Sunday, November 30, 2008

Gobble Gobble!

I LOVE leftovers! (for the most part)

So, when you have Thanksgiving dinner at someone else's house, you just don't usually get to enjoy leftovers.

However, today, I went to the grocers and they had fresh Butterball turkey, 2 turkeys for $7!!! So I got a 13.5 pound turkey (the smallest one I could find) for the whopping total of $3.50.

Took it home and roasted it. We had our own extra turkey dinner tonight, and plenty of leftovers!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

I am thankful for my mom's recipe for pumpkin pie. I am about to load up two pies, and several loaves of pumpkin bread and have some turkey! I will be with my best friend Cat and her family. Gobble gobble gobble!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Tang Would be Better

Finally, urine recycler passes astronauts' test


Associated Press Writer

After several days without luck, astronauts finally ran a successful test on equipment that turns urine into drinking water — a necessity for supporting the international space station's crew, which will soon double.

"Not to spoil anything, but I think up here the appropriate words are 'Yippee!'" space station commander Mike Fincke told Mission Control early Tuesday morning, shortly before bedtime.

"There will be dancing later," Mission Control replied.

Read the rest here.

I was 9 years old when man walked on the moon. I remember watching rocket launches in school. They would wheel in an old black & white set into the classroom, and we'd all sit, mesmerized by the scratchy reception. It was a romantic time of dreams. A dream to shoot for the stars and reach the moon! We ALL wanted to be astronauts!

Suddenly, the thought of being one doesn't sound so intriguing.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Covered Up

HELP! I'm buried inside!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Witches Bottles

If you do any kind of needlework or sewing, save the snippings of thread that accumulate. They are great for witches bottles!
Here are some we made last year. They were made for protection, mostly.
One idea behind a witches bottle is to fill with things that stop or delay the "bad guys" from getting in. So, if you fill the bottle with snippets of thread, the idea is that the thief or bad entity must first COUNT each thread before allowed entry. Also, place sharp nasty things inside to deter the negative energy - things that would "hurt" such as nails, pins, razor blades, rusty screws, etc. Also, put some of yourself in there: body fluids, such as urine or blood.
We painted runes on the caps of the bottles, sealed them, and I buried mine outside the front door.

Meet My Family

Tiny Dancer is 3, and is ALL BOY.

Gigi is his mom, and the best mom and girlfriend there is!

Here's another pic of Tiny Dancer, in his karate outfit:

CUTE, huh?

But here's how he USUALLY is, in the "Inja" outfit we found for him at an after-Halloween sale:

Of course he's saying, "I KILL YOU"

Finally, here are the two furry boys:

Toto is 11 and schizophrenic - hisses and purrs at the same time, I don't think he knows WHAT he wants. And Dobbie is 1? He's a Scottish Fold, and has total Kitten Energy. Always.
In fact, I am going to put up a xmas tree this weekend (I THINK) and so.... it may come crashing down repeatedly. We'll see how this goes...

Friday, November 21, 2008

Ginger Economics

So, last night, I set out to make a couple pumpkin pies, and in the middle of it all discovered I had run out of ginger. The spices are SO important to this recipe, I simply had to drop what I was doing and run to the grocers.

I am so glad I read this post about spices: Why Spices Are a Complete Rip-Off and What You Can Do About It: The Spice Series Part 1 over on the Casual Kitchen. It's too close to the end of the month for me, and my wallet is very skinny! I am lucky because the closest grocery is one that is geared towards the Hispanic population. So, therefore, a bigger selection of spices like these. If you don't speak Spanish, you will have to be familiar with what the spice looks like. Instead of having to shell out $3.56 for a small bottle (0.8 oz.) of McCormick's ginger, I found El Guapo's pouch, 1/2 oz. for the awesome price of 79 cents!!! After scanning this pic, I opened it and sniffed. Smelled just like McCormick's ground ginger! Tasted some of the pie, and NO DIFFERENCE.

Check out the above article, and Part 2. It saved me quite a bit.