How to Dye Coffee Filters using Coffee and Food Dye

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I’m back! 

I’m back! It has been a long time since my last blog post and I’m happy to say I am here to stay. One of the most challenging aspects of blogging is consistency, at least it has been for me. Because of this I have been doing my research and taking notes trying to figure out new ways to improve my consistency and help me stay on track. One way I plan on doing this is by narrowing my posts down into categories. For example, this months DIY posts will be focused specifically on coffee filters and the recipes will be all about sandwiches. Furthermore I apologize for my absence and hope to get things back on track.

How to Dye Coffee Filters 

Today I want show you how I Dye my coffee filters. You are going to need to know how to do this for the next few blogs posts coming up this month. I have tried a few different methods and this is what seems to work the best for me.


Step 1 : Add your morning coffee to an bowl along with some instant coffee grinds. Add more or less depending on how dark you want your filters. I like to do some light ones then throw in a little more coffee grinds so I have darker ones, also. Doing it this way also gives me a nice variety of dark and light to chose from. Use your wooden spoon to press the filters down in the coffee so they are completely covered in coffee.

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Step 2: Gently squeeze the coffee filters over the bowl so they are not dripping wet. Separate the filters into small piles and arrange on an old cookie sheet so they dry evenly.

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Step 3: Set your oven to the lowest possibly temperature ( mine is 170 F) and bake the coffee filters. You want to check on them about every 10-15 minutes so they do not burn. Each time you check them you are going to want to rearrange them by putting the more dry ones on top and the more wet ones on the bottom. This will help them to dry quickly and evenly because it helps the heat circulate.

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Dyeing with Food Coloring

I just gave you the 3 basic steps to coffee dying coffee filters. So now let me show you how I dye them using food coloring. You are basically just doing the same thing except with food dye rather then coffee. When I do this I use the dry, pre-coffee dyed filters. I do it this way because it makes the pink a little more grungy looking, which is what I like.

Step 1: Next, add Red ( or whatever color you like) food dye to water. I use a small glass bowl and about half the bottle of red food dye which will make a darker looking filter.

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Step 2: Repeat steps 2 & 3 above in coffee dyeing tutorial.

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Scalloped Potatoes & Hamburg Bake

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Scalloped Potatoes & Hamburg Bake

Listen, I’ll be honest with you, I am terrible at coming up with names for my recipes. I just call them as I see them. When I started this blog all I knew was that I could cook, I didn’t realize that there were so many different elements to blogging. Along with cooking I also had to learn photography & improve my semi non existing writing skills. So bare with me as I learn. I am currently reading a book by Anne Lamott called Bird By Bird. I will warn you there is some foul language in the book. I am not finished with the book yet but basically she is showing me how to break down my writing into one category at a time and quit the other voice’s in my head so I can deal with one voice at a time. In one particular part of the book she asks you to close your eyes and imagine all those voice in your head are mice. She then says to to put each mouse (voice) in a separate jar so you can sort through the voices one by one. I know that sounds confusing but it actually does help, a lot!

Ok, that’s enough about my writing skills. Lets talk about this Scalloped Potatoes & Hamburg Bake! So this recipe basically came to be out of pure laziness. My husband said he wanted a meatloaf and every time I think meatloaf I think scalloped potatoes as a side. In my mind they go together like Peanut butter and Jelly, like coffee and mornings, like me and burlap. You get it. I had everything ready to go, the potatoes laid out, hamburg thawed, oven preheated. But then I got lazy, really lazy. I thought, forget it. I wasn’t in the mood to make all that but now I was now craving scalloped potatoes and my husband still wanted something with ground beef. So I thought to myself, I know, I’ll just throw the ground beef in with the potatoes. Perfect, right? wrong. To feel good about myself as both a wife and a mother I knew I had to add a veggie. I thought about making a veggie on the side but that would mean another dirty dish and I just wasn’t having it. I found a bag of peas in the freezer tossed them in and called it a day.

Summer Sandwich Recipes

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Want some quick meal ideas for this summer? Why not try one of these 20 delicious Summer sandwich recipes? They all look so amazing I have no idea how I will choose! =)

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1.Grilled Pepperoni Pizza Sandwiches – Saving Dollars & Sense

2. Chicken Salad w/ Grapes – Menu of Musings

3. Tomato Egg Salad Sandwich – Hot Eats and Cool Reads

4. Creamy Cob Sandwich – Hot Eats and Cool Reads

5. Slow Cooker Pulled BBQ Beef Sandwich – Living Sweet Moments

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6. Easy Philly Cheese Steak Sandwiches – Living Sweet Moments

7. Grilled Cheese w/ Smoked Pulled Beef – Say Grace

8. Copy Cat Chick-Fil-A Chicken Salad Sandwich – Cincy Shopper

9. Crock Pot Chicken Ceaser Sandwiches – Two Healthy Kitchens

10. BLT Egg Salad Sandwich – Two Healthy Kitchens

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11. Crock Pot Maid Rites – Ally’s Sweet and Savory Eats

12. Healthy Turkey Sandwich w/ Black Bean Spread – The Wicked Noodle

13. Easy Bahn Mi Sandwich – Dinner at the Zoo

14. Caprese Sandwiches – Eat. Thrive. Glow.

15. Spinach Artichoke Turkey Sandwich – My Suburban Kitchen

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16. Turkey, Turkey Bacon Club Sandwich – All She Cooks

17. Apple Bees Clubhouse Grille Sandwich – Baking Beauty

18. Ham, Cheese, & Pear Melt w/ Pepper Jelly – Happy Deal Happy Day

19. Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes w/ Creamy Coleslaw – Frugal Living NW

20. Baked Ham & Cheese – Frugal Living NW

Baked Italian Hoagie Sandwiches

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Baked Italian Hoagie Sandwiches

Make these Baked Italian Hoagie Sandwiches for your next family game night or party. Not only are they quick and easy to make but they are also delicious. I have been making these for awhile and they are always a huge hit!


1  Loaf of Italian Bread

6-7 slices of Deli ham ( Thinly sliced)

8 slices of Hard Salami ( Thinly Sliced)

8 slices of provolone cheese

3-4 Tablespoons of butter


Shredded lettuce ( 1 small bag)

1 tomato ( sliced)

1/2 onion ( sliced)

banana peppers ( optional)

Italian Dressing or Oil

Salt & Pepper

Garlic Powder


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Slice loaf of Italian bread in half but do not slice completely through. Spread the insides of the bread with butter and put on a cookie sheet buttered sides down. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes or until buttered sides are slightly toasted. Leaving the bread on the cookie sheet, flip the bread so buttered sides are facing up and add as much or as little mayo as you like. Then begin to evenly load the hoagie with ham, salami, and cheese ( in that order). Bake at 350 degrees for 5 minutes or until cheese is melted. Take it out of the oven and load it up with lettuce, tomato, onion, and banana peppers. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and garlic powder and drizzle with Italian dressing or oil. Cut into sandwich size pieces and serve.

Grilled Chicken Recipes

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Grilled Chicken Recipes 

Summer is almost here and with that comes grillin’ season, my favorite! Here are a few delicious grilled chicken recipes to get your grillin’ season started off in the right direction. Hope you enjoy!

Don’t forget to check out Mondays post – Uncle Chucks Chicken on the Grill.

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1. Tequila-Lime Grilled Chicken Salad – Lydi Out Loud

2. Easy Grilled chicken Kabobs – Can’t Google Everything

3. Cilantro Lime Chicken – The Wicked Noodle

4. Grilled Chicken Marinade w/ Lemon & Garlic – Two Healthy Kitchens

5. Greek Chicken Souvlaki – Dinner at the Zoo

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6. Lemon Asparagus Pasta w/ Grilled chicken – Dinner at the Zoo

7. Honey Lime Sriracha Grilled Chicken – The Pintertest Kitchen

8. Grilled Chicken Salad w/ Ginger Dressing – Dear Creatives

9. Spicy Grilled Chicken Kabobs – All She Cooks

10. Grilled Chicken Wings with mango guava soy – All She Cooks

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11. Japaleno Marinated Grilled Chicken – Ann’s Entitled Life

12. Italian Marinated Grilled chicken & breaded Grilled tomatoes – An Italian in my Kitchen

13. Grilled Sriracha Chicken – Miz Helen’s Country Cottage

14. Grilled Chicken w/ Alabama White Sauce – Miz Helen’s Country Cottage

15. Steak & Chicken Kabobs – My Heavenly Recipes

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16. Grilled Lime Tequila Chicken Breasts – You Brew My Tea

17. Hawaiian Chicken Kabobs – You Brew My Tea

18. Sweet Chili & Lime Chicken – Sidewalk Shoes

19. Lemon-Cumin Grilled Chicken – Sidewalk Shoes

20. Grilled Buffalo Chicken Wraps – A Few Short Cuts

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21. The Best Grilled Chicken Recipe Ever – Freebie Finding Mom

Uncle Chuck’s Chicken on the Grill

Uncle Chuck's Chicken

Uncle Chuck’s Chicken on the Grill

When it comes to cooking on the Grill the struggle is REAL especially when it comes to meat. It seems I am either over-cooking it or undercooking it and, of course, you can’t serve under-cooked meat so it then goes back on the grill until I have achieved the polar opposite, a burnt slab of meat. So this year I have decided enough is enough and went to the pro, my brother. This guy can  seriously cook anything on the grill. His burgers alone are #drool worthy. So this year I am going to find out all of  his secrets starting with his Chicken on the Grill. In this particular recipe, my brother used chicken leg quarters but he has also used this method of cooking on legs & thighs and chicken breasts. The cooking times will vary depending on what cut of chicken you decide to use.

Uncle Chuck’s Chicken on the Grill  


8-10 Chicken quarters

1 – stick Butter

2 (1/2) – 3 – Cups Vinegar

Garlic Powder to taste

salt & Pepper to taste



Turn grill to high (or 500 degrees), once it reaches 500 degrees clean it off good with grill brush. Once the grill is cleaned turn the heat down to 350 degrees ( medium high). On the stovetop in a small/medium sized sauce pan, on medium heat, add butter, vinegar, garlic powder, salt & pepper. Cook till butter is melted, stirring occasionally. Once grill has reached the correct temperature of 350 degrees place raw chicken halves on the grill and baste them with vinegar & butter mixture. Close the lid to the grill and cook chicken for 1 to 1(1/2) hours or until chicken has reached a safe temperature of 170-F (77-C) degrees, basting every 15 minutes.

Make ahead Breakfast Burritos

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Make ahead Breakfast Burritos

Keeping some of these easy Make ahead Breakfast Burritos on hand will make your mornings extra enjoyable. I love knowing that I only have one mess to clean up from breakfast, for the ENTIRE week! And the mess is really not that bad. Usually, it consists of 1 electric skillet, a cutting board, a bowl, and of course, a few utensils. See, easy peasy, not even enough to fully load the dishwasher 😉 Paper plates also help to keep the mess minimal.

Now, I know I said these are Make ahead Breakfast Burritos, and they are, but my mom also had another great idea. She suggested that if I had overnight company I could make these up the night before, place them seam-side down in a greased cake pan, and bake them in the morning. I’m not sure what temperature these would have to cook at because I have never tried it. If you googled it I am sure you would find something on it. Gotta love google, right!?

* I saw many different methods of wrapping and freezing the burritos but I liked the one I used int this recipe the best. I can not find the website where I saw this, I might even have seen it on youtube. But I want all my readers to know that the recipe is my own but the freezer method is not. If I happen to come across it again I will be sure to link it. If you choose to make these burritos for yourself do some research on the different freezer methods, you may find something you like better. For example, I saw some people wrap them in foil. This would be a nice method if you chose not to use microwaves, you could probably take them straight out of the freezer and bake them in the oven with the foil still on. =)

Cheesy Bacon Meatloaf

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I wasn’t always a fan of meatloaf growing up if you ever had my mom’s meatloaf you would understand why. Don’t worry, I’m not saying this to be mean, it’s just the truth. If you ask her about her meatloaf she just laughs and says  “well, it’s usually hit or miss”. And if she says it’s a miss, then dominos is on the menu.  It has become the family joke- make whatever for supper mom just not a meatloaf! I do have to say that meatloaf is about the ONLY thing that woman can’t cook.. well.. and turkey, but that’s a whole different story. ha.

Enough about my mom’s meatloaf let’s talk about mine. This flavorful Meatloaf is loaded with chunks of bacon and globs of cheese. The meat is moist and the ends are crispy. Baked to perfection in the oven, this meatloaf is sure to be a family favorite.  Definitely not my Mamma’s meatloaf. 😉



2.25 pounds ground beef

1/2 pound of bacon (fried and crumbled.. you could do this the night before)

8 oz of shredded melting cheese ( I use Velveeta)

1/4 tsp. pepper

1 tsp. minced garlic ( you could always use garlic powder if you don’t have minced garlic)

1 tsp. Worcestershire

2 tsp. mustard

1/2 C. Ketchup

2 C. breadcrumbs ( I used seasoned)

3 eggs


1 C. ketchup

1 tsp. Worcestershire

1 tsp. mustard

1 Tbsp. brown sugar

Directions: Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees

Add all ingredients for the meatloaf to a large mixing bowl. Use your hands to fold the ingredients into the ground beef ( this is going to get messy so you may want to take off your rings). Once all the ingredients are mixed into the meatloaf, place it into a greased 7 X 11 cake pan. I try to shape mine into an oval shape, then I take my hands and press the ends in some. Next, mix up your glaze. Spread the glaze evenly over the top of the meatloaf. Bake uncovered at 375 degrees for 50 minutes to an hour, or until meatloaf is cooked the whole way threw ( a meat thermometer is a good tool to use here). As soon as meatloaf is finished call dibs on the end piece, it’s the best! 😉

*My four Ingredient Mac & Cheese is the perfect side dish for this Meatloaf!

Meals that are ready in 20 Minutes or Less

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Meals that are Ready and on the Dinner Table in 20 Minutes or Less

Whether you are a busy mom, or just live a busy lifestyle, you will appreciate this round up of Meals that are Ready in 20 Minutes or Less. There is a quick meal to fit just about any diet in this roundup. It is always a good idea to keep the pantry stocked with ingredients to make a few of these quick meals for the “just in case” moments during the week. I hope you will give some of these meals a try, and if you do, I would love to hear what you thought of them. =)

20M F1

1.) Tuna Burgers with Roasted Pepper tartar Sauce – Living Sweet Moments

2.) Turkey Brie Quesadillas with Pears – Living Sweet Moments

3.) Cacio E Pepe Pasta –  Living Sweet Moments

4.) Popcorn Chicken Nuggets –  Kenarry

5.) Reuben Wraps – Ally’s Sweet and Savory Eats

20M F2

6.) Mini Tuna Melt Sliders – Ally’s Sweet and Savory Eats

7.) Super Easy Dorito Nachos – Couponing foQuick Beef Stewr 4

8.) Easy Egg Drop Soup – Couponing for 4

9.) Vegan Sweet Potato & Black Bean Burritos – Mama likes to Cook

10.) Easy Vegetarian Sopes – Mama Likes to Cook

20M F3

11.) 10 minute Tilapia Tostada – Mom Fabulous

12.) Sriracha Almond Crusted Salmon – Peas & Crayons

13.) Cowboy Food – Become a Coupon Queen

14.) 5 minute Frito Pie – Nerdy Mamma

15.) Quick Beef Stew  – Nerdy Mamma

20M F4

16.) Ham and Cheese Melt with Honey pesto Sauce – Happy Deal Happy Day

17.) English Muffin Pizza – Happy Meal Happy Deal

18.) Spicy Pepperoni Pizza Cups – Mom on the inside

19.) Creamy Dijon Tarragon Chicken – A Lady in France

20.) Easy Bacon Ranch Pasta – Burlap Kitchen

Easy Bacon Ranch Pasta

Bacon Ranch Paata

Easy Bacon Ranch Pasta

This Easy Bacon Ranch Pasta is the perfect meal for all you busy mommas out there. This meal can be cooked and on the table in 20 minutes or less…less if you pre-cook your bacon! Not to mention that it is delicious and your family will love it. I mean seriously how could you go wrong with a recipe that has bacon and ranch as the main ingredient??!!? So if you have a busy week coming up be sure to add my Easy Bacon Ranch Pasta to the menu. =)

The only complaint I would have about making this dish is the way the bacon mysteriously disappears. I swear I could be the only one in the house and as soon as the bacon sizzles everyone magically appears… and eats my bacon! How rude! ( In my best Stephanie Tanner voice) Oh, come on! Don’t act like you didn’t binge watch fuller house the night it came out 😉  So if your family is anything like mine, I would advise making extra bacon.

This is completely irrelevant to my pasta recipe, but I have to ask, what did you think of the new episodes of Fuller house? I loved them! I thought they were fun and definitely took me back to my childhood. I thought all of the cast still looked amazing! I was, however, a little disappointed that Michelle wasn’t in any of the episodes. I kinda missed the whole thumbs up ” you go it dude” thing. Now I am wondering if there will be a season two? I would love it if they made this a regular show with new seasons every year. Wishful thinking I guess, we will see what happens next year. It seems like they had an awesome turnout. Fingers crossed 😉

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