Chocolate Pudding For Breakfast

I have a couple of controversial opinions about food. One of them is that I don’t like chocolate milk. I don’t like hot cocoa. I do love chocolate ice cream. And chocolate pudding is the best. But just to drink it? No.

Naturally this causes some controversy. Not much, because it is well known, I have never liked it. When we were little I would have half a mug of hot chocolate and most of it would stay in the fridge for weeks. I wanted to like it, but it didn’t happen.

I think it was my tenth birthday, I went out for a birthday breakfast and for my drink I ordered hot chocolate. Having matured I finished it and for the next five-six years I tried my best to pretend like I liked hot chocolate. (but whenever possible I was as likely to get apple cider or tea)

Recently I’ve just come to accept the fact I don’t like hot cocoa. I don’t like chocolate milk.

So when from the food pantry yesterday we got 18 bottles of chocolate milk, I didn’t want to give up my share. So this morning was cool and Mom got one of the bottles heating up on the stove*. I did so much whisking that be the time I gave up on it thickening it was more like mousse.

Recipe

1 cup milk

2 Ts Cocoa

2 Ts Sugar

Pinch Salt

1 Ts Cornstarch

Or 1 Cup Chocolate Milk

Pinch Salt

1 Ts Cornstarch

While heating most of the milk be sure an stir in the flavoring. Once they are well incorporated in a bowl mix together the remaining milk and Cornstarch. Stream the mixture into the cooking pot and stir. (Brisker stirring will result in a more mousse like texture) Upon achieving thickness remove from heat and serve.

 

*The reason Mom only heated up one bottle is the plastic wrapping the bottles came in said that is was nearly a month out of date. A dozen people had drunk some of it the day before and no one got sick. So…

Also this was apparently a taste test of some sort. The label said 2% Natural Chocolate Milk. The Ingredients were Milk and Vitamin D3. So we were also uncertain as to what was actually in the milk.

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Sustainable Tuesday: Unsustainable Things

In honor of Nanowrimo being next month I thought I would take today to write as many words as possible even though I’m tired. I’m starting at 5:47.

Speaking of Nanowrimo, if you followed me because of it, I will be posting updates on Sundays.

So the title of this post is because I thought why not talk about things that I find unsustainable and why I think that.

1 : My blog…

A. Yes. Sadly with Nanowimo coming up my blog will be hard to sustain. Don’t worry I’ll still be posting as normal.

B. I have started working on Thursdays. I may have a job on most Wednesday’s and some Fridays. And hopefully soon I’ll be housekeeper of an Air BnB. So my habit of writing the post just before I publish them is starting to get unsustainable.

2 : Makeup.

A. My wallet can’t afford any makeup. Especially the super nice, sustainable, kind. My skin is mostly clear and so I don’t care.

B. If you ask me about Sunscreen I have opinions on that subject that could be a blog post by themselves.

3 : Movies and Shows

A. Having a TV. It can really eat up your time. Even if you have it on for background noise, I find that the visuals are super distracting. Play some music or get an audio book instead.

B. Going to the Movies. Not only do you have the cost of the ticket, but often people make a special trip. If you must go, don’t get a snack, I’ve heard that movie theatre popcorn is one of the most expensive things you can buy per once.

4 : Having food made for you

A. Visiting restaurants. Maybe my mom is a good cook. Maybe I have annoying dietary restrictions. But often when I visit a restaurant I come home thinking I could have easily made something just as good for less money. Sometimes I feel like I could have even done better. So why eat out.

B. Having food delivered. This has all the problems of the visiting a restaurant, but now you also have a lot of trash and maybe dishes to wash. Yeah, no.

C. (Yay finally a C) Buying prepared food. There is really no occasion to buy pre-prepared. It is either more expensive and keeps less long. Or it doesn’t taste as good. Or is full of really odd chemicals. Except for granola, fruit, chia, nut, etc. bars (these can be a bit difficult to make) everything is simple enough to make at home.

5 : Not Being educated.

I don’t mean you must go to college and get a degree. I mean do you due diligence. Learn all you can about things before you start talking about doing them. If you want to get solar power, make sure you have enough money to pay the massive start up costs. If you want to go vegan, make sure to know what you need to eat. Just be educated, your degree doesn’t matter nearly as much as what you know.

I’ve written just over 500 words and it is now 6:14, I think this bodes well for next month. If you have actually read through all my ramblings, thank you. That is so nice. I don’t know why you did so if you wouldn’t mind leaving me a comment explaining I would be grateful.

Awhile ago I mentioned changes would be coming to my blog. So far they are pretty minor, but I’ve seen them. To be honest I don’t know how I want my blog to change. I’ve cut down on how many people are following me. I may be putting together a little giveaway soon.

It’s not really been mentioned on here, but I’ve recently started a booktube channel and so that will be cutting down on my free time. I have fairly big sewing plans this month. I’m re purposing so much fabric. And yeah, work exists.

Looking forward to not getting any comments.

But for those crazy people who may be still interested I’m now at 6:22 and a word count of 676.

 

 

Side question how much would you pay for a super awesome sustainable Blue Jean Skirt?

We’ve Got Pockets

Whenever it was I spent 10 days off grid. I found it to be super inspiring. On the second Thursday we had a cook out for dinner and after the guys showed up we started talking sewing.

Yes, that happened. And No they didn’t mind. And Yes as I often find they had useful inputs.

I had mentioned to my best friend that I wanted to go visit Israel with her next year and I figured we needed at least a thousand dollars each. She had recently been hired to make little girl dresses. Upon finding that she enjoyed it, she has been working on setting up a shop. We were talking pricing.

JH said when someone other than his job was wanting his time he asked for at least $25 an hour per person. He got paid that much, his brother would want that much, his machinery cost that much to run. This added up to $75 per hour for him and DH to cut down a tree. One tree took them only an hour and the man paid them $200.

Let me not say anything. Take a deep breath. I’ve had people tell me that $35 was to much to hem a pair of pants. But they were willing to pay fifteen dollars.

This is all to say we were encouraging SH to bump the finished price of the dresses to the $70-$100 range. Sew much closer to what she should be earning.

In turn I mentioned my sewing plans. So often I have seen complaints about how women’s clothes just don’t have good pockets. And on the flip side I have often seen ladies worrying if the pockets will be to much. I was wondering why don’t I make a clothing line where pockets are the statement of the piece.

My family expressed doubts.

I explained I was considering making a blue skirt with orange star shaped pockets on it.

My family thought that sounded horrible.

I fell quiet, but that vague idea stuck in my brain. Finally today I was able to put on paper rough sketches of that idea and another one.

Pardon my terrible drawing skills.

On the left we have a skirt designed to look like an upside down flower. The pockets are quite visible as they are representing the sepals.

On the right is a modified version of blue and orange. The color has been changed to yellow and the stars are evenly spaced. I haven’t yet decided if the little stars should be pockets too. And is four star pockets around the waist good or should I go for the semi subtle three stars like Orion’s belt?

A pin cushion topped mason jar with a few buttons in it

 

So bountiful hay to my best friend.

For re-inspiring me to start sewing again.

For re-inspiring me to start designing again.

For giving me such a handy pin cushion as a belated birthday present. I know you don’t read my blog, but still.

Thank you.

 

 

 

 

 

If I were to make skirts like these how much would you pay? Would you pay $200? Would you pay $250 if I made sure to use sustainable fabric? People often pay tons of money for clothing of little quality. From people they care little for. Fabric costs money, but the most expensive part is the labor.

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PS.

Speaking of sewing I have recently agreed to sew a dress inspired by a book as an art project. I would really like to put my best foot forward with doing this. But I need nice fabric and notions in order to do that. If you would like to help with this in any way at all please check out the Go Fund Me I put together and either share it or give a donation. Every dollar helps.

PPS.

Speaking of obvious pockets don’t you think that an evening gown with a blue jean pocket or two sounds like something that could come down a runway?

Sustainable Tuesday; Off Grid

This will not be my classic Sustainable Tuesday post.

Since Thursday, September 12, I have been off grid.

Minimal electricity, no running water, and spotty phone service. I enjoyed my time off grid, it inspired me for my blog, my sewing, and my future.

But I realized something.

Being off grid is hard and it may not be as “green” as we would like to think. I’ve said I don’t really worry about my van emissions or what type of fuel I use, and that is true, but I live in the country. Here in the country there are lots of plants to soak up the excess.

If you take being off grid to just mean solar energy instead of the power plant. If you have a well insulated house. If you live somewhere sunny. Yes. You can pretty easily generate all the energy you could possibly use. But if any of these things aren’t true, it becomes super hard.

I’m boring. I spent two of the days with my best friend canning. We used a tank of propane. We had the generator running. Because of the canning we did, we weren’t very green.

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But.

Now we have quarts of canned meat. Gallons of canned pears. It no longer requires electricity to store this food. Come winter less will need to be bought from stores, meaning that less gas will be used to bring food to them.

This is the challenge of it all is what do we accept. Yes, we used lots of propane, but now there is less worry for winter, the food is stored…

When is it best to spend energy and where?

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Unsustainable Tuesday: A Sustainable Tuesday Post

Sustainable often it is thought of these days in terms of “good for the environment”, “be green”, “shop small”, “shop local”.

But a quick check in with the great Merriam-Webster shows this

Definition of sustainable

1 : capable of being sustained
2a : of, relating to, or being a method of harvesting or using a resource so that the resource is not depleted or permanently damaged sustainable techniques sustainable agriculture
b : of or relating to a lifestyle involving the use of sustainable methods sustainable society
And when you go on to wonder about sustained.

Definition of sustained

: maintained at length without interruption or weakening :
I have to admit something. Posting on Tuesdays isn’t really sustainable for me.
I start most Tuesday, with breakfast, and as soon as that is done, I must clean up from breakfast. No sooner have I finished washing the dishes, than my email and the blogs I follow are calling me.
While I wait for everything to load, I sneak in my Bible reading. And suddenly it’s at least 9:30. It does depend on the day, but it’s generally time to go hurry and get ready to go help the food pantry.
There is an hour drive, then it’s time for an early lunch. After lunch I usually can get some reading done. But once I start working it’s pretty steady until 4:00. Even if we don’t help with cleanup it’s still an hour back to the library where I write most of my posts.
So by the time we get here, it’s late, I’m tired and I’m supposed to come up with something? Ha!
But in other interesting news. I recently decided to make a dress based off The Coronation by Olivia Jarmusch. Click here if you would like to help fund the project. Or feel free to check it out here.
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Sustainable Tuesday

I am taking part in #sewyourselfsustainable over on Instagram so I thought, why not bring it over to the blog, for this month and maybe even longer.

I want to talk about my feelings on the subject.

I Don’t Worry About Climate Change or Global Warming.

But I do Care about taking Care of Our World, so…

I try to get fresh food in recyclable packaging. This means lots of bulk food and a garden. If I must get a plastic bag I reuse it.

Apart from necessary plastic on food. The thing that bothers me the most is polyester, spandex, and all the other horrible plastics that goes into clothing. I have never liked anything but natural fibers. Lately however I’ve completely stopped wearing non natural fibers, unless they are part of some decoration.

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I don’t worry about using paper. Pine trees can be used for this and they grow super fast.

I also don’t worry about eating dairy and meat. Or wearing leather. Because I don’t worry about animals using to much oxygen.

Do you care?

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Attention All Followers

I plan on going through my followers and removing the ones that don’t actively do things for my blog. So Like this post. Leave a comment somewhere. Reblog something. I don’t care. For as much as I enjoy having nearly a hundred and fifty followers, most of them never do anything, so I don’t care about them.

 

Sudden Turn To Being a Math Blog

I just finished my 13th whole month of having a blog. That means I have a loop. Now I wasn’t going to write this post but I decided based on the numbers that finished off last month.

A year ago when I completed my first full month of blogging I got viewed 72 times. That is an average of 2 a day. I was very proud. So proud that this year I got these kind of corny screenshots.

But those aren’t the only strange screenshot’s I’ve gotten. Just this morning I caught my most recent stats and they changed it a little.

Yep. This month has given me the highest number of views ever by an average of 3 per day.

In the past year or so, I’ve gotten viewers from this alphabetical list of countries.

Armenia, Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guam, Hong Kong SAR China, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Kenya, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mexico, Myanmar, Netherlands, Nepal, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Russia, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirate, United Kingdom, United States, Vietnam.

Or on this map.

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My most popular day is Friday. It currently has nearly a quarter of my views.

The most popular hour is 9 pm. This has a little more reasonable 12% of my views.

I guess people like looking at my blog just before the weekend.

I hope to have a few changes coming to my blog soon. I would like it if such numbers continued and grew. But it isn’t about the numbers.

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