Thursday, August 29, 2013

Scary Godmother

It's no secret that I love Halloween. Not too long ago I discovered the Scary Godmother, Jill Thompson's (fabulously talented artist of Wonder Woman, Sandman and many others) star of books and a few TV specials. I'm a bit hooked on the wonderfully spooky world that Jill has created.

So imagine my delight that there is a Kickstarter devoted to funding a beautiful doll of the Scary Godmother. She looks like she has just stepped out of the amazing watercolor pages of the book. If you have a minute, please check out the Kickstarter, and make a pledge (the options range from $1-$10,000 with amazing rewards like an exclusive digital comic to an audio recording of the first story to Christmas cookie packages to painting lessons to original art), so anything you can do to help out Jill is amazing.

I am pretty jazzed for this doll (a sentiment I have not really felt since elementary school), I really (really!) want her to be a reality:

beautiful, right?
Visit the Kickstarter!

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Monday, August 26, 2013

Coffee Sugar Body Scrub

Instead of throwing out used coffee grounds, lately I have been making them into a sugar scrub and am loving it. It smells completely wonderful, and is an amazing exfoliant. Also, a great homemade gift idea!

Coffee Sugar Body Scrub
1/4 cup used coffee grounds
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons vitamin e oil
1 tablespoon honey

Mix coffee grounds, sugar, oil and honey together. The consistency should be like a thick paste/wet sand. Transfer the mixture to a jar, and enjoy in your next shower!

  Coffee Sugar Scrub
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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Happy Birthday Julia!

Today would have been Julia Child's 101st birthday!

Previous posts about Julia, her legacy, and her recipes
A tour of Julia's home in Cambridge, MA
PBS has gathered all things Julia into one spot
Last year, social media celebrated her 100th birthday with #CookForJulia
I am anxiously awaiting this biography in the mail from a recent Rue La La sale
Williams-Sonoma has made a Pinterest board all about Julia
Some great quotes

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Raspberry Honey Cider Bread

Every year, my office plans a summer outing around Boston. This year we did lunch out, and then a tour of the Harpoon Brewery, ending with some time spent at the Harpoon Bar sampling different things. I ended up taking a growler of their Honey Cider home (mostly because I wanted the bottle to put flowers in, and you couldn't buy them sans alcohol), and used some of it for baking.

Raspberry Honey Cider Bread (adapted from here)
3 cups flour
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
12 ounces hard cider

1 cup fresh raspberries

Preheat oven to 350. Grease and flour a loaf pan.

Mix together flour, 1/4 cup sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt together in a large bowl. Gently fold in the raspberries. Pour in cider, and stir until well combined. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan, smooth top, and sprinkle remaining 2 tablespoons sugar over the top.

Bake for about 50 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through the baking time, until top is golden brown and crisp.

  Cider Bread w/ Raspberries 

they match your glass to whatever you order

one of my coworkers got a flight of beer
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