Saturday, September 26, 2015

Life Lately

Dymo Label Writer
I got the Dymo LabelWriter 4xL! It is an amazing time saver that I wish I purchased sooner. This printer prints up the 4' x 6' shipping labels using thermal technology so no ink cartridges are needed! It will take some time to pay itself off but the time I will save using this is priceless.

Fruit and Nut Bars
The recipe for these fruit and nut bars is from Sweet Potato Soul. Since I have been very happy with recipes from this site, I knew they would be a hit.

The first time I made them, I did so to recipe. I did have trouble with them holding together in bars when cutting. The recipe states to add more fruit if they are not holding together.

So the second time I made them I also used sticky dried figs and a little extra coconut oil. They held together much better so I know I will eventually master this one! Jim LOVES them too. I also used cashews instead of almonds which worked great so substituting ingredients is ok! 

Custom Order
This was a request for a navy blue eyeglass chain. These beads are Czech glass with a gorgeous matte finish. So pretty!

Thank you for stopping by. I hope you have a great week ahead! ~Val


  1. What a great found!
    It is always such a pleasure to read your recipe. By the way, I found tofu in my chinese grocery store, I will let you know as soon as I try. :)
    The necklace is so beautiful and elegant.

  2. really like those beads! glad you found a label-maker that doesn't use ink! i seem to spend a small fortune on ink cartridges just for my personal use. what a racket!

  3. Congratulations on your new label maker, Val. I've not heard of one that does not use ink.
    Love those navy beads, and the fruit and nut bars look sooooo yummy!

  4. Interesting label writer!!! Nice necklace!!!
    Have a nice day!! and my g+ for your post!!

    Besos, desde España, Marcela♥

  5. YUM! those look delicious .... perhaps I need the recipe :)

  6. The eyeglass chain is so pretty! I like the color!

  7. Congrats on getting the label printer! The navy and gold combo looks so elegant :)
    I love fruit bars, need to make some soon!

  8. I've been considering a thermal printer as well. Do you ever have to replace a toner or ribbon or anything? (I haven't done much research yet) I don't like how the paper labels can run or bleed if they get wet. I always worry about them getting wet before they reach their destination, so I end up using tape on an already adhesive label!

  9. I checked out the site where you got the recipe for the fruit and nut bar and it looks great! I am just so lazy that I always get stuck with the same recipes! gotta make a bigger effort I know I know! Enjoy your printer and have fun with the extra time! Hugs!

  10. That label maker will definitely pay for itself Val. Great investment! I love that necklace. Navy is so gorgeous.

  11. I'm so jealous about your label maker! That will come in so handy. Beautiful eyeglass chain. Looks a lot like the one that I bought from you. I'm sure your customer will love it!

  12. That printer is funky!!! The bar looks so good! Gorgeous eyeglass chain! Hugs ;o)

  13. I've never made my own fruit bars, but it must be fun experimenting with ingredients!

  14. What a neat label maker. I'm sure it does come in handy. I haven't shipped anything in a long while, but I do recall printing all those labels and taping them down with packaging tape. It seemed that sometimes shipping it took just as long as making it (depending on what it was). The fruit bars look yummy. Sweet Potato Soul is still pumping out great recipes. :-)

  15. Oooh...Your dymo label writer has caught my eye! I want one so bad.

    Oh I bet those bars with the cashews taste amazing. I also love using coconut oil whenever I can. =0)

    I always love seeing your eyeglass holders. Especially when they're special orders. I always love to see what people's requests are. It's so much fun to see the finished product.


Thank you for stopping by! I love reading visitor comments! ~Val