Friday, July 28, 2017

July MiniMoFo: BBQ Chicken (The “V” Word)

Hi everyone! The MiniMoFo theme for July is BBQ, so this week, I tried a recipe I’ve had bookmarked for a while: Vegan Buffalo BBQ Chicken from The “V” Word. It turned out great (I had it with white rice and steamed peppers), and the leftovers were amazing, too! I’ll definitely make this again, but with less hot sauce – ¼ cup was a bit too much for me, but I powered through it this time, haha!

I’ve harvested 17 more cucumbers since my last post (and made two more jars of pickles), and the carrots should be ready to harvest on Sunday, so I’m excited!

Here’s a sharpie & colored pencil sketch I did earlier this week… 

And here’s Buttons having a cat nap with her face in the sunshine… She has a follow-up appointment on Monday with the surgeon to make sure everything’s healed OK from the teeth she had pulled, so fingers crossed that goes well!

Peace. :)

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Pineapple Juice Popsicles with Peaches & Strawberries

Hi everyone! Yesterday I made pineapple juice popsicles. I blended together ¾ cup pineapple juice, 1 cup frozen diced peaches, 1 cup frozen strawberries, and ¼ cup water. 

They turned out really well; I had one today as I took a break from making pickles! I’ve been harvesting lots of cucumbers from my garden…

37 cucumbers so far!

Oh, and I realized I haven’t posted much art here lately… whoops… but I’ve been doing a sketch a day this summer (mostly looking through old animal books and using the illustrations and photos therein as visual guides), and here’s one that turned out nicely. I sketched this using an ultra fine point sharpie and then colored it in with colored pencils. 

Here’s Cringer sleeping next to a bag of potatoes! 

Peace. :)

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Strawberry Lemonade Popsicles… and Blobfest!

Hi everyone! Have you heard of the 1958 movie The Blob? In case you havent, here’s the trailer…

Parts of it were actually filmed here in Phoenixville, most notably the scene where everyone is running out of the movie theater to escape the Blob! So, naturally, every year, Phoenixville celebrates Blobfest, a three-day commemoration of this nugget of local history. On Friday night, participants re-enact the run-out from the Colonial Theatre. Here’s a video of this year’s Run Out, which took place last night…

Saturday is then packed full of Blobfest activities (see the full schedule here). The Streetfair stretches for a block on Bridge Street, with food, music, a bunch of old cars, and vendors selling various crafts, art, spooky things, and vintage stuff...

Several shops in town paint their windows and other buildings get decorated for Blobfest. Here are some that I saw on Bridge Street...

The Colonial Theatre shows The Blob and several other old horror movies on both Saturday and Sunday, but since I’m not much of a horror movie person, I made strawberry lemonade popsicles as my little way of celebrating Blobfest! The frozen strawberries (2 cups), lemon juice (½ cup), water (½ cup), and sugar (2 T) looked a bit blob-like when they got blended together.

I had one of the popsicles when I got back from my brief walk around the Streetfair; it was nice and refreshing!

Leela likes to nap in this closet, and sometimes she sticks her paw out rather dramatically. 

Taking a picture woke her up, but then I was able to get this really cute shot of her!

Peace. :)

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Strawberry, Banana, and Blueberry Ice Cream

Hi everyone! I had some frozen banana & blueberries I wanted to use up, so today I blended them with frozen strawberries for a nice, cool treat! The resulting color was so pretty! 

Here’s Daisy being a little creeper… 

In other news, Buttons has been quite the brave kitty! At her last checkup, the vet told us to keep an eye on one of her canines that looked a bit questionable but didn’t seem to be bothering her. Recently, however, we’d noticed she’d been eating slower and was being extra sensitive about her mouth, so we scheduled another appointment, at which they recommended a dental exam/cleaning, adding that she probably had two teeth that needed to be pulled, maybe more (they couldn’t quite tell because she was fussing so much). So she had her dental appointment yesterday and ended up having three teeth pulled (her upper left canine and two lower premolars). Once I got her home, she recovered fairly quickly from the stress and was so happy to have her dinner! Her appetite has been great, her energy levels are good, and she seems much happier now that those gross teeth are gone! We’re still keeping an eye on her, though, and will be bringing her back in a week for a follow-up. I’m just so glad to have her home; yesterday was so stressful waiting to hear back from the vet! 

Let’s see, what else… I did a bit of gardening/weeding earlier this morning, and I’ll hopefully do more later. Other than that, I plan to keep reading A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn. It’s really good so far! 

Oh, and I wanted to share this cool website ( that a Facebook friend shared. From the site: “Learn more about where you live. is a resource to help North Americans learn more about their local history.” (The Phoenixville library has a book called The Lenape, so that will probably be the next book I check out!)

Peace. :)

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Raspberry Lemonade Popsicles

Hi everyone! This week I made my second attempt at raspberry lemonade popsicles. I blended together 1/8 cup sugar, 1/2 cup lemon juice, 3/4 cup water, and 1 cup frozen raspberries. They turned out alright but next time I’m going to increase the amount of raspberries, decrease the amount of water, and maybe just cut out the sugar altogether, haha!

Also, here’s a look at my garden so far! Most noticeable are the cucumber plants, but there are tomato plants and carrots, too. I recently replanted the snow peas (because the rabbits and/or groundhogs got to them when they were little sprouts) and the kale (because the first round died). I planted pepper seeds as well, so we’ll see how that goes!

Here’s Daisy being her silly little self -- I caught her sitting like this at the top of the stairs earlier this week...

Peace. :)