Travel pillow bag

Travel pillow and backpack in one

I will be teaching a bunch of ladies at Relief Society from the Church of Jesus Christ how to make travel pillow bags.

I’m going to use you as test subjects. He he.

The material needed :

2 pieces of fabric 11″ X 20″ ( or 1 piece 11″ X 40″)

120″ of craft cording or cotton clothesline (cut in half. 2 pieces 60″ each.)

2 pieces of Material seemed at bottom and cord

If you are using 2 pieces 11″ X 20″ one short side needs to be seamed, right sides together, 1/4″ seam.

Two pieces works well when the material has a one directional print (top and bottom). Both sides should have the tops facing each other and the seam should be sewn on the bottom with right sides facing each other.

Material cut on fold should measure 40″ X 11″ long.

With right sides together (or folded in half, right sides together) seam along both long sides starting 1/2 ” from the bottom end to 2 3/4″ to the top end.

Top. Bottom. Side seam

On the top sides (sew both sides), turn over the 2 3/4″ opening 1/4 of an inch and sew it down.

Top sides

Along the top, on both front and back, press 1/4 inch down on the wrong side.

Top pressed down 1/4″

Then fold down once more 1 1/4″. And pin across. Then sew from one side to the other doing both sides of the bag.

Top front and back sewn.

The seam should be open on each of the top sides. Sew 1/2″ above the other seam. Making a casing to thread the cord through from side to side.

Casing for cord with safety pin threading cord through.

Both front and back of bag should have casings sewn. Tie one end of one cord to a safety pin. Thread it through the front casing from the left side to the right side. Then thread it through the back side from the right to the left side. Take off the safety pin. Put the two ends together and tie a knot.

Cording threaded through front and back at top of bag.

Tie one end of the last cord to the safety pin. This time thread the cord starting on the front right side pushing it through to the left side. Then on the back left side push it through to the right side. Remove the safety pin and tie the end together in a knot.

Threaded bag with knots coming out of both side of the bag.

With the bag still inside out, put the right knot down through the inside of the bag and poke it out of the bottom right side if the bag. Sew the bottom 1/2″ seam closed with the knot sticking out.

Bottom corner 1/2″ seam sewn closed with knot sewn in.

Repeat on opposite side enclosing knot in seam. Turn bag right side out. Finished.

Add a pillow 17″ X 10″. Mabey a book or two, toothbrush, etc. Have bag will travel.

Travel bag, backpack, with pillow.

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Breakfast… question of the day

Which came first? The chicken or the egg… both?

Chicken omlet

Couldn’t decide so I used both!

Chicken and cheese omlet, a satisfying dellema.

(Here is my answer, Genesis 1:21-22)

Chicken and Cheese Omlet

2 eggs

2 Tablespoons chopped chicken

2 Tablespoons grated cheese

1 teaspoon chopped onion

1 Tablespoon chopped bell pepper

Salt and pepper to taste

Mix well in microwaveable bowl and zap for 3 minutes.

Garnish with a slice of bell pepper and grape tomatoes.

Options: spoon some salsa on top, or add a dash of Dash to the eggs before cooking, or top with more melted cheese.

Or, all of the above options.

Enjoy.

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P B & J’s or P B & H!

Peanut Butter and Honey on Almond flour bread

Are you missing those P B & J’s? That quick meal for the long forgotten lunch break?

How about a quick-to-fix-and-eat Peanut butter and Honey sandwich on Almond flour and egg bread.

I can’t wait to dig in. 100% natural Peanut butter. 100% Raw honey. All spread on gluten free, carb less almond bread. With 2 slices of Colby Jack cheese on the side.

For those hurry up days, fix a quick lunch. Sit down and enjoy nature for that 10 minute lunch break.

Cardinal enjoying his lunch

Time to get back to work. Crack that whip and move it!

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Bacon waffles with less carbs

Bacon waffles with agave syrup

It’s a beautiful morning. The birds are chirping. The sun is shining. What could be better than a decadent breakfast to start the day.

Something a little bit different. Something wonderful. And something more than eggs.

Waffles! Mmmm.

And more.

Bacon waffles. Just need that little extra to make it a special day. A marvelous day.

A great day!

Bacon waffles

2 tablespoons melted butter

1/2 cup almond flour

2 tablespoons sour cream.

2 eggs

1 tablespoon sweetener (your choice.)

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Broken pieces of bacon (or babon bits)

Additional almond flour to stabilize the batter (if needed.)

Spray a light coating of oil on both sides of waffle iron and preheat.

Add together in a mixing bowl: melted butter, almond flour and sour cream. Mix until flour is moist. Add eggs. Stir until creamy, add sweetener, soda and additional flour a tablespoon at a time. You want a thickened batter not stiff.

Spoon a small amount of batter onto the waffle iron and spread it out. Place pieces of bacon on top, then spoon more batter on top of bacon. Close the waffle iron and cook until golden brown.

Lift the lid of the waffle iron to test if it is cooked. It should separate from the waffle iron easily. Coat waffle iron with a light layer of oil between waffles.

With a mini waffle iron you should get 4 to 5 mini waffles from this recipe.

Oh, that is soooooo good covered in agave syrup. Mmmm.

Enjoy on this great day.

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Baltimore Aquarium and fish food.

Shark left behind a tooth after feeding & Blue lobster enjoying brunch

Did you know that there is a jellyfish that is a japanese delicacy?

Jellyfish

Then there are the dolphins… this guy was playing with a ball while waiting for lunch.

Dolphin playing with ball underwater

As you can probably guess… I’m hungry! And I have Fish on the mind. Fish Food?

Not quite. We went to Arbys.

Bet you can’t guess what I had at Arby’s?

Fish food.

It was really good! Cajun fish. Spicy good.

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Summer fun

Visiting Baltimore, Maryland

Summer vacations, visiting family and friends, and having fun, all go hand in hand. What a wonderful break vacations can be from the everyday work life

Walking around Baltimore, together as a group was such a stress reliever. Until decisions needed to be made. Food! The number one decision for tourist.

Where do we eat? What are we going to eat? Healthy, fast, sit down, entertaining, visiting while eating or grab and go for more sightseeing?

We were very fortunate without the tiny ones that needed naps. Being the senior in the group (Grandma) I sure felt the need for one.

The teenagers sure let us know when it was time for food.

My daughter is prepared for almost any emergency and she quickly pulled out the snacks from her travel bag to passify the rebellious young adults. Grapes, crackers, and assorted healthy snacks magically appeared.

She is a wizard at pulling impossible things out of her traveling bag. ( I’m impressed,. I know she didn’t get that from my side of the family.)

In the car, on the way to the next sight, we had some fun sandwiches. All to tide us over in the sightseeing. She is amazing.

I’m going to include my recipe for a grab’n go sandwich, hers were more snackers, having two slices of bread. ( I forgot I had the camera in my hand and was busy stuffing my face instead of taking pictures.)

Here is my style of the same sandwich with less bread (open face and not cut into quarters for travel.)

Turkey, bacon, cheese, tomato, and avacado sandwich

My daughters sandwiches had the tomatoes and avocados on the side. The teenagers admitted it would have been “blechk” with the tomatoes and avacados included in them.

I love to pop the tomatoes between my lips. Mmm.

The bread used was almond flour bread.

Next stop, the Baltimore Aquarium.

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Learning a new skill continued

My new skill, fore edge painting is coming along. I will never be a master of art, but I am enjoying learning how to paint with watercolors on book edges.

Joseph smith’s first vision on the fore-edge of a Book of Mormon

Still a long way to go. With watercolors, you need to add the color very slowly. If you put too much paint (with water) on the pages it just makes the pages soaked.

The trick is to paint with the dryest brush possible and still have a wet enough paint brush to transfer the paint to the pages. Then a little more paint after it dries.

I tend to be impatient. You can probably guess the result.

Painting all those trees tends to make me think of picnics. I think I’ll have some cool cucumber salad for lunch.

Cool Cucumber Salad

2 sliced cucumbers (or cubed)

2 stalks of chopped celery

1/2 cup of frozen peas

1/4 cup chopped bell peppers

2 Table spoons chopped onion (or dried chopped onions)

2 Tablespoons sour cream

2 Tablespoons vinegar

1 Tablespoon zesty Italian dressing

2 Tablespoons honey (or sweetener of your choice)

2 teaspoons Dill

Salt and pepper to taste.

Mix well and Garnish with a slice of bell pepper and some cherry tomatoes. Enjoy it out in nature.

Go on a picnic and take someone else with you to enjoy the sights and sounds and tastes of nature.

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Don’t get between me and my Chocolate

Chocolate Bark

The way to a womans heart is with lots and lots of chocolate. Then move out of the way. (Warning… way out of the way, preferably to the next room.)

With out sweets and a lot of carbs those cravings for sweets are deadly, (not to you, the other person.)

Don’t get me started, (ok, I’m already stsrted.) Don’t get between me and my chocolate!

I can do without most sweets. And I have found that a handful of chocolate chips will sooth the beast,(me.) But every once in a while I need more.

More chocolate, that is.

I’ve been getting ready for a Christmas in July event and my cravings for chocolate bars, chocolate kisses, chocolate licorice, chocolate icecream… well you get the idea. All those things that are not good for you but usually are in abundance during the holiday season.

And for some reason, chocolate helps me forget the hot weather of July.

Here’s my homemade quick Chocolate Bark recipe. (Replaces my NEED for more than chocolate chips.

Chocolate Bark

(No measurements necessary. Just grab and add.)

A hand full of dark chocolate chips

A hand full of shreaded coconut

A hand full of chopped walnuts

A hand full of chopped almonds

A hand full of dried cranberries

Place in microwaveable bowl, stir, place in microwave for 1 minute

Stir again and if it looks like you will need more chocolate add another hand full. Microwave another minute. Stir, if chocolate is not completely melted microwave in 30 seven bursts stiring in between and repeat until melted and covering all ingredient.

Let cool to touch them place in plastic zip lock bag. Mash until flat. Then place in fridge for at least an hour.

Take out of fridge and break it up in the bag.

Serve. If you dare! Just make sure I’m in the other room while you eat it or you won’t get any!

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Attack of the dragon squirrels

Oh, No! I’ve been invaded by Dragon Squirrels.

Dragon squirrels, run for your lives! Yikes

They are out to get me!

Whew! All caught and boxed up ready for shipping. Yeah! I won the battle. Only several hundred pokes from the threaded hand needle.

In celebration I whipped up a delicious fruit drink.

Started with some 100% apple juice and a frozen flavored yogurt. Added a bit of almond milk then piled in the frozen fruit. Pineapple slices, mixed berries and strawberries. Topped it off with a touch of vanilla flavoring.

Started and stopped the blender several times stiring between stops. Then powered it up full throttle until I hade a frozen slushy drink.

Yum. Finished. And no more Dragon squirrels under foot.

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Dragon Squirrels and Omlets

Bacon egg and cheese omlet

When I am in a hurry to start my morning, I am always looking for ways to hurry up breakfast. I know, I know, breakfast is supposed to be the most important meal of the day. I just want to get on to those other exciting projects I have lined up on my to do list.

Crafting is my business. When you love to go to work, you can’t wait to get there, or in my case get to the craft room. Today’s to do list is squirrel dragons. I have the best part left, the final details. Eyes, feet, wings, and ears, then I’m done.

Breakfast is that last procedure before I can get to the good part, my dragon squirrels.

I hope your day is as adventurous and exciting as mine.

Bacon, egg, and cheese omlet

2 eggs

1 chopped pre-cooked bacon strip

1 teaspoon dried minced onions

1 tablespoon grated cheese

Salt and pepper to taste

Mix together vigorously in microwavable bowl. Microwave for 2 minutes.

Sprinkle 2 Tablespoons of grated cheese on the top as soon as it is removed from the microwave.

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