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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

FND: November 2010

(Playing catch-up)

November 5: Chick, Eddie & Johnnie with steak and roasted sweet potato, carrots and Brussels sprouts.

November 11: Chick, Steve & Gretchen and Diana for gingered cod over soba noodles with beets on the patio

Saturday, November 20: Jennifer and Jeff visited, so we moved FND to Saturday and included Pauline. Eddie served apps of seared tuna and we dined on trout almondine on the patio.

Jennifer and Jeff took Joseph back to Arlington with them to enjoy Thanksgiving, so there was no FND November 26.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

I scrapped my collapsible arm chair

The arm chair before...
And after!

The dog tags attached to the frame say "beat, " "the", "heat" 

Products used: black fabric, Wrights iridescent medium rick rack, American Crafts white thickers, Versamark embossing ink, Stampin' Up heat & stick powder, Glick ultra fine Primsa glitter, UTEE, Prima rhinestone swirls, black button unknown, Autumn Leaves black brad, Ranger stickles, flowers (I think) from Hobby Lobby, AdTech hot glue.

So now I can watch fireworks in style!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Edible 3D Model of a Plant Cell

Yes, I know it's been awhile since I've blogged, but hey, sue me.

This morning Joseph submitted his science project .... two days early! He was motivated by design.

The assignment was to create a 3-D model of a plant or animal cell with 13 parts identified. Extra credit is given if it's edible, and his is completely consumable! He went with a pound cake (denser and less likely to fall apart), lemon icing dyed green for the cytoplasm then darker green for the vacuole, and various candies for the other parts: green Skittles for the chloroplasts, green Mike & Ike's for the mitochondria, white pearl parils dyed green for ribosomes, red gummy worms for Golgi complex; green gummy worm for the smooth endoplasmic reticulum; sugar-coated sour gummy worms for the rough endoplasmic reticulum, a green Hostess Sno-Ball for the nucleus cut in half to show the nucleolus and nuclear membrane; and red fruit roll-up for the cell membrane and tye-dye fruit roll-up for the cell wall.

He typed up a legend showing the parts identified with candy and made toothpick flag markers for the other parts.

I think the best part is the display box I got at Wal-Mart. Got to find and hold on to those recycle items that can be repurposed for school projects!

Scrapbook products used: Glue Arts GlueGlider Pro

Monday, November 1, 2010

FND: October 2010

I just had a great idea: instead of trying -- then failing -- to blog every Friday Night Dinner, I'm going to do a monthly recap. I'll post the menus and guests and the photos that are worthy. And if I don't get everything right -- heck, if I get nothing right -- I'm OK with it.

So, here's October's proof that FND happened three and one-half times:

October 1 - Chick, Pauline, Steve and Gretchen for grilled shrimp apps with lupino beans, and outside for cod over lima beans, potatoes and asparagus. Gretchen provided Little Miss Cupcakes for dessert.

October 8 - Chick, Pauline, Sharon for grilled shrimp and humus nachos then outside for Eddie's famous pallella

October 15 - low key with Chick and Pauline for pork tenderloin over raviolli in a cream sauce.

October 23 we hosted the Oenophiles Fall Wine Dinner at Sunflower Cafe, so FND for 10/22 was cancelled per tradition. The food was difficult to photograph, but here's a shot of the scallop with baby watercress.
October 29 we had Chick, Diana an Jim over for pre- and post-Halloween party parties. Not an official FND,  but Eddie made guacamole, spinach and mushroom quesadillas and beef tacos. Uh, no post-worthy photos.

That was quick and painless! I think I might be able to do this. So look for some posts of previous months for awhile to catch up.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Windows in the News

Here's an example of how small an island Galveston is:

Chick has been coming to Friday Night Dinner for years and, on many occasions, told Eddie if he ever wanted to sell his house to give Chick first dibs. Chick lived on the Strand before the big Galveston downtown restoration over 20 years ago. He bought the third floor of the Magale Building built in 1870, and he grew tired of climbing the stairs. So when Eddie and I bought our home, Eddie sold his 2-bedroom bungalow to Chick.

Little did we know, while we were making wedding plans and moving into the new house and Chick was moving into Eddie's house, Eddie's brother, Kevin, was buying Chick's loft. See? Small island.

Kevin has wonderful plans for the space, but lots of demo has to happen first. He's been cleaning out the place for awhile now, and recently decided to see what was up above. The ceilings are 13 feet, but he was thinking of raising the fourth floor attic for another six feet. That's when he came across the windows: more than a hundred windows many of which are at least a century old, crafted of old growth woods no longer found.

Now we're learning that this section of the Strand was known as the hardware district, and the Magale Building was home to a sash window and door warehouse. Instead of moving out the windows years ago, it must have been easier to hole them up and build in an attic.

Stashing the sashes then has resulted in finding a historical treasure now, making for a newsworthy story. In addition to being on the front page of the local paper, the Houston ABC affiliate also did a segment on the windows.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Part of a Conversation from Last Night

Topic: Negotiation Skills

Veronica: Well sweetie. You know what the means. In that respect, I'm liberal.

Eddie: I have another word for it.

V: What? Weak?

E: No. Foolish.

V: Weak. Foolish. Liberal. What's the difference?