Friday, January 21, 2011

Southern Animal Adventures and more

I'm at the point to where I'm ready to start wearing khaki camp shirts and changing my name to Mi Hanna. Last weekend while taking a leisurely drive, I spotted a pretty young white tailed doe in the woods. The next day (I wrote about it), my sister, Katie and myself ran upon a possum. I've wrote in the past about our encounters with racoons, possums, skunks, rabbits, mice and snakes. My latest animal encounter happened just yesterday. As we were coming home from picking Katie up from school, of all things that I spot right across from our driveway, an armadillo. It's so strange seeing these basically nocturnal animals during the day. I'm guessing it's because of the very frigid Winter we've had thus far. Another surprise and yet alarming was how this armadillo allowed me to get so close for pictures. He stayed around the area for a very long time, I would say past dusk approximately 5:30PM. He acted as if nothing was going to scare him away from some delicious grub. Trust me, he tore up jack across the street and on our property. Katie really enjoyed watching him routing around for food. I know they are not the most beautiful creatures, but here is your Bama armadillo.

Americal Idol
Last year, Doug and I agreed that American Idol was pretty much over for us.  We just didn't enjoy the show that much last year.  Knowing the American Idol premiere was starting last Wednesday, Doug and I decided to give it a chance.  Well, I'm so glad we did.  Steve Taylor and Jennifer Lopez is doing a fantastic job, I believe.  In the 80's, I was a fan of "Aerosmith" with it's lead singer Steve Taylor.  I've always enjoyed listening to their music.  Jennifer Lopez is just amazing, if you look back from where she started and to see what she's been able to accomplish.  I never knew how funny Steve can be and his famous high note on AI is funny to me because that's his signature, just like Randy Jackson's "Dawg".  We've just really enjoyed watching it both Wednesday and last night.  I guess Doug and I are hooked on Idol once again.  LOL! 

Thank You
I just wanted to squeeze in a quick "Thank You" to those of you that like Colton's hair cut.  I was afraid that you wouldn't like it.  Doug still giggles at his hair, but he says that he likes it. 

I Didn't Know

OMGoodness!  I think Channing Tatum is so yummy and to think he has roots right here in Alabama.  What a surprise!  This video is old, but glad I ran across it. 

Crystal Pendants
I had to share this with you.  I think they are so pretty and would make wonderful gifts.  I know I would love to receive one of these. 
You can get all the supplies you need to make this pendant from Hobby Lobby .  The Swarovski Crystal (shown) sales for approximately $5 each.  The design shown is actually scrapbook paper of your choice.  and finished with a silver bail.  I found this project from Little Birdie Secrets.  Of course, it was recommended that you clip any excess paper sticking out with scissors, file the paper on edges just a little (don't file the crystal) with a fingernail file and apply a little diamond glaze on the back of the paper.  It sounds so simple and would love to try it out. 

For the instructions and tips, CLICK HERE!

Kit-Kat and Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe
I found this recipe from Little Bitty Bakes and had to share it with you.  I haven't had the chance to make them, but they sound so good.  I mean, come on, anything with Kit-Kat and Chocolate Chips are bound to be delicious!  Just looking at this picture makes my mouth water. I copied the recipe, so I would make sure to have it on hand.
Kit-Kat and Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies

Makes about 3 dozen large cookies

1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1 cup crushed Kit-Kats
1 cup milk chocolate chips

Heat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl, beat butter, peanut butter, and sugars until creamy. Add eggs and vanilla, and beat until blended.

In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and salt. Add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, stirring until mixed. Stir in Kit-Kats and chocolate chips.

For large cookies, drop cookie dough by 2 tablespoonfuls onto an ungreased cookie sheet, 3 inches apart (I used my whoopie pie pan – muffin top pans work too). Bake about 12 minutes, until light golden brown.

Live, Laugh, Love!



Laura said...

I watched this season for the first time last night {I missed Wednesday night} and totally cracked up! I love all the new judges! Of course, Wayne still thinks that the show is a complete waste of time and refuses to watch. He's AI...An Idiot, what can I say?

Allison said...

Channing Tatum was born in Cullman believe it or not! :)
Love the haircut on Colton too and I'm so glad you got photos of an armadillo, I have wanted to see one up close for a long time! :)
I will have to try that recipe too, I made chocolate chip and butterscotch cookies yesterday.