Another downsizing project.
I've had the idea to downsize my journals for a while (anyone who knows me or reads this blog knows that I tend to make a short story long and since I've had that habit all of my life my journals are very full and I have a lot of them!). I found these gorgeous new journals by accident recently and they were too beautiful and perfect to resist!
Hmmm... looking at how many stories are in this box... I might have to go buy more new journals! Even my cat looks skeptical.
New Life Old Case
I bought this case because it's got a little stand built in the back which is very convenient if I want to watch something out of the corner of my eye while I'm cooking or if I'm cooking from a recipe online.
It came white on one side with a plastic "chrome" front. The front got chipped quite quickly but I didn't want to give it up because of the stand. I figured I had nothing to lose by repainting the "chrome" part with a nail polish I already had. It worked like a charm and hasn't yet shown any wear.
I only did this last week and already I've had two people say they like it and ask me where I got it ;)
The only down side to this project is that now the white on the back looks awful in compassion. I know Canadian Tire sells a plastic spray paint (I once used it on a lamp). I might try that when I get any more embarrassed about how the white is showing it's age.
The photo is the after. Sorry I didn't remember to photograph a before shot.
Gramma Sok's Chocolate Haystack cookies with Cadbury Mini Eggs on top. Simple, easy, adorable, and yummy!
1. Set the eggs on a shallow dish and set aside.
2. Prep a cookie sheet with wax paper and set aside.
3. Mix and set aside in large bowl:
2 1/2 cups quick oats
1 cup coconut
4. Mix in a saucepan and gently boil for three minutes:
2 cups white sugar
1/2 cup milk
1/3 cup cocoa
1/4 cup butter
5. Once your mixture has boiled for three minutes pour it over the oats and coconut, drop by forkful onto the wax paper, slightly press eggs into center of cookie, refrigerate until firm.
6. If you want to go the extra mile serve on shredded green paper "grass" or pretty plate or napkin or doily.
You can use margarine instead of butter.
They can firm up outside of the fridge too.
After a few yoga classes with a new instructor I really appreciated the way she spoke about relaxation. I liked the words she chose, the rhythm of her voice, and simply the sound of her voice. I know someone who is always asking for advice on how to relax but has quadriplegia so gets kind of blocked with the generic relaxation programs out there that tell you to do things with your body that he can't do (even something as simple as "lie down with your arms at your sides"). I asked the yoga instructor if she'd be willing to work with me to create a custom-made relaxation CD for him. She was up for it so we sat down and talked about his specific challenges, strengths, abilities, and even favourite words and ideas about relaxation. She found some appropriate back ground music, wrote herself a script that spoke solely to him, and then recorded the CD. He and I just listened to it for the first time and are both thoroughly impressed. He liked it so much he wanted to listen to it again immediately!