Saturday, November 27, 2010
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Completely-Coastal.com has some gorgeous stuff on their website that you can buy and even inspire to do-it-yourself. Everything is so pretty. I have always loved the look of blue and green sea glass. Check out their website this week for a special contest to win a $50 Gift Card. Click on the button on the right for a direct link.
Saturday, November 20, 2010
...Million Dollar Chocolate Chip Cookies.
Nothing is as satisfying as fresh baked cookies from the oven and the infamous Million Dollar Chocolate Chip Cookies are probably some of the best. You are probably all familiar with the story...
A woman and her daughter are having lunch at <insert department store name> and decide to have cookies for dessert. The woman is so impressed by the cookie that she asks for the recipe. After being told no, she offers to buy the recipe. The waitress tells the woman that the recipe will cost two-fifty. Thinking this is a bargain, the woman tells the waitress to add it to her bill. One month later, she discovers while looking at her credit card statement that the cookie recipe cost her $250. Not able to convince the department store to take back the recipe and credit her money back, the woman proceeds to email the recipe to all of her friends and so on.
This story has been around for decades; the only thing that changes is the name of the
department store. The recipe is pretty much the same, a delicious cookie containing oatmeal, nuts, and chocolate chips. Here is a simple way to recreate the recipe without all the fuss.
2 sticks salted butter (softened)
1. Heat oven to 375 degrees F.
2. Stir softened butter and egg in medium bowl.
3. Stir in both packets of cookie mix.
4. Drop dough by rounded teaspoonfuls 2 inches apart onto ungreased
5. Bake for about 10-12 minutes or until light golden brown.
6. Cool 1 minute before removing from cookie sheet.
Makes approx. 4-5 dozen cookies.
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Ascendant by Diana Peterfreund ISBN 9780061490026
My brother recently asked this random question, "What mythical beast would you like to have with you in a fight?" Easy answer-Unicorn!
Some of you might be shaking your heads in puzzlement over why I would pick a creature adored by little girls in pig-tails. Those of you who read Peterfreund's Rampant are more in the know. Unicorns are not all rainbows and sunshine. They are killing murderous beasts once doomed to spend centuries hiding in the shadows, but no more. The beasts are back, they want revenge--they are hungry.
In the first book, Astrid learns that she is one of a group of girls descended from Alexander the Great, with the task of hunting down and killing a dangerous beast once believe to only exist in myth and legend. Oh, yeah, the girls have to be virgins too.
Now, the whole world knows that the unicorns really do exist. The Vatican has stepped in to help fund the Order, with a few modifications of course. Astrid's mom is trying to negotiate the rights to a televised expose, finding hunters is getting more difficult, her best friend is acting a little odd, and oh yeah, her relationship has just gone long distance. Frustrated, Astrid jumps on the chance to track down the guy who raped her cousin, a detour that leads her back to Gordian Pharmaceuticals, their new CEO, Unicorn medical testing, and the surprise appearance of her missing ex-boyfriend, Brandt.
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
- Lay a brightly colored cotton shirt on a plastic covered flat surface; place a piece of cardboard inside the shirt between the layers.
- Pour liquid bleach into a spray bottle. For different effects, you may add water to dilute the solution.
- Place cardboard cutouts, chains, keys, buttons, really whatever on top of the shirt in whatever pattern you would like.
- Use the spray bottle to spray the shirt. Those covered areas are protected from the spray so they will retain their color, the uncovered areas will begin to lose their color. (Spray gingerly, get it too wet and the cotton will absorb the bleach into the covered areas as well.)
- Take objects off shirt and flip it, while still keeping the cardboard inside the shirt.
- Repeat steps 3 &4.
- Let sit overnight.
- Wash alone so bleach will not affect other clothing.