Happy 1st Birthday The Hard Hat Belles!

God's Work Jeremiah 29:11

Happy Birthday The Hard Hat Belles!

On this day (February 25th), exactly a year ago

Dddneen and VeeBee filmed their first video

The crazy product you will get to see

Will show you where they used to be

They had no aprons, no make-up, no lights

No wigs, no audio, and they didn’t work nights

They took their camera and filmed without script

They laughed, had fun and then coffee they sipped

They had decided the name of their journey

The Hard Hat Belles was chosen – without an attorney

So when you enjoy this video they made back then

You’ll compare it to the current ones and they’ll get 10 out of 10!

Click here to see our very first, very short video!

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If you have any ideas for us to try, please let us know below in the comments.  We’d love to hear from you – truly.

Love & Hugs,

Denine & Wiebke

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Quick & Easy 5 Ingredient Bird Seed Ornament Recipe

Matthew 6:26

Hi Y’all!

We are grateful that you have blessed us with your sweet presence. Grab that beverage and a seat as we chat about feathered friends today.

Tea for two

Do you love to watch and feed your wild feathered bird friends?  Do they look at you hungry when the bird feeder is empty? We have the perfect solution for you and your feathered friends! You’ll want to try this healthy recipe for those birds and the kicker is………It’s very simple and quick to make.

Peonie and birdseed ornaments

Here in Michigan it is February and normally we have really cold (freezing)  weather.  We have been so blessed with receiving some beautifully warm days here and there in Michigan; about 30-50 degrees Fahrenheit, just enough to give us a peek at spring. We are starting to see more and more birds gracing us with their sweet chattering and plumage.

Soon, Wiebke will be checking her cool Hummingbird radRed Breasted Hummingbirdar on the computer to find out where in the United States the Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds are week-by-week:  http://www.learner.org/jnorth/humm/index.html.  She likes to see when they will make their way here to Michigan. Both her and her husband are avid bird watchers and enjoy finding sightings of the different birds.

At the beginning of each of our blog posts we insert Psalms 86:11a picture with a verse inserted into it. All those pictures are taken by Wiebke – she has TONS of bird pictures (psst….I think she is a pretty good noBible Verse Proverbs 18:24n professional photographer too!). We have been looking for a way to share the beauty of them with others and what better way to do that than to glorify God by inserting a verse.

 

For me – I like birds. They’re okay. I mainly like the colorful ones, but I am by no means a bird watcher other than when they get in my way when I am driving and end up in the grill of my car (sorry Wiebke). Speaking of that – Does anyone else have this problem – For some reason whenever I get into a car I seriously think birds that want to commit suicide band together and decide I look like a good target and work to fly into the road right in front of my car (gross).

I do have to say that my favorite bird is the Robin.  It has been a longstanding Michigandering folklore that when they start migrating back – we can start anticipating spring around the corner.  (Picture an accent – From Wiebke: “Actually, according to ornithologists – professional bird experts –  the Red-winged Blackbirds are the REAL sign spring is here to stay. Some Robins don’t even leave Michigan if it is a warmer winter, or if they do migrate, they don’t migrate too far”). Even if her professional bird experts are right it is still the Robins Michiganders rely on for signs of spring (Even though shes been here for years she’s originally from South Africa anyway and she is still a Michigander in training).

So let’s celebrate those birds (Wiebke calls them feathered friends), that stuck it out through the winter and those who will soon migrate here!  We decided to treat them to some healthy birdseed – the bonus……..they can double as an ornament while they feed the birds. You get two beautiful visuals for the work of one!

This recipe is so easy and only takes 5 ingredients.  Just a note of caution though……… When Wiebke and I were filming we had a guest on site and we talked too much and too long…… and the blessed birdseed mix was much more difficult to put into the molds and didnt’ want to stick together.  We recommend that you leave the talking until done with this recipe.  Also,mix the recipe all at once and put into molds immediately to insure success!

Bird Seed Recipe Ingredients

  • Mix together the flour, water, gelatin and corn syrup in a large mixing bowl. Stir until well-combined.
  • Next add the birdseed to the mixture, blend until well coated. We put half in and mix then added the other half.
  • Spray the insides of your mold(s) with cooking spray, and spoon birdseed mixture into each mold. Pack it down and smooth it out, using the bottom of the measuring cup.
  • If you want to hang them like a Christmas ornament try using a drinking straw to make a hole through top part of each birdseed mold, making sure it goes all the way through. Wiebke got her’s to work – I did not. You may want to try something a little bit more sturdy.
  • Leave the birdseed mixture in the molds for two to three hours.
  • Then, remove the straws (or whatever you decided to use in anything) and lay them out on a sheet of waxed paper. Gently remove the hardened ornaments from the mold, and place them upside down on the wax paper.
  • Allow them to dry for at least two to three more hours, or overnight.

Birdseed heart mold

  • When they have dried, cut the ribbon and carefully put it through the hole, making a loop and tying a knot. I just went ahead and wrapped the string around the whole thing…seemed to work pretty good for me. We also put a couple of them in empty bird suet holders.  Those worked awesomely.

Peonie and hung snowman

When you have completed this project please comment and let us know how things turned out.  You can also post on our Facebook page (icon floating around somewhere) and post your project as we’d love to see it!

To watch the tutorial on how to do it please click our video here or watch it below.

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If you have any comments about how your birdseed ornaments turned out or other ideas for us to try, please let us know below in the comments.  We’d love to hear from you – truly.

Love & Hugs,

Denine & Wiebke

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Install Floating Vinyl Floor Planks Yourself In A Snap

Psalms 86:11

Hi Y’all –

Thank you for gracing us with your presence.  We are so happy that you stopped in for a second or two here at The Hard Hat Belles.  Grab that drink and a seat and let’s see what Wiebke has been up too.

Tea for two

Well…. Wiebke and her family decided it was time to rip out their old linoleum floor in the kitchen and also the carpet in their living room and dining room.  I’m telling you they really got ambitious because they decided to replace it themselves!!!

They did their research to find the best bang-for-theLumber Liquidators-buck and decided to replace their floors with floating vinyl planks that they purchased at Lumber Liquidators. The flooring they chose comes with a 50 year warranty – how cool is that!

They also picked up their supplies there as well, which included the underlayment, and masking tape.  That simple … well you will need a couple of tools, but not much more. Supplies To get the full PDF instructions on “How To Install” the floor they installed check the link out here.

Wiebke and her family are so happy with their floor – how easy it was to install and how it looks.

Dining Room Floor

Wiebke was so very happy that she created a special poem about the flooring.

The Summer of Floor Surgery

By Wiebke

There once was a family with old carpeting floor.
It was dirty and grimy and they wanted it no more.
Their kitchen floor was a vinyl base worn.
They also wanted for this to be reborn.
Vacuuming FloorSo in the summer of the year 2015.
They ripped it all out with the help of two teens.
They cut and they ripped, they ripped and they cut.
Until they had exposed their house’s gut.
But now they had to make a decision quick.
Of the flooring choice they had to pick.
They chose a 50 year warranty floor in Sycamore.
Lumber Liquidators supplied the new vinyl planking floor.
The underlayment they with scissors cut off.
And side by side they laid it – just enough.
Then they clicked the vinyl planks into place.
They kept on going until they had filled the whole space:
The kitchen, the dining room, the living room they completed.
Even the hall way they finished until the planks were depleted.
The vinyl plank flooring they edged, clicked and taped.
The husband with a roller blade saw some corners shaped.
The family got the whole floor done in two weeks or less.
It wasn’t too difficult for them they’ll confess.Living Room Floor
If you want to see what they used and how to do this real quick.
Click on the Lumber Liquidator link or on this pic!
Of course The Hard Hat Belles did their part as well,
So go to their video and try doing this project with a pal!

Watch our Floor Planking Video here!

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If you have any comments about your replacements or other ideas, please let us know below in the comments.  We’d love to hear from you – truly.

Love & Hugs,

Denine & Wiebke

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How to Make Decadent Chocolate Bowls for Your Valentines

Pr 24:13-14

Hi Y’All!

We are so excited for Valentine’s Day!  A Day for L-O-V-E!  Thanks for taking the time to stop in at our neck of the woods.  We love having you come visit and sit a spell.  So grab your special beverage, pull up a seat and let’s discuss Valentine’s Day and what it means to us.

Tea for twoWe could discuss the history and why or when Valentine’s Day got it’s start, but seriously, who cares anyway.  I just appreciate the day for what it represents. . . . . .  a time to celebrate the loves in my life.

I love this quote by Ann Landers:

“Love is friendship that has caught fire. It is quiet understanding, mutual confidence, sharing and forgiving. It is loyalty through good and bad times. It settles for less than perfection and makes allowances for human weaknesses.”

Isn’t that true for all our relationships?  Those that love us and those that we love – love finds a way to forgive regardless of those imperfections that make us crazy.  For instance I know my husband, Bill, was by no means perfect and the man could make me nuts over crazy stuff, but I was so mad with love for him!  I love my kids – all five of them and my grandkids and yet they are not perfect – but the love we have for each other is.  And yes, each person that I love in my life can and does make me crazy with their imperfections at one time or another….but I wouldn’t have it any other way.  With that said, I also know that I am way from perfect and am thankful that my family and friends love me in spite of my own personal brand of craziness.
As you go about  celebrating your special Valentine – whether it  be sweetheart , child, friend or sibling may YOU be blessed with love yourself.
Now on to the REALLY good stuff – C-H-O-C-O-L-A-T-E!!  I am all over this blog (I am a self professed chocoholic) and our video on How To Make Chocolate Bowls using water balloons was amazing fun!  And just for you we also added a bonus on how to make the Sunk in Chocolate Strawberries.  Enjoy!!

 

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Chocolate Decadent Valentine’s Day Bowls

These are the items you’ll need

  • Blown up balloons – size depends on what size bowl you want
  • Chocolate candy melts – you can use a wide range of flavors
  • Wax paper – we put our wax paper on a cookie sheet for easy transport
  • Microwave-safe bowls – size depends on how much chocolate you are melting
  • Microwave oven
  • Spoons – for stirring and decorating
  1. Fill a microwave-safe bowl with 2 cups of white candy melts. Microwave on full power for 60 seconds and then stir. Continue to microwave at 20-second intervals until melted. Make sure to stir each time. Ours was a little overdone, so careful on the timing. It seems the white melts need a shorter time than the milk chocolate.
  2. Place about 1 cup of dark chocolate candy melts in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on full power for 60 seconds and then stir. Continue to microwave at 20-second intervals until melted. Make sure to stir thoroughly each time.
  3. Next drizzle a little of the dark chocolate over the white chocolate. DO NOT STIR.
  4. Dip a balloon into the drizzled chocolate mix. You can dip it as deep as you would like. Pull it out and let extras drip back into the bowl, then place on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper to set.
    Dipped in Chocolate Balloon
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    We found that we wanted a thicker bowl, so we took a spoonfuls of chocolate and drizzle/smeared more chocolate on the balloon.  An alternative is that you could let the chocolate dry a bit and re-dip it.

  5. Continue until you have all balloons done. You may need to drizzle more dark chocolate on top as you need/want it.
  6. Place them in the fridge so that they’ll harden in just a couple minute. This is where the cookie sheet came in handy for easy transport.
  7. Now that the chocolate has set, gently squeeze the balloons to release them from the chocolate. Then, using scissors make a
    Popping the balloon
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    small hole and peel the balloon out of the chocolate bowl.Deflated balloon

**Disclaimer/Disclosure: Please be careful whom you share your chocolate bowls with as the balloons are latex and could be harmful to anyone with a latex allergy.  We had one of our (orange) latex balloons leave some residue inside of one of the chocolate bowls. Latex left behindPlease see the rest of our disclaimer/disclosure here.

To see our step-by-step directions in action, please check out The Hard Hat Belles video here.

Our Special Bonus

Sunk In Chocolate Strawberries

(or chocolate covered strawberries)

Chocolate covered strawberry
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These are the items you’ll need

  • Strawberries – Cleaned and if desired remove the tops (we liked ours with the tops left on).
  • An ice tray or mold – we found that the silicone square cubes we used were hard to remove the chocolate sunk strawberries, so make sure the removal will be fairly easy.
  • Chocolate melts – again, the flavors all depend on what you like to use.
  • Microwave-safe bowl – is size dependent on how much you are making.  You will find that when you use a mold, you will use a lot more chocolate.
  • Microwave
  • Spoon – for stirring.
  1. Place about 1 cup of dark chocolate candy melts in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on full power for 60 seconds and then stir. Continue to microwave at 20-second intervals until melted. Make sure to stir thoroughly each time.
  2. Pour some of the chocolate into the mold without filling it full.
  3. Place strawberries in each molded cup. If they are quite a bit larger than your molds you may want to cut them to size.Peonie and Chocolate
  4. Pour more melted chocolate over the strawberries filling the molds to the desired depth.
  5. Place mold in refrigerator until completely firm, which will make removal easier.

To see how we made our chocolate sunk strawberries in a quick mini video, please click here.

ENJOY!!

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Love & Hugs,

Denine & Wiebke

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Amazingly Simple Zip Tie Hacks

Bible Verse Colossians 3:14

Hi Y’all!.

Welcome to our little corner of the web world.  We are just feeling peachy that you made it in time.  Grab your cuppa stuff – grab yourself a seat and we will explore the world of zip ties.

Tea for two

My husband Bill always loved to have zip ties (some people call them cable ties), on hand. He’d have them in his tool box (several), on his work bench, in his truck, and even in his fishing tackle box.Bunch of Zipties

I swear that man would invent things just to be able to use a zip tie. My husband use to say that I was the duct tape (or as he said duck tape) queen.  If I am the duck tape queen then he surely was the zip tie king.

In our household we have used them for keeping wires organized on all our gaming systems to zipping a hidden key away to mending wire closet shelves to using it as a curtain hook replacement.  I have to say that I can see where his love for them comes from.  They are so Zip tied wire racksversatile, easy to use, and inexpensive. Not to mention that they are pretty strong as well.

 

Truthfully, with zip ties and your imagination the possibilities are unlimited.  Let’s face it…if cops can use them for handcuffs then we should be able to use them everywhere – okay, not everywhere – but you get the idea.  Plus (happy dance), they come in an amazing variety of colors, thicknesses and lengths!

Peonie zip tying

At The Hard Hat Belles we decided to explore our own creativity to see how many different things we could use them for…. So stick around and see what we have come up with!

THE MANY USES OF ZIP TIES

  • Replace a curtain hookPotted plant zip tied
  • Keep wires together
  • Mend closet shelves
  • Hide keys in unusual places
  • To help hang a picture frame
  • Stake plants in the garden or in a pot
  • Loop around a hanger to hang/separate scarves or ties
  • Keep broken mirrors attached to your car
  • In place of shoe laces
  • Make a key ring (or repair one)
  • To attach items to each other
  • Child proof the house
  • Holding outdoor Christmas decorations in place
  • Repair chain link fence or chicken fencingJacket zipper replacement
  • Repair backpacks (possibly purses)
  • To hang things from
  • Unlimited survival uses (i.e. splints)
  • Broken zipper replacements (or belts)
  • Use to color code
  • THHB Disclaimer

To get an idea on how to use the zip ties and to see how versatile they are check out our video here.  

You can also get more ideas at our Pinterest site here.

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If you have any comments about zip ties, short cuts or ideas, please let us know below in the comments.  We’d love to hear from you – truly.

Love & Hugs,

Denine & Wiebke

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