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DIY Tiered Bathroom Tray – Master Bathroom

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As you all know from a few posts ago, we’re slowly making over each room in our house (with a limited budget), and the master bathroom was the first one we decided to do. We’re finding that our biggest issue with the bathroom is just plain ‘ole organization. Our bathroom sink merely looked like an explosion of stuff. I found {this} awesome tiered tray idea on lizmarieblog.com and fell in love! The best thing about this tiered tray is that you can find everything at the dollar store! (Well, save for the primer and paint, that is.)

I needed the tiered tray to fit in our bathroom, and I needed a place for our toothbrushes to stand. So, I adapted the tray to meet those needs by making it only a two tiered tray and adding a cup.

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All you need to make this tray is: 2 nickel-plated plates, a candlestick holder, a cup, super glue, spray paint primer, paint, and a sponge brush. Like I said, you can find everything but the paint and primer at the dollar store! I got a sample paint jar of “turquoise mist” by Olympic. It was the perfect color to match the color scheme in our bathroom.

Before doing anything, I primed the plates. Some people say that you can just straight paint the plates, but I was having issues with it not staying on the plate very well. So, I primed them first with my spray paint primer. That did the trick, and I was able to paint my plates. I did about three coats of paint before I finally got the desired look.

After that, I used my super glue to glue the candlestick to the middle of the bottom plate. When I went to glue the top plate on, I ran into a predicament. I didn’t know how I was going to make sure my plates were evenly on top of each other. So, I grabbed two straight edges to put on two sides of the plate.

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 This idea worked and helped ensure the plates were even!

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Then I glued the cup to the center of the top plate. I decided to glue the cup to the center, because if I put the cup anywhere else the plate started to bend a bit. I wanted everything to be secure. So, by gluing the cup in the middle of the top plate, I was able to ensure everything would stay together well.

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This project was so easy and fun! We now have the left side of our sink all organized, and it looks great!

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We had set a $50 budget for a master bathroom makeover. For everything (paint and primer included), this project cost about $11.75. That might sound like a lot, but keep in mind that we will be using the primer, paint, and sponge brushes on other projects in the bathroom. So, it won’t affect our bathroom budget too much. {If you have paint and primer at home, this project should only cost a little over $5! Now, if you have super glue too, you just knocked the price down even more.}

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This project was well worth every bit of money. We now have a beautiful organizer piece in our bathroom!

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Pumpkin Spice Muddy Buddies Recipe

Okay, I just have to brag a little bit. But, I came up with a pretty spankin’ awesome treat the other day . . . pumpkin spice muddy buddies! Say what? Yes, yes you heard that right!
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With the season of pumpkin-y things upon us, I’m always hankering for a new pumpkin creation to try. Well, during one of my down times between kiddos, making Etsy orders, running errands and going insane, I had an epiphany! I’ve always been a lover of Muddy Buddies (Puppy Chow, as some of you like to call it), and I thought, “Hey, what about a pumpkin version?!”
I immediately started brainstorming and rummaged through my pantry for possible ingredients. I never expected the first batch to come out the way it did.
Usually creating recipes is all about trial and error. But, the result was pretty amazing! My husband was the first one to try it, and this is what happened after he started chowing down . . .
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He thought that hiding in the closet would help keep anyone else from being able to eat it. Sorry, hon, I can still see you.
My husband is a very picky eater, so when he reacted that way, I knew it had to be good. Then, my boys and I tried it and let’s just say, it didn’t last very long. Not trying to toot my own horn, but it is yummmmy!
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*You can also use these other chocolate options: white chocolate chips, candiquik, etc.*
Enjoy!
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Mom’s Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

I’m pretty much a banana fanatic. I LOVE bananas! You can make me happy with anything banana . . . ice cream, pudding, candy, smoothies, on a toasted sandwich with peanut butter, by itself, and the list goes on. But, nothing makes me more happy than my mom’s chocolate chip banana bread. It’s pretty much heaven in your mouth, or I like to think so. When I moved out of my parents’ house, the first thing I asked for was mom’s banana bread recipe.

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After getting married, the first thing I made from scratch was, of course, mom’s banana bread. That’s when I got my hubby hooked, and it’s been going strong since. You see, we don’t ever EVER go without banana bread in this house. The moment we run out, I’m making more that same day or the following day. Sometimes I will make a grocery store run just to get bananas to make more banana bread. If I can’t afford to get more chocolate chips, I just make it plain.

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Hubby and I each have our own favorite ways to eat it. We both like to toast it in the toaster oven until the edges turn a bit crispy. Then, we top it off with our favorite spreads. Hubby’s is butter and mine is peanut butter. There’s nothing more amazing than banana, chocolate, and peanut butter. Sometimes I even add a little Nutella. Pretty sure my tastebuds start singing the “Hallelujah Chorus” every single time. BUT, absolutely nothing compares to eating it straight from the oven. *sigh* So good!

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So, because I just love mom’s chocolate chip banana bread so much, I figured I just had to share it. It’s not fair to keep it all to myself!

To get started, you are going to need the following: 1/2 cup cooking oil, 1 cup sugar, 2 eggs (beaten), 3 mashed bananas, 2 cups flour, 1 tsp baking soda, 1/2 tsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp salt, 3 Tbsp milk, 1/2 tsp vanilla, 1/2 cup chocolate chips.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.

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In a large bowl, blend together the oil and sugar. (Note: My prep pictures are taken before the sifting, blending, and mixing.)

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Then, add your beaten eggs and mashed bananas and blend together. (Don’t like bananas? Do a cup of your favorite fruit, pureed. I love making peach bread sometimes!)

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Next, add your dry ingredients, the vanilla, and the milk and blend together.

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Finally, stir in your chocolate chips. (You can also do nuts, dates, or whatever else you want in your bread.)

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Pour into your prepared loaf pan. This makes 1 large or 3 mini loafs. (To prepare your pan, coat with oil or crisco and then shake some flour in the pan and get it nice and coated so that the loaf will just slide straight out of the pan.)

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Put your pan in the oven for 1 hour. (You might need to add or subtract 5 minutes, depending on the temperature of your oven. I have to add 5 min.) When it’s done, voila! You have a beautiful loaf of oh-so-tasty banana bread!

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Then, of course, you must indulge in a piece!

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Who can resist that delicious crust?!

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Ready to make your own banana bread? The full recipe is below!

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Ingredients:

1/2 cup cooking oil
1 cup sugar
2 eggs, beaten
3 mashed bananas
2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3 Tbsp milk
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. In large bowl, beat oil and sugar together.
3. Add eggs and bananas. Beat well.
4. Add sifted dry ingredients, milk, and vanilla. Beat well.
5. Stir in chocolate chips.
6. Pour into greased and floured large loaf pan.
7. Bake for about 1 hour. (Depending on your oven, you might need to add or subtract a few minutes.)
*This batter also fits into 3 mini loaf pans, which you would bake about 40-45 min.*
8. Let the banana bread cool before storing. For best freshness, wrap your loaf in aluminum foil and store in the refrigerator.

*This recipe can also be changed up in many ways. For whole wheat banana bread, use 1 cup whole wheat flour and 1 cup white flour. You can also turn it into something other than banana bread. Instead of bananas, switch them out for 1 cup applesauce or 1 cup mashed/pureed fruit of your choice (i.e. peaches, strawberries, pumpkin, zucchini). The sky’s the limit! If you’re a nut fanatic, add 1/2 cup chopped nuts of your choice.

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