Meal Planner Printable

I don’t know what it is about the new year, but it always inspired me to get organized. It probably has something to do with the “new year, new start” way of thinking. Today when I sat down to start meal planning for the next two weeks I decided the way that I currently do my planning is very inefficient. So in the name of efficiency I of course spent the entire day researching, and re-creating the wheel. Needless to say I didn’t get my meal plan and shopping list completed. I happen to be incredibly efficient at procrastination.

It would have been so much easier if I did things the way everyone else did. I don’t know how it’s possible, but I seem to be the only person who does meal planning and shopping two weeks at a time. At the very least I am the only person on Pinterest. So instead of being able to use a pre-existing meal planning printout I got to design my own. My original was in black and white because I hate wasting colored ink on stuff like this, but I made some prettier versions for those of you who have no such restraints.

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Feel free to use them and share with others, but if you link these on your website or blog please mention me.

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DIY- Crochet Dishcloths

IMG_4957The very first, and easiest, of the homemade gifts that I tackled was the crochet dishcloths. There are literally gazillions (is that a number?) of free patterns out there on the internet, and I think I tried about 10 of them before I finally settled into a very simple Double Crochet dishcloth pattern. You can get fancy, but for something that is going to scrub your dishes everyday I really prefer practical and durable.

Materials:

  • 100% cotton worsted weight yarn
  • 5.0 mm crochet hook
  • needle to sew ends in

Terms/Abbreviations:

  • ch-chain
  • dc-double crochet
  • sc-single crochet

Pattern:

  1. Chain 28
  2. 1 dc into third chain from hook, 1 dc into each ch to end (26dc). Turn
  3. Ch2, 1 dc into each dc till end (26dc). Turn
  4. Repeat step 3 (1dc into each dc), 14 more times. (15 row of dc in total)
  5. rotate clockwise On what was previously the left side 25 sc. At the corner 3 sc in same chain. Rotate clockwise and continue the same pattern (25 sc and 3 sc in same chain) until you finish all four sides.
  6. Fasten off, sew in ends.

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Notes:

  • If you are like me and you find it very difficult to keep track of what row you are on justIMG_4954 fold your work in half diagonally, and if it makes a perfect triangle you are ready to finish the edges.

Winter WOW! “What if…”

I think bears have the right idea. Eat incredibly large amounts of food and then sleep the winter away. They don’t care how much snow falls or if there is a nasty winter storm threatening to immobolize the area.

Here at home, in northwest Ohio we are supposed to get 6-10 inches of snow today. Some places could even get 12+!  On top of it we are supposed to have horrid 40-50 mph winds. And then, if that wasn’t quite enough winter for you when the snow ends the temperatures are going to plummet to around -20°F.

Weather like this always makes me think “what would happen if…”. Continue Reading

Homemade Christmas Gifts 2013

I get a little thrill when a gift I give goes over particularly well. It is even more gratifying when the gift is homemade. This year the vast majority of the gifts I gave out were homemade. A big part of the reason was that I couldn’t find anything in the stores that seemed to fit the intended recipient. And I won’t lie, money was a part of it too. I can make a nice gift for a fraction of the price of buying it in the store, even if I have none of the materials on hand. I’ve been so anxious to get this list online and all of the gifts have finally been opened. So….

Finally, the list from this year!

Dish ClothHeating PadsFishing GameOwl OrnamentsBBQ BasketMinecraft Tablet CaseIMG_4932Soft Crochet Ball

If you want to have a homemade Christmas please realize homemade gifts take a lot of time. I started before Thanksgiving, and even working on it every night I didn’t get done until a day or two before Christmas. If it was sewn, it was done by hand with lots of finger poking and exclamations. If it was crocheted I probably had to re-do it once or twice to get it right. I don’t claim to be great at these crafts because I don’t really have a lot of experience, but I think the end result was worth it. I’m proud of my work, and so very thrilled that people enjoyed their gifts.