Zuzu loves Beggin’ Strips. She goes nuts for them, which wouldn’t be a problem if they didn’t cost so much. Luckily, there is a much more affordable alternative that Zuzu loves almost as much–sweet potato treats. They are easy to make and are very cost effective.
To make these treats, all you need is a few sweet potatoes.
Wash the sweet potatoes and then cut them into thin strips. If your slices are on the thicker side, that is not a problem. You will just need to bake them for a slightly longer time.
Preheat the oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit. Then place the sweet potato strips on a cookie sheet, and put them in the oven. Bake them for about 3 hours or until they are crispy.
After they cool, let your dog test them out. Zuzu is a big fan. When we leave the house, I’ll usually put a few strips in a plastic water bottle and give it to her. This keeps her entertained for hours, as she tries to get the treats out.
Another added perk, is that you can eat the sweet potato strips too. They taste great, and are a healthy alternative to chips.
I have been wanting to give our kitchen cabinets a makeover for a while. There isn’t anything glaringly wrong with our current cabinets, but they are glass, and hence see through. I hate seeing the clutter of dishes stacked up in the cabinets. Joey and I talked about a few different options for giving our cabinets a makeover. Option 1 was to buy new cabinets, but that isn’t really in our budget. Option 2 was to paint the cabinets, which we seriously considered; however, in the end we decided to cover the cabinets in white contact paper, because it was the easiest, and most cost effective option. I was worried that it might look tacky, but it actually looks quite nice.
This isn’t a long term solution, as I know that the paper will eventually start to peel, but so far it is holding up. The cabinet directly above the sink has some wrinkles, but they are hardly noticeable.
In a few weeks, I am going to evaluate the condition of the contact paper. At that point, we will either leave the paper on, or we will remove it and give the cabinets a fresh coat of paint.
I’ll keep you posted on how the contact paper is holding up.
Since we are already a few weeks into January, I recently realized that I needed a 2014 calendar. Although I haven’t been feeling too crafty lately, I summoned up all of my create prowess and built a personalized calendar. I really like how it turned out.
I started by creating the calendar layout in Adobe InDesign. The bottom half of each page contains the calendar days, and the top contains an image. I used Adobe Photoshop to create images with an important personal significance. Each image contains a photo of a city that is special to me. Then I superimposed a map of that city and colorized the resulting image. For instance, February is an image of Albuquerque. That is where I was born. Similarly, March is a photo of New York City, because that is where Joey was born.
I printed the pages out on presentation paper, which is sturdier than regular paper.
I decided that the calendar should be a desk calendar, so I created a stand from an empty cereal box. I folded the cereal box into a triangle shape, and made some cosmetic tweaks, such as lining the edges with washi tape. To complete the calendar, I punched two holes on the top of the stand and each page, and then threaded string through the holes.
That is all it took to create a wonderful, personalized calendar. If you want to print your own calendar, then you are in luck. I am including two downloadable pdf files. One is an exact copy of the calendar featured in this post. I’m also including a blank template. You can print it out and customize it by pasting in whatever images you choose.