Rice Bags

I found a project for DIY hot/cold packs on Pinterest and just had to give them a try.  They are very easy to make.

Rice bagsYou will need:
Fabric cut to 11 1/2 x 6 (preferably cotton)
Long grain rice (approximately 2 cups, uncooked)
Essential oil (optional)
Funnel or paper taped to make a funnel
Coordinating thread
Sewing machine

Instructions:
If using essential oils, put rice in a plastic zipper bag or locking container.  Add 6 drops of essential oil and mix well.  Set aside for approximately 1 1/2 hours.

Fold the fabric in half with right sides together and sew with a 1/4 inch seam, leaving open one short side.  Clip the corners then turn the fabric inside out.  Insert rice using a funnel.  Do not overfill!  There should be a little room for the rice to move around.  Fold in the open end and sew it closed.

Rice bagsWhen you are ready to use your rice bag, place it in the microwave for 1 to 2 minutes on high. Check after 1 minute.  Do not heat the rice bag too long, you could burn yourself or burn the rice. If you want a cold pack, place the rice bag in the freezer until cold (a couple of hours).

rice bags 3I use lavender essential oil and they smell sooo good when you heat them up!!

Some Day I’ll Get It

Trying to find the right balance these days has been quite the task.  Between family time, cooking, cleaning, craft projects and limiting my time online, I feel a bit scatterbrained.  This time my blog has suffered.  BUT it’s given me a bunch of stuff to blog about this week!

First of all, I’ve been working on a few quick and easy craft projects I will share later in the week.

Ken and I also went pumpkin hunting.  I was anxious with anticipation about going to the local corn maze… riding the horse drawn carriage to the pumpkin patch and snapping a whole bunch of pictures.  It didn’t quite happen that way.  Upon arriving at the corn maze, Ken went up to the window and stated, “We are here to buy pumpkins.”  The girl showed us to the building with pumpkins, we picked out three and we were out of there.  Well, that wasn’t much fun, and I told Ken so.  His reply, “Well, at least we didn’t get them at WalMart!”  For as quick and uneventful our pumpkin hunting was, we could have bought them in a store.  We were in and out of there so fast I didn’t even get any pictures!!

Yesterday was a little more eventful.  Ken saw two wolves roaming the field just beyond our back yard.  That’s a little too close for comfort and we will be definitely be keeping an eye on the dogs when we let them out!

wolvesRachel is officially all moved out of her Green Bay apartment and turned in her keys yesterday.  I’ll sure miss that apartment!  We had some fun times there.

Stay tuned for the quick and easy craft projects I’ve done!  And with Halloween just around the corner, there will be more posts.  I’ve even got a couple all ready to roll!  Shocker, right?  ;-)

You’re My Favorite

It’s no secret that we go through coffee pots like there’s no tomorrow.  Not only that, it always takes what seems like forever to brew a fresh pot!

Two of my sisters and an aunt are always raving about their Bunn coffee pots, how fast they are and how they last for years.  I was checking them out early last week and went back and forth about buying one because they are expensive.  In the end, I didn’t buy it.  Ken surprised me a few days later by buying a Bunn as a birthday present for me.  It may seem like a weird birthday present, but I do love my coffee!

bxb-popup_1I absolutely love how quick I can now have a cup of coffee in the morning!  Part of my morning routine is to get up, let the dogs out, put the coffee on, use the bathroom then let the dogs in.  I am still shocked that coffee is totally done brewing by the time I’ve let the dogs in and given them their treats!!  The only down side… I still have to master how much coffee grounds to put in the filter.  Bunn coffee maker,  you’re my favorite!!

Disclaimer:  This is not a sponsored post.  I just wanted to share how much I love this coffee pot.

Laugh Till It Hurts

The original plan for my birthday weekend involved going to cosmic bingo with friends on Friday night then to the football game in Green Bay on Sunday.  That was all.

Well, things changed when my original game partner told me Thursday that she couldn’t go to the game.  I invited Rachel to go with me.  She was, however, leaving Saturday evening after work and spending the night in Green Bay.  I really didn’t want to make the trip there and back alone so I asked if I could tag along.  No problem.

Rachel and I had a great time at the football game and the Packers beat up on the Panthers!  We even got a pair of green sunglasses!

Photo courtesy of Rachel

But the best part of the whole time we were in Green Bay… Saturday night leaving the bar. None of the bars are smoking so as soon as we walked out the door, Rachel and I lit a cigarette to smoke on the way to the car.  We also don’t smoke it Kit-Kat’s car so once we got there Rachel stomped hers out and I bent down to knock the light off a half cigarette on the rim of the tire.  That didn’t work so I took a step back to use the pavement.  All of a sudden I saw the wheel of the car turning then come to a stop.  I jumped in the car only to hear Rachel and Kit-Kat laughing because Kit-Kat almost left me there.  What made Kit-Kat stop?  When Rachel said, “Wait for my mom!”  Kit-Kat honestly thought I was in the car.  We all laughed so hard… I mean full belly laughing hard.  Our stomachs hurt, our cheeks hurt and Kit-Kat had to pull over twice because she couldn’t contain her laughter!

Those are the best times… when you laugh till it hurts!  You’d better believe we told everyone about how my sister nearly left me in the bar’s parking lot.  :-)