Happy Hump Day, the work week is almost over and I cant wait! Today I have a quick and simple project that I’ve been wanting to try for a little while now, DIY Fridge Coasters. I know fridge coasters have been around for a while but I didn’t find out about them until a few months ago and let me say I think it’s a great idea! Fridge coasters are liners for your refrigerator that not only make it easier to clean but also come in the cutest colors and patterns. You can buy fridge coasters for about $25 a pack but one pack wouldn’t cover my entire fridge and at $50 I say no thank you. I knew I could make something MUCH cheaper with some placemats and a small investment of time. They’re all over the web and Pinterest so there’s is no shortage of inspiration or how to instructions. My refrigerator and stove were brand new and supplied by the previous owners when I bought my co-op. They weren’t anything I would’ve chosen but I was grateful not to have to buy them after closing. The fridge is a bit small and doesn’t have tempered glass shelves, they have old wire shelves that drive me crazy! Small containers and bottles tip and fall over because of the grates and I’m constantly cleaning up spills that drip from the top shelf all the way down to the bottom shelf and on everything in between. The freezer didn’t come with any kind of shelf so putting food away is a nightmare. I’m always stacking food hoping it doesn’t fall out when we open the door looking for something. I tried calling Kenmore directly to order a shelf for the freezer but it turns my model didn’t come with one and they couldn’t find anything close enough to fit… I couldn’t believe it so I called back just to be sure, I was hoping I’d spoken to a sales rep that didn’t know what they were talking about but it was true. After that I just complained for a while when putting food away.
Look at this fridge from Bowl Full of Lemons, really people, no shortage of inspiration.
One day while I was walking around Home Goods I spotted a expandable shelf that I thought might work in the freezer. On my next trip to Target I grabbed some place mats and was on my way to a chic new refrigerator.
This is what I was dealing with before…
I used two mats per shelf, they fit lengthwise almost perfectly. I cut a small piece off the second mat and tucked it under the first. I attached them using hot glue so they wouldn’t move and used the scraps to line the shelves on the door.
And this is my finished product. I love my shelf and DIY Fridge Coasters!!
What do you use to easily clean your fridge? Did you buy fridge coasters, make your own or try something else?
Do you put up Halloween decorations? I do, it’s one of my favorite holidays! I get a kick out of watching scary movies all month long and taking the kids trick or treating. It’s also my queue to start planning and shopping for Christmas since it’s right around the corner. But that’s another post entirely 🙂 I don’t put up anything that’s scary or gory. I like to think I keep my halloween decorations fun and classic with cobwebs, spiders, skeletons and eyeballs. Last year I put up a few decorations so I started by taking a look at what we already had. As always my goal is to keep things simple, inexpensive, and not clutter the house with unnecessary purchases since space is ALWAYS an issue. I had a couple ideas in my head and had been searching Pinterest, you can check out my Halloween board here.
This wreath for the front door was easy, quick and cheap. My kind of project!! I just wrapped some cobwebs around a foam wreath I had in the stash, added some spiders and a black ribbon to hang it with.
I put cobwebs up in the corners of the living room and stuck some spiders in them because what’s a web without spiders? I just started arranging random items on the shelf until I was happy with the end result.
I made the mummy votives by wrapping some cheesecloth from the dollar store around recycled jars, adding some google eyes and dropping a couple battery operated tea lights inside. The rest of the stuff came from random places like the dollar store, Michael’s and the 99 cent store.
I re used my hurricane jars on media center, filling them with candy corns, mini skulls, skeleton hands and dollar store ears. I wrapped the books with some black construction paper to give them a little height.
The glass thing hanging by my front door (that I have no name for) was filled with some eyeballs.
I’m really happy with the Halloween decorations this year, now it’s tIme to start looking for costumes.
I absolutely LOVE to bake, I always have. And now that I’ve taken a few cake decorating classes at Michael’s I love to decorate cakes as well. One of my favorite kinds of cake is carrot. This is one of the easiest and most delicious carrot cake recipes I have ever tried! I can’t take credit for the recipe though, I found it on Jessica’s website Mom4real.
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 4 eggs
- 3 cups grated carrots (I like mine finely grated)
- 3/4 stick of softened butter
- 1 8oz bar cream cheese
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 16oz box of confectioners sugar
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Combine dry ingredients with a whisk or spatula
- Add oil and then eggs one at a time. But do not over beat
- Fold in carrots
- Fill 2 round cake pans floured and greased or 24 cupcakes and bake for 30-35 minutes, until a toothpick in the middle comes out clean
- Beat together butter and cream cheese until smooth
- Add extract and mix in
- Add entire box of powdered sugar and beat until creamy and smooth about 5 minutes
You can half the recipe for a dozen cupcakes or just one pan.
The cupcakes are flavorful, moist and light. Truly one of the most delicious carrot cake recipes I’ve ever made 🙂 I learned how to make buttercream frosting a few months ago and have been obsessed. Now this is my new go to icing. It’s AWESOME! I’ve already baked twice this week.