Wednesday, August 20, 2014
I know coffee is only as good as you make it, but I swear it tastes better out of these mugs. Crazy, I know, but it does make the experience all the nicer. Mr. ETB rather likes the shape and design as well, which is nice as he rarely shares my taste in décor. Don't ask me to translate the Swedish (I may have spent the last 12 years living in a predominantly Swedish town, but that doesn't make me fluent). I know the kettle translates to, "A watched kettle never boils" because we used to joke that it didn't mean you should ignore it! Kaffetaren would have to mean coffee (wouldn't it?) but beyond that, I have no idea. Just looking at this cheerful little mug as I type, the day becomes less shitty. Maybe I should fill it with Absolut. That'd fix this shitty day.
Here's to tomorrow (because I really can't take much more of today)!
Hidden Cherry Cookies
1 10 ounce jar maraschino cherries, drained with juice reserved. If cherries are large, cut in half.
1 1/2 cups plain flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (I used Dutched)
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon bicarb
1 large egg
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup chocolate pieces (6 ounces)
1/2 cup condensed milk
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a medium bowl, combine flour and cocoa. In a large bowl, beat softened butter 30 seconds, then combine sugar, baking powder, bicarb, and salt. Add slowly to sugar as you beat. Mix well. Add egg and vanilla and beat well. Slowly beat in the flour/cocoa mix until you can no longer incorporate it with the mixer, then finish by hand with a wooden spoon (mine all went in with the mixer).
Shape dough into 1 inch balls. Make a thumbprint, and press a cherry (or half) into the centre. Meanwhile, make the frosting by slowly melting together the chocolate and condensed milk, When all smooth, stir in 4 teaspoons of the reserved cherry juice and blend until smooth. You may need more juice if the mixture is too thick. Spread the frosting over the cherry (about 1 teaspoon per cherry) smoothing it out over the sides of the cherry. Bake 5 minutes, rotate pan and bake another 5 minutes or until edges are firm. Mine were a bit tricky to remove, so use a very thin, flexible spatula if you have one. Makes about 48.
Now, climb into bed with a tray of no less than ten of these, and a pretty Swedish coffee mug filled with grain spirits. Kiss your bad day goodbye.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
1960's orange polyester home-sewn (not by me) dress-Goodwill, .99 cents
Flower pin/hair clip-Tiff and Tam
Lippy-Revlon Jungle Peach (who the hell names these?) a vintage re-issue that probably should have stayed in the 60's with robin's egg blue mascara)
Huh. It looks better in the photos than it does in person. You'll have to take my word for it, this is the strangest, dullest, matte orange lippy I've ever encountered. That's how they sell this stuff-good lighting.
Light orange dress? That's s sure-bet! (Sorry, I had to).
Monday, August 18, 2014
While we're thinking about the 1930's, here's the dress I mentioned in the previous post. I could not get it on my dress form, which is strange as it is small, but not that small. I think my dress form has unusually broad shoulders. Because of the bias cut, the dress looks smaller than it is, though I doubt very much it would fit me.
I should mention that Danny hasn't taken that jacket off since I washed it, and gave it to him. I'd better start looking for another (it is already a bit short in the arms).
Sunday, August 17, 2014
Me? I open my mouth and everyone knows exactly where I'm from, even though I haven't been there in 25 years. I used to mind it, and it really used to irritate me to be halfway around the world and have someone ask if I'm related to Al Capone. I swear to god, if I had a dollar for every time someone (in halting English) made a mime of a gun with their finger and said, "Chicago! Al Capone. Bang, Bang!" I suppose the Hawaiians are fed up with people reducing their culture to floral shirts, Don Ho, and Spam Musabi, so I won't complain too loudly as I pose in a Hawaiian shirt and drink from a Tiki glass. Any Hawaiians that want to make a mobster joke, feel free to have at it.
Black jumpsuit-K Mart
1960's Liberty House barkcloth shirt (or maybe it is a jacket, it has a heavy zipper) Hand-Me-Ups
Earrings-Had them forever
Hair Flowers-Tiff and Tam
I stopped at the new .99 cent Goodwill in the Old Market to see what it was like. Everything is .99 cents, and it is really just a couple small rooms. I thought this artwork on the wall was striking.
Saturday, August 16, 2014
Tooled belt by Browning (the gun manufacturer? Maybe I'm supposed to hang a holster off it for a water pistol or something) Hand-Me Ups
Vintage Gaymode shoes-thrifted
We've been watching plenty of movies/television series of late. We're currently engrossed in The Singing Detective, though I'm afraid Danny has acquired a some new vocabulary to hurl about. Recently watched include:
Bells Are Ringing
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
The Day After Tomorrow (awful)
The Day After (sad, but not awful)
Danger UXB (the entire series)(which you shouldn't watch around a holiday when people are blowing off firecrackers during the tense scenes. I nearly had a heart attack).
The Maltese Falcon
And I know there are more, but I can't remember at the moment. We checked out a Best of SCTV at the library for tonight. I don't know what the hell Danny is going to make of that .
Roasted tomatoes with garlic, olives, rosemary, thyme, oregano and parsley over pasta with fresh mozzarella. Summer cooking is the best-you just toss it in a pan and let it do the work for you.
I guess it wouldn't feel like a proper weekend if I didn't flip you off so...
I only flip off the people I love.
Friday, August 15, 2014
This jacket and skirt is about four sizes too big. I pinned the skirt today to wear it out and see if I felt it was worth the effort of fixing. I don't really think it is. The jacket would need more attention that it is worth, so I'm going to put it in the "sale" pile and hopefully someone else will wear and enjoy it. Good vintage in larger sizes is difficult to come by, and this is a killer print with the best kind of lapels...
Sure, I could have pinned it so the pattern matched. Well no, really I couldn't because who on earth would do that? At that point, you might as well sew.
1970's 2 piece polyester skirt set. Well, 3 piece if you count the matching belt-Goodwill
1960's handbag-Thrift World, 90th and Maple
Vintage Nturalizer shoes-Goodwill?
Blue shirt-K Mart
60's white link bracelet-Hand-Me-Ups
There's a "hawk thing" at Fontenelle Forest tomorrow. Translated, that means volunteers from Raptor Recovery Nebraska stand in a room (over tarps) with screeching, flapping, shitting raptors for people to gawk at up close. Well Danny enjoys it, and the volunteers (bless 'em) enjoy Danny, so I'll camp out in the next room with a book while he "talks shop" with his friends. Since we'll be in the area, a trip to the New Life Thrift will be on the agenda because they have patterns for .10 cents. Last time I scored some 60's Vogue patterns, so it is worth stopping. Mr. ETB is on call until Monday morning, but so far (touch wood) it has been an uneventful week.
Have a lovely weekend.
Thursday, August 14, 2014
The green plaid (and the brown/orange fabric behind it) are a heavy silk material. No plans, but 4 yards of each for $3.99 was too good to leave. Hand-Me-Ups has great vintage fabric. Know what else they have? Stuff like this...
I'm slowly getting into school-mode. I have a new lesson plan/attendance book that looks so fresh, and optimistic. It won't last, but like new pencils, folders, and yet un-doodled book covers, there's something exciting in the newness of another grade. Grade four. How the hell did that happen?
I'm trying to do a better job of fine-arts education this year. Yes, I take him to the opera, and theatre, and the odd orchestral concert, but I really need to do more with visual arts. The Joslyn Museum is free now thanks to a grant (I think through the next couple years) and I live all of ten minutes away, so perhaps a weekly visit with an hour devoted to a close study of a pre-selected work, and some rough sketching? I hated doing close studies, and I'd stubbornly sit there doing my best not to see anything, but it was always when I got up to leave, or took a break and came back to a painting that I would notice something crucial I hadn't quite put together whilst sitting before it. Oddly enough, I never could do those hidden-eye pictures, no matter how hard I'd squint!
The schedule for Opera Omaha looks good this year, though Mr. ETB looked it over with that pained expression that sort of pleads, "Don't make me sit through this." I'd happily trade off, and do the opera if he'd take the theatre, and we could flip a coin for the symphony, but I think it would be best attended as a family. It is a small opera company with a short season, so there's that for comfort.
Lastly, the wonderful Sarpy County Garage Sale is coming up in September. Two days of anything and everything you never imagined wanting. Last year I came home with women's magazines from the 30's and 40's, silk scarves, necklaces, a coffee set, a glass carafe in a bronze stand, Vogue patterns, fabric and trims, a music box, and Fire King bowls. I went the second day when everything was 1/2 price. This is easily the best sale of the year, anywhere-so if you are a local, and can get there, do it! You also get to poke around the museum and old train depot which makes the trip, educational. If you're planning to attend, drop me an email and we can plan a picnic or something. I make exceptionally nice sandwiches. True.