Monday, February 22, 2016

Meet Kitty!

Yep That's Her Name



Kitty and Bruce on her first day home.

We adopted a cat!!!

Bruce and I are still waiting to hear from a puppy we put in an application for but during the wait we decided that we also wanted to have a cat in our lives. Bruce has always been more of a cat person and while I gravitate more towards dogs, I love all cute animals.

So last Saturday we dropped in to St. John’s Humane Services to look at the kitties. Many of them were actually under the weather so we were limited to a pair of kittens and the female cat room.

There was an adorable black kitten that we considered since Bruce would have liked to have a black cat but when we asked about her, there had already been someone who had put in an application. Now experience has taught me that if someone turns in an app before you then your chances of getting that pet are considerably lower. And hey there are tons of cats waiting for loving people to give them a home. We decided to continue our search.

In the female cat room there were plenty of cute fur balls to choose from. Most of them were just chillin’ out, as cats are prone to do while a few were a bit more curious about who we were. Kitty was one of them. She was the most affectionate of the bunch. I took her in my arms and she turned into a purring machine. Bruce liked her the best so we put in an application.

We went home and I anxiously waited for the call to hear if we were approved as the new fur parents of this awesome 2 year-old, spayed Kitty who had been at the shelter since early December.

We got the call Tuesday morning. We went out early afternoon to buy her food, litter box, a few toys and anything else she might need and then went to pick her up. She was confused at first, the shelter had been her home for over two months and suddenly she is being microchipped having other stuff done to her and then being put in a crate and taken to a strange place.

Coming home she explored around the house, wary at first but soon the concerned and nervous meows turned into purrs of contentment. Now almost a week in she is happy and loved and super playful. Her favourite toys being rubber bands and my hair ties. Yesterday she brought me one of my socks as a present. Very proud of herself she was.

Happy and Content Kitty

Kitty is one of the friendliest and sweetest cats I’ve known. We couldn’t have asked for a better cat to welcome into our home. She’s accepted us as her new family and we love her so much already.

Animals are awesome!

Hugs and head rubs from LittleCely and Kitty

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Making Tortillas

I'm Mexican! I Love Making Corn Tortillas! This is How You Make Them.

 

Not my tortillas. I forgot to take a picture of mine...

This is actually stupid simple and there are probably hundreds of other places on the internet that can tell you how this goes but I’m going to do it anyway because why the hell not!

The Tortilla Press

 


You need a tortilla press!

And please don’t be like the average gringo who goes for the super expensive one because it promises tortilla dough won’t stick. That’s bullshit! It will always stick!

Get the cheaper but still well made kind and simply take a ziplock bag and separate it into two pieces, like so:


With plastic the dough really won’t stick! Unless you’ve made it too mushy or too thin, but then that’s your fault. You moron! And you just need to rinse them with water to clean them off. No waste in this space!

MASECA



Next! You need MASECA or some other corn flour alternative. This won’t exactly work with all purpose flour, those tortillas require different steps and are more complicated to make. But that’s okay! Cause those are more fatty anyway! (my Mom makes awesome flour tortillas).

So you have the flour. Pour as much as you think you’ll need. Official recipes say 2 cups but that makes like 12 tortillas, I don’t need so many and I don’t want to freeze leftovers! I want them FRESH!


Add some salt! A pinch is fine.


Now slowly add COLD water. It really should be cold, not freezing, but cold.

 If it looks like this:




You need more water.


If it looks like this:





You’ve used too much water! Add some flour!



If it looks like this:



 It’s perfect.


Now other recipes might suggest to let it sit for about 20 minutes. Well that’s for chumps! And you an honorary Mexican will not tolerate such nonsense. We will charge on.

Put a pan or a large skillet on medium heat. Wait till it’s hot. I guess you could of done this while mixing the dough but it’s too late now so suck it up! Unless you’re reading this first and then making it…

Okay so while it heats make some BALLS!


A bit smaller than these would be better.

Then take a ball and put it in the tortilla press aaaaaand SMUSH.

Now here the average gringo will complain that the resulting tortilla is smaller than expected. Hah! Amateurs. You need to SMUSH it Again!
Before you do rotate the tortilla a quarter turn.

I SMUSH about three times. That will give you a good sized tortilla. Slightly smaller than the press itself.

Now take that raw tortilla goodness and put it on the pan.

Leave it there while you SMUSH a second ball. By the time that SMUSHING process is finished it should be enough time to flip the tortilla.

I use a spatula. Hardcore Mexican mamas use their hands, but I’m a klutz and would burn myself.

After a bit, give it another flip and smush it a little with your spatula. Hopefully it will start to rise, flip again, watch it rise again.

It’s done!

Repeat for as many balls as you have.

If it doesn’t rise, well that sucks but it will probably turn out okay anyway. But keep practicing the rising is what you want to see to know it will be a kickass tortilla.

Enjoy!

High fives for the successful, disappointed head shakes to the failures. (Not really. Just practice!)

This has been a recipe by LittleCely

Monday, February 15, 2016

Deadpool - A No Spoilers Film Review

A Movie 11 Years in the Making


A Super Hero Movie Not for Kids

Thursday night I watched the 10pm IMAX screening of Deadpool in St. John's. I dragged my husband along and he actually kinda liked it. I thought he would, because I know his humor can be a bit twisted and dark at times, and then at others, ridiculously punny. In fact he is a master of puns; that's one of the reasons I love him.

Anyhoo, as a big fan of Mr. Wade Wilson, aka Deadpool, I will be the first to say point blank, that he isn't for everyone. There is a reason Ryan Wilson (Deadpool) and company had to wait 11 years to make this movie a reality: he's violent and foul mouthed and does not shy away from killing his enemies. FOX just didn't think an R-rated super hero movie would sell.

But after some test footage "leaked" online and the fans went wild, the studio couldn't ignore it any longer. And it's paid off.  As I'm writing this the movie is projected to break $150 million this holiday weekend. Not bad at all. (source)

The plot isn't anything out of the ordinary. You get an origin story and a "heroic" rescue; as you would. The reason you watch the movie is for Deadpool as a character and the shenanigans he get's into. He's rough, raw and breaking the fourth wall and making you laugh all along the way. There are also some favorite side characters from the comics who were cast perfectly.

I loved watching it. Seeing my favorite Marvel anti-hero on the big screen was great. There is a complexity to the character underneath all his humor and wit. That's the reason I love him, and it doesn't hurt that he is a confirmed pansexual (Deadpool Represent!). You will get some hints of that throughout the movie if you know what you're looking for.

Oh and if you do decide to watch the movie, stay until the credits roll. You will be treated to an extra cut scene and no one wants to miss one of those. And as with any Marvel movie, keep an eye out for a special cameo by a special person...

Kisses, Hugs and Chimichangas for all! (Deadpool's favorite food)

LittleCely

Monday, February 1, 2016

Lost & Found: Valentine's Edition

A Blog Hop

 

Blog Hop
Read other bloggers' posts here

A blog hop where we write a post about love found and/or lost. For the list of the other bloggers participating click here.

Is this Love?

 

By LittleCely

I found a pot with some soil and a sprout peeking out. A sprout made of wisps of green. It's too soon to know, is this love I have found? Because you know, I didn't see the seed.

It could be infatuation, or lust. Maybe obsession or a passing fancy. All the sprouts from each of those seeds seem the same when they're born and the only thing left for me to do is to wait and see.

Ah, it's no longer just a sprout now, it's blossomed so beautifully. What else could this be? It has to be Love, so majestic and hypnotizing. 

My radiant plant has thorns that sting when I handle it hastily. I must learn to treat it much more gently. But too gently and it starts to wither, the special care I give it is more necessary. In the beginning it was as if I could do no wrong. Any care I gave it, it grew strong. Now it seems more fragile, a wrong move and it won't be long before it's gone.

I made a mistake. It's dying. It's light is fading slowly... Can I save it? Or will I lose it? This Love that means the world to me. It all the depends on what I do next. There's still a chance I know, because I feel it. It's struggle to live beside me.

It all depends on what I do next... the life of my Love, depends on me.

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a Prose Poem by LittleCely



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