So the other day my daughter asked me to sharpen her pencil. This is what happened! UGH!
So before I chunked the whole thing in the trash, I did what any normal person would do…I took it apart. Now don’t get upset, really all I had to do was pull the drawer out and remove the one screw. You know what I found out? That old blade was not sharp and it was even rusty! Here is what I did so that you can make your sharpener like new as well!
Here are the things that I used for this little project.
Small screw driver, tweezers, steel wool, new cheap handheld pencil sharpener.
1. Find where your blade mounts in your electric pencil sharpener. For mine I had to take out the batteries for safety and remove the drawer that holds the shavings. With my broken pencil I gently turned the blade so it faced me.
2. Remove the screw and blade. This is where the tweezers come in handy.
3. You can try and clean it up and replace it if you think that will fix the problem, if not continue to step 4.
4. Grab some pencil sharpeners. Those little blades are standard in all of the sharpeners I had. Meaning I can go and buy a blade replacement on Amazon 3/$8.99 or I can pick up one for $1 in the school stuff at Target and just use that as a replacement blade. I happened to have a few that were laying around and I knew worked well.
5. Remove the screw from the replacement blade.
6. Using tweezers, place blade and then screw into the electric sharpener.
Look now! All sharp and ready to go. The whole thing took around 10min including looking for all of the stuff.
You can thank me for saving you $30 in the comments below 😀
I am absolutely loving eating the Trim Healthy Mama way! You get to eat chocolate that is good for you, fresh delicious veggies, and loads of good fats! I am a week and a half into my new found love for this way of eating, on Sunday I found myself feeling slightly sluggish. After a week of feeling energized and fantastic, I was so nervous could my awesome new food plan be making me feel yucky? NOPE! I just needed to add in more “E” or Energizing meals. These meals are higher in carbohydrates, low in fat, and must include protein. I diligently made myself a delicious dinner of baked Tilapia, roasted asparagus, and quinoa. It was delectable, but as usual about an hour after dinner I wanted dessert! So I put my creative side to work and looked at Pinterest where I found Joy in the Journey’s sugar free THM friendly version of an apple crisp for a family, it looked delicious unfortunately I am the only one in my house eating this way so her awesome recipe wouldn’t work for me. So I took the concept of this apple crisp and ran with the idea and made it for one! Here is the Recipe:
- 1 Small Baking Apple (about 21 carbs) (I used a honeycrisp)
- 2 TBS (4 carbs)Old fashioned Oats divided
- (optional) 1/2 scoop of Swansons vanilla Whey Isolate protein powder
- 1 Tsp Butter
- 1-2 Tsp Truvia or THM Sweet Blend or 1-2 shakes Stevia extract
- 1 Tsp Ground cinnamon
- 1/8 Tsp sea salt
- 1 Tsp water mixed with a shake of Glucomannan
- Optional Fat Free Redi-whip
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Begin by peeling, coring, and dicing your apple place in a mixing bowl and add ground cinnamon, truvia or stevia, & optional Protein Powder salt and toss together until your apples are coated on all sides. Next add the teaspoon of water mixed with gluccie (our affectionate name for Glucomannan ) and toss.
I then ground one TBS of my oats in a coffee grinder until it was the consistency of flour, after that I melted my butter in a small skillet and added the ground oats and whole oats stirring consistently until they had absorbed the butter and resembled crumble.
Pour the apple cinnamon mixture into a small oven-safe ramekin, and then sprinkle your oat crumble on top. Place on a cookie sheet and in the oven bake for 20-22 min. Allow it to cool for a few minutes before devouring it or else you will end up like me and burn your tongue while savoring the deliciousness that is this dessert.
I hope that you enjoy this recipe! I would love to hear feed back from you! Print the recipe here: Apple Crisp For One
Be Blessed! Melissa
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This past week I started a new eating plan it is called Trim Healthy Mama. It is an amazing new way of thinking about food and how we eat. So new to me that it has taken me nearly 6 months to actually decide that it was for me that it would fit my life in full. So how do I begin to put all of this new knowledge into practice? Being the overly prepared semi-O.C.D person that I am I began to plan. I downloaded PDF after PDF so I could try to use other people’s formats and quickly decided that they were not for me. So I made my very own Menu page and viola!! The writers block was gone and I was able to plan! 🙂 It was so fun for me looking up new recipes and thinking of all the delicious possibilities. So I did what I love to do, share this hard worked plan with my new friends on the Beginners THM page, and quickly realized that while my over preparedness come naturally to me some people may need some help to create there own plan. Which has inspired today’s topic, I have thought up with these tips to help those who do not know where to begin with this menu planning madness. So here you are Mel’s top 5 tips for organizing and planning your weekly Menu:
- Just do it! I will now steal a line from my dad; Papa Uglier “If you fail to plan you plan to fail” look in the fridge and figure out what you have to work with. (this makes creating a grocery list after the menu plan much easier see step 4)
- Decide what type of meal you want to have E, S, or FP (these are THM speak for a kind of meal click the hyper link to find out more.) and start putting in your meals! Use every resource possible– THE BOOK is the first place I recommend looking, Pinterest has some great ideas, or you could go more traditional and look in a cook book.
- Revise! Once you have all your meals planned set it down and walk away for a little bit have a sip of tea or GGMS (good girl moonshine for you non-trim healthy mama’s) then come back and look at your plan– you may realize that you put cheeseburger pie back to back then you can make some quick changes.
- Implement- Post your meal plan on the fridge in plain sight , Make a grocery list based on your meal plan, and go shopping! Which is my personal favorite part of the process it makes me feel accomplished!
- Prep- Pre-prepare as much as you can for the week. This always helps the week go smooth. If you have muffin in a mug on your plan for a meal or snack mix up the dry ingredients in baggies, or if you are having grilled chicken on your salad’s portion out your 3-4oz in baggies and throw into the freezer this way you can grab and go!
Well y’all those are my tips, I apply these to my weekly planning adventures and that way I have one less thing to stress about during the week. I hope that you find these tips helpful. You can down load my Blank Menu Plan by clicking on the words Blank Menu Plan. This is a snap shot of my menu plan for last week and this week:
While cooking dinner the other night, Ethan my handsome 4 year old son comes running into the kitchen “Mommy, Mommy I need some paper and a pen” my automatic response was going to be ‘Not right now Ethan mommy is cooking’… (last time he was let loose with a pen while mommy was cooking my closet door got a new tattoo thanks to my son’s creativity) that is until he said “Mom I need some paper so I can write a letter to Auntie Diana, she loves me so much!” So I caved (I usually do he is just too darn cute!) I found a note pad and pen in the junk drawer and set him up at the kitchen table and went back to cooking while he sat at the table intently writing his letter to Diana. When dinner was ready I asked him what he wrote in his letter to auntie Diana, to which he replies “The letter L” I laughed and asked “Just the letter L?” and he looked at me and said “Mommy the Letter L is for Love because I LOOOVVVEEEE my Auntie Diana.” heart melted, tears welling up in motherly pride. He LOVES his Auntie Diana! We sent her the note in the mail the next day with a note from me explaining what the Letter L meant. When we received a phone call from my sister uglier a couple day’s later Ethan was over the moon that his Auntie received his note.