Saturday, January 24, 2015

Measuring Up!- (a free kitchen conversion printable)




For many years, I have had a printed off conversion chart stuck with tape to the inside of my kitchen cabinet. Not very pretty, but very handy.  This chart lists how many cups in a pint, how many pints in a quart....and this list goes on.
Now, for any other Canadians reading this, we are supposed to be thinking in metric now.  But, it's been many years since Canada did the switch, and although I do think in kilometres and metres...I still cook with cups and tablespoons.  I still buy my fruit and veggies thinking pounds, even though the price is listed in both '100 grams' and pounds.  So, we are bilingual when it comes to how we measure things.

Click the picture to print!

Years ago, when I was into cross-stitching, I made a nice little framed conversion chart sampler. It was handy and cute all at the same time.  I got to thinking about my 'not so pretty' chart hiding in my cupboard and thought, "Hey, I should make a new one".  Even if I don't hang it out for everyone to see, when I open my cupboard I will see the 'pretty'.  So, today, I am sharing with you a 'free to print out' conversion chart!  You can print it out on cardstock or plain printer paper and hang it wherever you please! I put mine into a clear plastic sleeve to keep it clean and hung it back where my old chart used to be.

Click here to print!


  I hope you will be able to use this in your kitchen and will share it so others can use it too!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

How to Make a London Fog


I'm not a big spender when it comes to going out for coffee.  I think Starbucks is okay (it has employed all of my grown kids at one time or another), and I enjoy grabbing a hot drink there occasionally.  I don't normally order anything but a grande Pikes Place with room for lots of cream.  The price is okay and it's not loaded with sugar like so many of their 'fancy' drinks.  But, I have to admit...the other day when I was in the city, wandering aimlessly around Chapters, waiting for a call from my husband to say his surgery had gone well....I broke down and bought something other than my 'usual'.  I just didn't feel like coffee, so decided on tea. I asked if they made London Fogs, and was told yes, but they called them Earl Grey Lattes. Perfect! I forked over the almost 5 bucks and got my drink. It was wonderful! But 5 bucks!! That's crazy!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Fun Free Fonts!


I love free fonts!  I am always on the lookout for a new cool font style to add to my collection. You never know when you will need a crazy, curvy, blocky, swirly font for a project.  I've added these 8 to my growing collection this week and thought I'd share them with you.  To download the font, simply click on the font name below.  It will take you to the font website.  Click on the download button, which will download it to your computer. For installing fonts and learning about Font Book on you Mac computer, go here.  If you use a Windows computer, this link will help you install the fonts.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Banana Split Pie



I've been making this recipe for years. The first time I made it was for a party for our birthing class.  That was for my first baby, Morgan, who is now almost 29!  After we had all had our babies, we got together for a picnic/party in a park on Mother's Day.  We were all first time parents.  It was so fun to see each other's babies and share our birth stories. And the dessert was a hit!
The original recipe called for a cookie crumb crust, for which I have always substituted a graham crumb crust.  And for the first time ever, I bought a ready made crust!  It's just Zac and I at the Little Shack, and I am busy doing all kinds of projects while we are here.  My kitchen is an official disaster zone as I finish up painting and then rearranging things.  So, I decided it was worth the cheat!  You can make it with a ready made crust (which makes it super fast and easy to make) or just follow the directions on a box of graham wafer crumbs to make one from scratch.

Liebster Awards Galore!



Not sure how or why, but in the past 2 days I have been awarded the Liebster Award, not once, not twice, but 3 times! That's a lot. Awhile back, I was awarded a Liebster Award by my friend across the sea, Adele who blogs at No More Cinderella.  I wrote my Liebster post here for that.  It was a fun blog post for me to write.
Right now, I am busy getting stuff done at the Little Shack and am squeezing in time to update the blog with various quick projects.  So, rather than write 3 separate posts, I am combining the 3 into 1. And I will also only be nominating 11 other blogs rather than 33! That's too many for me to deal with! LOL!
So...Thank you very much to the 3 bloggers who nominated me for this award.