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Thanksgiving & Fall Centerpieces: Quick & Easy with everyday items

We have 4 great centerpieces for YOU to choose from for your Thanksgiving table.  They are all quick and easy to make with things you have around your house – inside and out.   Your friends and family will simply be amazed!

Hi Y’All,

Thanksgiving Day is a time that we can stop and reflect on what we are truly thankful for.  But in preparation of that day we can find ourselves busy getting the house ready to receive family and friends.  To help you save time we have 4 easy and quick centerpieces that will amaze you!Tea for two

Thankfulness

Just a year ago we held our premiere to roll out our video channel business.  We had a blast and were blessed by those who attended.  We are thankful that in this past year we have gained subscribers and followers who believe in us and like what we are doing.

For the premiere we filmed the very same DIY Thanksgiving Centerpieces that we are releasing for the first time this month.  As we look back we are thankful for all that we have learned about how to produce, film, edit and script videos.  We laugh at ourselves thinking that we knew what we were doing.  Little did we know how much more there was to learn and continue learning.  We are also thankful that our videos have improved in quality and character!

What are you thankful for this day, month, year?  We’d like to hear in the comments below.

4 Quick & Easy Thanksgiving or Fall Centerpieces

 

These centerpieces are made with items we found around our homes and yards.  Outside we found a variety of pine cones in different sizes and greenery boughs from the various trees.  But don’t stop there you can even use leaves, stones and sticks.  Inside we scoured our homes and located a large variety of items to choose from such as uncooked popcorn, beans, coffee beans, fresh cranberries, macaroni,   votive, candles, Christmas lights, garland, ribbon and a bit of material.  These are just suggestions – Let your imagination fly!

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How to Conquer Your SmartPhone 101 Episode 3

Episode 3: SmartPhone Icons & Buttons

Hi Y’All,

Thanks for stopping in and joining us for our Conquer Your SmartPhone 101 Course.  If you haven’t noticed by now, I am not a natural in front of the camera. . . and teaching in front of it makes my wig itch (picture below).  Grab a chair and your drink and get ready for a few chuckles.

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Why Create the Conquer Your SmartPhone Series?

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My Itchy Wig Syndrome

I really have empathy for those who have a difficult time learning new technology, seriously.  And technology changes so fast that it is next to impossible to stay up with it and if you add in those people who have a learning curve issue, like my wonderful mother, it could become frustrating.

I am pretty savvy at learning new things – I think because I enjoy learning,  but I get so frustrated when I just learn how to operate teh technology and “they” decide to upgrade, update, or make a new improved model, don’t you?  And I don’t know about you, but it drives me crazy when I cannot find the exact words in my brain dictionary to explain myself to others when asking for help! I can’t decide if it makes me laugh more or frustrates me more when I can’t locate those words. . . hmmm. . . .  maybe those are the menopausal moments.

When I have to learn new technology even when it is exciting – it also frustrates me.  My brain kind a feels like a character from the Disney/Pixar movie Inside Out click here  where all my little emotions are going haywire. I can just picture it, Mrs. Frustration just fluttering around in my brain going in circles yelling “I got this, no I don’t, yes I do, no I don’t” as she is twisting and turning the item around punching buttons …lol.


To see what I am talking about check out the trailer above or click here.

Don’t get me wrong, Wiebke and I both love technology, but- TECHNOLOGY sometimes makes me feel like just laying on the floor and having a fit like a two year old having a tantrum.  But, as luck would have it, I’d probably break something or at the very least sprain something {sigh}.  I am certainly glad that all that commotion in my head doesn’t show on the outside only on the inside {I’d scare and confuse myself, let alone anyone else}.

What Learning, Frustration, & Packing My Mother in a Box Have In Common

CSP3 Peonie and SmartPhones

I am sure that the poor victims of new technology frustrations {especially my sweet mother}, will be glad to have The Hard Hat Belles How To Conquer Your SmartPhone series available as they will be able to access it as many times as they need to without having to drive their loved ones crazy with, ” the phone icon just disappeared again and it is not a smartphone, but a stupid one.” or “I can’t find the phone icon {camera, message box etc}, again”.

Seriously, how many times can you lose an icon before you figure out what you did?  I also have had my mother take notes.  But it really doesn’t help if she keeps on losing the book the notes are in.  Unbelievably, my technology challenged mother had this 8″ x 6″ hot pink, furry note book that she put some notes in. . . . And yes, she lost that as well {sigh}.

Either I had to give up trying to bring my mom into the twentieth century or I needed to package her and the SmartPhone into a box and ship them both to the SmartPhone company and ask them to upgrade or improve her as well.  I am so glad that my mother loves me and puts up with me.  She’s definitely a keeper.

Thus, we created the How To Conquer Your SmartPhone 101 series to help others and keep us sane {which might be hard to do, come to think about it}.

Slow & Easy Sets The Pace

Here at The Hard Hat Belles we are providing a simple, easy, slow step-by-step method to learn how to use those SmartPhones without stress and we hope, providing some laughter.  We are starting with the basics of the basics from removing the phone from the original container to how to operate the camera and menu settings (future releases).  If this series is helping you or more likely someone you know, please let us know and we will continue with a more in-depth series once all the basics are covered. Happy SmartPhoning!!

Instructions To Conquer Your SmartPhone 101:

The Basics 3 (III)

IF you haven’t already viewed the previous video and/or instructions, we recommend that you start at the beginning of the series Conquer Your SmartPhone 101: The Basics 1 and watch the video to work your way through to the end of the series.CSP Episode 3

NOTE:  We are covering a very board spectrum of SmartPhones, so yours just might be slightly different.  Some of the volume buttons may also be on the back of the phone as well.

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Once you have completed The Basics 3 tutorial you will be ready to tackle the next video episode 4 – Create A Gmail Google Account – where we will explain how to create these accounts using your SmartPhone itself.  These accounts are necessary in order to use some of the functions on your SmartPhone.  Please join us for the next video and blog.  Remember to subscribe below to be notified when the next episode and video in the series is released.

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Easy Party Food – Chicken Wing Dings Quick Prep Style

CHICKEN WING DING COOK OFF

Hi Y’All!

We are so happy to see you here.  I have to tell you that we were busy with our own competition – A Wing Ding Cook Off.  Grab that coffee and your seat and find out what happened and who won the famous THHB Chicken Wing Ding Cook Off!

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How It All Started. . .

It was a Wednesday and on each Wednesday The Hard Hat Belles have a Summit meeting. This is where we do the “not always so fun” business work of our venture into the world of YouTube and blogging.  Wiebke and I were brainstorming ideas for future episodes back in February of this year. We actually like to keep the filming schedule at least two months in advance. This allows us to schedule around any family or personal events or needs that we have coming up.

We needed a recipe. . .

We usually try to work the recipes around events, holidays or the time of year.  For this particular episode we needed a recipe for the upcoming Memorial Day Holiday and graduation parties.  We did all our research and finally settled on chicken wings as the recipe.  Fairly easy, can be made in quantity for parties, and a crowd favorite.  At this point we had no idea what we were going to do with them (other than cooking them).Raw Chicken Wing

Wiebke had some recipe suggestions and I also had some as well.  She wanted something quick as she felt our viewers would be interested in quick. However, I felt that our viewers would be more interested in easy.  Both recipes were great, but we were divided on what to do!  Hence, we came up with The Hard Hat Belles Chicken Wing Ding Cook Off!

 

Finally. . .

Yes, we decided that we could pull off a competition between Wiebke’s recipe and my own.  Wiebke’s recipe is actually a two for one deal.  She uses the same recipe up until the end where she takes one single ingredient and comes up with two totally different flavored wing dings.  And her recipe is done within 25 minutes – beginning to end.

Now my recipe was one that my husband Bill and I sort of came up with together.  Before he passed away he use to prepare his own BBQ sauce once a year.  He tweaked a recipe from one he found in a Missouri newspaper several years ago and made it his own.  Once a year for a whole day, he would gather the ingredients for the sauce and work on it.  He even canned it himself.  I was always so impressed with him. . . and the sauce was yummylicious. . .seriously GOOD!  I have to say it was my very favorite.

What we would do is take the leftover sauce that didn’t fit in a pint canning jar and put it in a crock pot along with some chicken wings (or wing drums or any part of the chicken).  That’s it. . . two ingredients and 4-6 hours later – very tender, delicious BBQ Wing Dings.  The last jar of Bill’s BBQ sauce has been gone for a while.  Now I just use whatever BBQ sauce I have on hand – my family usually prefers Sweet Baby Rays.

You Decide . . .

I have to tell you that all the recipes were very good.  They each had merits of their own. We want you to tell us which recipe you tried and what you thought in the comments below.  Wiebke and I are very competitive and although all the recipes were very good – we couldn’t decide on a favorite.  We kept eating and tasting them all and still could not decide. . . So cast your vote!!

Wing Dings

VEEBEE’S SPICY CURRY & TROPICAL GINGER WING DINGS

 

Prep time 5 mins – Cook time 20 mins – Total time 25 mins

Serves 4-6

IngredientsVeeBee Wing Dings

Cooking spray (Wiebke uses“Pam” Olive oil)

3lbs chicken wings (with the tips detached)

1½ Tablespoons baking powder (check out the The Food Lab Website for information on why baking powder makes chicken crispy)

½ teaspoon salt

3 Tablespoons brown sugar

2 Tablespoons curry powder

For the Spicy Curry wings add 1 teaspoon red pepper

For the Tropical Ginger flavor add 2 teaspoons ground ginger

NOTE:  Wiebke adds the final ingredients to the wings except for the red pepper and ginger.  She then splits the batch and adds the last two ingredients separately.  She enjoys the tropical flavor while her guys enjoys the flavor on the spicy side.

Instructions

  1. Preheat the broiler of your oven to high. Cover a baking sheet with aluminum foil and apply cooking spray generously.
  2. Place the wings in a large mixing bowl. Add the baking powder and salt to the wings and mix together. Evenly spread the wings on to the baking sheet.chicken wings coated
  3. Place wings under the broiler for 10 minutes, turn them over and then broil them for another 10 minutes.Wing Ding Chicken
  4. Blend the broiled chicken wings in a mixing bowl with the brown sugar and spices until coated. Enjoy!

DD’S EASY BBQ WING DINGS

BBQ Chicken Wings INgredients

2 lb. chicken wings

1 cup Your Favorite Barbecue Sauce (Baby Ray’s, Hunt’s, Kraft, etc)

1/2 Teaspoon Nutmeg (my secret ingredient)

Chopped green onion (for garnish)

1 cup Ranch Dressing or honey (dipping option-I like them plain)

Instructions

  1. Combine first 3 ingredients in the crock pot (slow cooker); cover with lid. Cook on LOW 4 to 6 hours or on HIGH 3 to 5 hours, depending on how fast you need them.  NOTE: Do not add any other liquids to the crock pot.  There will be plenty of juices from the chicken.Crock Pot BBQ Chicken Wings
  2. Use slotted spoon to transfer wings to a platter. Drizzle small about of sauce over the wings. Discard sauce remaining in slow cooker.
  3. Sprinkle wings with chopped green onions. Serve with dressing for dipping (optional). I like to take Wiebke’s Greek yogurt(in place of sour cream) and add spices to it.

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And there you have it! It is now time for you to cast your vote.

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How To Conquer Your SmartPhone 101 Episode 2

Episode 2: SmartPhone Controls

Hi Y’all!

We are glad you are here at The Hard Hat Belles website.  We have been busy filming future videos including more episodes on How To Conquer Your SmartPhone.  We have been combining the filming with teaching some of our more challenged friends (Joyce) and family (Pat) how to conquer their smart phones.  Let’s get started and see how well it went; grab your cup and your seat and we’ll get with  today’s topic – Conquer Your Smart Phone 101 Episode 2 (or II).

Tea for twoPhones Back In The Good Ole Days

I am really not that old, (at least I don’t think so), rotary dial phonebut in the last several years telephones have really come a long way.  I can remember rotary phones and when you dialed the phone they made these strange musical noises and then when the dialer would come back to it’s original position, it made another musical noise.  The next telephone I remembered was a push button phone.  You not only used them for communication, but people were also creating tunes Push button phone that ranged from Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star to the Three Blind Mice and more.  Their notes were a little more musical and keyboard style; like a piano. Then there were the party lines.  Households within a community shared phone lines and only one family or household could use it at a time.  I remember hearing my parents talk about having to wait (sometimes complaining about the long winded talkers),  until others were done using the phone line in order to place their calls.  You knew someone was on the party line when you picked up your phone and you’d hear a conversation and you’d hear a conversation like this, “. . . and Mary Lou was late to class because she was caught holding hands with George . . . ,”  (just kidding).  But can you imagine the privacy issues back then.   Hmmmm. . . . . . do you think a lot of gossip went on during that time?

History Buffs

If you would like to learn a little more fun history facts about cell phones or just the telephone in general I recommend visiting             The Art Institute’s website or  The FCC Kids Zone or BGR Media, LLC, which shows a brief timeline of the house to cell phone history along with some pictures (for those too young to have experienced the earlier models).

The Here & Now

And here we are – back into the here and now where we are currently using these super small phones (compared to the older ones). You can get a cell phone that is just for talking or one that can do everything your computer at home does.  There appears to be a variety of styles and types to chose from.

Conquering The SmartPhone

We are truly blessed to be living in a time where we can have affordable cell phones that we can take with us when traveling long distances to provide a way to contact others in case we break down or if there is an emergency on the road, which could possibly save lives.

Unfortunately,  for those who do not understand how to operate the cell phone, SmartPhone, or IPhone it can be very frustrating, especially as new and improved models are rolled out on a regular basis.

Slow & Easy

Here at The Hard Hat Belles we are providing a simple, easy, slow, step-by-step method to learn how to use those SmartPhones without stress and we hope, providing some laughter.  We are starting with the basics of the basics from removing the phone from the original container to how to operate the camera and menu settings (future releases).  If this series is helping you or someone you know, please let us know and we will continue with a more in-depth series once all the basics are covered.  Happy SmartPhoning!!

Conquer Your SmartPhone 101:            The Basics 2 (II)

We recommend that you start at the beginning of the series Conquer Your SmartPhone 101: The Basics 1 and watch the video and work your way through to the end of the series.

SmartPhone Control instructions

SmartPhone Control instructionsNOTE:  We are covering a very board spectrum of SmartPhones, so yours just might be slightly different.  Some of the volume buttons may also be on the back of the phone as well.

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Once you have completed The Basics 2 tutorial you will be ready to tackle the next video – The Basics III (3), where we will explain the SmartPhone home screen and and it’s icons.  Please join us for the next video and blog.  Remember to subscribe below to be notified when the next episode in this series is released.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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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Love & Hugs,

Denine & Wiebke

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Super Easy Greek Yogurt in a Crock Pot or Slow Cooker

Greek Yogurt Verse Psalm 128:2

Hi Y’all!

Come join us, we are so glad you are here! We are simply blessed that you decided to spend a few of your precious minutes with us today at The Hard Hat Belles.  Grab that cup of tea, coffee or whatever you enjoy and sit your sweet self down for another episode of what we have been up to.

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Today we are going to make some super easy homemade Greek Yogurt that only takes three ingredients and would you believe we are going to make it in a CROCK POT – you heard me right – a crock pot! Wiebke calls it a crock pot, but personally I prefer slow cooker – don’t you?

It seems that every morning Wiebke and I  get together (and she still does) she has this wonderful big bowl of Greek Yogurt for breakfast.  I began to wonder if she knew there were other breakfast choices out there.  Seriously, for 99.9% of the time she has this every – single –morning!

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So one day I decided I couldn’t take it anymore and asked her WHY? Why does she eat this every morning?  Isn’t it boring?  Being the good friend she is she told me her story.

ONCE UPON A TIME IN WIEBKE LAND

Once upon a time a long time ago in Wiebkeland, Wiebke visited her family doctor for a regular appointment. She was told that her cholesterol was getting a little too high and she really did not like hearing that news.  So she clapped her hands over her ears (or she would have liked to if it would have solved her high cholesterol so easily).

Wiebke knew right then and there that she needed to make some changes in her lifestyle and fast. So she got on her white steed White Steedand rode in the direction she knew would lead her to taking charge of her life.

She proceeded to investigate on how she could get her cholesterol under control and an idea came to her.Light bulb

She needed to make some changes in her diet and exercise. Diet and Exercise

Although the exercise was fairly easy to get started she ran into some problems with the diet part.

Wellllllll, the change in diet was a little rough to keep to as she simply could not find anything that would sustain her throughout the morning. She would end up hungry Stomachand we all know where that story ends (listening to your stomach and eating the wrong things).

Finally, after trying many foods she found that the Greek Yogurt would satisfy her hunger and keep her from being hungry all morning.  However, Greek Yogurt, the really good healthy and yummy kind was quite expensive for her frugal little heart to come to terms with. So she got back onto her white steed White Steedand rode to save her day once again.

She did some more research and found a recipe that is made with only three ingredients, yes three.  This Greek yogurt had  turned out amazing in flavor, was very easy to make and made her frugal little heart happy (happy dance).

Now we come to the happily ever after part of the story where we decided that she just could not keep this recipe to herself any longer and that we really needed to share it with our followers.

THE END (not really)

GREEK YOGURT WIEBKE STYLE

 YOU WILL NEED

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** IMPORTANT: You need to use glass or plastic items otherwise it will interfere with the “yoguing” process.

Step 1: Pour the milk into the crock pot and add one cup of dry milk. (The dry milk helps to make the yogurt thicker and creamier). Stir using only a plastic utensil as metal may interfere with the bacterial growth.

Step 2: Cover the mixture and then turn on the crock pot to a high setting for about 4-6 hours.  Get that thermometer and insert it into the crock pot to check the temperature. We want the temperature to reach about 180 degrees to make sure all the unwanted beasties are killed, otherwise the yogurt might spoil.

Step 3: Make sure to turn off the crock pot. The milk mixture has to cool off to around 115 degrees. Wiebke likes to use a fan to blow on the crock pot to cool it down quicker – which will only take the milk mixture about 45 minutes then. Remember check that temperature and make sure it comes down to around 115 degrees.

Step 4: Once the milk mixture has cooled to around 115 degrees you will need to remove the skin that formed off of it. You will be able to see it floating on top of the milk mixture, just skim it off.

Step 5: Add 1 cup of Greek yogurt to a glass bowl and ladle some of the milk mixture into the bowl with the yogurt to temper the yogurt (this slowly gets the Greek yogurt used to the warmer milk mixture).

Step 6: Pour the yogurt mix into the milk mixture that is left in the crock pot and give it a good stir.

Step 7: Cover the crock pot with the yogurt mixture with aluminum foil and stick it into a preheated 100 degree (or the warm setting) oven. Wiebke leaves her Greek yogurt in the oven overnight. This allows plenty of time for the Greek yogurt to yogue and become tarter and thicker.

Step 8: When you pull the Greek yogurt out of the oven and lift the aluminum foil it will look runny. Greek Yogurt WheyWhen you drain the extra whey this makes the yogurt extra creamy and not as runny.  You will need to place a plastic colander (in a plastic bowl large enough to hold the yogurt and allow the whey to drip off) and place a cotton or linen towel over the colander.  Greek Yogurt in colander in bowlCarefully scoop the Greek yogurt mixture onto the towel.  Cover the yogurt and then place the bowl into the refrigerator while the whey drains off.  This will take 1-2 hours.Put Greek Yogurt into refrigerator

Step 9: Once the whey is drained off, place the Greek yogurt into a covered glass bowl and leave in the refrigerator until cold and enjoy!

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You can see us make this yummy Crock Pot Greek Yogurt on YouTube here.

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Love & Hugs,

Denine & Wiebke

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5 EASY STEPS TO CLEANING A CEILING FAN

Ceiling Fan VerseHi Y’all!

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Tea for twoWhen we first decided to roll out a video channel as well as a blog,   we thought we would start with an easy show.  Our fantastic fan cleaning episode. Well let me tell you – what we thought would be easy – was not.

Wiebke was the one who came up with idea of cleaning a ceiling fan with a pillow case (I seriously think my fan blades made her crazy), which you can view on YouTube  here or at the bottom of this blog.

I don’t know how it happens, but my ceiling fans just gather dust like spots on a Holstein dairy cow….even though I live on a paved road, my driveway is dirt and I am surrounded by farm land and it is a constant battle to keep the ceiling fans clean.  Now Wiebke’s ceiling fans are always pretty clean.  I don’t know how she does it as she DOES live on a dirt road. Nevertheless,   I cannot say enough about cleaning the fan blades this way except WHY didn’t I know about this sooner.

Cleaning the fan with a pillow case was a piece of cake, but we had to repeat it several times until we finally got into the swing of filming.  So much to learn; script writing, equipment, timing, audio, and filming just amazed us.  We were excited and scared spitless at the same time.  Trust me when I say we are not natural actors (although Wiebke is actually pretty good), but Wiebke and I are really good at having fun with whatever we do.   Come join us, we’re glad you’re here!

This method is super easy and can be done at any time.  All you need is a ceiling fan, a pillow case (I use a dark one which I keep for just that job), gloves (to keep your hands clean – I don’t bother myself as my hands are washable), a pair of goggles (for loose dust) and a step ladder.  I really wished I had known about this several years ago.  My husband was a fan fanatic.  He was always hot and we had one in every room.  Now no more clearing the table or bed before or after cleaning the fan.  It makes me want to do it more often too because now it is not an involved chore.  Five minutes per fan tops!!

HERE ARE FIVE SIMPLE STEPS TO CLEAN YOUR CEILING FAN

  1. Make sure the fan is off as you never know what or who may be hanging around.Peonie's Fan Ride

2.  Supplies Needed: Goggles, pillow case, gloves and you made need a step stool or ladder to reach your ceiling fan. Please use caution when climbing either item. Please see disclaimer here.

Ceiling fan supplies3.  Place the open pillow case over the fan blade.

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4.  Press both sides of the pillowcase to the fan blade and drag the pillowcase towards you.

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4a.  Repeat until all blades are dusted.

  1. Shake dust out of the pillowcase outside then toss in the washer.

Ceiling fan washer

Easy, peasy and no mess – I love it and you will too!

 

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