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Thursday, June 17, 2021

Kefir - It's a Thing! An easy thing! Super Easy Method For Making Kefir - Even Double Fermented Kefir - Work Less Than 5 Minutes

Simplest explanation of how to make kefir I've ever seen!! Clear, simple, quick & easy!

I just sent kefir grains out to some friends. I thought I'd make it easier for them to find the info on what to do with them as well as upload a video of the procedure that I use to make REALLY yummy kefir - it takes less than 5 minutes a day.

Backstory - A number of years ago, I was in such pain - everything hurt, my muscles felt like someone had beaten me, I had heartburn so bad I ended up in the emergency room, and I was beginning to think I had fibromyalgia.

Simplest explanation of how to make kefir I've ever seen!! Clear, simple, quick & easy!Simplest explanation of how to make kefir I've ever seen!! Clear, simple, quick & easy!

I went to a gastroenterologist who, after a complete g.i. laparoscopy handed me pink pills and told me to take them the rest of my life. Um - NO! I don't believe in treating symptoms. I was determined to find the problem. Turns out, after much sleuthing and diet research, I am sensitive to gluten!

After a few years on a gluten-free diet, I ran across an article that said that sourdough bread was basically gluten-free. So, I learned sourdough. I make everything out of fully fermented sourdough now. I am going to be posting some directions so you can make everything from breads, English muffins, cookies, even banana bread from fully fermented flour. 

Simplest explanation of how to make kefir I've ever seen!! Clear, simple, quick & easy!

That started me on my fermenting journey. I recently discovered kefir. It's amazingly pro-biotic and so easy to make - easier than yogurt and it tastes better. Read on to see how little work it is to make your own kefir. (Enjoyed this post? Never miss out on future posts - Click here to get the posts by email)

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Beautiful, EASY Skylight Light-Blocking Shade for UNDER $10

We have a wonderful skylight in our camper. I love it, except in the morning when it's like a prison searchlight hitting my eyes! It came with a 'light diffusing' shade installed, which basically means it does NOTHING to block the light.

I looked into buying a shade for it - very expensive! So, I've been stuffing a piece of reflectix in it at night. It looks tacky, I may live in a travel trailer, but I have my standards! It also ends up laying around and getting in the way all day, until of course, I need to put it back up and then it can't be found.

Thursday, July 02, 2020

Don't Paint Your RV Cabinets! Easy Cabinet Remodel - No Prep! Won't Scratch Off!

Don't Paint Your RV Cabinets - Do this instead! Genius Idea from Wacky Pup!

When we went full-time, we bought a new 2019 Grand Design 19RLE. I love the floorplan, but the cabinetry is all DARK, I mean really DARK - Just about black. And there's a lot of it. And it's depressing, especially since we can't travel right now.

Don't Paint Your RV Cabinets - Do this instead! Genius Idea from Wacky Pup!


So, I thought about painting it. But, here's the deal - you may already know that your entire RV is coated with plastic! Like contact paper adhesive vinyl. Probably a little thicker, but maybe not. Plastic is practically impossible to paint successfully. If you sand it, you risk making scuffy places that will show through the paint. And the paint's not going to stick much better anyway, because --- it's PLASTIC.

My wonderful husband came up with a great idea!!! Read on to see how I completely redid my upper cabinets with extremely minimal prep - and it won't scratch off, or peel!!! 

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Knit Your Own Cargo Net in Any Color You Want!! Bonus Fruit Sling!

Hubs and I toured a highly overpriced Basecamp trailer by Airstream. I sure wish I could get in on the marketing that has made them such a status symbol. But I digress (and if I'm upsetting any airstream owners, I doubt it, since they don't read my blog AND their Basecamp is already equipped  with expensive cargo nets ALL OVER THE PLACE)


Which is exactly what made me think I should incorporate some cargo nets into my travel trailer! I mean, who doesn't want to model their RV around Airstream? They may be overpriced, but they are beautiful.

So, as a joke, I hung a cargo net over my side of the bed which happens to be under a bunk.

Turns out cargo nets are really helpful! So, not so much of a joke!



I started looking for an attractive cargo net. Guess what, they come in black ... and black ... and oh yes, black!

So I designed a REALLY easy knitting pattern to make my own cargo net. How easy, you ask? Well, if you can knit, you can make a cargo net. You don't even have to purl unless you want to.

Easy Fruit or Vegetable Hammock! Bonus Make Your Own Cargo Net!

How To Make A Pretty Fruit and Vegetable Sling

The first takes a little more knowledge of knitting. If you want a complete beginner instructions, scroll down to #2.


This is a pattern I made that has a lot of holes. I'm sure it has a name but I don't know it and I spend way too much time writing these blog posts as it is, so if you want to know the name you'll have to look for it yourself.

It not only makes a nice cargo net, but you can make a string bag or even a snazzy cargo net with it too! I wrote a blog post on the cargo net here

I actually have two ways to make a Fruit Vegetable Sling

Ok, I know this is not an attractive photo. But I have spent as much time as I have to write the post LOL ... so the photos are really basic. Maybe someday I'll come back and take some really neat photos but for now, this will give you an idea of what it will look like. Of course, yours will look MUCH BETTER because you will have something besides an old onion to put in it.



The first takes a little more knowledge of knitting. If you want a complete beginner instructions, scroll down to #2.



This is a pattern I came up with that has a lot of holes. I'm sure it has a name but I don't know it and I spend way too much time writing these blog posts as it is, so if you want to know the name you'll have to look for it yourself.

It not only makes a nice fruit & vegetable hammock, but you can make a cargo net or string bag with it too!



This is the brand (but not the color) I used - but I recommend you get it at a local store for $10 or less. Right now, it's $8 at Walmart.

Thursday, April 02, 2020

Gluten Free, All Natural No Xanthan Gum Banana Bread!

Best Ever GF Banana Bread - without xanthan gum!

I'm not a food blogger, but if you're like me and have gluten sensitivity problems and are always looking for a good 'bread-type' gluten-free treat - look no further!

This is the best banana bread I've ever had, including the 'real kind'.

Don't eat xanthan gum, it's not a good thing!

I have to avoid XANTHAN GUM which is in just about everything, especially gluten-free stuff!! Do you know what xanthan gum actually is? It's that black slimy rot that grows on vegetables to tell you to throw them away. They actually grow it, scrape it off, dry it and put it in EVERYTHING from puddings, ice cream, baked goods, sauces, toppings ... EVERYTHING!! And it gives me real distress, so if you're having issues, you may be sensitive to xanthan gum too. (It has actually killed infants, yet they feed it to us in everything!)

It's organic, simple, fool-proof and can be sized up or down to suit how many bananas you have on hand. 

Interested? Read on! 

Thursday, March 26, 2020

DIY Pretty, Adjustable, Easy-to-Make Water Filter Stand for your RV or Travel Trailer

Attractive DIY Water Filter Stand Tutorial by Wacky Pup - Pin it for later!

Hope you're keeping safe! Unfortunately during this insanity of CLOSING THE WORLD, they have closed all the Corps of Engineer parks around, so we are at our home base, and I have the chance to do a few new projects

Attractive DIY Water Filter Stand Tutorial by Wacky Pup - Pin it for later!

One of the things I've been trying to figure out how to do was make a nice stand for our water filter.

Attractive DIY Water Filter Stand Tutorial by Wacky Pup - Pin it for later!

My first solution was to cut a hole in a cat litter bucket. This is great looks nice - but still too low.

Hmmmmm, how to make a bracket that will adjust for the differing heights of the various places we camp, or even different rv's.

Keep reading for full instructions, plus an alternative.

Monday, November 04, 2019

Three Things to Have for Winter Camping (or Full-Timing)

Winter Things I Love in My RV!


If you're going to camp in the winter - or if you're full time, and not even in a really cold area, here are 3 things that will be really helpful this winter. (Yes, that is a photo of my old RV in the winter in Missouri in 1997 - apparently, I've been trying to get full-time for many years!)

These would make great Christmas gifts!

Monday, October 28, 2019

Random Crap Memory Box - Lightweight - Inexpensive - Easy DIY Craft + Free Printable

I originally made a memory box out of plywood that was quite elaborate (eventually I'll write up the instructions). Now that we live in our RV full time, weight is always an issue. My plywood memory box needs to be replaced with a lighter weight version.



I surfed the net and looked for some ideas. Cute ones like "Making Memories" generic ones like "Ticket Box" Smaltzy ones like "Love lives here" but none of them were right. 

Then I remembered seeing a cigar trinket box that said "Random Crap from here and there" - Perfect! 



This one is easy to make and costs $2. Well, plus the hot glue if you don't have it already. But, being a crafter, I'm sure you have it! Read on for full instructions! 

Friday, October 25, 2019

How to Make an Ant-Proof Honey Dispenser Stand

ANTS! God's little creatures! wonderful, energetic, amazing, resourceful ANTS -



I just got the best honey dispenser. It opens on the bottom so you never have to wait for the honey to get to the opening.


It is made of glass with a silicone stopper. The "chrome" is plastic, because honey interacts with metals.  I have microwaved it for short periods to soften the honey. I'm really happy with this .... except for the sneaky ants!


I didn't realize the ants could get in the top!  This video is BEFORE I made the ant-proof stand.


So I came up with a way to make it ant-proof. Read on to find out how - 

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Make a Padded Sewing Machine Travel Cover and a GREAT TOOL for Turning Strips

If I can't take my sewing machine I'm not going! Even though my husband and I live full-time in a tiny 19' travel trailer (RV ha!) I always bring my sewing machine - it has come in very handy - from repairing clothes torn on hikes, to sewing a new kayak sail when we almost got washed out to sea.

These are instructions to make a sewing machine cover using heavy craft or packing foam. If you want to use quilt batting, you do it almost the same. I am in the process of writing up those instructions.

Padded Sewing Machine Travel Cover Tutorial - Pin It For Later!

This is a fairly easy project, but it's a little fiddly.

Padded Sewing Machine Travel Cover Tutorial - Pin It For Later!

You will need about a yard of fabric, and some padding. You need basic knowledge of sewing, but it's not a difficult project. Read on for a full tutorial.

Don't Kick the Bucket! Make an Easy DIY No-Spill Water Dish for Your Pet


I love having my dog with us while we travel. What I don't love is kicking the water bowl and spilling water all over the place every day. 


I came up with a way to make a no-spill pet water container for about $1.50

Want to see how?

Dehumidifier

Dehumidifier
I just bought this - it's 2x as effective, super quiet, lightweight. It's doing a great job! It has made a noticeable difference in the comfort level of our rv.

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