Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Monday, April 28, 2008
Sunday, April 27, 2008
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Friday, April 25, 2008
Remember these? Library catalog cards? The Dewey decimal system? Make your own at this site. Make up a title of a book---the epic you never wrote but always wanted to. Then type in comments that will appear as scribbles on the card. I kept it clean. Its a new roses I have.
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Monday, April 21, 2008
Sunday, April 20, 2008
When it came time to furnish our remodeled family room, I wanted clean lines with a mid-century contemporary look. I wanted this Harry Bertoia chair for the corner. I love the simplicity of the diamond mesh and the texture of the metal gridwork. It was a little (OK a lot) out of my price range. $856 here.
I found this instead. Similar butterfly type design and the wicker adds texture appropriate for a family room. I found it in the back sale corner of our local Pier 1. Sorry, but I can't seem to find it available on line anywhere to even tell you what the name of it is. The cost? $49.
Six months ago when I bought this chair, after coveting the Bertoia, I felt I compromised. Today, I LOVE this chair. It is comfortable and is perfect for the corner it graces. There's a great view from the cheap seat.
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Friday, April 18, 2008
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
When we were in Italy we had the best meal ever in this little ristorante up on the hill side in Positano. Our friend, Fabrizio, took us there. One of the many remarkable things about food in Italy is the color (and taste and texture) of the pasta. It is a brilliant yellow from the farm fresh eggs. Look at the difference in color of the yolks in this photo and you can see how it would influence the final product.
Monday, April 14, 2008
The last cold front of the season is supposed to pass through tonight. I am sad about that. I love the cold weather and hate to see the last of it come and go.
Of course, I now live in a part of the country that really doesn't get very c-o-l-d...just cold. This photo is of Hubbard Glacier in Alaska. I think the Hubbard should be the 8th wonder of the world. What an incredible sight. When facing the glacier you can actually feel a very cold blast of air coming off of it---just like the big guy opened the world's largest freezer door and there you were standing in front of it.
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Saturday, April 12, 2008
From the Pantry
1 cup canola oil
1 cup white sugar
1 cup light brown sugar
2 Tbsp vanilla
3 cups all purpose flour
1 Tbsp cinnamon
2 tsp ground nutmeg
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
4 cups peeled, chopped apples
1 cup chopped pecans
3 Tbsp cinnamon sugar
Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Spray 2 regular sized loaf pans. Combine oil, eggs, sugars and vanilla. Sift together flour, spices, soda and salt. Add dry ingredients to wet mix gradually. Add apples and nuts and mix- batter will be very thick!
Pour batter into prepared loaf pans and smooth tops. Bake in 300 degree oven for 90 minutes. As soon as pans come out of oven, turn bread on to wire racks and sprinkle tops liberally with cinnamon sugar. Enjoy!
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
Sunday, April 6, 2008
Saturday, April 5, 2008
1 bag pre-washed salad mix- preferably without iceberg
1 large seedless (English) cucumber
3-4 plum tomatoes
1 medium red onion
8 oz fresh feta
1 cup black olives or green olives
1 package Good Seasons Italian dressing- mixed (see below)
Empty bagged lettuce into large bowl. Peel cucumber and slice into bite-sized chunks. Seed tomatoes and cut into chunks. French slice red onions and then cut off root end. Cut feta into large chunks. Drain olives and add to salad. Add dressing and toss- serve immediately.
Good Seasons dressing: Follow package instructions using extra virgin olive oil and red wine vinegar. Add 2-3 packets of Splenda before shaking.
Friday, April 4, 2008
I just learned how to use open Photoshop. I created this photo of Wudgie in her Easter dress by using 2 layers. The bottom layer is the SOOC (straight out of camera) layer and is in color. The top layer was adjusted to be monochrome/gray scale. Then I used the little eraser tool and erased through the top gray layer to reveal the color layer below- but only on Wudgie and her dress. It was fun doing this and when I zoomed in on her face and details to erase more accurately, it really was a special feeling of seeing her little facial structure- her cheek bones and little button nose way up close- and then to reveal the pink of her skin tone was really special and made me smile.
Pioneer Woman has a few good tutorials on using Photoshop and she promises to keep adding more. Her photos of her family and ranch are beautiful and she started taking photos just a few years ago.
I love silly photos and Photoshop is the tool to create your own.
Like this one.
This one even appeared in some tabloids claiming this was the world's largest house cat. Come on.
Photoshop Disasters is a great blog that loves to find and point out Photoshop mistakes in advertising graphics (some BIG names, too) that got past editors. Like this lovely three handed maiden.