THE FERAL TURTLE

THE FERAL TURTLE

Friday, April 19, 2013

A Newish Vanity

I have been kinda MIA for a bit.  Why?  Well I have been making like  "Dexter" and plastic wrapping my closet/laundry room.  Kinda like his kill room but for other intentions.  Soon I will post about it...not the killing of course, just the building part of it. And yes, flies have died in the making of this room!
  Anyways, back to the vanity!
It's just paint and legs but here she is....
BEFORE

This came from my Grandma  :)

The top has seen better days.

A secret compartment....well it used to be a secret.

A home for dust.


DURING








A nut is epoxied into the hole and left to set.

AFTER

I decided I wanted it counter height so I added legs.  I screwed them in to  the epoxied nuts.

I used some fantastic wallpaper I scored from Lowes!  Got it for 2 bucks!


Just in case I ever inherit the Queens Crown Jewels.  Don't wanna leave anything to chance;  a lovely red velvet home for them!  And yep, that's real "belvet"   For my sister.




I haven't staged this piece.  It will be in the exact place that it is, except the "Dexter" wrap will be gone, the floor will be finished and maybe, just maybe there will be baseboard.  But that's another episode, so stay tuned for the new season starting this fall.    That means the floor will hopefully get done in the fall....baseboard to follow.  But I will share what's going on above the floor very soon!!!
Cheers.

Friday, April 12, 2013

What's For Dinner?

  Okay!  Let's face it, I am not a cooker girl.   But thanks to my early morning wake-ups and crappy TV reception here in the sticks, I turned on our  (take as much money as you need) Canadian government operated TV station and started watching   Steven and Chris;  two guys who decorate, create, cook and and discuss fashion.  Pretty good show for Canadian Television.  So I sat through the entire show, getting hungrier and hungrier.  I had to grab a bag of Munchos to ease my hunger pains.  Yah, at 5:15 am, I am "horking" down a bag of chips.  At this point, I thought to myself, I should really make an effort to eat a wee bit healthier.  How hard can it be? Hmmmm.... lots of  dirty dishes versus an empty chip bag.  WTH!

I have just copied and pasted this recipe to my site.  You can see the original HERE with great pictures!

Prosciutto Wrapped Chicken Terrine!!!
 I would spice this up a lot more if I make it again.  Garlic, more peppers and spices.  It was pretty good but I felt it was a little bland! 


Serves 8 to 10

Ingredients

12 to 16 slices prosciutto
2 skinless boneless chicken breasts
4 skinless boneless chicken thighs
2 large eggs, lightly whisked
⅔ (150 mL) cup 35% whipping cream
½ (2 mL) tsp each salt and pepper
4 green onions, finely sliced
¼ cup (50 mL) finely sliced fresh basil
4 roasted red peppers, or about 6 to 8 slices
½ (50 mL) cup baby spinach

Directions

Heat oven to 350F (180C). Lightly coat an 8x4 in (1.5 L) loaf pan with oil.
Line inside of pan with sliced prosciutto (you'll need about 3 to 4 slices for each side and one slice each for the end of the pan) ensuring that each slice overlaps a bit so there are no gaps in between.
Slice chicken breasts horizontally into thick strips and set aside for now. Coarsely chop thighs and place this into the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until finely minced. Add eggs, cream, salt and pepper and combine into a thick mixture. Place mixture into a bowl and stir in the finely sliced onion and basil. Makes about 3 cups (725 mL).
Pour one third of the wet mixture into the lined loaf pan and spread out evenly. Layer half of the sliced chicken breast onto this and then cover the sliced chicken with a layer of roasted peppers. Pour half of the remaining wet mixture onto this. Cover with the remaining sliced chicken breast and then top this with the spinach. Pour the last bit of the wet mixture on top. Fold the overhanging prosciutto to completely enclose the terrine.
Cover with foil and place in a deep baking dish. Carefully pour boiling water into the baking dish until it reaches half way up the side of the loaf pan. Bake for 2 hours. Remove from water bath and allow to rest until it comes to room temperature. Lift one corner of the foil and drain any liquid from the pan and discard this liquid.
Refrigerate overnight, covered. Turn out from loaf pan onto a serving dish. With a damp paper towel, gently wipe away any fat that might have settled on the loaf.
Slice and serve topped with Tomate Jaleo and slices of crusty bread.

The recipe for the Tomate Jaleo can be found HERE  (I didn't make it.  No tomatoes!)




Having a water bath.

This is what it looks like baked...something from a Sci Fi movie...not pretty!


The mess


and more :(

Creepy....kind of like one of those skin experiments.

Looks somewhat better than the Sci Fi experiment out of the oven.


All plated up for a real meal.


No Munchos for me tonight!


I am on a roll!  I had a half a can of Eagle Brand sweetened
 condensed milk left in the fridge.  I decided to whip up a 
batch of fancy layered Jello treats.  How you ask?  A little bit
 of lazy mixed with a lack of Jello variety.  I guess you are
 supposed to let the layers set up before adding the next....
who's got time for this?
  Heres my lazy girl Creamsicle Jello:

I package of Knox geletin
1/2 can Eagle Brand
1/2 cup hot water
Mix the geletin and hot water and stir until dissolved.  Stir in Eagle Brand.
Pour in a pan and put in freezer for about 12 minutes.

In a seperate bowl combine
1 package of orange Jello
1 cup boiling water
Stir until dissolved
I tried to do layers but after 12 minutes of trying to
 get the Eagle Brand mix to set up in my freezer, my lack of
 patience kicked in, plus I didn't have the time to wait.  I
 pulled my partially set mixture out of the freezer and poured
 the orange in.  I gently stirred the two so that it was half ass
 mixed.  That's it!





  So cook away and happy dish washing (>_<)
But..


HAPPY EATING!!!!

Cheers.

My apologies to all my bloggy friends!  I have been somewhat absent from

 blogland due to a  lack of time.   I promise, this weekend, to catch up

 on all your wonderful posts.


Sunday, April 7, 2013

Glue Gun Holder

Somethings can be very frustrating, like when your glue gun sticks to your work surface.
  I won't mention what happens to the work surface after trying to peel off the glue gun and the glue  (>_<)
  I was cruizin a post that was featured on Craft: Daily and came across this awesome little project.  It made promises of an unblemished table......(^_^)
Thanks to Karen at
The Art Of Doing Stuff
 for showing me a few keyboard emoticons!

The Amazing Glue Gun Holder


  I changed my pattern up, but the outcome is the same!
Materials needed:

I cut this all from scraps of wood.
I used a 6x6 tile....if you use a smaller one, you could make your holder smaller!
1 pc. 3/4 inch plywood or MDF: 11 x 8
1 pc. 1/4 inch plywood or MDF: 11 x 8
1 pc. 3/4 inch plywood or MDF: 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 one side cut on an angle.
glue
screws

I cut the edge of the plywood on an angle.  This will make the holder for the glue gun.   I made my angle cut first for safety as I didn't want to run a tiny piece of plywood through the table saw.    I  cut the other piece from this scrap too.  My 1/4 inch piece was cut at the same time to ensure an exact fit.  (Every time I made a cut on the 3/4 inch piece, I did the same to the 1/4 inch piece before I changed my guide on the table saw.  This ensures and exact fit of the  11 x 8 pieces.)
I placed the tile on top of the 1/4 inch MDF, where it would be in the finished position and traced around it.

Drilled the four corners so I could fit my jigsaw in there to cut out an inside square.
Voila!

I  placed the 1/4 inch wood on top of the 3/4 inch plywood and marked the center of the cutout onto the 3/4 inch  piece.  I drilled a hole in the 3/4 inch ply.  This is used to pop the tile out for cleaning.  You can just stick your finger through the bottom of the plywood and push the tile out.

The glue gun holder is marked on the straight side.  This will create the hole that the glue gun will sit in.
I used a large bit for the round part of the hole.  This ensures a better curve than my unsteady hands with a jigsaw.  I used the jigsaw to cut the straight part of the cuts.

These are the parts that you should have.

Assembly was done with glue.  The 1/4 inch wood was place on top of the 3/4 inch plywood so that the finger hole is centered in the square cutout of the 1/4 inch piece.    I propped the glue gun holder part (5 1/2 x 5 1/2piece) using what I had on hand, which turned out to be the glue bottle for one and a spray pump bottle for the other.

I drilled two pilot hole up through the bottom at an angle to firmly secure the holder to the base.
I countersunk the screws so they won't scratch the surface of your work area.
The unpainted finished product!

I painted them both a bright color so they are easily spotted in the clutter of a craft room!

Tile is popped into place after paint dries and your glue gun is ready for action.


This is one of the first ones I made.  I put nail tacks on each corner to hold the 1/4 inch plywood to the 3/4 inch plywood.  I realized this was not necessary so I didn't bother to do it on the last two I made.

Now I am ready for a glue gun party.
  People have those, right?

Cheers!

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