Monday, August 18, 2014

Purpose-Driven Projects

This past weekend, I had to make projects to meet two completely different, but very specific needs.
As you probably have guessed, I am crazy addicted to The Spice House spices, especially the Florida Seasoned PepperCalifornia Seasoned Pepper, and Gateway to the North.  I carry them with me in my Lunch Break Thermal (my favorite lunchbox of all time!).  The little glass jars bang together, and I worry they will break, so enter the spice jar cozies:

Now they are all safe and sound, no chance of breakage!  And I think they look pretty cute if I do say so myself!
And here's another thing for the office... We had some visitors coming to the facility who we work with all the time, but rarely at my desk location.  Of course, we had to welcome them in style!

One is a total Starbucks addict, and the other is always carrying this notebook.  Can you tell who is who??? :)  I busted out my new Notebook Paper BG by MFT, and my favorite Bo Bunny set.  Just a little fun at the office...

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Smack Your Head Sunday

Seriously, where have I been all my life that I didn't know this?!  This is SO simple and works like a charm!!!  The easiest way I've seen to remove corn silk:

I did this yesterday, and I can confirm it's just that simple.  The only "trick" to this is to make sure you cut far enough down to expose the kernels.  I didn't before I cooked it, but it was easy to fix afterwards by just cutting a bit more off the end.
I need to go check out this website and see what else I'm missing!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Nails Day

It was nails day, and I did something completely different than I have in the past - I used gel polish instead of powder.  We'll see how much I trash them this week.  Supposedly this stuff is tough, but is it tough enough for me???  We'll see...  In any event, here is the design:

Something fun a different.  Have a great weekend!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Happy Friday!

Oh yes, it's finally Friday!!!!  Unfortunately, I will be working again this weekend, but it SHOULD be the last for a while.  Today, I just wanted to share a cool pic that my husband got on his last flight:

How cool is that?!
Yes, I know it says photo by me, but I was too lazy to make him his own watermark.  If he keeps taking cool pics like this, I just may have to make him his own.  For now, he can live with mine. Hee hee!
Have a great weekend!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Shiny Stuff

Today's WTUI Challenge is all about the shiny stuff!  Toni wants us to glaze it.  Since last week's WTUI challenge, I've been in a scrapbooking frame of mind, so I kept that up with this challenge.  I went WAY outside Toni's intended box and made some digitally glazed items.
Here are some photos from this past December:

Here is my "glaze"

  • The month/date are epoxied (is that a word???) to be shiny.
  • The photos are covered in an etched glass panel.
  • The ornament on the left is epoxied.
The other two ornaments are foil, so they don't really count.
On a food note (another thing I've been all about recently), I have been grubbing on this shrimp salad for dinner, and it's yummy:

 What's in it:

  • Cilantro lime shrimp from Costco (it's in the way back in the prepared meals)
  • Few leaves of chopped sweet cabbage (from our CSA)
  • 1/3 of a green pepper chopped
  • 1 small tomato chopped (from our CSA because the stupid bunnies keep eating our tomatoes)
  • 1 Tbl of Olive Tapenade
  • 3-4 baby carrots sliced
  • 5 slices turkey pepperoni quartered
  • Garlic Expressions dressing
I have been scarfing this up!  It's super yummy!
I belong to Every Move, and they have these incentives you can earn for your activity.  I tried these Veggie-Go's dried fruit snacks, and they are pretty good.

I got the variety pack, and so far Sweet Potato Pie (pictured above) is my favorite.  Have a great day!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Strawberry Basil Limeade

I swear I cannot follow a recipe!  I saw a Strawberry Limeade recipe on Naked Wines, I think.  Of course I didn't stick to it.  I didn't hear any complaints from the neighbors who were drinking my Strawberry Basil Limeade, though!  Before my house gets egged, and that is severe for me, who is deathly allergic to eggs, here is the recipe:


  • 1 can frozen limeade concentrate
  • 3/4 limeade can water
  • 8-10oz frozen strawberries
  • 10 fresh basil leaves (Straight from the garden to the blender!)
  • 1L Diet 7-up
  • 750mL Oktoberfest wine from Village Vintner (Moscato or a sweet Riesling will work also)
  • {optional} 2-3 shots KettleOne Citron Vodka
Fill 1/2 of the blender with frozen strawberries.  Add the limeade (still frozen), water, and basil.  I use a Vitamix and just put it on the puree setting and let it go.  You want a nice smooth texture for this.  Stir in your Diet 7-up, wine, and vodka (if you dare!).  I use the #2 manual setting on the Vitamix just for about 10-15 seconds.
I don't do garnishes on my drinks, because I find they just get in the way of drinking, but you could garnish with a lime wedge or basil leaf.  Enjoy!
Since I didn't have a picture of the drink to share with you, I thought I'd share a cute puppies picture instead:

And finally, Monday's news of Robin Williams' death was very sad, but I prefer to remember him this way:

He was a friend to the troops and the king of the improv!  I hope he has finally found peace from the demons that were plaguing him!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Weekend Update

Finally a weekend with work, and we lived it up!  First up, we had a great pool party!

Gandy got to play with the neighbor's puppy.  Animal planet 3D was some great cheap entertainment.  Even for an old dog, Gandy can keep up with the energetic puppy, Bucca.

Latte, who tends to overheat, got a cool off in the pool courtesy of daddy.  At first, she was not having it, but then she realized just how great the cool water was, and settled right down.
After pool time was over, it was time to get to work on cooking.  First up were a TON of pickles.

The little cucumber plants are sure pumping out the veggies!  I was making pickles for over two hours!!!

There are two of these jars with vertical slices, one with plain dill and one with garlic dill pickles to be.  The garlic was from the garden, too!

I made 5 jars of these horizontal slices - two dill, two garlic dill, and one sweet.  I also made some experimental jars in some smaller mason jars - two with thai dragon chili peppers, garlic, California Seasoned Pepper Blend (the neighbors stole these, so I hope they taste ok); two with garlic and California Seasoned Pepper Blend; and one with Bavarian seasoning.  Finally, there is another jar of sweet pickles and whole baby garlic dills.  Yeah, pickles!!!
I also made Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup for my lunch this week.  I used Bavarian seasoningCalifornia Seasoned Pepper Blend, and Florida Seasoned Pepper for this also instead of all of the other spices.  I was so tired after all the pounds of pickles, so I did the soup in the crockpot instead of on the stove.

For whatever reason, I was up at 4AM today, and laid on the couch for a bit.  This is what I rolled over to see - the puppies cuddling!  So cute!
Have a great week!


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