Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Finished Bookcase for the Boys Room

I am excited that blogger is accepting my photos again! :) I made this bookcase from scratch with the wonderful help of Ana White and her website. I used one of her nightstand projects and modified the measurements to fit what I needed specifically. Now I know the buckets aren't anything you'd see in a magazine but I just went with what I had for now. I just needed to get all of those books organized pronto! Now I've been able to corral both my sons books and they can each put some legos or other creations. I'll go shopping for baskets later, or I was even thinking of building them to look like crates. But that's a project for later as I'm trying to be good about finishing my projects that I start! :)

I want to build a full bookcase next, I'm so excited to get some plywood ripped for me at Home Depot so that I can start on it! I never thought the lumber section would make me drool like I do since I've been on Ana White's website!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Spaghetti/Pizza Sauce from #10 can

Since I still haven't figured out why blogger is not accepting my photos, I thought of this post that I could write since it doesn't require any photos.

Spaghetti sauce or pizza sauce is not cheap. I make homemade pizza on Friday nights plus any other pasta dish so we can go through a lot of sauce. I was also shocked at how much sodium is in spaghetti sauce!

Costco sells #10 cans of tomato puree for under 3 dollars. I wanted to figure out a way to add my own spices and control the salt intake plus it would definitely be cheaper. I looked online to see if anyone had done this, but I couldn't find an exact recipe. So I experimented on my own.

Spaghetti/Pizza Sauce

#10 can tomato puree or tomato sauce
One and 1/3 cups chopped onion (dried, not fresh, you can find it easily in the spices section)
1/2 cup granulated garlic
1 cup italian seasoning (you can find this in the spice section, I got mine at Smart and Final)
One and 1/2 tsp salt

Mix all together in a large stockpot and heat on the stove at medium heat until boiling. That's it! Now if you use the puree like I did it will make for a thick sauce, but since I put mine on pizza I don't mind. If its too thick for your liking them add some water. It'll make your sauce go even longer too.

After its done I spoon it into some Classico spaghetti jars (I was saving them to put sand and tealights in them for summer) but I ended up using the jars for all my extra sauce. I spoon it in and then I throw the jars in my freezer in the garage until I need one.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Blah Blah Blogger

I have been trying to post for several weeks now and every time I try to upload pics I get "bad request." I'm hoping to get to the bottom of this soon! I've got several unfinished projects that I am looking forward to sharing soon!