Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Kitty land update

Katrina is looking good! She is the cat who was mauled by Hazel a few months back. She is completely cured!! She is very shy and I have been working on her, with some success. She is sweet, but would need to go to a home with quiet, patient people in it.
I still have Bandit and Priscilla. I will have to take updated pictures of them and post them. Bandit and Katrina  were neutered yesterday, so they are all set to be adopted.
I did call a man who ''might'' be interested in Bandit, but said he was on the fence. So I have had these cats for months now.
On the postivie side, I have had so many kittens in and out of here since spring.....let's see, twenty-one little kittens have lived here and been adopted since April. Then there have been about five moms. All of whom lived here a very short time before they found forever homes. I would like the three fosters I have to find good homes, but it does give me a bit of a break having this lull in interest. No phone calls, no people coming over here. No calls to take more cats. I am not taking any til all of these are gone.
I do need to take some better pictures though, update the Petfinder profiles.

That is my kitty update!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

More meal ideas

COUSCOUS- Near East, from a box. Miranda just loves it. Eats leftovers for a snack!! Stock up when it's on sale.

HORSERADISH MASHED POTATOES- Loved this dish. All the girls ate it.

1 1/2 lb red new potatoes, quartered
4 TBS olive oil
2 TBS horseradish sauce

Bring Potatoes and enough water to cover by 1 inch to a boil. Cook 15 minutes or until fork tender. Drain, reserving some of the cooking liquid. Return potatoes to pot with about 1/2c cooking water, oil and horseradish and salt. Mash until smooth.

I used Central Market's smoky horseradish. I loved the smokiness...tastes like a hint of bacon might be in there.

ARTICHOKES- I bought some baby artichokes and microwaved them. The kids liked them, but I think we would all like the large ones better. The Artichoke Council has good directions on ways to prepare artichokes several different ways...

LEMON PASTA WITH SQUASH AND PANCETTA- This was a very good dish. I loved the pancetta.

Salt and pepper
1 box fettucini
1c marscapone cheese, softened
1 lemon
2 tsp olive oil
2 oz pancetta, diced
1 summer squash, sliced
1 TBS butter, softened
parmasean cheese

Cook pasta according to directions. Drain, reserving 1/2 c cooking water.
Meanwhile, in large bowl, combine marscapone, zest of one lemon, 2 Tbs freshly squeezed lemon juice, salt and pepper.
In skillet, heat olive oil. Cook pancetta until crisp, about four minutes.
Remove. Add squash to skillet and cook 2 minutes.
After pasta is drained, return to bowl. Add cooking water and butter. Gently toss.
Add marscapone mixture, squash, and pancetta.
Toss. Serve with parmesan cheese.

PUMPKIN SOUP- I removed the curry called for in this recipe because I did not think my little jury would like it. I was right. They loved the soup. It was pretty good, but I may add a little tidbit of some spices next time.

2 TBS cannola oil
onion powder
chopped garlic 2 tsp
1 TBS curry
1 tsp salt
ground red pepper, pinch
2 cans pumpkin, 15oz each
4 c chicken broth
1c whipping cream

In large cooking pot, heat oil. Add onion powder and garlic and cook a few minutes. Stir in desired spices, salt, pepper, pumpkin and broth. Heat to boiling. Reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes, stirring occassionally.
Stir in cream and until heated through.

I Served it with a loaf of artisan bread and some pomegranite.
The girls LOVE pomegranite seeds!! I bought two and divided the seeds into three ramekins. They were devoured. Love it when I find a simple fruit or veggie that they consider a treat.

ROASTED CAULIFLOWER AND BROCCOLI- This was very very good! When your kids come back for more vegies, you gotta make it again! I never roasted these veggies before, and I really liked it.

1 head cauliflower
1 head broccoli
2 TBS olive oil

Heat oven to 425.
Cut up cauli and broc into florets.
In large roasting pan, add florets and toss with oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast uncovered, about 25 minutes or until browned and tender.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

browsing the web for fall

Halloween is over. I love fall. I need to ''autumn up" the house a bit. Last fall, I had a  flood in the basement...three feet of water total. I lost ALL my fall and Halloween decorations. Thankfully, Christmas was saved. I lost a few ornaments, but not EVERYTHING. So this year, there were no old Halloween things to put around the house, and now there are no cute little stuffed scarecrows to put on the mantle.
My mother's best friend is a crafter. She sews the cutest things. Over the years, Mom has supplied my home with chubby pilgrims and ragged little scarecrows. I lost them all. On the bright side, my mother is always wondering what I want for Christmas. I think I will ask for more of Ernie's special creations!
Until those arrive, I have nothing and have to start from scratch.

I made a few things for Halloween with Krylon hammered metal paint. I love that stuff! I spray painted a cheap plastic cauldron and it looks metal!! I also took a cheesy looking metal spider and turned it into a classy decoration. I made some Halloween coasters, too.

So now it's Thanksgiving time. I love fall decorations moreso than Halloween. I had pretty wreathes and table trees and all kinds of things. So, little by little, I will have to replenish my seasonal decorations.

I just took a quick look in blog land for ideas....I think I will make coasters. I use cheap tiles from Lowe's, Mod Podge, and scrapbook paper. That will cost me all of a buck.

Other ideas...I need to experiment with vinyl on my Cricut. I could make a vinly decoration and plop it on a plain gold plate. That would be easy. Then I could simply change it up for Christmas.

Then there's the Kryon paint. I could look for some cheap things to spray paint into gold!! I love my spider and cauldron. The items were inexpensive themselves, and the paint was about six bucks, but I still have half a can left.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Crayon costumes

 I made the crayon costumes this year for Miranda and her friend Molly. It was really pretty easy...
I bought plain white t shirts and long john pants.
I spray painted them with some spray fabric paint I found at Joann's. It was so much easier than dying! I simply laid the clothing out in the grass on some cardboard, sprayed, and let it dry.
I used black writing fabric paint for the squiggles.
I had these big letters laying around for scrapbooking. I traced around them for the 'crayolas'.
 The girls had specific color choices for their costumes, so I had to be sure everyone knew they were PASSION PINK and LIMA GREEN BEAN. I wanted lettering to go up the sides of the pants. I used my Cricut to cut out the words. I took out the letters and used the remaining negative as a template, or stencil. I simply brushed some of the fabric paint over the stencil. I think it turned out cute!

The hats were easy. I bought some dollar-store party hats and covered them with the appropriate color scrapbook paper. I used mod podge to adhere, and a little strip of tape on the seams. These were small, but easy for the girls to wear while trick or treating.
Then, we had to have fun with our costumes! We grabbed some pink and green sidewalk chalk and had ourselves a fun little photo shoot!

Some lovely photos

Boy, I have some catching up to do. It has been crazy in my life during soccer season. Now that things have calmed down, I find myself with some time. I want to update my blog a little. I did have moments of creativity and culinary action, photography and cat care action the last few months. First of, I'd love to share some photos of my two oldest lovely daughters...

 Gracie!! She is turning fourteen this week, and is a freshman in high school. Her friend took this picture and I love it!
Holly is going to be sixteen on New Years Eve this year. She is a sophomore. The photo is  a little blury, but I love this look...she often wears her hair up or in a ponytail or something. And I like the scarf on her.