Posted in finished object

Baking: Salted Caramel Rolo Cookies

So, I meant to post this last month. Actually, I thought I had, but I’m not seeing it anywhere on my posts. This was my first attempt at making cookies in a long time and they didn’t turn out great.

 

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I learned from it, but dang was I disappointed with the first batch. That being said, they were super tasty. The recipe was from one of the holiday cookie magazines that were everywhere. I’m going to wait six months, just in case, but if anyone is interested I’ll post the recipe some time.

Posted in Sites

Site Recommendation: Darebee

So, in the spirit of health and fitness resolutions, today I’m going to recommend a workout sight. Darebee has thousands of visual workouts for you to do for free!

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The workouts have a large range of ability level, area of focus, and equipment (if any) that is used for the workout. In fact, if you click the “load filter” button, it will take you to a page where you can change what is shown based on the type of work out you’re looking for.

On top of this, there are actual full workout programs and challenges available that typically last about a month. The site isn’t just for fitness either, there are nutrition plans and recipes that you can try as well. In the interest of transparency, I do want to say that I haven’t tried any of the fitness or nutrition programs, the fitness challenges, or the recipes. I pretty much stick to the workout page and filter. Still, I find it very helpful. The light and easy workouts don’t take more than 10-20 minutes so it’s much easier to build a habit before really focusing on building muscle.

Anyway, I thought it was a neat website and I wanted to share. I hope you find it useful too!

 

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Bluprint Class Review: Jump Into Drawing

So, this class is only about 40 minutes long. There isn’t a whole lot to say about it. It’s a little drawing class for kids and it focuses on some key concepts such as shading, contour lines, and texture. The acting has a very children’s show like feel, think Dora the Explorer or Blues Clues. I think they should have brought up the acting a little bit as the class would be best geared towards 4th & 5th graders. I know many kids in that age range who would love what is taught in this class. The exercises are great for that age range too. While it’s not perfect, I think the class does well enough that I’m going to put it in my back pocket and save it for when I become a teacher. I think it would make a great creative exercise and appeal to most kids.

Posted in challenge, finished object, master knitting

Finished Object/ Optional Knit Quest: Alternating Garter Ridges Scarf

I’m making this an optional retroactive knit quest. I found this website called Knitting Fool (https://www.knittingfool.com/StitchIndex/Alpha.aspx) that has a bunch of k/p only stitches. So I want to work my way through some of them. You can find the pattern for this scarf here (I cast-on 37 stitches for my scarf: https://www.knittingfool.com/StitchIndex/StitchDetail.aspx?StitchID=1968

Since we didn’t go over how to alternate stitches in previous quests, I’m going to leave a video here to show you how:

 

This is what my finished scarf looks like. I made a lot of mistakes, but still overall, I’m satisfied.

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Posted in Website Recommendations

Site Recommendation: Habitica

Okay, so I am a collector of websites. At one point I was trying to build a digital library out of it but have since lost my passion for that project. A lot of the websites, while free, weren’t great for actually learning or achieving anything. I didn’t want to exclude them, because my librarian heart just doesn’t like the idea of censoring anything and I just didn’t have the time to evaluate each and every website. So, instead, I’m going to post some recommendations here.

Habitica is more or less a digital planner with an RPG aspect to it. You put in habits you want to form, daily/weekly/monthly chores you need to complete, and your to-do list. Each of the tasks is assigned a value based on difficulty and with each task you complete, you get EXP and gold. Gold can be used to get in-app items, such as armor for your character, or you can put your own real-world rewards in and cash out once you’ve got enough gold.

There’s a variety of community options. Guilds allow you to connect with other users who share common interests, while parties and groups are smaller and often more locally based including people you know. There are also challenges that can span the entire website with a premium currency, gems, as a prize. There are also quests you can go on with your party which provides rewards when completed.

I’ve found it very useful and motivating to use. Some people don’t care much for the RPG aspect, so this may not be for you, but I think it’s worth a try if you need to get organized and like games.

If this sounds like something for you, you can sign up here: https://habitica.com/

The site is free, but there is a premium membership you can get later.