Becoming the Domesticated Diva

Finding my inner homemaker… one flub at a time!

oh no!

Shrunken clothes?!  😦

Well NEVER again dear readers!  That’s right.. here is a little trick I recently learned in February’s Real Simple.

First, grab some baby shampoo or regular hair conditioner and mix a tablespoon into a quart of water.  Throw your garment into the water, making sure the entire garment gets wet.  While its soaking, take  a similar sized garment and trace an outline of it onto parchment paper (or several pieces taped together).  Allow to soak about 15 minutes.  Then, take the garment and place it onto the parchment, *gently* stretching until it is filling your outline.  If for some reason it won’t stretch, use the steam setting on your iron to help ease the fabric a bit more.  Allow the garment to dry.. securing it in the outline with heavy objects (like coffee mugs or paperweights) and ta-da!   Your garment will be good as new!  🙂

In the future, remember some fabrics tend to shrink more than others – cotton, cashmere, and wool – so be sure and read the labels to find out if the fabric is washable.  Also, only use cold water and hang clothes or lay on a flat surface to dry.. this usually helps the garment to stay in shape.

Good luck with your laundry readers – and be sure and share any other tips you might learn!  🙂

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who doesn’t love..

CHOCOLATE??

Recently in an issue of Real Simple, they had 3 easy recipes using Semisweet Chocolate – and I LOVE them!

All of these are very simple and oh-so-delicious!  Therefore, I thought I’d share them with you – try them out and let me know your favorite, or if you have any others you’d like to share!  🙂

  1. Chocolate Dipped Potato Chips – Grab 4 ounces of semisweet chocolate (melted), 24 ridged potato chips, and 1/2 teaspoon of coarse sea salt.  Next, dip each chip in the chocolate and place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.  Sprinkle with just a bit of salt and refrigerate for about 30 minutes – and enjoy!  🙂
  2. Marshmallow Fudge – Using 12 ounces of semisweet chocolate (chopped), 2-14oz cans of sweetened condensed milk, and 1 1/2 cups of miniature marshmallows – heat the milk and pour over chocolate, stirring until melted.  Then stir in the marshmallows.  Pour mixture into a parchment line 8″ square baking pan and refrigerate approx 12 hours (or until firm); cut into 36 squares and dig in!
  3. Peanut Butter Buckeyes – MY FAVE!  Take 6 ounces of melted semisweet chocolate, 1 cup creamy peanut butter, 4 tablespoons of unsalted butter (melted), and 2 cups of confectioners sugar.  Combine the peanut butter, butter and sugar; forming tablespoon size balls.  Place these on a parchment paper lined baking sheet and freeze for approx 10 minutes.  After you remove them, partially dip each ball into the chocolate and put back onto the baking sheet, refrigerating for 30 minutes or so, until the chocolate hardens.

Hope you all enjoy them!  Leave me some comments and let me know how they turn out for you!  😀

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