Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Nail Polish Upgrade

I'm a Chanel Le Vernis fan - big time.  But now I'm thinking...
Perhaps I should expand my repertoire to a bottle of nail polish on the higher end...extremely high end.
Say, $250,000?

Yes, Azature makes a nail polish that is infused with diamonds!

I wonder if your nails need to be insured after a manicure that includes this polish.
And how painful would it be to have to remove the polish and throw the cotton ball in the trash?!!!

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Titanic Edit Courtesy of Neil deGrasse Tyson

So...a super long time ago, I told you that I had a favorite astrophysicist by the name of Neil deGrasse Tyson. This remains true.

He was the subject of a Titanic-related article today...apparently he was analyzing the star patterns that were used in the movie, noted that they were completely incorrect, and sent an email to James Cameron to let him know that it was wrong. Cameron's response? Find me the correct star patterns for that time and I'll put them in.

They corrected it for the 3-D release...
Now I wonder who will notice it...

Love it.

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Okay, I know that it's a webpage for a new generation of parents, but there's so much fun stuff (and by "fun," you know I mean "food") on her blog, I HAD to mention it!

It's time to BABBLE, fellow monkeys!

Monday, March 05, 2012

Sweet 16 Project - Pink Overload

My niece is turning 16, and her parents are throwing her a party. The specifications? PINK.

We're working on the centerpieces, candy bar, and photo booth props, and this is what we've come up with so far...
Still needs some polishing, but I don't think this should be too painful.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Queen of Hearts Jam Tarts

This is from one of my favorite cookbooks as a child (The Mother Goose Cookie-Candy Book, which is now out-of-print).

Queen of Hearts Jam Tarts

1/2 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 tsp lemon juice
1 3/4 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup sugar, to coat cookies (optional)
Jam (use your favorite!)

In a large bowl, cream the butter with a hand mixer. Gradually add the sugar and beat until light and fluffy. Add egg, beating well between additions. Add vanilla extract and lemon juice.

Sift together the flour, baking powder and baking soda. Combine the flour mixture with the butter mixture and mix well.

Refrigerate dough for 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Form a small amount (I usually do a heaping tablespoon) of dough into a ball, and roll it in the sugar (if using). Place the dough on a greased cookie sheet 2 inches apart (to allow for the dough to spread. Slightly flatten each cookie and make a small indentation in the center of each ball. In the indentation, add a small amount of jam (do not overfill, as jam will bubble and overflow during the baking process).

Bake for 15 minutes until cookies are set and the bottom of the cookies are lightly golden brown. Remove from tray and cool on a cooling rack. Allow the cookie to cool completely.


Tuesday, July 12, 2011

McDonaldland Cookies

Remember these? McDonaldland Cookies!
I had no idea that they were still around...I was just remembering them fondly last week.
Ronald McDonald, Grimace, Hamburglar, Birdie, and the Fry Guys...

Next mission: Find where they sell them... If you find them, please let me know!!


This is the first entry of 2011...I'm baaaaaaaaaaack!

Saturday, October 02, 2010

Hollywood Food Tour

This day started off as a simple hot dog run - at Skooby's in Hollywood.

So after buying 3 hot dogs, 2 cheesesteaks, 2 boxes of fries (one cheese, one garlic), and 2 lemonades, I mention that Magnolia's Bakery is just a few miles away. My mom says "Sure, I haven't seen it yet." Off we went.

Three cupcakes, one Magic cookie bar, and one large banana pudding later, we decide that we've purchased too much. But, we had seen another cupcake shop on the way to Magnolia's...AND my sissy remembers that they make ICE CREAM CUPCAKES!! No, not like the Coldstone Creamery cupcakes, but real cupcakes filled with ice cream and properly frosted. Off we went.

The plan was to get three cupcakes...I mean, four...I mean, five...yes, FIVE cupcakes...and a salted caramel hi-top (mini cupcake served whoopie pie style)...and two ice cream cupcakes (one chocolate with mint chip, one vanilla with strawberry). We realize that we bought too much sugar and it was time to go home, but I realize that I had to pick up my order from The Kitchen in Pasadena: one dozen ginger creams. Off we went.

We go to pick up the ginger creams and their tiramisu is in their case - chillin' and staring at me. Finally, after failing me all day, my will power kicked in. Yay! I passed! Time to go home! Off we went.

This was the dining room table when we got home...

...and that was just dessert!