Monday, July 28, 2014

What to do with all those empty K-cups....

I personally don't use k-cups, but that's because I'm pretty stuck in my ways about grinding my coffee, and having a full pot going at all times.

However, after a reader asked me about how to reuse these, so at least they were getting a second life, instead of going into the trash, I came up with some ideas that I think you'll like....

1.) For the Holidays:
*Slip those little cups over your outdoor Christmas lights to create little lamp shades. I tried this out, and they look adorable, and since the outdoor lights don't get very warm, there's no fear of melting.

*Use them to make a wreath. Grab some floral wire, and a wreath base. Wrap the wreath base in pretty ribbon, then attach the K-cups with the wire. They look like little bells. You can also paint the cups to add a little more "Flare".

*Garland for your tree. You an use pretty ribbon, or even yarn. If your little ones decorate the cups, this will give you a special decoration for your tree, stairway, or above a window.

2.) Crafts.
*There are a variety of colors of K-cups. I recently saw a picture of someone that created a 3D wall hanging from them. The great thing about Art is that it doesn't need to be perfect. Abstract has always been hot!

*Little people. Have your child glue the two bottoms together, and add a large pom-pom as a head. You can decorate these little people with clothes, google eyes, whatever you'd like. This is not only cute, but the kids love playing with their new "Toy".

*Doll Purse. If your child has a Barbie, this can be turned into a cute little tote bag for her. Poke two holes, for the handles. Use a piece of yarn to thread through. Tie a knot, and decorate the cup. Cute little purse.

*Mini flower pots. Fill with top soil, and add a few seeds for your favorite flower. (This is great to do with kids) Within a few days, the seedlings will start to sprout. When the plant outgrows the little planter (this is great for a starter), just transfer them to your garden or a large planter.

3.) For the home:
*Popsicle drip catchers. Make a slit on the bottom(Make sire it's big enough for the stick). Slide it about 3/4 of the way up the Popsicle stick, and all those drips from the bottom, will be caught in the cup.

*Curtain Tie Backs. Paint the cup to match your colors. thread the loop of a tassel, through the hole on the bottom. This adds that little "extra" to that once boring tie back.

*Treat baskets for parties. Decorate the little k-cups, add a cut little handle (Or not) with ribbon, and fill with treats (Nuts, candies, dried fruit).

Ham and Beans (Crockpot)

What you need:
1 bag of dry red kidney beans
1 teaspoon dry minced onion
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
1/2 teaspoon seasoning salt
4 cups of water
1 cup of diced ham
Soak the beans overnight. Drain water, and add beans and the remaining ingredients to your crockpot. cook on high for 6-8 hours or 12 hours on low. The beans and ham will be very tender, and full of flavor. Use the juices to add a wonderful flavor to rice.

Coconut Cream Pie....

What you need:
Image Detail1 (9-inch) premade crust
1 box of vanilla instant pudding
1 1/2 cups of milk
1 1/2 cups flaked coconut
1 container of whipped topping
In a bowl, mix together the pudding mix and the milk. Beat until the pudding begins to thicken. Fold in the coconut flakes and whipped topping. Pour into the crust. Chill for 2-3 hours before serving.

Basil Bread

What you need:
3 cups whole wheat flour
5 cups all-purpose flour, divided
2 (.25 ounce) packages active dry yeast
4 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon salt
2 teaspoons dried basil
1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram
1 small onion, minced
3 tablespoons cooking oil
3 cups warm water)
3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

In a large bowl, add whole wheat flour, 1 cup all-purpose flour, yeast, sugar, salt, herbs, onion, oil and water. Beat with an electric mixer on low until moistened, then beat for 3 minutes at medium. By hand, stir in enough of the remaining flour to form a stiff dough. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and allow to rise until doubled, about 1 hour. Punch dough down. Shape into two balls and place in two greased 2-qt. casseroles. Cover and let rise until almost doubled, about 45 minutes. Brush tops with milk and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Bake at 350 degrees F for 40-45 minutes. Remove from pans to cool on wire rack.

Chocolate Strawberry Pie

Here's a dessert you can throw together any night...

What you need:
2 lbs fresh strawberries, washed and slices
2 boxes of chocolate instant pudding
1 tub of whipped topping
1 premade pie crust

Follow the "PIE" directions on the pudding box. When pudding is smooth,