Lunch, My Vintage Suitcase, and {FINALLY} the Hair Bow Tutorial

For lunch today, I made my brother and I some well-done quesadillas and a dairy free chocolate coconut milkshake. The quesadillas are pretty simple. You just shed a little mozzarella cheese onto a white corn tortilla, crush some feta cheese on top, and sprinkle a dash of garlic salt onto all that. Then, you cook it in a toaster oven (NOT a microwave!) set at the ‘toast’ setting until the cheese is golden brown. Ta da!

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Here is the recipe for the dairy free chocolate milkshake:

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Dairy Free Chocolate Coconut Milkshake

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You’ll need:

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1 tbs. dairy free hot chocolate mix

1 1/2 cups vanilla almond milk

1 drop Sweet Drops English Toffee liquid stevia OR 1 quick squirt of agave (optional)

1 scoop coconut ice cream (any flavor, I used vanilla)

A sprinkle of vanilla powder (optional)

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Turn over a glass cup with a flat rim. Set rim in almond milk for a second. Then press rim into a small amount of the hot chocolate mix. Whisk together the almond milk and hot chocolate mix in a cup until combined. Whisk in the vanilla powder. Add liquid stevia or agave. Add the coconut ice cream. Enjoy!

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If you aren’t dairy free, then just use your “regular” dairy-containing milk and ice cream. I’m slightly lactose intolerant, but I used whole milk mint chip ice cream. Have fun with your milkshakes! Dip the rim in honey, agave, jam, or peanut butter for a different flavor. This milkshake recipe is mainly meant as a starting point for you guys to expand on. In the comments section, you can post your variations on this recipe!

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I bought a vintage suitcase at a local store for $38. I was around $40 at first, then I took a chance and waited until it went on sale. I bought it later. What a grab! (It’s for display because it’s old and I don’t want it to be damaged on plane trips.)

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I finally decided to upload the pictures for the hair bow DIY like I promised. I will post them in episodes. Today I am showing the first 4 steps. Keep checking for the next parts!

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Well, this has to be the longest post ever! I hope you liked it. Don’t be afraid to comment and be sure to like and follow me.

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Bite-Sized Post: Photo Editing Tips

Here are 3 tips for getting as much as you can out of apps like Repix, Photo Toaster, Fotor, or Pixlr-o-Matic on your iPhone or iPad.

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Tip #1: Don’t be afraid to edit outside the box.

Try out funky and unusual effects, clash different colors, and play with frames and lighting. Try combinations of effects and themes, and you might find something that you like. Even if you don’t, it’s fun to expand your horizon.

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Tip #2: Mess around with all kinds of photography and photo editing apps.

Regularly check for photo apps that are free but don’t be afraid to purchase occasionally. Also, make an attempt to use a medley of applications and software to enhance a single photo. Try editing a photo using 5 different apps.

 

Tip #3: Take snapshots of ANYTHING.

Scroll through the photos on your phone or computer and see if there is a certain way you take photos, or a type of setting or person that you photograph more than others. Don’t be hesitant to snap a quick and blurry photo of a flower, (and don’t delete photos that aren’t perfect.) If you mainly take pictures of people, take more of nature or animals, and vice versa.

 

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I hope these tips help you discover more about photo editing and photography. The main point is: photograph and edit what no one else does.  😉

Bacteria

Although winter is almost over for most places, that doesn’t mean bacteria and germs and viruses and infections go away. No, they’re still there, lurking in plain sight on every surface. Lysol wipes, however much they are advertised and though you may swear by them, don’t remove all of the bacteria. Whether on your keyboard, mouse, light switch, earphones, door handles, table, cutting board, or behind that greasy oil jar, bacteria is everywhere. Don’t get me wrong — I don’t hate bacteria and germs. In fact, they are a very important part of our digestion. Some bacteria, such as live cultures in yogurt, are good for you. They also strengthen your immune system. Here are a few pointers to keep in mind:

  • there can be more bacteria on your cell phone than on your toilet seat.
  • try this: pour prepared plain gelatin into a small dish that you don’t mind throwing away. With a clean cotton swab, swab your cell phone (make sure it hasn’t been cleaned in the last 5 months.) Then wipe the side of the swab you used on hardened gelatin. Cover with plastic wrap and keep in a dark, warm place. Observe as colorful, organic-shaped little blobs appear over the weeks. ***AFTER YOU ARE DONE OBSERVING, TAPE LID ONTO BOWL USING A LOT OF TAPE. DISCARD BOWL IMMEDIATELY.***
  • you have more bacteria cells on you now than human skin cells.
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White blood cells, red blood cells, and viruses or bacteria

 

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Happy Days and New Looking Shoes

I forgot to write a post for Pi Day! You know, 3.14.13! Get it?

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Also, to make sure I DO NOT forget, here’s an early St. Patty’s Day picture…

"The Wearing of the Green"

 

Today I refashioned a pair of flats. I bought them for about $3.65 at Target, tucked away on the end of an aisle. I couldn’t resist that offer. They have so many great deals there, but the chance of getting a pair that fits and look good it 50/50. So far, I’ve found 2 nice pairs. Anyway, here are my new and cute flats!

Want to refashion your flats/shoes? Find the how-to here.

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Hello world!

Hello all! I am The Scribbling Pixie, or Gingerninja499. I have several hobbies and interests including fencing, archery, writing fictional stories, writing scripts, reading, posting entries on this blog, drawing and sketching, I love to do crafts, and the list goes on. (Not in that order.) I’ve decided that for my first post I wanted to tell you about what I am doing in school. Actually, I’m homeschooled. It’s great — I can learn in depth on the subjects that I need more practice in. I can pursue topics that interest me and really delve into them. I just took the ACT and I am reviewing some math concepts. We’re studying DNA in science and will be beginning the circulatory system soon. I also have a writing class online and am writing book reviews for The Hunger Games and Harry Potter.

Well, that’s all for my first post. I promise to update you regularly. 🙂