Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Z is for Zero

Zero, zilch, zip. That's what I cam up for "Z". What a crappy way to end the A-Z challenge. Next year I'll have to visit the Zoo to see a Zebra or something!

It was a fun challenge. I do think I will do it next year... but I'm glad it is OVER!

Monday, April 29, 2013

Y is for YUM!

Since Y is for YUM, I will share my most recent and favorite recipe:
Roasted Cauliflower
This roasted cauliflower is a great way to enjoy fresh cauliflower. The cauliflower is tossed with a savory mixture of garlic and Parmesan cheese then roasted to perfection. Serve this easy roasted cauliflower as a side dish to an everyday meal or a holiday dinner.
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Yield: Serves 4
• 1 small to medium head cauliflower, cut into florets, about 6 cups cauliflower florets
• 2 teaspoons crushed garlic
• 4 tablespoons olive oil
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
• 1/2 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese
Line a large baking pan with foil; spray lightly with cooking spray. Heat oven to 425°.
In a large bowl or food storage bag toss the cauliflower florets with the olive oil, garlic, seasonings, and Parmesan cheese.
Spread the cauliflower out on the prepared baking pan.
Roast for 25 to 30 minutes, turning every 10 minutes, or until tender and lightly browned.
Erika's Tips:
If you have a salad spinner, use the inside colander bowel to wash/drain cauliflower florets, and then give them a spin in the spinner to get all the excess water out.
I interpret crushed garlic as two finely chopped cloves.
Combine garlic, olive oil, salt, and pepper into a large bowl. MIX. Add half the cauliflower and mix again.... add the rest of the cauliflower and then mix again.... THEN add the Parmesan cheese and mix. I use a spatula to mix with, and it is more folding process than mixing.

This recipe comes from my mom... she got it online somewhere?

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Friday, April 26, 2013

W is for Wind Farm

I've done many across country road trips and I never get sick of seeing wind farms. I love them. They are some what memorizing... sitting out there, spinning in the wind. Round and round they go, when they stop, nobody knows.
Wind Farm
I remember the first time I stopped near a turbine. It was for geocache, of course. I was surprised just how big they really were.

Wind turbines - Oklahoma

Wind Farm

Thursday, April 25, 2013

V is for Vitamin


These are the BEST. 

What kind of vitamins do you take?

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

U is for Up

Looking up

Looking up. 

Sometimes things look better from a different perspective.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

T is for Tombstone in Tombstone

I visited Boothill Graveard in 2011, you can see the post here. It has more pictures ;-)

Monday, April 22, 2013

Saturday, April 20, 2013

R is for Rescue

I've rescued a couple cacti from the yard. They seem to pop up every once and a while near the base of the house or under the shade of a bush. Now they are in my pots! Not really sure if that is rescuing or imprisoning them, but they'll lead a good life with lots of water(but not too much) and attention.


Friday, April 19, 2013

Q is for Quail

I used to work at a park. We had a Red Tailed Hawk and a Screech Owl that we used for live animal programs. Yes, I used to be that girl giving speeches about the animals while holding the live ones in my hands (snakes, birds, turtles & toads) not real glamorous animals or anything, but native to the area. 

Anyway. Since we had all those animals we also had to take care of those animals... and feed those animals. Earlier in the day we would take out a frozen treat for the birds. Most of the time they were frozen mice but occasionally they would get a quail. I remember not really knowing what a quail was (other than a bird).... and I had no idea what it looked like or anything, because I always stuck to the mice.

Fast forward a few years later. Now I'm in Arizona and there are quail everywhere. I put two and two together. I LOVE the little quails and am happy I never fed the hawk one ;-)

Thursday, April 18, 2013

P is for Propagate

I'm really having fun with the whole gardening thing this year. My mom has a Christmas Cactus that she's had for about 3 years...

Christmas Cactus 

.... Its really beautiful so I did some reading up on how to propagate a Christmas Cacti and decided I could grow another one with cuttings from  hers...


So, cross your fingers form me! I hope it works (I'll late you know around Christmas time ;-)

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Day Off

Sundays are days off for the A-Z Challenge so I thought I'd update you on a couple things. A few lady bugs have stuck around... Go watch my VIDEO if you haven't already.

And I finished one of my mushroom towels...


...And that is about it. I'm liking the A-Z challenge... but have NO idea what I'm going to do for m, n, o, p, q and r this upcoming week! I think next year will be much easier. I will be able to plan months ahead!

Saturday, April 13, 2013

L is for Lots of Ladybugs

If you are a regular reader you will remember I planted some beans in March. Since then I have added tomatoes, cilantro, bell peppers and an eggplant. There is some rosemary going from last year to complete our mini garden. Really, only the tomatoes and beans belong to me... but I take care of all of them ;-)


Over the last few weeks I've noticed whiteflies on the plants. Lots of them. I tried soapy water, sprays and sticky traps and none of them seemed to work. I read online that ladybugs help get rid of these pests, so I found a place in town to purchase some. Arbico Organics also does online sales so check them out...

Anyway for 8 bucks I got 1500 ladybugs. Way too many for my little garden, but I figure most of them will fly away. Who am I kidding, I'll probably go out tomorrow and they will ALL be gone..... But the whole buying a releasing was quite the experience...

Check out the video and don't mind me freaking out a little when they get on me ;-)

Friday, April 12, 2013

K is for Kit

There are a ton of cute mason jar sewing kits on pinterest.... and I've been wanting to make one. So I did what any logical crafter would do... I found the perfect excuse to make one!

One of my friends expressed an interest in trying her hand at stitching after I sent her a hand embroidered towel I had made. I told her I was going to put a little kit together for her so she'd have everything she needed. I'm not sure if she believed me... but I got right to it!

Sewing Kit
Embroidery needles, DMC Floss, water soluble pen, needle threaders, scissors, pins (not really needed for embroidery but they kind of pull it all together!).
I also included a hoop and a pre-washed & pre-patterened towel.

You can find the pattern here: Mac n' Cheese!
In addition to the kit, I emailed her some tips along with links to videos with stitch tutorials. If anyone is interested in that part, let me know in the comments and I can forward the e-mail you as well ;-)

I don't know if the kit will ever get used, but I had a lot of fun making it and sharing it with you!

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

H is for Hanging

So I forgot about my "H" post. Technically I remembered just in time. I didn't plan anything today so I thought I'd dig through the archives and find pictures of things hanging... enjoy!

Colored Walls

Bird Church

Tree in Michigan


Monday, April 8, 2013

G is for Glow

Whenever I babysit, I try to bring a craft of something fun for the kids to do. So this weekend, I brought some glow in the dark bubbles with me. $2.99 at Walgreen's.


While the whole glowing part was neat, the actual BUBBLES do not glow. Just the bottle glows.... along with everything you spill the solution on or wherever the bubbles pop (hands, arms, legs, hair, clothes, patio furniture, grass...)

So...save your $2.99. They sound like a lot more fun than they actually are. When it comes to bubble blowing the kiddos seem to have a lot more fun with the bubble snake.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

F is for Fungi

I'm working on my 80's swap sewing project.... and it just happens to be a pretty notable fungi.


This shroom is from Mario Brothers. It's being stitched on to a dish towel and underneath it will say "Get a Life". For those of you that don't know the wonderful world of Mario Bothers(really?), the green mushroom gives you an extra life.

If time permits, I'm also going make a red version with the words "Grow Up" underneath it..... because the red mushroom in Mario Bros makes you bigger! Fun Fun Fungi!!

Here is some of the REAL stuff. Pictures by me of course!

Shroom Gills

Shrooms in Ohio

Mushroom Not Eggs



This post is part of the April A-Z Challenge. One letter a day, Monday - Saturday in the month of April. Read more about the challenge here.

Friday, April 5, 2013

E is for Earrings

I joined a 1980's swap on flickr. I thought it was a general craft swap, but it turns out it is a sewing swap. Having had already bought the materials to make some 80's earrings, I decided go ahead and make them anyway.

Earring tutorial HERE

They will be included in my package as a bonus for my swap partner. I loved the way they turned out! They were relatively easy to make, aside from jamming the bead reamer halfway under my fingernail, ouch!
Have you ever made your own jewelry? 
Feel free to link to blog post showing your handmade jewelry if you've blogged it!

This post is part of the April A-Z Challenge. One letter a day, Monday - Saturday in the month of April. Read more about the challenge here.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

D is for Dive Stick

My Travel bug, The Dive Stick has been busy in the water - thanks to geocacher AdventureMike.

It even got a free ride to the grand canyon!

I was just there in the fall... And was able to match the locations. Look at the above photo and my photo below. Top right is a ledge is match to the one in the middle of mine.

Look here is another one....


Thank AdventureMike for showing my Travel Bug a good time AND taking photos!

If you are wondering what a Tavel Bug is.... it is part of Geocaching, watch the video below.

This post is part of the April A-Z Challenge. One letter a day, Monday - Saturday in the month of April. Read more about the challenge here.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

C is fo Chips

I struggled to find something for my "C" post, so while eating lunch the other day at work I snapped a picture of the vending machine.


What are your FAVORITE Chips???
I'm a fan of the good old traditional Nacho Cheese Doritos myself.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

B is for Ball

A ball made as a result of boredom and an attempt to lighten the yarn stash. Simple pattern can be found HERE.

Monday, April 1, 2013

A is for Amigurumi

Cutting it close with this post... 1.5 hours to spare!

This is a small project I've been working on the last couple of days. When finished, it will be a small amigurumi dog and it will be a birthday gift for one of the kiddos I babysit for.

I found the pattern free online, when I find it again I'll try to post it here!

4 more legs and a tail to go....