Friday, July 20, 2012

Sun Mosaic - made of paper

This is my first venture into paper mosiacs. I began by cutting many colors and letters from magazines. Then, I started getting bored of that, because I didn't know what I was going to make with it!
So, I started searching the web for patterns and found many cool things, but decided to use this one: a sun

I started trying to just free hand cut pieces to fit on the pattern, but that was hard, and I saw the great tip somewhere to print two of the pattern and cut one up to use an an actual pattern on my colored papers, so I ended up doing that for part of the face and for the blue and green parts. And then I filled in the still white paper parts with black marker.

I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. Not bad for a first attempt.

I was going to use Mod Podge and cover the whole thing with a layer of it when I was done, but I couldn't find it, so I used mostly a glue stick, but a little white glue here and there.

I haven't decided, yet, if I'm going to attempt another paper mosaic or if I'll try rocks or tiles or broken ceramic dishes or something.
What I think is really awesome is fabric art of this nature, but I think that would require a lot of hand sewing and I just don't enjoy hand sewing all that much. It was hard enough to have the patience to cut and glue tiny pieces of paper.

another day another dinner

For tonight's dinner, I used the leftovers from yesterday's Hawaiian Haystacks.

I put some coconut oil in a big frying pan and sauteed chopped up celery, green bell pepper and green onions, let it cook for like 5 minutes or so, then added a can of chicken and let it cook for 5 or 10 minutes. Then, added some pineapple juice (leftover from the canned pineapple we ate yesterday) and some butter and a little soy sauce, then added a bunch of brown rice (cooked yesterday) and seasonings like lemon pepper, seasoning salt, garlic spread and sesame seeds.

Christian said he liked it, but then he had added cheese and pineapple on top.

Monday, July 16, 2012

What's for dinner?

This dinner looks suspiciously like the previous post; maybe I'm in a rut when it comes to whaaaat's for dinnerrrrr?!
We actually ate this last week, but I think I remember what was in it: a can of chicken, sauteed in olive oil with some seasonings added. Then, sauteed kale in the same pan. In another pan, I heated up a carton of Corn & Lemongrass Soup and added frozen peas and corn and some more random seasonings.

That's pretty much my standard dinner (if I cook): some sort of meat, something green, some kind of sauce or soup and extra veggies - either fresh or frozen. Oh, I also usually add a can of black beans or kidney beans (or both!) to beef it up or rather bean it up... ha... ha...uh, Anyway...

My kids always want to know what dinner is called. Usually I tell them it's called, "Dinner," but sometimes we make up more creative names.

I asked the kids what they thought of this dish. Our conversation went something like this:

Me: Christian, did you like dinner?
Christian: Not especially.
Spencer: It was too pea-y.
Me: Peey?
Spencer: Yea, too many peas.
Me: It had lots of corn.
Venna: Yeah, corns are good!

Good thinking on Venna head.