Thursday, May 14, 2015

DIY Mason Jar Sippy Cup Lid

This is my favorite cup I drink out of - a simple Tupperware cup.


Lately, I don't know if I'm being clumsy or that I put my cup in an awkward place, but I've been knocking it over when I'm sitting and watch TV. My cup is right next to me on an end table, and I reach for stuff, then blam! I have a big, watery mess. It's only water, but whatever is on that table gets wet - so annoying.

Last night I spilled my water again! After cleaning it up and getting more water, Jim asked me if he should buy me a sippy cup and we both started laughing. Well that got me thinking.

I've seen people use mason jars as drinking vessels and I've been thinking of trying it. They use sippy covers like this or this. Upon researching, I also see that people are using actual sippy cups from toddlers cups to make covers like this. Here's a great how to from a different kind of sippy cup lid.

So I went to the store to see what they had, and I did find sippy cups with lids, but they were all packaged up in multiples of more than one - there was no was to check for sizing unless the package was opened. I had to come up with another strategy and was thinking, "What is the purpose of a sippy cup lid?" The main answer is to make it easier to drink out of without spilling. This is for me, I didn't need it to look fancy, it just needs to function like I want. I then thought of taking a regular plastic mason jar lid, drilling a hole (or two), and trying that. 

So I experimented . . .

All I used was a white plastic mason jar lid and a drill press. You can use a drill, but a drill press is very handy in this case, because you can drill hands free (more details below).

I took my lid, turned it upside down and drilled a smallish hole just past the lines on the inside of the lid. It's important to turn it upside down or you may drill a hole to close to the edge and it won't work.



After getting the hole right where I wanted it, I turned the lid right side up and started drilling again. This time, I elongated the hole by moving the cover back and forth. I even drilled a couple more over lapping holes until I felt I got the right size - I wanted a small oblong hole. I actually left the press in its stationary position and moved the cover all around the hole - like I was tracing the hole.If using an actual drill, use control and go slow.



Here's my finished lid. I did have bits of plastic that stuck out from the top and bottom of the lid, so I took my exacto knife and scraped it smooth (a sand paper would've scratched and made the cover look unsightly). I did get some scratches, but it's ok, this is for me. Also, the hole is skewed - if I do this again, I will probably mark exactly where I want to drill the holes so it will not look crooked.



Here's the lid on my jar.


Now came the real test. I wanted to see how much water would come out if it was turned upside down. Watch below as I experimented:
video


I think it came out great, don't you think?

Thanks for reading!


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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

DIY Hot Sauce

Yesterday I made my own sriracha sauce based on this recipe. It's not exact, I couldn't find red jalapenos (which would make the sauce red), so I used the green ones. I only did 1 pound, felt 1 1/2 was too much - 1 pound is still too much. I did use only four garlic cloves. The flavor is not like real sriracha, so I just call it hot sauce. It didn't puree smooth, it's thick, has texture to it and it has a real kick to it. I followed this recipe using Thai fish sauce.



It was a nice sunny day yesterday, so I took advantage of that and cut my jalapenos outside on my deck. That is one trick to working with jalapenos - lot's of ventilation, the other trick is to use gloves.



Ingredients chopped and ready to be blended.


For the cooking process, I turned on my stove fan and got my diffuser going with essential oils to mask any smells. Again with the weather being nice, I opened my sliding glass door, and started to cook the concoction for 35 minutes until it got nice and thick. 


I tried it and had Jim try it and it was really spicy, too spicy for us. What I ended up doing was I mixed about one teaspoon of the sauce with about a cup of mayo and made spicy mayo. Jim loves sriracha mayo with hard boiled eggs for a post dinner snack. He tried it and loves it - the mayo cuts a lot of the bite.  


If you like HOT sauce, you'll love this. One pound makes a lot - have to figure out if I can freeze it, because there's no preservatives in this (which I love) it won't last as long as regular sriracha - our last bottle lasted us months. I bet this can be canned too. I have to figured out the logistics of that. If I figure it out, I will let you know.

So, that was my venture into making hot sauce. I will definitely do this again and will try with only half a pound of jalapenos next time, and I will try to find red ones aka Fresno chili peppers. It was so easy - the entire process took just over an hour.

Do you like hot sauce? Do you like it real hot or mild?

Thanks for reading!

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Shopping List

Look at what I just made: a shopping list for one of the stores I shop at weekly. I listed the items I always buy and made spaces to add other items I need. I formatted this in Word - changed the margins to .5 all the way around and used two columns. I designed it to be on one quarter of the page and just copied everything to the other side. To create the second column on my list, I made a text box - this is good so if you need to edit the first column, it won't screw up the second. The list will print just half a sheet, then you turn the sheet around and print again. I find printing like this to be better than formatting all four on the page - saves time too. So when I need a certain item, I just check it off my list and continue on. If there's something I need that is not on my list, I write it in. Easy Peasy! I have a couple more stores I shop at frequently and will do this with those stores as well. 

I am always writing my lists on a 3 x 5 card and I buy the sames things every week. I frequently lose my lists or forget them when I go shopping. I will probably print this on colored paper so I can't miss seeing them anywhere. Next is to devise a way to keep them contained (maybe bind them) in one place so I know where it always is. I'll let you know what I come up with. I've been meaning to do this for a while, and this morning I just went for it. I think it's pretty cool.


So, if you're like me and buy the same things each week, make up a list like this to help keep yourself organized.

What do you think?

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Monday, November 3, 2014

Distressed Bag

So here it finally is, my Distressed Bag. When I saw this distressed dots fabric in the store, I knew I had to buy it and make something cool with it.

Back in June, but I made this bag: 
It's this same bag pattern of mine - except this time, I made it slightly bigger so it could hold my checkbook.  The problem was that I made it slightly too big - whenever the bag fell over, which was often, my cell phone and camera would always fall out. I also made the inside pockets of the matching pursellet slightly bigger and whenever it fell over, my cards and things would fall out too. It got to be too annoying, so I just decided to make a new one with the original dimensions. 


And here it is:


Outside zippered pocket,


Looking from the top. Inside pockets are cell phone, camera, pen, keys.


Cell phone pocket.


Camera pocket (I'm using my camera)


Outside back pocket for my coupons and papers - sooo handy.


In deciding what shade of gray to use for the side, I really wanted a darker gray, but my fabric store had been out of this darker gray for a while.


So I did what I do best and dyed my own dark gray fabric (take note of that dark splotch in the center).


After dyeing the fabric, I didn't think it was dark enough and was contemplating not using it, but I had no other choice.
I think it came out pretty good. The dots are distressed and the straps look pretty distressed too. I think that's what makes this bag cool.



Remember that dark splotch in the center of the fabric?
I used it for the bottom - no one will see it, but I know it's there and think it's a cool element.



I did have sizing issues on this too - I actually had to take this apart and sew the pockets smaller.


Here is what the finished pockets look like - see the center, the pockets were too big by 1/2 inch on each side. don't know if I can fit anything in there because of the snap - but that's ok, the pockets the right size.


 Not too bad huh? I just love it. 


Of course, if you know me, I am the matchy matchy girl. So I made a matching purselett.
I was thinking that maybe that center gray was too wide, but no, that is the feature of this set - the dyed fabric.


The beaded zipper pull - my signature design.


Here is the making of one of the inside pockets - my idea to put a smaller pocket in front for my extra keys, you should always carry your spare keys in your wallet or purse - just in case.


I made the boxed corner slightly larger - it was hard to get to my change.


The pursellet pockets were too big too, so instead of taking the entire thing apart, I just undid one seam and used embroidery backstitching.
 


Finished!


I dyed the wood bead the right color to match the zipper and the lining.


I even dyed white embroidery floss because I didn't have the right shade of rust.





So there is my my new bag and matching pursellet. I hope you enjoyed reading about my creative process. I'd love to know what you think about my new bag and pursellet. 

Thanks for reading!!



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Monday, October 27, 2014

Pinterest and My Gluten Free Boards

I have been gluten intolerant since 2007. With the help of the Internet and wonderful Gluten Free (gf) Bloggers, and now Pinterest, I started collecting recipes and information regarding being gf - my collection is big! I decided to add a new board and thought I would share with everyone what I have.

Here are the different Gluten Free Boards I have =


Sunny-Side Up Egg with Avocado, Sriracha and Crumbled Feta


Make your own pumpkin spice
baking tips and info
                                                                                                                                
Homemade Vegan Caramels - Fork & Beans. ☀CQ #glutenfree


Sarah Bakes Gluten Free Treats: Sarah's gluten free flour blend
 gf flour recipes and info


Gluten Free Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookies


Homemade-nutella
make your own sauces and dressings


dairy-free chocolate mousse


Flourless Chocolate Cake.  Many suggest baking only 20 minutes, adding espresso powder and a little vanilla.


SIMPLY 123 ALLERGY FREE: Homemade Apple Cider


**Doughnut Muffins (Gluten-Free & Vegan) - The Sensitive Pantry - Gluten-free, Egg-free, Dairy-free, & Vegan Recipes


Asian Cauliflower Fried Rice by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com


A Bountiful Bread Basket, Part 2:  Top 40 Gluten-Free Bread Recipes—Basic Rolls and Biscuits from Gluten-Free Easily
sites with more than one recipe 


Chocolate Chip Mug Cookie — GF, Vegan - Lexie's Kitchen | Gluten-Free Dairy-Free Egg-Free -
things you cook in a mug in the microwave 
(mostly cookies and cakes)


Crock-Pot Maple Pumpkin Spice Chex Mix. Change the ingredients to all gf ingredients, chex, gf pretzels, nuts - anything gf that you can eat and like.


Cabbage Roll Soup
includes chili's 


Parmesan Encrusted Zucchini Recipe found on KalynsKitchen.com


Most of my boards are in alphabetical order, except for my gf boards, they come right after the two boards about me. What I didn't know that I think is very cool, is that people can follow you and pin stuff they are interested in. I have 147 boards (18 just on gf stuff!), 14,387 pins (and growing), 610 followers, and I'm following 39 others - pretty cool deal huh? 

If you have been wondering about Pinterest, check out my links and see what it's all about. Honestly, if you are saving recipes or tutorials somewhere on your computer and spend a while trying to find them, then Pinterest is for you. It doesn't take long at all to pin things (most of my pins come from Facebook and when I Google things). You should always be sure that what you're pinning is not linked to spam (I always open everything I pin to make sure it's legit).

A real nice feature on Pinterest, is the Secret Boards - you can create several boards that are for "your eyes only" (I've got a couple, shhh! don't tell anyone). These boards are perfect for Christmas lists and things that you just don't want anyone else to see. So cool!

I have many more boards - too much to list here, you just have to check it out for yourself. So, if you've been looking for great gluten free recipes, need some household tips or want to read about pets, go see my pins and feel free to take any of them - I share!

Happy Pinning!!


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