A Beautiful Mess: Tattoos tattoo time! my friends and i had a fun time getting tattoos together on Sat. i didn't get pics of all of them (sorry!) but here's what i have...... emjay's pretty feather. linds' pretty panda (designed by... guess who?) Janel's pretty yarn and crochet hook (ok.. this one isn't permanent, but i LOVE it and i think she should get it!) me getting inked (of course it doesn't hurt. ;) waiting in the lobby (we took up the WHOLE lobby for about 5 hours.. haha) allllll the monster/zombie tattoos on the wall, but we mostly chose cute things instead. :) allister getting her tattoo. my new button tattoo. this is from breakfast the next morning, so it's healing now. (and another photo by Wess) and pretty allister at breakfast. i looooove breakfast diners. amy-elsie-rachel at erin's b-day. :) what a fun weekend! i have a beautiful DIY project to post tonight. hope your Monday was magical!
Coca-Cola Cupcakes I don’t drink coca-cola. But I do eat it. Weird. Yeah, I dunno. It’s way better eaten. There’s some dark and white sugar cooked with dark dutch processed cocoa powder…and a can of coke! There’s some the ol’ that pouring into this and this pouring into that. There’s some mixing. Take a little PAM and spray the liners–this is a sticky cupcake batter. UPDATED TIP ALERT: A few of you tried this recipe and sprayed them and the cupcake still stuck. These cupcakes are chocolately, decadent, rich and kind of amaze. This frosting isn’t frosting–it’s just whipped cream. And guess what? Next, cherries on top! P.S. Coca-Cola Cupcakes Recipe adapted from Baked: The New Frontier Yields 15 cupcakes Print this recipe! Cupcakes: 2 cups Coca-cola (do not use diet!) Whipped Cream Frosting: 1 1/2 cups of heavy whipping cream 4 tablespoons of powdered sugar 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract Maraschino cherries (for topping) Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
Find the Agent Who Will Find You a Publisher Query letters? Do literary agents really read them? Agents take queries very seriously, and yes, they really do read them. So write a professional, intelligent, concise, intriguing query and not only will you entice an agent to ask for more, but you’ll move yourself one step closer to a book sale. Query Letter Basics A query letter is a single page cover letter, introducing you and your book. A query letter has three concise paragraphs: the hook, the mini-synopsis, and your writer’s biography. Paragraph One—The Hook: A hook is a concise, one-sentence tagline for your book. Here are a few examples of hooks for well-known novels: House of Sand and Fog When Massoud Amir Behrani, a former colonel in the Iranian military, sinks his remaining funds into a house he buys at auction, he unwittingly puts himself and his family on a trajectory to disaster; the house once belonged to Kathy Nicolo, a self-destructive alcoholic, who engages in legal, then personal confrontation to get it back.
Because I could not stop for Death Summary Text Because I could not stop for Death— He kindly stopped for me— The Carriage held but just Ourselves— And Immortality.5 We slowly drove—He knew no haste And I had put away My labor and my leisure too, For His Civility— We passed the School, where Children strove 10 At Recess—in the Ring We passed the Fields of Gazing Grain— We passed the Setting Sun— Or rather—He passed Us— The Dews drew quivering and chill— 15 For only Gossamer, my Gown— My Tippet—only Tulle— We paused before a House that seemed A Swelling of the Ground— The Roof was scarcely visible— 20 The Cornice—in the Ground— Since then—'tis Centuries—and yet Feels shorter than the Day I first surmised the Horses' Heads Were toward Eternity— Critique In 1936 Allen Tate wrote, "[The poem] exemplifies better than anything else [Dickinson] wrote the special quality of her mind ... Musical settings References External links Critical essays on "Because I could not stop for Death"
Cookies & Cream Cheesecake Cupcakes | Handle the Heat The Art of OaKoAk Some of the best street art has humor built into it. In the case of French street artist, OaKoAk, they take what the city gives to them and creates a witty street piece. Who hasn't wanted to turn a tile doorstep into a piano, or a sewer cover into a Viking's shield? A lot of these pieces are simple statements done very well. Via TCR.
Kitchen Window: Corn, East Indian Style This recipe is adapted from Modern Spice by Monica Bhide (Simon & Schuster 2009). These small patties take practice to make perfect. Make sure the peanuts are not ground too fine. There should be small pieces in the mix. Fry on medium heat to make them perfectly crunchy on the outside and moist on the inside. For the cooked corn you can cut kernels off roasted, steamed or boiled ears, or use well-drained canned corn or thawed frozen kernels. Sala Kannan for NPR Makes about 10 (2 3/4-inch) patties, 4 servings 2 medium russet potatoes, peeled and cut in half 1/4 medium red bell pepper, cut into small dice (1/4 cup) 1/4 cup plain panko (Japanese-style bread crumbs) 1/2 cup cooked corn kernels 1/4 cup pomegranate seeds (optional) 1/4 teaspoon salt, or more to taste 1 tablespoon minced cilantro leaves 1/2 cup roasted, salted peanuts, coarsely ground 1/2 to 1 teaspoon ground chili pepper or crushed red pepper flakes 4 to 6 tablespoons vegetable oil Divide the mixture into 10 equal portions.
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sweet saturday: one minute peanut butter cake Picture this scene: it’s 8:30 in the evening. The sky is just starting to get dark outside your living room window. You ate a delicious, healthy and veggie-filled dinner a few hours ago and now you are ready to sit down to the most recent episode of So You Think You Can Dance and dive into a decadent plate of dessert. Oh wait, you have no dessert. No chocolate, no cookies, no ice cream, no cake, no pie, not even a Jordan almond. Well she’s to go to her microwave. You can make a delicious, fluffy, moist peanut butter cake in your microwave in about one minute (30 seconds mixing, 30 seconds zapping). The options are also pretty endless. One Minute Peanut Butter Cake Print This Recipe Serves One Like my peanut butter microwave cake? Ingredients: 1 egg, beaten1 tablespoon brown sugar1/2 teaspoon baking powder1 heaping tablespoon flour2 tablespoons peanut butter1 teaspoon milk1 tablespoon powdered sugar (give or take) Directions: