Archive for November, 2009

Christmas Tubes

Monday, November 30th, 2009

Well, Christmas season has begun, and here are some tubes to get you started!

Tou:¬† These tubes were created by me, Dragon’s Breath.¬† You have free use of the tube, just do not claim it as your own.¬† If your group requires a copyright notice (I do not), please write:¬† copyright:¬† Dragon’s Breath.

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Enjoy!  and Happy holidays!

Happy Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 26th, 2009

 

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Happy Thanksgiving!  I hope everyone has a nice day with their families.  May your families be blessed!

We are having a small gathering at my house with my 2 children and my mother-in-law.¬† My sister-in-law was supposed to come, but she’s sick.¬† So it will be a cozy little gathering this year.¬† I might actually get to enjoy it, since I won’t be spending all my morning cooking.¬† lol¬† We did the dessert baking yesterday.¬†

This week seems to have flown by, without me getting much on my “To Do” list completed.¬† I’ve been working on projects for our Countdown to Christmas activity, but don’t quite have any of them ready.¬† I guess I’ll be doing that tomorrow.¬† Maybe my hubby will let me be.¬† lol

We’ve been “running the roads”, running errands for everything.¬† We attended a memorial service for Tommy’s sister-in-law.¬† We’ve completed last-minute shopping for¬† Thanksgiving.¬† My son has been coming to visit us!¬† I think he misses his mom’s cooking.¬† lol¬† We have also completed most of our Christmas shopping.¬† I was never one to fight the crowds at the holidays, so you will not see me out on Black Friday.¬†

Have a blessed day!

Thanksgiving Tubes

Sunday, November 8th, 2009

Here are some poser tubes that I made using DAZ Studio.
TOU: These tubes were created by me, Dragon’s Breath. You have free use of the tube, just do not claim it as your own. If your group requires a copyright notice (I do not), please write: copyright: Dragon’s Breath.

 

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TOU:¬† These tubes were created by me, Dragon’s Breath.¬† You have free use of the tube, just do not claim it as your own.¬† If your group requires a copyright notice (I do not), please write:¬† copyright:¬† Dragon’s Breath.

I have some tubes from last year also available here.

Renaissance Festival

Saturday, November 7th, 2009

It’s not a far drive from our house.¬† About 45 minutes, all interstate, except for the last 15 minutes.¬† When you get there, you wouldn’t know you were in the right place, if it wouldn’t be for the big billboard sign.¬† The parking attendants direct you to drive around on a dirt road through the trees.¬† There are pine trees and other trees all around.¬† You park in a big field, this time freshly mowed, and then walk a good distance to a path that leads down into a “valley” in the trees.¬† It’s not until you get up to the pay gates that you notice the big “castle” wall that guards the entrance to the Village of Allbright, at the Louisiana Renaissance Festival.

It was a beautiful day to go.¬† All sunny and no clouds.¬† The temperatures did not get up past 70, so it really wasn’t too hot.¬† And I enjoyed the 3 hours of walking around the lake and in the wooded area.¬† A good day to enjoy nature.¬† There were many beautiful costumes to admire, and lots of nature to see.¬† And of course, plenty of dragons!¬† We saw dragon statues, dragon figurines, dragon tattoos, dragon puppets, and the ferry is even named Dragon’s Breath.¬† Oh, and quite of bit of fae decor as well.

My hubby bought me a golden dragon puppet this year at Lady Fayre’s shop.¬† The shopkeeper was very sweet, and carefully wrapped my prize gold dragon for me, promising me that the wires on the puppet would not be tangled when we got home — and it wasn’t!¬† Here’s a pic of it hanging in the corner of my living room:

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All of the shopkeepers and festival participants were very friendly and helpful, though be warned that because they are depicting the renaissance era, there can be some rather bawdy comments thrown around.¬† We watched a glass blower (Haller Glass) working on a dragon -style earwrap.¬†¬† There were also plenty of jewelry shops and knife shops.¬† The food was good, too — funnel cakes, hamburgers, hot dogs, homemade potato chips, giant turkey legs, some mediterranean style food.

They have plenty of shows to keep you there all day.¬† We had seen the jousting last year, so we watched the falconry show this year.¬† It was educational about the birds of prey and the art of falconry, as well as entertaining to see those beautiful birds fly.¬† But there are also mini shows going on around the festival.¬† We saw the procession of the Queen and Her majesty’s party.¬† A beautiful black horse pulled her around on a carriage.

I regret not bringing my own camera, which has telephoto capabilities, but it’s rather bulky.¬† So I settled for my daughter’s small camera, which does not have telephoto campabilities and is not as good at capturing detail.¬† But below is a slideshow of some of the things we saw while at the festival.¬† I would have included pics from our visits from previous years, but I think they were lost when my pc crashed last Thanksgiving.

 

Cloudy Earth Tube

Monday, November 2nd, 2009

I created this earth tube in Photoshop.

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The tube contains only the cloudy earth.¬† I created the tube.¬† You are free to use it as you like, just do not call it your own.¬† If your group requires a copyright, please use¬† copyright:¬† Dragon’s Breath.

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Belated Halloween Tubes

Monday, November 2nd, 2009

With everything going on with school and my health,¬† I didn’t get a chance to upload these halloween tubes until now.¬† But here they are.

TOU:¬† These Poser tubes were created by me, Dragon’s Breath.¬† You have free use of the tube, just do not claim it as your own.¬† If your group requires a copyright notice (I do not), please write:¬† copyright:¬† Dragon’s Breath.

These are transparent PNGs, just save them from the blog

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These are zipped files:

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TOU:¬† These Poser tubes were created by me, Dragon’s Breath.¬† You have free use of the tube, just do not claim it as your own.¬† If your group requires a copyright notice (I do not), please write:¬† copyright:¬† Dragon’s Breath.

Mocha Ricotta Creme

Monday, November 2nd, 2009

1/2 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
1/2 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 package sugar substitute
Dash espresso powder
5 mini chocolate chips

Mix together the ricotta cheese, cocoa powder, vanilla extract, and sugar supstitute in a dessert bowl.  Serve chilled with dusting of espresso powder and sprinkle of chocolate chips.

Serves 1

Nutritional Information

per serving:  261 calories, 15 g protein, 17 g carbohydrates, 14 g fat, 9 g saturated fat, 166 mg sodium, 42 mg cholesterol, 0 g fiber

Southbeach diet, phase 1

Hummus

Monday, November 2nd, 2009

1 can (15 ounces) chickpeas
2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup tahini (sesame paste)
1/2 chopped yellow onion
3 cloves garlic, chopped
2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
2 tsp ground cumin
1/8 tsp ground red pepper

Drain the chickpeas, reserving 1/4 – 1/2 cup of the liquid.

Combine the chickpeas, tahini, onion, garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, cumin, and red pepper in a blender or food processor.  Puree until smooth, adding the chicpea liquid if necessary to thin the puree.  Refrigerate 3 Р4 hours before serving to blend the flavors.

Serves 5

Nutritional information

per serving:  251 calories, 8 g protein, 23 g carbohydrates, 16 g fat, 2 g saturated fat, 447 mg sodium, 0 g cholesterol, 5 g fiber

Southbeach diet, phase 1

Crab Cobb Salad

Monday, November 2nd, 2009

6 cups, romaine lettuce, torn into bite-size pieces
1 can crabmeat (6 ounces), drained
1 cup diced ripe tomatoes, or cherry tomatoes halved
1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese
2 tbsp cholesterol free bacon bits
1/4 cup low-sugar dressing, or olive oil vinaigrette

Chill 2 plates

Arrange the lettuce on a large serving platter.  Arrange the crabmeat, tomatoes, cheese, bacon bits in rows over the lettuce. 

Right before serving, drizzle some dressing over the salad and toss well.  Transfer to the 2 chilled plates.

Serves 2

Nutritional Information:

per serving:  267 calories, 27 g protein, 12 g carbohydrates, 13  g fat, 4 g saturated fat, 1012 mg sodium, 95 mg cholesterol, 4 g fiber.

Southbeach diet, phase 1

Greek Salad

Monday, November 2nd, 2009

8 leaves romaine lettuce, torn into bite-size pieces
1 cucumber, peeled, seeded, and sliced
1 tomato, chopped
1/2 cup sliced red onion
1/2 cup crumbled reduced-fat feta cheese
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 tsp dried oregano leaves
1/2 tsp salt

Combine the cucumber, lettuce, tomato, onion, and cheese in a large bowl.  Whisk together the oil, lemon juice, oregano and salt in a small bowl.  Pour over the lettuce mixture and toss until coated.

Serves 1.

Nutritional Information:
Per serving:  501 calories, 22 g protein, 25 g carbohydrates, 38 g fat, 10 g saturated fat, 2300 mg sodium, 30 mg cholesterol, 6 g fiber.

Greek sald w/out salt:  1134 mg sodium

Southbeach diet, phase 1