Sunday, January 26, 2014

Crafty Saturday at Home

I spent yesterday creating things...including a big mess. :) 

Since J does all the cooking during the week, I try to take over that task on the weekends that I am home.  I make extra for the freezer, so he always has something he can heat up quickly if he does not feel like cooking. 

I made something new last night-- Buffalo Wing Chicken Meatballs.  They were stuffed with a piece of Feta cheese.
I used 2 lbs. of ground chicken breast mixed with an egg, diced red pepper, diced red onion, 4 cloves of garlic, and whatever spices you like--I used poultry seasoning, basil, salt and pepper.  Bake at 400 degrees for 20 - 25 minutes (depends on how big you make them). Don't over cook or they will be too dry.
While baking melt 1/2 cup butter and about 1/2 cup of Frank's Hot Sauce.  Lightly toss the chicken meatballs in this sauce just prior to serving.
I also added some spring colors to a denim wreath I made last fall:
and I turned these little paper pieces into that heart quilt block:
All in all I had a most enjoyable frigid winter Saturday staying home in my p.j.'s the wholel day!  I am planning to do pretty much the same thing today!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Frigid Temperatures Fun

I got home from work yesterday and it was 8 degrees with a wind chill of -13 degrees.  I decided it was time to try a bubble-blowing experiment that I have been seeing on the net. 

You heat up your bubble solution to boiling and then go outside and blow bubbles. Blowing bubbles in below zero temps!! How cool is that?  The bubbles are supposed to freeze as they drift through the air.  You catch them before they hit the ground and shatter and they are gorgeous works of  frozen art.

So  I heated my soapy bubble solution in the microwave and went outside in my bathrobe and winter boots (the moment I get home from work I put my warm cozy bathrobe on).   On my first bubble-blowing attempt, I had Crocs on, but the snow entered all the holes and I had wet feet--not a good thing in below zero temps--so the boots went on for this second attempt.
I caught a bubble (not as easy to do as you might think!):
It looked just like it would on a balmy July afternoon.  Nothing froze!  I was so disappointed!

I decided to try another experiment.  I boiled two cups of water in a 4-cup Pyrex measuring cup.  I took it outside and tossed it in the air:
It is supposed to turn to snow and, I think, it did!   Finally success!  DH was standing behind me taking the pics and did not quite capture the "snow" as it moved too quickly across the left side.

Have any of you tried either of these?  I had a blast...most fun I have had outside since my garden frosted over!
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