QUICK AND EASY APRIL FOOL’S DAY PRANKS N’ TRICKS

 

Hi Y’all,

We are just having a huge laugh here at The Hard Hat Belles and we are glad you can join us.  Go get that cup-o-stuff that gets you through the day and grab a seat and let’s watch Wiebke at her April Fool’s Day pranking best.

Tea for two

April Fool’s Day Prankster

Wiebke loves April Fool’s Day as it allows her to get even crazier than her normal fun loving crazy.  I was out of town last year, but I am sure she has something waiting for me this year.  So, I plan to be on the lookout!

I have to say that I feel for her husband, Kevin and her son, Sidney.

Cereal and Bug Prank
Wiebke literally put bugs in and resealed the bag and box

Wiebke has told me about some of her past antics and it just cracks me up.  The one I love the best is the amazingly look alike dog poop prank she found on Pinterest.  Wiebke and

Cereal and bugs galore
Poor Sidney

her sister, Burni took cardboard toilet paper inserts and made them to look like dog poop.  They preformed this maniacal act the night before while all in the house were safely (or so they thought) tucked in bed.  As they created their magic dog poop prank in the quiet of

Eggs and vegetables made with a few simple ingredients
Eggs and vegetables made with a few simple ingredients

the night there were no witnesses to be found as to why they constantly snickered.

After creating their devious magic dog poop and adding some water for extra effect, they placed it right next to the refrigerator.  Wiebke (April Fool’s prankster #1) knew her husband’s routine so well – so she placed the evidence where he wouldn’t quite notice it, but where it would be within his foot traffic.

A Family Breakfast
Family meal of fake  chicken wings, baby carrots and celery

When Kevin got up for work the next morning and went to the refrigerator ……. yep………he stepped in it.  Well, let’s just say that their poor dog got the first brunt of his reaction (verbally), while Wiebke laid in bed rolling with laughter.

Over the years she has pulled her April Fool’s Day pranks on her family and any susceptible victims she could and can find.

This year we wanted to share this very quick and easy fake bacon and egg meal with you.  This is guaranteed to be a hit with your family after you prank them with it!

VeeBee and Ddenine eating fake eggs

April Fool’s Day Fake Egg Prank Recipes

For the white chocolate miniature eggs you need:

White chocolate egg
Miniature white chocolate and yellow M&M Peanut egg

White chocolate candy melts or bark, yellow M&M’s (we used the peanut M&M’s, but they now have these really big over sized M&M’s), spoon, wax paper or parchment paper, baking sheet, microwavable bowl, and  a microwave oven.

  • Cover a baking sheet with wax paper.
  • Add ½ cup white chocolate melts (or bark) to a microwavable glass bowl.
  • Next, stick the bowl into the microwave for 30 seconds on high, stir and repeat at 20 second intervals until all chocolate has melted – you want it to be a very liquid texture (warning – be careful not to overcook it).
  • With a spoon, apply a mound of white chocolate onto the wax paper. Making sure it is shaped like a fried egg.  We swirled the white chocolate to shape (as no egg is perfectly centered-or at least not mine).White chocolate egg white
  • Add a yellow M& M for the yolk slightly off to the side pressing lightly.

Place M & M into Fake egg white chocolateWhite Chocolate Fake Egg Prank

  • Wait for the chocolate and M&M to get firm then remove carefully.April Fool's Day Prank removing fake egg

For VeeBee’s healthy April Fool’s egg you need:

Yogurt & apricot egg
ŒYogurt & apricot egg

A plate, a spoon, some Greek yogurt, and canned apricot halves.

  • Spoon the Greek yogurt onto a plate, shaping it into a fried egg white shape.
  • Place the apricot half on the “egg white” shape.  You will want to look for the best “egg yolk” looking apricot half.

Special Bonus: Fake Bacon Recipe

You will need:

Caramels and mini Tootsie Rolls (adapted from Pinterest pin-stop in here to get the link – they have awesome step-by-step pictures to show you).

  • Take one caramel and one Tootsie Roll.
  • You can warm them up or let your hands do the job.
  • Place the caramel on top of the Tootsie Roll.
  • Roll them together.
  • Slice them lengthwise.
  • Place them together side by side
  • Roll them one final time
  • Form them to look like bacon.

April Fool's Day Prank with fake bacon

Extra Special Bonus: Miniature Fake Egg Recipe for Peonie

A super small skillet or plate (or even put them on cupcakes!), a spoon, some Greek yogurt, and mini yellow M & M’s.

  • Spoon the Greek yogurt onto a skillet or plate, shaping it into a fried egg white shape.
  • Place the the mini yellow M & M on the “egg white” shape slightly off to the side for a real look.

Fake egg with M & M's and Greek yogurtPeonie's April Fool's Day Prank fake egg

Disclaimer

Whether you plan to trick, prank or just have fun with your family and friends (big, little, or super little), these recipes are sure to be a hit once they get over the fits of laughter.

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Love & Hugs,

Denine & Wiebke

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Decorate Easter Eggs – Minions, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, & The Hard Hat Belles

Decorating Easter Eggs With Character

Hi Y’all,

Come on in and see what we’ve been up to with Easter Egg decorating.  We have all the details y’all need below. So grab your cup-o-stuff and a seat and we’ll get started.

Tea for two

I have always loved decorating Easter Eggs. When my kids were very little I got to shine with my creativity because they had very little interest in decorating other than to color the eggs.  They loved to dunk the eggs in those lovely rainbow colors (later they moved on to stickers and crayons).  I would have to limit their dunks per egg as they felt the more colors the egg was dunked into the better -you know where you end up with a greenish brown yuck color.  We usually ended up with a lot of those anyway.

As time moved on they ended up taking over the Easter egg decorating as their own creativity had taken over.  Where I once reigned I was now regulated to an observer position and if I was fortunate they would ask my opinion once in a while (which drizzled to zilch eventually).  Then I was regulated to the “ooh” and “ahh” position.

To Decorate or Not To DecorateMinions and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Now that all my kids are grown and busy with their own lives I have been sitting here thinking about “should I” or “shouldn’t I” decorate Easter eggs this year?  Seriously, it’s not a third world problem and probably not a one world problem; but hey – it’s my little world.  I really hadn’t given it much thought until Wiebke and I filmed the video Minion and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Character Easter Eggs (Whew! Pretty long title – say that fast ten times).  Then the “decorate Easter eggs” bug hit me.  I think it is more the memories that are generated when my kids where younger than anything else.  On the other hand, I do like to craft and create and as an extra bonus – I like boiled eggs.

I started thinking about all the different designs on Google, Pinterest, and some magazine websites I looked through (like Real Simple). The decorate some Easter eggs bug is there, but do I have enough time to do it myself.  I have decided that a day or two before Easter I will see if my super busy schedule allows me enough time.  That way I have taken the pressure off and have given myself permission either way.

Egg Safety

In our video and the directions below we used some empty plastic eggs I had laying around my house.  These eggs will last FOREVER!  But if you do like I do and boil “real” eggs to decorate; you will want to know if your raw eggs are fresh and still safe to eat.  Check out this pin  we pinned to our Yummy and Easy Recipe board on Pinterest to find out.

Supplies Needed For Super Easy Character Eggs

Character Easter Egg Supplies

Plastic Easter eggs (blue & yellow for Minion; green for TMNT; pink for THHB), colored washi tape (or any tape of choice cut to 1/8″-1/4″ width), scissors, glue dots (or Elmer’s glue or a glue gun), a black sharpie marker, and wiggly eyes.

For Minion Eggs

  • Take the plastic blue and yellow eggs apart.Minion Character Egg Parts
  • Mismatch them, putting a yellow top and blue bottom together.
  • Cut pieces of black tape off  to fit around the egg stretching slightly as you go (we used two hands).Character Minion black tape applied
  • Stick the tape towards the top of the yellow half for the Minion glasses strap.
  • Using glue dots (or glue of choice) attached wiggly eyes into place.Character Minion wiggly eyes applied
  • Take the black sharpie marker to draw on hair and a mouth.Use Black Sharpie to apply

For Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Eggs

  • Take the plastic green eggs leaving them together.Character Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  • Cut pieces of tape (orange, red, blue & purple) off  to fit around the four different egg heads (Michaelangelo, Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello).Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle washi tape applied
  • Place the tape around the middle of the green egg stretching slightly as you go (we used two hands).Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles eyes
  • Using glue dots (or glue of choice) attached wiggly eyes into place.

    Michaelangelo, Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello
    Raphael, Leonardo, Donatello, Michaelangelo

BONUS: For The Hard Hat Belle Eggs

  • Take the plastic pink eggs leaving them together.
  • Print out THHB (or your) picture on plain printer paper.
  • Cut picture out carefully.
  • Brush on Mod Podge to back of the  picture and place on egg.
  • Let dry.
  • Add wiggly eyes.
  • Modpodge over picture and egg once to seal

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    Peonie, THHB, DDDenine, VeeBee

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EASY CROCK POT OR SLOW COOKER IRISH SODA BREAD & A QUICK STOP BY IRELAND

Hi Y’all –

Before you watch that halrious video (above) on how to make Irish Soda Bread in a Crock Pot (Slow Cooker), grab a spot of tea and get comfy.

Tea for two

A year ago about this time my best friend Mary and I were planning a trip to Ireland (for a month!).  Neither of us had been overseas before and we were both apprehensive, excited and ready to go!

We stayed at a lovely beautiful stone cottage located in Brackwansha near Knockmore, County Mayo, Ireland.  If you look it up on a map it is between Ballina and Foxford to the west.  You could just about draw a line straight from Dublin to almost the other side of the country.  

Knockmore, County Mayo, Ireland
Ray & Rose

Our charming hosts Ray and Rose and their family made us feel like family.  They took us under their wings and guided us through life in Ireland.  There are a hundred stories I could tell you, but for now, let’s just say the area residents still remembers us as the crazy American ladies and their escapades. To see what Ray and Rose had to say click here and scroll down to the comments.

Ireland
Missing my late husband, Bill in Ireland

Amazingly, Ray and Rose took their property that was inherited and over the years  and turned buildings that used to be for farm animals into some  true Irish cottages.  They actually did most of the work themselves.  To learn more about their seriously, reasonably priced accommodations click here and here for websites they are listed with.

Atlantic Ocean
Atlantic coastline

At first you notice that Knockmore is not the most touristy place to stay in by tourism standards, but we got to learn and see some Irish living real life.  We were close enough (the island isn’t that big),to get to Dublin by bus and England

Monastery close to Knockmore, County Mayo, Ireland
Monastery close to Knockmore, County Mayo, Ireland

by plane (Knock airport). We saw some castles, cliffs, ocean, ruins, monasteries and abbeys.  There is so much history in Ireland from their lifestyles to their churches.

http://www.glencairnabbey.org/
St. Mary’s Abbey, Glencairn

 

 

 

 

Saint Patrick Monument
Saint Patrick Monument

In celebration of the upcoming Saint Patrick or better known as St. Paddy’s day here in the United States, we have an amazing Crock Pot Irish Soda Bread recipe that we adapted from delightfulrepast.com We made it healthier for us by changing out an ingredient or two.

Irish Soda Bread made in a crock pot

Just so you know, this bread is a much denser bread (sort of like cornbread)  than our American white bread and if your interested in learning the history behind this bread visit sodabread.info.  We found the bread to be great with chili, soups, or to snack on.  

One of the traditions they have in Ireland that I really have tried to adopt is that when they take long road trips (they – being the natives of Ireland), the Irish take actual restorative breaks by pulling the car off to the side of the road, putting out a couple of chairs or blanket and pouring out a hot beverage (mostly tea) and some sort of sweet bread, cookie or biscuit.  This bread would have fit in perfectly.

Irish Soda Bread sampling time
Irish Soda Bread sampling time

 I personally like some butter or jam on it with my coffee.  Make sure to give it a try (the bread and the rest stop) and let us know how it turned out for you.

Slow Cooker Irish Soda Bread

(Makes one 8-inch round loaf)

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups milk
1 1/2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 cups (10 ounces) unbleached all-purpose flour
2 cups whole wheat flour
1/4 cup dark brown sugar (to make your own dark brown sugar check out joythebaker.com). If you brown sugar becomes hard you can put it in a container with either 1/2 an apple or a slice of bread.
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
4 tablespoons *Olive Oil (*I changed this from unsalted butter to olive oil)
1 large egg

Method:

  1. In 2-cup glass bowl, mix together milk and vinegar; let stand for 5 minutes.
  2. Lightly spray the sides and the bottom of your slow cooker. Wiebke used a round 4 qt slow cooker.

    Denine's old slow cooker
    Denine’s 5 quart old keeps on kicking, slow cooker
  3. In large mixing bowl, mix together flours, brown sugar, salt and baking soda. Rub olive oil into flour mixture with fingers. However, I preferred a whisk and Wiebke likes a mixer.

    Antique Whisk Bill got for me
    Antique whisk/egg yolk separater Bill got for me
  4. Whisk egg into the soured milk.
  5. Make a depression in center of flour mixture and pour in all but about 1/4 cup of the milk mixture. Slowly mix the flour mixture and the liquid. Stir gently to combine into a slightly sticky dough that can be formed into a very pliable soft ball, adding more liquid if needed.
  6. Lightly knead the dough in the bowl, 5 or 6 times, forming it into a ball.
  7. Place the dough ball into the center of the slow cooker. The dough will flatten a little to a diameter of roughly 6 inches and a height of about 2 1/2 inches.
  8. Using a sharp knife, cut a 1/4-inch deep cross in the top of the dough. (This will help the bread to be baked through and to not have an underdone texture).
  9. Set the slow cooker to the “high” setting and bake for about 3-3 ½ hours. You can test if the bread is done by seeing if a toothpick stuck into the center of the bread comes out clean.
  10. Remove the loaf from the slow cooker and place it on a wire rack and cover it with a clean kitchen towel. Cool the loaf off for about 2 hours. If you slice it before it as cooled off completely, it may fall apart.
  11. Disclaimer/Disclosure

Our trip to Ireland was declared a success, however I will leave you with a tidbit – Our adventures included getting lost the first day, almost running over our host, huge spiders, driving on the wrong side of the road, trading out our rental vehicle three times,  asking for directions from an Irishman with a very BROAD (I so didna understan a wood) accent and cows……..oh, and talking to sheep.

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Love & Hugs,

Denine & Wiebke

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Coffee Filter Hacks – Without Using Coffee

Need more time in your day? Do you like short cuts or cheats?  We do too!  Our coffee filter hacks will have you looking at your coffee filters differently from now on.

 

Hi Y’all!

Welcome to The Hard Hat Belles little world on the web.  We are all about doing DIYs, LIYs, Crafts and Recipes with a great deal of laughs and fun.  So grab that cup of coffee (just because it is coffee filter hacks today and I LOVE my coffee!), pull up a seat and learn how you can use those coffee filters to make and take some short cuts to leave you more time for your busy life.

Tea for two

When I was younger I really wasn’t much of a coffee drinker so I really had no need to learn about coffee or those paper coffee filters. I would drink it occasionally while socializing, but I can honestly say that I don’t really remember liking it much then either.

I can’t remember when I began to enjoy coffee.  I think it was somewhere between my husband, Bill, who was a truck driver and drank coffee by the truck loads and my need to fill it full of sugar and milk.  Somewhere down that road I started drinking coffee every morning and throughout the day……..I do draw the line at drinking it after six because I really can’t afford to stay awake until four in the morning. So I learned more about coffee and coffee filters.

Eventually, I began to look forward to my coffee.  Now I take it with flavored creamer (yea, tons of sugar there too).  My favorite is International Delight Hershey Chocolate Caramel Creamer.  What’s your favorite way to drink it (leave a comment below)?  For me it is the only reason to get up in the mornings……yea for coffee! Seriously, I am not a morning person and I need that cup of Java for a boost. However, I do have to drink decaffeinated though or you can just wait  and peel me off the ceiling and walls later.

Today we are publishing a video and this blog dedicated to the almighty coffee filter.  Did you know that the difference between the white and brown coffee filters is that the white ones have been bleached. For more information on that and the history of coffee filters (interesting story) stop by the driftaway.coffee website.  White or brown – coffee filters have a lot of uses that they can be used for besides brewing that special cup-of-stuff for you. We’ve listed several ideas for you, but let your imagination go and see how many different uses you can come up with.  Remember you can also check out Pinterest and Google for more ideas. Let us know in the comments below.

Coffee Filters

  • Wipe down windows and mirrors lint free (wet & dry)
  • Wrap cut celery stalks in a coffee filter before putting them in a plastic bag to store in the refrigerator – keeps them fresh longerSprouting Seeds
  • To sprout seeds, dampen a coffee filter, place seeds inside, fold it and place it into a zip-lock plastic bag
  • Clean hands of dirt if you forget your garden gloves
  • Doing something to get sweaty? Awesome to wipe sweat, dirt and oils off your face.
  • Keep some in your pocket when walking your pet for quick clean upsPlanter strainer
  • Use in the bottom of a planter to block holes that allow dirt to trickle through
  • Use as disposable bowls for individual snacks
  • Great for holding hot dogs and tacos together (especially for little hands)
  • Keep a package in your car in place of napkins or paper towels (and they are sturdier)
  • Wrap Christmas decorations inGlasses Sunglasses
  • Get those finger prints off your glasses/sunglasses lint free (my fav)
  • Use in place of cotton balls removing nail polish (lint free-no more strings of cotton)
  • Use as a disposable cover in the microwave
  • Use as a potpourri holder for dressers and closetsSpice bag
  • Put flavorings (bay leaves, woody herb stems, etc.) in a coffee filter, tie with string, and stick in soup while cooking for quick and easy removal later.
  • Multi purpose camping tool (every camper should have them on hand)
  • Use as a strainer (for tea, pulp & seeds from juice)Compost
  • And finally they not only work great on the bottom of the compost container to keep it all together, but the coffee filters are earth friendly (biodegradable)
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