Tuesday, November 4, 2014

A Day In The Life ~ November

I started out 2014 with a group of old and new-to-me friends with a blogging project...what with one thing and another, I've missed the last couple of months of our Day in the Life Project.

bebe, RadioMan, myself and one of bebe's little friends went to a rehabilitation complex for injured wildlife recently and I thought this would make a great return to our group project, in a solo kind of way. Our project was (and is) to pick one day (the 4th of each month), taking pictures of our day and the posting the photos later in the month (the 24th). I'm posting early, but that's okay...it's also an incentive to take pictures today to get ready for the 'official' DITL post later this month.

Without further ado, here's our visit to the wildlife rehab center near our home: We saw bald eagles (did you know they can spot-poop up to 6 feet away? Yeah, I didn't get very close to them!), a falcon and about 5 sub-species of owls. The Owl and Falcon featured here are permanent to the rehab park because their injuries prevent them from being rehabbed and released. Poor things.

We also got to walk through the butterfly garden (so beautiful), got a little closer than I'd have liked to a bobcat and sat through an incredibly long (yet very informative) talk about the animals at the park.

Oh, and we roasted hotdogs over an open fire, made s'mores...and saw a toad 'pee' all over another worker.

We had a ball and already have plans to go back in a volunteer capacity.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

#3OnThursday - Halloween Costumes!

Spring and Fall are my favorite seasons. As much as I love summer and as much as I love the snow in winter (you know, until we've had 5+ days of below-zero temperatures), there is something about the scents of budding flowers and growing grass...and of burning leaves and pumpkin everything that I can't get enough of. So much that I decorated our house this year before Labor Day. And I bought my first package of pumpkin spice M&Ms. I am a Fall addict.

Which brings me to this weeks 3 on Thursday - Favorite Halloween Costumes!

I loved dressing up for Halloween as a kid - I can remember being a Roller Derby Girl, I'm pretty sure I was Super Girl one year and (of course) I was a cowboy just like my older brother a few times. But over the years I've had three favorite costumes:

3. Lucy Van Pelt - I love the Peanuts gang ... a couple of years ago bebe wanted to be Snoopy for Halloween, and I decided it would be fun if the three of us dressed up - so RadioMan went as Charlie Brown and I was Lucy Van Pelt - complete with polyester blue dress. We had a ball ... unfortunately I only got pics of bebe. There's one right there:

2. Strawberry Shortcake. I think I was about 7 when I went trick-or-treating as Strawberry Shortcake. I'm not sure why I chose that costume because I was never really a Strawberry fan...but I loved that costume, even the plastic mask that made it hard to see.

1. Wonder Woman - again with the hard-plastic mask that made it hard to see...I had the gold bracelets, the short-shorts and a t-shirt made to look like Wonder Woman's bustier. Man, was I styling! Well, for an 8 year old!

If you're celebrating tomorrow night, have a wonderful time - and be safe!!

What about you? Did you have a favorite Halloween costume from your younger days? And, do you still dress up? 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

#TastyTuesday - Loaded Baked Potato Soup

Happy Tuesday, everyone! Y'all know by now my affinity for crockpot meals...well here comes one more. It's really warm on the NorthCoast today (and yesterday), but this is the perfect soup for a chilly day in the fall and winter...it's warm and hearty and it makes the house smell so good!

Here we go: Crockpot Loaded Baked Potato Soup


30 ounce bag of frozen hashbrowns (I like the cubed kind, you could also cube 1.5 pounds of raw potatoes)
28 ounces of chicken broth (you can sub veggie broth nicely)
10 ounce can cream of chicken soup
1 tablespoon minced onion (i like the dried stuff, primarily because I hate mincing raw onions. If you don't like onion, just leave this ingredient out)
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
8 ounces cream cheese, softened (don't skimp, use Philadelphia brand)
5 slices of cooked bacon, crumbled (don't substitute packaged bacon bits, bake/cook it fresh)
2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese (velveeta will work in a pinch)

In the crockpot pot mix together the hashbrowns, broth, soup, onion and pepper together. Cook on low for 5 hours and then stir in the cream cheese. Cook 30 minutes longer. Dish up, using the bacon crumbles and shredded cheese as garnish. Serve.