Live with Fashion

Looking for creative wall art? Of course you are...we all are! Here's a Savvy Solution: frame a vintage (or brand new) fashion scarf. It will add color, pattern and interest to otherwise uninspired walls. How lovely! 

 

 

Elle Décor

Elle Décor

Properly Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Ingredients and Equipment

  • pumpkin 
  • a sharp, serrated large knife
  • Cookie sheet
  • salt pepper, general herbs
  • vegetable oil

Recipe and Directions

Step 1 - Clean the seeds

When you are carving your pumpkin, separate the seeds from the  pumpkin flesh and strings. Wash them well (usually putting then in a big bowl of  water and rubbing them between your hands is a fast way to clean them) and let them drain in a strainer for about 30 minutes, then spread them out on a baking pan. Now just use a hair dryer to dry them quickly! Or place them in a warm   oven, say 120F - 150F to dry them.  I stir them every 10 minutes to   speed the drying.

      Next, start preheating the oven.     Turn it on and set it to 275 F (135 C, for those in Europe)

Step 2 - Spread the seeds on a cookie sheet      and season them

Spread the seeds evenly over a cookie sheet      and lightly baste the seeds with melted butter, margarine, or vegetable      oil.  There are many variations.  Here are the most popular, in order or popularity:

  1. Savory: 4 tablespoons melted butter, 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt and 2 teaspoons Worchestershire sauce
  2. Lemony:  4 tablespoons melted butter, 1 teaspoon 'Mrs. Dash" or lemon pepper
  3. Halloweeny:  4 tablespoons melted butter, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger, 1/2 teaspoon salt,  and 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice.
  4. Spicy: 4 tablespoons melted butter, 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper, 1/2 teaspoon thyme, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  5. Natural: 1 teaspoon sea salt or other salt, 4 tablespoons melted butter,

Step 3 - Roast the seeds

Heat them in a 275-degree oven for 10 to 20 minutes until golden brown. DO KEEP AN EYE ON THEM, checking every few minutes and stir about every 5 minutes. Some ovens run hot and it can be as little as 10 minutes or as long as 30 minutes to roast them. Sprinkle with salt and serve hot or cold.     

For milder flavor, simmer the cleaned seeds for about an hour  in salted water and fry in deep oil. Or mix a tablespoon of oil or margarine to  each cup of nuts and roast them at 250 degrees for 10 - 15 minutes until they're  golden. Sprinkle them with salt.

-Pumpkin Patches and More

Yum!

Yum!

The Royal Swaddle

The past few days, we have admittedly been a bit obsessed with the little one born across the pond. Now that Baby Cambridge has a name, George Alexander Louis, we can lay our bets aside and refocus on our work. But, just before we do...here's a savvy solution:

How to royally swaddle your baby

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Happy Chap!

Cheerio, 

The Staff at Savvy

 

BOUNCE-ing Around Ideas

Ten Alternative Uses for Dryer Sheets

 

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1. Use it to dust your television screen. The anti-static chemicals in a dryer sheet will help to repel dust and lint.

2. Use dryer sheets to clean up spilled flour

3. Used sheets usually have enough fragrance in them to freshen up other areas in your home. Stuff them in tennis shoes, place them in closets, in laundry hampers and in pieces of luggage -- anywhere your house needs a little "refreshment."

4.  Have pet hair on your clothing? Simply wipe it off with a used dryer sheet! Also works great on cloth furniture too!

5. Place a used dryer sheet in the bag of your vacuum. Sweep your house, and, once you're done, the air will smell as fresh as your clothes do.

6. These wonders of the 70's are also said to repel mosquitoes as well as other annoying, flying insects. Don't rub it on you. Instead, stick a used sheet in your belt loop.

7. Is there a build-up of soap scum on your glass shower door? Simply use an old dryer sheet to eliminate the mess.

8. Is your hair dry and full of static electricity? Gently wipe a used dryer sheet over your head to get rid of it.

9. Keep your window blinds clean longer by wiping them periodically with used dryer sheets. The anti-static properties of the product will actually help to repel dust and dirt.

10. Are your scissors not cutting as smooth as they should? Wipe the blades clean with a used dryer sheet to remedy this problem.

Tic-Tac-Spice

We've had "Glamping" on the brain today. On that note, make your camping meals much more 'gourmet' with this unique idea: 

Repurpose your empty Tic-Tac containers into little spice jars. So cool...and spicy!

 

 

Image via: Pinterest

Image via: Pinterest

Clear Your Head

Are allergies or a summer cold making you feel less than SAVVY? Try this tip we came across while searching for home remedies -

The tip says: "Try hanging a bundle of eucalyptus (sold at craft stores and flower shops) from your shower curtain rod. 'The heat and steam help to activate the herb's essential oils which can ease congestion...' Hang a bundle with natural garden twine (more moisture-resistant than cotton twine) on the shower rod, away from the spray of the water. Enjoy the scent for a few weeks as you take a hot shower." - Body and Soul Magazine

Body + Soul Magazine

Body + Soul Magazine