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THE FARRAGIO BLOG

Hi, I'm Angela...wife, mother, rescue pug and cat parent, small business owner...
with a little blogging thrown into the mix.

QUICK KITCHEN TIPS

May 27, 2017


AVOID MICROWAVE SPLATTER
An easy way to keep food from splattering in the microwave is to keep a package of coffee filters handy and use one to cover food while it's microwaving.


NATURAL ROOM FRESHENER
Fill a small pot with 1/4" of vegetable or olive oil and stir in cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves (whatever yummy-smelling spices you have on hand) and warm the pot on a low setting on your stove for about 15 to 20 minutes (don't let it burn). Your house will smell like you just baked a pie.


KEEP TOPS OF KITCHEN CABINETS CLEAN
If your kitchen cabinets don't reach to the ceiling you know that the tops of them can get gunky with accumulated dust and grease. A great way to keep from having to clean them is to line them with contact paper (the kind you line the inside of your cabinets with). When the contact paper gets gunky, just peel and replace.


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POWER PACKED BREAKFAST SMOOTHIE

May 6, 2017


blender smoothie
(Image courtesy of aschaeffer)

Power Packed Breakfast Smoothie


Makes 2 servings

Ingredients:
1 cup plain Greek yogurt
1 banana
1/2 cup kefir milk (or milk of choice)
1/2 cup frozen or fresh chopped kale
1/2 cup frozen blueberries (or frozen fruit of choice)
1/4 cup liquid egg whites
1 scoop pea or vegan protein powder
2 tablespoon chia seeds
2 tablespoon flax seeds
1 tablespoon unsweetend cocoa powder
2 teaspoons ground turmeric
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon gr...
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DIY QUICK TIP - HANGING CURTAINS

April 28, 2017


To say I'm obsessed with 3M™ Command™ products is an understatement. I use them for everything. This time I used the Large Brushed Nickel Hooks and some cafe rods to hang valances. It's super-easy to hang any lightweight curtain or valance and, my favorite part, you don't have to drill holes in the wall.

valances


valances


valances


valances


diy hanging curtains


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HOMEMADE PROTEIN BARS

April 13, 2017


protein bars

Quick and delicious, these are a much healthier alternative to store-bought bars.
The only unhealthy part is they're so good we can't stop eating them.

Homemade Protein Bars



Ingredients
4 tablespoons butter (salted or unsalted)
16-ounce jar natural peanut butter (creamy or crunchy)
1/3 cup honey
1/4 cup chia seeds
1/4 cup flaxseed
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups crispy rice cereal
2 cups quick oats
1/2 cup tapioca flour
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional...
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DIY SIDE TABLE MAKEOVER

March 5, 2017


side tables

These hand-me-down tables from my sister have taken a beating through the years but I figured they still had a lot of life left in them. I've been sprucing up my living room, and with it being a smaller space I knew these narrow tables would work well as end tables but after years of use they were in desperate need of an update.

Wanting to stick to a makeover budget, and being the lazy DIY-er that I am, I didn't want to spend more time or money than necessary. But I think my (lack of) ...
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HOW TO SPOT CLEAN A MICROFIBER COUCH

January 9, 2017


Republished from an earlier post

microfiber couch

We're in the midst of redecorating our living room and last week we purchased a new couch set (sofa set? tomayto, tomahto?). I was so excited to get the new furniture. It was our first time to purchase microfiber and the one thing I didn't consider, and didn't even realize until we got the furniture home is that our dog, Chanel, drools in her sleep. How unladylike! So our options seemed to be either get rid of the furniture (never!), get rid of the do...
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DIY DOCKING STATION

January 2, 2017


Republished from an earlier post

4-panel basket

Necessity is the mother of all invention. I was tired of seeing all the charging cords laying on my counter, so I found an old basket in the closet, shoved the cords through the back, and voila. A docking station that took all of 60 seconds to make.


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CRANBERRY RECIPES PART II

December 25, 2016


Republished from an earlier post

Ever since I blogged my original Cranberry Recipes post, I've continued to be on the lookout for interesting cranberry recipes. The first post was popular so I thought I'd share these new finds. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

pistachios cranberry cookies
{Pistachios Cranberry Cookies at http://www.portraits-by-nc.com}


upside down cranberry cake
{Upside Down Cranberry Cake at smittenkitchen.com}


cranberry kale soup
{Winter Power Soup with Kale and Cranberries at oldenewenglandrecipes.blogspot.com}


pumpkin cranberry fudge
{Pump...
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CRANBERRY RECIPES

December 18, 2016


Republished from an earlier post
See Cranberry Recipes, Part II for even more delicious and unique cranberry recipes.


Cranberry sauce is a traditional Thanksgiving dish but I'm a bit of a picky eater so I've never tasted it. I'm planning on trying it this Thanksgiving and I started wondering what other cranberry dishes are out there. I've searched the internet for some interesting cranberry recipes and thought I would share a few that I have found.....


cranberry salsa
{Cranberry Salsa at acouplec...
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FIVE MINUTE MINT CHOCOLATE CAKE IN A MUG

December 16, 2016


mug of cake

Quick and delicious, with this recipe you can satisfy your chocolate craving within five minutes, and with the mint twist, it makes a great Christmas dessert.

5-Minute Mint Chocolate Cake in a Mug


Makes 2 servings

Ingredients:
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons milk (if using creamer)
1 tablespoon peppermint creamer (if omitted, use 3 Tbs milk)
1 tablespoon egg white
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
4 tablespoons flour
3 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons cocoa
1 tablespoon coffee
1/4...
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