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Crochet Temperature Blanket

Crochet Temperature Blanket

This coming year, 2017, I have decided to crochet a temperature blanket.img_7794 I missed this bandwagon last year and didn’t hear about a temperature blanket until October this year, but I am beyond excited to start mine and finish mine next year. A lot of people I follow on Instagram in my crocheting/knitting community are still working on a Temperature Blanket, and I was inspired by them. My favourite has been Olivesandpickles and her projects. She has given me some great tips and has directed me to other people with other ideas. Some of the people I have found have gotten behind, had to place their’s on hold due to life, and are on track to finish theirs at the end of this month. But overall I love ALL of their results. As a person who has had a blanket in the works for the last three years, I get life getting in the way of things.

img_7798It started last weekend (though I had been thinking of it for three months). After thinking and prepping myself in my head, I finally got started on my plan. I had a lot of fun laying out the yarn, organizing the colour scheme of the yarn, and choosing the shades of yarn. A lot of the yarn actually comes from my stash, and I only had to buy a few skeins to fill in the gaps.

After laying out the yarn on the floor and being satisfied with the way the colours flowed, I snipped a bit of each color and taimg_7802ped them into my journal. This is the journal I will be keeping for the entire blanket. I used Crochet Crowd’s yarn thermometer PDF; I didn’t use the same yarn as is on their’s, temperature gauge, or colour ideas. I broke up the shades more for my Pacific Northwest area weather. It should be interesting to see how it grows and changes through the year.
The point of the Temperature Blanket is to use the temperature from the same time each day and crochet a row of the corresponding yarn for that temperature. I already have my yarn and colours picked out. I have my temperatures planned. January 1st, I start my chain and first row honestly. I’m excited to start. In preparation, I have been really busy working on my Granny Square Blanket.

Here’s my plan, in case you want to copy it or use it as a plan. If you read this and like it please add/tag me on Instagram (@keeks.wanderer) img_7981and follow my progress. I will update as I go, letting any readers know my successes and setbacks with the blanket.

I hope the best for you in your projects and coming year. I felt that having this blanket as a year long project would encourage me to blog more as well as have a goal. Another goal I have for next year is to garden more. This year my endo has really set me back in my gardening and it has been very frustrating for me. This next year will be a challenge. Also, I am going to challenge myself to write a blog on my path with endo, It has been an interesting one as of late.

Til next time,

Keeks

 

 

 

 

Saving Your Fresh Herbs

Saving Your Fresh Herbs

This year I planted a herb garden 🙂 Because of this I have A LOT of herbs (Basil, peppermint, thyme, parsley, cilantro, sage, and oregano) that I will not be able to use ALL RIGHT NOW! So I decided to do this fun way of preserving them.

Preserving Herbs for Cooking by Freezing 🙂

What you need! 

Fresh herbs
Olive oil(or oil of choosing)
Some helpers – preferably with smiles.
About 30 minutes of time (or thyme) whichever you prefer 😛

First, pick your herbs!

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Here is our first pickings

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Next we wash them!

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Chop them into LITTLE BITS! I liked to use my little CPR chopper 🙂

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Fourthly, place them into an ice tray like these ones. I made sure they were 3/4 of the way full. I also REALLY like using our star-shaped tray 🙂

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Add your oil!!Olive oil pictured here

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FREEZE!!!

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Use for your meals!! YAY!

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And one minor suggestion, don’t forget which ones are which! I accidentally forgot which were my sage and parsley. Because of this I wrote a little map down in my journal.

Anyway, enjoy! I will have to do this again this weekend with cilantro!

I did not show my peppermint!! I will do a post later about those ones 🙂

 

First Attempt at homemade Beefless Beef

First Attempt at homemade Beefless Beef

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Alright, so tonight I attempted to make homemade beefless beef. I love the Trader Joe’s brand of it, but I always seem to need it when I’m out. I keep TVP in the pantry at all times and most of the beefless beef have TVP as the main ingredient. When I am at the stores I tend to scan all the ingredient lists and sometimes I am just grossed out, so I don’t buy them (Note to self: make list of all non-meat meat I hate and like).

 

 

 

 

 

Beefless Beef: 
1cup TVP

7/8cup of hot water

2tbsp dried onion

1tsp of garlic powder

1tbsp soy sauce

2tbsp worcestershire sauce

splashes of oregano

– once I made up the TVP and then added all the ingredients I then added a mixture of guar gum to thicken the mixture and added 2tbsp of nutritional yeast to help it out. Honestly, the premix tastes pretty good considering. I placed it into a ziploc and threw it in the freezer. Mark and I will try it out sometime this week with enchiladas or something.

 

🙂 First attempt down, will update on how it actually tasted.

Some of the ingredients 🙂

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Ok, so I know it doesn’t look appetizing at this stage. Just imagine it mixed into sauce! Or as meatballs!

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Homemade Bath Bombs

Homemade Bath Bombs

Yesterday I finally purchased my citric acid for making bath bombs. I have been pinning and pinning and pinning ideas for bath bombs and I finally did it.

Overall here is the recipe for both batches

2 Parts Baking soda
1part citric acid
1part epsom salt
1part corn starch
2.5 tbsp oil (I used grape seed)
1tsp – 2tsp your choosing of essential oil
Water (I used a spray bottle that I usually terrorize my cats with)

HOW TO:
Mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl, then mix all wet ingredients in another little bowl.
With a whisk, mix the wet into the dry – if it starts fizzing you’re pouring too fast.
The consistency should be that of wet sand, easy to mold and pack.

Pack them into the molds of your choosing and let them stay in there for 10 minutes. ( I did this the second time around and it worked a lot better than the first time)

Attempt #1

My first bombs were made for relaxation! For the oils I used lavender, bergamot, and rose water for 1tsp.

 

Here is my set up…. a bit messy.

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Here are my oils and rose water choice!

IMG_2748Here is the easter eggs that I put them in, I placed some lavender into the eggs first.

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Packed them with the mix….

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Here’s the eggs! Just chillin.

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Well, frankly, they fell apart. So when they fell apart I just turned them into Relax Bath Fizz!!

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Attempt #2: 

This time I did some of the same things. I used tangerine, grapefruit, sweet orange, and some bergamot. This time I did NOT use the easter eggs. I simply used a cupcake pan! I left them in for 10 minutes and then tapped them out. Worked A LOT better.

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AND WE HAVE SUCCESS!!! MWAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! If at first you do not succeed, try try again!

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Avocado Mash for hair.

Avocado Mash for hair.

Avocado Mash for hair. Coconut oil, avocado, and a wee bit of baking soda apparently make a good conditioner … Leave it on your hair/scalp for about 15 to 20 minutes. Well, I did this and I have to say…. It was weird…. Even after blended up everything as smooth as I could get it, there were still chunks of avocado I had to somehow was out of my hair in the end…. I don’t think I will do it again 🙁 Why? Well A) It was a hassle to make and B) My hair didn’t respond too great too it. 🙁 …… Maybe it would work for a different skin type. Oh well. Hahahaha I will just stick with my face masks, body scrubs, and cooking! I’m good at those silly things. 🙂 Also be careful about baking soda, it will strip coloured hair. Just an FYI, I already had really faded hair so it didn’t matter too much for me.

Face mask, face wash, body scrub and a cat named River.

Face mask, face wash, body scrub and a cat named River.

Hello all! (listening to Mode by Bingo Players…. I REALLY LIKE THIS SONG!)

The birds are awakening and I have yet to sleep. 🙁 I’m anxious, thinking too much, stressed out, freaking out over life and my job, and I was just unable to fall asleep much to the dismay of River and friends. 🙁 

So what do I do at this hour of night when I can’t sleep? I find recipes or create them for face things. Tonight we have three 🙂 *note in picture the top right one isn’t finished – I hadn’t added baking soda yet*

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My first one I used is a different face mask but uses a lot of the same ingredients as others. I don’t know if you guys knew this, but I used to have HORRID acne. It is a family curse. You wouldn’t believe it now if you saw my face though, that I used to be riddled by little and medium pimples and red bumps and blotches all over. 

Simple Face Mask

1tbsp Honey
1tbsp Water
1tbsp baking soda
4-6 drops of tea tree oil
*can also add a small amount of lemon juice to decrease redness

Mix all items together, rinse face off with warm water, dry face, add this concoction, let it dry/keep it on for 20 minutes, rinse. 

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*I look super tired!!

I ended up adding more baking soda than the recipe above called for.. it also tickles your face since it does get a little runny due to the honey. Hahahaha. Didn’t drip though. 

 

Strawberry Face Wash

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1tbsp regular sugar (I used raw)
1tbsp brown sugar
2 Strawberries mashed
2tbsp coconut oil

This is a face wash, so mix these ingredients together the best you can and simply use some to wash your face with. I used it after the mask above. I knew the mask above would dry my skin a little bit since it does have baking soda and lemon juice in it so the coconut oil really made the skin moisturized after that. 

Also, I had A LOT left over, so I just left it in my little pottery bowl (oh I made those by they way), sealed it in a ziploc baggy, and stored the rest for later 🙂 

Did you know strawberries help decrease appearance of dilated pores? Well they do. 

 

Simple Body Scrub (I only used the Burt’s Bee’s container to store it in)

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2 cups brown sugar
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup honey

Mix them all together and use on your body for sexy smooth skin. Hahahaha, I used half the recipe and actually added just a touch more honey. I haven’t used it yet, but I have used ones like it. Next time I make one I will see if halfing the olive oil and replacing it with coconut oil will do 🙂 

 

I hope these weren’t too boring. I just can’t sleep and really wanted to be productive. I just feel so lazy recently since I have only been working. Saturday to Monday I do evening shift (3 to 11pm) and then on Tuesdays and Wednesdays I do night shift (11 to 7a). So I get done at 7 on Thursday morning and go back at 3 on Saturday. Hahahaha. Only for this month though! Next month I am back to just having evening shifts. 

I’m just exhausted. This schedule is really messing me up, I got really sick about two weeks ago, a relationship ended, a new one started, and I’m just not sure what to do at 4 in the morning when I can’t sleep even after taking pills to help. So I do my relaxing techniques. 🙂 They seem to help. 

Goodnight all. 

Oh, and River. 

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So here are some photos. The one of my face is a new mask I made and tried out tonight. It is ironic really… I don’t mind posting photos of me with mask stuff on my face, but I don’t like having pictures taken of me otherwise. Hahahaha… oh well, here is the mask recipe:

It is a cup of oatmeal that I ground up in a little coffee grinder, 2tbsp(ish) of honey, hot water to the consistency I wanted, and then I topped it off with 3 drops of essential oil (lavender was my choosing).

 

So, as I wash my face at night I have two little/big cats that watch me.

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The black one is my cat, we know her as River if you keep up with my blog.

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The other cat is my roommate’s cat, his name is Percy, but I call him Percifus – it is his Latin name.

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They both sit on their perch, or toilet, and watch me at night when I am brushing my teeth and washing my face. It is rather amusing really, they always seem so interested in what I am doing. We even have little conversations. Meaning, they meow and I meow back… then they meow again at me. After a while River gets annoyed and hops onto the sink and tries to nuzzle me.

 

Anyway, that’s tonight’s mask. I also started a new teeth whitener treatment. I will tell you the outcome of that if there is any 🙂

 

If you know of any good face masks let me know!

 

Oh, and I wrote Cindy a letter the other day. I just need to stamp it and get it in the mail. 🙂 I’m gonna get back into post carding soon.

 

Nutmeg, faces, diets, work, routines.

Nutmeg, faces, diets, work, routines.

Nutmeg, faces, diets, work, routines.

I make it my nightly routine to wash my face, do a short face mask, brush my teeth, feed the kittens, straighten up my room, read some literature, listen to some classical music, and then sleep soon comes.

I have noticed a huge improvement in the health of my skin 🙂 This face mask in general improved my skin quality just after one use! Here is it.
juice of 1/2 a lemon
1tbsp Nutmeg
2ish tbsp of baking soda to thicken up the solution.

Watch out! It does foam! Hahahaha… I have at least one more use left over so I stored it in a small container for tomorrow night. I let the mask stay on 15 minutes then rinsed it while using it as an exfoliator as well. Then I did one more wash with African coal soap. My face feels amazing.

I have been cheating in my diet though 🙁 I’ve been having cheese… and frankly I am remembering why I hardly eat cheese. It makes me feel so fat, bloated and flubbery. I need to stop eating so much cheese and start drinking my grapefruit juice and vinegar again. Gr… I don’t wanna but I must. I like the things it does to my tummy… I look like I am getting abs!!

Alright, sleep time. I picked up another hospice client and I will be taking care of her Monday and Thursday. So, my days got a lot more fun! GAH!

Monday, Wednesday, and Thursdays I think I have two shifts… Friday, Saturday, and Sunday I have one shift at different places. I can’t wait for my REAL nursing job.