Monthly Archives: June 2012

Grilled Hot Wings (buffalo wings)

Love…hate relationship. Me and hot wings. I love how they taste…I hate that they are bad for you. Love the different sauces you can eat them with…hate that they are a mess to make and eat! Bill is a huge fan of hot wings…and we were both searching for a way to enjoy them with less fat, less mess…and MORE fun :) With a bit of experimenting….this is what we have settled on.

Grilled hot wings! The best thing about this recipe is that there really isn’t a recipe. If you have a grill and 20 minutes and a couple foil pans and your favorite sauces…you are in the hot wing business baby!!

 

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Cut your wings in half (giving you a drummette and a wing piece). Dry the chicken off. Heat up your grill to medium.

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On medium heat, place all the wings on the grill. Let cook 10 minutes, flipping only once. Get foil pans (a cake pan size works the best) and place them on one side of the grill. You can have each pan hold a different flavor sauce. We did barbeque and hot…but feel free to experiment…there are a ton of great recipes for sauces. Divide the wings up into the pans, brush on some sauce generously..let cook another 10 minutes. Coating the wings with the sauce. (be sure to always close your grill when you are cooking something ;)

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Using tongs…place the wings on a plate and serve them up! Delicious!

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What are you grilling lately??

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Home made cleaners: (silver jewelry cleaner)

I have been going through some things lately and came upon some jewelry that needed cleaning. My  mom recently gave me her silver charm bracelet. I remember this bracelet so vividly from my childhood. It was her date night bracelet. She would be all prettied up and this bracelet was fascinating to me. I love it! She was gifted charms at different points in her life…swimming awards, wedding, graduations, babies….they all hold a special meaning. I wanted to clean it up a bit and make it shine again.

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The formula I used is natural and homemade…and easy! All you need is baking soda, foil and a container of some sort…and boiling water. (I have only tested this on sterling silver…)

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Crumple up some foil and lay the jewelry on top. Generously sprinkle baking soda. Pour on some boiling water.

Let the bubbles do there stuff! I let it sit for about 2 minutes and poked it with a wooden spoon. You will smell a faint sulfur smell (the aluminum and soda reacting…) Take the jewelry out and rinse off…pat dry. Good as new!!

 

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Pro’s and Con’s : Haven Conference 2012

I am not going to write a long post about my time at the Haven Conference this past week. I know many of my readers are not bloggers…so they don’t really “care” much to hear about it all (and for those who are bloggers who may have wanted to go but couldn’t…could get annoying seeing all these post in blogland about how fabulous is was. But I wanted to list a few things about the conference just so you know what it was all about…

Pros:

1. Driving alone to Atlanta gave me plenty of time to sing at the top of my lungs. (hey, I just met you…and this is crazy…so here’s my number….call me maybe…I could go on..shall I? Ok, I will spare you my entire playlist.) It was very fun actually.

2. Bloggers are incredibility funny, sweet and oh so creative. I enjoyed meeting them in person and talking “shop”. Most matched up perfectly with their blogs…others not as much. But all around…a fabulous group of woman.

3. I got to build with Ana White…and better yet when she called me up to help she said “and you are Cleverly Inspired”…say what Ana…huh, seriously girl you don’t read my little blog…to which she responded…huh yes, where do you think I get my inspiration. (I know she probably was foolin me…but I don’t care…I love her. ) She is sweet, kind, generous..and a true craftswoman of woodworking.

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Cons

1. Haven 2013 is a whole year away. Boo…

2. Sherry and Katie cannot come over and have coffee and let the kids play in the backyard while we mull over fabrics for our next project. I adored meeting Katie Bower and her bff Sherry. Geniune, classy, hilarious and kind are all ways I would describe them.

3. Haven is over…and now it is back to laughing with each other only online. I hope to meet my Kentucky girls soon to rehash all the Haven goodness.

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(thanks to Kim at Sand and Sisal for shooting this pic…it really did happen, ha! Kim…you rock!)

Special shout out to Jessie and Chelsea (my roomies)…how lucky that we got to hang out and laugh?!? Also to my home girl Traci….where is our picture girlfriend??? You are one of the sweetest people I know. The ladies from East Coast Creative –Monica and Jess…so great dining with you and chatting..also Beckie…you are a gem!

I met so many great people that I now consider friends. Can’t wait to meet up again! Thanks to the Haven team for all your hard work!!!

If you want to learn more about Haven and see some post about it…head over to Southern Hospitality today!

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Summer Mantle (mantel decorating) 2012

I was inspired to throw together my summer mantle this weekend….it was looking a little bit boring. Here is what I pulled from around the house to create a summery feel in the family room.

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I love my roll of kraft paper!! You can find a large roll of it in your local hardware store’s paint isle. Most use it for covering surfaces to protect them from paint….it can do so much more than that though. I measured a pieced the size of the mantel…using a saucer I traced half way to create a scallop design…then cut them out.

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Super cute! I love the texture! Then I just started to layer on some things from around the house. An old ladder, some mason jars…a boat…and some glassware with dune grass. Nothing to fancy…just casual and fun…just like summertime.

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Below…I used a picture from last years mantle and secured it to the front of the fireplace doors with some sticky tack. A blanket and pillows complete the look. I love the simplicity of the set up and it just feels fresh and clean.

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Have you decorated for summertime? Do tell….

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Fresh Cherry Cobbler

Hi all!! I made it home from Haven 2012 and it was a blast. The sessions I attended were really informative. I got to talk to a ton of fabulous bloggers and new friends! A highlight (among several) was helping Ana White build during her session. She is so kind and really knowledgeable about building furniture. And when she told me later on that she actually reads my blog…I about screamed. Thanks Ana…for being so true to who you are on your blog. You are a gem! I will post a few pics later this coming week….onto some yummy Cherry cobbler….

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Cherries remind me of summer. My mom always had a fresh bowl of cherries in the fridge. They are high in fiber (1 cup has almost 2.6 grams!) and in antioxidants. So eat up!! They are at their peak in the summer time so grab some now! This cobbler recipe calls for 2 cups of cherries ( I only had 1 cup of cherries left so I cut it in half, below is the full recipe) The recipe will either make 4 individual ramekins or one “pie” size cobbler. cherries

Pit cherries (or have your kiddo pit them…it is really fun actually) We just spread out some wax paper so that our pits had a landing spot. Toss the pitted cherries with sugar and flour, pinch of salt. Pour into greased ramekins and set aside.

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Combine the topping: Oats, brown sugar, butter, flour, baking powder, baking soda. Top the cherries with the mixture. Bake 25 minutes on 350.

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Show a little extra love with a dollop of vanilla ice cream :)

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Ingredients:
Cherry mixture:

2 cups pitted cherries
1/2 cup white sugar
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

Pinch of salt

Topping:

1/2 cup quick-cooking oats
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/8 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup butter, melted

Bake at 350 till bubbly –25 minutes.

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.
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