Everyday Life & Practical Tips

The Pinterest Project Day 26: Texas Caviar

I was in the mood for some Texas Caviar (also called Cowboy Caviar) for lunch. So, I went to Pinterest to see if there was a new recipe I could try. Uh, there were pages of recipes. You see, this is the problem with Pinterest. It can be a little overwhelming if you’re looking for something simple. I browsed a couple of recipes, then decided to go with my standby, the one so easy I can do it without a recipe. And, I thought I would share it with you. Here is how I make it. Mine is vegetarian, but a […]

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The Pinterest Project Day 25: Tips and Tricks for Using Pinterest

Now that I’ve babbled about Pinterest for 24 days, it might be helpful to offer a little advice about what makes a good “pin.” If you haven’t connected with the idea of using Pinterest, it might be simply because you’re overwhelmed because of how many people don’t properly use the site.Not to sound all snooty, as if I have the proper way to use the site, but let’s consider some things. Q&A About Using Pinterest Q: So, I opened the site and signed up for an account. Now what? A: Consider Pinterest as sort of a notebook. Let’s say you […]

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The Pinterest Project Day 24: Magic Shell Ice Cream Topping

One of my husband’s favorite desserts is ice cream with Magic Shell. If you haven’t every tried it or heard of it, it’s that chocolate that hardens on top of your ice cream and is reminiscent of a dipped cone or ice cream bar. Yum!  Magic Shell also happens to be a bit expensive. So when I saw a recipe on Pinterest that involved only two ingredients, I had to try it. Cindy over at the blog Skip to My Lou has the best recipe.  Here is Cindy’s finished product, since I did not take picture of mine.  Recipe:1 1/4 Cups […]

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The Pinterest Project Day 23: Bible Reading App

On day one of The Pinterest Project, I mentioned that I began reading through the Bible this year. This time, I have decided to do it digitally for the first time. I’m using an app that’s been pinned all over Pinterest called YouVersion. It’s free, and contains many translations of the Bible. Most versions are available when you have wifi. However, several can also be downloaded to your tablet so you can access it when you are away from internet access. I love the program because I can highlight and take notes. I can also see notes from other people […]

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The Pinterest Project Day 22: Fixing Chipped Glassware

Less than two weeks ago, I bought a set (2 boxes) of glass tumblers at Ikea. They looked sturdy, and the matched set I bought about a year ago did not stand up to our family’s use. The thick glasses with solid bottoms looked like a perfect solution. And the price was great too.However, when we got home, I saw that one glass in the box was already chipped on the rim. Another chipped on the first trip through the dishwasher. Since the store is two hours away, a return isn’t possible. I get over in that area a few […]

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The Pinterest Project Day 21: Mailbox Planters

It was 17 degrees below zero here this morning and my bathroom pipes and drain froze. So, it might seem a bit unusual that I’m thinking about flowers and summer container gardening. But I am. I’m dreaming okay? Let a girl dream. Especially if she lives in a frozen tundra.I saw a post on Pinterest that I knew had to be part of my project, even though I can’t carry out the plan. In fact, I wouldn’t carry it out, and here’s why.I saw this photo from Flickr on Pinterest. Cute huh? Here’s why I won’t do it and why […]

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The Pinterest Project Day 20: Sabbath Rest

Today, a short Pinterest project post. I was inspired by a pin from a blog called Upside Down Home Schooling on observing the sabbath. Heather mentioned her conviction to observe a day of true rest.  http://pamelaaugust.files.wordpress.com/2011/07/rest.jpg Heather included resting from the Internet. That’s something I need to consider. In the meantime, I did have a nice day of rest today. Spent the morning at church, the afternoon relaxing with my parents, and the evening relaxing at home. Do you have a designated day of rest and worship? Some people observe Saturday as the sabbath and others Sunday. Perhaps yours is different. […]

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The Pinterest Project Day 19: Getting on a Fitness Track

Some of you may have wondered what I was rearranging furniture for yesterday. A friend is loaning me her treadmill. I actually did some more rearranging today, since it was bigger than I thought, and didn’t fit where I planned to put it.  I’m so desperate to get back on track fitness-wise that I’m not worried that it stands prominently in the living area. If I put it anywhere else, I’m sure to abandon the routine and make excuses: the family room is too cold, no TV signal, no Netflix, yada, yada, yada. At least, in the living room, I […]

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The Pinterest Project Day 18: Virtual Furniture Rearrangement

I love to rearrange the furniture! I do it often enough to drive my family crazy. After taking down the Christmas tree this month, I decided to make a few changes. And then today, I thought I would make a few additional modifications to make room for a new item. As I moved things, I wondered if there was some other way to decide on furniture placement without dragging it into an arrangement only to shuffle it all around again.A Pinterest post featured a free virtual arranger. I took a few minutes to play with it, and it was kind of […]

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Pinterest Project Day 17: Trash Bag Dispenser

Someday, I will do a Pinterest experiment with project that take more time. But for now, I’ve been experimenting with short projects. Today, I tried a trash bag dispenser I saw on Pinterest. If you have been following my “project” for all 17 days, by now you know I don’t really follow directions. Can you say controlling? Anyhoo, I saw the picture of this project and figured I knew how to do it. However, afterwards I discovered that the sample and the directions lead to something a bit more durable. Ahem. Next time, I shall not hurry. But for now, here’s […]

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