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Fitbit too plain? Accessorize in just minutes!

Fitbit 2

Hey guys, Sorry it’s been so long since I posted. I have been extremely busy at my day job and I’m still trying to reorganize this place here. FYI it looks better in Firefox than IE right now. I thought I would drop in with a quick Fashion DIY for you.

Don’t get me wrong I love my Fitbit (got the mint green :)! ) but I do like to customize, especially around holidays. Then it hit me…Nail decals! Just peel and stick. They peel right off with no residue. Now they are not permanent as the Fitbit is made of silicone. but if you wanna bling it out for a bit it’s a quick easy fix.

My hubby actually spotted these at the dollar Tree.
Nail Decals

Being July 4th tomorrow I picked some of the Stars that were too big for my nails and applied to my FitBit. Here is my before and after. :)

Before…

Fitbit

After..Bling Bling!

Fitbit 2

Hope you have fun with this, I would love to see your creations. Just link to them in the comments below. :) oh after thought! This works wonderful for Cell phones too, better staying power since they aren’t silicone. :)

Happy 4th of July!!!!!

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How to make your own yogurt

yogurt

yogurt

Just look at the list of ingredients on most any yogurt in the store and you will find artificial colors and flavors, preservatives etc…No thank you. We can do better ourselves! It is so easy to make yogurt yourself! Here is the recipe, super easy and sooo yummy! Don’t forget to check out the video below as well.

Plain yogurt

  • 1 QT whole milk (4 cups)
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream or 1/4 cup nonfat milk powder
  • 2 TBS Plain store bought yogurt (make sure it has the good Germies in it) or if you know someone who makes their own already and will share you can use a couple TBS of theirs.
  • Heating pad
  • Thermometer
  • Jars/Strainer/Cheesecloth or coffee filters

Keep in mind that once strained this will only be about 1/4 to 1/2 what you started with so you may want to double. Pour the 4 cups of milk into a microwave safe bowl (I prefer glass to plastic) heat in the microwave for 7 min, this should bring it up to 180F+  to kill off any pathogens. Add the heavy whipping cream if you want it on the sweet side or the Dry milk powder if you want to keep it tangy. Let it sit and cool to 115F, then add your 2 TBS of cultured yogurt. Mix and pour into your jar/jars and put the lid on. Set on your heating pad and set the temp to keep it at a constant temp of 110-115F. This may take some temp checking until you figure out what setting that is. I checked mine about every hour for the first few hours until i had it set right. Cover the jars with a couple of nice warm towels and let them sit over night. The next morning strain it (you can save the whey and use it for other things, see below) and then put it in the fridge to chill. Easy Peasy!

Flavor Ideas for your yogurt

  • Add a few drops of liquid Stevia to sweeten and a few drops of vanilla
  • add in fruit such as Blueberries and Strawberries with a bit of sweetener such as Stevia
  • for a fall flavor try adding a bit of pumpkin puree, maple syrup and spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg
  • Another fall favorite, apples, maple syrup and cinnamon
  • Sweeten with Maple Syrup, honey, Stevia
  • Add some homemade Granola
  • Toss in some nuts such as sliced almonds

Using the Whey

Now that your yogurt is done, what to do with the left over whey that was strained from it? What is Whey anyway? It’s the liquid left over from curdling, milk  and it’s chock full of protein, vitamins, minerals and enzymes. The Whey you get from the yogurt is called “Sweet Whey”. Here are a few ideas on how you can use this wonderful Health food.

  • You can freeze it to save it to use later.
  • Add it to smoothies and milkshakes for the extra protein. This makes an excellent recovery shake after a good work out.
  • You can substitute Whey for water or milk in recipes such as breads, muffins and biscuits.
  • Use it to cook pasta, veggies, oatmeal etc…
  • Add it to soups and stews
  • It’s excellent for dogs
  • Ricotta cheese is also made from Whey, why not save your own whey to make your own Ricotta?
  • Use it for stretching your mozzarella cheese when you make your own.

Indie Sales Tracking software

reports - graph by month

As someone who writes Amazon eBooks, I have need to track sales, give always and other promotions for each eBook. If you have ever seen the Amazon reports, I’m sure your eyes glazed over the same as mine did. I would get so frustrated trying to sort and filter the results into a readable fashion and to no avail. Since I’m not very good with spreadsheets I went on a hunt to find one already set up to use and I ran across the most wonderful software. Its called Indie Sales Tracking and it’s a life saver! It’s so easy to work with, just install it and upload your monthly reports to it. Then you can chart it, graph it sort it however you want. I mean how pretty is this?

reports - graph by month

It supports so many more than just Kindle too. They also offer a free license if you help them get the word out. It doesn’t get much better than this guys! If you are not so inclined right now its on sale for only $19.95 and worth every penny!

“If you’re a writer and have a blog, put up a page with a review and email me the URL at office@indietracking.com and I’ll send you a free license. The review does NOT have to be positive :)”

 

I would like to thank Indie Tracking for creating this and making it so affordable for everyone!

The Texas deep freeze of 2013

Texas Deep Freeze 2013

Hi guys, sorry its been a bit since I posted last. Been a lot going on and then we feel into a deep freeze here. We got some really cool pics too! Posting them below for your enjoyment! be sure you have a hot cup of cocoa before you look though.

These are our Front shrubs encased in ice

This is our Star Jasmine frozen at a 45 degree angle.

Its hard to see but the front of our house faces North and has a clear glossy coating of ice on the whole front. Looks like nails that have a glossy top coat lol

there are no homes built yet across the street, it sure looks pretty!

I could not believe how thick the ice got and it had to happen fast these bushes were flash frozen

Our poor Crape Myrtle is quite weighted down with ice too, so far she bends but does not break :)

another shot of our front bushcicles

Our whole fence was like this, all the pretty rows of icicles

The poor birds, they were on my patio looking for any little morsels to eat.

You have heard of MRE’s? This is BSRE’s Bird Seed Ready to Eat. emergency rations lol I put it out on the patio after seeing the little guys looking for food.

 

Even in the South side of our house, protected by privacy fencing, we froze solid

I love how this butterfly froze, its beautiful!

This is one of my raised beds, it got so cold the bamboo stakes went right through the plastic. In theory I have little beansprouts, kale, spinach and broccoli under there, but I haven,t been able to look yet for fear the plastic would shatter.

Here is my other raised bed, this one has Garlic, Shallots, peas and chard under it…I hope.

This is the best thing about a freeze :) Die! grasshoppers! Die!

 

 

Easy DIY Chicken Stock

DIY Chicken Stock

Hey guys! I like to buy the rotisserie chickens from the grocery, but I usually only eat the breast meat. I hated wasting the rest. so I have started saving the dark meat in the freezer for Chicken Noodle Soup. I had never thought to use the bones/carcass to make Chicken Stock from. I saw Calikims video on making this in the crock pot and had to try it. I added the chicken carcass, Carrots, Celery, some red onions I had sliced in the fridge, Some dried Basil, Salt, pepper and a couple of Bay leaves. I cooked it on low for two days the same as she did and it turned out wonderful. I let it cool for a while then removed the large stuff with tongs and then strained the rest through cheesecloth in a strainer. You could use a coffee filter, I find the cheesecloth is faster.

Easy DIY Chicken Stock

It turned out a beautiful golden brown

I let it cool on the counter then set it in the fridge over night to cool. I skimmed off some of the fat but not all, the fat is good for you. I then measured out 1 cup portions and put them in zip-lock sandwich baggies being sure to remove as much air as I could before sealing it. Be sure it is sealed very well. Then lay then flat on a cookie sheet and put them in the freezer. They will easily store without taking up much space once completely frozen. Be sure to label them with what they are and the date.

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GMO A Go Go video

gmo-corn

Today I ran across this video again. I love it and wanted to share it with you all! I hope you enjoy it, let me know in the comments what you think.

How to force Paperwhites indoors for Christmas

Paper-Whites

Paper-whites are one of my most favorite flowers! They have such a wonderful perfume type scent that is such a welcome change in the winter. You can find kits for them at this time of the year but you will get more bang for your buck if you buy a bag of bulbs and use either regular soil or water and a glass container like I did in this video. Enjoy! Let me know in the comments if you plan to force bulbs indoors and which ones you are growing!

Paper-Whites

 

Better than Kraft Mac n cheese

Better than Kraft Mac n Cheese

My husband would only eat Kraft Mac n Cheese and once I learned they support GMO foods and put a lot of money into the GMA to keep us from requiring labels for GMO foods we decided no more Kraft in our home. We are voting with our Money, that’s the only thing these companies understand. I found several recipes and created this one. My husband said he dared to say it was better than Kraft! and if you really wanna dress it up cut up a few pieces of Bacon into small pieces, fry them up, drain and then add to the mac n cheese…yummmmm!

 

I usually shred the cheese and put all the other ingredients in a bowl so once the Pasta is done I can just dump them both in and stir

I usually shred the cheese and put all the other ingredients in a bowl so once the Pasta is done I can just dump them both in and stir

INGREDIENTS

  • 6oz elbow macaroni pasta
  • 4 ounces shredded extra-sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cups half-and-half
  • 1 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon hot sauce, such as Tabasco


INSTRUCTIONS

  1. 1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat. Add pasta and cook according to manufacturer’s instructions. Remove from heat.
  2. 2. Drain pasta and return to the pot. Add remaining ingredients and stir until cheese is melted.I find no need for additional heat but if the cheese isn't melting you can place it back over very low heat. Season with additional salt and freshly ground black pepper as needed and serve.

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Better than Kraft Mac n Cheese

 

My new garden beds!!!!!

There is a baren spot next to it, you can see it better in the video. Thats where my old bed was. I have sprinkled it with organic fertilizer so the grass will regrow.

ok, I know its been a while since I posted lol but I have good reason! First I completed my latest Ebook on Growing your own Groceries! you can order it here. Also on our two week vacation for our 23rd anniversary, my dear sweet wonderful hubby helped me (A LOT)  in expanding my gardens. So now instead of a wooden 4×8 bed I have 2 4×8 beds as well as a 4×4, plus my side garden. I am already planting things even though its Oct. Being in a mild climate I have an extended growing season. So without further adieu here are my new toys!

This is my side bed, It inst raised so I'm working to improve the lovely TX clay soil.

This is my side bed, It inst raised so I’m working to improve the lovely TX clay soil.

There is a baren spot next to it, you can see it better in the video. Thats where my old bed was. I have sprinkled it with organic fertilizer so the grass will regrow.

There is a barren spot next to it, you can see it better in the video. That’s where my old bed was. I have sprinkled it with organic fertilizer so the grass will regrow. Those buckets catch rain water for my Carnivorous plants. I also have some Basils I saved from the old Garden there as well as my Hibiscus.

This is my lovely Strawberry bed. I already have some All Star Strawberries in it.  I will be adding an early and mid variety too

This is my lovely Strawberry bed. I already have some All Star Strawberries in it. I will be adding an early and mid variety too. This is like Fruit central, there is a Sunshine Blueberry in the center, a Kumquat, Pineapple and some Mint.

 

last but not least, my 3rd raised bed. Those are my potatoes in the buckets.

last but not least, my 3rd raised bed. Those are my potatoes in the buckets.

 

Here is my Video