Wednesday, March 7, 2012

MORE 2PEAS and flying unicorn challenges

The third 2peas challenge is the stash challenge...using up small embellishments.
I also am doing a challenge at the Unicorn in which you have to use a black and white photo.

I kept this page simple because i LOVE this picture of HOGWARTS. i took it myself, and edited it in Picasa  and love the way it turned out.
So here is a photo, a fancy font on the Winter WOnderland cartridge, and some rhinestones to frame it all up.


I went to a weekend crop last weekend and worked on my vacation pictures from Orlando.
So I am officially back into scrapbook contests! I always start with my girls at 2 Peas. There are 8 CALENDAR GIRL challenges for  March, and I need to complete at least FOUR of them to count in the drawing. I sure love winning scrap supplies! Have not won anything in quite a while. Plus it helps me get things done, inspires me to make more interesting pages, and the social aspect of the Calendar girls is a plus. They are great people.
 First up isthe scraplift challenge ..we are lifting Michelle Mostert over at 2peas. I was inspired by the color and elements of her
"Home Sweet Home" page and thought it would be perfect to lift for my airport pictures.

Here is her link

and my lift of it:

  IT IS hard to see, but I used a light blue square ink block to blot on the white paper as a sky-like background.  I used Creative Memories doodle template for the dashes, and Creative Mem.'s Traveler Cricut cartridge for the die cuts. Add a little blue and red pen, and it's done.
I developed many vacation photos into wallet-size , different for me. It allows me to put more photos on a page. I kinda like how wallets look on this page.

The next challenge is a sketch. I chose a 2 page sketch and turned it into a one-pager, as i rarely do two pages.

I am also doing some challenges at Flying Unicorn and this will be submitted for a challenge using three frilly trims. I like the addition of lacy trim on a pool page. Not something I would normally do, and it makes THIS swimming page stand out from my many other swimming pages. This is why I like challenges!

Elton and Kiki

I have in my possession two new fosters, Elton and Kiki. Kiki is the tiniest mother cat I have ever seen. There is nothing to her. She's so small and skinny, it's hard to beleive she just had a litter of kittens! My job is to fatten her up a bit before she is spayed and returns to her owners.  She is very friendly, but noisy.,,,spent all night meowing. I think I will lock her and her son up in the bathroom at nights. That would also give Katrina and Shy Guy more room to breathe, as Kiki likes to chase them.
Her baby, Elton, is so darn cute! He was the runt of the litter and is adopted already, he also just needs to gain some wieght. Last night, he was bouncing all over the place. He has spent most of today just sleeping. I have not had this active a kitten in quite some time. This should be a fun two weeks!


No, not a recipe, but a cat!
Puddin' was a friendly Siamese cat who was taken away from his owners while they were being investigated for animal cruelty. We had him for two weeks while this investigation was going on.
The owners took him to the vets to be spayed. The vets discovered the animals balls tied together with a rubberband, all infected.
The District Attorney was contacted and the Humane Society had temporary custody of the cat. Turns out, the owners were just being stupid. They 'heard' rubberbanding was a good way to stop spraying, and did not intend to harm the cat. Their other cat was happy and healthy. Pudding was also a very friendly, happy, healthy looking cat. So ultimately, he was returned to the family.

I had to give him antibiotics for about a week. He did not get along well with my other two fosters, so he lived in my large bedroom. He did love it up there. Every time i walked in, he was sitting on one of the window sills sunning himself. Then he would roll over in front of me so I could rub his bellly!

Chicken Chowder

Long time, no post! Been busy.

Here is a great recipe....easy, everyone liked it, and it uses leftover chicken.

First, roast a small chicken for one day's dinner. Shred the leftovers and freeze to make this soup. It takes 2 cups.

3 c chicken broth
2 c diced potatoes
1 c dices carrotts
1 c diced cellery
onion powder
1/4 c butter
1/3 c flour
2 c milk
2 c, or 8 oz, shredded mild cheddar
2 c cooked diced or shredded chicken

In a large saucepan, bring chicken broth to a boil. Reduce heat. Add potato, carrots, celery, onion powder, salt and pepper. Cover and simmer - min or until vegies are tender
Meanwhile, melt butter in med. saucepan. Add flour and stir until smooth. Gradually stir in milk, bring to boil over med. heat, and stir until thickened, about 2 minutes.
Reduce heat and add cheese. Stir until melted. Add this mixture to broth. Add chicken to broth.
Cook and stir until heated thru.

TIPS- I altered this recipe for my families taste. Real onion can be used instead of powder. You can use stronger cheese. The cheesiness of this soup is very subtle, which i like. My oldest hates cheese and she had three bowls!! But a sharp cheddar would yield a stronger taste.

I did a little 'precooking' days before. I shredded the 2 cups of cheese in one bag and stored it. In another bag, I filled with the chopped carrots, celery, and onion, salt and pepper. Of course, I already had the 2 cupss of shredded chicken in the freezer.