Archive for the ‘domestic’ Category

Make Monday: Chocolate Covered Popcorn

January 17, 2011


I used to be really intimidated by popcorn. Thats right…..popcorn.

The thought of making it outside of those pre-buttered microwave bags or pre-buttered aluminum tins, seemed impossible. I thought I hated popcorn, but turns out that I just hated that weird butter. Ever since someone showed me how easy making your own popcorn could be, I’ve been eating it pretty much every day.

My teeth may hate me for saying this, but I LOVE popcorn! I love it so much that over the summer, I’ve tried 12 different kernels and several kinds of salts to add to them. After extensive research, my favorite popcorn combo is the plain ole’ popcorn drizzled with chocolate and sprinkled with corse salt.

Turns out its really simple to make!

Start by heating up a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil in a large pot with about a cup of popcorn kernels.

when one starts to pop, put a lid on the pot while occasionally shaking the pot to make sure all of the kernels are getting heated at the bottom of the pot.

Keep the heat on until there  is 2-3 seconds between popping sounds.

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Pocket Notebook!

January 10, 2011

This week, I’ve started coming to terms with the fact that if I don’t write things down, I’ll forget about them. Yes. I’m getting old.

SO,  for this edition of Make Monday, I thought it would be a pretty good idea to keep a pocket notebook handy.  This not only will help me remember who I’m supposed to meet up with but will also help me get rid of some stationary scraps

and unused paper in my archived journals.

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Lavender Lemon Cookie Sandwiches

January 3, 2011

My sacred book of lists and scribbles (also known as my journal)

A new year means a couple of new goals (not resolutions). Here’s a few from the list, that I plucked from my journal:

  • have at least 250 “highlight of the day’s” written by the years end
  • send out more postcards
  • draw more often
  • get a photo of mine put into a gallery show
  • have a weekly reason to update my blog
  • do a cartwheel in a different country
  • try recipes with ingredients I’ve never used
  • learn two new trades
  • find an excuse to wear fake eyelashes, weekly
  • order something on a menu with ingredients that I can’t pronounce
  • learn to write with my left hand
  • learn a magic trick thats more impressive than “I’ve got your nose”
  • teach my dog a new trick

This morning, sick as a serial killer, I made cookie sandwiches. I used lavender as an ingredient, for the first time ever.

This just knocked three things off of my list of goals!

my lemon lavender cookie sandwiches!

My friend Bea, had a grand plan to create something called Make Monday. I loved it! It got me excited to look at her blog every Monday. Even though she hasn’t updated since May, I still go back hoping that she’ll pick it up again. Until then, I’m taking this idea from her.

So, every Monday, plan on me making something. Perhaps a craft, a meal, or if I can’t get it together, you may end up seeing a video of me making my bed.

Heres my recipe and a photo tutorial on how to make lemon lavender cookie sandwiches. (note: you’ll see I just started playing around with my new Wacom tablet, and went a little crazy)

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Toe Head

September 22, 2010

Last week, I decided to ditch my dark hair. I tried it. I didn’t like it.

So I went to Ms. Bee Jellyfish, who stripped me down and kindly coated my head in leave in conditioners. Shortly after, I played catch up with Massimo at Bumble & Bumble and as usual, let him do whatever the fuck he wanted to my hair.

As a result, I am now one happy derogatory stereotype.

Heres a little fact that you may or may not be aware of. Blondes are forever given a bad rep thanks to a nude French model/ mistress from the late 1700’s named Rosalie Duthe’. She was known to pause for long amounts for time before speaking and was made fun of throughout the town. The upper class went as far as to make up songs about her being a dumb whore. I know what you’re thinking. The French hating someone because they think they’re in some way more superior? LUDICROUS!

A presumed portrait of Duthe’ by Claude-Jean-Baptiste Hoin

I’m  aware that I may not the brightest yellow in the spectrum. I have my bimbo qualities, unfortunately.

I’ve been known to lock myself out of my apartment while in my underwear. I can recite diolauge from Dude Where’s My Car with more ease than that balcony scene sonnet from Romeo and Juliet. And my grammar is obviously atrocious! But…as a blonde, I solemnly swear to:

  • Never neglect my roots
  • Restrain myself from ever twiddling my hair with my index finger, while popping my gum
  • and to proudly carry the torch of many blondes before me by making sure to have more fun

The first fun thing I did as a blonde, was put together a mix and played it at an obnoxiously loud volume while I cut up some otter patches and cook myself a fancy dinner.

Want to make a trade? I will trade you my fun mix for some input on what you do for fun.

download my Toe Head Mix: here


Magic Trick of a Florist

May 14, 2010

I like finding hints of nature in very urban surroundings, so finding this little DIY tip on ReadyMade really just sprinkled my ice cream.

Blades and Bubbles

April 28, 2010

Cleaning Tip: I love cooking and hate cleaning. Especially when my meal involves cleaning out a food processor or hand blender. Theres just no good way to get under that blade with a sponge. The other day I found that by putting some soap and water in a cup and blending it with the blender, it really did the trick AND was kind of fun to see bubbles form!

Rainin’ Blood

April 27, 2010

During the past couple of gloomy days, I stayed cooped up, listened to one of my favorite metal albums (Reign in Blood by Slayer), and got crafty!

Some results of my metal induced furry are for sale on my Etsy shop, I Felt That.

Oh-reos

April 22, 2010

A while back, I promised to transport a pile of treats to a friend for his birthday. Now, if I were meeting up with someone for a cup of tea or a visit to grandmas I would bring something like biscuits or scones. But for a celebration you need icing!!! Unfortunately, getting anything frosted from point A to point B in mint condition is nearly impossible unless I plan on lugging some oddly shaped piece of Tupperware back home….a chore I am not fond of.

So I went on a hunt for a tasty transportable treat and stumbled upon this recipe for homemade Oreos! I’m not a huge fan of Oreos, but these cookies have changed my mind. They were so fun, quick, and easy to make that I want to bake them all of the time.

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My Broken Cubical

April 2, 2010

I had recently recovered a hard drive full of music that I haven’t heard since high school, made myself a girly Ska mix, and spent all of yesterday partaking in my favorite spring time activity. SPRING CLEANING!

My non-cubicle was my favorite and most improved area.

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Stacked Like a 5th grader (105/365)

March 15, 2010

There are few things I miss more about childhood than being in class with a vague project idea, a thick stack of white paper, and buckets of colorful pens and pencils. It really made me use my imagination.

The other day, I was shooting a project at the MOMA that involved some lucky teenagers and my most loved childhood atmosphere.

I think that over the next month or so, I’m going to set a day of the week where I set my house up like a 5th grade art class and have my adult friends over for some childlike fun.

Brain Shades (96/365)

March 6, 2010

When I moved in to my apartment, I was told that the building across the street was abandoned. With this knowledge, I procrastinated putting up shades for a few months and frolicked around my room as naked as a flower child, knee deep in acid, at Woodstock. This was fine and dandy up until the day I looked out my window to see several workers peaking their heads out of cracked windows of the NOT SO abandoned building.

Next day, I had my curtins hung but they weren’t long enough to cover all my window space. So I punched some holes in my MRI’s, attached them to each other with fishing wire, and hung them from the ceiling.

Now those dirty ole’ worker have no choice but to see me for my brains and not my tits. 

Tommy Hilfiger Pet Collection (86/365)

March 1, 2010

My room mate seems to think that one of our neighbors is some sort of homosexual practical joker. The facts:

  • Fact 1: Every time he goes down the hall and does his laundry, he comes back with a pair of man panties that, he claims, are defiantly not his.
  • Fact 2: well….there is none. Fact 1 should be hard evidence enough though, right?!

Pretty sure that he has about had it with these jokes, I slapped a face onto Tommy Hillfigers crotch zone, stuffed him up, made him squeak, put him in stiches, and sent him into the hallway for the dog to tear to shreads.

Charlie and I can now attest to how sturdy a good pair of under-roos are, after turning them into a new chew toy.

Duh Bear (77/365)

February 19, 2010

My friend James is full of random ridiculous quotes and ideas. So much so that I’ve made a twitter account to document the things that he says that make me laugh, sometimes.

One of his ridiculous ideas was to become a bear. So with the help of a brown hoodie, some fake fur, and some scrap felt, I’m making it happen.