Everyday Life & Practical Tips

The Pinterest Project Day 6 & 7: Home Experiments

I took a break from the blog yesterday, so today, you get a 2 for 1 on The Pinterest Project. Day 6: Fluffy SoapI saw a post on Pinterest about putting Ivory soap in the microwave. Within a minute, it is supposed to get big and fluffy. A photo and instructions on a website called Our Best Bites promised that it would look like this: On that site, they used it to shape fun bath soaps for kids. I needed a kid’s illustration for a chapel service where I was speaking, and seeing a bar of soap change into a […]

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The Pinterest Project Day 5: Shucking Corn on the Cob

I thought I’d take a trip back to late summer for today’s Pinterest project. Remember summer? When it was warm and the gardens were in full production? I miss that. I can’t make fresh salsa from the snow that covers my garden right now. Anyway, I saw a post about an easier way to shuck sweet corn and knew I had to try it. A little bit of a spoiler here–I labeled the idea a fail at the time I tried it. And I thought I would blog about it today to explain how it failed. However, as I went […]

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The Pinterest Project Day 4: Melting Wax

I saw a post on Pinterest about using the remains of other candles to make little wax bars for simmering pots. The original post from a blog called A Day in My Life showed how to pour melted wax into an ice cube tray to make your own bars. Here is Tiff’s picture of her project: Like Tiff (assuming you clicked over there and read her fabulous post), I do not want to step on the toes of any salesperson from any company that manufactures or sells  wax warmers. However, sometimes, I have part of a candle left over and […]

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Pinterest Project Day 3: Sugar or Salt Dispenser

People come up with the coolest stuff and post it on their blogs. Most people might look at this next project and wonder if there really is a point. But for artsy  people like me, I appreciate the value of a cool container. My salt container is working just fine as it is from the grocery store. But when I saw how someone turned a mason jar into a dispenser by saving the top from an empty salt container, I couldn’t resist. After all, I figured I could use it for sugar or something that doesn’t come in a nifty dispenser.Do […]

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Pinterest Project Day 2: Kale Chips

I’ve seen a zillion Pinterest pins for kale chips. Most talked about how their husbands and children who weren’t vegetable eaters just love them. So, I decided it was time to try. I used kale that was already cut and bagged. I followed the online recipes and sprayed it with olive oil and sprinkled it with sea salt. Then I baked it.  It came out pretty crunchy, except for any stems, which were more the consistency of half-cooked broccoli. Here is what my finished kale chips looked like. I love broccoli and cauliflower. And I like kale in salads. I’m […]

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The Pinterest Project: Day 1

For the first day of my Pinterest Project, I chose an easy assignment. I had a hard time coming up in a pin on Pinterest related to faith, so I’ll evaluate something I see others pin. I have decided I want to read through the Bible in a year. It’s the first of the year, so the perfect day to begin, and many others will do the same. It’s been a couple of years since I last read it through in a year. On Pinterest, I saw several posts for One-Year Bibles. I happened to see one for the NIV […]

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Why Don’t You Lighten Up a Little?

November 14 is Lighten Up Day. What could be better than a guest post from humorist Rhonda Rhea to help us lighten up? The following is used with permission from the author, so please do not re-post it without permission. I can’t wait to review the book and tell you more about it. Living in the Light/Dwelling in His Presence by Rhonda Rhea excerpt from Chapter 14 of: How Many Lightbulbs Does It Take to Change a Person?    I admit it, I’m a cruise fan. I love everything about it. Especially the food. A cruise and overeating go together […]

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Spark: A Book Reivew

Have you ever participated in a 12-week group with the intent to change in some way? Perhaps it was a Bible study, or a new program. Have you ever noticed how few people really change by the end of such a program? The intent is there, but the change never happens. In his book titled Spark, Jason Jaggard proposes that the reason the standard way we learn things leaves us unchanged is because we are not challenged to step out of our comfort zone and take risks. He says a spark is a choice, a small risk. Jaggard created what […]

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Mmm….Bread! Best White Bread Recipe

I haven’t posted something practical in a long time. And, I’ve had many requests for my bread recipe, so why not post it? I baked rolls for our Easter dinner today with this recipe. I got this recipe from someone special, and I love it because it’s so budget friendly. I used my grandma’s recipe for a while, but it takes milk and eggs, and this one is just water, flour and oil, basically. The trick to good bread, is in the kneading and it making sure it isn’t too sticky or too stiff. I haven’t purchased a load of […]

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Freezer Meals – I’m Lovin’ It

At the beginning of November, I knew I had a lot of writing projects and other responsibilities. And I knew that I wouldn’t have time to make meals from scratch every night. So, I decided to try making meals ahead of time and freezing them. Turns out, I love it! Every night, I knew what was for dinner and I just checked the menu in the morning to make sure I thawed what needed thawing. When I started out, I chose to make simple meals, not meals that needed recipes. I knew that if I made it too complicated, I […]

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