Monthly Archives: August 2013

Snapshot Saturday – Crossing Bridges

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Can you tell which bridge this is???

This week’s Snapshot Saturday is a favorite subject of mine!  I love the architecture of bridges.  They fascinate me.  There is so much beauty in the lines and shadows of these giant forms.  It’s also quite apropos for this week – we happened to cross a couple of bridges this week in our travels and are also crossing several symbolically in the transitions of our daily life.

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Quest to Read Them All – Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

So in my ongoing Quest to Read Them All I have encountered another book that took me out of my comfort zone…

I think I have a pretty broad comfort zone, but this book was a real step outside of the box for me.  Mark Haddon wrote the book in the first person, and from the perspective of a mentally challenged protagonist.  The author kept the book so deeply ensconced in the narrator’s perspective that the chapters were not list by name or a standard numeric sequence (1,2,3,…), but as prime numbers simply because the main character was fond of them and the book was a journal of sorts.  The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time went further into the journaling style, by including doodles, charts and other scribbles created by the 15 year old Christopher John Francis Boone.  I found the story interesting, if slightly difficult to follow, because of the stylistic choices Haddon made.

Overall, this was an interesting step outside the box.

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Not Just Hanging Around…

So this week’s Pinterest project was chosen for simplicity and practicality.  I am in the middle of buying a house, and I am trying to be practical in my craft projects, but as I am still living out of a suitcase and storage unit (thanks again Summit County Sheriff’s Department) I also need the projects to be relatively simple.  I picked this Ironing Board Holder, because it fit both of those requirements.

I read through the directions attached to the pin, and was slightly taken aback by how much work they put into creating the frame.  I just don’t have that much access to power tools and my scrap wood pile was decimated prior to the move.  So I had to modify her design slightly.  I chose to use an inexpensive cabinet door as the base for my holder.  All in all, this was an easy project.

These are the supplies I used:

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Along with a cordless screwdriver and an old t-shirt to apply the stain.

First I stained this awesome cherry cabinet door with a natural finish stain.

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I wiped off the excess stain and let the door dry.

Then I measured for the placement of the hooks, and attached then in the correct location for the width of my ironing board.

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Then I put on the hanging bracket and smoothed out the ends of the screws where they came through the back of the door.

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Once that was done, I tested the hanger out on another ironing board (mine’s in storage and much cuter than this one).

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I think this is going to work well in my new laundry room.  I can’t wait to post pictures of the finished rooms, assuming of course that we ever get to actually move into the house…

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Snapshot Saturday – Tilting at Windmills

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This week’s Snapshot Saturday is dedicated to my dad…  I have no idea what his fascination with windmills was, but boy was he interested in them.  I found these ones while I was driving along Route 30 on my way to visit “The Mom” out in Indiana.  I was alone in the car and had been thinking about him while I was cruising along on a road I’d never traveled before.  I was starting to feel a bit down, because I miss him so much, and what should pop up on the horizon but windmills.  It’s those little moments that continue to take my breath away!

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Quest to Read Them All – Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

As many of you already know, I am on a personal quest to read every book I own.  I’ve also set out to read all of the original British Editions of the Harry Potter series.  Which brings me to this week’s book…

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling.  I love this series!  I’ve read all 7 books multiple times, but never the original British format.  I’m currently working my way through the British versions, and am up to book number 4 in the series.

Now I’m certain that there are about a million reviews of this book…  So I’m just going to quickly hit on the high points.  This is the 4th book in the series, where the readers are introduced to some of the wizards from places other than England.  The Quidditch World Cup opens the story and The TriWizard Tournament is the main focus of the rest of the book.  This is also the book where the three main characters start to explore the budding romantic relationships that are woven throughout the series.

It just so happened that while I was reading this book there was a marathon of the Harry Potter movies on television, which made me question the way that the book was translated onto the film.  One of the main points that was drastically different between the book and movie of Goblet of Fire was Dobby and Winky’s role in the film.  In the book it is Dobby that gives Harry the means to complete the 2nd task in the tournament and in the film it was Neville.

There are many other differences.  Which one stood out most to you?

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Counting the Days…

I’m such a geek – as if you hadn’t figured that out by now.  I get as excited as a child counting down the days until something major, like a vacation or holiday or closing on our new house.  That joy is why I chose this week’s Pinterest project.  I made this Countdown Plaque!

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It was ridiculously easy!  I really enjoyed making this one too!

First I gathered my supplies.

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Then I sanded the 1″ x 6″ board that I had cut to 36 inches at my local hardware store.  Once it was nice and smooth, I base coated it with white spray paint.

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While that was drying, I went inside and printed out the lettering I wanted to use for the sign.  Then I took the printout and used it to cut out the letters from clear contact paper.

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When everything was cut out, I laid the letters out on the sign and peeled the backing paper off and stuck them onto the wood.

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Next I sprayed the whole thing with 2 coats of black Chalkboard spray paint.

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When it was completely dry, I peeled the contact paper letters off to reveal the white paint underneath.

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After all the letters were removed, I laid out the hanging brackets evenly spaced out on the back and secured them.

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Now I can’t wait until I get to hang it up in our new house!

Did you find the hidden Mickey??

Did you find the hidden Mickey?

 

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Tasty Tuesday – Chicken Gyros with Homemade Tzatziki Sauce

This week’s kitchen experiment is a recipe I found on Pinterest a few months ago…  I chose to make it this week, because I am really missing good food and my kitchen!  We recently moved from Long Island, NY to Ohio and the difference in the quality of take out food is staggering.  I would usually not even care, because I would compensate by simply cooking at home.  However, I can’t do that right now, because we haven’t been able to move into our house yet.  Thank you oh so much Summit County Sheriff…

Eh – enough of my whining.

So, we borrowed a kitchen and made some Greek food!  I love Gyros (pronounced Yee-ros).  Lamb, not so much…  So a standard gyro was out, which left the natural substitute at our house – chicken.  I went searching through my Pinterest recipes (because my cookbooks are in storage) and found one for Chicken Gyros.

I really liked the recipe, so I stayed pretty true to the original.  She coked the chicken whole and cut it up after it was cooked.  I chose to cube mine before marinating it, so that the sauce would interact with more of the chicken’s surface.

But, I’m getting ahead of myself…

First I made the marinade.  I gathered my ingredients and the tools I needed.

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Then I combined in a medium sized bowl the garlic, vinegar, oregano, olive oil, salt, pepper, Greek yogurt, and lemon juice.  Once I had everything all whisked together, I added my cubed chicken and stirred until it was well coated.  After everything was soaking in the Greek flavored goodness, I put it in the fridge to chill.

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Then it was on the making the Tzatziki Sauce.  (I got the best compliment on this part of the meal! – Gwen said it was as good as the Greek place we used to order from in NY.)  I gathered the ingredients for this, most of which I had used to make the marinade.

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First I peeled and seeded the cucumber.  Peeling is pretty straight forward, but I used a spoon and scooped out the seeds like you do with a melon.  It was surprising how simple it was.

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Once it was peeled and seeded, I grated it and removed as much of the excess liquid as possible.  How do you do that?  It’s simple really.  You wrap the grated cucumber in a towel (paper works) and squeeze until the fluid stops coming out.

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Dried Grated Cucumber

Dried Grated Cucumber

To the grated cucumber I added the lemon juice, white wine vinegar, Greek yogurt (the better quality yogurt you use the better the sauce tastes), salt, pepper, and garlic.

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When I had all the ingredients combined, I drizzled the mixture with olive oil and mixed that in.  Then it was off to the icebox to join the marinating chicken.

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When everything was nice and cold, I cooked the chicken and gathered the toppings for the gyros.

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It only took about 10 minutes for the chicken to cook all the way through.  Then we assembled our gyros according to our own tastes.

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This is the finished product, and boy were they yummy!!!

 

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