Wall Cantry

I built this between two walls studs
using two 1" x 4" boards running vertical to
divide the can rows. Then I used 6 pieces of wood
trim along the outside of the boards and studs
to hold the cans in place. Another piece of trim
was added to the bottom to keep the cans from rolling out.
It holds about 33 cans. I didn't use any screws or
nails. Instead I used something called Power Grab
to hold it all in place.

Photo shows before I touched it up with paint and
before I added the bottom trim piece to keep
cans from rolling out. You can see the 1" x 4" boards
that I used between the can rows.

This is the pin below that I got the idea from
called a pull-out cantry.


Bacon Cinnamon Rolls

1 tube of cinnamon rolls
-I used Kroger Orange Danish Rolls

and bacon
-I used Kroger Fully Cooked Bacon

Unroll rolls and add bacon slices and
roll back up. Bake as directed on can.

Squeeze orange icing on top. Any leftover bacon
I chopped up and sprinkled over the tops of the rolls.



I made this recipe,
Crock pot Pork Chop Barbecue, but did a few tweaks of my own to give it more of
an oriental flare.

1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup Italian dressing
4 Tablespoons soy sauce
2 Tablespoons minced garlic
1/2 cup BBQ sauce
1- 20 ounce can crushed pineapple

Combine all the ingredients in the crock pot
except pineapple.
Because I know my kids wouldn't eat this with pineapple
chunks, I put the can of pineapple with liquid
into the food processor with a little sauce from
the crock pot and pureed it some so that the pineapple
wasn't noticeable anymore. Then I dumped the pineapple
into the crock pot and stirred everything together.
Next I added 6 pork chops, making sure they were
coated with the sauce on both sides. I set the
crock pot on high and will cook for the next 4-5 hours.

When done remove pork chops and reserve sauce to pour
over minute rice.

I would have loved to of added some chopped green bell
pepper to this but that would be pushing it with
getting kids to eat it. Maybe I could do some on the side
for me and Tony and mix it into our servings only.

After 4 hours of the chops being in the crock pot
I removed them and fried them in the pan to caramelize
the sauce on them to give them a golden, crunchy brown outside.
At times I would pour a little sauce from the crock pot
on them. Along side the chops in the skillet I added
a half cup of chopped green bell peppers to mix
with the sauce on the adult plates.

A little sauce goes a long way on the rice!
The kids loved it and gobbled it up!
Next time I will cut back on how much pineapple I use
because I thought it was a little too sweet.
I can freeze the sauce for another recipe
because there was plenty leftover.



Crock Pot corn. Instead of parsley
I used Mrs. Dash seasoning.
And Easy Cornflake Crumb Chicken.



I just finished doing two walls of the back of the pantry
with fabric. I coated the fabric with liquid starch
using a sponge brush, pinning the fabric first at the top
and smoothing it out with something that had a flat edge.
I didn't have one of those putty or wallpaper thingies
so I looked around and used an extra wall faceplate
of all things to smooth out the wrinkles or any bubbles.
Then I used a regular steak knife to push the edges
under any boards and lastly used a sharp box knife
for trimming off any edges. I am so glad that I decided
to paint the back wall with white first because with using
this thin sheet fabric, everything behind it will show
through if you don't have a solid white color behind it.
It also helps to make the fabric appear brighter.
I still have so much more painting, covering the back
walls with fabric and lots and lots of boards to cut
for shelves and painting those boards.

For those of you who don't know, this room is my laundry
and soon to be pantry room. The wall I am doing is the backside
of our rec room and was never finished and only had the studs
showing on the laundry room side. I'm using 1" x 4" boards
cut to fit in between the studs for the pantry shelves.
I plan to repeat the fabric pattern of the mini rose buds
and stripes throughout most of the wall. I was experimenting
with the pink gingham and didn't like it. I only had it pinned
to the wall next to the other ones to see what it looked like
and it was not put up with the liquid starch.

While I only have two rows done with the fabric, I wanted
to let everyone know that the liquid starch DOES WORK
for putting fabric on the walls. I'm so glad it does
because I'm trying doing this whole project as cheap as possible.
A 64 ounce container of liquid starch at Walmart
was $2.99. Mod Podge was out of the question because it
was too expensive for my budget. I would have gone the route
of making homemade Mod Podge but some reviews said it was yellowing
over time and some said it would mold if you didn't use
the kind with the vinegar. I wasn't taking any chances
because I wanted this to hold up and look nice for awhile.

And this is the fabric I used-
bed sheets I bought from the thrift store.
I pre-cut everything before putting them
on the wall with the starch. And like I've mentioned
before it helps to get fabric with stripes or checks/gingham
on them for this type of project because it makes
cutting straight lines sooo much easier. You can't see it
on the rose bud fabric, but it has very light gray
stripes running through it.

I got a long ways to go so will keep you posted
to let you know how it all turns out.
This is the before. There is still 5 more rows
to paint and add fabric to that is to the right
of the furnace unseen in the photo. Some color, softness and warmth
is what I'm looking for when doing this laundry
room which looks so dreary. Anything to jazz up
a typical basement laundry room.



Chicken Parmigiana

-1 jar Kroger green bell pepper & mushroom spaghetti sauce ($1.25)
-1 can Aldi tomato soup (free)
-2 to 3 Tablespoons Kroger Apriva (Splenda) (.10 cents)
-1 Tablespoon chopped dried basil (free)
-2 Tablespoons Dollar Tree jarred chopped garlic (.20 cents)

Stir everything together and simmer on stove
while making spaghetti.

-1 pound box of Kroger spaghetti broke into thirds ($1.25)

Boil water and add spaghetti, drain then mix in
spaghetti sauce reserving 1 cup for the top.
Spray a casserole dish with cooking spray.
Pour in the spaghetti and top with shredded cheese.

-4 breaded Extra Value Kroger chicken patties ($1.25)

Top spaghetti with chicken patties. Pour
remaining spaghetti sauce over patties.
and then place
4 cheese slices on top of chicken patties.
Sprinkle with parmesan cheese.
Bake for about 30 minutes at 350 degrees.

-4 cheese slices (.48 cents)
-leftover Mexican shredded cheese, about 3/4ths to 1 cup ($1.00)

4 servings with chicken patties along with
leftover spaghetti for lunches.



Oreo Pudding Poke Cake

Oreo Poke Cake
I only used one large box of Oreo pudding and 2 cups of milk.
I also did not add crushed up oreos on top because
I don't have any.

-1 box chocolate cake mix, I used devil's food- ($1.25)
-3 eggs (.45 cents)
-1/3 cup oil (free)
-1 cup water (free)
-1 large box oreo pudding ($1.20)
-2 cups milk (.30 cents)

Make and bake cake according to package directions.
Allow to cool then poke holes with the back end of
a wooden spoon into the cake. Prepare oreo pudding
and pour over top of cake allowing it to sink down
into holes. Refrigerate.


Would I make this again?
While everyone liked it,
I mean who doesn't like chocolate, it didn't have the
wow factor I was looking for. If I made it again
I would try something different other than pudding.
Maybe melt some cream cheese or white frosting and pour that
over the cake instead. I want something that more resembles
the filling of an oreo cookie to go with the chocolate cake.

If I put free for an ingredient it either means
something was given to me, I got it free with coupons
or it was something leftover and already calculated
in another recipe.



DIY All Purpose Orange-Vinegar Cleaner
Add orange peels (or any citrus peel) to a quart of white vinegar in a closed container and let it set for two weeks. Combine citrus/vinegar solution half/half with water and use for cleaning. Works on floors, tile, fixtures, etc. Smells good and is tough on scum! Best of all there are no chemicals.



Faux wrought iron clock made with toilet paper & paper towel rolls.
Total cost to make- wine clock purchased at thrift store for $2.99.