#TBT: Healthier potatoes au gratin 

I love potatoes au Gratin. They are a beautiful, cheesy, delicious side dish. 

I really love The Pioneer Woman's poatatoes au Gratin. But with the heavy cream I just can't make them... I am trying over here. Trying I tell you!!!

But last week I decided to try and make a healthier version. They are still potatoes... so there's a starchy carb and I still put cheese on them (there is only so much you can ask of me!). But man they are good. 


Sweet Potato and Apple Hash

Last week we talked about all of the things you could do with a sweet potato. 

Today I am sharing this recipe I whipped up earlier this week. 

I found this recipe for Sweet Potato and Apple Hash on Pinterest. It called for pancetta. Which is delicious! But not very healthy and kind of expensive. So I set out to make it while omitting this ingredient. 

What about you? What are you cooking this week? 


Frugal Gift Guide: Gifts Under $5

DIY Lush Inspired Bath Bombs with free gift tag Peg rack


Goodwill Chalkboard Mug

Magnet Frame

Lapdesk from up cycled tv tray



Up cycled Button Picture Frame

Chalkboard table

Coffee Body Scrub

Handprint coasters

Mason Jar Tumbler

Ornament Frame

Framed photo display

DIY Button Hair Pins

Personalized Wall Letters


Upcycling an old dress into an infinity scarf

As many of you already know I got rid of over half my clothes over the course of the spring and summer. I really paired down my wardrobe to the things I loved.

I have since updated my wardrobe with a few new-to-me pieces, but I am still learning how to put my wardrobe together and accessorize. 

However, I have still had trouble letting go of a few items. A lot of them were things that I couldn't donate because they were stained or had holes... But I didn't want to just throw them in the trash. I could see there was second life in them. 

One in particular was a dress that I got at Old Navy eight or nine years ago. Yeah, it was old, out of trend and falling apart. 

The straps had popped off, the seems were tearing and the hem had fallen out. But I loved the pattern. 

So I decided to turn the dress into an infinity scarf. 



It was very simple and you could do it at home in under a minute. 

This is what I did. 

I took the dress and laid it flat on the floor. 

Then I measured about 48 inches from the (frayed) hem. I cut across the length of the dress.

Then I discarded the top half, took the bottom half and draped it around my neck. Then I looped it to create the infinity look. 

I think it is very cute and the frayed hem added a neat little touch. 

And that is it. It was so simple. You could do this with a tshirt as well. Or you could make one for a little girl out of a dress that was stained or torn. 

What have you repurposed or upcycled? I want to know about it. Leave me a comment!


Peg Rack for Under $5

This is a part of a series on frugal gift giving. 

There is too much stuff on my floors. Hats, jackets, bags. You name it. It all ends up on the floor. I see really cute shaker peg racks when I am out and about. But since I like to keep things simple, I wanted to make my own. 

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