Sorry I didn’t post this recipe last week like I promised, it was a busy holiday at out house. I hope you all had a relaxing 4th of July with your friends and family. Because we move around so often the 4th is typically a holiday that we spend alone so I’m thankful that we were able to spend the weekend with some of the friends that we’ve made. The highlight was definitely a hike from Muir Woods to Stinson Beach, my legs are still sore!
I tried this recipe for Rhubarb crumble bars for my husband’s birthday party and they were a hit. I modified a recipe from my buddy Ina, (I am more obsessed with her these days than ever). She made her bars with raspberry jam but I used my mom’s homemade rhubarb jam and they turned out great. It’s a super simple recipe with just a handful of ingredients that I am almost guarantee you have in your pantry right now.
Hello everyone! My name is Steph, and I blog about crafting, cooking and thrifting (and a wee bit of gardening!) at The Silly Pearl. I’m also mama to five year old twin girls, Sophie and Sarah.
Thank you for having me on your blog today, Amanda, to share my recipe for BBQ Chip and Chocolate Rice Krispy Treats in a fun football shape. Like Amanda, I also reside in the Bay Area…GO NINERS!
We had a rainy Saturday which is rare for June in California. Most of my friends complained about it but we took advantage of the opportunity to do nothing but sleep in, relax on the couch, and catch up on stuff around the house. Because of all of the rain, the squirrels who visit our backyard daily to torture the dog took the day off so Harper could relax too!
I had a craving for something sweet so I decided to try a recipe I found on Savvy Mom for toffee bit triangles. I stocked up on toffee chips last Thanksgiving and I had a lone bag left in my pantry. They turned out so perfect, the chocolate chips spread like silk on the top. When I cut them into triangles the chocolate and toffee chips melted off the knife, yum! yum! yum!
I wanted to make something a little different for Thanksgiving so I tried this recipe from Southern Lady. The original recipe was for mini tarts but I made mine in a regular muffin tin for a larger version. I love the combination of flavors, the toffee ties it all together. Give this recipe a try this holiday season.
Today was a rainy day so I hunkered down at home and found the time to list a bunch of stuff on eBay for 2 of my clients. It was a relaxing day but halfway through the day I started to get a craving for chocolate chip cookies. After dinner Chris and I made a batch of these chocolate chip oatmeal bars (from www.cooks.com), for some reason when oatmeal is involved anything seems healthy. Here is the recipe…
Moving is a great opportunity to clear the clutter and enjoy a fresh start. When a client hires Kuzak’s Closet to help manage their move and organize their new home we take care of all of the details – from the space planning to the unpacking.
We’ve been working on several relocations lately and today I wanted to share my favorite tips and some pictures to inspire you to embrace the opportunity to start fresh.
Tip#1: Sort and purge before you move! So many people pack up all of their possessions and take them to their new home without sorting and purging. Why bring unwanted clutter into your new home? Take the time to eliminate all of the items you no longer use or need. You’ll be surprised at how much easier it is to unpack!
I develop a sorting and purging schedule with my clients prior to their move. We typically schedule 4-5 sessions to work on each space in the home. This helps me understand their storage preferences and gives me an idea of how often things are used which is a great help when it comes to setting up systems in their new home. This is a picture of a toy pile that I sorted through the day before one of my clients moved…
The best way to maintain or lose weight is to eat a healthy breakfast. It gets your metabolism fired up and keeps your daily cravings at bay. It is convenient to have breakfast bars on hand for the mornings you don’t have time to make eggs or have a bowl of cereal.
Each Sunday my sister Ashlie and I co-write a blog post about our favorite things called Sister Sister Sunday. Sister Sister Sunday is a great way for us to keep in touch every week and stay connected. Each week our theme changes so make sure to visit us every Sunday to check out what we are into next.
One of my very favorite client organization projects is creating a home Command Center. Every home has multiple catch-all spots for every day items like mail, office supplies, magazines, instruction manuals, gift cards and coupons. I want to help you consolidate everything into one central location, so I am sharing my best how-to tips.
Over the weekend our friends Russ and Laura had us over for a relaxing afternoon of football, baseball, good conversation, and lots of food. Since we don’t have a TV we miss out on so many great sporting events so it was really great to be able to watch the Stanford Homecoming game and the San Francisco Giants playoff game. It was so fun to cheer on the Giants with friends, we are all so excited that they are going to the World Series. Who would have thought it would be Rangers vs. Giants? (more…)
I’m so glad I decided to write a post each week called Fab Friday. It forces me to slow down for a bit and reflect on the little moments in my week that made me smile.
This week there were SO many fun events. For example, this picture from last week’s Estate Sale cracks me up. The sale was a complete madhouse and a crazy success, we sold $9,000 in two days out of a mobile home park-AMAZING! The streets were lined with cars and trucks loaded with goodies, fabulous! The guy on the truck closest to the camera is named Gary, he is an estate regular and he makes me smile.
Another estate shopper that makes me smile is named Miguel. He is knows the way to my heart (and a good price) is food. He brought the entire estate crew steak tacos on Saturday, fabulous!
After the sale was over we celebrated with a little college football and a lot of pizza. I have been sticking with my diet for the most part but pizza always makes me cave. This pizza is from Skip’s in Los Altos, it’s so good! (more…)
Since last week’s post there have been many fabulous things going on in my life. I am so thankful for my friend Lori who calls to check in with me a few times a week and even manages to get me out of the house for social events once in a while. She called me last Friday afternoon to ask me if I wanted to participate in a fun run that night.
It was a 5k and I’ll be honest, it’s been a long time since I ran that far. I couldn’t keep up with Lori and her daughter Hayley but I’m proud to report that I was able to run more than half of the race. Lori met me at the finish line which was a nice surprise, gotta love fabulous friends!
Hot or Not?! made a surprise comeback on the blog this week. I love that series, so many fabulous ideas and comments from all of you! I shared my new flannel sheets as one of the HOT items, they are fabulous! Look for the Threshold label at Target! (more…)
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For the last few weeks my sister and I have been trying out new products to let you know if they are Hot or NOT! What that means is if we think they are HOT you should give them a try, if we think that they are NOT then we hope to save you from the hassle and expense of trying them for yourself. Each week we will review something different, it might be an item from the grocery store, a beauty product, a cleaning/organizing tool, a kids toy, local event, etc.. We really hope that you will participate in this summer series by commenting on our posts to let us know your feedback on the items we are reviewing and to give us suggestions for new items to try!
July flew by and so will the rest of the summer. Normally I’d be sad to see it go but I am actually ready for fall. I’m ready for football, sweatshirts, and pumpkins!
It’s always fun to put these posts together and to give myself a quick review of the months highlights and accomplishments. Just in case you missed a bit of the action here is a look back…
I am always testing out new products to keep my home and my client’s homes organized and one of my favorite go-to brands is Sterilite. One of their latest products is a stackable bin that comes in a variety of sizes and today I wanted to share 2 ways that I used them to organize spaces in my own home.
My pantry is filled with lots of goodies and I wanted a better way to contain everything. I wanted to use a bin that was stackable to maximize the storage space and that could easily be wiped clean. I thought that the Sterilite stackable bins would perfect and I also love that they don’t have a lid so you can easily grab what you need.
I started by pulling all of the loose items that I wanted to organize off the shelves and sorted them by type on my counter top. By sorting the items I was able to get a better idea of how much storage I would need and determine how to divide and store the items.
Today is the 7th edition of Hot or Not?! which means this summer series is almost halfway over! Ashlie and I have been having fun trying new products and getting input from our friends and blog readers about what to try next. Today we are actually spending the day together, that is HOT! We only get to see each other a few times every year (that is NOT!) so we are going to have some fun shopping and catching up.
We are ending today’s edition of Hot or Not with a reader’s pick. My college friend (and sorority sister) Ang emailed me to share her thoughts on a new product. If you have a product that you want to tell the readers about please don’t hesitate to contact me!
Last year was a wonderful year for Kuzak’s Closet and I have a lot to be thankful for. I exceeded all of my business goals by leaps and bounds and am looking forward to what is headed my way in 2013. Yesterday I had two people contact me about organizing estate sales for them so that is a good start!
I typically post the top blog posts of the year by now but there hasn’t been a free spot on the blog in the last few weeks. Today I wanted to look back and see which posts from 2012 were most popular with all of you. Here is the break down, let me know which project was your favorite! Happy New Year!
#12 Chocolate caramel bars