Look Ma, No Hands!

This post is not sponsored and is solely the opinion of this really excited blogger!

I used to have a conundrum in the kitchen. When I would make a cake or cupcakes, I would usually have a little batter left over and I was never really sure what to do with it. I would proceed to make some extra cupcakes and of course eat them as I went along.

That worked for a while until I had to buy bigger jeans.

I didn’t want to throw it away, so I had to figure something out…

Did you know that you can freeze batter??!

There are over 6 billion people on this planet and I can’t be the only one who didn’t know that. So yes, you can totally freeze cake batter! When I figured this out, it became a whole new adventure jsut trying to get the batter into the freezer bags. It defeats the purpose of putting batter into bags to keep from wasting it when it doesn’t actually make it into the bag…

So one day, as I harmlessly perused the interwebs for something totally unrelated, I came across this beauty:

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image from walterdrake.com

Y’all, they make a holder that allows you to be hands-free! I might be late to the party, but I have arrived!! I used to think all the “As Seen On TV” stuff was fooey, but this thing has changed my life!

LITERALLY:

1. Set up the holder. It adjusts to the height you need to hold various bag sizes.

 

 

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2. Pour your food in the baggie. Seal it. Label with the contents and date and then put it into the freezer.

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The official name is the Hands-Free Baggy Rack and you can find them here and they are sooo worth the investment. Even if you don’t bake, you can use it for lots of things that need to be transferred to a bag…like prepping stuff for a crockpot meal! I’ll definitely be using some of those in the very near future 🙂

Walter Drake has some pretty nifty stuff, if I do say so myself!

Make It Awesome!

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Happy Monday!

It’s a little after 10 am as I sit to write this. So far this has happened:

  1. Overslept and had to rush to work.
  2. Watched as some campus worker tried to throw a large bag of trash into a dumpster by discus-twirling it to build up momentum. As he spun, all of the liquid went to the bottom, came out of the seams and covered him in trash goo.
  3. Came into the office, killed a gnat that I’ve been after for a week. In the commission of his murder, I launched out of my chair and hit my very sturdy desk. I may have bruised a rib.
  4. Shortly thereafter, I attempted to extinguish its offspring. I slapped myself in the face. It’s still alive, stalking me in my office.
  5. I received a call from Sallie Mae. I was listed as the reference for someone’s student loan. They were actually looking for this person…that I didn’t know had listed me as a reference. I hadn’t spoken to this individual in over 6 years, so yeah, it took a few minutes to even remember his existence.

All I can say at this point is this:

I am thankful that I woke up this morning, had a job to go to, have the opportunity to bless others…but man, it isn’t even lunch time yet…lol

Remember this: No matter your challenges, there’s always a silver lining, something to be thankful for.

At least you’re not covered in trash goo.

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Things I’m (Not) Afraid To Tell You

I’ve stumbled upon a blogosphere movement of sorts, called Things I’m Afraid To Tell You where bloggers share just that. I thought it would be fun to participate. I consider myself to be a pretty open and honest person, so I tend to share a lot. My hopes are that the things I share can be a blessing to others and help them in life. There are some things that I’d like to get off my chest as well, so I figured why not play along…

1. I decided to try a new soup today. Chunky chicken, broccoli cheese and potatoes. It smelled like cat food when I opened it and tastes about one notch better, but I will eat it because I paid $1.37 for the can. My husband will laugh at me when he reads this.

2. I just recently started a DIY (do-it-yourself) Event Planning business. It came from a lot of people telling me that I should start a business when they saw the things that I made for our wedding 6 months ago. So I said sure why not? I love to help people, enjoy helping them to save money and I think that some companies who sell party/wedding items rip people off on a daily basis. That’s not cool. If you think I’m joshin’ you, tell someone you need something for a wedding, then switch it to something for a birthday and note the price difference… Not all do that by any means, but enough do to bother me.

3. I’ve encountered quite a few people who aren’t so supportive of my new venture and I know that there has been some negativity associated with my name/business put out there because of some of the reactions I’ve received with this venture. It has been incredibly discouraging and painful, but I read somewhere that when you start a business, you also have to develop a thick skin.

4. I’m a devout Christian. Not in the “Bible-thumping, verse slinging, condemnation of everything and everyone who is different from me” sort of way. I have my beliefs and strong foundation of what is right and wrong, but the most important thing I have is the desire to emulate Christ and love people in spite of their short-comings or how they treat me. There is nothing I can say or do in expectation of being heard/seen without doing it in love; 1 Corinthians 13 is what I try to live by, because I certainly must love people that I don’t necessarily like.

5. In contrast to #3, I have some incredibly fantabulous friends who absolutely love and support me and have given me the opportunity to stretch my creative wings. Without them, I wouldn’t have the courage to dust myself off and keep trying. This company was just started at the end of February and I’ve already been blessed to plan for a book release, some birthday parties, a baby gender reveal and have 4 weddings coming up between now and November…possibly a 5th, as well as a special party for one of my dearest friends. I’m overwhelmed…with extreme gratitude for the opportunities 🙂

6. My husband has unequivocally been my biggest supporter. He is my inspiration and my motivation. Whenever I get down or overwhelmed, he is right there to keep me going and to help me up. He carries my boxes, picks up last minute items when I’m rushing and something ends up broken and puts up with my crafts projects strewn all over the living room because they’ve somehow made it out of my crafting room. To say that I love, adore and appreciate him doesn’t begin to scratch the surface of how much of a blessing he is to me.

7. I’m/we’re severely overdue for a vacation. Not a couple known for sitting still (we had a travel-themed wedding,) we haven’t been anywhere since our honeymoon…our last exotic vacation was the March prior to the wedding. Which means we haven’t been out of the region/country in over a year and I’m going nuts with the worst case of cabin fever EVER.

8. I’m afraid of failure. I don’t like to start anything that I don’t feel like I will finish successfully. And because of the negativity I’ve encountered, I didn’t feel like I would succeed. But failure with this business is not an option; its success will have lasting implications and direct opportunities where my family is involved.

9. I’m afraid of death. That is in direct contradiction to being a Christian, I know, but I don’t like the idea not being here anymore or losing someone. I don’t like to lose people and I get visibly upset of the thought of losing my husband. But in spite of all of that, I know that God has a divine plan for our lives and I have no choice but to live it out as best as I can while I can…I also don’t want to miss any new movies that come out. I’ve told my husband that if I go before him that he should put my ashes in the wall of a movie theater so that I never have to miss a new release.

I guess that’s all for now. Maybe I’ll do it again after some time has passed and things have developed. Thanks for listening 🙂