Saturday, October 30, 2010

Links to Love!


Painting on people

The value of a food dollar.

The art of hand-painted murals:

UP THERE from The Ritual Project on Vimeo.

Beautiful lace fencing.

Play with your food?

What are smittens? Well, have a look! Sickeningly sweet.

Rifle Paper Company. Have a look around. You might especially like this, this, and this.

Lite-Brite love

Desperate for affection?

Print maker:

Grain & Gram: Nick Sambrato, Printmaker from Grain & Gram on Vimeo.


16 things you didn't know about sleep A and C are the way I sleep....judge accordingly.

You've won the Nobel Prize-- Wait, Don't Hang Up!

10 words to delete from your vocabulary.

23 things to remember + 1

What's your secret?:

PostSecret: Confessions on Life, Death and God from Frank Warren on Vimeo.

35 ways to be beautiful.

Adorable animal kingdom kids!

I'm such a people watcher. Are you?

A very powerful speech by an abortion survivor- part 1:

Part 2:

What I've always wanted! Signs for your car!

Horrible ad placements!

Babies/baby wearing in Parliment. I have mixed feelings about these, but go women!

Funny sick notes

What's your hobby?

Mormon life:

Deseret alphabet translator.

The lovely Nielsons:

Question of the Day

Would you rather have to sleep in a coffin?


Have to live in a giant pumpkin?

(To lessen the shock factor turn the sound down).

Happy Halloween!!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Pie maker

I'm a little slow in the blogging department. Not a lot is going on so I don't have a lot to blog about.

But, I have been doing some Halloween-ish/Autumn-ish things!

Pumpkin carving

Pie baking
(It was my first attempt at making the crust...don't judge too harshly!)


Pumpkin seed roasting

I guess I have enough for a blog post after all!

What have Halloween-ish/Autumn-ish things have you been up to?

Tuesday, October 19, 2010


Things I don't count
the number of times I say: "I love you"
minutes I spend talking with a friend or family member
number of treats I take to a friend in need
calories in a treat I love
number of dollars it costs to drive home
the number of times I play a favorite song on repeat
candles on my birthday cake
amount of times I watch movies I love
hugs given and received

Things I do count
change given for a restaurant bill
how many floors it takes to get to my destination
tiles on my bathroom floor
number of books I read
my weight
books checked out on my library card
amount of times I shampoo my hair
hours of sleep per night
days till I see my family again
the little things

Things I wish I didn't count
watching the time (sometimes) when I'm in church
favors for people I'm not all that fond of
dates I've been on in the past two years
people saying "um" in conversations
text messages sent and received
marshmallows I can stuff in my mouth at any given point

Things I don't count but really probably should
days till deadlines
number of calories consumed in a day
number of times I exercise in a week
miles between fill-ups for my car

What counts for you?

Friday, October 15, 2010

If you were an ice cream flavor you would be my favorite one

Just a few of the songs I'm enjoying right now...

Secret Prayer from The Lower Lights on Vimeo.

(and the video about the making of the group The Lower Lights)

Thursday, October 14, 2010

All That Jazz

I admit that I watch Glee and I like it. This past episode was titled "Duets" and the kids were to come up with a song and sing it as a duet. Although Kurt didn't technically sing a duet, he did a darn good job with the song from Victor/Victoria... so in my opinion it's good enough.

This kid is talented! Enjoy!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Question of the Day!

What is something good that has happened to you lately?

Saturday, October 9, 2010

From Penny Lane to Abbey Road

I don't precisely remember when it started, but I think it was around my 12th birthday. I had asked for a CD player for Christmas- you know, the big kind with the handle. Well, Christmas came and I received the player. Along with it came a CD of Beatles music "The Beatles/ 1967-1970" I was hooked. Ever since then, I've really enjoyed the Beatles.

Plus, I can't get enough of that Paul McCartney...he's a cutie!

So, in tribute to The Beatles and John Lennon's birthday today....

I present:

History of The Beatles by their hair...

In case you don't know, from left to right they are: John, Paul, George, and Ringo. As time went on facial hair and glasses became popular.
Image via

Do you like The Beatles?

If so, do you have a favorite song or a favorite Beatle?

Friday, October 8, 2010

Autumn Bread

Autumn is my favorite weather.

Autumn means falling leaves

pumpkin pie (my most favorite pie in the world!)
delicious squash
new pencils
homemade crusty artisan bread.

It is super easy. Once you mix everything up you can have delicious tasting bread very easily in just minutes a day (well, besides baking and rising time).

In a large bowl or non-airtight (very important!) container, mix without kneading (yes, you read that right- just stir it with a spoon):

3 c. lukewarm water (just a little warmer than body temperature)
1 1/2 tblsp. dry yeast
1 1/2 tblsp. kosher salt- if you don't use kosher salt, please don't use 1 1/2 tblsp, it will be much, much too salty
6 1/2 c. unbleached white flour (measured with the scoop and sweep method)

Cover and let rise at room temperature 2-5 hours.

Refrigerate with lid on at least 3 hours or longer before shaping. (Cold dough is easier to shape.)

When ready to bake:
1. Sprinkle pizza peel (click for image) very LIBERALLY with corn meal (or it won't slide off later)
2. Sprinkle surface of refrigerated dough with flour. Pull up a 1 pound (grapefruit size) piece of dough and cut off with a serrated knife.
3. Gently stretch the surface of the dough around to the bottom of all four sides. (Put the rest of the dough back in the refrigerator and use within 14 days.)
4. Place the shaped ball (or whatever shape you choose) of dough on the cornmeal covered pizza peel.
5. Let rise for 40 minutes and enjoy the smell of rising bread!
6. After about 25 minutes of rising, set the oven to 450 with a baking stone on the middle rack. Place an empty broiler tray for water on the shelf below or beside the baking stone.
7. Let rise for the rest of the time.
8. When rising time has elapsed, dust the top of the loaf liberally with flour. With serrated knife, slash 1/4 inch deep pattern into the dough.
9. Prepare a cup of warm tap water and have ready before putting the dough in the oven.
10. With a quick jerking motion, slide the loaf off the pizza peel and onto the baking stone.
11. Quickly pour the prepared water into the broiler pan and close the oven door.
12. Bake for 30 minutes or until crust is nicely browned and firm to the touch. Let cool before cutting.

If you want your bread to keep a crisp crust, store it in a paper bag after it has cooled (not plastic).

This recipe is super easy because the dough stores in your refrigerator for up to 14 days. Any time you want fresh bread you can just pull it right out and bake it.

Okay, now that I've shared the bread recipe will you share your soup recipes with me? Pretty please?

This way we can both have delicious soup and bread for chilly autumn nights.

Monday, October 4, 2010

A Plus

The other day I saw this post on 1000 Awesome Things. It doesn't happen very often that somebody pronounces my last name right on the first try, but when they do it is awesome! In the mean time, I do a lot of correcting....

P.S. The title of this post could be read as either A+ or A plus...such as bonus. You decide.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Great News

(Illustration by Sara Jane Studios)

Happy first day of October! Please watch or listen to this tomorrow and Sunday. I just know it will be amazing.

In fact, here is an inspirational quote to get you in the mood:

"I invite you to listen, listen if you will by the power of the spirit, to the speakers who will address you today and tomorrow as well as this evening. If you will do so, I do not hesitate to promise you that
*you will be uplifted
*your resolution to do what is right will be strengthened
*you will find solutions to your problems and your needs, and
*you will be led to thank the Lord for what you have heard."
(Gordon B. Hinckley, Ensign, Nov 1996, 4.)

I am going to have a wonderful weekend and I hope you do too!

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