The First Electric Mixer and A Frosting Recipe

The First Electric Mixer and A Frosting Recipe

Fluffy Frosting Meets the Electric Mixer

My Grandmother’s Fluffy Frosting Recipe

I was going through an old recipe box and found this scrap of paper. My grandmother (Clara Alice) wrote this recipe for Fluffy Frosting to share with someone…no idea who that would have been, but I had to chuckle when I read the last two sentences,

“It makes a lot of frosting. I suggest you have someone around to help beat unless you use that electric mixer. It’s just the thing for whipped frosting.”

I mean, isn’t that “just the thing”?

Picture of a hand crank egg beater wtih a bowl of eggs

My Grandma’s Egg Beater

That got me to thinking…when did she write this recipe? And when were electric mixers invented?

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Compact Dishwashers for Small Kitchens

Compact Dishwashers for Small Kitchens

Why you might need a compact dishwasher:

Countertop Dishwasher beside kitchen sink

If you actually like washing dishes by hand, you have my utmost respect! I personally don’t know anybody who really likes to wash dishes by hand.  It’s time consuming and messy, right?

That’s where buying a compact dishwasher for small kitchens might make sense.

Compact dishwashers are eco-friendly because they use much less water. If nothing else, just saving water is a bonus!

Did you know that hand washing dishes uses up to 27 gallons of water for each load?

A compact dishwasher uses between 1 and 3 gallons!

So, you’d want a compact dishwasher if:

  1. You rent or own an apartment or home without one.
  2. Your kitchen is small with no space to install a standard dishwasher.
  3. You have an office with a kitchen and a sink but no dishwasher.
  4. You have an RV or a summer cottage and a dishwasher would be so good to have.

Portable or Countertop?

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Best Kitchen Storage Ideas

Best Kitchen Storage Ideas

Kitchen Storage – A Universal Dilemma

Well, if any room in the house is almost guaranteed to have a lack of storage, I’d say the kitchen wins, hands down! It takes a little thought to figure out the best kitchen storage plan but it’s doable.

There are a couple of tricks you can employ to ease the situation but first and foremost, it’s back to that pesky “purge what you don’t really need” task.

I don’t know about you, but I have to confess to having a kitchen drawer filled with odds and ends…stray cookie cutters, a knife sharpener, jar openers, the odd canape knife, twist-ties, plastic forks or knives, straws, pencils, pens, a screwdriver, odd nails & screws…you get the idea.

If you’re like me, half of the pens in that drawer don’t even work…you scribble a little on a piece of paper and if it’s not working you just toss it back in the drawer. And when was the last time you used that knife sharpener?

My point is, that drawer could be put to MUCH better use!

Vertical Storage Solutions

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Small Outdoor Living Spaces

Small Outdoor Living Spaces

How do you make the most of a small outdoor space?

One of the most clever ways to maximize living in a small home is to add outdoor living wherever possible.  If you have a deck or patio area, you’ve got a start on creating a small outdoor living space!

A picture of a pretty stone patio with

A pretty stone patio that’s almost maintenance free.

Decorating an outdoor space can be accomplished on most any budget whether it’s a small budget or “the sky’s the limit”.

We all would love to have a comfortable and inviting place to relax at the end of a long day or at the weekend with friends and family. Spending time on a summer evening on your deck or patio is just the ticket.

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Multi-Purpose Storage Ideas for Small Spaces

Multi-Purpose Storage Ideas for Small Spaces

Multi-Purpose Furnishings = Smart Storage = Smart Decorating

It’s true!

It doesn’t matter one whit what size room you’re furnishing but it’s especially smart when your space is small.  

It’s all about Smart Storage

In the living room, bedroom, study…

  • Small chests make great side tables in the bedroom or living room.
  • A small chest is a good place to store books, magazines, and that remote control that’s forever getting lost.
  • Place a small chest by your front door, hang a mirror over it, add a small lamp and you’ve created an attractive and useful entryway.
  • A basket for mail could sit on top.
  • Mittens, hats, keys, maps, etc. can be stashed in the drawers for use when you need them but out of the way when you don’t.

In the Kitchen…

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Unique Modern Area Rugs and How to Choose Them

Unique Modern Area Rugs and How to Choose Them

Unique modern area rugs as a focal point

Handwoven Unique Modern Area Rug

Handwoven Area Rug from Etsy

If you have a small home without a lot of wall space, a unique modern rug can stand in as a focal point.

It’s a great way to choose colors for accessories, too, to tie the room together. It’s all about area rugs that complement your design style without overwhelming the room.

Notice in this picture that the coral color in the rug has been carried into the throw pillows on the sectional. Just the right pop of color.

 

 

So what are some considerations to think about when choosing area rugs?

#1 Color

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The Best Links for Small Space Decor Ideas

The Best Links for Small Space Decor Ideas

6 Best Online Decorating Magazines

Buffet in Room

Decorating and organizing a small space doesn’t have to be impossible…you just have to know where to look.

I’ve been a decorating magazine hoarder for years!

Honestly, I have stacks of magazines everywhere in my home…on chairs, tables, on the floor…and I love nothing better than to curl up on a couch or chair and read them over and over.

Each time through an edition, I’m looking for something different. Maybe a wall color or a certain piece of furniture or a way to repurpose something I already have.

Nowadays, there are editions of my favorite magazines online! So I just find the website for whatever magazine I’m into at the time and bookmark it for easy reference.

There are so many resources out in cyberspace that give excellent advice and that tweak your decorating creativity.

Here are links to a few of my favorite online resources:

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Tiny House Designs in 2019

Tiny House Designs in 2019

Tiny houses are perfect multi-purpose dwellings.

They’re incredibly popular and, although most people think of them as just tiny houses, I know a writer who has one in the family’s back yard and it’s her writing studio.

The average size of a tiny house is 500 to 700 square feet which is about the size of a studio apartment but many of them are much smaller and still meet their owners’ needs.

A tiny house could be a lake home, a guest cottage or a yoga studio. They’ve even been constructed for businesses as retail kiosks.

Here’s how a family in Massachusetts built an amazing backyard building on their $10,000 budget! It’s amazing.

A backyard building on a budget

This is a beautiful backyard addition to their home. It even has an outdoor shower.

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Using Mirrors in Small Spaces

Using Mirrors in Small Spaces

Loddon Weathered Wood Scrollwork Wall Mirror

Lodden Weathered Wood scrollwork Wall Mirror

Why You Should Use Mirrors in Small Spaces

Regardless of the size of the room, light is an important element in home decor. Light enhances the furnishings and the colors in the room.

Natural light is ideal but sometimes it’s lacking in a space so including mirrors in room design is a favorite choice by many interior designers.

Mirrors and Light

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4 Creative Decluttering Tips for 2019

Cluttered RoomTwo New Year’s Resolutions

Vowing to become a healthier person is one of my resolutions for 2019. I make that resolution every year and every year it eventually falls by the wayside. This year I intend to keep it and hopefully, this post will keep me accountable. Maybe.

My second resolution (Plan B, maybe?) is to get a grip on the clutter in my house. I’ve downsized twice in the past few years and for some reason, I end up with more “things” than I need. I don’t know how that happens but it does.

So I’ve been researching ways to declutter and stay decluttered. I’ve zeroed in on four good suggestions about how to go about this without burning out.

Leo Babauta of Zen Habits says that clutter is actually procrastination. That makes sense! We procrastinate clearing clutter and before you know it we’re at a breaking point.

Which is why you’re here!

1. The 80/20 Rule

This isn’t typically a decluttering rule.

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