Author: Contain Your Life
Stuffed Peppers With A Twist!
Yummy taco spiced stuffed peppers.
Awesome Pizza Party!
Latest Greatest Project!
Oh the aches and pains of renovation! Waiting on appliances, product and contractors. There’s a light at the end of the tunnel. 🙌
Wonders of Lemon Balm!
Balance Sheet Of Life!
Grilled Skinless Wings
This recipe won’t disappoint! Skinning the wings helps cut down on the flare ups on the bbq. Marinate wings in garlic, lime zest, lime juice, Dijon mustard, salt, pepper and chili flakes. Enjoy!
Morning Health Elixir!
This Is What Health Looks Like!
Quick, Easy And Healthy Snack!
This makes for a quick and easy snack that you can enjoy anytime. This guilt free tasty combination can also be added to shakes, salads, baking, or enjoyed on its own. Mix together walnuts, cranberries and dark chocolate chips. Any nut or seed combination is yummy too. Enjoy!
Light, flavorful, and very refreshing! A must try!
Facial Acupressure Points!
Creamy Milk Punch!
A must try, so different, smooth and tasty for hot afternoon sipping.
Get Your Groove On!
Pet Friendly Parks and Beaches!
Lovely little hidden gems for those weekend getaways.
Spring Has Sprung!
Easter Brunch With A Twist!
Yummy gluten free rolled oat, banana, strawberry, flaxseed pancakes, drizzled with maple syrup. Goes well with sugar free chocolate syrup. Nothing boring by changing it up, with a twist on a classic Sunday favorite. Enjoy!
Eco-Friendly Cleaning Alternatives!
Wines From Spain!
For the next time you’re feeling adventurous.
Blue Cheese, Bacon, Citrus Salad!
So fresh, so crunchy, so good!
Comfort Food With A Twist!
Turn an all time favorite beef stew, into a spicy savory dish! Change it up, by adding ingredients like sweet potato, diced jalapeños, and season with taco spices. Get creative with your pantry selections. Enjoy!
Picture Perfect Takeout!
Think And Grow Rich In 12 Steps!
Why Not Treat Yourself!
Indulge in your favorite restaurant specials, and go for it.
Quick and delicious, with the right amount of spice. Sauté onions, garlic, peppers and mushrooms in olive oil. Add boiled pierogis to the mix, season with salt and pepper and finish with dried chili’s and Parmesan cheese sprinkle. Enjoy!
Wild Greens, Poached Pear, Chèvre Cheese, Pomegranate Seeds, And Candied Walnut Salad With A Berry Glazed Dressing!
Natural Home Grown Remedies!
Lemon, Turmeric, Cayenne Pepper Morning Starter!
Start your day with this healthy mock-tail. Mix the juice of a whole lemon, cayenne to taste, and half a teaspoon of turmeric, more if desired. Add to a cup of boiled water. Drink first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. Enjoy!
Best Gluten Free Banana, Cranberry, Walnut, Cinnamon, and Flaxseed Bread!
Now there’s a mouthful! This bread is quick and easy to put together. Get creative with your ingredients. This baked up moist and delicious with the right amount of sweetness, crunch, and spice. Enjoy!
Happiness Chemical Chart!
Save The Bees, By Planting These!
For Those Of You Buried In Snow!
Here’s a little pick me up, knowing spring is on its way.
Brunch As It Should Be!
Make this and you will be in brunch heaven. Sautéed onions, mushrooms and spinach, top with fiesta cheese blend, sizzled seasoned rib eye steak, thin cut, and top with fried egg. One could make this with blue cheese and or feta…eggs poached. This will not disappoint. Enjoy!
Better Then Mac And Cheese!
Better way to enjoy, oh so cheesy sweet potatoes. Use a mandolin to slice the sweet potatoes and onions. Generously butter a baking dish. Layer the potato slices, onions, and cheese. Dot each layer with butter and sprinkle with cayenne pepper and salt. Bake at 375 for 40 minutes. Serve with crispy onion topping. So … More Better Then Mac And Cheese!
Food For Thought!
Are you dreaming of this years gardening plans? Well here is some food for thought. Why not try and grow something different. Great article from BH&G.
Quick And Easy Stir Fry!
Short on time, here is a quick and easy stir fry, made in minutes. Stir fry your onion and garlic in olive oil, add sliced skirt steak, mushrooms, shredded cabbage, and broccoli. Season with amino acids, sesame seed oil, dried chili pepper flakes, salt and pepper. This recipe can easily be modified with flavors and … More Quick And Easy Stir Fry!
Delicious Breakfast Frittata!
Not only are these quick and easy to make, they are healthy and delicious. Curry spiced egg, cilantro, spinach, mushroom, and sharp cheddar cheese frittata. Get creative!
Tray Tables Are Great For Small Spaces!
Easy to love them for their design, size, portability, and functionality. These can be found lurking at any garage sale, outdoor markets, and thrift stores. Be careful not to collect too many!
Dr. Alan Mandell, Morning Elixir!
Drink this first thing in the morning on an empty stomach, and feel the benefits.
Turn A Nook Into An Office!
Have an empty and narrow unused corner, why not turn it into a space that works for you. Using a tray helps keep office essentials organized and contained.
New Years Day Delight!
Why not start the New Year off with a punchy, festive cocktail? Champagne and juice of choice, topped of with seltzer water, and poured over ice. Cheers!
Make This And You Won’t Be Disappointed!
Mixed berry whole grain oatmeal, with a dash of cinnamon and drizzled with maple syrup.
Simple and easy festive dinner for your holiday celebration.
Easy Rum and Eggnog, a must have one. Mix Spiced Rum with Eggnog, add a cinnamon stick, a dash of nutmeg, and enjoy.
Best IKEA Finds For Small Spaces!
Budget friendly, versatile, great for small spaces.
Easy Decorative Project!
Take a walk in nature and gather some pine cones for this easy and quick, budget friendly craft. Spay paint pine cones in festive colors, good for any season, and turn them into a pretty flower arrangement for any room. Collect bamboo sticks, you can buy at any garden center or some plants come with … More Easy Decorative Project!
Turn An 8×10 Bedroom Into A Cozy Den And Office Space.
Turn a small room into a multifunctional space that works for you. Who says an office space has to look conventional. Keep in mind when buying furniture that it serves a multipurpose function and fits the space. This room is cozy and comfortable to work in, and functions as an office, den and guest bedroom. … More Turn An 8×10 Bedroom Into A Cozy Den And Office Space.
Dr. Alan Mandell, Morning and Evening Must Have Cocktails!
Imagine what a simple drink with the right combination of ingredients can do for you. Do not peel the banana, instead cut off each of the ends, and then cut banana in half and place in pot add 2 cups of water and bring to a boil. Cook on med high heat until it is … More Dr. Alan Mandell, Morning and Evening Must Have Cocktails!
Ultimate Antioxidant Shake!
This regime combines vitamin supplements, super food powders and antioxidant berries that add unbelievable benefits to your morning routine. This will boost your life. Blend frozen raspberries, wild blueberries, and cranberries, cover fruit with coconut water, or plain water, add a couple of dollops of good yogurt of choice, and top with almond milk. A … More Ultimate Antioxidant Shake!
Make A Small Space Work For You!
Turn an empty nook into a multi functional space that works for you. This empty nook has been turned into a water, coffee and tea station, an area for convection cooking and baking, and storage for dried goods and spices. Glass jars are used to store in, and empty space left over was filled with … More Make A Small Space Work For You!
Almond Flour Shortbread Cookies
Easy 4 ingredient recipe that bakes in minutes. 1 cup almond flour 4 tbsp. soft butter 1 tsp. vanilla extract 1/4 cup of erythritol Blend all ingredients together in a bowl. This recipe can be modified with dried cranberries, chopped dates, crushed nuts, shredded coconut, chocolate chips, and even spices… Roll into 1 inch balls … More Almond Flour Shortbread Cookies
Snowman Christmas Decorations for Small Spaces
When living in a small space, take advantage of the available places like your window ledge. Create your own vignette.
Quaint Festive Christmas Dinner for Two
Instead of going all out with turkey and the trimmings, why not prepare Cornish game hens? Very festive and yummy! Enjoy!
Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas for Small Spaces
If you are tight on space, here are some retro deco ideas for decorating and adding a little pizzazz to a small space. Collect some pine cones and spray paint them gold, silver, and copper then add to decorative bowl and/or add battery operated lights.
Gluten Free Jalapeño Cheddar Biscuits!
I modified this recipe. You can easily add to it with bacon bits, onion flakes, parsley…very versatile. 4 eggs 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese 1 cup almond flour 2 tsp baking powder 2 tbsp melted butter 2 small chopped jalapeños 2 tsp garlic powder Bacon bits Dried onion flakes Parsley flakes Preheat oven to 425 … More Gluten Free Jalapeño Cheddar Biscuits!
Fun Christmas Wreath Project!
Used cut toilet paper rolls. Then spray painted and hot glued to metal wreaths.
Bird Feeding Do’s and Don’ts!
Benefits of Cucumbers!
Tiny Flower Arrangements for Small Spaces!
Nothing like fresh cut flowers from your garden to enhance small space living. Doesn’t have to be on a large scale. With the littlest vase, vessel, or glass, you can still make for a beautiful arrangement.
Homemade Beef Jerky
Sliced skirt steak marinated in Franks hot sauce. Lay flat on a baking sheet or roasting pan. Sprinkle with kosher or coarse sea salt. Bake on the lowest oven setting for 2.5-3 hours, turning half way. Store in a sealed container and refrigerate.
Spinach, Mushroom, Asparagus, and Feta Frittata!
Charcuterie Plate Served with a Cab Sav!
This is a perfect platter to share amongst friends or for any occasion.
Assorted Tapas Luncheon!
These are easy and quick party favors for a nice weekend afternoon snack with friends.
Gluten Free Cranberry Nut Bread
Easy bake and makes an ideal gift for any occasion.
Spinach, Bacon, Herbed Cream Cheese, and Onion Pinwheels!
Pinwheels are a bit of work to put together, but they are worth it and freeze well too.
Cauliflower Crusted Pizza!
This made for a fun afternoon with friends. You can even make this for kids or create your own versions.
How To Grow And Sell Organic Micro Greens Grown Hydroponically From Your Kitchen!
These organic microgreens are grown hydroponically and then sold to local restaurants and farmers’ markets. Reach out for tips and how to’s.
Salmon Cakes, Capers, and Fresh Dill Topped with Tzatziki!
So easy to make. Take 8oz of salmon, crab, or tuna. Mix with a tablespoon of good Greek yogurt, one egg, fresh dill, and add grated Parmesan cheese. Mix together and form into patties. Cook on medium high heat and top with herb spread. Tzatziki is a staple in my home.
Jalapeños and Mushroom Caps Stuffed with a Mix of Blue Cheese, Cream Cheese, and Bacon Bits!
Slice jalapeños in half and remove seeds. Mix cream cheese with real bacon bits and crumbled blue cheese. Fill jalapeños with cream mixture and bake at 425 until desired doneness. I like them crispy!
Poached Eggs, Smoked Salmon, Capers on Toast with Garden Fresh Tomatoes!
Poach eggs in boiling water. Toast your bread and top with smoked salmon, capers, and eggs and then sprinkle fresh dill.
Thai Seafood Medley Hot Pot Served with Toasted Garlic Naan!
Mussels, shrimp, and scallops. Green onion, garlic, Thai chili paste, coconut milk, lots of cilantro, and squeezed lime. Served with toasted garlic naan.
How to Hack Your Happiness Chemicals!
Screenshot from Facebook
A Lighter Tasty Delight – Smoked Salmon, Cucumber Bites!
Slice cucumber to desired thickness. Top with any of these spreads: cream cheese, chèvre, herbed spread. Also, top with smoked salmon, capers, and dill sprigs. Perfect bite size. Fresh, healthy, and crisp.
Scrapbooks – Sourdough Starter!
There’s nothing like a good sourdough starter.
400 Sq. Ft. Beach Cottage Turned Airbnb Retreat!
This project took a month to complete. It was great fun working with a very receptive client who saw this rundown cottage’s potential. The whole place was repainted and we added new flooring and a new kitchen. After a trip to IKEA, we then added furnishings and decorations. We attacked the landscaping and fenced in … More 400 Sq. Ft. Beach Cottage Turned Airbnb Retreat!
Breakdown of Costs for Shipping Container Build!
Eco-design for a 640 sq. ft. build plus a 320 sq. ft. guest pool house with a 20’ shipping container pool. Smart home construction integrated with renewable energy technologies. More to come… Budget 70,000 – 120,000 Land 79,900 Survey 1,500 pd Architect 1,500 pd Engineering 500 – 2,000 Land Clearing 2,500 – 4,250 Impact Fees … More Breakdown of Costs for Shipping Container Build!
There’s always a better solution we should embrace.
Garlic Shrimp with Broccoli Tips!
Heat a cast iron skillet hot and add a good amount of olive oil for dipping. Add shrimp then mix in dried chilies and minced garlic. Add tender small precooked cut broccoli tips and then a good squeeze of lemon and salt. Turn shrimp and walk to the table. Cooks in minutes! Serve it with … More Garlic Shrimp with Broccoli Tips!
Garlic Braised Rib Dinner!
Onions, garlic, celery, mushrooms, and sweet potato from the garden. Cook low and slow in a cast iron pot or slow cooker. Fork tender!
Reupholstery Project: A Wicker Loveseat and Sofa
Knew that one day I would attack this project. COVID down time was an perfect opportunity to get busy with all those waiting projects. I purchased this set off of market place for seventy five dollars. The back cushions are Ikea drapes, and the off white base fabric was given to me by a friend. … More Reupholstery Project: A Wicker Loveseat and Sofa
How to Decorate an Airbnb Room and Make It Welcoming!
I like to keep it simple, clean, and inviting by using crisp white linens and white luxurious towels. I provide essentials like a tissue box, travel shampoos, soap, toothpaste, and bottled water. I decorate the bedside with a local paper or calendar of events for the area. My last guests were so pleased with the … More How to Decorate an Airbnb Room and Make It Welcoming!
Chocolate Chickpea Cake Recipe
Dessert from a wonderful birthday luncheon for a dear friend. This is one of my favorites and it’s an easy chocolate cake to make. You can dress it up in any way. I marinated it in amaretto with strawberries. You can use any ground nut. Put in peanut butter, cranberries, coconut, and all kinds of … More Chocolate Chickpea Cake Recipe
Spinach, Mushroom, and Feta Salad with a Seafood Medley
A wonderful birthday luncheon for a dear friend. We prepared a spinach, mushroom, and feta salad along with a seafood medley. Yummy!
Stainless Steel Engraved Straw Campaign. Save Our Oceans and Sea Turtles! Buy a Bracelet and Support a Good Cause.
Stainless steel metal straws with personal engravings of local businesses, bars, and restaurants. The cause is to help get rid plastic straws to save sea turtles and our oceans. The bracelets are especially popular. I was gifted two of them and I like to wear them on my ankle. 4ocean The Ocean Cleanup
Lemongrass Scented Ceramic Travel Candles and Painted Pine Cone Vase!
Two fun projects. The candles were my sister’s idea which we ended up selling in a local shop.
Greenbike USA GB1 500 Electric Bike Review
So after in-depth research and recognizing what I wanted in an electric bike, three models came out on top, but I wanted features the others didn’t offer. The biggy was for my height, the bike had to fit me comfortably. The other features I were fenders, the added bike rack was a bonus but more … More Greenbike USA GB1 500 Electric Bike Review