Tuesday, December 27, 2011

A cake for fun!

My mom had given us some bananas from her tree, and today I made a cake from the over ripe ones. I had a half a bag of butterscotch chips, so I threw them on top after it came out of the oven, waited a few minutes, and spread them, and added sprinkles...and we have a cake to celebrate Tuesday! (AND a day off from work)!!!

Back to making birdseed cakes again!

My Catbird and Painted Buntings are back!!! As soon as I saw that Catbird yesterday I sprung up from my chair and luckily had all my birdseed cake makings were available in my pantry.

Here is the recipe I used:

Warm 1/2 cup water in microwave till boiling, add a package of plain Knox gelatin, stir and add 3/4 cup flour, , 3 Tbsp. corn syrup. Add 4 cups birdseed. You can also add peanuts, fruits, berries, or raisins.

I did not add any extras.

Here are my molded ones ready to stick in my large wire holder. I need to pick up a bag of straight sunflower seeds to add more into the next batch, cause guess who loves them best??? The Cardinals!!!

Monday, December 26, 2011

Next Day After Christmas Morning Quiche

I just made my first ever in my life handmade CRUST! Can you even believe I have been so afraid to try it. It was such an easy thing...a 3 minute thing at best. I'm a little scared now...I could probably do without ever eating any crusts for the rest of my fat life!!! LOL. Oh well...just had to share just how lovely (mind you I did not do a fancy edge...this is just a rustic crust) it turned out. This is a turkey and cheese quiche with herbs de province for seasoning, and a pinch of nutmeg, and on top a sprinkle of paprika for color. Hope it tastes as good as it looks!

This is the beginning of two days off from work. I made fresh orange juice in the Vitamix too. Wowzers!

Have a great week everyone.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas!

Goofing around in a Sketch and Draw App...and a Christmas tree showed up...that was fun!
Holiday love to all!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Passing of a dear friend

Our dear friend, Taco passed away peacefully yesterday. He had grown a tumor and had to be put to sleep. He was a most adventurous cat, and the whole neighborhood just loved him. He had nine lives, supposedly, but he outlived them all, as he was so crazy and daring, I know he must have escaped death many times! He was my cousins cat, who lives next door to my Mom. He would hang out mainly with my Mom and she would find him in her house, or garage, popping up in her hedge, laying in the middle of a busy road sleeping, etc. My grandkids just adored him, and many times they just wanted to walk over to find Taco so they could feed him or play. Taco played with the dogs, he was just a part of all the action, wherever it was happening. We will miss him so much. Here are a few photos I gathered together of him. Rest in peace, dear Taco!!!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Christmas shining!

We went to a local street that has been taken over by decorating elves! We had to drive through this wonderful wonderland twice, just for 3year old Emily. Well...maybe for all of us! :)

Oh gosh, I'm tired...

I've had a grueling week at work...and am not ready for Christmas, which seems to be overtaking me!
I took a few pics in garden last can see the three heirloom tomatoes are doing great...the corn is actually growing large ears...and can you see the 2 Mr. Stripey tomatos on one bush? I am posting from my camera so don't know what order pics will be in. Still learning!
I will show you a pic of our tree, to lend a festive flair. Hope everyone is having a wonderful Christmas and Chanukah.
Love, Julie

Sunday, December 18, 2011

2 crafts today

This morning, I helped my grandson build this train engine from Lowe's. They have kids building seminars every weekend and he wasn't there, so they gave me a kit to take home to him. He loves to build wooden things with hammer and nails! He has built 2 planes, a bulldozer, a race car, and a birdhouse.

The guy at Lowe's told me they had built different train cars the past 2 weeks, and they all stick together with magnets. This engine could be made using the regular decorating stickers or the Christmas ones, so he used the Christmas ones, of course. I want to see if I can purchase the other ones for him to make too.

We did have one kinda bad problem occur while building it today...we accidently nailed the train to the table! Hahaha...we could not get it off. Finally my husband woke up and he pried it off using a heavy thick screwdriver. What was funny was that we had several sections to today's newspaper under the train, so they were nailed down too!!! Fortunately, hubby got to read his newspaper, and Donovan got to finish building the train!!! The holes in the tabletop add to the beauty of our craft table!!!

Then later this evening, I found a sweet tutorial for how to make this paper star!!! I found it over at I Like Paper Cutting and Craft! Go visit her to see how to make this amazing star! It is so easy...Donovan and I had one done in 10 minutes!!! She used double sided origami paper, but I just cut about 5" squares from construction paper. I think I might try a smaller one using two kinds of Christmas wrapping paper stuck together, for the double sided effect. If it turns out really gorgeous, you will see it here, for sure!

xoxo- Julie

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Which street would you live on?

I have come upon three street names that I just chuckled over recently...2 of them just yesterday! I wanted to stop and take pictures, but of course, I was working at top speed and determined it would not be a good thing to stop! I thought I would take a little poll:

Which one would you prefer to live on?

1. Pot of Gold Street
2. Shangri La Lane
3. Yellow Brick Road

Leave a comment. I think I might have to pick Yellow Brick. It's just too cute...and you know...there really is no place like home!!!
xoxo- Julie

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Some homemade stockings!

The kids and I made some Martha Stewart inspired paper Christmas stockings. Since we live in south Florida and we have no chimney..."the stockings are hanging on the back windows with hopes that St. Nicholas soon will be here"!
Xoxo Julie

Friday, December 9, 2011

Yearly Christmas cookie party

Here is the tray of cookies I took...I fell asleep on the couch yesterday evening, and never woke to make my toffee cookies. I bought these from a little French pretty!!!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

My Baby cat, and a gorgeous fence!

Baby is laying on my chest (just jumped up) and being very lovey-dovey! This is I took a few pics.
This beautiful fence is at one of my stops during the day. I have no idea what this pink gorgeousness is, but is stunning!!!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

New plants and some organized effort.

Today I cleaned out two tires of some old marigolds and zinnias that had finally tired out. I also cleaned out all my okra plants (from 3 of my 5 gallon buckets), as they are fizzling out too (they only do well in hot weather).

In one tire I planted a taller beautiful pink zinnia, and in front some smaller different shades of orange zinnias. I LOVE zinnias...they are about the sweetest thing in the universe!

I also found a 9 pack of started kale, so I gave three plants to my friend, Karen, 3 plants to my Mom, and I am hardening off my 3 before planting them into a couple of tires. It is called Winterbol Kale.

I planted three heirloom tomatoes: Cherokee Purple, Black Krim and Black Prince, which were available at my Home Depot. Isn't this just grand?

Has anyone ever grown a red kale, called Red bor? It looks green and with purple hues. Interesting!

I am having a GREAT BIG urge to go buy about three more tomato plants, which would give me a total of 8. I want some cherry or olive sized tomatoes...all hanging in clusters! How fun would that be??? I can taste them now.

Oh, BTW...I have taken three cuttings from my Mr. Stripey tomato plants and have them in water in my kitchen window to see if they will root. A fellow gardener swears this will work. Can't wait to see! If it does, I will have 11 tomato plants in all! Woo-hoo!!!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Some Santa Activity Fun

We visited a local shopping area today where the kids took a train to see Santa, and they had a little barnyard animal petting zoo...even a few little cute reindeer!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Another pretty house all lit up!

We've got corn!!!!!

I actually got home before dark and walked back to the bucket garden...and I found 2 developing corn cobs!!!!! I nearly wet my pants.  Can you see the silks???? Tomorrow will be fertilizing day!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Happy Florida Christmas season!

While driving around with the kids tonight, looking for some lights (well..entertaining them a while), we came upon this really colorful home...we all agreed, our favorite of the night.
Are you seeing a lot of beautiful lights in your area yet???