Wednesday, September 18, 2013
|I captured this images from the Smithsonian National Zoo Panda Cam. This is Mei and her female cub.|
Only 5 zoos in America have panda bears and they're all on loan from China for reproductive purposes. A specialist from China monitors all efforts. It's quite an operation they've got going on. Lun Lun has been interesting to watch and learn about because there are twins. I learned from their informative site, Atlanta does have the better site for information and updates, that pandas really only know how to take care of one baby. In the wild, one will most likely not survive if there are twins. So the Atlanta team switches out the cubs every 4 hours. So while Lun Lun takes care of one, the zookeepers care for the other. Or as they refer to them, Cub A and Cub B. Pandas are not named until their 100th day which is Chinese tradition. Of course, the naming contests are underway! And yes, I did enter to win the trip to Atlanta to be a part of the party. The twins are a month older than Mei's little girl cub. I'm just glad there's a girl this time. San Diego had a boy last year.
|Image captured from Zoo Atlanta's Panda Cam. Their view is smaller and darker. I did lighten this up so it would show better. This is Lun Lun and one of her cubs. They sleep like this a lot. I hope Mei will when little girl is bigger.|
These cubs grow so fast! I check every morning and throughout the day, and then again when I'm home. Told you, I'm obsessed. When I'm feeling overwhelmed or frustrated, I switch over to the cams. I feel so much better. The National Zoo has good camera work. They zoom in and even have sound. Oh my goodness, that's so much fun to listen to. These babies are very vocal. I can smile and laugh at Mei's cub for hours! She's a talker that girl. The Atlanta zookeepers say the twins are too, but I don't know since they don't have sound. Now for Atlanta, their camera is alright. The dens tend to be pretty dark. But I've seen some pretty cute moments. Both cameras are black and white unfortunately.
|I captured this image from the National Zoo Smithsonian's Panda Cam. Mei and her female cub. Thought this was a funny position. These mama bears hold and carry their babies much like we do. Except they will use their mouth.|
Hope you learned a little something and thank you for humoring me while I talk about the babies! Please hop over to the sites and learn more about the species, raising cubs, and what you can do to help their survival. On those sites you'll see official color pictures.
Posted by Finding Charm at 7:59 PM
Thursday, August 15, 2013
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup milk
- 1 Tablespoon canola oil
- 1 large egg, lightly beaten
- 1/2 cup butter, melted
- 3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
- 1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon
- First, make the pancake batter. Mix together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Gradually whisk in the milk, oil, and egg until just combined. Make sure not to overmix– Lumps are okay!
- Now make the cinnamon filling. Mix all the ingredients together and pour into a ziploc bag. You want this mixture to be very liquidy.
- Heat large skillet over medium-low heat. Scoop about 3/4 cup batter onto the skillet. Cut off the corner of your ziploc bag of filling and squeeze a spiral of the filling onto the top of the pancake. When bubbles begin to appear on the surface, flip over and cook until just browned (an additional 1-2 minutes).
***** Sarah's Advice and Alterations *****As usual when it comes to a Pinterest recipe, I always have to make some sort of alteration to make it work. I made this recipe exactly as listed, but I struggled with it. The batter was too runny and adding the filling made it worse since it's melted butter. With my slight tweaks, they were easier to make and came out just as tasty and the way I like them.
- Cut the cinnamon filling in half or make a double batch of pancakes. I ended up with a ton of filling leftover. I just saved it for the next weekend and made another batch of pancakes. No harm done.
- Thicken up the batter and not use so much to make the pancake. 3/4 c. is a lot of batter when it's super thin like this recipe. I added less than a quarter cup of extra flour. But make it to the texture you like. I think the third step is the most helpful.
- Don't add the filling rings to the pancake until it starts to bubble. Swirl then flip. I found the pancakes came out much better.
- I made a sugar glaze from powdered sugar and a splash of milk and drizzled over the pancakes. Totally optional.
If you try these, let me know what you think.
Posted by Finding Charm at 8:02 PM
Sunday, June 30, 2013
If you have a Bloglovin account, be sure to use the app that will automatically import Google Reader subscriptions! Simply log in to your account and follow the instructions that pop up on the screen. If you do not get the auto prompt, go to your icon in the upper right hand of the screen, hover your mouse over it until you see this:
Click on the "Import from Google Readers" and follow the steps.
Posted by Finding Charm at 3:05 PM
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
|Graphic courtesy of 3martinilunches|
Sunday, June 16, 2013
I do know others who grew up around me who do cook that way, but was wondering what others do in other parts of the country. Do you cook differently for summer vs. winter?
Here are some new summer recipes I want to try this year from my Pinterest boards:
|Watermelon Lemonade Margarita|
|Chicken Almond Salad|
|Seven Layer Ice Cream Pie|
Posted by Finding Charm at 12:07 PM
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
How about a yummy Pinterest Meal idea? It's warmed up and I was thinking light summer recipes.
|Flavored Water Ideas|
|Rocky Road Pudding Mousse|
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Wednesday, April 3, 2013
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Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Go to Finding Charm's Facebook page and hover over the "Liked" button. A little window will show up with the following options: Get Notifications, Show in News Feed, and Add to Interest Lists.
Be sure to click on Show in News Feed or Get Notifications. I wouldn't do both because you will get duplicate content and that's not necessary. Show in News Feed does exactly what it says, but if you select Get Notifications, you will receive a message that I have made a post. Now you can better organize your Facebook feeds from your favorite pages.
Sunday, March 24, 2013
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Sunday, March 3, 2013
Crock Pot Chicken Parmesan
Saturday, February 23, 2013
Thursday, February 21, 2013
|Buckskin Leather Double Pocket Shoulder Bag with Butterfly bead work LG6|
|Antler smoking pipe (P-18)|
|Knife with Horn and Tulip Wood Handled and Hand Stitched Snake Skin and Leather Belt Sheath (K-48)|
You can find sashes and shawls, jewelry, pet items, archery, and treasure boxes in Wyndwalker Creations Etsy and Handmade Artists shops.
Wyndwalker Creations on Facebook
Wyndwalker Creations on Twitter
Wyndwalker Creations on Pinterest
Wyndwalker Creations blog
Posted by Finding Charm at 7:58 PM
Thursday, February 14, 2013
|Beaded baby moccasins Buckskin baby moccasins 6 month to 1 year leather moccasins|
|Beaded leather pocketbook case Smartphone case Buckskin leather wallet Handmade leather clutch|
|Wolf paw medicine bag Leather drawstring neck pouch with beaded wolf paw totem|
Great bag for carrying dog treats on your walks!
Psst - and Thunderrose Leather Shop is having a sale! You can get 20% off if you enter THUNDERROSE at checkout!
You can find Thunderrose all over the net!
Thunderrose Leather Shop on Handmade Artists
Thunderrose Leather Shop on Etsy
Thunderrose Leather Shop on Facebook
Thunderrose Leather Shop's Blog
Thunderrose Leather Shop's Website
Posted by Finding Charm at 12:19 PM
Monday, February 11, 2013
1. Smothered Chicken Casserole. 2. Baby Greens with Grapes, Hot Sweet Pecans and Gorgonzola Vinaigrette. 3. Red Velvet White Chocolate Chip Cookies 3. Owl Always Love you Cupcakes
And because these gals are too adorable not to share
Monday, February 4, 2013
In addition to the chainmaille artistry, the Alchemist Vessel also works with sterling silver and gemstones. In this Rose Quartz Jewelry Set you can see that chainmaille doesn't venture far.
For the lovers of far away places of make believe there you'll find sterling silver pegasus earrings - that of course, are chainmaille too.
Keep up with Alix and the Alchemist Vessel at your favorite online spot!
Posted by Finding Charm at 8:30 PM
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
At Reef Botanicals this is where Eric and Larissa sell their handcrafted artisan pamper yourself products. I added the artisan, because I think most of it looks like art. I also added pamper yourself products because all the goodies you'll find here are all that you'll need for that sweet bath you keep telling yourself you'll treat yourself too. One thing sticks out about their products and that all of it from the base to the fragrance is all natural ingredients. So natural that most of the products are suitable to vegans. Inside Reef Botanicals you'll find soap, bath salts, candles, and even a men's line of bath products.
The Serenity Fizzy Bath Bomb is so pretty. I don't think I'd use it because it's just too pretty.
Now because I have lip balm everywhere, I just had to show off the Orange You Glad I am Your Honey Lip Balm. Great Valentine's Day gift, right?
Want to know more about Reef Botanicals? Follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and keep up with them on their blog.
Switching gears we'll now visit Fabric of My Mind. This is definitely a shop that weaves the many different crafts that occur outside of the powder room. Here you'll find handmade accessories, photography, toys, and even patterns and tutorials. Wear glasses when you're on the computer? Keep them protected from all that desk clutter with this floral eyeglass case. I love to color. It's such an ageless activity. I'd love to make the other kids jealous with these mini star crayons! Hop on over to Fabric of My Mind and see what goodies you can find to make the other kids jealous of you.
Posted by Finding Charm at 8:15 PM
Sunday, January 20, 2013
Rasmussen Gems also provides services that I do not often find in the handmade community. He can provide jewelry repair services. He is well trained from attending the International Gem Society, Gemological Institute of America, and Penn Foster Career School to learn jewelry design and repair.
Rasmussen Gems also provides gem identification and appraisal services. Gems can be hard to determine - at least for me. Especially the real from the fake or because gems are naturally occurring, the color variants can maybe lead to a different stone in particular. I've run into that a couple of times. I'll think a stone is one gem, but in fact, it's something else.
I've never heard of picture granite. I must live under a rock!
Strawberry Quartz Oval
I just love this Faceted Topaz ring. The colors, the feminine qualities.
Rasmussen Gems also blogs! Join him.
Posted by Finding Charm at 12:38 PM
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
|There's no cold air getting in this cap!|
|My favorite color!!!|
Now if crocheting wasn't busy enough work to keep a shop full, LisianBlue then becomes Reflections. Reflections is a stained glass and painted glass shop. Reflections is one of a kind because very few, and I mean few, are ever reproduced. Reflections wants your stained glass or crafted glass creation truly unique. My favorite section in this shop is the glass candle holders. Very out of the box and unexpected. I'll let the picture speak for itself.
For the jewelry makers out there, she also makes really pretty glass pendants including handpainted! I especially like the detail in this domino art pendant.
If you want to keep in touch with LisianBlue and Reflections - (Remember, they are the same person) but I do wonder if she's a Gemini can be found on Twitter and maintains a blog as well.
Posted by Finding Charm at 5:59 PM
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
|Now because I hurt a lot and love my heat to make me feel better, I have to show off a hot/cold pack. Plus, I LOVE owls too.|
|Are you hosting a baby shower and need cupcake toppers?|
Get to know Lil Bit Sassy on her blog, Sassy News!
Posted by Finding Charm at 5:56 PM