Thursday, July 24, 2014
People that know me understand that I have a bit of a Nordic Ware obsession. I've managed to keep it under control (mostly) and have limited myself to two bundt pans, and an aebelskever pan-and now this beehive. If you're not familiar with their mind-boggling array of pans, you may wish to remain ignorant because once you see the pans, you can't un-see them...and you will want them all. I am not being paid by Nordic Ware to say this.
The recipe on the packaging comes from Williams and Sonoma, and that is the recipe I used for the cake: http://www.williams-sonoma.com/recipe/lemon-beehive-cake.html?utm_campaign=bazaarvoice&utm_medium=SearchVoice&utm_source=RatingsAndReviews&utm_content=Default
For the bee decorations I used unsalted butter and icing sugar tinted with food colouring. As I shaped the bees I placed them on wax paper I then transferred to the fridge for a good hour before using. You can do sugar paste with egg whites and granulated sugar but then you have to find something close in shape to mould it in (bottle caps, candy moulds, etc.). I've used both over the years, and if you aren't planning to save the decorations, buttercream is the way to go.
The picture doesn't convey it, but the cake is quite small (though certainly large enough for Danny and Mr. ETB) and unless you sliced quite miserly pieces, it wouldn't feed more than 8 adults (6 if they're greedy). It is a rich cake though (a cup of butter, and 4 eggs)so you probably wouldn't want all that much anyway, but be aware it is small.
The weather gave us a nice break today, so I took advantage of using the oven before we're plunged back into the extreme heat/humidity thing we've been in. You might think this would be ideal weather for ripening tomatoes, but they are steadfast in their refusal to so much as blush on the vine. Meanwhile, I have an aubergene of near mammoth proportions threatening to overtake the little plot waiting for a tomato to be baked with. I may need to reconsider, as I don't think "Herman" (what, you don't name your vegetables?) is going to wait for the slacker tomatoes. I'm resisting bringing the tomatoes in, wrapping them in newsprint, and leaving them on the windowsill with a banana like my mother always did, but if they don't start turning red soon, I may reconsider.
I don't imagine standing over the plants screaming, "Ripen you bastards!" would do any good either, but it might be satisfying.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
"Which ones?" I asked "The 18, or the 19?"
This necklace isn't Western, it isn't even from the Americas. It is Afghan, but the colour palette worked so well with the outfit I decided I didn't need to be a slave to authenticity. I'm authentic enough in my person, I can take some liberties with my wardrobe. At least that's my story ;)
1970's Western shirt-Thrift World, Millard
Jantzen 1970's skirt-Goodwill, Council Bluffs
Selena Gomez boots-K Mart
1970's vinyl handbag-Goodwill
Silver clamper bracelet-Mum's, 1970's
Earrings-Retail, can't remember
Rings-some thrifted, some Mum's
1960's hand-tooled belt-gift about 40 years ago from my cousin Andi (I'm on the next to last hole on the belt, but I'd starve before getting rid of it after all these years).
Afghan silver and lapis necklace-The Mexican Shop, Evanston early 80's
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
I thought you might enjoy some vintage bird-flipping
Oh come on now, you don't flip off Karl. Really.
Sunday, July 20, 2014
Ugh, god! We seem to have caught some terrible bug. Blerg. Bluch. Blech.
Sadly, I can't say this is the first time we've taken these sorts of photos as a family. Hard to resist a good medical sign, I guess. I wouldn't let Mr. ETB go around the corner for photos at the Urology associates. We have to save something for another day.
RK Originals dress-Goodwill
Hat K Mart
Earrings K Mart
Vintage eyeglass sun-clip-Hand-Me-Ups
Did you have a good weekend? I did, except you really can't find a gastroenterologist on Sunday in Omaha. Otherwise, yeah, pretty good weekend.
Saturday, July 19, 2014
"Well yes", he replied "But consider the alternative!" I guess I shouldn't have asked the guy in a chartreuse shirt and tie if green lenses would look strange. An elderly couple sitting nearby (and entertaining us with dirty jokes) thought the green lenses sounded terrific. At any rate, I'm sure no one will notice my specs once they get a look at my footwear.
Danny has started printing out cards to hang beneath my crazy wall-art with things like:
Gilt on Plastic
Museum of Kitsch,
I thought it was funny at first, but now everything in the house has a description affixed to or beneath it. Maybe I really should conduct tours by appointment. Anyway, I'm letting him have his fun for the moment. There's still another month to summer break.
If anyone needs to label their kitsch, let me know and I'll have the little archivist make you some signage.
Thursday, July 17, 2014
(from a still growing collection of matching sconces trailing down the stairway) about $1.99 each at varied locations.
How about you? Have a weakness for cake carriers or use-specific pottery?
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
I have a love/hate relationship with this dress. I love the pattern, but I hate how the dress looks on me. To wear it properly, I really should wear a girdle, and friends, I just don't hate myself enough to do that. So I did the next best thing to wearing a girdle-I wore a great hat to draw attention away from my waist.
Admittedly, the pleats don't help, but I don't have issues with my body, and this dress makes me think perhaps I should. That alone is reason to be done with it. I have plenty of clothes that don't make me look like a turnip (a turnip with an awesome hat, but still).
Such a great print. I've considered re-working the dress into a skirt, but I'd feel guilty taking apart such a nice vintage dress in good condition. I suppose I'll just keep wearing it until it falls apart and I can (without guilt) re-fashion it into something else. Until then, I have a decent sized collection of hats.
Some nice shell earrings I thrifted recently. What an overlooked accessory shells have become, which makes no sense as they are cheap and plentiful. I can't remember the last time I saw new shell jewelry for sale.
1950's cotton dress-Ruby Begonia's, Lincoln, Nebraska
Shell Earrings-Hand Me Ups
1960's handbag-Goodwill, Council bluffs
1950's straw hat=Goodwill, Council Bluffs
Oddly enough, people kept stopping me to comment on the dress (and hat). Have you ever experienced that phenomena where you wear something you only marginally like, and a stream of people approach you to compliment it? I can only attribute it to the magic of hats (not a "magic hat", though if I could really pull a rabbit out of this thing it would be impressive).
Now to chase the beatniks from my lawn.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
But wait, what else do I spy with my little eye?
I cannot wait to make that cape. Blue and orange together, in a single scarf? Perfection! Thank you again hon, it is exactly what I had in mind.
Kay Windsor dress and jacket-Thrift World, Millard
Yellow belt-Came with something
Handbag-New Life Thrift
"Secretary Dress?" OK, but I don't know shorthand, my typing is terrible, and I make the worst coffee you'll ever taste...but I know how to sharpen a #2 Ticonderoga lead pencil to perfection. You just leave me in charge of pencils and I'll have this office running ship shape in no time. Yeah, you just go ahead and try to sharpen a pencil better than that. I dare you.