Noodler’s American Aristocracy

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This is one of the most interesting Noodler’s inks I have purchased because it’s a bit of a gamble on the shading of American Aristocracy you will receive. I received the top right shade, and wouldn’t have minded the bottom color, but really didn’t want the top left because I already own several purple inks.

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The shade I received isn’t quite red…

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and it isn’t quite brown. It’s a fun shade of not quite “wine” and not quite “chestnut”.

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The shading and color also depends on the type of paper you use. I tried writing on Leuchtturm1917 paper and Apica paper. Both have noticeable differences in shading and quality. The Apica paper feathers badly, which was surprising because this isn’t a wet ink.

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Overall, Noodler’s American Aristocracy ink is a fun ink because it’s a gamble. While some might not like knowing the exact color they’re getting, it was a blast finding out what color I got. It’s a perfect fall/winter shade!

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Stability Swing Cool WOW Highlighters

  
I got some highlighters from Amazon the other day. It was an add on item to get free shipping, but I own one swing highlighter and I really like it and it’s drying out. Hence the reason for ordering more. 

  
These little guys are very portable and fit well in the hands. At 5 inches the swing cool highlighter is full size, but not bulky, like a lot of marker style highlighters seem to be. They are made of thick sheer plastic and the ink cartridge made of silver metal is visible. I like this feature because it gives the illusion of the marker being glittery.

  
It has a standard chiseled marker tip.

 
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The clip is made of durable plastic goes around the entire top of the pen. You can easily post the cap and it stays on securely.

  
I tried the markers on several pens and didn’t see any smearing– something rare when using marker style highlighters. I did not try them on fountain pen ink for several reasons: the paper I was using is not at all fountain pen friendly and I don’t want to booger up my marker tips with ugly ink.

I paid roughly four dollars for this four pack if Stabilo Swing Cool WOW highlighters. If you’re a student or a person that loves to highlight (like me!) these little guys are perfect! For either travel, EDC, or home use, the Swing Cool highlighters are a great buy! 

Enjoy and Happy Scribbing!

Highlighter Fountain Pens

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Using several Platinum Preppy fountain pens and a Pilot Kakuno with a Plumix italic nib, I am using these pens as highlighters for bible study. The fountain pen nib is smaller and more precise for underlining rather than highlighting the entire word.

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I am using Platinum highlighter refill ink cartridges made for the Platinum highlighter pens. The cartridges fit the Platinum Preppy pen and the highlighter ink doesn’t clog the nib or feed.

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I am using the Pilot Plumix italic nib (right) in my Pilot Kakuno fountain pen with Noodler’s St. Patty’s Eire green highlighting ink. I filled an old pilot cartridge using a syringe. The nib is PERFECT for both highlighting words and underlining. The ink is subtle.

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You can see the difference between the Noodler’s ink (green) and the Platinum ink (orange). The Platinum ink is extremely fluorescent! While the Noodler’s highlighter ink is bright, it is subdued and not so neon.

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The pink Platinum ink is also very fluorescent, but isn’t quite as bright as the orange. I am using the pink ink in a medium 05 Platinum Preppy fountain pen and the orange pen is in a Platinum Preppy limited edition Hello Kitty fountain pen with a fine nib. I really, REALLY like the fine nib for highlighting, but I prefer the medium nib for general writing. Overall, the Platinum Preppy fountain pen line is my favorite student line of fountain pens. Even more so than the Pilot Varsity fountain pens.

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Here you can see the difference in the nib size compared to the finer nibs in the Platinum Preppy pens. The italic nib is a lot broader and can easily be used to cover entire words and not just underlining. If I used the Preppy pens for highlighting entire words it would look more like strikethrough than highlighting.

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If you have never considered using fountain pens for highlighting, I highly recommend it! I prefer the precise lines of the fountain pen to the broader coverage of traditional and even gel highlighters. If you’re wondering if the ink bleeds through the onion skin paper– it doesn’t!! When I first wrote about my Noodler’s highlighter ink, it did bleed through, but that was because I pressed down too hard. If applying light pressure (like you would normally write) the ink doesn’t feather, bleed, or ghost. It’s also neater and more organized to look at! I bought my Platinum preppy and highlighter refill cartridges on JetPens.com for next to nothing! Under five bucks and you have yourself and awesome fountain pen and a potential highlighter!

 

Enjoy and Happy Scribbing!

Office Supply Haul!

I had to buy some office supplies for our homeschool year and for life. I hit the jackpot with sales today. Thought I would share for those of you that dig office stuffs as much as I do!

WP_20150820_040Dollar Tree Gel Roller pens in neon and metallic/glitter/sparkle. For only a buck these are the next best thing to Gelly Roll brand. Seriously. They are smooth, bright and they don’t skip.

WP_20150820_041Erasers! Neon dollar store erasers in green, orange, and pink next to Pentel clicks erasers. I love erasers and I use them because I make a ton of mistakes.

WP_20150820_042White out because, once again, I make a ton of mistakes. I prefer the tape to the liquid and Bic brand handles pens going back over it without breaking or coming up or sticking to the tip of the pen.

WP_20150820_047Schneider Xpress 0.8mm pen for documents. I can’t get enough of fine point pens! I have a lot to keep track of as far as planning and a fine point pen goes a long way when jotting down a plethora of information and reminders!

WP_20150820_046A collection of pens!

WP_20150820_048Sharpie pens

WP_20150820_049Gelly Roll pens!

WP_20150820_050Studio G fineliner pen in green and pink

WP_20150820_051Recollections fine writing pen in extra fine

WP_20150820_043Stabilo fineliner pens and Staedtler fineliner pens. Got these puppies on sale at Michael’s with a coupon and an in store discount! But, you can buy them at Amazon for the same price! Staedtler Triplus Fineliner Pens 10 color Pack (334SB10) and Stabilo 88 30-Color Wallet Set

WP_20150820_045Mini stamps and a mini stamp pad- for a buck!

Not yo’ momma’s fried chicken

My husband and I got the opportunity to travel sans babehs a few weeks ago and while we were on our trip we were fortunate enough to stay in a nice hotel. Instead of painting the town red we laid in bed and watched a bit of television. Something we almost never do because we don’t own a TV. (I know, right?!)

We ended up watching a show I believe is called “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives”. We watched a guy fry chicken in corn flakes and make a club sandwich out of it. My husband turned to me and said, “Make that.” And what did I do? I made that. Sort of.

It’s easy really:

  • Chicken (thinly cut)
  • Flour
  • Salt and pepper
  • Crunched up Cheeze-Its
  • Eggs, mixed (I used about four) for egg bath
  • Oil
  • Fryer

Add salt and pepper to your flour to taste. Make sure you are using a big enough bowl to place your chicken in for coating. Take chicken directly from the package and lay it in the flour, coating both sides evenly. Dip coated chicken in egg bath and then lay chicken in crushed up cheese-its, coating it evenly. I patted the crumbs into my chicken.

Heat oil in fryer to about 300. Take coated chicken and fry for about 3 minutes each side until golden brown. We made sandwiches using toasted burger buns. I added ranch, Chalula hot sauce (or you can use wing sauce), mayo, and sliced tomato to make a DELICIOUS chicken sandwich. My kids ate it plain with ketchup on the side. Do what you want with the chicken. It would probably be good in a salad, too! Enjoy!

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Fruit Swirls

This morning I made a delicious treat for the fam: fruit swirls. This is a simple recipe (if you don’t mind using a bit of yeast) and takes only a little time to make. I use a simple bread recipe that I got from the Duggar’s first published book: The Duggars: 20 and Counting! It’s their dinner roll recipe and maybe you’ve heard them affectionately called “Duggar rolls”. Well, I use this recipe for just about anything bread from pizza dough on down to cinnamon rolls. It’s quick and you don’t necessarily have to let it rise in the traditional sense. There’s no punching down the dough and minimal kneading.

Here’s the recipe:

Combine the following 5 ingredients in large bowl & cut with pastry cutter:

1/2 c. shortening
1/2 c. sugar
1 t. salt 
2 pkg. yeast
2 c. flour

Beat 2 eggs in 2 c. measuring cup. Fill cup to 2 cup mark with hot water. Pour over dry mixture. 
Slowly add: 3 c. flour
Cover. Let Rise 20 minutes in warm oven. Pour onto floured surface.
Knead. Flatten with hands into large pizza shape. Cut with pizza cutter into16 slices. Roll up from wide end to point. Place in greased pans leaving space for rolls to double in size. (can shape like crescent or lay on side where swirl shows.) Cover. Let rise in warm oven at least 20 min. Remove from oven. Preheat oven to 375F. Bake 20-30 min. depending on how dark you prefer. 
Immediately brush with 1 stick (1/2 c.) melted butter. We’re going to drizzle icing on it instead!
*Yields 16 Rolls in 2-9”x13” pans
  • I typically cut the recipe in half for our family and use the whole recipe if cooking for guests. You get A LOT of dough from half. Don’t be afraid to add more flour little by little. The dough will initially very sticky. Coat your hands in flour before working with the dough. You want the dough pliable, but not sticking to everything it touches. PRO TIP: This dough is the best if you let it relax in your fridge overnight. Put it in a bowl and secure saran wrap over it. The dough is easier to manipulate this way. It works same day, too, it’s just more work.
  • Make the dough like the recipe says (omitting the crossed out parts, of course) and pre-heat the oven to 375 (per recipe suggestion) and when you roll your dough, don’t roll into a large pizza shape. Instead, roll it into a large tube. Then, take your pin and flatten the tube.
  • You’re going to need some fruit. So far I’ve used strawberries and blueberries, separately. I use an Oster blender with a food processor attachment. I dump a bit into the processor (depending on how “fruity” you want your rolls) and leave a bit to the side for decoration and munching while cooking. Puree it on a low setting. You want it chunky.
  • After the tube is flattened to your desired width, spread some butter all over the dough. Then take some granulated sugar and sprinkle it all over your dough– don’t be shy with it! Tailor it to how sweet you want your swirls. Then spoon drop the fruit goo onto the dough. Spread it around evenly.
  • Now here’s the fun part: rolling it up! Start from the end of your choice. And roll it slowly, trying to keep as much of the fruit goo inside your roll up as you can. If your workspace is floured enough your dough should roll nicely. One time I had to use a spatula as I rolled to scrape dough off of my counters… I don’t recommend that to anyone.
  • Next, grab a pizza cutter (it’s what I use to cut up just about anything) and slice to your desired thickness. You can use a knife, but it needs to super sharp and not too serrated. Don’t slice too thin or your fruit will fall out, and not too thick or your rolls will close in over themselves when they rise in the oven. Just eyeball it, you’ll see what I mean. As you cut each slice, lift it up and place into a greased baking dish of your choice. You want them snug, but not on top of each other.
  • Put them in the oven for about 25 minutes. The recipe says to bake 20-30 minutes, but I go with an even 25. Perfection every time!
While your swirls are baking go ahead and make your icing. TWO INGREDIENTS!

1 cup confectioners sugar

1 Tbsp half and half (you can use milk, but it won’t be as thick)

MIX MIX MIX MIX and get the clumps out.

  • When your swirls are finished baking (you want them slightly browned on top), drizzle the icing all over them making sure to get it in the cracks and crevices of the swirls. Add some leftover fruit if you have some. (I usually don’t because between the kids and me snacking while baking there’s rarely any left!) I plunk pieces down randomly over the tops of my swirls. And there you have it: Fruit Swirls!
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