Monday, April 20, 2015

Kaela's art

Kaela doesn't bring her sktechbook home often....so when she does, I have to snap pictures FAST!

Some of these are class sketches she had to do to "fit" a quote the teacher had put on the board...others are for, well...others!

 pencil for fun at home

  
 ink and watercolor, a gift for someone



pencil for class quote

                                                                   
   acrylic for local exhibit


colored pencil for practice at home


acrylic for class quote (my favorite!)


pencil for class quote


colored pencil and "liquid white out" for fun at home


Her work amazes me.  Brings tears to my eyes.  I hope all parents of gifted children tell them how wonderful they are.  I hope and pray she never stops developing her gift.

"Art is not about what you see, it is about what you make others see..." -Degas

Saturday, April 18, 2015

April's challenge: Cherub Pod Hot House

This month's challenge is to repurpose something.  I made (drumroll...)


"Cherub Pod Hot Houses!"


Our family loves tomatoes and we eat all types all year long.  Lately we've been eating Cherubs brand in these cute little pods.




When empty, they look like little mini terrariums.   




I hated throwing them away so decided to use them to start some sunflowers for Kaela...they are her FAVORITE flower and I just can't seem to grow them.  


So here's how I did it....







I took some coffee filters and cut them to size.




and stuffed them down into each pod so soil wouldn't fall out the holes.







Then I filled each with a little soil and mixed in some seeds and watered them ALOT...had to let the water drain!


Then, I covered each pod with plastic wrap to create a little hot house




And set them on the warmest window ledge in the house.




In less than 8 days, I had to uncover them!  I loosened the wrap so you can see but left it on lightly because the window gets chilly at night.  





Once they got too tall for the pod, I replanted them into
a pot on the patio.  




These worked so well, I did the same thing with 2 more varieties of sunflower.   I didn't even bother putting these on the ledge in the house.



They've also been transplanted and are thriving!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Happy Birthday!

He wears many different hats but husband, father and son are the most important to US!



To the man of the house, we love you...


Happy Birthday sweetie!





Saturday, April 11, 2015

Florida

The trip to Florida was a quick one but we still had loads of fun. We did things other just hang out with the dogs!  We did a little shopping and the girls went to the pool and beach...

 I dropped an owl outside a restaurant the first night there.



The next day for lunch, we had pizza...and laughter!







When we got back to Page's, this bottle of wine sat, in daddy's honor.  So sweet.




Sitting on Page's porch.......what a view.



I finished a scarf and dressed up one of her cherubs for his close up.  hahaha!



We did lots of sitting on the patio.  Five dogs needing supervision will do that to you!



We had a great trip...

Friday, April 10, 2015

Socialization

We had a few days off for spring break so headed to Florida.  We took Osa so she could meet her sisfurs and get some much needed socialization in.  There was a lot of booty sniffing and jumping and bouncing around going on!  (A little posturing too....but not much.)

Olivia and Annabell checking out the kid with the LSU bandana on....





Olivia is her BFF....truly.  Puppy kisses, awwww!



Osa finds the most interesting places to hang out...



relaxing with me one morning while everyone else was still asleep...



then back to tearing it up with Olivia!



What more can a puppy ask for?

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Osa...

Hard not to take a ton of photos of a puppy y'all!

With her "big girl" collar on...



Sheza pepper!



She put herself to bed the night of her big girl shots....didn't feel good...



sneaking a close encounter with Suki...she tries SO HARD TO BE GOOD...


Her favorite pose!



haleping me garden...



What a happy pup!

Monday, April 6, 2015

Receipe Box! Vegetable-Beef soup

We eat a lot of soup in our family and this is one of Dean's favorites.  If he is sick, he asks for it. It is a three step process but takes little time and is super easy.  I can even make this on a night after work.

This soup didn't actually have a recipe.  My mom just threw stuff together.  
One day, I jotted it all down as she went.   I was about 13 years old at the time so my directions were horrid and I'm sure I left stuff out.  Doesn't matter, it is comfort food in a bowl and so good.  Not highly seasoned, this isn't gumbo y'all!  Make sure to have a good loaf of bread to sop up all the goodness the spoon can't reach!  




Mumu's old fashioned vegetable beef soup*

2 pounds stew meat
1 large can WHOLE tomatoes, squished.  
1 quart water with beef boullion cubes (you may need to add more water later)
1 large onion-WHOLE

Put the above ingredients into a large stock pot.  Cover, bring to a boil and then turn  down to medium.   Let it simmer for 1 hour.  After an hour, carefully remove the whole onion.  Squish it a bit to get the juices out.

After an hour, add:

1 can lima beans
1 can shoepeg (white nibblet) corn
2 potatoes, diced
1 onion, diced
2 celery stalks, diced
2-3 carrots, diced (I use frozen carrots to save prep time)  We like a LOT of carrots.  

Simmer until carrots and potatoes are almost tender. The last 10 minutes, toss in a handful of broken spaghetti.  continue cooking until the pasta is done.

Taste test for salt and pepper, serve!

Modifications:

*The original recipe calls for cubed arm roast but use stew meat because it takes less prep time.  *You can use a large can of diced tomatoes instead.  
*You can sub beef stock/broth if you want.  Might change the flavor a bit...don't know, never tried it!
*Some folks in my family don't want the pasta so I use a cup of ditalini pasta and cook it separately.  That way, people can just add it to their own bowls.
*Remember that if you add more veggies, you need to compensate with more liquid.




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