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Cooking for the End of the World: DIY Cookbook

I am probably being paranoid about the end times coming sooner. At any rate, I need to get my recipes copied from Pinterest before society totally crumbles and takes the Internet with it.

So I’m just sharing a few ideas that I came across while researching options for recipe books. I realize that it is April Fool’s Day but this post and the links are real. The guy in the picture is my boyfriend. The kids and I would starve without him. He is essential. Also, no joke. 🙂

  1. Make a Bullet Journal/Recipe Book
https://justbrightideas.com/bullet-journal-meal-planning-ideas/


This would be a good option if you have tons of time and are artistic. You would only need the journal of your choice, pens, markers and time. It would not cost very much, just the cost of the journal and art supplies.




2. Binder and Printables

https://www.craftylifemom.com/diy-recipe-binder-and-free-printable/

Decorating your own binder is a way to make your recipe book more personal. You could type the recipes onto the cards if your handwriting is not great. It’s still a cost effective option.

3. Use an online program to print a cookbook

So if you are short on time or artistic ability, you could visit Create My Cookbook and make your own cookbook. I just started cutting and pasting recipes this week.

I have finally figured out how to use my Instagram photos. If you share them to Facebook from Instagram, it should work. Maybe . . .

4. DIY. The old fashioned way.

Buy some recipe cards and a binder at the store. You should probably get some pens. If you have kids or grandkids with decent handwriting, they could help you write.

Weekend Coffee Share: there’s paint in my mohawk 

So this weekend, I looked at Pinterest. I found coffee related things to fuel a million DIY projects. 

I decided that I needed to have beautiful kitchen cabinets. They look like this . . .

I knew right away that I was in over my head. After a few trips to the store, paint in my mohawk and kitchen in a chaotic state, the cabinets look like this . . . .

The lady at the Dollar Store has faith in me. 

Screwed

I’ve been trying to screw for a month. It’s not working. I think I broke it.

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On the plus side, my fingers are silver and glittery. I wish I had some matching face paint. It might help to get me motivated to finish screwing.

I like a challenge but I think I may have been defeated by this screw. It’s aggravating to not make any progress whatsoever for so long.

I don’t have adequate screwdriver skills either. Damn that Rehab Addict chick for making it look so easy to renovate a house. They made a dresser into vanity for Pete’s sake. Genius.

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/450360031459904493/
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/450360031459904493/

Do you think she’ll let me borrow that crow bar? Oh no. Wait. . . I don’t need a crow bar. A sledgehammer. I bet I could get the screw into the wall with a sledgehammer.

If only, I had orange juice and vodka then I could celebrate with a different sort of screwdriver. Celebrate defeat via a screw? Whatever. I need a drink and/or a nap.

Also, if someone could come finish screwing the screw into the wall. And the three other screws that are waiting in the wings. Yeah, if you could just screw them all in and then hang up my no-sew curtains that I made a few weeks ago that would be great.

curtains

http://www.hgtv.com/shows/rehab-addict

If we were having coffee: It Rained on My DIY Parade . . .

If we were having coffee . . .

  • I would ask how you’ve been. I was MIA for the last coffee share. I read and shared many posts but I didn’t write one of my own.
  • I finally finished reading, “Snow.” It took forever. Not in real people time. Just in my time. It took a whole week, when normally I can finish a book in two days.
  • I would tell you how it rained on my DIY parade this weekend. However, hope is not lost. Everything that was rained on is fixable. No major damage. I was very blessed this time.
  • I would tell you how happy I am that the same-sex marriage is legal. I feel weird saying Gay marriage because of this . . .
  • https://www.pinterest.com/pin/115615915408845975/
    https://www.pinterest.com/pin/115615915408845975/
  • samesexmarriage
    https://www.pinterest.com/pin/190347521724655287/
  • Now I can go to weddings of family members that aren’t out of the closet and those who are out of the closet. I mean . . if any of said family members want to get married. Everyone has options and that is awesome!
  • https://www.etsy.com/listing/236773953/mrs-mrs-mug-set
    https://www.etsy.com/listing/236773953/mrs-mrs-mug-set
  • I could totally make these mugs, right? Maybe after I finish my other DIY projects. I have five left out of five that I started last week. There’s still hope that I’ll finish something sometime . . .

Mostly Finished Project: #NaBloPoMo

What was the last big project you completed?

diy1 diy2

A few days ago, I bought a dresser for my teenager for $10. We’re moving sooner than later. The best part is that the kids will not have to share rooms or dressers. So the lucky teenager gets a repainted dresser. As we speak, it is drying on the back porch.

I also used a handsaw for the first or second time ever. It’s so much different than watching a video game character or a hunky movie star saw logs or whatever. It was very real and very awkward. But I prevailed!

The teenager wanted a black dresser. I think she’ll be happy with black and white. Yes, I did listen to “Paint it Black” while painting it black. Thanks for asking. 😉

So after I find the hammer, I will be attaching a piece of wood to the dresser. It was missing when I bought the dresser.

When the paint dries, it will be time to attach the new knobs to the drawers. I think it will be completed tomorrow.

Motivation to be a Sanding Queen: #NaBloPoMo

Do you have trouble getting motivated to put ideas into action?

No, I am more than ready to put ideas into action. I start out with an idea. Then I obsess about how I can get the plan completed.

I’ve been talking about doing pallet beds for at least a month. My boyfriend will say that it feels like more.

I’ve even talked about doing actual math in order to finish the beds without having to re-do it all. It might be worth doing math so that the beds don’t fall apart or look ridiculous. I don’t want makeshift beds. . . wait I looked up makeshift beds on Pinterest. They look spectacular. This is not what I think of when I think of a makeshift bed.

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/26740191514223776/
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/26740191514223776/

I meant that I don’t want to the beds to look like they are put together with a couple nails, some spit and a prayer.

So I’ll do math and measuring.

Then it will be time to conquer sanding. I will be the Queen of Sanding by the time it’s finished. That’s the plan so far.

http://www.designsponge.com/2010/11/before-and-after-basics-sanding-101.html
http://www.designsponge.com/2010/11/before-and-after-basics-sanding-101.html

DIY Map Project: #NaBloPoMo

What was the last project you started?

I started a project like this one. It’s finished. Shocking, right?! I need to mail it to someone or someones. Can you believe that I haven’t taken a picture of the project yet? I think I will take a picture.

map

Next week, I will mail it. I swear. I need to get it off of the kitchen table. Also, I don’t want to get it mixed up with the moving boxes.

I’m jealous the map project is going to end up in New York. Lucky map.

What do guys think? Is it good enough to mail?