Recipe Card Book

I was feeling a little crafty today so I thought I’d Finally get around to making a recipe card book.
I wanted something quick, easy, and functional. I would say Mission Accomplished!!

 

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Want one too?

Here are the 4 steps i took to make one

 

Step 1:

Gather your supplies:

Single hole punch

Index cards

Colored paper cut to a little larger than the index cards

Key ring

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Step 2:

Use the colored paper to create sections  or categories for your recipes

 

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Step 3:

Write out your recipes on the index cards

(I only ever take the time to write out recipes I have tried and really like.)

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Step 4:

Assemble and hang on the inside of your cupboard door.

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5 1/2 Steps for Homemade Bread

 

This morning was a productive morning, I was able to go to Spin Class, do a load of laundry, make homemade bread and spend some quality time with the dog all before anybody else in the house woke up.

I know what you’re thinking, homemade bread?? Are you kidding me? Who has time for that?  The answer is you do, just 30 minutes and you get homemade bread and the envy of everyone who tries it.  I mean seriously, look at this!

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What To Do When You Can’t Get A Job

You’ve found yourself in the position of looking for a new job, you’ve either been laid off, are new to the job hunt, or are unhappy with your current situation. Whatever the reason, you can send out hundreds of resumes and not get one response back and it all comes down to that old saying of “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know”.

I could sit here and write about the 5 magical steps of networking or 10 things you need to know to get your dream job.  Realistically that’s not going to happen, I’m way more efficient than that – Let’s do it in 4 steps!  Ready?

 

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Career Choice – The Ultimate Adulting Decision


**Disclaimer: this post focuses on looking at educational opportunities as a next step to adulating.  I realize that formal education isn’t for everyone, so coming soon is my post about what to do when post secondary isn’t for you**

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When we are little everyone always asks “what do you want to be when you grow up?”, most children come up with a response whether it be a princess, an astronaut or a teacher.

We are taught from the get-go that we need to have a plan, I don’t think this is intentional, it’s just a great conversation starter with kids. As we get older, most of us go through a stage of panic when we get to our late teenage years and suddenly realize it takes a lot of work to be an astronaut or that we don’t enjoy being around kids enough to want to teach them every day, or sadly, being a princess is a little out of touch (there are only so many eligible bachelors with a royal title – I’ve checked!)

I very rarely give any advice on careers and choosing your own path is a decision you need to make but when I do give advice I only have two things to say:

•If you don’t know what you want to do, don’t stress, you do not have to do the same job for the rest of your life.

In fact, it’s very likely that you will switch careers up to 8 times before you retire.

•Find something you are good at or you like to do and make that your “backup plan”.

When I was getting ready to graduate high school I had no idea what I wanted to do, it was overwhelming.  I knew that I was good at working with computers, enjoyed people, and wanted a job that I could do anywhere. So I took a course in Office Administration with a focus on technology.  This certificate has opened so many doors for me professionally that I never would have even imagined.

Both pieces of advice really tie into the same idea – Do something! Don’t wait, try something new.  If you are interested in working with your hands, find a trade you might enjoy – that ticket will open up doors you couldn’t possibly imagine.  If you like to travel and organize, try working for a travel agency – it may not be your forever job but it’s an opportunity.

So, now that you know you don’t have to make a steadfast decision today, you are not allowed to use any excuses that do not make you accountable anymore.  Excuses that are no longer okay to use include:

  • School is too expensive, I can’t afford it or I don’t have the time to do school and go to work
    There are so many options for funding out there, loans, a line of credit, grants, scholarships, RESPs, taking one course at a time – I had a cousin who took 15 years to finish her degree because she took 1-2 courses a semester until completed.  Her determination got her the job she wanted before she even finished her degree.  If she can do it with 2 kids, a full-time job, and running a house while attending school so can you!
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  • I don’t know where to begin If you don’t know where your program is being offered, type it into Google.  I’m currently taking online courses through a university that is across the country because there weren’t any programs being offered in my area.  If you don’t know where to begin when deciding between a certificate, diploma, or degree and the idea of 4 years is intimidating, start with a certificate or the first apprenticeship block and go from there.
     I don’t know where to begin
  • I didn’t get good grades in high school so I won’t do well in college/university
    If you graduated high school you can survive university, the establishments are there to teach you how to write better, think bigger, be more.  You can’t know it all before you go or there wouldn’t be a point in going. There are also many resources while in University to assist you.
     I didn’t get good grades
  • I need to help out at home
    This goes back to the first excuse, if you need to help out at home you can still do that.  Just put aside some time for you.  Talk to the people that you feel are keeping you at home, tell them your ideas and aspirations.  99% of the time they will be supportive.
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  • My job will miss me/needs me As for your job needing you, look at your paystub, is there an employee number on it?  Then you are replaceable.

Okay no more excuses, print out this Future Aspirations worksheet, fill it out, start something!  In the words of Earl Nightingale “Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it.  The time will pass anyway”.

Cheesy Scrambled Eggs

I watched a video on Facebook a couple days ago, it was Gordon Ramsey’s version of scrambled eggs.  Before I clicked on the video I thought to myself, this is going to be great, I’m going to make the very best scrambled eggs ever after I watch this video.  I don’t know if you’ve seen the video or not but they may have been prepared properly but it’s certainly not the way Mom used to make.

So I reverted back to my original and simple scrambled eggs recipe that has yet to fail me and since this is all about learning basic skills I thought I would share my Cheesy Scrambled Eggs

When making scrambled eggs you want to remember the general rule of 2 eggs per person, unless you are running short on eggs, in that case use 1 egg per person plus an extra egg for good measure (so if you are making scrambled eggs for 2 people you would use 3 eggs, or for 4 people use 5 eggs).

The best part of cheesy scrambled eggs is when stringy gooey cheese is used, my personal favorite is provolone, it’s inexpensive and delicious on so many things. If you haven’t tried it yet I would recommend it.

Here is my recipe:

Ingredients

Oil (about the size of two-quarters)

2 Eggs per person

1 slice of cheese (whatever you have in your fridge)

 

Directions

Step 1: Put oil in frying pan and set the burner to medium heat (if the dials on your stove are numbered I would suggest around a 5, if not, set it 180 degrees from the off position)

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Step 2: while oil is heating up whisk together the two eggs until you can’t differentiate the yolk from the whites, it should be a little foamy at this point

Step 3: Pour eggs into hot frying pan

Step 4: break apart the cheese slice and place in the pan, press them down allowing the egg to wash over the cheese

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Step 5: Once the egg starts to cook around the outside (you can see the white around the rim in the picture below) run your spatula underneath the egg mixing it up.

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Step 6: Repeat until you have clumps of partially cooked egg

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Step 7: Flip the egg bits over and let cook until it starts to turn a slight brown

Step 8: (optional) Just before you serve it up you can break the egg down into smaller pieces or leave it in bigger chunks for a more fluffy texture.

The white pieces that look uncooked in the picture below are actually bits of provolone cheese

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Voila – Cheesy scrambled eggs!!  Enjoy

The Big Bad Budget

Budget

This is usually a pretty scary word for people, generally, people don’t want to create a budget for fear of failure.  The thought is If you create a budget, you have a plan, if you break away from that plan, you fail.  This is wrong on so many levels.  How many times do you make plans with friends and at the last minute things get changed or expanded on?

Stop looking at a budget as the be all end all rule – it’s a guide, a tool to help you prepare for next month.  You shouldn’t fear the budget, embrace it, make it your own. Be the Boss of the Budget!!!

Say it with me “I will be the boss of my budget”

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Opening a Bank Account in 3 easy steps

There is a ton of information on the web about money.  It seems like everyone has an opinion on which bank is the best or why you should open 10 bank accounts, what works for one person may not work for another.

At the end of the day, the important thing to remember is that you are not stuck with your bank.  If you aren’t satisfied with the fees, or the service you can change banks.

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Banana Muffins Recipe

I love banana muffins, there is just something comforting about having a warm muffin and a cup of tea in the morning. It has always been the one recipe that I’ve constantly tried to perfect over the years. I’m always reminded of the story Goldilocks and the 3 Bears whenever I make muffins, they are either too dense or too moist, nothing ever seemed to be perfect… Until now!

Let me tell you, I have made the perfect banana muffin recipe and simplified it with detailed instructions and tips to share with you – see I am all about teaching others to bake, and cook because I am a firm believer that it takes a village, not just in the child rearing stage of life but in every way of life. If I share my perfect banana muffin recipe, you can probably find a way to make it better, or more simple or both. Share the wealth people!!

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