Sunday, January 26, 2014

Cream Cheese Cinnamon Toast - dessert pizza style

My husband LOVES the dessert pizza they make at our local pizza joint. The kind with the pizza dough folded over the cream cheese filling and covered in buttery cinnamon and sugar.

I experimented with a quick, easy toast version of it at home tonight and it turned out delicious. He loved it.

The filling:

8 oz. cream cheese
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla

Use a fork to mash it all up together and stir till it's mixed well. Spread it over a slice of bread and place on a foil-covered toaster oven rack.

Spread some butter or margarine (we use Move Over Butter) fairly thickly, all the way to the edges, on another slice of bread. Sprinkle cinnamon sugar over it till it's completely covered. I keep a shaker of cinnamon sugar in my spice rack (about 2 Tbs. sugar and 1/4 tsp. cinnamon).

Place the buttered cinnamon-covered bread on top of the cream cheese bread (cinnamon side up) and toast it in the toaster oven till the cinnamon mixture is gooey and browned to your liking.

We only toasted two and the rest of the filling went in the fridge for another night.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

First step toward a children's book app

My very first animated .gif !

I've been kind of watching illustrator Will Terry's progress on creating children's book apps. Also looking around a tiny bit on Google's app creator. Tonight I searched "animation software" and discovered that the illustration software I've been using all along, GIMP, can do animated .gifs. So I watched this short tutorial on YouTube...

... and then created the swimming fish up there.

I have a long way to go toward a children's book app but I'm gonna get there.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

50 Pounds of Dimes vs. 50 Pounds of Quarters

Which would you rather have... 50 pounds of quarters or 50 pounds of dimes? Which is worth more?

Well I was curious. But I only weighed 1 pound of each...

1 lb. Nickels = $4.60

1 lb. Dimes = $20.20

1 lb. Quarters = $20.50


50 lbs. Nickels = $230

50 lbs. Dimes = $1,010

50 lbs. Quarters = $1,025

Not much difference between the dimes and the quarters. Supposedly, the silver content should decide their worth but our coins haven't had any silver in them since 1964.

Anyway, before I weighed them, I would have picked the dimes.

Every once in a while someone will tell me I have too much time on my hands. Those are usually the people who suffer from a deplorable lack of curiosity.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Driver/Occupant Armed window decal, sticker

Car window decal I designed with the women in my family in mind. Message is short and sweet. Maybe avoid a confrontation all-together if the bad guy knows who's armed. Two decals on an 11x3 vinyl bumper sticker.

driver occupant armed window decal sticker

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Painted Guitar

Had an old guitar that College Man's grandfather gave to me for painting on a long time ago. The neck has a crack where it attaches to the body at the back.

I sanded the gloss off of it with 220 and wiped it down with a damp sponge. Used regular ole craft paint on it. Still needs a clear coat.

The silver part is my son, College Man's style. I browsed his facebook photos till I found one of his sharpee designs that I thought I could mimic. Mine isn't executed nearly as well as his. The blue part has the lyrics to Desperado painted in darker blue. The sides are a gorgeous turquoise.

Finally. A plan comes together. Shoes - goodwill, 3 years ago. Hat - ebay, 4 years ago. Chair - garage sale, 1 year ago. Painted the guitar - last night. Goose neck lamp - bedroom, just now.

Sure needs some John Lee Hooker star stocks though.

All in one so I can pin it...

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Frozen Dog Treat

This is our dog Jewel with her frozen dog treat. She has thick fur and that fuzzy undercoat that needs to be brushed out in the spring. I feel so bad for her here in the Texas summers but we have tried to get her to hang out in a baby pool and she just doesn't seem to be a water-loving dog. I also trim her fur pretty short when the temp gets into the 90's each summer. Normally she has a big ruff around her neck.

I watered down a can of beef broth, about 2 cans of water to 1 can of broth. Poured it into two cereal bowls and floated a couple of Milk Bone MaroSnacks in the broth and put it in the freezer overnight.

There was also a jar of store-bought turkey gravy on the shelf that I bought cheap just before Thanksgiving last year and then didn't have the guts to serve (made good ole dependable giblet gravy instead). I watered that way down and poured it into about 4 plastic cups, floated a milk bone snack in each, and froze them as well.

Had to run a little warm water over the bottom of the bowl to get the treat to slip out.

Jewel picked up her frozen treat from the dog bowl and got comfortable with it under a tree.

We got Jewel from a rescue shelter. Her coloring looks German Shepherd but the shape of her head is definitely border collie. She is the smartest dog I've ever had. Our previous dog, Tasha, was a grumpy old fart and would turn the water bowl over every day. On purpose, it seemed. Leaving them without water the rest of the day until we got home from work. One day when I got home, I looked out the kitchen window to see if the water bowl was turned over. It was empty but had been turned right-side up. Jewel had the water hose in her mouth; she set the end of it in the bowl and then looked at it, waiting for the water to come out. I filled it up for her and then finally went to the hardware store to get a big metal "undumpable" tub for their water.

These "indestructible" rubber Kong dog toys seem like they'd be pretty good. You stuff some dog treats inside and they work to get them out. Supposed to keep them busy for a while, kind of a boredom and stress buster. One lady talked about putting treats inside, filling it the rest of the way with a mix of greek yogurt and peanut butter, then freezing it. I'm pretty sure Jewel wants one of these.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

DIY Drinking Water Filter with Aquarium Charcoal

I've been filling up water jugs down at Cool Clear Water. Tastes great; I love it. But I drink a lot of water and would really like to not go down there with so many jugs every week or haul one of those big honkin' bottles back and forth. So I bought one of those "Pur" water filters that snaps on to the faucet. The water did NOT taste good. If it doesn't taste good, I'm not gonna drink it. I want crisp, clean-tasting water.

So I happened to have a big tub of activated charcoal for aquarium filters. I rinsed it, and rinsed it some more, and some more and some more. Took a lot of rinsing for the water to stop being gray. Then I drilled a tiny hole in the lid of this tall smartwater bottle you see here, cut the bottom off the bottle, turned it upside-down into a glass jar with a coffee filter, filled the water bottle with my rinsed charcoal, and poured my "pur" filtered water into the charcoal.

A tub of activated charcoal for aquarium filters is waaay cheaper than the pur or brita pitcher filters, which contain only a tiny amount of charcoal.

The water is sitting in the bottle while it slowly drains through the tiny hole in the lid (the longer the contact with the charcoal, the better). It is passing through the coffee filter (to catch any remaining charcoal dust, even though it's healthy for you - people even eat charcoal tablets - blecccchhh), and into the glass jar.

I have tasted it, I have guzzled it, and I declare it gooood.

Update: It seems like if a jug of water sits for several days to let the chlorine fade out before running it through the homemade filter, it tastes even better.