It is the holiday season and the date squares are a welcomed treat. I came across a quick and easy recipe that has a different spin on a date treat.
The ingredients are simple:
chunky peanut butter
This recipe is for 10 treats.
Pit 10 dates by carefully slicing them in half, length wise. You will find a thin seed between the core fibre. Take the tip of your knife and pry it out. The seed should come out easily.
Scoop a teaspoon of chunky peanut butter and place it in the centre of the date. You can also add chopped peanuts to the centre, for extra crunch, too. Tightly fold the date halves together and press like it’s a peanut butter sandwich.
To make the chocolate topping, use a double boiler and melt the semi-sweet chocolate and 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter. Mix together well.
Once the chocolate is smooth coat each peanut butter date with chocolate and place on parchment paper or a cookie sheet. Sprinkle salt (I recommend sea salt) to the top of each treat and let them rest in the freezer for 1 hour.
Serve as a delicious dessert. I have to admit they really do taste like Snickers bars! You can pretty them up a bit more. Mine were a bit rushed with my sons over my shoulder, but either way it is a healthy alternative to a guilty pleasure chocolate bar.
I’ve been catching up on my home decoration projects and I need to be as hands free as possible. I liked the idea of the small buds that go directly into an ear but I have long hair and small ears so I preferred the extra security of a piece going around the ear. I recently ordered a pair of KORSKR earbuds.
They come with a rechargeable case and a short usb cord but no adapter. The cord would be best used for a laptop as a power source. It runs connected and fully charged for approximately 6-7 hours straight. There is a voice notification of connection and a battery low warning. It is sensitive to touch on each side which takes some getting used to, though. Each earpiece can pause the device and answer calls. I occasionally just put one earpiece in when I am communicating with the family around me.
The front display shows the power of each piece separately. It is small so I personally have to make sure I put the charging case in plain sight or in my purse. Amazon lists it as KORSKR Wireless Earbuds $39.99CAD and it currently has a $10 off voucher. I will give these as gifts for friends and family. I hope you enjoy them too!
It’s funny how simple solutions are right in front of me. I have a few totes and bags I don’t use for one reason: I can’t find and access the zipper.
I have been leaving the zippers open on my bags for years. I didn’t really think about it, but it defeats the purpose of securing my things in said bag. Since I’ve been getting back into crocheting, I decided to come up with a solution. I have been making these adorable little amigurumi toys. My family, friends and I are just loving these adorable little buddies. I thought about my sons bags and how they too have issues finding that tiny zipper. A lot of people have issues with disabilities, including me on tough MS days, so finding zippers like this tends to be overlooked.
This zipper pull and keychain with this cute little Grogu inspired little guy stole my heart and is friend adored and young sons approved.
Sometimes the simplest fixes are literally at your fingertips! I have dedicated a whole different blog and website for my handmade things from baby clothing to toys. It has been nostalgic because I used to sew costumes, toys, clothing, quilts; knit and crochet..etc. I have been reinspired and motivated to do everything I love.
It is still in a tiny baby stage but I have been working on it at a leisurely pace. No rush, no pressure just a nice DIY type of place. This world has been operating too fast so I wanted to find my peace on the internet.
I have been wearing a lot of hats lately and putting a lot less pressure on myself which I highly recommend. Adulthood can be really fast and furious so if we don’t find our peace, we will lose ourselves. Take up a hobby, exercise or just sit down, chill and exhale. You are an adult and you’ve been through a lot. You are worth it!
If you like DIY and textile art check out my other website. It’s under construction even as I write this. Thanks guys and have a fantastic day!
It is officially Fall and I am unusually energized. I decided to design and create one-of-a-kind dolls for play and display. I have been a doll maker for more than 20 years. I know how to knit, crochet, sew, felt.. I like trying all kinds of art mediums. I crocheted this Harry Potter inspired doll and handfelted his Sorting Hat. He is now in safe hands with his “Mom”.
I used to make costumes and stuffed animals for my children and I forgot how much joy it gives me to create things with no boundaries nor time restrictions. I have friends that are so unbelievably talented in so many things. I have a friend that fully redecorates the rooms in her home every season and Holiday. It’s like a showroom everything is stunning! I have a friend that sculpts lifelike babies in miniature and human size. These baby dolls look so real, I am in awe of how fast her magic hands are. I have a friend who enrolls her children in almost every extracurricular activity they want to try and she drives them everywhere, she’s a real life supermom! These women are my heroes. They all work so hard and they are the most beautiful people I have the honour of having in my life.
For my next chapter, I will share, with you, all the things I have learned about arts and crafts. Winter is on the way so my goal is to introduce some new hobbies and ideas for you to pass the time. There are so many beautiful projects I want to try and my art studio is fully stocked!
It has been a long and adventurous road over the years. I’ve brought you all with me as I entertained you and the masses lol. I have learned and grown into a better me. I actually feel better.
I started this blog because I am a writer. When I was 7, I would staple paper together and draw pictures to match my story. My characters had a LOT to say. I made a safety book about not chasing a ball across the street. I wrote a “Happily Ever After?” story that told an alternate ending to the Cinderella fairytale. I’ve written poems, short stories and some quirky tweets. It is so amazing to have met people worldwide, in person and over the interwebs. Who would have thought that I could write things endlessly and make up words, share dark and light humour… I have also loved reading your blogs, too!
I’m old as heck and I still enjoy the internet in all kinds of capacities. I still enjoy radio and podcast making and you will hear me on the air waves here and there. My dj wheels of steel are now being used by my children but I still love a good rhyme and a beat. I will continue to promote artists and business owners because that is what the internet was for! Self promoting, promoting others, teaching others new things, trying new things.. It’s about all of the things! Social media can be crazy but that is only if you take it too seriously. Everyone has a voice and we should be able to use it. There are a plethora of opinions out there and you don’t have to listen to any of them. Stay open minded because sometimes the first impressions aren’t the ones you should base your opinion on either. Did that sound too lecture-y?
I’ve come quite far from pushing a van full of kids off the road in my stiletto shoes, coming up with the “Stiletto Supermom” name, creating a blog, creating a live talk radio show, creating videos, livestreams, co-hosting radio shows and now, here we are. “Stiletto Supermom” has brought so much joy to me and was/is my outlet and will continue to be my voice. I began reviewing products online, writing blogs and making videos and I don’t really know what to do now. I feel like I have plateaued and I am completely fine with it.
Does this sound like goodbye? Bc no! this is not a goodbye. This is a fork in the road and I may just hang out in the middle and enjoy the view for awhile.
I hope you are all having a great Fall and I look forward to our next update!
I finally used my FoodSaver machine and I can’t lie, it was super fun. My mom had one in the ’80s and it hasn’t really changed lol. I managed to seal some bulk ground beef from Costco and some mixed food for the dogs. My mind is racing and thinking about all the things I can seal.
I did make a video of the process so you can watch and listen to my ramblings.
As an artist it is difficult to explain what a creative block feels like. Last year was probably one of the toughest years I’ve had to pull myself through. Health took the forefront and now I can hardly remember 2021 at all! I was losing my vision and that was depressing.
Of course, my doctors have it all sorted out and I feel like I’m patched up and ready to rock. I’m sure artists can relate that during times like this creativity is almost non existent and THAT is tragic. I was blessed enough to have family and dear friends who helped me mentally and emotionally. I feel like I am 100% back to the real me.
Getting back to my creativity has filled my heart with happiness. My family filled my workspace with cabinets and storage, everything is within reach.
I guess the purpose of this post is if you ever get into a funk the easiest thing is to seclude yourself so please reach out to someone. Take care of your mental health it is just as important as your physical health. Find a good listener someone who you know will make you smile. If you know someone is having a difficult time have patience, be kind and listen. Listening to someone can make a world of a difference.