25 May 2011
In celebration of this first peek at The Dark Knight Rises, I offer you some Batman inspired crafts, all of which you can make yourself or purchase on etsy.com
21 May 2011
19 May 2011
World Market's Goat's Milk Soap is made with goat's milk, pure vegetable oils and contains no additives or preservatives. Goat's milk is well known as a natural moisturizer for soothing dry or aging skin. It will get you clean at the end of a long day at work, whether you are an accountant or a construction worker. Scents include Mangosteen, Sandalwood, Lavender, Red Jasmine, Green Seaweed or Lemongrass (my personal favorite). Available at World Market stores everywhere for around $4.99
Dawes is an American rock band comprising brothers Taylor and Griffin Goldsmith, Wylie Gelber, and Tay Strathairn, hailing from Los Angeles, California.Dawes is part of the Laurel Canyon sound, whose influences include Crosby, Stills, and Nash and Neil Young, among others, centered in the North Hills area of Los Angeles.The band recorded their debut album, North Hills, in Laurel Canyon in a live setting to analog tape, resulting in a sound that Rolling Stone magazine called "authentically vintage". Dawes' sophomore effort, entitled Nothing is Wrong, will be released on June 7th. Check out dawestheband.com for more info and to hear some of the new album!
Today's craft is one that the whole family can enjoy (mom, dad, brother, sister, and even uncle Bob). Scrabble is a game that has stood the test of time...but what do you do when your scrabble board has seen better days and you have to get a new one? You use the old tiles to make very fashionable (and gender neutral) pendants. All you need is a little Modge-Podge (which you can get at any craft store), an image printed off of your computer (some mustache clip-art perhaps?), a scrabble tile, and some imagination.
15 May 2011
The eternal summer question is almost upon us – to shave or not to shave? A lot of men grow “winter beards,” either under the assumption it will help keep their necks warm or as part of growing contest with their friends. The assumption that facial hair will keep your face warm in the winter is as wrong as the assumption that leads to too many cases of springtime shaving – that a beard will be hot and uncomfortable in the summer. While a beard does serve to keep your neck warm in the winter, the problem is snow and ice accumulating on your face fuzz during long walks or sojourns into the outdoors. Then you get inside, the ice melts and you have a cold, wet beard. Obviously, it’s easy enough to deal with this by simply wiping the snow and ice off your face before you go inside, but it’s important for potential shavers to realize that this same quality works in your favor in the summer. Your beard will help keep you cool for a while after you jump into the pool, pond or puddle in an attempt to fight off the summer heat.
08 May 2011
04 May 2011
•5 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
•12 slices extra-thin whole wheat bread
•1/2 pound prosciutto or Serrano ham, thinly sliced
•12 medium eggs
•Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper
•1/4 cup heavy cream
•Chopped fresh chives, for garnish
•1/2 cup grated Parmesan or Manchego cheese, for garnish
1.Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2.Butter a 12-cup muffin tin. Butter one side of each slice of bread. Press each slice of bread, buttered side up, gently into the bottom of a muffin cup. Transfer to oven and bake for 3 minutes.
3.Gently press ham into each bread cup. Carefully, crack one egg on top of ham. Repeat process until all bread cups are filled. Season each with salt and pepper; top with 1/2 teaspoon cream.
4.Carefully transfer muffin tin to oven and bake eggs until whites are just set, 10 to 15 minutes. Using an offset spatula, remove bread cups from muffin tin and transfer to a serving plate. Garnish with chives and cheese; serve immediately.
03 May 2011
01 May 2011
From The Guardian: "The Airborne Toxic Event's 2009 debut pitched itself perfectly between Bright Eyes, the Killers and the Strokes. This time, they've muscled up, nodded to the blue collar and emerged somewhere between Bruce Springsteen, U2 and the Pogues. Frontman Mikel Jollett is as adept at songwriting as guiding his band through such changes: All At Once and Numb are instant, stadium-size anthems, and when the band sound as if they're trying to cover too many bases at once, Jollett's enthusiasm for a killer chorus and a good, dramatic yarn sees him home. The Kids Are Ready to Die's overegged line "I was 13 when I had my first taste of danger" – an age when most of us face no greater peril than falling off a bicycle – ventures towards self-parody, but when the song itself is so strong, it doesn't seem to matter."
TATE is one of the best bands I have ever heard, and by far one of the best live acts I have ever seen (3 hour non-stop musical mayhem last time around). Their new album is pretty fantastic, and they are on tour now. They will be in Cbus two weeks from today (Sunday 15 May) at the Newport Music Hall. Im counting down the days!
1 fresh lime
2 canned pear slices in heavy syrup (from 15-ounce can)*
1/2 ounce (1 tablespoon) syrup from can of pears
2 ounces (1/4 cup) pear-flavored vodka
Peel skin from ginger with the side of a spoon. Finely grate enough ginger to prepare as many drinks as needed.
To make one cocktail drink: Juice lime and pour into martini shaker. Add two pear slices to the martini shaker. Add thumbnail-sized portion of ginger and muddle ingredients together. Pour syrup from canned pears into shaker. Fill shaker with ice and add vodka. Shake vigorously 10 times and strain into chilled martini glass, making sure to keep solids out of the cocktail.
28 April 2011
Bompas & Parr was founded June 2007 and creates food art using gelatin desserts, colloquially called jellies. Named after the defunct food company of the same name, the company uses food molds to make edible decorations shaped like buildings and other architectural structures. Bompas & Parr (two manly-men with an affinity for bow ties) have been noted for their detail and have competed in culinary artwork competitions, an example being the Architectural Jelly Design Competition organised for the London Festival of Architecture.The company claims their projects explore how the taste of food is altered through synaesthesia, performance and setting. Currently the focus of their projects is gelatin based because they feel it is a perfect medium for an examination of food and architecture due to its plastic form and the historic role it has played in exploring notions of taste. Bompas & Parr also claims to be the first group to ever record the sound of jelly wobbling.
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26 April 2011
Supplies you’ll need:
* 3.5 yards of twine
* 14 ounce can for a smaller bracelet or a 20 ounce can for a larger bracelet. Any other round object that has the appropriate circumference for your wrist will do.
1. Wrap one end of the twine around the can to shape an X. Leave about a 4" tail. You will need this tail at the end to finish the bracelet.
2. Wrap the long end of the twine around the can again and bring it up to the middle of the X. Then pass the long end of the twine under the right, upper leg of the X and pull the long end all the way through.
3. Next, move the upper left leg of the X over the right leg of the X to create an oval shape.
4. Pull the long end of the twine through the oval shaped opening you just set up.
5. Turn the can a bit and you will see that the oval shape has created another X shape. Again, pass the long end of the twine under the right upper leg of the X and pull the end through.
6. Repeat steps 3 through 5 until you get to the beginning of your project.
7. You will now find a three-stranded braid. Follow the twine you initially laid out and create a parallel second line.
8. Continue around the can. If you find that it's getting too tight to pass the twine through the openings, you may want to take the bracelet off the can and continue with the knotting in your hand. If you take it off, be careful not to pull the twine too tight, otherwise your bracelet will shrink on your wrist.
9. Continue knotting the rope around the bracelet until each strand of the braid has one parallel line — a total of three passes. At this point you can stop or add another three passes to create the traditional pattern of three parallel lines, like the bracelet in the third picture in this step.
10. To finish, just knot the ends together and weave them into the inside of the bracelet.
23 April 2011
Deviled eggs are a perennial favorite at family gatherings, especially at Easter when hardboiled eggs abound. But unlike Grandma’s eggs, seasoned with yellow mustard and a bit of relish, these Curried Deviled Easter Eggs are packed with complex flavors.
Mango chutney adds spice and sweetness to the mixture of mashed egg yolks and mayonnaise, and curry powder further enhances the flavor of the filling. Finely chopped green onions add freshness, and crispy crumbled bacon adds a salty crunch.
These eggs can be made the evening before your Easter brunch. Alternately, I like to prepare the filling ahead of time without adding the bacon. An hour or two before my guests arrive, I then fold in the crisp bacon and pipe the filling into the creamy colored boiled egg whites.
2 slices bacon, cooked until crisp, drained and finely chopped
1 dozen eggs
1/3 cup regular or reduced-fat mayonnaise
1 tablespoon finely chopped mango chutney
1/2 teaspoon curry powder
1 tablespoon finely chopped green onion
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Place eggs in a Dutch oven and cover with water. Place pot over high heat and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes. Immediately place eggs in a bowl of ice water to chill completely. Crack shells by rolling eggs on a work surface and peel under cold running water. Dry eggs with paper towels, slice them in half and remove the yolk.
Mash the egg yolks in a bowl. Add mayonnaise, chutney, curry powder and green onion. Fold in chopped bacon and season to taste with salt and pepper. Pipe or spoon filling into the halved eggs and cover and chill until ready to serve.
Makes 12 servings.
Soooo Easter is upon us. And that means that hard-boiled eggs are also upon us…so we may as well make those eggs handsome (not pretty) right? and what better way to do that than by adding a mustache!?
But if mustachioed eggs are not your thing...here is a simple recipe for egg dye (you can of course always buy the PAAS Easter Egg Dye tablets at your local grocery, but if you wanna try things the oooold fashioned way, here ya go)
1/4 teaspoon food coloring
3/4 cup boiling water (for each color)
1 tablespoon vinegar (for each color)
For each color, measure food color, water and vinegar into bowl about size of a cereal bowl. Mix well with spoon, use separate spoon for each color. Following each color listed below, you will find the number of drops of each food coloring to be added to about 2 - 4 ounces of vinegar for dipping.
Lime - 24 yellow, 4 green
Purple - 15 blue, 5 red
Cantaloupe - 24 yellow, 2 red
Jade - 17 green, 3 blue
Plum - 10 red, 4 blue
Spearmint - 12 green, 6 yellow, 2 blue
Raspberry - 14 red, 6 blue
Maize - 24 yellow, 1 red
Watermelon - 25 red, 2 blue
Teal - 15 green, 5 blue
Enjoy a Happy Easter with the ones you love!