Something I find really annoying to do is filling up a jug of water. Because the water dispenser lets out the water quite slowly, it takes ages to fill up the jug completely. So I came up with the idea of making a water sensor that will let me know when the jug is full, so I don’t constantly have to focus on it.
Because I didn’t have very much electronic experience, I made it from trash. To make it I used a cheap kid’s toy that I got from a kid’s magazine. Basically, it was a small sack that started laughing if you squeezed it. The sound it makes is not perfect, but it works fine. Instead of this any toy that makes a sound when a button is pressed could be used. Happy Meal toys would probably work perfectly.
The two open ended wires are just regular uninsulated 1.5mm wire. I attached it to the toy with some hot-glue (no soldering).
Making this took me just about five minutes. The rewiring was very straightforward, and thankfully there was no soldering needed.
How to make it
- Remove any covering or casing, so that you can get to the switch. In my case all I had to do was cut off the sack to get to the plastic casing underneath.
- Remove or just rewire the switch so there are two open ends. All I had to do was to press the wires onto the switch plates.
- Glue (or solder, depending on your toy) the wires down so there are two open wires sticking out
- Bend the wires around the casing, making sure that they don’t touch. Leave a 1-2cm gap so it can be hung over the side of a jug.
Step 1: Gather Ingredients
- 2 cups yogurt (not sweet. Just a little sour is perfect. Mine is home made)
- 1/2 a large cucumber
- 1 Tablespoon dry mint
- 4-5 sprigs fresh mint
- 1/3 Teaspoon salt
- Raisins (optional)
You will also need:
- Dish to serve in
- Serving spoon
- Measuring spoons
Step 2: Mix mint and yogurt
-Pour approximately two cups of yogurt into your bowl.
-Add 1 Tablespoon of dried mint.
-Add about 1/3 of a teaspoon of salt.
Step 3: Add cucumber
-Mix into yougurt
Step 4: Garnish with fresh mint
Step 5: Serve
If you want you can add raisins.
This dish is also called pico de gallo.
Step 1: Ingredients
- 5-8 Tomatoes (usually roma but I have used just about any fresh and firm tomato available)
- 1 or more bunches of Cilantro
- 1 can of Corn
- Onions (I use two bunches of green onions now)
- 2-3 cloves of Garlic
- 0 slices of Bacon (I know, weird, right?)
There are many other things you can put in too…
- Jalapeño peppers (or even hotter peppers) with or without the seeds
- Limes to squeeze the juice onto the salsa
- Avocados, mangoes, carrots, radishes… experiment!
Step 2: Chop tomatoes
Step 3: Add corn
Step 4: Chop the onion
Step 5: Shred the cilantro
Maybe it is the whole “Chinese parsley” or “coriander” naming confusion.
One thing that is for sure – this stuff is good for you!
Step 6: Peel and mince the garlic
Many health benefits have been identified for garlic. Social benefits seem t be fairly limited though.