Sunday, December 4, 2011

Aluparotha...yummy

My sis-in-law Shama was teaching me how to make Aluparotha. I would write the recipe down, Shama really didn't follow one.  She such a pro she measures with her eye. 
I can tell you the list of ingredients: Drumlin Flour, hot water, salt. for the filling it mashed potatoes, cumin, salt, turmeric powder, mashed garlic.



 The trick to making Aluparotha is the "dumpling like" fold you have to do in order for the filling to stay on the inside.  Then roll out the patties and cook it in a low pan on high heat.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Mama

 Gracias  para la vida, tu me ha dado tanto.



I miss you

Monday, April 18, 2011

Birds of Breslau

It definitely spring around here.  While at work on Saturday( at the garden center) I was talking to gentleman who, with his wife operate a website in Breslau. Breslau is area on the out skirt of Kitchener.  There they have a 24hour live camera feed of an Osprey family.

Two different camera angle capturing all the action. Here is one of them.

Live TV : Ustream

Zeus and Hara are back in town to rebuild their nest and start there family.  It's actually pretty cool, the only action right now is them building there nest.  No babies yet, can wait to see the little ones.
Check it out at Birds of Breslau

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Giveaway on Glam Doll Lumi

Lumi from Glam Doll Lumi's blog is doing a great giveaway!
This is her second giveaway.  I love this reading this blog, Lumi does make-up tutorials and How To.  She also does videos on her You Tube Channel and teaches you how to get the glam look..  You know I love make-up!!  If you are into make up you should check out her blog.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Canada Blooms

A couple of weekends ago we were in Toronto and the convention center we were at was having the "Canada Blooms" show.  This place was full of beautiful flower arrangements and people walking about with their arms full of bags with plants in them.  There was one particular plant that caught my eye, it was lovely and the color was not one I have seen before.  It was a blue orchid called the Mystic Blue Orchid.  It is new variety that is not dyed by adding blue coloring to the water but a hybrid .
Mystic Blue Orchid 3
An older gentleman was carrying one so I asked if I could take a couple of pictures.  He told me that he had bought for $30.00.  Wow that's so cheap!
Mystic Blue Orchid 1
At the front entrance to the show they had a giant cake on display, yummy!  It was decorated with soft pink Magnolias made out of fondant.
So pretty!!
Now that I am back at work, I just can't wait for spring to start!!  We are slowly getting in our stock, today we received some trees and lots of spreading junipers.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

The people @ Comic Con

So one of the many cool things about these conventions is meeting new people.  And of course seeing your idols in the flesh.  This year the only one I was really interested in meeting and maybe paid to get an autograph was from Billy Dee Williams. 
I was satisfied with just taking a picture of him.  
We ended up getting an autograph  from Arron Douglas, he played  "Chief" in BSG.  I was so happy to meet and talk to him. 
What a cool guy, so funny! 
His friend next to him at the same booth was Toby Proctor.  He is a voice and film actor.  He did the voice of "Tuxedo Mask" from the Sailor Moon cartoons.
I really enjoyed talking to these guys because they let you know what cool things are coming up, like the new series of Sailor Moon graphic novels that will be release in May 2011.  How cool is that!
And of course another one of my favorites is my friend Sam Tweedle.  We always see him at the Fan Expos and Comic Cons every year.  He always has great stories to share with us from the many interviews he does at these things.
Sam is the writer of a really wonderful blog called Confessions of a Pop Culture Addict.  He interviews some of films greatest movie & t.v stars and pop culture icons.
Also, I met a bunch of great gals from the Toronto Roller Derby.  They were taking names for a draw to win a pair a tickets to their next match.  I one a pair but unfortunately I couldn't go :(
My sister and I talked about maybe getting into roller derby, it looks like a lot of fun.
That's just some of the wonderful people that I got a chance to talk to.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Comic Con Part 2

The People!
I love looking at all the people who come to these things.  This event was much smaller than the Fan Expo in the summer time, but you get to see some die hard fans out there.  It cool to see people get all dressed up in their favorite character, and the effort they put into their costume.  That takes commitment to make your outfit, and then wear for the whole day(over 8 hours). Here are a couple of people who caught my eye.
Senior Lando
I thought this guy did good with his outfit.  I was very impressed.
Streefight chic & Supergirl
Ghost Buster & Darth Vader
Good job to everyone!!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Comic Con Part 1

We had lots of fun at Comic Con weekend.  There is so much to see, lots of artist, stars, information tables & vendors.  My personal favorites are seeing the artist, and picking up a print of their work.  I was impress with a few and saw a couple that I've been a fan of for a long time. Like Lamin Martin, his work is so beautiful.  Every year we try to pick up his latest collection.
"Fields" - Lamin Martin
JM Ken Niimura is a new artist to me.  He had some great illustration for sale and a collection of his work in graphic novel form.  He is from Japan/Spain and now lives in Montreal. He has a blog were he uploads a chapter of his comic every Monday called "514H". http://514h.blogspot.com/ Check it out!
http://niimurablog.blogspot.com/2011/03/go-japan-animo-japon.html
This was the print he was selling at the convention.  All the profits were going to support Japan Red Cross Society. 

Agnes Garbowska is another artist that I really enjoyed. 

She has a couple of children book out called "Yogurt the Ogre".  Really cute stuff.
She has an online comic you can read called "You, me and Zombie"
This is the print we picked up.
Love it!!
That it for part one, there is a couple of more artist that I love.  I will share those with you tomorrow.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Toronto Comic Con Wizard World Convention!

Hey everyone.
Been out of touch lately.  Spending alot of time with my dad, he's been feeling ill.
Plus my memory card with my latest pictures got all screwy.  It why I haven't review anything or been able to share some of the things I been working on, like my craft for the International Craft swap. :(
My camera keeps telling me to format my card.  Is this normal? If I format it will it erase all my pictures on it?  I have over a thousand pics on it.  Unfortunately my computer won't let me load them up either.  Arrgh..has this happen to anyone else? 
Well aside from those things, I am excited about his weekend coming up.  Bob and I are going to Comic Con in Toronto!!! He's been going to them for a couple of years, my first was last year.  I got to meet my child hood crush Gil Gerard who played Buck Rogers!! As a child I was in love with him.
 It was a great day in Cassandra History, we got to meet him and Erin Gray who played Wilma Deering.
They were both really nice and we got a picture and an autograph.  Which will go up in our Buck Rogers Corner in our bedroom.
 Well this time around I am looking forward to meeting Billy Dee Williams, Lando from Empire Strike Back.
We saw him before a couple summers ago at Fan Expo but never got around to getting his autograph.  So hopefully we can get it this time, if it doesn't cost too much.
I will definitely pick up a new memory card and take lots of pictures to share.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Lapis & Llamas

The last couple of days I've been busy trying to organize my crafting area.  The weather's been so nice lately that it gave me a little extra motivation to clean, organize and go through a ton of boxes to find a place for everything.
I also wanted to incorporate some of my mother's crafting supplies that were still in my garage. So far I have just made room for them in my cabinet, they are still in the garage.  But hopefully by Wednesday night they will be all sorted and put away.
We also got Nightcrawler fixed.  She has been so down since we brought her home, at fist all she wanted to do was hangout with Yetti, but today she back to her old self, harassing everybody and everything (especially my Bird of Paradise plant).
Nightcrawler loves spending time with Yetti, and Yetti doesn't mind.  Her home is so cozy that Nightcrawler loves napping in it.

I also wanted to share a couple of things that I received from Chile when some of my family went for a visit.
I just wanted to share with you what my Tia Gladis sent me, this beautiful Lapis Lazuli & silver pendant and earrings.  She knows that Lapis is my favorite stone. She has great taste in silver jewelry and always sends me beautiful pieces.  Gracias Tia!!
I go gaga for Lapis, that is one of things that made me drool over my boyfriend.  Before we started dating I told him about my love for the stone, and he started reciting a few lines from a Yeat's poem Lapis Lazuli, and that was it.
My sister gave me this beautiful bag.  It has another of my loves, Llamas!  I have been using it non stop. Thanks Tamara!!
Hopefully I will have everything sorted and clean and maybe i'll take pictures.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Pastel Cupcakes!

So I finally tried my hand at making a rainbow colored cupcake.  Inspired by reading "How To" post on the The Dainty Squid & Cultural Exposure, who both made yummy looking baked good using food coloring.  On Wednesday evening my niece and I did some baking.  It was her job to pick the colors we were going to make, she was practicing her color making skills. She also picked out the sprinkles that we were going to use, pastel rainbow stars.
 This is the basic run through of the task:
1. Mixed a box of white cake mix as per the directions on the box.
2. Divided the cake mixture into 4 separate bowls.
3. Added food color to the mixture to make four different colors.
4. Lined the the muffin baking sheet with paper cupcakes sleeves.
5. Added cake mixture one color at a time.
6. Bake in oven, and  let cool when done, ice and add sprinkles.

My niece loved, absolutely love doing this project.  She was so good at, and at following directions. She had lots of fun, and so did I!!

Before we started we went to Walmart and Zehrs(my local grocery store) to see if we could find some food coloring other than your basic primary colors, but they had the same box I did.  Where do you get the neon food coloring or anything that is deeper than pastel?  That is all that I seem to be able to make with my kit. And does anyone know if you can use the Wilson Icing coloring on cake mix? I have those and want to know if they would work.
This is my favorite tea cup set! Mushrooms!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Vibrating Mascara!!?

This week we are reviewing the "Sonic Boost Vibrating Mascara".  Vibrate, separate, captivate. This is how Avon describes this product:

Power up your lashes with intense volume, dramatic definition...and eye-opening length and lift. Micro-vibrating brush pushes bristles through lashes for the ultimate coverage and separation. 8000 vibrations per minute help lashes instantly look fuller, longer, lifted & intensely defined. .247 fl. oz.
 It's regularly sells for $16.00, but right now it's on sell for $12.99.

So here are Tamara's thoughts on the mascara:
I love mascara, i use it everyday so I am quite picky when it comes to what type of mascara I will subject my eyes to.  I am familiar with a few differnt "vibrating" mascaras like Maybelline's Pulse Perfection Vibrating mascara. That particular one is my mascara of choice these days because I find most regular mascaras do not keep my lashes seperated and long. So when I heard that Avon released a vibrating mascara, I was all over it, ready to give it a try!

1). it's easy to use. I don't need to hold down a button to maintain the vibration in the mascara, which at times can be annoying with Maybellines Pulse Perfection. Also, I found that the actual vibration was stronger on the Avon Sonic Boost than the Maybelline Pulse Perfection. This helped the seperation effect on my lashes. Its good to note that the vibration was not too strong that it caused a tickle in my eye.

2). the brush of the Sonic Boost is much, much thicker and bristlier..is that a word?..and so the Avon mascara is definitely made to help thicken as you seperate. A huge plus because the Maybelline mascara has a thin, plastic brush so that it will seperate but it does nothing to thicken lashes. Take note that because of the thick brush on the Avon Sonic Boost, the first couple of times you use it you may have to dab off some mascara before applying on your lashes.

3). I have naturaly oily skin, so all of my eyeliners and  mascaras are always waterproof. But the Sonic Boost is not, so I was apprehensive about the staying power of the mascara.  I was pleasantly surprised because it lasted all day and did not give me the raccoon eye look that most non-waterproof mascaras give me. I even slept with it on to see what it could do. When I woke up, some of the mascara had come off but it was only a tad bit a smudged, but not enough to truly notice.
So overall I recommend this mascara to anyone looking to have thicker, longer yet seperated lashes. You just have get used to the vibration and work it through the lashes a few times and you will find that it does do what it claims!  Plus - it's cheaper which is always a bonus!

Thanks Tamara for another great review!!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Plushes

I just wanted to show something I have been working on for a little while.  When I was younger I started writing this story about my bear "Tete" as a intergalactic space traveler, he and his crew were bounty hunters.  I drew sketches and schematics of their ship, but always wanted to do more with the idea.  So decided to take their journey in a Plush direction.  I am loving the way they are turning out.

My button a sepia picture of the new plush Tete.

I still need to make 4 other crew members and will post pictures of them when their finish.