!

What You Will Need:

Muffin Tray

Eggs

Directions:

Pre heat the oven to 375 degrees. Place eggs in the muffin tray. This prevents them from rolling around.

Place the tray into the oven for 25-30 minutes. Once they are done in the oven, let the eggs cool for at least 10 minutes before peeling.

This method makes less mess when peeling. The egg shells come off in large chunks.

Use this method instead of boiling water. All you need to do is set the timer. There is no watching the pot or using an egg timer to know when the eggs are done boiling. This way you can simply leave the eggs in the oven while you are preparing other ingredients for yummy summer time meals.

It is much easier to make more eggs for larger dishes as well! The worry of the eggs cracking in the boiling water are over. You can make as few or as many eggs needed. A dozen eggs in one muffin tin is a simple way to accomplish a large task in a small amount of time! If you have more than one muffin tray, make a lot of eggs in one batch.  

Easy Banana Pancakes

Have you ever ended up with an overripe banana at the end of the bunch?  If you don’t want to go all out to make a batch of banana bread, here is an idea for a healthy, protein packed breakfast. This recipe only requires four ingredients and is very fast and easy. The result is sweet, delicious banana pancakes that do not require syrup! Kids will love eating these small pancakes with their hands!

What You Will Need:

 Organic Coconut Oil

1 Large Banana

2 Large Eggs

1 TSP. Cinnamon

Directions:

Start by mashing your banana into a thick paste. It is best to use an overripe banana. If your bananas are less ripe, place them in the freezer for 30 minutes prior to preparing.

Beat two eggs and add the cinnamon. Keep whisking and add the banana paste. Whisk these ingredients to make a thick pancake batter.

Grease pan generously with organic coconut oil. The pan will need to be greased before each pancake is poured into the pan.

Add one tablespoon of batter for each pancake. Cook on low to medium heat. You will need to experiment with the first pancake to figure out what temperature to cook at. Flip pancakes once the edges are cooked and the center is cooked throughout. The center will usually rise up and you can feel with your finger if the center is cooked enough.

Let cool for about three minutes and then serve!