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Tomato Review – pt 2 :) October 20, 2015

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tomato-review2_wordpressTomatoes are one of my favorite vegetables. Quite honestly, it’s no wonder that I decided to do a second tomato review. (You can find my first Tomato Review here.) This time my landlady and I found ourselves at our local farmer’s market, so I bought some from a friend who loves to grow heirloom tomatoes. We had a grand ‘ol tasty time when we got home. 🙂

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Tomato Review :) August 29, 2015

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tomato-review_wordpressMy sister is one of the greatest gardeners I know. She can grow almost anything! I wouldn’t be surprised if she can grow a pineapple in the middle of winter without a greenhouse. (Ok, I might be exaggerating.)

The other day I went to visit and she sent me home with a box of several varieties of homegrown tomatoes. To say I was excited is an understatement.

Just for fun, my roommates and I had a little taste test. Here are the results:

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Can’t Afford Healthy Eating? Maybe You’re Doing It Wrong. August 15, 2015

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Her bill was $60, mine was $12, yet she couldn’t afford to eat healthy? What was going on?!

The Truth about “I Can’t Afford to Eat Healthy.”

While I was checking out at the grocery store the other day I overheard the conversation between two college students behind me in line. She was telling the young man that she couldn’t afford to eat healthy. I had heard this statement before, and it seriously puzzled me.

“The first week I moved here I bought a week’s worth of grocery. It cost me $60!”

Wait, $60?! $60 for a week’s worth of groceries?!

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Hum While You Drive November 10, 2014

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Woman Driving

Let’s start with a story: Once upon a winter (last winter to be precise), a young woman got really sick with bronchitis. Ever since then her singing voice has left something to be desired. Many people remembered her relatively nice voice before the illness and invited her to join their little church singing groups, but she could not. Even in her regular church singing, her confidence and voice became smaller and smaller.

In the meantime, and for several years previous, her temper had been getting the better of her, especially on the road. Although she didn’t cause any accidents, and she always drove the speed limit, her family feared for her safety and sanity.

One day she woke up extra happy. On the way to work she realized something – she was humming. She didn’t usually hum, or even sing when she was happy (or when she was driving for that matter), but this time she was, and the more she thought about this new phenomenon the more she realized a few things where happening, which you may have guessed already: 1) She was driving calmer, 2) little by little she was sounding better, and 3) she wasn’t so distracted by her own thoughts and was better able to concentrate on her driving and what was going on around her. 🙂

She continued humming while she drove (usually nice calm songs, especially religious songs), and the more she has done it, the greater the benefits.

So I challenge you to try it! If you get a little, ahem, “excited” when you drive, try humming, whistling, or singing a nice calm song. You can even get the whole gang involved!

Also, if you are trying to build up your voice, start small with some nice light humming.

Have fun and be good! 😀

– Sindy

DIY Custom Lipstick! November 5, 2014

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So it’s been a really lazy day for me. Even though I have a huge list to do (including cleaning, dyeing shoelaces, etc.) I’ve just been watching videos and playing games all day. Correction: I did go shopping and finally found the cutest pair of Ugg boots that I’ve been wanting for a few years now at only $15, plus I got the ingredients I need for some chili for an office party on Monday, and I got some containers for giving apple butter this holiday season. Oh, and my neighbor let me come get some awesome weeds that are super healthy.

So back to talking about the videos. I just came across this insanely awesome tutorial on how to make lipstick with crayons! I’m not super into lipstick and makeup stuff, but anything I can customize really gets me excited. Plus this is super cheap and easy. AND it uses coconut oil – a natural and healthy ingredient. You almost can’t get any better than that. (I put in “almost” because crayons aren’t the most natural thing and I’m kind of picky about how my lipstick feels, so we’ll have to see.)

Anyway, here you go:

I love the idea of a burgundy lipstick (my fave color). I wonder if I my nephews will let me trade them new crayons for their old, peeled, broken ones. 😉

Have fun and be good! 😀

– Sindy

Lessons of Bitter Eggplant November 5, 2014

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So for dinner the other night I cooked up a bunch of battered fried eggplant – one of my favorite ways to have eggplant. Sadly the batter was a lame flavor (even though I added salt, pepper, and paprika) and many of the eggplants were really bitter. I fixed both by drowning it in chipotle ketchup.

The next day I was talking to my Mom about something and mentioned my sad eggplant dinner. “Sindy,” she said, “you remember what to do about bitter eggplant, don’t you?” “Um, no,” I had to admit. “Don’t you remember what I used to do? In fact, I don’t cook eggplant anymore without doing it.” A memory of a bowl of eggplant sitting in the fridge flashed into my mind. Oops. I had totally forgotten.

How to prepare eggplant:

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Not Dead Yet. Changes to Too Many Talents. November 5, 2014

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It’s almost been an entire year since my last post?!!! O.O Wow, time sure gets away from me.

A few things have happened since my last post, most notably I moved out to a new apartment. Phew, this has been a different experience. My two roommates are serious night owls and I’m so totally a morning person, so they tend to get to bed about the same time I’m getting up. It was extra rough there for a while because 1) one of my roommates doesn’t seem to know what quiet is and 2) she would have friends over almost every night (correction: early morning). Anyway, it became 100 times better when my other roommate started working more normal hours so she needs to get up the same time I do, plus they became good friends and so are the first one doesn’t need friends over constantly. I still sleep with earplugs (especially since the landlord’s (who live upstairs) just had a baby), but at least I can sleep.

So, changes to the blog: Apparently I have a hard time keeping up with a set schedule of stuff to write, so I’m switching things up and just writing whatever I want when I want. Hopefully that turns into posting at least once a week, but we’ll see. Don’t worry too much about the content, I’m not going to start any political rantings (I might have some opinions, but I’ll try to keep them mild), and I’ll still mostly talk about my crafting, cooking, etc. but I’ll probably be throwing in some stories and stuff about my writing and life. I’ll try to include photos, but again, I’m not so good about taking them.

Well, I have a ton to do today, so I’ll sign out now.

Have fun and be good! 😀

– Sindy

Happy Thanksgiving! November 26, 2013

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We’re all busy with Thanksgiving preparations, whether it’s meal planning & prep, decorating the house and table, setting up beds for guests, packing our luggage, or just finding your biggest pants.

I would like to wish you all

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Thanksgiving Recipes November 19, 2013

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Okay, so I’ve never planned a Thanksgiving menu, but I imagine now is a good time to gather your options.

Here are some recipes I’ve been gathering on Pinterest:

Making a Fabulous Thanksgiving Table November 12, 2013

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So Thanksgiving is fast approching, and (almost) any crafter is feverishly looking for the perfect Thanksgiving table craft. I found a couple great videos to help you with that:

simpleDIYs has a great series testing Pinterest crafts. In this video she tries the “Decorate a mug with a Sharpie” tip. Result: Use an oil-based paint Sharpie, not your normal Sharpie, but it does work. Also, draw on the outside of whatever dish you’re decorating (not the eat-from side), and put the mug into a cold oven. I can’t wait to make some of these myself!

Mark Montano is one of my favorite YouTube crafters. This video on thestylishvids channel shows how to make a Thanksgiving table so easily that even the macho Thanksgiving-bird-carver can do it!


If you liked those plates Mark did, you have to check out these other plates. I think they are FABULOUS!

And I just can’t do a post about Thanksgiving crafts without this awesome video, again from Mark Montano.