Portofolio Re-Do: An Upcycled SWAG Project

Portfolio RedoWhile working as an Architect the sheer quantity of SWAG I received was RIDICULOUS!!!  Product reps, general contractors, sub-contractors, etc. all giving you miscellaneous STUFF.

Swag can be great (ex. I love having small notebooks around to jot down notes) but the shear quantity of not-well-made, soon-to-be tossed, be-labeled junky, junk can be overwhelming.

Side note:  Favorite swag I received?  A Sigg water bottle!!  It had the company name on it, rather subtly, and it is great.

So, I learned to pass on most stuff.  Some though can be re-purposed, as is the case with this project.  This swag was actually from my Mom but you get the point:)

I’d been using the portfolio for all things meal planning  – menus, freezer inventory, grocery list, etc. – and was VERY tempted to get something cuter.  In fact, I looked at Target and found some cute ones.  But I HATE tossing stuff like this (its pretty well made) and I doubt any one is going to buy it from a thrift store SO I decided to re-purpose it…

Bee Happy

The wood sticker was the cake topper from Loodle’s Honey Bee Party.  The rest was drawn with black and silver Sharpies.

I’m not overly happy with the text BUT I get a kick out of the saying.  Makes me smile when I see it – and when you’re trying to meal plan/grocery shop to save money a little pick-me-up probably just might help!  It saved me at least $15 – which was what the one I liked at Target would have run me:)

How about you?  Got a ton of swag lying around??  Ever re-purpose it?

Thanks for taking a look!

Blue Skies & Blessings,

Lindsey

I anticipate linking this project up to some (or all:) of these LINK PARTIES:

I {heart} Nap TimeImpatiently CraftyUnder the Table & DreamingI should be mopping the floorMaking the World CuterThe Trendy TreehouseSewing BarefootReasons to Skip the Housework Sun Scholars, Fingerprints on the Fridge, Funky Polka Dot Giraffe, Krafty Kat, Ginger Snap Crafts, Sugar & Dots, The Thrifty Home, Lil’ Luna, Th 36th Avenue, My Repurposed Life, A Creative Princess, Beyond the Picket FenceBe Different, Act Normal,  Classy Clutter, Flamingo Toes, Tater Tots & JelloToo Much Time on My Hands, Craft Envy, Blissful & Domestic, Cheerios & Lattes, Fine Craft Guild, The Dedicated House, C.R.A.F.T, Today’s Creative Blog, WTFab, Brassy Apple, DIY Home Sweet Home, Pin It Wednesday, Navy Wivey Peters, Fall into the Holidays (Horrific Knits), The Gingerbread Blog, One Creative Mommy, A Lived in Home, Sugar Bee Crafts, Hey Mommy, Chocolate Milk, Gingerly Made, Diane Rambles, Western Warmth, Serenity You, Homemade Ginger, Project Inspire, Skip to My Lou, Keeping it Simple, Sew Much Ado, Easy Living Mom, Fluster Buster

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Chocolate Almond Spread {Knock-off Nutella}

Chocolate Almond Spread

My kids LOVE Nutella or Trader Joe’s Chocolate Almond Spread for the taste!

I LOVE Nutella because I can jazz up a Whole Wheat English Muffin or some WW mini bagels with a thin swipe and get the kiddos to eat some healthier carbs. Oh, and I love the taste too:)

Only problem?  Its pretty pricy in my opinion running about $4/jar (small) around here.

I researched homemade recipes and found this GREAT recipe from Lori at Recipe Girl.

I tweaked her recipe in order to:

  • Make a smaller quantity – we do not go through large quantities in a two week period.
  • Use ingredients I always have on hand (aka – things I tend to buy in bulk quantities!)
  • Use as little sweetener/ingredients as possible.  I’m just cheap like that!

Homemade Chocolate Almond Spread RecipeThis makes one small jar – just perfect for us over a two week period.  It can harden up a bit – a few seconds in the microwave or set in a hot water bath “loosens” it up for easy spread-ability.

The kids L-O-V-E it.  Or, as Miss Silly told me when I asked if it was as good as the store-bought stuff:

“It’s even GOODER!!”

I tried to get photos of the kids tasting it.  Little Man was enjoying it until I said no more.  THEN I got this…

Nutella & Little Man

Thanks for taking a look!  As always, let me know if you give it a try.

UPDATE:  If you printed the recipe earlier today (3/10/13) a key step (i.e. melting the chocolate chips) was missing.  SORRY! (soembarrassed!)

Blue Skies & Blessings, Lindsey

This project will be linked up to some (or all:) of these LINK PARTIES:

I {heart} Nap TimeImpatiently CraftyUnder the Table & DreamingI should be mopping the floorMaking the World CuterThe Trendy TreehouseSewing BarefootReasons to Skip the Housework Sun Scholars, Fingerprints on the Fridge, Funky Polka Dot Giraffe, Krafty Kat, Ginger Snap Crafts, Sugar & Dots, The Thrifty Home, Lil’ Luna, Th 36th Avenue, My Repurposed Life, A Creative Princess, Beyond the Picket FenceBe Different, Act Normal,  Classy Clutter, Flamingo Toes, Tater Tots & JelloToo Much Time on My Hands, Craft Envy, Blissful & Domestic, Cheerios & Lattes, Fine Craft Guild, The Dedicated House, C.R.A.F.T, Today’s Creative Blog, WTFab, Brassy Apple, DIY Home Sweet Home, Pin It Wednesday, Navy Wivey Peters, Fall into the Holidays (Horrific Knits), The Gingerbread Blog, One Creative Mommy, A Lived in Home, Sugar Bee Crafts, Hey Mommy, Chocolate Milk, Gingerly Made, Diane Rambles, Western Warmth, Serenity You, Homemade Ginger, Project Inspire, Skip to My Lou, Keeping it Simple, Sew Much Ado, Easy Living Mom, Fluster Buster

Storing & Freezing BACON!!

Storing & Freezing BaconFirst off – a hearty apology to any vegans/vegetarians out there for the picture.  Pictures of raw meat are not my thing and I L-O-V-E bacon.

We are addicted to bacon around here.  In fact, we buy it in bulk, preferring the thick cut options.

I’ve learned that we need to ration or D and I would eat an entire pound between us!  I saw this tip in a magazine  – my guess is Cooks Illustrated although I don’t remember for sure.

How to Store & Freeze Bacon

  1. Roll bacon (full slices) and place on baking sheet.
  2. Freeze until bacon is firm.  I typically just leave it until the next day.
  3. Store rolls in plastic bag in freezer.

Bacon Rolls

This works great for us…I can pull out only what I need so our “bacon-dollars” are stretched as far as possible.  I thaw mine in the fridge for just a few hours before using.

I’ve never had a problem with freezer burn BUT we easily eat the three pounds that come in our bulk package within 1 1/2 to 2 months.  You might need to wrap the rolls in plastic wrap if they’ll be frozen longer.

Thanks for taking a look!

Blue Skies & Blessings, Lindsey

This project will be linked up to some (or all:) of these LINK PARTIES:

I {heart} Nap TimeImpatiently CraftyUnder the Table & DreamingI should be mopping the floorMaking the World CuterThe Trendy TreehouseSewing BarefootReasons to Skip the Housework Sun Scholars, Fingerprints on the Fridge, Funky Polka Dot Giraffe, Krafty Kat, Ginger Snap Crafts, Sugar & Dots, The Thrifty Home, Lil’ Luna, Th 36th Avenue, My Repurposed Life, A Creative Princess, Beyond the Picket FenceBe Different, Act Normal,  Classy Clutter, Flamingo Toes, Tater Tots & JelloToo Much Time on My Hands, Craft Envy, Blissful & Domestic, Cheerios & Lattes, Fine Craft Guild, The Dedicated House, C.R.A.F.T, Today’s Creative Blog, WTFab, Brassy Apple, DIY Home Sweet Home, Pin It Wednesday, Navy Wivey Peters, Fall into the Holidays (Horrific Knits), The Gingerbread Blog, One Creative Mommy, A Lived in Home, Sugar Bee Crafts, Hey Mommy, Chocolate Milk, Gingerly Made, Diane Rambles, Western Warmth, Serenity You, Homemade Ginger, Project Inspire, Skip to My Lou, Keeping it Simple, Sew Much Ado, Easy Living Mom, Fluster Buster