Grey Graphic Rocking Chair Update | Baby Boy Nursery

Grey Graphic Rocking Chair Update | Baby Boy Nursery | Little Kitchen, Big Bites
With my first child, everything we purchased was sparkling new or a hand me down from a very well known source that was painstakingly cleaned and perfected for her arrival.  Everything was washed, folded, and waiting in drawers.  Her nursery was perfect, and ready for her the moment she got home from the hospital.  And she probably spent a grand total of a couple hours in there in her first six months.

Grey Graphic Rocking Chair Update | Baby Boy Nursery | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

Now that I’m onto baby #2, we’re doing things a little differently.  I’ve bought basically nothing for him other than old pieces of furniture that I’m scalping off random mommy groups, Craigslist or garage sales for dirt cheap and experimenting with until they look good {And a double BOB.  Because it was basically the only thing that I dubbed essential.  BOB mamas, can I get an amen?}.  And I’m not going to lie, I’m having way more fun with it.  And it’s costing us way less.

Grey Graphic Rocking Chair Update | Baby Boy Nursery | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

So I have a lot of fun things that I’m slowly reading to share with you guys, one little project at a time.  And then we’ll do a big reveal once the whole thing is done.  Which, because of all of that compulsive nesting stuff, may still be before he’s born.  Or, because of all of that second time mom stuff, may be never.  Only time will tell.

Grey Graphic Rocking Chair Update | Baby Boy Nursery | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

Today I’m sharing a glider that I got for FREE.  New moms and first time pregnant moms, here’s a tip.  Find a local moms swap and sell Facebook group and join asap.  People in your community are probably selling baby items that are in great shape at a fraction of the cost {or just giving them away} all around you and you don’t even realize it.

Grey Graphic Rocking Chair Update | Baby Boy Nursery | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

So back to free.  I managed to snag this one and was over at this lady’s house an hour after she posted it. It was in great shape, but had been used and the fabric was looking a little tired.  So my mom and I got it home, stripped the cushion covers, and I handed it over to the expert {thanks mom!} to recover with fabric we got on sale at JoAnn {similar here}.  The general idea is to open up the existing cushion covers and use them as a pattern for your new covers, making sure to duplicate or expose any velcro or straps that may need to reattach.

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Since we’re going for kind of a beachy, distressed, light vibe in little guy’s room, I took some sandpaper to the already slightly warn wood and gave it a little more distressing.  And voila!  A perfect new rocking chair was born, for just the cost of the fabric.

Stay tuned for more nursery projects, coming soon!

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Slow Cooker Asian Beef Lettuce Wraps | Leftover Hamburger Hack

Slow Cooker Asian Beef Lettuce Wraps | Leftover Hamburger Hack | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

My lovely friends, grilling season has officially begun.  And if you’re like us, you’re dusting off the BBQ and getting ready for plenty of warm evenings with burgers, brats and other deliciousness.  But then…

Tell me if this scenario sounds familiar to you.  You’ve invited a bunch of family and friends over for a summer BBQ {Memorial Day last weekend anyone?}.  You got the Costco sized pack of hamburgers for at least $25 {a steal for the amount of ground beef that they give you…kisses to Costco}.  They all get grilled up, put on the buffet and everyone settles in to eat their share.

Slow Cooker Asian Beef Lettuce Wraps | Leftover Hamburger Hack | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

You go to tidy up as you’re finishing your meal and you realize there are five perfectly good cooked burgers that haven’t been touched.  Your husband isn’t going to eat a second day leftover hamburger.  Your kids won’t touch them.  So you’re either stuck eating them yourselves or letting that delicious Costco beef go to waste.  Usually, in my house, they end up in the trash can.  Which kills me.

So this time, I planned ahead.  When I got the burgers, I grabbed a few extra ingredients and banked on the fact that there would be extras.  And lo and behold, five delicious burgers ended up in my fridge, ready to be thrown in the slow cooker the next day.

Slow Cooker Asian Beef Lettuce Wraps | Leftover Hamburger Hack | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

And these lettuce wraps are good, easy, relatively healthy stuff {which you really need the day after a big bbq}.  Delicious, sweet and salty and slightly spicy lettuce wraps, with a little hint of smoke from the grill.

I would like to note that you can make the same recipe with ground beef and just brown it up in a pan before you put it in the slow cooker.  It just won’t give you the same level of satisfaction of saving food that you’ll get if you manage to hack your BBQ leftovers into a healthy, delicious second day meal.

Slow Cooker Asian Beef Lettuce Wraps | Leftover Hamburger Hack | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

Slow Cooker Asian Beef Lettuce Wraps | Leftover Hamburger Hack
Author: 
Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: Asian
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: Serves 4-6
 
Ingredients
  • 4-6 large hamburgers, cooked {or sub for 1.5 - 2 lbs hamburger meat}, crumbled with hands or potato masher into bite sized pieces
  • 1½ cups crimini mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 small can water chestnuts, chopped
  • 2 red bell peppers, chopped
  • ½ onion, chopped
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • ¼ cup General Tsao sauce
  • ¼ cup beef broth
  • 1 T sriracha
  • 1 T ginger
  • 1 T preminced garlic
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2-3 cups shredded cabbage
  • 1 head lettuce, washed and separated, for cups
  • Sriracha, green onions, additional General Tsao or soy sauce or any other desired toppings or dips
Instructions
  1. Add everything except the cabbage, lettuce and toppings into the slow cooker. Stir to combine.
  2. Cook on low for 4-6 hours.
  3. Stir in cabbage and let sit for 5-10 minutes, or until cabbage has softened.
  4. Use a slotted spoon to remove mixture from crock pot and place in lettuce cups.
  5. Top with sriracha, green onions, and any desired sauces.

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Garlic Three Cheese Mac & Cheese | Microwavable Mac & Cheese Hack

Garlic Three Cheese Mac & Cheese | Microwavable Mac & Cheese Hack | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

Ok you’re either going to really love me or hate me for this one.

I keep a stash of the Trader Joe’s microwavable mac and cheese in my pantry.  Yes, I’m talking about the single serving, throw in the micro, drop some powdered cheese stuff on top and voila mac and cheese.  College style.  At least the TJ’s kind feels a little better than Easy Mac, with organic wheat macaroni and white cheddar.  But I digress.

Every once in a while I’m at a loss for what to serve for the munchkin and myself for lunch.  It’s usually a Monday and we have no leftovers from the weekend and I have five minutes to come up with something good before she loses it or until lunch time starts to creep into nap time {which is completely unacceptable}.  So every once in a while, we turn to the mac and cheese.

Garlic Three Cheese Mac & Cheese | Microwavable Mac & Cheese Hack | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

And like I said, I give it to Trader Joe’s for fancy-ing it up a little bit, but it still is what it is.  So one day, I decided that maybe I could spice it up a little.  And all it needed were a few little enhancements {like some real cheese} and one extra minute to make it feel more like a meal and less like something out of the box.  Guys, it was good.  Like creamy, cheesy, comfort food-y, completely unhealthy goodness.

PS we’re calling this three cheese, which includes the powdered white cheddar in the box.  Because if I’m doing this, I might as well go all the way.  Judge away, if you must.  Or next time you’re feeling desperate, give it a try.

PPS this is for a single serving.  I haven’t tried, but I would assume if you want to make two servings, just doubling the recipe should work.  If we’re even calling this a recipe…

Garlic Three Cheese Mac & Cheese | Microwavable Mac & Cheese Hack | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

Garlic Three Cheese Mac & Cheese | Microwavable Mac & Cheese Hack
Author: 
Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: Italian
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 1
 
Ingredients
  • 1 packet single serving microwavable mac & cheese (I used the Trader Joe's kind)
  • 1 T milk
  • 1 T shredded cheddar
  • 1 T shredded mozzarella
  • ½ t garlic salt
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Microwave macaroni with water as indicated on the instructions on the packet
  2. Immediately add powdered cheese packet, milk, cheddar, and mozzarella and stir vigorously to combine.
  3. Add garlic salt and salt and pepper to taste, and top with additional shredded cheddar if desired.

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