Saturday, December 24, 2011

Chocolate Covered Strawberries - #98

98. Get better with working with Chocolate (1/5 various "projects")

I have always thought that chocolate was a cool but I thought it would be too hard.

What I have learned...


Chocolate takes time and patients, you can not rush the chocolate (while melting or hardening) or it will be mad at you.

Chocolate is alot easier than most people think.


Several people at work were amazed when I brought these tuxedo strawberries to work for a friend. People asked her where she had bought the strawberries. The tuxedo strawberries honestly didn't take me long at all to make them. Just a little patience!




Friday, December 23, 2011

Homemade T-shirt Scarves #99 - Pinterest

One of the first Pinterest projects I found and pinned was these homemade t-shirt scarves.

I was in Michael's one day to pick up something and saw they had t-shirts on sale for 4/$10. I couldn't pass it up. $2.50 for a scarf... I had been looking at other scarves at stores that day and they were anywhere from $15-$30. Being the frugal and creative person I just could not pay that much.

I originally planned on making the one pictured on the pin but what they do not list in the instructions is that you need fabric glue. So I was unable to make that one but I was able to make the other two styles.

And I took photos as I went along.

Scarf #1 - One big blue loop



One extra large t-shirt


Cut of the hem on the bottom of the t-shirt.


Cut the t-shirt just under the sleeves all the way across.


This is what you will need.


Then stretch it out. This will help curl up the edges that were cut (meaning NO SEWING NEEDED!)

Scarves # 2 & 3

Also made from an extra large shirt. 


Cut off hem then cut strips in 1 1/2 - 2 inch strips.


I ended up with 10 strips from hem to under sleeves.


I also did the same thing with a brown shirt. Then pull these strips stretching them so the ends curl up.


And there you have it. 10 minutes + $7.50 in t-shirts = 3 scarves!


And here I am wearing one of the scarves. You can wear them several ways, all long ones, looping them all around in two loops, I like taking 5 of them long then looping the 5 other ones to make a medium and short loop.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

# 62 - Melting Pot - Atlanta, Ga

62. Eat at "new to me" restaurants (8/10)

# 8 - Melting Pot - Atlanta, GA

Colin's brother Ahren sent Colin a gift card to Melting Pot as a congrats for graduating from in-patient care to the Day Program at Shepherd.



Good Self Portrait


Colin had been to Melting Pot before but this was a new experience for me.

We had the four-course experience, Big Night Out. I would love to go back to just have the cheese and dessert course. By the time we got to the fourth (dessert) course, I was almost too full to really enjoy it.


Spinach Artichoke Cheese FondueFontina and Butterkäse cheeses, spinach, artichoke hearts and garlic

I'm still not so sure about the apples with the cheese course but it was all good.

I don't remember which kind of salads we had or the entree and I managed to not take pictures of both.


Our server took our picture for us when she brought out the dessert.



Dippers...Fresh strawberries, bananas, cheesecake, Rice Krispies Treats®, marshmallows, pound cake and brownies for you to dip into any of our decadent chocolate-fondue creations

Yin & YangHalf dark chocolate and half white chocolate artfully swirled for a perfect balance of flavors
VERDICT: I loved it! And I would go back again, but next time only get the cheese and dessert only so I could really enjoy both of them!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

51. Adopt an Angel Tree child each year

51. Adopt an Angel Tree child each year (1/3)

Yes, a year late in updating but I wanted to share what I did last year.

I had not been in the Mobile area too long and the radio stations here do not talk as much about Angel Tree as they do in Jackson so I was not sure where I could pick one up and drop the stuff off.

Instead I ended up giving through a friend who works with Initial Outfitters. They were taking one time donations for Charlie's Lunch for Christmas. So this is what I did last year instead of the Angel Tree.

Monday, December 19, 2011

# 20 - Classes for Bachelor's degree update

20. Complete needed classed to complete Bachelors degree   (6/11)
Well I thought I only had 10 classes left when I made my last school update. But when I was looking over my course list I realized (or so I thought) I had 12 classes to complete. So a quick e-mail to my student advisor (or whatever his official title is) and I found out I have 11 classes not 12. Still I was a little sad to realize I had one more class then I thought.

 I just completed 2 more making it a total of 6 completed. I finished my Information Systems Management and Leadership.
 
I am enrolled in Financial Management and Business Policy and Strategy. I will start these two classes on Wednesday, January 4th. These are 8 week classes that will wrap up on Tuesday, February 28th.
 
The current plan is to finish these two classes and then switch from the "Term" enrollment, where I can only take 2 classes every 8 weeks, to the "pre-course" enrollment where I can take up to 3 classes in a 10 week period to finish the last 3 classes to complete my Bachelors degree!
 
I'll keep you updated!!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Deadline for current 101 list

I found this handy dandy day calculator that allows you to put in a date and then put in years, months, days or weeks that you want to add or subtract from that date and it will take care of the math for you....

Guess when my current 101 list should be completed....

Drum roll please....

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

# 40 - 26 movies

26 movies I have not seen starting with different letters of the alphabet.

a - Avatar
b - Bounty Hunter
c - Crimes of Fashion
d - Date Night
e - Extraordinary Measures
f - Flicka 2
g - Gifted Hands : The Ben Carson Story
h - Hachi - A Dogs Tale
i - The Inheritance
j - Just Wright
k - Killers
l - Letters to Juliet
m - Morning Glory
n
o - On an Island with You
p - Pure Country 2 : The Gift
q
r - Red
s - The Switch
t - Toy Story 3
u
v
w - What If
x - X-Men : First Class
y - Yogi Bear
z

Friday, November 18, 2011

Atlanta Ballet - Four Seasons & Eden Eden - # 95

# 95 - Ballet Performance (1/3)

Atlanta Ballet presented The Four Seasons and Eden|Eden


I think this is the first time I have gone to a ballet that had a orchesta accompiment. It was all beautiful. I really enjoyed Four Seasons. Eden|Eden on the other head was a different story. It was a "modern" ballet. And let me tell you it was strange!!!

Here is what the Alanta Ballet website had to say about both performances.

Touted by critics and patrons as a "modern masterpiece," James Kudelka's The Four Seasons is a rich interpretation of the journey of life. Explore the passage of Everyman's life with the innocence of spring, the passion of summer, the calmness of autumn, and the chilling death of winter. A stunning, mature work – most definitely Kudelka's piece de resistance – this is a story of youth, discovery, and living life to the fullest.

(photo of Four Seasons)

An avant-garde performance, Wayne McGregor's EDEN|EDEN explores a futuristic world of sight and sound. Recently honored as a Commander of the British Empire, McGregor, along with minimalist composer Steve Reich, transports, the audience on a relentless journey of cloning and genetic engineering.


(Not gonna post a photo of Eden|Eden cause it kinda creaps me out. The dancers were dressed as if in the nude with caps on and very little attire. Just take my word on it, it was INTERESTING, and I'm ok with never seeing it again.)



And the good ole self portait!


Thursday, November 17, 2011

Karen Kingsbury Books - # 38

# 38 - Finish Redemption/First Born/Sunrise series by Karen Kingsbury


I finally finished this one and went a step further. Let me explain...


Redemption Series - Baxter Family #1 - In The Redemption Series, Karen Kingsbury brings you the bestselling Redemption Series, five books that follow a family with trials and triumphs like your own. (I actually did a previous post on this series from my original 101 list).


First Born Series - Baxter Family # 2 - Follow your favorite Baxter characters from the Redemption Series; the Firstborn Series focuses on your favorite Baxter characters and gives you an occasional look at the Baxter family, along with updates on the lives of the Baxters.


Sunrise Series - Baxter Family #3 - Read the continuing stories of the lives of the Baxters and Katy and Dayne.

AT THIS POINT I FINISHES MY GOAL... And here is the step further.


 Above the Line Series - (this is not another Baxter series but this series follows right after the Sunrise Series) - Karen introduces a brand new series about "The Producers." This series follows some producers and also continuing to have the Baxter and Flanigan family.




Karen's latest series in the run is the Bailey Flanigan series. If you keep these series in order The Bailey Flanigan books follow the Above the Line series. I have only read the first one in this series. I have been getting most of my books on CD from the library and Leaving is the only one on CD so far.

The Bailey Flanigan series begins with Leaving and finds Bailey leaving Bloomington for the adventure of a lifetime.

Following Leaving, is Learning, then Longing and finally, Loving.

New friends, distance, and circumstances expose cracks in Cody's relationship with Bailey Flanigan. Love, loneliness, big opportunities, and even bigger decisions are featured in the Bailey Flanigan Series that also features members of the popular Baxter family!


Hope everyone enjoys these series as much as I have!!!!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Choosing to SEE by Mary Beth Chapman

# 36 - Non-Fiction Book - (1/2)


I recently finished reading Choosing to See by Mary Beth Chapman.


Mary Beth Chapman's website describes the book saying "Covering her courtship and marriage to Steven Curtis Chapman, struggles for emotional balance, and living with grief, Mary Beth’s story is our story–wondering where God is when the worst happens. In Choosing to SEE, she shows how she wrestles with God even as she has allowed him to write her story–both during times of happiness and those of tragedy. Readers will hear firsthand about the loss of her daughter, the struggle to heal, and the unexpected path God has placed her on. Even as difficult as life can be, Mary Beth Chapman Chooses to SEE."


I enjoyed reading about the Chapman's family journey because I grew up on Steven Curtis Chapman's music.


Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Atlanta Zoo - # 93

Atlanta Zoo - #93 (1/3)


We had a good time at the Atlanta Zoo (another of the City Pass stops).


We were able to watch the monkey feedings. This is one of the funniest things I have seen. The lady feeding the monkey's came into the viewing area where we were sitting with the buckets of food and several of the monkeys came to peek at their dinner and hit on the glass.



Some of my favorite animals at this zoo was the variety of Panda Bears. They were too cute. We also got to see them getting fed as well.

Monday, November 14, 2011

99 - TO BE DETERMINED

So I started a new hobby! It's called Pinterest!

OK! So its not a hobby but it sure is fun! If you don't know what Pinterst is, it is similar to bookmarking favorites on the Internet.

 It allows you to bookmark pictures (kinda like favorites with your Internet browser) but this gives you a visual of what you have booked marked.

This brings me to # 99 - TO BE DETERMINED

I want to try or complete 15 projects or ideas (other than recipes) from Pinterest that I "pin".

#99 - Pinterest Ideas - (0/15)

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Geocaching with the family - FIRST TIME EVER

#97. Go Geocaching with the family (1/3)

So this past August we had our annual family reunion at Clarcko State Park. I was able to take a couple days off of work to go join the family.

This was Uncle David (left) and my first time to go geocaching. We headed into the woods with Uncle David, Uncle Roni, and mom armed with GPS on their phones. Uncle David's old compass and I think dad might have had one too!


Let me tell you it was HOT! And we somehow managed to take off into the woods without the first bottle of water. I think I lost half my body weight in sweat in the woods.


But we found it... our "excited" look! Love you Josh!


There were two different ones we were trying to locate. Part of the group found one of the two before turning in for some hydration, showers, and air conditioning!


D'Lynn, mom and I were the girls in the woods! Love you baby girl!

And yes, some of the picture quality is poor but I think my Iphone did a pretty good job.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Atlanta Aquarium - #94

Atlanta Aquarium - Aquarium #1

 The Atlanta Aquarium was one of the Attractions in the Atlanta City Pass we bought.


We saw the Dolphin Tales show. (This was not included in the City Pass Admission)

The musical part (a guy sings through the whole thing attempting to tell a story) was very cheesy! But the Dolphins doing their thing was GREAT!!

We really enjoyed the aquarium although we were on a limited time so we were not able to take our time when looking at everything.


Friday, November 11, 2011

Starlight Six Drive-In Theater - #39

39. Go to a drive-thru/in movie
I have always wanted to go to a Drive-In movie but there has not been any close by to where I lived.

Starlight Six Drive-In Theater is outside Atlanta, GA. So when I knew I was coming up here for Colin's rehab we knew it would be at the top of our to do list. So we made it a date night one Friday night.



I love this picture! And shockingly it was taken with my IPhone camera. We got to the theater as the sun was setting and the lights had just been turned on to the sign. Making a beautiful picture! 


It was a complete "Drive-In" date featuring dinner at Sonic before getting to the drive-in movies.


I really enjoyed the movies. Starlight offers double features on each screen. And you get in for the LOW price of $7 a person. Not bad for seeing two new release movies. We watched Reel Steel and Dolphin Tale.

I left saying I would love to go back and would more often if I had one close to me. Then wondering what would be involved in opening one in the south.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

New Recipe - Chicken and Black Bean Soup - #8

New Recipe #1 (1/20)
I have found a new hobby and it is called pinteresting... Well not really but Pinterest is very addictive! It allows you to bookmark pictures (kinda like favorites with your Internet browser) but this gives you a visual of what you have booked marked.
Anyways, I have found several recipes I want to try and this is the first one I have tried so far. It doesn't have a name but it came from this blog. You can click on the link and see her blog post.

I am still working on a name but so far I have named it Chicken and Black Bean Soup.

Here we go with pictures!


Ingredients:
Bag of frozen chicken (a bag of frozen chicken is about 3 lbs. this is alot for two people so I only used half a bag)
1 (8 oz) block of cream cheese
1 can black beans (I had accidentally opened black beans instead of black olives the night before that is why they are in the container)
1 can corn
1 can rotel



Add Chicken then cream cheese.


Drain, rinse, and add black beans. 


Drain and add corn.


Add Rotel. Cook 6-8 hours stirring every few hours.



Somehow I managed not to get a picture of the final product but here is one about half way into the cooking after I stirred it.

On the original post she suggests serving it over rice but I am much more a soup fan so I served it with Frito's.

VERDICT: It was good, different and delicious. It was lacking a little in the salt area if you ate it without Frito's but with the Frito's it was the right combo.

Will I make it again? Sure, but probably not on a regular basis.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Changing Purses #81

Changing purses... (#81) I have done better with this one and I'm not sure if it is because it is on the list or just because I am liking the change and variety.

Sorry about the side ways pictures. It is right on my computer but it keeps uploading sideways on the blog. You still get the picture though... LOL!


I saw the blue one at Playless and it was similar to the yellow one I had borrowed from my friend Dara. I liked the purse that I had borrowed so I thought I would add it to my collection!

I had been eyeing the purple purse at New York & Co for a while but couldn't get myself to pay the money they wanted for it. So I went back almost weekly (not for the purse but because a friend and I would hit up their clearance rack on our lunch break), well the purse was finally marked down and I got it for a steal... Either $14 or $16... Can't remember but it was a great deal compared to the original price.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

# 62 - Einstein's

Restaurant # 7 - Einstein's Atlanta, GA



Before heading to the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra performance the other night, Colin and I met Trey at Einstein's for dinner.

VERDICT - Delicious! And I loved the atmosphere!