Monster Mash

or "cursing while using glitter"

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I made these monster and NPC pieces for our D&D game. I could have just as easily used pennies or just these glass gems as is, but I wanted my newbie D&D players to really get into the game.

What I used:

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Supplies.

  • Images I found via Google Images (thanks random people I’m not crediting because I didn’t get the information), printed out
  • Scissors
  • Glass vase filler rocks
  • Mod Podge
  • A red marker or pen (Sharpies bleed through the paper, so beware!) [not pictured because I am a dolt who had to run around to find one when I got to this step]
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Cut out your monsters. Then, mark an X or whatever indicator you like to show that your monster has died in combat…if your adventurers are lucky!

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Apply Mod Podge to the flat side of your clear glass gems.

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Put your monster images on the Mod Podge, X side down. I like to then flip them over and give ’em a good press.

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Let them dry. It won’t take long, but I like to give them at least an hour, just to be sure. Also, see how you can see the X through the glass? Neat, huh? You could also make these the other way, but I found that the more intricate the art, the harder it is to see through the glass.

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When they are all done and dry, I add them to the monster compote dish. 🙂

That’s it! I used this technique for a work of art I created in college (except you saw the images through the glass on that one). Happy DMing!

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Bacon, Egg and Cheese Ring

open package; put in microwave; heat; eat

TGF and I like to do breakfast on the weekends. During the week, we are in such a rush to get to work we barely have time to make our coffees, much less breakfast. So, one day on the weekend we will go to our favorite breakfast diner, The Breakfast Club, and enjoy their delicious food stuffs. Sometimes, we’ll make breakfast. Sometimes we make breakfast for dinner. Let’s face it, it is a damn shame that so called “breakfast foods” are limited to one time slot of the day!

Anyway, I found this recipe on The Kitchen Life of a Navy Wife blog, and it just sounded so easy and delicious, we had to try it out!

Ingredients:

  • bacon, all cooked up, as much as you like
  • scrambled eggs, the recipe calls for 5 but I think we used 4 out of necessity
  • shredded cheese, we used a mix of cheese (pre-shredded); again, the recipe calls for 1 cup, but in our house we don’t measure the cheese…we just us a lot of it
  • 1 can of crescent rolls
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Fry up the bacon!

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Scramble up those eggs.

Bacon Egg and Cheese Ring | Lazy Lady

Undo the roll dough and lay it out in a “star” shape. Then, place your bacon around the inner circle of the dough.

Bacon Egg and Cheese Ring | Lazy Lady

Next, spoon the eggs on top of the bacon. Sprinkle (or COMPLETELY COVER) with cheese.

Bacon Egg and Cheese Ring | Lazy Lady

Fold over the tips and tuck them under to make a ring or wreath shape.

Bacon Egg and Cheese Ring | Lazy Lady

Bake according to the crescent roll container’s instructions and VIOLA!

This was so good, you guys. SO. GOOD. Go make one. Right now. Om nom nom nom.

February/March Reading Review

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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. F. Baum

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

This was a book I read via the Free Books app on my iPad. It has the entire series! I’ve never read any of them, and I was excited at the opportunity to read them. I really loved ready the original tale of Dorothy and her adventures in Oz. The good ol’ Judy Garland movie did the book justice…to a point. The land of the porcelain people, the story behind the flying monkeys, and the way the Scarecrow, Tin Man and Cowardly Lion each ended up ruling different parts of Oz by the end of their journeys were new to me and I loved the way Baum settled the adventurers’ stories. I am really looking forward to the rest of books.

 America, You Sexy Bitch: A Love Letter to Freedom by Meghan McCain, Michael Ian Black

America, You Sexy Bitch: A Love Letter to Freedom by Michael Ian Black & Meghan McCain

Confession: I haven’t made much headway with this book yet (or should it be “still”?). I’ll have to give you, my lovely readers, a full review when I finally get back to reading this book and finish it. As it is, too many other books that seemed more appealing have been holding my attention instead.

 How to Save Money at Home: A Room-by-Room Guide to Cut Spending Read My rating: 1 of 5 stars2 of 5 stars[ 3 of 5 stars ]4 of 5 stars5 of 5 stars How to Save Money at Home: A Room-by-Room Guide to Cut Spending by Kim Parsell

How to Save Money at Home: A Room-by-Room Guide to Cut Spending by Kim Parsell

It’s a good thing this book was free. Not that it wasn’t well written or anything of the such! It’s just, if you read a lot of money-saving books and blogs, like I do, then this book doesn’t cover anything new. Honestly, the Economides covered this more thoroughly in their book. Still, it did offer some links to pages I want to check out, but haven’t gotten around to, that she provides to aid her readers in their frugal journey.

Grave Sight by Charlaine Harris

Grave Sight by Charlaine Harris

I love, love, love the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris, but have never really read any of her other work. My mom’s friend loaned the first three (of four, as far as I can tell) books in this series, and as she finished them, she handed them off to me. I gobbled them up. This series is about a woman whom was struck by lightening in her teens. Ever since that fateful incident, she has been able to find the dead and see the scene of their death (but she can’t see who killed someone or anything like that). She’s made a living, with the help of her step-brother, out of capitalizing on this unique ability. She goes around on jobs around the country that require her to either find a dead body or tell/confirm the decease’s cause of death.

In the first novel, a young man is killed, ruled a suicide, and Harper is called in to find his missing girlfriend–whom is believed to be dead. Harper does her job, but is trapped by the mystery around the death of these two love birds and the secrets the small town they lived in holds. Oh how I love paranormal mysteries!

Call me “Master”

or you could call it "Lyn wanted a day to just ramble"

Call me

Pound o’ die. Not mine though. :\

So, I am a nerd. I’ve never pretended not to be. I love to read comic books & web comics, play video games, read science fiction and fantasy novels, and play D&D and Magic the Gathering. For a few years now, I’ve been playing a 3.5 edition D&D game with my friends who live along the Gulf coast (or close enough, we have MS, LA and AL covered). We don’t get to play very often and every time we finish up a night of playing, I spend weeks wanting more.

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The 3.5 edition crew, minus TGF (this was before we started dating) and myself, of course, because I’m taking the photo.

TGF started playing with us once we started getting more serious with our relationship. Then we introduced his friends to the world of D&D with the hopes that we could start a game more locally. They were down, and since I was the one in the group with the most experience with D&D, I naturally took on the role of Dungeon Master.

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Our adventurers’ journey began on a boat, but they were attacked by PIRATES!! Muwhahahahahaha.

Anyway, I decided to test out the 5th Edition Beta pack for our local game. A couple of weekends ago, we had our first chance to sit down and play. It was fun! I was a little stressed being the DM. I had so many NPCs with them, and so many monsters that I had to roll a lot while the three players waited (not so patiently) for their turns in combat. I’m still not sure about some rules, and I can’t remember why they wrote things where they did on their player sheets (even though I more than likely told them to write them there), but I just went with it and played it off like I knew what I was doing.

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Oh no! Shipwrecked! Ha ha. Btw, the king cake baby, Green Lantern ring and warrior figure are my players’ markers. None of them represent what their characters actually look like, which I find quite amusing.

TGF’s friends seemed into it, I’ll need to work on my DMing skills though.  I really wish we had a real table and chairs set-up to play on, but one day we might.

This weekend, TGF and I are off to see the 3.5 gang for another game. I’m going to be asking our DM a lot of questions, I can already tell.

Coasters

or "cursing while using glitter"

So I dropped the ball on this PtC post. I have the photo of the supplies needed, but after I took that pic, I didn’t start working on this project. It was a day or two later that I started on it, and I did so in bed, watching Law & Order: SVU while TGF took a nap. Needless to say, I forgot to get process photos. There aren’t any finished photos either because I was making these as a gift, and well, they’ve been given!

Still, this was an easy project and when I go over to my mom’s house (they were a gift for her partner, Karen), they seem to be holding up pretty well!

What you’ll need:

  • Mod Podge
  • Tiles (I got mine at Home Depot, they were like 50¢ a piece)
  • Images you want to use
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Ready to go!

I printed out the images and cut them out first. Then I put a layer of Mod Podge on each tile, the image on top of it, and coated with another layer of Mod Podge. I let them dry for a bit and then I would put another coat on. I did a lot of coats of Mod Podge because I wanted them to be as water-resistant as possible.

These make a great, quick, easy and relatively inexpensive gifts! I want to get some acrylic sealing spray the next time I do them, just to see if it can make them feel more water-resistant.

Bagel Pizzas

open package; put in microwave; heat; eat

We decided to try our hand at making bagel pizzas. They turned out okay. We used whole wheat bagels in an attempt to make these small pizzas “healthier” but the smell of them was a bit of a turn off. They tasted great though. I wish I could remember how long we put them in the oven and at what temp., but

Ingredients:

  • Bagels
  • Red Sauce (we just used Ragu)
  • Mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • Toppings; we used mini pepperonis
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Bagels with some red sauce.

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Cheese and toppings.

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TGF got creative with his pizzas.

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Bake them up and voila! Pizzas!