Creative Girl

When I was in JoAnns the other day, I found some Creative Girl by Julie Comstock Christmas items on clearance.  These are watercolor art blocks.  

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For this one, it's a canvas with the words Fa La La La La written on in.  The letters resist the watercolors so that the words stay clear and then some of the letters show in gold.

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No creative powers needed.  It's simple to do, just paint on the watercolors, and then wipe away where the paint hits the letters.  Very easy to do.  Now, while I had a set of 30 something watercolors, I didn't have a "real" red, so mine ended up looking a little more to the pink side.

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I like it though, especially since some of my Christmas decorations are pinks and greens, so it'll go well. This product line has more than just Christmas art … there are cards, and general decor items as well and they come in different sizes.  This is really so easy to do that it can be done by children and teens very quickly and without much mess - if I had a daughter it would be something I would do for a birthday party, or a rainy day project.

I have Friday off for Good Friday, so I'll be cropping with friends this weekend.  Can't wait!


Easter Eggs

I grew up coloring eggs for Easter … this was back when the only way you colored eggs was with a Paas Kit - the little tablets you dropped in water with vinegar.  I still like having colored eggs, but don't have kids to color them with and often run out of time to do it myself.

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For the last several years, I've been buying mine already pre-colored by Publix.  Personally, I wish they offered them all year long, but I understand why they don't.   They cost $5-something a dozen and you're pretty much paying for the convenience factor. A dozen eggs is on sale for $1.29 this week, but when you factor in the cost of the Paas kit and the time involved, it really ends up being economical.  Depending on the store, the colors could be dark or could be lighter almost pastel.  I like the dark ones.  I've got 2 dozen in the fridge


Spring Breakers Trash Miami Beach

This infuriates me to no end.

You can read the article here at Channel 10 news.

Aside from the fatality, the arrests, and the closing down of some of the roads due to the unruly crowd, the spring breakers pretty much trashed the beach.  This isn't the first time, nor, sadly, will it be the last.  In addition to Spring Break, the same thing happens at the Memorial Day weekend Urban Beach Week.

I've seen it first hand.  Many years ago, I don't remember exactly which year, we woke up early on Memorial Day and thought … hey … let's go watch the sun rise on the beach.  At the time, we didn't know it was Urban Beach week, so we were taken aback by the amount of trash littering the beach.  It was disgusting.  It was also so sad.  I understand getting out and having fun.  I understand the drinking, dancing, partying.  What I don't understand is the lack of respect  for their environment.  

As the tide comes in all that trash goes right back out into the ocean.  It's not necessarily just a problem for Miami Beach because guess what … that trash will wash up on another beach further up the state, or even another state - not to mention the amount of resources - time and money that will need to be spent to clean it after Spring Break.

It's not just a Spring Break thing, or a special event thing with large crowds -- I see it just about every day.  The car in front of me that throws something out the window, the guy at the car show that leaves his food container in the parking lot, the pig in the grocery store parking lot that changes their baby's diaper and leaves the dirty diaper on the ground.  

Is it that hard to find a garbage can … and OK … it might be a good walk to one, and maybe you can't spare the time just now, but you can also take your trash with you and throw it out at home.

I recognize that it's not everyone … there are many good people doing the right thing - but it's just so disheartening to see these reports and realize that these people are our future.  These are the people, most of them in college right now, that are also the ones that will be responsible for the stewardship of our natural resources, our wildlife, our waterways, our oceans - all of it.

Some of the "good" people took action and volunteered to organize and/or participate in the clean up of the beach - I only wish they didn't have to in the first place.


Home Sweet Home

Had to take this baby home.

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Michaels was having a great sale on their home goods items a week or so ago, and this one was 50% off.  Marquee signs have become very popular of late.  I don't particularly like the marquee individual letters, but this one I did like.  Got it home and was amazed that all the bulbs lit up just fine.  It's above the fireplace right now, but it may get moved around depending on the season.

Bought some other stuff as well, mostly scrapbooking things (stamps/stickers) but pretty much everything was on sale so it's all good.

I like what the sign says, I like the coloring of it., and it fits well with the brick of the fireplace.


Recipe - Chicken and Bacon Quiche

I seem to cook quiche quite often.  Being low carb, I do a crustless quiche rather than one with a crust - it's also easier that way.

This one was Bacon Chicken Cheddar

For the filling I used

1 mini bell pepper

½ fried chicken breast w/no skin or breading (leftovers)

4 strips of cooked bacon (leftovers)

1 cup Sargento 4 state shredded cheddar

1 tsp black pepper

For the egg mixture I used

4 extra large eggs

½ cup heavy cream

Pretty easy to throw together.  Mix your filling ingredients and place in the bottom of a 9 inch pie pan, or other container.  For mine, I used a throwaway casserole container.  It was a little too big, but I didn't have a pie pan, so went with it.  For the filling ingredients, you can pretty much use any meat and veggies, or just veggies if that is your preference.  I made this one because I had some leftover chicken and bacon, but I've done ham and cheese, broccoli, sausage and peppers - you are limited only by your imagination.

So you throw the filling ingredients in the pan, mix the eggs and cream and pour on top, then bake for about 25 minutes in a 375 degree oven.  At that point, keep an eye on it.  You want the egg cooked through but you don't want the top to get too browned.

For us, this is 4 servings and worked out to be about 3 carbs per serving.

This is the quiche going into the oven, you can see the filling distributed throughout the egg mixture

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And this is it just less than 30 minutes later.  

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If I had used a pie pan, it would have been poofier. 


Lottery Fortune

I had some winning scratch offs so traded them for the new Scratch Off game of the Florida Lottery.

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Under normal circumstances, I pretty much stay at the break even point - buy some, win some, usually winning what I spent back, or winning a bigger amount where I can spread out the winnings and buy for weeks.  

This new game however, I'm having zero luck with.  I traded in the winners and got nothing - zero - zilch and sadly, this isn't the first time.  I think I'm going to stop buying these and go back to the Flamingo games.


Birthday Pocket Letters

Our group had a birthday in February, so here is the pocket letter I made.

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The paper was from a DCWV birthday paper pad that Linda had (she let me borrow a sheet or two)  The paper was actually the base of the design and then I added in some embellishments.  Each of the little pockets has goodies in them as well.  I keep forgetting to take pictures of the other side which shows all the goodies.  I have a February one to post and I don't think I took pictures, but the March one, I promise I will.

 


Review - Kinky Boots

 

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I had tickets to see Kinky Boots at the Broward Center for Performing Arts.  I've wanted to see it for awhile now … I guess I first heard of it when Cyndi Lauper was on Celebrity Apprentice and she talked about what she was working on.  The story is based on a British film by the same name which was based on a television documentary.  It's set in a failing shoe factory in a british factory town where jobs are in jeopardy due to flagging product sales.  The company changes the product for a niche market in order to save the company.

The costume designs are fabulous especially the boots!   J Harrison Ghee who played Lola was powerful.  I also loved the character of Lauren played by Tiffany Engen … since I haven't seen Kinky Boots before I don't know if all Lauren's play the role the same, or if Tiffany did a better job.  I just know I loved her portrayal.

Overall it's a feel good kind of movie … no not the whole play, but in the end you get the feeling of love, respect, and finding a life's purpose that resonates with you.

I've had season's tickets for several years now, and both my husband and I thought this was one of the best plays we've seen.

 


Planner Craze

Planners are a big thing right now.  A couple of scrapbooking companies have come out with whole product lines for decorative planners.  I've kept a planner now for probably over 20 years.  I've mostly used a Franklin Planner, or something similar.  This year, I went to one of the creative planners.

There are several types on the market, but I chose the MAMBI brand planner … 

I like it because it has the pages ARC or Rollabind style pages.  Aside from that, MAMBI had the foresight to design the planner where if you got into the game late, you can take out pages without it affecting the remaining pages.  I got the planner in January, but it started in July, so I just removed July through December and started with January.

I don't do much, outside of work and home, so it doesn't get super filled, but it does work for me which is the important part.  What's the sense in having a planner that is cute and creative, if it doesn't work.

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This month so far I've got a play, a crop, St Patty's day, and Easter.

 


Ebb and Flow

You might have noticed a week or so In February with no posts, and maybe thought I'd dropped off the blogosphere once again, but not so.  

Life is filled with ebbs and flows.  Sometimes, my life is super, crazy, busy, and I come home from work and promptly fall asleep in the chair, and sometimes my life is just plain boring.  It's the times in between crazy and dull that I get to post and/or have something to post about.

20160210_054830Along the lines of falling asleep in the chair, it's mostly because we purchased new furniture as our Christmas gifts to ourselves.  They were delivered towards the end of January, and we are loving them.  We got a sofa and a loveseat and both recline.  I sit down to watch a little TV, or to check email, and within a short time, I'm happily snoring away, as well as hubby.

As you can see in the picture, Max is enjoying the chairs as well.  We have a cloth cover on them so that he doesn't scratch or claw (he hasn't yet, but our other cat Michael tries to), and it keeps the cat hair in check as well.  I just throw them in the wash as necessary.

A couple of times now, I've awoke and found Max above me on the back of the loveseat looking down at me with a cocked head.  I prefer to think that he senses that I'm waking up rather than he looks at me that way when I'm sleeping which might be a little creepy.  In any case, the whole family is loving the recliners.