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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.


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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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.

Tea for two


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!

Eating Greek Yogurt

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 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)



GY ingredients

** 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!

GY glass bowl (2)

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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Ceiling Fan VerseHi Y’all!

Welcome to The Hard Hat Belles way to DIY (do it yourself) and LIY (learn it yourself).  Do it, learn it and laugh!!

We are just so happy that you have stopped by. Grab your coffee or tea and please sit a bit and visit.

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!!


  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.


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


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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