The Visual Miscellaneum One of the best perks of blogging here is all the free stuff people send me. Like, today, for instance, I opened my mail and found one of the more attractive books I've ever laid eyes on. It's by David McCandless and it's called The Visual Miscellaneum, a Colorful Guide to the World's Most Consequential Trivia. Design Crush & Popsicles! Not to sound full of myself, but I’m pretty sure this is the be all, end all of popsicle roundups. There’s a little something for everyone: the foodies, the purists, the ones who prefer frozen yogurt, the ones who prefer a little alcohol, everyone. Tweny-five options to be exact. The post I did last summer on the cold guys was one of DC’s most viewed ever, so I thought you’d all be up for another round – was I right? Click on the photo to be taken to the recipe. All photos and recipes copyright of their respective source unless otherwise noted.
Indian Masala Chai Tea Recipe - Made Just Right Masala Chai Tea is one of the most popular beverages in all of India. The exact recipes for chai tea vary by region and can be made with various different spices, though this recipe combines some of the most popular into one delicious hot drink… or you can even serve it over ice for a refreshing iced chai “latte”! Ingredients: 2 cups of water 1 cup Earth Balance® Original Soymilk 2 teaspoons black tea leaves (good choices: Assam, English Breakfast, Earl Grey, Darjeeling) 1 cardamom pod 1 clove 1/2 inch piece of ginger 1/4 inch piece of cinnamon stick Sugar to taste In a sauce pot, combine the Earth Balance® Soymilk, water and spices, bring to a boil. 3 DIY wines you can make at home When you think of wine, more than likely you immediately think of the juice of fermented grapes, but excellent quality wine can be made from other ingredients including blackberries, plums, rose hips, cereals, flower petals — even root vegetables. While these wines may not be too common on the shelves of your local wine shop, the beauty of home winemaking is that the sky’s the limit. You don’t have to be a master vintner or have a house full of expensive equipment to make wine.
seamstress: poppykettle After a over 4 weeks of not being able to sew, I'm finally back in action and have made Grainline's Moss Mini Skirt. The above photo courtersy of TJ from The Perfect Nose, post a frenetic morning of Christmas shopping, humidity and an hour or so sitting in the car (turns out the fabric I used likes to crumple. *sigh*).But before we get down to business - the consumables need to be thanked. I'd like to take a quick moment to think about all of the now bent pins, snapped needles and bobbin thread snags'n'snowballs that sacrificed themselves in order for me to complete this project.Because my deep-seated need to own and wear something in a bottom weight army green canvas fabric was stronger than the stab of fright I got when the upholstery topstitching thread I've become such a fan of chewed up yet another bobbin.
How to Make Caramel Apple Shots Photo: Michelle Oddis Once in a while, a party trick comes along that grabs our attention. Food blogger Michelle Oddis of That's So Michelle loves making caramel apple shots we can't imagine anyone would turn down. Hiking / Biking Lacing Inside-out variation: For a neater (though slightly less comfortable) variation, the lacing can be done inside-out, with only the top two horizontal sections fed under the sides of the shoes to emerge through the top and 2nd from top eyelets (where the knots will be tied). This is effectively a side-knotted version of Straight Bar Lacing. The result is much neater, particularly when the sneakers have contrasting shoelaces, which would otherwise look messy with the vertical sections visible on the outside. However, it no longer has the benefit of even pressure distribution because the straight horizontal sections are now on the outside.
Pepperoni Pizza Monkey Bread How do you make bread even better? You stuff it with pepperoni and cheese. Then, you bake it in a bundt pan that allows you to pull off little chunks and dip them in pizza sauce. This is the perfect thing to bring to a party (and I did, where it disappeared quickly!) or to eat during a football game. Or, make it for dinner and serve with a salad.
A Recipe for Mead A Recipe for Mead Elizabeth Scheyder This is a good recipe for beginners – the quantity fits in an empty gallon wine jug, and you won’t spend a fortune on ingredients or equipment.