Friday, June 29, 2012

Trying to Get Back In the Groove

I haven't felt much like writing anything lately and I've been busy anyway. We're still working on the thank you cards for my mother-in-law's service and trying to get addresses for a handful of people.

Here's my thought of the day: If you go to a funeral and there's a sign-in book, please consider writing down your address as well. The family might already have it, but if they don't, they are going to need it.

Unfortunately, there are people we are not going to have addresses to send them a card, thanking them for attending Mom's service. We've gone to multiple family members with our list of needed addresses and even looked people up online, but there are people who will not hear from us because they didn't leave an address and no one knows how to get a hold of them. Shoot, I actually sent the idea of including an address in the guest book over to Hints from Heloise over at The Washington Post.

Anyway, I think I may have come up with a partially original fish batter last night. I couldn't find a recipe for a batter in any of my cook books last night, so I decided to wing it, based on what I knew I needed.

--1 bottle of beer, your choice
--2 eggs, slightly beaten
--2 1/2 cups of flour
--1 teaspoon of Cajun flavored spices (your choice, optional)
--Tabasco sauce or hot sauce of your choice
--catfish cutlets, thawed
--oil for frying

I mixed the beer and eggs together first, and then added the flour to this mixture in 1/2 cup increments. This makes a thick batter, so I was glad I added the spices. (The Cajun spices we had was some brand I'd never heard of before and my husband had picked up along the way.) It just added a hint of flavor, which was good to cut down the batter a bit.

Heat the oil in a skillet (we have a deep fryer but I didn't want to drag that out last night) over medium-high heat.  Once it's hot, coat the catfish cutlets and add them to the oil. I turned them after about 5 minutes and let them fry until the batter was a dark golden color. As the batter cooked, there were some places where it cracked open, but that was on the meatier, bigger cutlets.

Allow the cutlets to drain/dry on a plate covered with a paper towel. Before serving, throw on a little hot sauce.

I'm sure this is not an original recipe, but I'm really happy with how it turned out. And so was my husband...we both went back for seconds!

Walking Dead Swap on Craftster

I'm telling you, I need a break from the swaps on Craftster. :) I was a part of "The Walking Dead Swap" on Craftster recently. This particular swap, I knew the kinds of things I wanted to make and just had to hope they tied in to my partner's likes somehow.

1. Comic/TV Show/Both?
tv show, i have not seen a comic around where i live!
2. Favorite character(s) List in order of importance-
Darryl - rick - glenn (For me, I would list them as Glenn, Darryl and Rick.)
3. Favorite color-
Orange - Blue - White
4. Allergies-
5. Are you willing to be partnered with someone who lives in a different country?
6. What would you like to receive?
I like zombies in general, my son and I love to read books on the subject. I would like to receive whatever my partners prefers. just receiving would be interesting
7. What do you not want to receive?
8. What is your craft? (knit/sew/paint/beading/etc)
i can do native american beadwork, sew, craft with my glue gun!!
9. Anything else you would like your partner to know about you?
i pretty much enjoy zombie movies in general. I'm out going and love to do crafts of all sorts, i like to try new crafts and enjoy it. if you would like to ask me anything feel free to ask Smiley
don't have one

Unfortunately, my partner, pearljam94, and I each a death in the family during this swap, so we each needed more time to finish up our projects. Pearljam94 said my package to her did arrive but she hasn't posed pictures in the gallery yet, so I'm going to post them in a day or two.

I knew from the get-go, I wanted to do some kind of portrait of Glenn. But I'm no painter...I get frustrated when I try to paint and it doesn't turn out exactly perfect. So, I cheated a little. I found a picture of Steven Yeun online that I really liked, as Glenn, took it into Photoshop, cloned out his features, and then smeared it. Once this image was big enough, I projected it onto the "canvas" with a mini projector, traced it on in pencil, and started painting.
This was actually a wall hanging print from Big Lots that I bought for $5. 

The grey background is actually primer paint. It looked like a tin ceiling tile print. The red splatter around him is really watered down red crafting paint that I flicked on. I am really freaking happy with how my portrait of Glenn turned out! It pained me a little to send it away.

I also bought a wall clock from Wal-Mart and redid the face of it, the same way I redid my crafting room clock a while back. I used Photoshop to design a new face. Rick was originally in this image, on horseback, riding into Atlanta, right below 5 o'clock but it looked busy and full in that corner so I cloned him out. I did try including a red bloody biohazard symbol in the center where the hands come through but that looked busy too.
A quick and dirty before picture of the clock, taken apart, and the new face.
The frame of the clock was plain white but I added some red crafting paint bloody fingerprints to it, because everything is better with blood. :)
Back in it's box and ready to ship.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Think We Had a Mini Hurricane

We were expected to have a thunderstorm and rain this afternoon, and boy, did we ever! I think this might have been a mini hurricane! I know it's so not safe to drive and take cell phone pictures during a storm, but I couldn't resist!

The clouds were building in Norfolk this afternoon. This is heading north on Kempsville, just south of I-64, just after 5 PM. The rain was actually forecast to begin around 3 PM. We had some giant drops start falling around 4 PM.

At the intersection of Kempsville and Virginia Beach Blvd., still heading north. This was taken about five minutes after the first photo. You can't really see it in this photo, but the clouds were grey and the sky was green. The last time I saw a green sky was the morning after Hurricane Floyd was supposed to hit us in 1999.

Same intersection as above, but looking slightly east.

Here comes the rain and wind in sheets. I believe this is on Military Highway, still going north, about 5-10 minutes after the above photo was taken, right around 5:20-5:30 PM.
I finally had to put my phone down after this last photo. The rain and wind was moving the Blazer around somewhat as I drove. But as bad as it got here with this storm, we didn't lose any branches and the power at the house didn't even flicker.