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What God Wants For Christmas Story

Tea for twoDo you know what God wants for Christmas?  To find out watch all seven videos…no cheating, watch them in a row to reveal a beautiful story about What God Wants For Christmas!  So grab your beverage, a seat and your kids (or any you can borrow) and let’s get started!

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Merry CHRISTmas Everyone!

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.

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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.
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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
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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)

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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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