Diana Rambles

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

My Shoe Mistake

About a month ago, as I was getting ready for our trip to California, I bought some flip flops. It had been many years since I wore them because the part of the shoe that went between my toes drove me crazy.
I actually found these flip flops comfortable and wore them quite a bit. It's hard to see from the picture, but they are glittery on top. I bought a pair of silver ones after the trip because I liked them so much.

About 10 days ago my back started hurting me. I have a 'bad back' that flairs up from time to time. When it's bothering me I take steps to make it better. I was babying my back this past week and it kind of got better. Normally I don't like to take any meds, but I've been on and off Naproxen this week.

I was out grocery shopping on Monday morning, and as I bent down to pick something off a low shelf my back tightened up. I immediately thought through what was different recently. I've been trying to limit my sitting and use good posture, I changed my pillow, and I was still exercising (actually helps) but at a slower pace. What was I doing wrong? As my flip flop started to slide off my foot as I was going down an aisle, it hit me. The flip flops must be causing the pain.

Normally, I wear very good supportive shoes. You know, those expensive ones that are in European sizes and offer great support. I knew right away that I needed to go back to my regular shoes and ditch the thongs. I had another store to hit before coming home. I was in a lot of pain and I had trouble getting the groceries unloaded and put away. (Actually, the non-perishables are still out on the counter as well as a big pile of dirty dishes!) I took a Naproxen and it only took the edge off, so it was time to call the chiropractor. He was able to fit me in that day. YEA!! I know it helped, but my back is still bad. I go back to see him again tomorrow.
For now I am just hanging out in bed and wishing I had a laptop, but also thankful that I find it too hard to online shop on my phone. I mean, how much control do you have when you are in pain?? Outside of driving my daughter to and from school, I take it easy. I've got my good shoes on from now on, although I will wear a matching pair. Haha! My guys are taking over dinner duties.


Monday, May 4, 2015

Personalized Pillow Case

Last Thursday my daughter got invited to a Saturday birthday party. I always make a gift for the birthday boy/girl and this time was no different. We had a lot going on, so I needed to come up with a quick gift idea. Right away I thought of embroidering the child's name on something pre-made. Inspiration struck and I purchased a package of 2 pillowcases for just under $5.
Personalized Embroidery Pillowcase Gift
After washing, I opened up the turned over edge of the pillowcase on one side with a seam ripper. Then I hooped with stabilizer and pinned some water soluble stabilizer on top. I picked out a nice contrasting color and set up my machine to stitch out the name.
When the name was stitched out, I removed the top stabilizer and took the pillowcase out of the hoop. Then I stitched the turned under edge back into it's original position, which covered up the back of the stitching.
The pillow cases came in a little drawstring bag, which I decided to add the first initial to. After turning the bag inside-out, I placed 2 safety pins on each side of the area that I wanted to open up with a seam ripper. The pins help prevent the stitching from opening up even further. Since the bag wasn't very big and the opening didn't allow much room to embroider, I used my smallest hoop. After stitching and removing the hoop/stabilizer, I serged the opening of the bag closed and then stitched straight seam.
I didn't do a very good job of lining up my hoop, so the N was not centered. I also encountered a little puckering around the name on the pillowcase, but I don't think they noticed or cared. The birthday girl was thrilled to have something with her name on it. Her mother thought it was a really neat gift.
I have the other pillowcase that I can personalize for the next party gift or keep.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Pin Me Linky Party 135

Happy May Day! Where did April go? I am just loving the weather and the beautiful flowers!
Paper Peony Tutorial from Ash and Crafts - One of my favorite flowers!!
Cocoa Banana Bars from SAHM I am - I'd eat a bunch of these!!
Super Giant Whole Wheat Skillet Cinnamon Roll from Cooking with Carlee - Yowza!!
Crochet Sunglass Case & Pattern from Julie's Lifestyle - Looks easy enough for me to make!!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Sweet Potato Hash

One of my favorite dinners when we camp is sweet potato ham hash. We recently started making it at home with a little twist.
Sweet Potato Ham Hash
Sweet Potato Hash

sweet potato, peeled and diced
turkey ham, diced
granny smith apple, diced
onion, finely chopped or onion flakes
olive oil or butter
salt & pepper, to taste
Melt butter/heat oil over medium high heat. Saute the onion or onion flakes. Add the sweet potato and saute for about 5 minutes.
Add apple and salt and pepper saute for 3-5 minutes more.
Add the turkey ham and saute until heated and there is nice color on everything. Serve.
We gobbled it up. The kids added a little cinnamon on top of theirs, but I prefer it without. 
We had a little leftover and I reheated it and added an egg on top for an awesome breakfast. Yum, yum, yum!!
Sweet Potato Ham Hash Egg
Do you love sweet potato as much as I do??