>Show and Share Showoffs #16

>     Hi Everyone!

Happy Saturday to everyone! Is for me, as every Saturday is 😉

This week I only had five links, I suppose everyone was busy with Easter. So, rather than do a regular Show Off post, I am going to show off one person, who has very good reason to be proud of her accomplishments.
Let me start by saying that I have tried to do what she has done, twice. I was a dumb, reckless kid who just didn’t feel like going to school so I quit just when I was most equipped to be able to finish. I tried again 20 years later and was stopped by math, of all things, lol! Oh, that and because I was working full time, commuting, volunteering and taking care of the kids as well. So, when someone does it right, with the support of their family, I feel all warm and fuzzy for them. So….

Yay for TinkerAnnieBelle!!!
  She graduated from BYU and look at her, all fresh-faced and ready to begin her future. Oh, and check out her outfit! Go to her blog and see her cute ring and shoe clips too.

>My Most Recent Thrift Scores

>Hey Everyone!

    I have vague plans for everything here and none of it involves wearing it in its original forms…..

I was very attracted to the colors and the print of this dress.

Its even full of gold sequins. SCORE!

Cute black and white rayon skirt.

Another SCORE! As in, MUSICAL score…..

The wind nearly blew my stuff away.

I so wish that this fit me.

This crushed suede is the best.

Seriously, isn’t it awesome?

Stretchy velvet skirt. Lots of stretchy velvet.  ❤

    
     Each of these pieces cost three dollars or less. Wahoo!
  

>194 Dead in America’s South

>     As I was getting ready to go to bed last night, the 10 o’clock news was showing video of Alabama’s tornadoes and ensuing damage. They said there were 25 confirmed dead. The newscaster said that the storms would likely calm down at 2am. Good, I thought, they should get some relief from the storms very quickly.
     When I checked Yahoo news this morning, I saw 195 dead. I am shocked and saddened by what must have been a horrific night for so many of my fellow Americans.
     This blog is supposed to be light and humorous and right this second, I feel that this needs to be addressed and respected. I hope that you will all join me in keeping all of these people in our prayers.

     I also want to offer what may be a little known secret:


When you have lost cell and phone service, OnStar has a much stronger signal and can reach cell towers much further away. Now this is certainly not a sales pitch, I have no affiliation with OnStar or GM. Even if you don’t have a GM vehicle, a friend or neighbor might. OnStar can also give you evacuation information and other disaster assistance. No matter the disaster, be it storms, earthquakes, wildfires, etc. Just keep this in the back of your mind.

     Also, if you haven’t already, ask an out of state friend or relative to call you (and your spouse and children) in the event of a disaster to make contact and make sure you are okay. Even if you cannot call out, they may be able to call in. We have done this after earthquakes, with my out-of-state mother passing word to each of us sisters that the others are okay.

     Does anyone else have an emergency plan or suggestion?

>Limoncello and Lemon Drops

>Hi Everyone!

     Do you have a lemon tree in your yard? My boyfriend has a Meyer tree in his yard and I have a Eureka tree in mine. It has been a good year for lemons and that means that we have more lemons than we know what to do with!! (Should I do a giveaway?)
     Have you heard of Limoncello? Have you tried it? Back in March I made Limoncello using the Meyer lemons. Mmmm, squisito! I found a lot of recipes for this but used one that I found on allrecipes.com. These recipes called for 100 proof vodka but I was only able to find 80 proof. So, that is what I went with…..
Here is the recipe:

Ingredients

  • 10 lemon
  • 1 liter vodka
  • 3 cups white sugar
  • 4 cups water

Directions

  1. Zest the lemons, and place zest into a large glass bottle or jar. Pour in vodka. Cover loosely and let infuse for one week at room temperature.
  2. After one week, combine sugar and water in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil. DO NOT STIR. Boil for 15 minutes. Allow syrup to cool to room temperature.
  3. Stir vodka mixture into syrup. Strain into glass bottles, and seal each bottle with a cork. Let mixture age for 2 weeks at room temperature.
  4. Place bottled liqueur into the freezer. When icy cold, serve in chilled vodka glasses or shot glasses.

Another recipe that I had found said that you could steep the lemon in the vodka up to 40 days. And you can let the completed mixture age for this long as well. Its hard not to count down the days with this, though.

Eureka lemons

Peeling the lemon. Be sure not to get any of the white pith into the mix.

     So, you have heard the phrase, “Waste not, want not”? So I had a bunch of nekkid lemons. How about, while we are waiting for the limoncello, we make some instant gratification cocktails? Again, this recipe is from allrecipes.comallrecipes.com. Lemon Drop:

Ingredients

  • 4 fluid ounces fresh lemon juice
  • 2 fluid ounces vodka
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar
  • crushed ice
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 4 sprigs fresh mint

Directions

  1. In a mixing glass, combine lemon juice, vodka and sugar. Stir until dissolved, then pour into glasses filled with ice. Garnish with a lemon slice and sprig of mint.

These left me with a bit of a pucker face but my boyfriend loves them!

Meyer Limoncello, Eureka lemons and Smirnoff Vodka

The Smirnoff was the smartest buy, ie; the cheapest.

I am wondering how much of a difference there will be between the Meyer and the Eureka Limoncello.

Limoncello with a lemon peel garnish inside.

Fair warning – if you are going to drink your props, make sure that someone else is able to drive when you need to make a grocery run. Just sayin’.

>Best Fail Ever!

>  Hey Everyone!

     I had a crazy bit of a craving for ice cream bars this weekend. Since I am allergic to dairy I used my trusty ice cream maker to whip up some coconut ice cream, vanilla style. Here is the recipe, which I had gotten from Allrecipes.com:

1 can coconut milk
1/3 cup sugar

How easy is that, right???? I doubled the recipe and added about 2 teaspoons of vanilla as I put this into the blender. I then poured it into my ice cream maker and let ‘er rip. When it was finished (I could tell when it was done when my ice cream maker’s motor sounded like it was working way harder than it should) I packed some into popsicle molds and let freeze for several hours (overnight in my case). When it was sufficiently frozen and removed from the molds I melted a bag of chocolate chips. Bad idea. It all melted very nicely and covered the first pop really well. After that, the chocolate kept sliding off the ice cream and it hardened back up, even though it was still heated in the double boiler, over boiling water. I soon gave up and dumped a bunch of coconut into the chocolate and mixed. Lol, I tried again, seeing if this mixture would work. It sort of worked, I covered several ice cream balls that I had made and put everything back into the freezer. When I checked on it later, the ice cream had melted out of the chocolate. Turns out that the chocolate/coconut mixture was so thick it stayed hot over the ice cream and melted it even though everything was in the freezer. Bummer. I picked one up and tried it.

Most delicious fail ever.

I plan to try this again, using meltable chocolate from Trader Joe’s. But until then I will be enjoying my frozen chocolate and coconut “bon bons”.

Dairy free, gluten free, vegan ice cream bars.

Have you ever seen more delicious looking vegan ice cream bars?
Don’tcha want to sink your teeth in?

This is dairy free, gluten free and vegan.

>Show and Share Sunday

>Hi Everyone! Happy Easter!

     Last night I saw the movie Food Inc. The movie was a bit of a shocker and if you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend it. High schools are now showing it to students (I had gotten the recommendation from my son who is a junior). There are a few parts which are disturbing to view (fair warning here) but these are things that I already knew about. What shocked me was the sheer politics involved in food sales and production, how enormous the corn industry is and how much oil is involved in the production of beef. This movie reminded me that:

I need to plant my garden!
My backyard has a rather funky set up. It is mostly cemented in and there are holes in the cement for planting trees (presumably). The previous owners of the house had put half barrels in these holes and put cement blocks around them. Chris and I pulled one of these barrels out of the hole and I planted some zucchini in the barrel. In the hole I mixed in some topsoil mixer to get it ready for some tomatoes. I planted some tomato, zucchini and spaghetti squash seeds. Hoping these sprout!

This is what was happening around the barrels. We removed some of the blocks from around this one. These blocks and barrels are very attractive to black widow spiders. No bueno!!
This barrel came out of the hole and got zucchini planted. Tomatoes will go into the hole.
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