Pin of the Week #53- Hammock Underquilt

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So this past weekend I went camping at Hemmed-In Hollow in Compton, AR. I wanted to make sure I didn’t freeze to death in the middle of the woods. I didn’t want to spend $100+  on a legit underquilt for my hammock. So what do I always do? Make it myself! :) 

Hammock Underquilt

I bought basic $20, 45 degree rated, rectangle shaped sleeping bag and machine sewed elastic loops on to it. I didn’t want to actually damage the sleeping bag because we still could use it whenever we tent camp. 

Me inside my hammock

Me inside my hammock

Hammock Setup

Hammock Setup

I stayed pretty warm and even sweated a little bit. But I should have brought something for my face. My nose got cold. 

Hauling all that gear down into a valley wasn’t the best idea because I had to haul it back up. But I did and I have the calves to prove it. I also didn’t freeze. :)

-Dana

Pin of the Week #52- TV Shows

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Sorry for this being a day late. I might have to start seeing this blog as homework. I can’t watch my TV shows until my homework is done. I’m pretty sure that I’ve got my P.O.T.W. picked out for next week but that doesn’t help me for this week. Oh, I’ve got it! Since I’m getting distracted by TV shows I’m gonna show you guys why.

Here is my TV scheduled for this fall.

 I know, I know, there are way too many shows on that list, but remember, I don’t have children. My evenings are still free to do whatever I want (within reason). Most of the time I just catch up two to three days worth of shows in one evening.
I probably should start doing productive things like putting away my clean laundry or exercising in the living room. But our couch is really comfy. :)

-Dana

Pin of the Week #51- Handwritten Things

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Happy Wednesday!

Today was my last day at my job. I can say that I felt a weight lift off my shoulders. :) I just wish that my coworkers could feel the same.

For this week’s P.O.T.W. I’m bring you some cool hand writing goodness.

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Credit: The Grommet

I couldn’t find a picture for this one that would work but if you follow this link to Peachtree Playthings and it shows you the components of a letter.

Credit: InkyBug -Etsy

Credit: InkyBug -Etsy

So this turned out to be more about writing envelopes, but you wouldn’t want to have a sad looking envelope with your awesome handwritten letter. :)

-Dana

Pin of the Week #50- Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Happy Wednesday to each and every one of you.

Today is happy day because I turned in my two weeks notice at work. I’m transferring from a pediatric clinic to a chiropractic clinic. I’ve been at my current job for almost three years so I think that it’s a good time to switch jobs because I start to get into a funk.

For this week’s P.O.T.W. I wanted to share a recipe that my mom has used for years and that I love to use as well. Chocolate Chip Cookies. I think that it was a Nestle recipe but I can’t remember. This is also my first time writing a recipe, so bare with me.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookies

What you’ll need:

1 Cup plus 2 TBSP -Flour

1/2 tsp -Baking Soda

1/2 tsp -Salt

1/2 Cup -Butter or Shortening (I’ve found that shortening makes softer cookies) (you probably could use coconut oil instead if you wanted)

6 TBSP -Sugar

6 TBSP -Packed Brown Sugar

1 Egg

1/2 tsp -Vanilla Extract

1 Cup -Chocolate Chips (I like having a lot more than one cup of chocolate chips in my cookies. Feel free to put however much or little that you want.)

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 375 Degrees.

2. In a small bowl combine: Flour, Baking Soda, and salt. Mix and set aside.

3. In a large bowl combine: Butter (or Shortening), Sugar, Brown Sugar, and Vanilla Extract. Beat until creamy. Add egg and continue to mix.

4. Gradually add in the flour mixture.

5. Mix Well.

6. Stir in Chocolate Chips.

7. Use a spoon to place dough on a cookie sheet. Or use your clean hands to form dough into balls and place on cookie sheet.

8. Bake cookies for 8-10 minutes. (If the cookies still look a little pale then you can leave them in the oven…I would keep a close eye on them though.)

You can place them on a cooling rack if you want but it’s not 100% necessary.

There you have it. A simple chocolate chip recipe that you can pull out and use on a rainy, sunny, or snowy day. :)

-Dana

Pin of the Week #49- Mini Cannoli Cream Cups

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Happy Wednesday Blog Followers.
This week is an amazing short week for me and I couldn’t be happier. Sometimes you really need a short week to regain your sanity. Last night we had our church small group meet at our apartment. I really enjoy cooking things that will bring people together. Pasta bake is always an easy meal to make. Since we went with an Italian theme, I decided to do the same for dessert.

Meister's ProductionsI found this easy recipe for Mini Cannoli Cups from Cooking with Sugar and I couldn’t be more pleased with the way that they turned out. They were a delicious end to a tasty meal. I think that I’ll have to make another batch some time soon.  

We’ve been meeting as a group for about two months, but we’re already a pretty tight-knit group. I can definitely say that I have been so blessed by everyone in that group. God’s timing with this group has been so perfect. :) 

-Dana

Pin of the Week #48-Slouchy Hat

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Today was a good day. I got to leave early from work so I used that chance to get some projects done. I made a nursing cover for a friend. (Click here for an easy tutorial).

For this P.O.T.W. I wanted to show you guys the crocheted slouchy hat that I made for my friend, but it’s not quite done and my hair is dirty so I don’t want to show it to you. :)

Instead you can look at this pin from Gleeful Things.

Photo by Gleeful Things.

Photo by Gleeful Things.

This is basically what my version looks like, but since I use thinner yarn which gives is a different look. I’ll try to post a pic soon so you guys can see what I’m talking about. :)

-Dana

Pin of the Week #47- Scrabble Tile Art

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Yes I realize that today is not my normal P.O.T.W. day, but since I was late on the Monday post I figured I might as well be late on the Wednesday.

Scrabble Tile Art

 My friends just had a baby and she is pretty cute. :) And since I’m the crafty person, I had to make them something super awesome. 

This project is really easy and if you’re lucky, you can add more names to it. All you need are:

-some scrabble tiles

-glue of some type

-a frame

-decorative paper (optional) 

I got one of those floating frames so they can change out the paper or get rid of it. Make sure that your tiles work together before glueing everything together. 

The end result is awesome. And a really great present!

-Dana