72-Hour Kit

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This is a project I’ve been working on for quite some time. I bought the contents bit by bit over serveal weeks, so there would be less sticker shock. I am in college, you know. I ran across a post from Six Sisters’ Stuff via Pinterest (where else, right?). I really liked the list she put together compared to other lists out there.

If you’re reading this thinking, “What the heck is a 72-hour kit?,” let me explain. In the event of a natural disaster, the kit would help you survive until rescue services can reach you. In my neck of the woods, this would most likely be a tornado, but this would also be perfect for hurricanes, floods, fires, or possibly extreme blizzards. Or if you’re my best friend’s boyfriend, this kit is to help you survive the apocalypse until you can get to your cabin in the woods that you’ve built and stocked. He prefers to call these “bug-out bags”.

Although I like the Six Sisters’ list best, I did end up tweaking it for my needs, specifically for my dog, Daisy. When I read up on some other lists, other websites listed the procedures for leaving a pet behind if you must. This is absolutely, positively, NOT AN OPTION. If you know Daisy and I, you understand. She is my family, and I am her mom. So my solution was, or course, to make her a doggy bug-out bag.

So my bag breaks down into four categories:

Food
Personal Care
Daisy’s Stuff
Other Important Survival Junk

Food:

3 gallons of water (This is 24 16.9 oz bottles, which I could not fit into a backpack. I managed to fit 18.)
1 box of granola bars
3 small bags of beef jerky
3 cans of beef ravioli

Note: You will notice that most lists include a can opener and mine does not. That is because Chef Boyardee ravioli comes with pop-top cans. Duh, people! Don’t waste space on a can opener; this is the 21st century, after all.

Personal Care

Travel-sized Kleenex
Wet Ones
Toothbrush and Toothpaste (I found this travel kit with plastic case at Wal-mart)
Handwarmers
Comb
Hair ties (My hair is short right now but it may not be in the future. And hair ties are useful for EVERYTHING!)
First Aid Kit (This one is from the travel section of Wal-mart and includes alcohol wipes, guaze, and band-aids.)
Pain Reliever
Hand Sanitizer
Deodorant
Body Wash
Sun block
Washcloths (I bought magic towels that expand in water. One for me, one for Daisy.)
Medicated Lip Balm

Daisy’s Stuff

6 containers of Ol’Roy wet dog food (I figured this was easier than trying to measure out and ration dry dog food.)
A plastic bowl for water
A few treats (Most people will judge me for this comment, but Daisy has anxiety problems. If we were in a disaster situation, I would want some treats to comfort her.)
A short leash (In case I don’t have a chance to grab her retractable leash.)

Note: I did not account for extra water for Daisy. She is only 16 pounds, and does not require much, so I would plan to share with her.

Other Important Survival Junk

Poncho
Flashlight
Extra Batteries
Lighter
Candle
Plastic Utensils (These were “acquired” from various fast food joints)
Scissors
Duct Tape (Why have boring gray when you can have Tranquil Teal?)
Pen
Paper
Playing Cards
Pocket Knife

Here’s the price breakdown:

Backpack $4 (Love Goodwill!)
Food = $7
Personal Care = $9.30
Daisy’s Stuff = $4.60
Other Important Survival Junk = $11.40

GRAND TOTAL = $36.30

It also occurred to while I was putting my own kit together was that it would have been helpful to have the list organized by store rather than category. So here is a shopping list for all the items in the kit according to where I purchased them. You’ll notice that a few things are missing; those things I already had around my apartment.

Please don’t judge me for the backpack. It’s definitely not the prettiest thing in the world (yes, those are roses and skulls). But I got it for four dollars (!!) and it holds everything.

Fort(ress) Kit

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This year, for my niece and nephew’s birthdays, I decided to give them a joint gift. Because I know you’re thinking, “What kind of kid wants a joint gift?,” allow me to explain. My mom, dad, brother, sister-in-law, niece, nephew, and I all have birthdays in January-April. And since I was going to be visiting my brother’s family over spring break, I decided I’d hit all the birthdays at once. And then I found this idea for a fort-making kit (My niece Cadence prefers to call it a fortress.) on Pinterest via momsbyheart.net. And I thought, “How cool would that be to make for both of them?”

The momsbyheart post says that she puts hers together for $13. Mine cost around $23, but you could make it work for less. I’ll break down the numbers later. Here’s what you’ll need:

Fort(ress) Kit:

Two twin-size flat sheets (You can buy a flat sheet separately at Wal-mart for $5)
Flashlight (I bought one for each of them)
Glowsticks (I bought four 2-packs)
Rope or cord
Wooden clothespins
Plastic clamps
Suction cups with hooks (I didn’t actually include these because they wouldn’t be helpful in their living room.)
Container of your choice (I picked a plastic container that matches the kind my sister-in-law already uses for the kids’ toys.)

The Wal-mart sheets came in small bags, which I used to store the clothespins and clamps. By the way, the clamps are especially useful for attaching the sheets to the back of a dinner chair and I got six for a dollar at Dollar Tree. In fact, besides to sheets, everything for this project are Dollar Tree purchases.

A and C helping me put together their very own fort.

We’re ready to watch Rio! (Which by the way, was really good.)

Note: We didn’t actually use the rope for this fort but my sister-in-law had the clever idea of stringing it between two chairs and throwing the sheet over it tent-style.

Okay so here’s how it broke down:

2 sheets at $5 each: $10
2 flashlights at $1 each: $2
4 pks of glowsticks at $1 each: $4
1 bunch/coil/whatever of rope: $1
1 pack of clothepins: $1
1 pack of clamps: $1
1 pack of suction cups: $1 (I didn’t get these, but I know Dollar Tree has them.)
Plastic container (Wal-mart would like me to remind you not to forget the lid.): ~$4

TOTAL (w/o suction cups): ~$23

Happy Fort-Making!

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User Manual Notebook

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One fact of life: something will break and when it does, you will NEVER be able to find the user manual, warranty information, etc.

So here is my solution.

User Manual Notebook

You will need:

1-inch 3-ring binder with an exterior plastic sleeve
Avery Clear Label Index Maker Clear Pocket Dividers #75500
Materials to make a cover and spine

I bought my 3-ring binder from Target. I just found the cheapest one with an external sleeve. You’ll want this so you can make a cover for your notebook.

I had these Avery dividers leftover from my professional portfolio but I loved them so much I decided to post the specific kind I used. I like them because they have a pocket and a tab, so you can label the tab with the appliance and then slip the manual right into the pocket. Also, you can type the labels up on the Avery website and it will send a PDF to your computer, instead of using a Word template. I HATE templates. I have never been able to make them work. I also use a Mac, and not all dividers come with a Mac-compatible template.

I made my cover from a sheet of floral 12×12 inch scrapbooking paper, a sheet of green cardstock, and a pink scrapbooking marker.

Lasagna Soup. Yes. It’s good.

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This week’s delicacy is Lasagna Soup adapted from the recipe at a farmgirl’s dabbles

Since winter is finally here in Kansas, I thought soup to be appropriate. I’m also starting my first week at my high school student teaching placement, so I wanted something quick and easy to reheat this week.

Heat 2 T olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. I used my dutch oven :). Add sausage, breaking it onto bite-sized pieces and brown for about five minutes. Add onions and cook until softened, about 6 minutes. Add garlic, oregano, and red pepper flakes. Cook for 1 minute. Add tomato paste and stir well to incorporate. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes, or until the tomato paste turns a rusty brown color.

Add diced tomatoes and chicken stock. Stir to combine. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes. When there is about 15 minutes left, bring a separate pot of water to boil and cook the pasta to al dente. Right before serving season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

While the pasta is cooking and soup are cooking, prepare the cheesy yum. In a small bowl, combine the ricotta, Parmesan, mozzarella, salt, and pepper.

To serve, place a dollop of the cheesy yum in each soup bowl….

ladle some pasta over the cheesy yum….

…and ladle the soup over the top.

Lasagna Soup

for the soup:
2 tsp. olive oil
1-1/2 lbs. Italian sausage
3 c. chopped onions
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 tsp. dried oregano
1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
2 T. tomato paste
1 28-oz. can fire roasted diced tomatoes
6 c. chicken stock
8 oz. radiatori pasta
salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

for the cheesy yum:
8 oz. ricotta
1/2 c. grated Parmesan cheese
2 c. shredded mozzarella cheese
1/4 tsp. salt
pinch of freshly ground pepper

Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add sausage, breaking up into bite sized pieces, and brown for about 5 minutes. Add onions and cook until softened, about 6 minutes. Add garlic, oregano, and red pepper flakes. Cook for 1 minute. Add tomato paste and stir well to incorporate. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes, or until the tomato paste turns a rusty brown color.

Add diced tomatoes and chicken stock. Stir to combine. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes. When there is about 15 minutes left, bring a separate pot of water to boil and cook the pasta to al dente. Right before serving season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

While the pasta is cooking and soup are cooking, prepare the cheesy yum. In a small bowl, combine the ricotta, Parmesan, mozzarella, salt, and pepper.

To serve, place a dollop of the cheesy yum in each soup bowl, ladle some pasta over the cheesy yum, and ladle the soup over the top. If you’re like me and are going to eat on the soup by yourself for several days, keep the cheesy yum, pasta, and soup separate in the fridge.

Servings:  8

Hello, there. I’m still alive.

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I know, I know. Six months. Ridiculous.

Since my last post, I moved back to Lawrence into a new townhouse with Andrew and Eric, finished my last academic semester at KU, started my student teaching, and found a new love of cooking via the Pinterest.

Typically, on Sunday I pick one or two recipes from my food board on Pinterest to make for the week, make a list, shop for the ingredients, and plan what days to make each recipe. I’ve been doing this since the new year, and here are links to some of my faves so far:

Chipotle Meatballs via Simply Recipes

I decided to eat these over pasta. Kind of like Mexican meets Italian. While I was in Italy, I tried this pasta called gemelli and fell in love so that’s what I chose to make.

Zesty Slow Cooker Chicken Barbeque via Allrecipes.com

This recipe called for six chicken breasts so I have TON of leftovers in my freezer. I think next time I’ll halve the recipe.

Two Timin’ Pasta Bake via Pearls, Handcuffs, and Happy Hour

This was SO delicious. And easy, for that matter. This recipe in particular is good leftover.

Pepperoni Rolls via What About Pie

For this one, instead of using Rhodes frozen bread, I decided to take a short cut and use Pillsbury pizza crust from a can. I had to suck it up and open the can myself (I don’t think I will ever get over opening the biscuit cans), but the time saved was worth it.

Cheddar Ham Soup via taste of home

Since I begged Mom to make ham for Christmas dinner, she sent all of the leftovers home with me. What does one person do with over a pound of Christmas ham?! Make delicious soup.


Hula Hoop Rug

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I’ve been struggling with being too idle this summer. I moved back “home” (I didn’t grow up here) for the summer and I don’t have a summer job. Which equals lots of DVR and boredom. So I’ve been recently combing Pinterest for some crafts to keep me busy.

So this was my first attempt at a hula hoop rug, compliments of Disney’s Family Fun.

 

 

 

Things to know:

1.You will have a sore back from leaning over a hula hoop. Hang in there, it’s worth it.

2. The instructions call for around a dozen T-shirts. I made this rug with nine, but I kind of wish I would have woven it looser, and used more shirts. If you weave it too tight, it will be all lumpy.

 

Happy weaving!