Straight from the Smitten Kitchen: 44-clove Garlic Soup.
It's delicious, but I do recommend it as a side for a meal (a cup), rather than a bowl as a main dish. It would also be amazing as a sauce over shells or angel hair.
Let's cut to the chase.
Roasted Garlic Soup with Parmesan Cheese
Bon Appétit, February 1999
44 garlic cloves (26 unpeeled, 18 peeled)
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) butter
2 1/4 cups sliced onions
1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
3 1/2 cups chicken stock or canned low-salt chicken broth
1/2 cup whipping cream
1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese (about 2 ounces)
4 lemon wedges
• Preheat oven to 350°F
• Place 26 garlic cloves in small glass baking dish
• Add 2 tablespoons olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper
• Toss to coat
• Cover baking dish with foil
• Bake until garlic is golden brown (about 45 minutes)
• Let cloves cool
• Squeeze garlic between fingertips to release cloves
• Transfer cloves to small bowl
• Melt butter in heavy large saucepan over medium-high heat
• Add onions and thyme and cook until onions are translucent (6 min.)
• Add roasted garlic and 18 raw garlic cloves and cook 3 min.
• Add chicken stock
• Cover and simmer until garlic is very tender (20 min.)
• Working in batches, purée soup in blender until smooth
• Return soup to saucepan; add cream and bring to simmer
• Season with salt and pepper
• Divide grated cheese among 4 bowls and ladle soup over
• Squeeze juice of 1 lemon wedge into each bowl and serve
December 30, 2007
December 24, 2007
My lovely roommate Maggie mentioned having read an article about how wasteful wrapping paper is. We buy all this paper only to throw it away a few days later (or, for us procrastinators, we wrap it only minutes before it's ripped off and tossed out).
So this year I decided to use old newspaper, and I made bows out of old paper grocery bags. It saved me money, and it was fun to pick out which news sections to use for which presents.
To make the bows, I simply cut 10" long x 1/2" wide strips from a white paper grocery bag from our local market (haven't yet bought those baggu bags, but I will ASAP!), and looped them all together to make quirky little bows.
Quick and easy and full of personality! A simple thing to add to your list of easy ways to be more green.
December 22, 2007
I celebrate Christmas about six times every year (ah, the perks of having a mixed up family!), and I gotta say, my mom does a great job of keeping her menu unique.
Her newest tradition is lasagna. This year I insisted on taking the already Christmas-y red and green layered dish to the next decorative level by adding a little tree made of parsley. Not sure how green and christmas-tree-shape it'll look after baking, but hey, it's worth a shot.
The other great thing about this dish is that you can prepare it several days in advance and freeze it. Just stick it in the oven about 2 hours before you want to serve it.
This is a pretty easy recipe, so for you true Italians out there, no bashing, please! And feel free to share your most authentic lasagna recipes with me any time. Or just serve it to me. Thanks.
from the kitchen of my Mom
8 oz uncooked lasagna noodles
15 oz container of ricotta cheese
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
10 oz frozen package chopped spinach (thawed & squeezed)
2 26 oz jars of your favorite pasta sauce (or make your own!)
1 lb Italian sausage, cooked and drained
3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
• Preheat oven to 350º (if you are planning to bake it right away)
• In bowl, combine ricotta, 1/2 the Parmesan cheese, eggs and spinach
• Mix well with whisk (make sure to break up the spinach)
• Grease deep 13x9" baking dish
• Spread 1 cup pasta sauce across the bottom of the baking dish
• Combine remaining sauce with sausage in separate bowl/pot
• Layer half of each: noodles, cheese mixture, meat sauce, mozzarella
• Repeat layer
• Sprinkle remaining Parmesan across the top
• Top with parsley (in Christmas-tree shape, if you wish!)
• Cover tightly with aluminum foil and bake 1 hour
• Uncover and bake an additional 15 minutes or until hot and bubbly
• Let stand 15 minutes before serving
• Then, you scarf
* Note from the mom: We love this recipe because you don't have to deal with cooking the noodles beforehand. Layering slippery cooked noodles is a real pain. And of course, this recipe is delicious ...with the added benefit of spinach, which clearly cancels out all the damage done by the cheese.
December 20, 2007
Momma Zero told me she was sending me some snow from Connecticut, since they got so much and Baltimore got none. I thought she was kidding. But she wasn't.
How fantastic is this?! Scott, Maggie, ML and I made it. And made it. And made it. And played with it. And then I put some in a vase on our kitchen table, since there is still no sign of snow in Baltimore.
Just two tiny scoops of powder (pictured above) and two ounces of water makes a couple handfuls of "snow." It's even cold! And apparently it stays snowy for a couple weeks. We're not sure exactly what happens to it after that...
Want your own? Looks like you can buy some here.
Thanks Momma Zero!
December 19, 2007
Stealing this one straight-up from ML of Shocking Pink Subverter.
At work we've been getting baskets and baskets of goodies from vendors. While the treats are certainly nice for the first basket or two... or three... they start to get a little excessive even to those of us who LOVE our dark chocolate.
So ML emailed me this afternoon to tell me about this one vendor who sent her department a link to this website, APS Giving Back. The website is full of charities, and they allow you – the gift receiver – to choose what charities you want to donate to.
Not only is it a wonderful idea to let the recipient give the gift, but the website itself is beautiful, and the Christmas music is completely charming.
What I can't figure out is how you can give this gift (the website and "charity gift certificate" if you will). Can anyone figure that out from the site? I guess you could just click the help button and send an email... Let me know if you figure it out! Or maybe it's just what this one company does for their gifts, and it's their own website.
Check it out!
[Edit: APS is the vendor, it's their website, and they give out "budgets" as gifts. Sorry for the confusion! It's not open for anyone to sign up for. Thanks for the clarification ML!]
December 16, 2007
Right before I moved, my mom taught me her soup lesson (which she calls "The Soup Kitchen") because I knew nothing about cooking soup. It's usually pretty cheap to make, and easy to make large quantities – perfect for freezing in single-serving tupperware so I can take it to work for lunch. Yummy!
So I declared that I was going to make a huge batch of soup every Sunday once I got settled, and now that I've actually stuck to it for three weeks in a row, I give myself permission to bloggit. I'm just that cool.
Please note how the soup matches my blog colors:
Whiskey Jack's White Chili
[There's no whiskey, but apparently it's from a restaurant called Whiskey Jack]
2 16-oz. cans white beans
1/2 lb. cooked, diced chicken breast
1 1/2 t. olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
4 oz. can chopped green chilies
1 16 oz. can chicken broth
1 t. cumin
1 t. oregano
1/4 t. ground cloves
1/8 t. cayenne pepper
2 c. shredded Monterey Jack cheese
3 T. sour cream
• In stock pot, heat oil and sauté onions for two minutes
• Drain and rinse beans
• Add everything except cheese and sour cream to the pot
• Use masher or back of a large spoon to mush up the beans
• Simmer for 20 minutes
• Add one cup of the cheese and whisk until cheese is melted*
• Ladle into bowls
• Garnish with oyster crackers, remaining cheese, and sour cream
*Note from the mom: after adding dairy to your soup (cheese, sour cream, milk, cream – anything), don't bring it to a boil again, or it will separate and ruin the texture. So if you are trying to cook it down and let water evaporate, it's best to do that before you add your dairy.
Enjoy : ) Hopefully I'll be back next Sunday with a new soup!
December 15, 2007
I used to think a Nor'easter was a fancy way of saying "a person from the north east." After a few nasty ice storms in Delaware, I learned that this was not the case.
What do you mean, a nor'easter is coming? Aren't we surrounded by them? Why is there such a fuss whenever a nor'easter is arriving?
I'll get to the point... I neglected my fabulous blog date today because I was running around trying to squeeze in weekend errands all on Saturday, before this big storm hits Baltimore tomorrow : ) [THANK YOU SCOTT!!]
Most errands included buying things for my new room! I got all of my inspiration from Oh Joy! I absolutely love her style, and the things she finds to post. I've gotten so many ideas for decorating through her blogs tagged "my house is my home."
Her bedroom (pictured, from her blog) was featured in Domino Magazine's decorating contest, and I'm aiming for a bedroom with a similar style, but with my own twist. Whaddya think?
December 10, 2007
I miss you. I promise to make time for you soon. For now, things like going to work (which is going great, by the way!), Christmas shopping, building my IKEA furniture, making delicious food to eat, and generally getting situated in my new life are taking over. It's fun, and I'm lucky and I love it and I'm busy with great things, but I am oh-so-looking forward to having some relaxing me-time again.
So! Not to worry. I will be back. I promise.
Does this Saturday work for you?
It's a date.
November 17, 2007
November 16, 2007
I took the advice of pretty much everyone I've met in Baltimore, and went with my family and Scott to LP Steamers for crabs and seafood on Friday. Dad and Peggy treated us (thanks!!). It was a fun chance to play with our food, as you can see. Marielle and Ben joined us, too!
I loved having visitors this weekend! Glad you could make it. Hope you had as much fun as I did exploring Baltimore and Annapolis : )
November 12, 2007
I'm getting lucky with these views!
I walked in to work on Monday, and Mike showed me to my desk. I was elated to find out I have a view of the harbor from my computer! Then he pointed to the ceiling above my desk... and to the floor, where the buckets are sitting to catch water from the leak. Haha.
I don't mind, I get to see the water! ...And feel it.
Haha just kidding. I think the leak has cleared up. And I get to see the fisherman and the kayakers and the boats and the skateboarders! ...When I'm not diligently doing work, of course : )
November 11, 2007
I took a picture of my bulletin bored at home before packing everything up, because I loved the way I'd arranged things on it over time. I never planned the color coordination, but it just so happened that the things I collected for it happened to all match. I love happy accidents. These colors will be the inspiration behind my new bedroom design and color.
So what is all this junk? Counterclockwise-ish:
- Wobbly Hawaiian Doll (got it for my 16th birthday)
- Latvie (wooden picture holder from Prague)
- Wooden hand (from the tate modern in London)
- Ceramic bowl (made in high school)
- Glass top from Uncle Jack (gloriously random xmas present-giver)
- Antique saltine cracker box (from estate sale with mom)
- Framed S
- Original "Make Beats Not War" silkscreen print
- Magnetic lion from Santa
- S steak brand from Sedona, AZ
- Another toy from Santa
- Random brown bag with red sharpie written "THURSDAY"
- Venetian mask from Becca
- Alan Fletcher postcard from Tara in London
- Italian postcard from Billiam
- Caesar Rodney postcard found in our attic
- "I'm a Schnucks Kid" sticker
- Fortune from fortune cookie
- Another Alan Fletcher postcard (from Steph)
- Ladybug perforator (so nifty!)
- Photobooth pics of Scott and I from the St. Louis City Museum
- Red button (in baggie)
- Will Corr's business card
- Red Anvil's business card
- Contact sheet from fisheye pics
- My beloved professional paper cutter (I highly recommend investing in one!!) it saved me many hours in school!
- Postcard from Franny and paper sample
I love this odd collection.
November 10, 2007
I'm here! Have been for a few days, and even squeezed in a trip
to visit Scott already (he's famous, by the way). Lucky me!
The trip was really beautiful – full of gorgeous fall colors.
And I also saw a disturbingly large number of dead deer roadkill.
...But let's just focus on the pretty leaves. And snow flurries in West Virginia!
First day of work is this Monday, Nov.12. Very excited.
Marielle has definitely gotten me pumped about Under Armour : )
I'll be back with regular posts in a week or so, after I'm more situated.
In the meantime, you can check out the box doodle project.
Totally reminds me of Roberto. So I guess we aren't alone.
[image from google maps]
November 3, 2007
Two thumbs up from me. It's slightly more normal than other Wes Anderson films, and I think that might be why I liked it a little more (forgive me, true cult Wes Anderson fans). But now I have to go back and re-watch his past films, because I may appreciate them more now.
The visuals in this movie were absolutely gorgeous (even more than usual). The colors, the set, the patterns, the type on the signs, the music, the timing... everything. What a complete package. Brilliant!
You can download the short (The Darjeeling Limited Part 1) for free on iTunes.
And! I went to Bissinger's before the movie, and my old boss was there. He gave me free chocolate for my birthday! Yesssss.
Happy Birthday to me. So far I like being 23 : )
November 2, 2007
My favorite comedian.
"I had a bag of Fritos, they were texas grilled Fritos. These Fritos had grill marks on them. They remind me of something, when we used to fire up the barbeque and throw down some Fritos. I can still see my dad with the apron on, better flip that Frito, dad, you know how I like mine." –Mitch Hedberg
I have his album, "Mitch All Together," set so his one liners pop up in between some songs on random. I've probably heard the jokes 15 times each, and they never get old. In fact, I even used one of his lines at one of my job interviews.
They asked, "Where do you see yourself in five years?"
I said, "Celebrating the 5th year anniversary of you asking me this question."
I'm not sure they got it, but I couldn't help myself. Mitch and I hate that question.
Want more? This site has a bunch of his lines. I recommend it.
November 1, 2007
...I would decorate it with ceramic art by Heather Knight at Element Clay Studio.
I absolutely love simple art inspired by nature.
Check out Heather's Etsy shop here, and her blog here.
Kel, there is something about these that remind me a lot of your ceramic vases, although yours have a slightly more delicate, ethereal quality about them.
[Photo from Heather's Etsy shop]
October 31, 2007
Happy Halloween! In the spirit of one of my favorite holidays (which I am sadly not celebrating to its full potential this year, due to moving/packing and unexpected circumstances!), I am going to make a nice long 3-part post about it riiiight here.
#1) Creepy Chocolate Bunny Video from SanderPlug.com:
There is something about bunnies lately, with Fifi, and the Play-doh commercial, and now this. Maybe the slow, creepy, melting signifies the end of this bunny craze?
#2) My stepbrother, Justin, in all his glory:
He is the movie-theatre floor. As far as costumes go, I'm living vicariously through him this year. I'm loving it, Justin!
#3) An observation, or fun-fact about Halloween in my hometown (please tell me if you've witnessed this in other places – so far my investigations prove that this is only true in St. Louis):
In St. Louis, kids have to tell a joke to get their candy. The kids knock on the door, say "trick or treat," and the person at the door asks them for a joke before the kids get their candy. If the host has heard your joke already that night, sometimes they'll even ask for another. Usually after two repeat jokes, they give in and give you the candy anyway.
I know this doesn't exactly make sense, since the phrase is "trick or treat," (not "trick for treat") but for some reason, this is just the way it is. I guess STL kids are just as obedient as my golden retriever, politely obeying commands to earn her T-R-E-A-T. Does anyone know how this joke-tradition started, and why it's only in St. Louis?
And, lemme just say, before you bash this tradition, realize that a 4 year-old in a Tigger costume trying to tell you a joke is pretty much one of the cutest thing ever, so it really makes your night as the candy-giver. It's not so bad. In fact, I love it : )
That's all! Have a Happy Halloween! Go listen to the Monster Mash and Thriller on repeat!
October 30, 2007
Visit BuyHandmade.org to pledge to buy all handmade gifts this holiday season! The site is full of suggestions for places to buy such things. My favorite, of course, is Etsy. Not only would you be supporting artists directly, but you'd also save yourself the trouble of fighting the holiday shopping crowds! Plus, it's easy! On Etsy, you can just enter a few key words, and it'll give you ideas. Got a friend who collects the letter "s?" Just type in "s" in the search bar! Who knows what you'll find! Order online, and it'll arrive on your doorstep in a few days. Easy peesie.
My pledge is that all of my gifts will either be handmade, or help make the world a little bit better place (example: baggu reusable shopping bags, which actually happen to be directly from the artist, it seems...).
Please consider doing the same! Hopefully you'll at least buy a few handmade gifts.
[Oh and this reminds me, I will soon post about our Christmas tradition on my dad's side of the family – don't let me forget!]
October 29, 2007
Thank you Brody and Peggy-Mom for recommending I read Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. It's a compilation of stories from one woman's search for everything across Italy, India and Indonesia (says the cover). I'm only on page 70 (so busy lately!), but I absolutely love it. It's funny, it's thought-provoking, and it gives me a good feeling inside. It's been a while since I got past page 50 of a book and wanted to keep on reading (the last was David Sedaris, I believe).
So I like it enough that I wanted to share this part with you, about Americans and our pleasure, or lack thereof. From tale #24, in Italy (the pursuit of pleasure):
"Generally speaking, though, Americans have an inability to relax into sheer pleasure. Ours is an entertainment-seeking nation, but not necessarily a pleasure-seeking one. Americans spend billions to keep themselves amused with everything from porn to theme parks to wars, but that's not exactly the same thing as quiet enjoyment. Americans work harder and longer and more stressful hours than anyone in the world today. But as Luca Spaghetti [her Italian friend's name really is Luca Spaghetti] pointed out, we seem to like it. Alarming statistics back this observation up, showing that many Americans feel more happy and fulfilled in their offices than they do in their own homes. Of course, we all inevitably work too hard, then we get burned out and have to spend the whole weekend in our pajamas, eating cereal straight out of the box and staring at the TV in a mild coma (which is the opposite of working, yes, but not exactly the same thing as pleasure). Americans don't really know how to do nothing. This is the cause of that great sad American stereotype – the overstressed executive who goes on vacation, but cannot relax.
"I once asked Luca Spaghetti if Italians on vacation have that same problem. He laughed so hard he almost drove his motorbike into a fountain.
"'Oh, no!' he said. 'We are masters of il bel far niente.'
"This is a sweet expression. Il bel far niente means 'the beauty of doing nothing...'
"For me, though, a major obstacle in my pursuit of pleasure was my ingrained sense of Puritan guilt. Do I really deserve this pleasure? This is very American, too – the insecurity about whether we have earned our happiness. Planet Advertising in America orbits completely around the need to convince the uncertain consumer that yes, you have actually warranted a special treat. This Buds for You! You Deserve a Break Today! Because You're Worth It! You've Come a Long Way, Baby! And the insecure consumer thinks, Yeah! Thanks! I am gonna go buy a six-pack, damn it! Maybe even two six-packs! And then comes the reactionary binge. Followed by the remorse. Such advertising campaigns would probably not be as effective in the Italian culture, where people already know that they are entitled to enjoyment in this life. The reply in Italy to 'You Deserve a Break Today' would probably be, Yeah, no duh. That's why I'm planning on taking a break at noon, to go over to your house and sleep with your wife.
"Which is probably why, when I told my Italian friends that I'd come to their country in order to experience four months of pure pleasure, they didn't have any hang-ups about it. Complimenti! Vai avanti! Congratulations, they would say. Go ahead. Knock yourself out. Be our guest. Nobody once said, 'How completely irresponsible of you,' or 'What a self-indulgent luxury.'"
Whew, that was a longer excerpt than I originally intended. But it was so true that I had to keep going! (See? There I go apologizing for posting as much as I really wanted to! I do hope I'm not violating some copyright law though...).
So. Whaddya think? What do you do to enjoy life? And do you really enjoy it without feeling guilty? To my friends visiting other countries – does any of this ring true?
[Cover design and styling by Helen Yentus, Cover photography by John Saponara]
October 28, 2007
How appropriate that I stumbled upon Thule Trail tonight, after I started google-mapping my upcoming roadtrip and move to Baltimore. Thule Trail is a modern-day Oregon Trail game, in the form of a roadtrip. I'm loving the ridiculous comments.
For example, after getting stuck behind some sheep in the middle of the road:
I highly recommend choosing the names of a few friends when you start the game – it makes the comments all the more entertaining. (Sorry Bill Bill):
Kiersten, you would. Ha-ha. Worth the laughs if you have a few spare minutes : ) I miss all my abroad buddies! Can't wait to have you back in the states this spring.
October 26, 2007
October 24, 2007
I am happy to say that I have accepted a design job at Under Armour in Baltimore!
I start Nov.12 and will drive out there sometime before the 12th to live in temporary housing for the first month, so kindly provided by my lovely employer (fancy!).
November will be exciting, busy, and a tiny bit scary! My 23rd birthday, my first real job, my first apartment search (except for the ever-so-"quaint" ^TCBY last year), buying furniture... you know, being a real adult. A young one, at least : )
Baltimore, I think you hear me coming.
October 23, 2007
I came across this Etsy shop today called Fifi Lapin. And I think it's pretty darn cute. The British shop owner has created this character, Fifi (whose last name is french for rabbit), who wears a different designer outfit every day. The drawings of Fifi in different outfits are for sale. I love her paragraph about herself on her profile, so if I may, I will just post it right below this print of Fifi donning a Jason Wu ensemble:
"I was born one of 257 brothers and sisters but sadly there was an outbreak of myxamatosis when I was one year old and I was the only one that survived. My parents are therefore incredibly protective of me and spoil me rotten. I'm an 'haress' to my fathers fortune which he made playing fast and loose with carrot and lettuce shares on the international stock market. There are a lot of rabbits out there so I guess he just struck gold (or orange you might say). Some people think I’m just a socialite but I think there is more to me than just an extremely stylish clotheshorse!
I love to wear the latest fashions and I never wear the same outfit twice which means each and every one of my original drawings is totally unique
hope you enjoy my obsession!
I like that she's an "hare-ss." Ha-ha. She snuck quite a few glorious little puns into that paragraph.
So I'll admit it's a bit corny (I prefer "darling"), but I think it's a great use of creativity. Why not be free to be corny every now and then? A lovely bit of fun. I might just buy one of her prints sometime!
And what a great creative outlet for the artist – a fun little brand for a hobby on the side to make a few bucks (I assume this isn't the creator's day job, but who knows?). I'd love to come up with an idea like this that suits me.
Oh, and Fifi also has a blog, if you are interested.
[images from fifi's etsy shop, 1) "no.115 Fifi wears Jason Wu" 2) "Fifi's Favourites Spring Summer 07 Large Limited Edition Print"]
October 20, 2007
NOTCOT has a great little feature on these Baggu resusable shopping bags. The notcot editor had the opportunity to chat with the inventor, 24 year-old Parson's grad Emily Sugihara. She developed the idea with her mom (hey mom – I guess we were a little behind with our "brilliant idea," but hey, I think she should go ahead and try to market them at places like Target).
...Not that the idea of reusable shopping bags is new, but finally someone has come up with a series that is simple, beautiful, and folds up small. As notcot puts it, even a man can carry them without them being too purse-like.
Unfortunately they are a little on the pricey side (1 for $8, 3 for $22, 6 for $38), but when you think about how often you'll use them, how easily they pack away, how light they are, etc. it's really not so bad. Honor and respect that designer with a hot, environmentally-respectful idea : )
I think after I move I might buy myself a few. And you might have a few coming your way from me this Christmas. This year all of my gift-giving will be nice and Green. Might you do the same?
What are your thoughts? Would you spring that much for a shopping bag?
[images from notcot and the official baggu site]
[PS: notcot just did a roundup on reusable shopping bags here]
October 15, 2007
I'm not sure why there wasn't much hype on this one, but thankfully someone posted it on notcot. Wahoo! Check it out...
And I'm sure many of you have already seen the new play-doh bunnies in New York, but just in case you missed it:
Don't these make you smile? I wish these commercials played in the states!
Click here to see the first two in the Colour Like No Other commercial series.
October 10, 2007
I'm off to UD for homecoming weekend!
Then I'm staying in the area for the next week and a half for interviews in Baltimore, Philly and DC. Wish me luck! So excited!
Probably won't post here much during the trip, but I hope you come back for another visit in a couple weeks : )
October 8, 2007
Here's "The Greatest" by Cat Power. I found this video on youtube, and I'm not sure if it's the real video or not (anyone know?). Either way, there's something abstract and charmingly, rhythmically hypnotic about it. Have a listen!
Apparently I'm so very into music sung by the ladies lately. I've also been attracted to the sound of the piano.
Other ladies I've been listening to recently: Ingrid Michaelson (sings in a new Old Navy commercial), Kate Nash (very hot in London right now, according to Bill), Feist (always pleasant), and Keren Ann (love her french stuff).
October 4, 2007
This is not a map of the tree colors changing. This is the map of our fall weather.
So I don't know about you, but I find this terrifying. In St. Louis, this week's weather is full of high 80ºFs and 90ºFs. So much for a crisp October. This is not okay.
Last January, when it was 70ºF in New York, I thought it was just a fluke. There's no way all this global warming is kicking in already.
It scares me that I hear people (including meteorologists on tv!) say "Oh this is so pleasant!" and "What a nice change!"
If the average temperature keeps rising this fast annually, it's going to be 150ºF in October in my lifetime. So what is it going to be like in August? And what is it going to be like in Phoenix?
When are more people in charge going to start believing in this, recognizing it as a major issue, and doing something about it? Because it's already happening.
Go turn out some lights, unplug your unused power cords, and try to walk some place you can avoid driving today. It's the least you can do : )
Thanks for reading. I hope, at the very least, you take it all a little more seriously, and that you'll take some kind of action today!
[image from accuweather.com]
October 3, 2007
I'll start this one off by saying I know everyone won't approve of this idea (it rivals the fake parking tickets - but this isn't as much of a personal attack). However, I find it pretty funny (and not as creepy), so here it goes.
I heard my stepdad crinkling up newspapers and I had to ask what he was doing.
"It's my hobby," he replied, "All junk mail credit card applications include a self-addressed envelope with a postage-paid stamp on them. So I roll up a couple pages of old newspapers and stuff them in the envelope, and I make sure it's as stuffed as it'll get."
So the credit card companies have to pay about $1 for every one he sends back.
Oh yes, he puts the return address sticker on there every time, hoping maybe some day they'll take him off the mailing list.
But they never do.
Edit: Ok thanks to Haley's comment, I can't resist adding this photo to this post. Howies approves of the junk mail revenge, too. Theirs is hilarious. They also mention earth-friendly reasons for making such a statement, which I neglected to mention before.
"Last year in America there were 52 billion pieces of junk mail sent out to people. When you start to think about numbers like that, you can get a sense of how many trees are being cut down for little or no reason."
Here's one of their suggestions:
I do wonder, though, does the post office really let you drop this off?!
Please try it and let me know. Thanks.
October 1, 2007
September 30, 2007
Mom and I went to a little festival at The Hill today, and boy was there some deliciously unhealthy Italian food. Toasted ravioli (if you haven't experienced this, you NEED to come to St. Louis and have some), calamari, eggplant, italian bread, and caprese salad on a stick (made by my grandma and her friends, even though she isn't italian). They added olives, which is a no-no traditionally, but I loved 'em.
Thanks for the special invite, Peggy. Hope they didn't mind the "tourists."
September 29, 2007
September 28, 2007
September 25, 2007
September 24, 2007
Kevin kindly sent me a link to this very interesting blog, Brand New: Opinions on Corporate and Brand Identity Work. The guy shows a before an after picture of several different makeovers. Very interesting, even if you just look at the pictures and don't have time/interest in reading the text (although of course I do!).
By the way, I love the Coke makeover (old news, I know). Back to the basics!
September 22, 2007
September 21, 2007
September 20, 2007
Yesterday the mom and I went to the Schlafly Farrrrmer's Marrrket. And it just so happened to be Talk Like a Pirate Day. My sincerest apologies if you missed out.
It was one of the last farmer's markets of the season, so I took the camera along and soaked up some summer colors. As you can see, I was fond of the macro lens. That's all, really!
September 19, 2007
I can wear earrings again! Well, I could always wear gold ones.
I'm super duper allergic to nickel, and it is in pretty much every form of not-gold jewelry (or maybe that's just what I tell the men in my life, hehe). Most things that say they are nickel-free are some how lying. I always end up with gross, red, itchy, puffy, [I'll spare you more details] ear lobes. Even after only wearing them for five minutes! It's bad.
Howeverrrr, last week I was on a mission to find hypo-allergenic nickel-free earring fish hooks, and I finally found them for sale on Etsy – a package of 36 for $2.75. How lovely.
The test came today, after I used some handy dandy needle-nosed pliers to strip the original hooks off these earrings (pictured) and to put the new hooks on, and tried wearing them for a few hours.
No itch! Wahoo! I can wear cheap earrings again, but I'll still try to keep it classy : )
September 18, 2007
September 17, 2007
Lisa Rienermann = love. I'm sure many of you already know about her, but I'm posting it nonetheless.
For one of her projects at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Rienermann created this alphabet made from the shapes building-tops make against the sky when she photographed them from below. She presented her alphabet in a book, Type the Sky. I'd love to have a copy, but I'm not sure it's for sale.
The only bummer about it is that she does admit to using photoshop to help tweak some of the letterforms. Still, I think she did a pretty fantastic job.
Download her portfolio pdf at her website for more interesting stuff, like this collection of photographs:
[all images from lisarienermann.com]
September 16, 2007
Suddenly I See by KT Tunstall.
I just watched The Devil Wears Prada last night (which was much better than I expected it to be!), and this is the opening song. It makes me feel all happy inside.
Not the most interesting music video, but this way you can hear the song.
She also sings Black Horse in a Cherry Tree, which is a great dancing song, too.
September 13, 2007
Photographer Jon Huck has an interesting series of portraits of people and what they eat for breakfast. Simple. Interesting. It kind of reminds me of those cholesterol ads when the people look like whatever they eat (but better...what are those ads for, anyway? I can't remember).
[photo from Jon Huck's website]
I wonder if I resemble my breakfast (not that that was necessarily Huck's goal, but some of them definitely do). Lately I've been having Dannon Plain Yogurt, Kashi Crunch, and fresh blueberries all mixed together.
Do you look like your breakfast?
And I just discovered his couples series, which fascinates me even more:
The way he displays the photos for his gallery installations is refreshing.
Who needs frames, anyway? It kind of implies that the couplings aren't permanent...