Cleaning up the blog

So, one of the things on my too long mental To Do List was clean up the blog – delete old posts, etc.

So, if you read it (does anyone read it??), you might find some changes since I was ruthless today.

Oh, and as of right now I am debating about closing down the blog in June.  I want to focus on important items and this one hasn’t been very high on the list by the length of time between posts and how many drafts I still have in the pile…

So, comment if you actually read this and would care if it closes down.  The minimum I will be doing is:

  • randomly post
  • maybe post some photos of projects I have completed so I have a record of them also

Reasons to be on Facebook

So, I had someone a couple of months ago tell me to get off Facebook.  Their reason was they didn’t want to see what their cousin ate for dinner.  I tried to tell her that my friends usually don’t post about that and there was other things on Facebook, but I got ignored.

Then earlier this month someone else told a group of people to get off Facebook.  Her reasoning was there wasn’t anything worthwhile on it.

Wrong!  At least for me, I have multiple things that I follow on Facebook that are worthwhile.

Here are some of my general examples of the type of pages or groups I follow:

  • local fire and weather
  • local community events
  • garage sales, Facebook Marketplace
  • hobbies I am interested in – sewing, etc
  • local Zumba instructor’s page – then we know if the class schedule has been changed and so we can learn the meaning of new songs
  • new InstaPot, etc recipes
  • stores that I frequently go to
  • etc, etc

If you looked I am guessing that you would find pages that interest you too.

Also, in the last month I commented on a grocery stores post and ended up winning a $5 gift card.  If I hadn’t been on Facebook there would have been no way for me to win the gift card.

So, are you on Facebook?

Later – Heather

Unwanted calls?

Long time no post.  I do have a valid excuse, but that isn’t what this post is about.

So, in the last couple of days we have gotten multiple calls from

‘DSCNT CBL SRVCS’ 702-359-7676

Every call we had sent to the voicemail and they never left a message.  After a few of the calls I did a Google search and found out that some people were getting 7 – 10 calls a day from this number!  Ouch.  So, I went into our phone system and blocked it.

Then, I got an email from FTC titled ‘How to Stop Unwanted Calls’.  Since I know everyone isn’t signed up for the FTC emails I figured I would attach a link to their website that gives options on how to stop the unwanted calls.

https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/features/how-stop-unwanted-calls?utm_campaign=unwanted-calls&utm_content=text-link&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

Let me know if the link and advice helps you.

Later – Heather

 

Heat Transfer Vinyl (HTV)

Long time no post…  I just saw a photo of a Christmas present I made so I figured I would do a quick post.

Who else has gotten into using Heat Transfer Vinyl (HTV)?  There are many videos on YouTube, individual blogs, etc so I won’t repeat how to do it, but I will show you the first project that I did for a family member.

heat transfer vinyl, HTV, present

first HTV shirt

The lighting wasn’t great, but the trees are a solid green.  I used my Sizzix hand die cutting machine and some of the dies I had for making scrapbooks.  I had to play around with which way the HTV needed to be placed on the die since I wasn’t able to electronically flip my text.

The shirt is still being worn, but I have had to touch up a few of the letters with an iron.  I am still working on the correct amount of time, etc that they should be ironed for, etc.

Since this original shirt I have made eight more shirts for different family members.  So far I haven’t heard that the shapes or letters have fallen off.

What is your latest craft project?

Later – Heather

 

Instant Pot recipes

Hi.  Yes, I am still here, but have been spending more time living life and working on projects than updating the blog.  I catch myself thinking ‘I should make a blog post about this’ so one of these days I will write about some of my current projects.

Just wanted everyone (anyone?) to know that I just added the links to some of my family’s current favorite Instant Pot recipes to the ‘Links to Instant Pot Recipes’ page.  Tonight I cooked the Pork Chops and they were very good.

Do you have a favorite Instant Pot recipe?  If so, please share the link.

Later – Heather

Why we should all consider taking a midlife gap year — ideas.ted.com

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When Caroline Harper suddenly found herself jobless in her mid-40s, she decided to step off the corporate ladder and travel to all the places she’d always wanted to go, from Antarctica to Egypt. Here’s how it changed her life — and her career. Caroline Harper loved her work negotiating big contracts in the oil and…

via Why we should all consider taking a midlife gap year — ideas.ted.com

I read this article and definitely agree with it.  Maybe if you can’t take a gap year you could at least do something different on your next vacation which would allow you to think about what you would want to do in the future.  As I have been known to say, I still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up 😉

If money was no object, what job would you like to have in the future?

Later – Heather

Focus – Word for 2019

I want to wish everyone a Happy New Year.

I have decided to make some changes to the blog, but I am still mentally working out the details so it will be spelled out in a future post.

Do you select a Word of the Year?  Last year I picked ‘Be’ as my word.   ‘Be’ fit what I needed, whether I knew it or not on January 1st, 2018.

This year I decided on Focus since I want to focus on:

  • my family
  • my health
  • on projects
    • Hopefully I will finish some projects so my active ‘partly done’ list is smaller at the end of 2019 than now.  This doesn’t mean I won’t add new ideas to the list, but I have to get some of the partly finished projects sitting around here done and provide some free space – physically and mentally.
  • etc – I know other things will come up that will need my Focus for at least a short period of time.

One thing I am trying this year is to fill out a planner again.  I have tried to use a bought planner in previous years and have failed.  Then I tried a Bullet Journal for a while, but gave up since I was constantly having to rewrite tasks from week to week since they were not getting done.

So, this year I created a three month planner (to start) of my own design.  It is a combination of a regular planner and a Bullet Journal.  I will let you know at the end of March what worked and what I will be changing for the next three months.

Until next time, Heather

 

Jordan Page YouTube Blogger

Do you watch or listen to YouTube.com?  Did you realize there are bloggers who post on YouTube?

I have found that I can listen to the YouTube bloggers through my smartphone and get things done around the house at the same time – hey, it at least makes the time go by faster when I am doing the dishes, etc.

So, here is the first (I think, since I have been planning on posting these for a long time, but don’t think I ever wrote one up) of the YouTube.com bloggers that I listen to weekly.

Oh, and no, these are not sponsored and if you say you found them through me they would have no idea who I was, but I would love it if you did tell them 🙂

If you see Jordan Page’s face you might recognize her from the Rachel Ray Show or other television shows.  I had never checked out her blog or YouTube channel until another YouTube blogger mentioned her earlier this year.

Jordan Page – https://www.youtube.com/user/funcheaporfree or search Jordan Page

or go to her blog:  http://funcheaporfree.com/

So, in September Jordan did a challenge called #Shelftember Challenge.  The premise was to eat the items you already have in the your refrigerator, freezer and pantry before going to the store and shopping for groceries.  You were give a small amount to buy fresh vegetables, milk, etc each week.

Since we were going on vacation in mid-September (yes, we had fun and I will post about it in the future) I thought this was a good idea for us to implement.

Well, other than a few shopping trips where we picked up bargains, something special,  something we needed to make a dish that went along with what we were eating from our refrigerator, freezer or pantry or to replace something we were running low on we have been eating mostly this way since September.

Oh, and I will say that we still go out to eat randomly, but I consider those ‘Dates’ and the cost falls into another bucket in our budget.  Hey, we need to have some fun in life and at least once a week I don’t want to cook 😉

I can’t tell you exact amounts, but our food bill was definitely lower in October versus August.  The other bonus is we are starting to see some blank space in our freezer, etc so I will be able to buy the turkey that is on sale this week and have room for it in the freezer until Thanksgiving.

I will always be happy to have a stockpile of food for in case of emergencies (earthquakes, snow, floods, power outages, etc can all happen here), but it was getting a little crazy that each week we saw multiple things for sale in the ads and had to go buy them instead of having multiple days a week that we ate the food that we already had.

So, after doing this for a couple of months the husband appears to be on board.  From now on I will plan my menu for the week and then look at the local sale ads.  If there is something we are craving, a super bargain (think baking supplies that go on sale before Christmas, etc) or something that we are running low on then I will buy those items, but I will always be looking to get the items on sale or with a coupon, if at all possible

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How do you keep your food bill under control?

Later – Heather

 

 

 

Tip Tuesday

So, I made some gluten-free sourdough starter with sorghum flour that I had in the house from the following recipe and we thought it was too sour.

https://successfullyglutenfree.blogspot.com/2013/12/easy-gluten-free-sourdough-starter.html

And, then I realized I didn’t have any brown rice flour in the house, but I realized that I had brown rice in the pantry so I ground some of the brown rice with a older coffee grinder (which hadn’t been used for coffee) similar to this one and made my own brown rice flour!

https://www.target.com/p/mr-coffee-174-blade-grinder-black-ids57-np/-/A-16391441?ref=tgt_adv_XS000000&AFID=google_pla_df&fndsrc=tgtao&CPNG=PLA_Appliances%2BShopping&adgroup=SC_Appliances_Food+Dehydrators&LID=700000001170770pgs&network=g&device=c&location=9030852&gclsrc=aw.ds&ds_rl=1246978&ds_rl=1247068&ds_rl=1246978&ref=tgt_adv_XS000000&AFID=google_pla_df&CPNG=PLA_Appliances+Shopping&adgroup=SC_Appliances_Food%20Dehydrators&LID=700000001170770pgs&network=g&device=c&location=9030852&gclid=CjwKCAjw6-_eBRBXEiwA-5zHadkXcFHD7V0BYp0KC6q7QsO17p_9CJ-gNlpOm-ZmRcdib-k4wi3E9xoCxD4QAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds

At the moment the brown rice flour and water are sitting on the counter.  Later this week / next week I will report back how the sourdough bread turned out.

What creative cooking tips have you done lately?

Later – Heather

 

Hallelujah Toffee – It is available!

The online store is open at http://hallelujahtoffee.org/  for Hallelujah Toffee.  If you are in Northern Nevada it is also available at a few craft fairs which are listed on the website.

I am so glad that I got to volunteer with Hallelujah Toffee again this year.  We made over 4,000 lbs of toffee in less than three weeks!  This year I was able to help by cooking and packing toffee into bags.

A friend asked and it is all made by hand with love by volunteers in single pan batches.  It definitely doesn’t taste like normal store bought toffee.

So if you want to buy some great, handmade toffee and support a great cause then please buy a box.

My only warning is it is addicting and we are selling out earlier and earlier each year even though we make over 4,000 pounds.

100% of our profits go directly to 40 well-deserving students from the slums of Kenya, each with their own personal story of difficult circumstances and even stronger resolve. Affectionately referred to as our “Candy Kids,” these secondary students are now receiving a full year of education, room and board, mentoring, an emergency medical fund, and summer camp experiences during their holiday months.

http://hallelujahtoffee.org/

What organizations do you volunteer with?

Later – Heather