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Easy Work Snacks and Containers

Do you have trouble leaving the house for work on time?  Well, I certainly do!  I always plan ahead of time when I need to leave the house to get to work . . . .  but then an unexpected chore needs doing before I can leave.  AND thinking of snacks for work is just one more thing to add to my list before I can leave.

Hi Y’All,

Grab that pumpkin Cappuccino (my favorite in the fall) and a seat and let’s find out how we can save time getting ready for work by making snacks ahead for the week.

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Getting To Work On Time

Can be a real challenge for me.  It doesn’t really matter when my job starts…7am…..10am…..3pm……6pm….  It really doesn’t matter  – I will still have a hundred things to do before I can walk out the door.

It’s not like I don’t plan my time or get things ready ahead of time – seriously, for me it just is tough.to.get. out.the.door.

I start getting ready for work 1 1/2 hours before I need to leave. I feed and water the dogs, pack my lunch/dinner,  grab a few snacks, put on my make-up, get dressed, grab my to-go bag and head out the door. . . You’d think it would work.   Then I might remember I didn’t check that the doors were locked, or did I turn off the coffee pot?  For instance yesterday at the last minute the new puppy let me know she needed one last potty call. . . all would have went fine except I stepped in one of her previous little gifts which required me cleaning my shoe before I left.  And so goes my life trying to get out the door on time.  Please tell me that I am not the only one these things happen to.  Does anyone else run into problems like this?

Snacks Ahead Help Save Time

Easy Work Snacks

One of the time savers I have found to work for me is to get my snacks ready ahead of time.  I get a plan together and figure out what I am going to have for the week.  That way it is a no brainer time saver for me.

We have put together 4 snack ideas for you to follow leaving the 5th one up to your own imagination.  Making these ahead will save time throughout the week.  We recommend keeping a container in the pantry and in the fridge specifically for your weeks worth of snacks.  This way you will have them handy and always know the go-to spot to gather your snacks up.

Supplies To Start With

We matched up some containers, plastic and glass to put our snacks into.  In the canning world a large or small mouth jar is a consistent size to some plastic containers as well such as Miracle Whip or peanut butter jars.  We have found that the Active yogurt and the Dole fruit containers match perfectly for sitting atop the plastic and glass jars before sealing.  The yogurt containers did need to be slightly trimmed (you find out how in the video above).

So treat yourself to some delish ideas for snacks while at work!

Gourmet Work Snack Ideas

Four Gourmet snacks

Grape & Cheese Kabobs w/ Sweet Greek Yogurt Dip

Supplies needed:  Grapes, cheese squares, long toothpicks, THHB Slow Cooker Greek Yogurt, honey, lemon, container.

Prepare grapes of your choice.  Prepare cheese squares (you can buy them already square or cut up a block of cheese into squares).  Slide the grapes and cheese squares onto the toothpick alternating them.  Prepare the Sweet Greek Yogurt dip by placing a 1/4 cup of the Greek Yogurt into the small top container.  Mix in 1/2 tsp each of honey and lemon.  Place the grape and cheese kabobs into your jar/container and place the dip on top and seal.  This snack must be refrigerated.

Grape and Cheese Kabobs

7 Layer Dip with Tostitos on the Bottom

Supplies needed:  Salsa (of your choice), shredded cheese, THHB Slow Cooker Greek Yogurt, cut up tomatoes, mashed avocado, cooked ground burger, green onions (optional), and container.

Prepare mashed avocado and ground burger.   Prepare the Greek Yogurt. You can prepare a few of these dips in advance.  place a Tablespoon of ground burger on the bottom and spoon some salsas on top to cover. Layer the rest according to your tastes. Place the Tostitos into your jar/container and place the dip on top and seal.  This snack must be refrigerated.

**Note: Tostitos can be stored in the pantry and added to the jar/container at the last minute to help keep them fresh.

3 Layer Dip with Tostitas

Strawberry Salad w/ Salad Dressing

Supplies needed:  Lettuces of your choice, shredded sharp cheddar cheese (optional), fresh strawberries, salad dressing of your choice.  We used a balsamic vinaigrette (you can make your own simply at KitchenTreaty.com.

Prepare lettuces of your choice.  Toss the lettuces and shredded sharp cheddar cheese together and place in the bottom of the jar/conatiner. Prepare the strawberries (you can buy them already cut up if desired).  Let the strawberries dry after washing then place on top of the salad.  This will keep them from getting soggy in the salad before you are ready to eat it. Place a 1/4 cup of your salad dressing choice into the small container and place it on top and seal.  This snack must be refrigerated.

Strawberry Salad

Gourmet Tuna Salad and Crackers

Supplies needed: Small can of Tuna Fish, finely chopped onion and dill pickles (to taste), mayonnaise, splash of lemon, crackers of your choice (I like Triscuits myself) and container.

Prepare Tuna salad by adding draining liquid.  Add finely chopped onions, pickles and mayonnaise and mix well.  Place tuna mixture into the small top container.  Place the crackers into your jar/container and place the tuna mixture on top and seal.  This snack must be refrigerated.

**Note: Crackers can be stored in the pantry and added to the jar/container at the last minute to help keep them fresh.

Tuna Fish and Crackers

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Organization Project: Homework Caddy or Quiz?

Have you ever taken one of those quizzes to find out what type of personality you are or in which state you should live or who your soul mate is? Well, today I’ll have you take a quiz on how organized you truly are. In the process of finding out how organized you are, you will also learn some very funny things about me (Wiebke).

Hi Y’All –

Glad to see you.  Come on in, grab a cup and sit a spell and find out what happened in the Papenfus household on the first day of school this year and see how you pass or fail the Organization Back To School quiz.

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One of the reasons I decided to take on writing for the blog about our episode on “How to Organize School Supplies in a Handy Homework Caddy”, is because I totally failed the OFBTS Test this past week! And if you don’t know what the OFBTS Test is, you have already lost one point….

Denine and I always look at the calendar ahead and then make a decision on what we should film, based on holidays or other milestone marker moments. So when we decided to film this THHB episode, “How to Organize School Supplies in a Handy Homework Caddy”, we had all the mothers and fathers and kids in mind who would want to be able to complete homework in a stress-free environment.

But first you will have to get past the quiz, to find out if you should attempt to get organized or not.

So here is the quiz:

Organization For Back To School Test

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1. The OFBTS in the OFBTS Test stands for:

a. Organization For Back To School Test

b. Obsessive Following Better Trade Skills Test

c. Olaf Fries Blended Tomatoes Slowly Test

d. Orientation For Bulky Time Sensation Test

2. You usually have all your kid(s) supplies for the next school year bought:

a. Before school is out for summer break.

b. In the middle of summer break.

c. Why buy their own if they can borrow from their classmates?

d. After your kid(s) has been back to school for a couple of days.

3. You always have the school’s calendar written into your calendar or entered onto your digital device:

a. For two years in advance.

b. In the week before school starts.

c. What? The school has a calendar?

d. Don’t know that your kid’s school started, until your friend                  posts a picture of her kid’s first day of school on Facebook.

4. When your kid has orientation at his school you show up with:

a. Your calendar, your husband’s calendar, your digital device,                  your kid’s digital device, a variety of pens to color code your                    kid’s classes on your family’s organizational calendar.

b. Your purse with lipstick, your wallet, and a smartphone.

c. Why go to orientation when you could go to Starbucks?

d. Your husband, your sister-in-law visiting from South Africa                  and your purse filled with receipts from your vacation.

5. The dress code for hair at your kid’s school requires short back and sides haircut for boys. Your reaction:

a. You make sure that your son follows this dress code all the                  time, even during summer break.

b. You allow your son to have crazy hair during summer break,                but make sure it is up to par at least a week before school                        starts back up.

c. Huh? When did that rule come out?

d. You make a once-in-a-lifetime decision to let your son grow               out his lovely locks, and realize that he has to go to school                         with long out-of-control hair on his first day back to school,                     after you realize it actually is his first day of school because a                   friend posted a picture of her kid’s first school day on                                 Facebook.

6. You realize that it’s your son’s first day back at school, only after seeing a friend post a lovely picture of her kids on Facebook. It is 7:50 am, your son’s school starts at 8:15am (and you live 40 minutes away from the school). You realize your son isn’t even awake yet because you, your husband, your sister-in-law and your son were up until 12.30am playing “Sequence” and taking a personality quiz. You also realize that your son has no supplies ready, very long unruly hair and his school clothes need to be ironed. What you do is:

a. Call the school’s attendance line and tell them he’ll be tardy.

b. Start running around like a chicken with its head cut off and               throw random school supplies in your son’s backpack, all                         while making lunch, ironing his clothes and waking him up.

c. Why should he attend school today if you actually planned to             go blueberry picking with him and your South African sister-                   in-law?

d. Tell your son to “zip his lips” while he is eating breakfast and               trying to converse with your South African sister-in-law, who                 is sitting drinking coffee and looking totally confused at all                     the commotion around her.

Okay, I guess by now you’ve seen a pattern! If you answered mostly “a”, you are too organized to have read this far. If your answers were mostly “b”, you are right on target. If most of your answers were a “c”, you need serious therapy, and if your answers were mostly “d”, your name should be Wiebke! All of the things described in the “d” parts of the quiz happened to our family the first day of the new school year. We are planning to get more organized in the future with our very own amazing Ruth Soukup planner as to NEVER have a repeat of this year’s chaotic first school day (psst..we are not paid for this plug it is just a very pretty and practical planner – see below).Wiebke's Living Well Planner

By the way, after my husband and son left via their low-level-flying machine (my husband’s car), I sat and just laughed hysterically for an hour while drinking my very large cup of coffee!

We at The Hard Hat Belles hope that our quick organizing tips will make doing homework easier for you and your kids. Check out all these ideas you can use to make your very own homework caddy.

How To Make Your Very Own Homework Caddy or StationCreate a homework station

  1.  The first rule is to use your imagination – then gather your supplies. It doesn’t matter if they are new or what you have around your home or office.

2.  Think about your needs and those of your student.  Several little or big baskets or containers can be made in to one using zip ties.  For more information on zip ties check on our Amazingly Simple Zip Tie Hacks video here.

3.  Assemble baskets and supplies together.

Mini Homework Caddy

Basket Office Supply Station

Large Homework or Office Supply Caddy

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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.

 

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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.

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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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Easy Steps to Organizing Your Cupboards or Kitchen Cabinets

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Hi Y’all!

We are just so excited here at The Hard Hat Belles to be rolling out our third blog and YouTube video.  Thanks to all our subscribers for signing up and keeping us here and going.   If you haven’t already subscribed, please do so.  This allows us to give you a heads up when we post new videos and blogs to the internet.

This particular episode of Organizing Cupboards is near and dear to Wiebke and me.  When we decided to do this YouTube/Blog thing we were in the middle of organizing Wiebke’s kitchen cupboards.  It was then that we decided “why not.”  We felt strongly that we had something of value to share with others and decided to do something about it. Seriously, who doesn’t like to laugh and have fun while learning?  We certainly did and do.  Go grab your coffee or tea and come join us, we’re glad you’re here!

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OUR VERY, VERY, VERY BEGINNING

You might ask, “How did Wiebke and Denine get to be such good friends?”  Well, you see, our friendship really hasn’t been a long one, but it has developed into a strong friendship through our many crazy schemes.

Seriously, we had been friendly acquaintances through our church, The North Branch Wesleyan Church, for several years.  You know those people you see every Sunday and say “hi” to without actually getting to really know them.  You care for them, but you just don’t have time to develop a real friendship even when you want to.

After a long battle with aggressive prostate cancer, my husband, Bill, went home to our Lord in September 2014.  I didn’t know it at the time, but Wiebke had kept me and my family in her prayers during our hard times.  When Bill passed away, Wiebke felt very strongly about the bible verse (James 1:27) that speaks about tending to the widows.  She felt God wanted her to be with me. You see, she had experienced a similar loss in her early twenties that also left her a widow and she had just lost her mom the year before Bill.  So she knew from experience how hard it was going to be for me and wanted to be there for me.  I tried to tell her thank you, but no and at that time if I would have known different languages – I would have said “no” in those as well. I’ll let you in on a little secret ……. that woman can be persistent as all get out and boy am I grateful to God that she was.

During the first couple months after my husband passed away I was very grateful for her help, but even more important than that an amazing thing occurred – a wonderful friendship blossomed.  As our relationship grew closer together we experienced a lot of healing tears, but there was also laughter (oh, was there) while we each were trying to figure life out.

THE STORY BEHIND THE ORGANIZING CUPBOARD EPISODE

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In the beginning – Yes, in our beginning, not God’s; it was my turn to be over at Wiebke’s house and she was complaining that she was so disgusted with her lid, bowl, and whatnot cupboard (seriously, whatever she could shove in her cupboard) and her pan, skillet and baking cupboard.  She was so frustrated she just blurted out, “I can’t take this anymore DDDenine.  It’s disgusting and I’m tired of not finding what I am looking for.”  Then she pointed to her kitchen table where a few items she picked up were stacked and said, “These are the racks I got at Walmart and the Salvation Army… And I already had this dish rack I dug out.  Can we please do this today?”

Messy to Clean Cabinets

So that is what we did.  We tore into the job of organizing her cupboards and in the process we had a lot of fun and laughs at what we found and what we did. At one point while we were busy organizing and working I remember lying on the floor in a fit of giggles thinking that we really need to share this with others. It was then that we both felt God leading us on a path to becoming The Hard Hat Belles.

WHAT YOU NEED

There really is no rhyme or reason for what you can use to organize your cupboards with.  What worked for Wiebke didn’t work for me as our cupboards are different shapes and sizes.  However, to start – you can search your own home and look at your own items differently.

A CD rack or dish rack can become a plastic lid holder or small pan lid holder.org cpb pp rack pic (5)1

A wired magazine/file holder can become a cookie sheet organizer.

Different sized baskets can become utensil holders or used for larger items like soup ladles, frying spatulas or wooden spoons.

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The key is to use your imagination and think outside of the box on how you can use different items in different ways.  Look at a potential item and brainstorm over what it could possibly become for you.  For example take a wired or plastic dish rack – it can become a lid organizer, or hold pan lids of various sizes, or keep your plates in an upright position in your cupboard.  Keep going until you find what works for you.

Some of the places you might also consider when looking for organizing items (remember think outside of the box) are Salvation Army or Goodwill stores, thrift stores, resale shops, Dollar stores, Walmart, Meijers, Bed, Bath and Beyond, Target, Ace Hardware, Aco Hardware, local hardware’s (they can have some really neat items), the list can go on and on, but you get the idea.

And remember Pinterest is Wire Racksalso a great go-to place to get several ideas on organizing your cupboards.

We recommend that you wait to organize your cupboards until you get your organizers together.  Once you are ready you will need to unload your cupboard completely.  Then put in the newly purposed organizers and get started.  We found that it took us a few times of putting things in and taking them out before we were happy with the outcome.

Once we completed Wiebke’s cupboards she was so happy.  She still raves six months later about how much easier it is to find things now that the cupboards are organized.  Even her family puts things where they belong now.

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We pray you have been entertained while you learned a thing or two. We’d love to hear from you – Do you have any neat ideas for organizing and having fun?  What would you like to learn?  We’d love to hear from you!

Love & Hugs,

Denine & Wiebke

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