"The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those
who are willing to work and give to those who would not."
--Thomas Jefferson

Monday, October 23, 2017

Making Some Fun Fall Stuff….with links!

Hey you guys. How’s it going? How’s your fall so far? It’s still warm and muggy here in the sunshine state but apparently we are going to have a “cold” front come down on Wednesday to cool it off for all of 2 whole days. Woo! Hoo! I will take what I can get.

Anyhoo, even though the weather outside doesn’t feel like fall, I try my best not to let that discourage me from making the inside of my home feel like fall. With the scents of cinnamon and pumpkin pie candles, it’s nice in here. So I just stay inside and pretend that it’s just as nice outside. Speaking of outside……the first crafty thing I made is actually for the outside but don’t worry I won’t keep you out in this weather for long. If you follow my Homesteader’s Heart facebook page you’ve probably already seen it. It’s my Autumn plaque thingy.

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My hubby went around after the hurricane and gathered up a ton of broken fence and now we’re using it for our fun art projects. He put it together and stained it for me and I painted it. You gotta love free wood. Not that I’d want to go through another hurricane for free wood. No sir!

This pumpkin was quick and easy to paint and added a nice decorative touch. It’s funny because while I was painting it my kids were like, “Mom, is this for Fall or Christmas?” The reason being was that the yellow dots were once red and I had to admit that it did look a tad too Christmasy. What can I say I love Christmas, even subconsciously. Smile

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Alrighty, now you all can come inside and cool off. Smile

I’ve been on a crochet kick lately. It relaxes me and apparently I’ve needed to relax because I’ve made tons of these coasters since taking this picture. It’s a quick and easy project and for me that’s key. Quick and easy. The pattern I used for the pumpkin coasters is HERE. And the maple leaf coasters is HERE.

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Now for people that know me, I’m not a great seamstress. In fact I’m not in love with sewing but I do manage to whip out a few projects here and there. And once again, the key to that is quick and easy and that’s exactly what these placemats were. I think I made them in a about an hour. I just measured a placemat I already had and cut out a front and a back and then sewed them together using bias tape. The back is just a solid color that matched the front. Ta-dah! You’re done! Movin’ on.

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I made this banner on the mantle a few years ago. But it was quick and easy so I’d thought I’d show you again in case you wanted to make something like it. I wrote a post about it HERE.IMG_8822

And last but not least, another fun project I did a few years ago are these fabric pumpkins. I love em’. They’re so cute! A good tutorial for that is right HERE.IMG_8833

Well I hope this gets your creative juices flowing a little. I have now shifted my focus to Christmas projects and will post about those at a later time.

Have a lovely day my friends.
HUGS!

Kim

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Hurricane Irma

Well, we survived yet another hurricane. My hubby and I were talking about it and we’ve been through 9 hurricanes together. They ranged from Cat 1-4. 

There is a lot of physical prep that goes on before a hurricane but it’s the mental stress that wears me out. It takes days after it’s long gone for me to feel “normal” again, to sleep through the night again. It’s exhausting.

Usually after a hurricane we are the last to get power. We just set ourselves up for at least 3 days without power but have gone as long as 3 weeks. It’s not fun. Life isn’t normal. It’s hard and draining. But we survive. It’s what Floridians do. It’s the price we pay for living here, but I still wouldn’t want to live any where else. But this time we got our power back in less then 24 hours of losing it. Excited is an understatement.

Our daughter, her husband and their two kids (my precious grands) came to stay with us during Irma. My MIL also came. She lives in a single wide trailer on the beachside so that was a no brainer.

I can’t even describe the sound the wind makes when it’s barreling down on your home. It’s scary. Then add the fact that most of the hurricanes we’ve gotten came late at night or early in the morning when you can’t see anything makes it even more nerve wracking. But the Lord protected us and saw us through it and we are grateful.

We had no damage to our home. Yay! Our yard on the other hand looked as if we ticked off a landscaper and they sought revenge with a chainsaw. SmileMy MIL also had minimal damage.

This maple tree limb would have crushed my sons truck had we not moved it from this spot.

Irma Maple branch

My parents place didn’t fair so well. They lost their whole porch off the back of their double wide. Sad smile And if you look hard you can see that a piece of it would have gone through the window had we not boarded it up. (and by we I mean my hubby and SIL). The screen door didn’t fair so well. There is literally pieces of their porch EVERYWHERE. The side yard, the front yard, the road, the neighbors yard. EVERYWHERE!  Thank goodness they were in Maine and didn’t have to worry about their safety.

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Here’s a couple of videos I took coming home from Mom’s house. It gives you just a glimpse of the aftermath. Trust me other places got it much worse.

I think this may be the first time a hurricane has affected so much of our state all at once. Millions are still without power. Over 5.6 million people evacuated. Gas stations out of gas, grocery stores out of food, Home Depot and Lowe's out of generators. It was crazy. Life won’t be “normal” for awhile. But just like in Texas with Hurricane Harvey, a tragedy like this brings out the best in people. People helping people. Don’t get me wrong you still get the low lifes that take advantage of this and loot businesses and evacuated homes but for the most part people are just loving on each other and that makes my heart happy.

If you pray, please say a prayer for our fine state.

LOVE and HUGS!
Kim

Friday, September 1, 2017

Homemade Vanilla

Today I’m going to show you just how easy it is to make your own vanilla. Like sooo easy.

The hardest part is convincing yourself that walking into a liquor store is okay and that you aren’t going to go to hell because of it and that the chances of running into someone from church is probably not going to happen.  Smile The second hardest thing was convincing the cashier that I was buying it to make vanilla. When I finally did get the nerve to walk into the liquor store I seriously announced my intent as soon as I walked in. “Hello, I need some vodka. I’m making vanilla.” But seriously, he so didn’t believe me and kept telling me all these mixed drinks I could make out of it. “I’m making vanilla people. VANILLA!”

But enough of my story. I got me some vodka and ordered some vanilla beans and made me some vanilla. Well I should say, making vanilla because it has to steep for a few months.

Here’s just how easy it is.

When you go to buy the vodka. Don’t get the cheap stuff, get a midrange vodka. I also like it in the glass bottle since it’s going to be steeping for a few months.

Also buy some good quality vanilla beans. This was a pack of about 30.

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The next thing you do is empty a little over a 1/3 of a cup of vodka out of the bottle for displacement caused by the beans. Do what you want with it. Winking smile

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Next you’ll want to slice your vanilla beans in half so as to expose those luscious beans. I started just about an inch from the curly part at the top and sliced through the rest. Keep the top part attached.

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Then you just plop your vanilla beans in the vodka. Give it a good shake and let it steep in a cool dark place for at least 4 months but up to 6 is best. If you think about it, giving it a good shake weekly would be great but if you forget it will turn out fine.

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Now let’s do some math. First I’ll tell you how to figure out how many vanilla beans per cup of vodka you need.

1 liter = 4.23 cups

You need 4 beans per cup.

This bottle was 1.75 liters which is = to 7.25 cups.

That means I needed between 28 and 29 beans.

Now let’s do the cost.

To buy from the store, I bought a 2 oz. size bottle of Publix brand vanilla at $6.59.

If you multiply that by how many oz. are in this bottle of vodka it would cost you approximately $185.00 to buy this much vanilla.

Now I spent about $15.00 on the vodka and about $45.00 on the vanilla beans. So my cost to make this is $60.00. That’s like half the cost of buying it in the store.

And let me note that as I was researching vanilla beans today I have seen that the price has almost doubled since I bought mine which would make the beans about $80.00 and your cost about $95.00 total. Still a lot cheaper than buying it at the store. Plus they make great gifts. I buy those little 4 oz. brown bottles and fill them when it’s done. If I love ya and I mean really love ya, you might get a bottle from me. Smile

So there you have it. You gonna give it a try? Have you already tried it? Let me know.

HUGS!

Kim

Friday, August 11, 2017

Friday Funnies! The Nail Salon!

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It’s been awhile since I threw out a Friday Funny and I don’t know about you but I need a good laugh.

This video has been around for awhile but it still cracks me up. I haven’t watch any of her other stuff so I’m not sure how clean her other comedy is but this is just hysterical to watch. Enjoy

Have a lovely day my friends.
Kim
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