Easy Halloween Wreath

You can get all of this at the Dollar Tree except i’m not sure about the spray paint but you should be able to get that at the Dollar Store/General.

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Long John Silvers Fish -recipe

The worst thing about eating out is the cost it can rack up quite quickly.

What if I told you that you could make those same meals at home?!?!

When you make this recipe at home, you can use any fish that you like. Long John Silver’s uses Wild-caught Alaskan Cod.

For frying, I used vegetable oil. I used my T-fal FR8000 Oil Filtration Ultimate EZ Clean Easy to clean 3.5-Liter Fry Basket Stainless Steel Immersion Deep Fryer. I like it because it regulates the heat very well, and it has a filter so you can reuse the oil.

I do have some tips on technique.   Make sure your fish pieces are no more than 3 ounces, when the fish is heavier it will immediately sink in the oil, and the batter may wrap itself around the heating elements of your fryer.  If you are simply using a pot to heat your oil in, this may not be an issue.  I like to raise and lower the battered fish pieces a few times when I lower them into the oil, this way the batter can cook just a little, and the expansion of the batter is less troublesome.  It isn’t difficult to do at all, but this batter does expand while cooking, it is one of the characteristics that makes this batter so unique.






 

 

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds cod sliced into 3 ounce pieces (you can use other types of fish)
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/4 cup corn starch
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 16 ounces club soda
  • Oil for frying

Instructions

If you are not using a fryer, heat up 8 cups of vegetable oil in a heavy pot until the temperature reaches 350 degrees. Make the batter by combining flour, corn starch, sugar, salt, baking powder, baking soda, onion salt, paprika, ground black pepper. Stir to combine all dry ingredients. Add club soda to dry ingredients. The batter will foam, continue to stir.

Drop pieces of fish into the batter. Coat fish with batter, drop into hot oil. Fry fish for 2 to 3 minutes or until the batter is golden and the fish pieces begin to float to the top of the oil. Drain fish on a wire rack.




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Cereal Boxes Modified!

Don’t let those old cereal boxes go to waste!  Make a storage organizer out of them!  Keep some for yourself or give away as gifts.  These will be a hit!

Step 1:  Glue cereal boxes together

Step 2:  Wrap tape around boxes.

Step 3:  Wrap boxes with decorative wrapping paper.

 

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Nutella and Marshmallow Turnovers

You can bake them on a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. I used a baking sheet and silicone set from Artisan Metal Works. They have a great set including a cookie sheet and silicone mat that fits the baking sheet perfectly. The turnovers came off very well with no sign of sticking. You can check out the silicone sheets at Amazon here – Artisan Metal Works Half Size Baking Sheet, Cover, and Non-Stick Mat

 



Nutella and Marshmallow Turnovers
Prep time:  15 mins
Cook time:  40 mins
Total time:  55 mins
Serves: 8
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400F.
  2. Thaw the puff pastry and if it does not come pre-rolled, roll it out on a lightly floured surface. Cut it into eight 5×5 inch squares.
  3. Spread 2 tbsp of Nutella in the middle portion of each pastry square. Drop about 12 mini marshmallows on top of the Nutella.
  4. Whisk together the egg white and the water.
  5. Brush some of the egg wash around the border of the square. Fold over the turnover and gently press down along the side with your fingers to make sure there is an even seal. Use a fork to crimp all the edges so the filling will not leak out.
  6. Brush some egg wash on top of each turnover. Sprinkle some sugar on top.
  7. Place the turnovers on a baking sheet, leaving at least 1 inch space between them.
  8. Bake for 20 minutes or until the pastry is lightly browned around the edges.

School DIY Ideas (Washi)

If you’ve never heard of Washi tape before; be ready to have your mind blown!  This incredible arts and craft tape known as Washi is amazing and you can do almost anything with it!

Here are some cool ideas to make your back to school adventure unique and more personal!

You will need:  (Click on each item for CHEAP deals.)

Washi Tape (15 mm wide or larger is recommended)

White Craft Paint

Craft Knife

WashiTapePencilNotebookTutorial

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DIY Table Tents

Tablecloth tents are fun and awesome for the little ones!

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Don’t waste your money on a pop up tent that’s just going to take up a lot of room.  Check out these fun to make tents that go on your table and can be set up and stored away with ease!

  • You can start with a tablecloth, add your own stuff to it, and bam!
  • Be creative, go all out!
  • Scissors, Fabric Glue, Thread, Fabrics, Glitter, Velcro, etc.
  • Let the little ones be the architect.  Have them draw a make believe tent and make it as close to their drawing as possible.
  • Let them add their own stuff to the insides like Lights (battery operated lanterns, push lights, Christmas tree lights etc.).

Here are some ideas to get you started:

DIY Accent Lamp (Modify Monday)

MoneyMamma101 is back in time for Modify Monday to invoke another awesome idea on how to make a DIY Accent Lamp!

This is an awesome project and makes great use out of things you would normally recycle or throw away.

The most important step:

LET YOUR MIND BE CREATIVE!

Yours doesn’t have to look like this one.  Create one that will match your decor or tastes.  Your company will be asking where you got them!

You will need:

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