Thursday, September 27, 2012

August "Augie" doggie

You might have noticed a dearth of recipes around here. That's because we had a new arrival on Labor Day.

His name is Augie, he's 10 weeks old, and in the past three weeks, he's almost doubled in size. When we picked him up, he was two handfuls of wiggles, licks and cute, and now he's surpassing our largest cat at a rapid rate. Which is no small feat.

He loves to run.

He loves to chew dirt.

And smell the flowers. Perhaps we should have named him Ferdinand.

He loves to chew squeakers and rawhide and grass and my good scarf. He's still not sure about the barks from next door, and will stick close to us when he hears those. He follows D around all the time, when filling tanks or just doing chores. Oddly, he's very good at amusing himself with a bone and will sit on the kitchen floor while I'm cooking, and not even beg for scraps.

He's always happy, always glad to see us, and always looking ahead for the next challenge. A good lesson, I think. Unless the next challenge is chewing my shoes. :)

Ch ch ch ch ch ch Cherry Bounce — Part 2!

Perhaps you remember that sometime around July, I received a boatload of cherries, and decided to make Cherry Bounce thanks to my literary obsessions?

Well, since then, the cherries, sugar, anise and whiskey have been fermenting away in the basement, happily turning a brilliant red. It's been about two months since we added the whiskey.

I decided it was time to bottle the bounce. I found some cute bottles at Marshalls and sterilized them. Then I assembled the tools -- the cherry bounce, strainers, a large bowl, the bottles and funnels.

I decided to pour the cherry bounce into the strainer in the large bowl, then ladle it into a funnel with a strainer into the jars.

By the way, I only had three of the fancy jars. I filled those plus two quart-size mason jars with the resulting cherry bounce.

Now, we just have to wait until the holidays to drink it! :) Happy Cherry Bounce!

Friday, September 14, 2012

And now for something completely different... from Pinterest

Are you on Pinterest? It's an addiction. I tend to "like" items rather than "pin" them, but I always think I won't get to the projects.

I finally did one project I'd admired. It doesn't look quite like the original, but not too shabby.

Here is the original from Stampingville:

Here is my rewind:

I used a framed mirror I found at the thrift store for 25 cents. Then I stamped the mirror surface with brown ink, and added stickers of grasses at the bottom of the frame.

I traced and cut out the butterflies from some textured white wallpaper, then brushed over them with a brown Prismacolor marker broad tip to highlight the texture. Then I bent the wings out. I glued brown crystals onto a few of them. I adhered them to the mirror with 3M mounting squares, because of the smooth surface of the mirror.

Finally I added a length of pale green textured ribbon on the left side, and left it all to dry overnight. Now, it hangs in my office!