Creative way to store cookbooks in small kitchens

Small apartments are sometimes a challenge to decorate for. Depending on how many things you have to store you may feel like you are taking up all the wall space you have with shelves. Here’s a great suggestion I came across over at theKitchen. Not only can you store cookbooks but decorate a small kitchen space with colorful works of art.The best part is you may be taking up space with shelves but this arrangement of cookbooks will balance out the wall and make your kitchen very welcoming.

Storing Cookbooks

I’m all about personalizing my living space so I feel if I do adapt this 5 seconds or less tip I would be able to show guests what type of person I am with the array of cookbooks I own.




Beers for the non-beer lover

It was definitely a change for me to go from drinking wine or mixed drinks to trying beer. Some peer pressure and some of my own willingness I forced myself to drink it once instead of the usual cocktail. After that night, however, I was a fan of beer. It’s often said that “beer grows on you” and that was the case for me.

Now, four years later I really enjoy trying all sorts of brews. One of my favorite things to do is check out breweries and the variety they have. Among some of the breweries I’ve been able to sample beers include Sam Adam’s Brewery in Boston, Boston Beer Works in Boston, The Great Dane in Madison, Rock Bottom Brewery in the Twin Cities and Anheuser-Busch in St. Louis. From these samplers, along with the many varities my husband has introduced me to, I’ve concluded that I like dark beers and those that are more light, pale ales. I tend to not like the brick reds or overly hoppy beers.

For those who are not beer lovers or are working to try and enjoy a fine brew I’d suggest checking out the following 5 suggested beers. Once again credit goes to Lifehacker for the blog post. You can find the original article “Beers for All! 5 Beers for People Who Don’t Like Beer”  here.

“Once you’re hooked on these, a whole world of beer-appreciation starts to open!” – Emma Christensen, Lifehacker author of “Beers for All! 5 Beers for People Who Don’t Like Beer”.

5 Suggested Beers for those who don’t like beer:

1. Pilsner Urquell from Plzensky Prazdroj – If you’ve only ever sipped big name beers like Budweiser and Miller, this is the beer to try. Pilsner Urquell is THE original pilsner, and it has a sweet mellow flavor (almost like biscuits) with light spicy-citrusy hops. (Also try: Prima Pils from Victory Brewing and Lagunita Pils from Lagunitas Brewing Company)

2. Hefe-Weissbier Naturtrüb from Paulaner – Hefeweizens are a great starter beer in general, and this is one of the best. This ale is characterized by sweet banana and clove flavors with a creamy, luscious mouthfeel and a crisp finish. (Also try: Dancing Man Wheat from New Glarus Brewing Company)

3. Peach (Pêche) Lambic from Lindemans – This is like a ripe summer peach in fizzy beer form. It’s deliciously fruity with a nice sour edge. (Also try: Lindemans Raspberry/Framboise Lambic and Cantillon Cherry/Kriek)

4. Nut Brown Ale from Samuel Smith Old Brewery – Roasted nut and buttery caramel are the lead flavors here. This is a good one to try if you’re not a fan of bitterness in beer. (Also try: Newcastle Brown Ale and Old Brown Dog Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company

5. Left Hand Milk Stout from Left Hand Brewing Company – This is proof that dark beers don’t have to be bitter or burnt-tasting. This milk stout tastes like silky espresso poured over ice and swirled with cream. (Also try: Young’s Double Chocolate Stout and Duck-Rabbit Milk Stout)

I think I’ll consider the beers on this list, as well as look through the book I have coming in the mail ” Beer Trials: America’s Most Popular Beers Blind-tasted and Rated by a Panel” before my next trip to the store!

Tips to Eat Healthy, Save Money & Get In Shape

I’m always looking for ways to eat healthier without spending too much money. Thanks to Lifehacker I was able to come across the following article to save money on food without cutting out the nutrients. By eating many small meals you can also speed up your metabolism to shed any pounds you are hoping to.

The article originates from Little People Wealth, a website I occasionally visit for bargains and online coupon codes. Here are the tips to eat healthy, spend about $5.00 a week & also get in shape:

1. Eat smaller meals and increase meal frequency.

6 small meals a day rather than 3 large ones will increase your metabolism, helping with weight loss. The good part about this is that most of these small meals should include raw fruits and vegetables, which tend to cost the least of any food group in the grocery store. Eating raw fruits and vegetables is like giving your digestive system a workout, which increases its functionality, also helping in weight loss.

2. Combine simple ingredients.

Celery with peanut butter and raisins, or frogs on a log, is one of the healthiest, easiest, and cheapest complete meals to make (not to mention those flavors happen to go quite well together; frogs on a log is quite tasty). Fruit smoothies are also one of the cheapest forms of healthy, tasty eating around. Buying a fruit blender will pay for itself in spades, not to mention saving you trips to those overpriced smoothie and coffee joints.

3. Buy meats raw and fresh and combine them with cheap bases and raw vegetables to form excellent soups.

Complete meals come quite cheaply in soups, if you are willing to mix the ingredients yourself. Great bases include water, egg, and tomato puree. Though meat is relatively expensive, if you want it, you can divvy it up among the week so that the daily cost is quite low. Meats are quite unhealthy in the quantity in which we eat them. Try smaller portions.

4. Buy in season and buy local.
Often you pay for the shipping costs of certain items without even knowing it. Regular trips to the farmer’s market can remedy that problem. Also, buying in season is basic economics — more supply equals lower cost. If you buy out of season, there are less of that item to be had, so people will feel justified in charging you more. Buy fruits in season and freeze them for later.

5. Hunt the coupon sections.

This goes without saying, but those annoying leaflets that your mailbox gets spammed with sometimes have some great deals. Be prepared to show the cashier, as many times they are not even aware of half the deals that are being offered.

Blog Review: The Post Punk Kitchen

Reading through a post from on the top 10 suggested blogs for vegan cooking I came across Post Punk Kitchen. The purpose of the blog is to provide recipes, books and advice for vegan eaters. Although I’m not a vegan I enjoy trying new foods, especially in the last year as I try to figure out what foods are causing my stomach to be upset.

Skimming through a few of the posts I discovered there are a variety of recipes I’d like to suggest and try out myself. Not only do they seem simple to make they also look very tasty! Hopefully I’ll be able to make a few of these recipes in the future, and maybe you will too.

The first is for Orange Cranberry Muffins. Some of the ingredients called for include orange juice, cranberries, flour, vanilla and almond extract. Here’s a picture preview from Post Punk Kitchen.

The second recipe I’m tempted to try has an ingredient you either like or dislike – pumpkin. I enjoy pumpkin pie, bars and I’ve even attempted to make pumpkin cookies a few years ago. This recipe for Pumpkin French Toast includes some of my favorite spices: ginger, cloves & cinnamon.

Lastly I found a recipe for Baked Onion Rings. This past summer my husband and I once again attempted to make onion rings in our deep fryer. Not only did they fail, they were filled with oil. Thus, I’m tempted to try this recipe for a healthier, easier approach to making onion rings.