Thursday, August 6, 2009

Decorating food and fish tanks :)

I was in charge of dinner tonight....what do I make with left over pasta? All I have to do is make sauce! I dug through my magic book for a recipe that I've had for at least 2 years and am not sure where I picked it up.

2 T. Butter
2 T. Flour
1 c. milk
1/4 t. salt

Heat butter and flour in a saucepan until butter is melted. Add milk and cook on medium heat until sauce thickens.

This is an awesome do-whatever-you-want-with-it basic sauce recipe. You can leave it plain, or you can add veggies, shrimp, chicken, boullion, or spices. It can be served over pasta, rice, etc. Tonight I doubled the recipe, added onions and let it cook for a while so the onions weren't crunchy anymore. I add garlic pepper (of course), and dumped in about 1/2 a bag of frozen veggies. I cooked it until it boiled (which meant the veggies are done) and ta-da! Dinner in a 1/2 hour with leftovers! I could have also used it as a filling to a vegetable pot pie...which I will probably do at a later point in time.

I stopped at the pet store today to pick up snails for my turtle. I don't particularly like feeding the turtle live animals, but I do have to say it's impressive to watch a turtle eat a snail and spit out the empty shell a mintue later. But anyways, last time I got the snails, they were gone within a day or so. I decided to put half in the turtle tank and the other half in a separate tank so they could lay eggs (the kind I got are asexual). I did not have anything to decorate the tank with. I climbed in the attic and found a box with vases in it. So now I have a tank with a clear glass vase...not very exciting...back to the drawing board. I searched online to see if there were anyways to decorate your own fish tank without spending a lot (they're only snails after all), but found nothing. I had previously decorated the turtle tank with a couple fish with a special kind of paint that when dry, you can peel off and restick what you painted (like window clings). Not wanting to get super fancy, I whipped out my 50 cent acrylic paints that I had gotten for a previous project and got to work. I got really carried away on the front to the point where I couldn't see anything in the tank anymore, so I turned it around and just decorated the back a little so I could see through. If I decide I don't like it anymore or want to change it, I can just scrape it off and start all over again :) Now it looks very festive and under-water like!

(Picture on the left was the front and picture to the right was the back)

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