Author: Meg Moore

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Now that it's both Latinx Heritage month and Spooky Season, we're ending this week with the best of both worlds. Here are some pieces by latinx artists with creepy elements like snakes, skulls, and more.     *none of this work is ours, we are showcasing our favorite artists and the rights belong to them         Ilse Valfré   Nothing says spooky like this LA artist who's trademark styles are her dark...

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Plastic recycling numbers are common knowledge and there are many people that compost, but here are three specific ways to keep trash out of the landfill that you might not have heard of!           Mascara Wands -  Wildlife organizations use these for so many different tasks! The delicate wands are tools to remove larvae, fly eggs, and ticks from small animals and plants. The Appalachian Wildlife Refuge is always...

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Lentils are versatile and can be used to create exciting dishes. This Ethiopian recipe reminds me of a flat samosa.     This recipe was based off of a Demand Africa post. https://www.demandafrica.com/food/recipes/lentil-sambusas/     Ingredients: cooked lentils (I know not everyone has these at the ready so just follow the instructions on the package which may require soaking overnight) 2  jalapenos 1 large sweet onion salt/pepper garlic (3 cloves) fresh cilantro cinnamon (1/2...

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Portable Charger How-To Making your own portable charger is inexpensive. Here is a step by step guide that doesn’t involve soldering or practice with electronics.     We used this instructables.com project as a guide. https://www.instructables.com/id/Altoids-Phone-Charger/     Materials:   Battery (2 AA’s) Battery holder or adapter (get the correct one that correlates with the type of battery) Tin (about the size of an altoid box - make sure there is enough room for the battery) Electrical tape   Usb...

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]If you have a bread-maker, yeast and a lot of time on your hands, this recipe will allow you to enjoy fresh bagels.   In our house we usually use the recipe from (https://www.realmomnutrition.com/)       Tools:     Bread Machine (you can do this recipe without a bread machine it will just take longer) Oven Pot Baking Sheet Brush (for egg wash) cooling rack parchment paper       Ingredients:     Warm Water (1.25 cups) All purpose flour (3.5 cups) Sugar (1.5 Tablespoons) Salt (1.5 Teaspoons) Active Dry Yeast...

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Make liquid chalk that has raised edges like puffy paint and strong enough to hold designs longer than regular chalk.     *Warning*  - if you have a brand new or a lightly colored driveway this has the potential to stain the driveway !     This makes enough for one bottle - use it all in one sitting because it is not intended to keep for longer       Materials:   Flour (1 cup)   Water (1 cup)   Dish-soap...

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Have long distance friends and family? Pinterest has blown up with string art gift ideas. This state outline project is a fun way to show someone you miss them.   Materials:   Wood nails (small) thread tape hammer paper with design / outline printed on it   Instructions:   Print the outline of the state on a piece of paper and tape this to the wood.           2. Outline the state with your nails (follow the line). The closer the...

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Does anyone else have a stack of old, 1/2 empty paint cans in their basement? Instead of throwing them out here are some ways to use your left over house paint.   If the Paint is White:   Extend your Acrylic Paint - If you're running out of your favorite acrylic paint color, adding in some white paint will lighten it but it will give you a lot more to work...

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Running out of easy craft ideas to do with siblings and friends? Classic potato stamps are an oldie but a goodie. Create some great new designs for cards or fabric.       Supplies:     Potatoes Knife Cookie cutter paint or ink pads       Step 1. Cut potato in half       Step 2. Choose a cookie cutter to make a shape or draw on the potato free hand. (I chose an acorn cutter and did a free hand star to show...

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