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11  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Favorite Seasonal Drink Recipes on: October 02, 2007 04:26:32 PM
Mmmmm Fall.
It's been cool and rainy here all day, so I was in an Autumnal mood.  I bought a gallon of Apple Cider (the kind that comes from a local orchard, not some far away factory) and after the baby I watch left, I decided it was time to crack that puppy open.

Si into the pan--
1 mug full of cider
4 cloves (cause I like cloves)
a sprinkle of cinnamon--I would have rather had a stick or two, but we were out, so the sprinkle won out.

Heat until it's hot, but not boiling---I was thirsty!
While it's heating, slice an apple crossways, so you get whole disks, and drop a couple of slices into the cup.
Pour in a slug or two of Calvados (apple brandy)
Pour the hot cider over the apples and calvados.

Drink, and be impressed with yourself and warmed to the tips of your toes.
12  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Need help! T-Shirts stencil/silk screen on: September 18, 2007 07:42:26 PM
I have to stencil/silk screen a one color image onto 6 little orange t-shirts for my son's Tiger Cubs campout this weekend...they are having a pirate theme, so I modified the Tiger Cub logo to have a pirate patch and skull& cross swords logo....what's the best way to go about it?  Do I cut a freezer paper stencil for each shirt?  Is silk screening hard to DIY? Aaaaaaa!
Okay, I have a ton of time still (it's not until noon on Saturday) but I am also doing my daughter's b-day party on Friday night---half a dozen little girls all night....ugh.
13  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Zombie Flowers on: September 05, 2007 01:09:32 PM
What do you do with your flowers after they have bloomed and are all sad brown seed heads?

You bring them back from the dead!

Oh, these flowers are ugly now...I should cut them down.

But they have such a nice shape....

Waaaaait....I have spray paint!

Hmmm...looks better...maybe another color of lighter purple on top...

See! Looks pretty good after that 2nd coat of lighter purple! Yay Me!

The close up shot, so you can see the bits of overspray, cause I was too lazy/excited to bother with masking off the green areas.

Aaaaa! I'm turning into a zombie too!!..Oh, no, wait, I just forgot my gloves...again.

The action shot...3 of our kids, 2 in robot suits, and Emmatastic as the Alien Robot Ruler (see the tinfoil hat?)
14  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Cool Boy Giftwrap on: August 16, 2007 02:15:52 PM
My son has to go to a friend's 11th birthday party today.  After picking the gift out of the present box (the box of miscellaneous kid presents that I pick up throughout the year on sale and clearance) He was dissatisfied with the wrapping paper choices--all too juvenile or "not cool"
So, what's the coolest mom in the world to do?
Tinfoil, electrical tape and black spray-paint.
First I wrapped the box as you normally would with the foil.  I secured the open edges with electrical tape--cause it's edgier than cellophane tape of course.  Then I cut a stencil with ASA (the kid's name) on it, laid it on the box, taped it on a couple of corners and sprayed it with a couple of short bursts...enough to cover, but not worrying about perfection.  The overlap around the rectangular stencil and the way some paint got under the edges of a couple of letters made it look even cooler (not like a "pounced" stencil)
My son was thrilled, and I didn't have to go to the store for more "manly" or whatever paper!
Yay me!
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