Photography, Paintings and other creative works

Buffalo, NY

If you know anyone from Buffalo, you know they are Buffalo Proud!  I have been designing new items to reflect our wonderful city.  First up: Buffalo beer and wine glasses!  Mix and match a set- 1 beer and 1 wine glass, or 2 of the same only $14!

There is a lot to do and see here in and around Buffalo, NY!  Please check back often as I will be highlighting different areas around Buffalo and some of my Buffalo themed items.

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Today, here near Buffalo, NY, it was -1°F with a wind chill of -19°…but the sun was out!! Seems like we haven’t seen the sun in a long time!  So, what else was there to do than to head outside and soak up the sun! LOL

Now, there has been a link going around on FB and other sites that Niagara Falls is frozen solid; it’s not true.  But, there is a lot of ice and the mist freezes in the air and coats everything in ice and feels like a hail storm.  The trees, lamp posts and railings are coated in ice and frozen snow.  It looks fluffy, but it’s frozen solid!

 

winter wonderland

winter wonderland

snowy tree

snowy tree

There was a lot of mist today so it was hard to see the actual falls; we headed over to the Canadian side to get a better view of the falls.

Niagara Falls below zero

Niagara Falls below zero

mist copy

misty

Check out my website http://jillscreativeendeavors.weebly.com to see more pics from today’s adventures!

And follow me on Instagram at jills.creative.endeavors and my.journey.thru.selfies.

 

 

Chicken Quesadillas

Ok, I’ve never posted a recipe.  But, last night I made chicken quesadillas and they were soooo good!

Even during the winter, we have a few busy evenings with softball and Girl Scouts, so I’m always looking for something quick and easy.  Now, this was even easier for me using my Panini maker.  I’m sure you can make it in a frying pan, you’ll just have to flip it!

You’ll need tortilla shells, shredded rotisserie chicken, shredded Mexican cheese and salsa (and sour cream if you prefer to dip in that!).

Put some chicken and cheese on 1/2 the tortilla and fold in half. Place in Panini make.  Done in less than 5 min!  Told you it was easy…and very tasty!  I never thought to take a picture of them (like I said, I don’t post recipes, so I don’t think to take food pics) but I was able to grab a shot of the last wedge of my youngest daughter’s (she’s a slow eater!).

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2014 in review

My New Year’s resolution…post more!  Only 6 new posts this year!  I will try harder.  Thank you to all my followers.  Hope you have a wonderful 2015!

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,400 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 23 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

SNovember

Ok, so it’s been a while!  Every time I think I’m going to stay caught up, I realize it’s been MONTHS since I’ve posted!

Some of you may have seen the news that Buffalo got hit with a crazy lake effect snow storm last month- dubbed Snovember.  Where I live, we ended with an official total of 78″ of snow!  With 3-5” per hour, and it snowed for hours, we got buried!

We were woken up at 5am by a call from school saying it was closed..

Taken out the back door at 5:30am

Taken out the back door at 5:30am

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Looking out the front 5:30am

I took pics every couple hours:

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12:30pm  That's an 8 ft fence in the back yard!

12:30pm That’s an 8 ft fence in the back yard!

And it just kept snowing and piling up….then it fell

Same view out the back, but the snow slid off the roof! 6:30pm

Same view out the back, but the snow slid off the roof! 6:30pm

My husband worked hard to keep the driveway clear, so that when it did finally stop snowing, we wouldn’t be completely buried!  We woke up the next day to some sun, and lots of white!

 

We spent the day shoveling. More snow came and we shoveled some more. The plows finally came, well, not plows but payloaders and bulldozers, then the plows! Towns from the north sent their plows to help.  Neighbors helped neighbors shovel and those that could get out made trips for milk and bread for those still buried.

We finally saw the street on 11/21 and the driving bans were lifted.  First stop- Wegmans for some milk! (and essentials for the neighbors!)

Geocaching

Has anyone tried this?  I signed up for it a few years ago (with an account through geocaching.com) but this was before I had a smart phone and I wasn’t going to buy a handheld GPS unit.  Fast-forward to iPhones and Apps….

Softball is over and we were looking for something to do- I hear a lot more about geocaching on the Girl Scout sites lately.  Thanks to apps and the location devices on our smart phones, you can download and app and find caches.  What are they?  They are containers ranging in size from nanos and micros (think the size of your thumb!) to large ammo boxes.  They will have a log book to sign, and maybe some little items to trade!  Use the app to find caches close to you, and go for a walk…or a hike!  They are EVERYWHERE!  According to geocaching.com, there are over 2,400,000 caches hidden worldwide!

We started looking for caches at the end of July and have over 25 finds so far.  We just hid our 2nd cache today!  We just got our first travel bug and can’t wait to activate it (these are items that travel from cache to cache and their adventures get logged).

You can follow our adventures on Instagram at my.journeys.thru.selfies

Last week we spent the day in Canada at Niagara on the Lake and the Clifton Hill area at Niagara Falls.  Of course, we had to find  a few caches while we were there, and we’re now “international” cachers! :)

You can find out more at geocaching.com and maybe start your own adventures!

Our first cache at Buffalo's Outer Harbor

Our first cache at Buffalo’s Outer Harbor

A cool bird house cache!

A cool bird house cache!

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Putting together our own cache!

Putting together our own cache!

Our first micro!

Our first micro!

Caching in Caz park

Caching in Caz park

 

found a trackable in Canada!

found a trackable in Canada!

Caching in Presque Isle, PA.  Dropping off the travel bug.

Caching in Presque Isle, PA. Dropping off the travel bug.

This year’s season kept us busy! 3 daughters, playing on 4 teams, and 1 subbing on another team made for LOTS of softball this summer!  Yesterday was the final day of the season. What will we do with all our free time? :)

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Our 10U Magic travel team took 2nd place in the Dazzler’s Tournament.  The girls won all 3 pool play games on Saturday and 2 on Sunday to go to the championship game!  My Rae (in the middle, on the left holding the team trophy), pitched 4 games and got MVP for game 1 on Sunday!

 

Yesterday (July 26th) was the last game day for our house league- award day.  Each division plays and there are awards and pizza after each game.  Our morning started at 8:15am for warm-ups with game 1 at 9am:

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Rae’s 10U house team went 9-1 during the season and won the final game 10-8 for 1st place! Rae was given the game ball by her coach (I’m the assistant) for her amazing game.  She made 6 outs, including an unassisted double play while playing short stop. She pitched the last 3 innings; one of them was a 9 pitch inning. The last inning, 2 outs, up by 2 runs, girls on base…and she struck the batter out!

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Nina’s 13U house team took 2nd place with a 7-2 win!  Went to the final game in 4th place (with a 5-2-2 record), took a win and placed 2nd overall!  Nina pitched 3 inning with 5 strike outs, only allowing 2 runs, caught 4 pop flies, including the game winning out- the umpire told her to keep the ball that was in her glove because she deserved it!

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And, the final game of the day was Juli’s 8U team.  Love this division- no stress, no real drama and everyone gets a first place trophy! :)  Juli played well, hitting pitches (it’s a coach pitch division, but if the batter is struggling, a tee is brought out to keep the game moving) and making outs!

Now for a couple weeks off until the try outs for the 2015 season!

Thanks for letting me brag about my girls- I am just so proud of how far they’ve come! :)

Hope all my followers and readers have a had a fun, eventful summer! Leave a comment describing your summer activities!

 

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