8 Fun Things To Help Kill Boredom At Home

When you’re bored at home and you can’t go out, or you can’t be bothered to go out, being able to kill boredom is key to not going stir crazy. If you need some inspiration, here are 8 fun things you can do to kill boredom at home. Take a look and see what you find:

Learn A Brand New Skill

Why not take this time at home to learn a brand new skill? There are so many ways you can do this, many of which are for free! You could take a look at tutorials on YouTube, sign up to SkillShare (they sometimes have a ridiculously cheap offer for 3 months membership and unlimited courses), or even use Udemy, where you pay per course. However, many courses on Udemy are free. You can learn just about anything you can think of; how to make jewelry, how to play an instrument, drawing, speaking another language – the list goes on!

Bake Some Sweet Stuff

The great thing about baking sweet stuff is that you can settle down with your cookies or cakes afterwards and indulge. You could decorate them in a really fun way and even give some to friends and family if you make lots of them and want to avoid a binge!

Binge Watch A Series/Films

Just because you don’t want to binge on cookies doesn’t mean you can’t binge on a series or some films! Apps like MovieBox APK are pretty good for this, but you’ll need to read a few reviews to make sure you find the right one for you. Many allow you to sync the programs you want to watch to other devices.

Try Some Upcycling

Upcycling is a super fun and creative way to bring life to an old piece of furniture. You could paint it a brand new colour, use stencils on it, add new hardware, and so much more. You could give it a subtle makeover or make it look completely different. There are tutorials online for this too if you need some help.

Write A Story

Do you come up with great ideas for stories but never do anything about them? Now’s your chance! Writing a story can help you to improve your writing skills, and you could even come up with something amazing. It’s up to you what you do with your story once you’re finished. You could share it on a site like Wattpad, where people read your stories chapter by chapter and give you feedback. People have even had offers from publishers this way! Just write, regardless of what you think it will turn out like.

Color Something In

Coloring isn’t just for kids. Adult coloring books can be really relaxing, almost like a form of meditation. If you don’t have a book, you could print something out.

Read Something

How about reading something? You could even try reading out loud if you have your family with you, and take it in turns to read chapters. People don’t do this enough these days, and it could be a great way for you all to enjoy a story together.

Make A Scrapbook

How about scrapbooking some of your favorite pictures and bits and bobs? You’ll be able to look back on your memories with a smile for years to come!

Stressed At College? Destress With One Of These Cool Activities

College life getting you down? If there is one thing that annoys all teens, it is the huge pile of work that they get given at college! Sure, doing it all to the best of your abilities is necessary if you want to go onto university and bag the job of your dreams once you graduate. But that is no reason to get super stressed and end up having a breakdown! Thankfully, there are plenty of activities and hobbies you can take up that will help you forget about all your college work. Here are some of the best that will help you to destress.

Start Learning An Instrument

Did you used to learn an instrument when you were a little kid? If so, you might still have it. Dig out your old flute or see about some piano tuning to get your Yamaha piano up to scratch, and see what you remember from your old music lessons! Even if you have never learned an instrument, it is never too late to start. Lots of scientific studies show that playing an instrument is a great way to calm down the brain and release some stress. Not only that, though, but it helps the brain develop, which can prepare it for all the knowledge you need to learn through university!

Get Into A Sport

Another great way to blow off some steam and distress is to exercise or play a sport. When you are out on the pitch, you will be so involved in the game that you will completely forget about all the essays and assignments you need to write. Another great reason to start playing sports and exercising is that your body will release lots of endorphins into the bloodstream. These are regarded as nature’s painkillers and can help to improve your mood and release any tension in the body.

Arts And Crafts

Instead of getting comfy on the sofa and turning on a friend, get comfy and have a go at knitting or some other fun arts and crafts. The repetitive motions that are necessary to complete many crafty activities are very soothing and therapeutic for the body. They are great at reducing any feelings of anxiousness that you might be feeling. Getting all snug under your favourite blanket will help you to get really relaxed as well!

Bake And Cook

Feeling peckish? Rather than nipping out to the shop to get a candy bar, you should think about baking yourself a healthy snack. This will do wonders for your diet, but it will also help you to destress. Just like with getting crafty, baking involves a lot of repetitive motions and actions that can help you soothe your stress. If you are feeling super stressed, have a go at baking a loaf of bread. You will find that punching the dough while you knead is a great way of getting all that stress out!

Don’t suffer from your stress at college – be sure to take up one of these fab relaxing activities!

A Good Biscuit!

by Linda Hull

What brings a family together? Food! Joining loved ones around the table is a heartfelt blessing because families are God’s gift to mankind. A delicious meal is worthy of praise, for it is truly a gift of love to the family. I should know because my Grandmama was one of the best cooks in the world, notably for her buttermilk biscuits!

“Helping” Grandmama in the kitchen was a real joy back in those little girl days! Back then, just about everything was made from scratch. Cooking took more time and effort than it does in today’s world. It also provided many opportunities for talking about life.

It was a fact of life that Granddaddy had to have his biscuits every night at dinner. So making biscuits was the last menu item to make before everyone was called to dinner. That’s because Granddaddy liked his hot, with lots of butter and strawberry jam!

While the rest of the meal simmered on the old stove, Grandmama would gather her ingredients. The flour was kept loose in a pullout flour bin in what was probably an old Hoosier type cabinet, a novelty in today’s kitchen. Next she would measure out all her ingredients into the sifter. The flour, baking powder, and salt were shaken together as she turned the crank. Next she scooped out the shortening and placed it in the bowl with the dry ingredients.

Once the ingredients were assembled, she took a table fork and pressed that shortening into the flour mixture until it resembled coarse meal. Next came the buttermilk with a little cup for me to drink. Then she would scrape the mixture all up into a ball of dough, kneading it for just a little bit. Not too much or the biscuits would be tough.

After rubbing a bit of flour onto her rolling pin, she rolled that dough out to about a half inch thick. Each biscuit was cut from the dough with her biscuit cutter and placed on the cookie sheet to bake. My little bit of dough was added to the cookie sheet too, a testimony to her diligence in teaching me, and my desire to be just like Grandmama.

You know, you can learn a lot about God and His ways when you make biscuits. When I think about Grandmama’s hot biscuits, I think about Luke 6:38 (KJV): “Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give unto your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.”

Biscuit making is a lot like life. You see, God knows we women are givers by nature and by design, but in order to be useful to Him, He has some work to do in our hearts. God sees us as that lump of dough that needs to be worked to make a good biscuit! He gives us everything we need to become the person He wants us to be, including the power of the Holy Spirit and His Word. He presses us down a bit to bring us into conformity with His Word. Then he shakes us up so we learn to depend on Him. He shapes us by our life experiences into women who are useful in furthering His Kingdom. He teaches us that what we give always comes back to us with more besides. When life brings discouragement, just remember God is making you into a good biscuit!

 

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Following is my biscuit recipe roughly based on Grandmama’s old recipe.  I’ve made adjustments like using self-rising flour and using the Crisco brand shortening.

 

BUTTERMILK BISCUITS

 

2 cups sifted self-rising flour

3 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

4 tablespoons Crisco shortening

2/3 to 3/4 cup buttermilk

 

Sift together dry ingredients. Cut shortening into flour mixture with fork until it resembles coarse meal. Add liquid gradually, stirring with the fork, until the mixture sticks together. Turn out on a lightly floured clean surface. Knead gently for about 1/2 minute until it feels elastic. Flour the rolling pin. Roll out dough to 1/2″ thick. Cut dough into biscuit shapes with a biscuit cutter or a floured beverage glass. Place on un-greased baking sheet in very hot oven (450 degrees F) for 12-15 minutes.  Biscuits should be lightly browned. Serve immediately with butter and jam. Makes about 1 1/2 dozen depending on the size of the cutter.  

 

Bibliography

 

“Baking Powder Biscuits.” American-International Encyclopedic Cookbook. Thomas Y. Crowell Company. Copyright 1972 by Homemakers Research Institute.

 

Love at First Bite Red Velvet Cake

Love at First Bite Red Velvet Cake

From Gina Meyer’s Cookbook, “Love at First Bite, The Unofficial Twilight Cookbook”

Bake a delicious cake for your friends….they are sure to get fired up over this treat!

4 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 ounce liquid red food coloring
3/4 cup water
1 yellow cake mix, with pudding in the mix
4 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon butter
4 tablespoons buttermilk
1 tablespoon white vinegar

Directions: Preheat oven to 325°. In a large bowl, mix cocoa powder,
red food coloring, and part of the water to form a paste. Next, add
all of the other ingredients except the white vinegar. Blend for 2 1/2
to 3 minutes with a mixer on medium speed. Then add the vinegar and
mix with a spatula. Pour the batter into a bunt or round cake pan, and
bake for approximately 35 minutes. This recipe can be made into
cupcakes as well.

Adorn each cupcake or the entire Red Velvet Cake with various
miniature die-cast Cullen cars, such as Carlisle’s Mercedes S55 AMG,
Rosalie’s red BMW M3, Edward’s silver Volvo S60R, Alice’s yellow
Porsche 911 Turbo, or Emmett’s Jeep Wrangler. A replica of Bella’s red
Chevy pickup truck could also be added.