on 30.9.11

Ever hear of yarnbombing? Think of it as graffiti, only instead of paint or other permanent media, it's done with yarn thru knitting and crocheting.  It turns a cold environment into something straight out of Dr. Suess!
It's so popular now, they now have a yarnbombing day.  Here is some history about the movement from wikipedia.  I so want to yarnbomb a large tree, if only I had one.  Knitters of Rapid City unite, we should start a chapter,or a circle or whatever the term is.  Here are a few photos that inspired me the most.

via Yarnbombing

via Babble

via Babble

via Babble

via Yarnbombing

Stuffed shells....yum

on 28.9.11

I thought I would share this recipe from Emeril that is awesome!  It's super stuffed shells.  I have been making it now for a couple of years and not only is it delicious but it seems to be better the second night. Click here for site.

Emeril's Super Stuffed Shells

1/2 (12-ounce) box jumbo pasta shells (18 to 20 shells)
2 teaspoons salt
1 pound fresh baby spinach
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon olive oil
2 cups finely chopped onion
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1 (15-ounce) container low fat or fat free ricotta cheese
2 large eggs
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 cups grated mozzarella cheese
Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon Essence
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
3 cups Best Basic Red Sauce or store-bought pasta sauce

Make sure the oven rack is in the center position and preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Bring a medium pot of water to a boil over high heat. Add 1 teaspoon of the salt and the pasta shells to the water. Cook until the shells are tender yet still firm, about 4 to 6 minutes, stirring occasionally with a long-handled fork or spoon to prevent the shells from sticking together. Using oven mitts or pot holders, remove the pot from the heat and drain the shells in a colander set in the sink, pouring away from you. Rinse under cold running water, shake gently, and set aside to drain. Heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add the onions and garlic and cook, stirring, until very soft, about 7 minutes.
Add the spinach and cook, stirring, for 3 minutes. In a large bowl, use a large spoon to stir together the ricotta cheese, eggs, Parmesan cheese, and 1 cup of the mozzarella cheese. Add the spinach mixture, the extra-virgin olive oil, nutmeg, Essence, the remaining 1 teaspoon of salt, the basil, oregano, and pepper, and stir to combine thoroughly. Lightly grease a 2-quart casserole dish with the remaining 1 teaspoon of olive oil. Spoon about 2 tablespoons of the spinach-ricotta filling into each cooked pasta shell. Place the filled shells in the greased casserole dish. Pour the Basic Tomato sauce over the filled shells and top with the remaining 1 cup of mozzarella cheese. Bake, uncovered, until bubbly, about 20 minutes. Using the mitts or pot holders, remove from the oven and let rest for 5 minutes before serving.

Mod Podge love

I think this is quite cool!  I wish I had thought of this with my first car, a 1982 Chevy Chevette.  It would have when from lame to awesome in no time!  Tanya, if your reading this, I think you should do this to your new (old) car.  Then we can be all Thelma and Louis in it..... {snort,snort} I tried to talk my daughter into but she didn't see the humor.....Found here.

Life is......

on 27.9.11


       Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.


Sweet Shot Tuesdays

Italian Bistro

on 23.9.11

I didn't go to Hawaii to eat italian, but everytime we walked by this little bistro, it looked and smelled so good!  My husband and son wanted to watch a game on tv, which gave my daughter and I a perfect opportunity to go out to lunch.  I don't recall the name of my dish, but it was delicious, and the pineapple tea wasn't bad either!  We were eating outdoors, had several lovely feathered dinner guests, delicious food and we were right next to the ocean.  It doesn't get much better than that!  The smaller picture with the blur was actually part of an experiment with vaseline.  I smeared vaseline (a little too heavy) on a filter before taking the picture.

Capturing Hawaii

on 21.9.11

These were taken on our recent trip.  It is the Byodo-In Temple, in Hawaii, which is an exact replica of a temple in Uji, Japan. Built in 1968 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the first Japanese immigrants.  The entire structure is built with out any nails. The buddha is thought to be the largest carved statue outside of Japan. The tv series Lost and Hawaii 5-0 have both been taped there.  The sacred bell call Bon-Sho is used to announce yourself before entering the temple.  I wouldn't mind one in my back yard. 

Birds ~ Birds ~ Birds

on 20.9.11

So many birds in Hawaii,
 even they obey
 the traffic

29 Ways to Stay Creative

   2 cents worth
     of wisdom

Poster via Ed Hall

Double Happiness

Who doesn't love to swing?  What if you were swinging while being high above the ground?  This is an art installation created by architect Didier Faustino.  It's actually a billboard turned swing.  I love creative minds!

Duke Kahanamoku

on 13.9.11

My family and I recently took a trip to Oahu.  I love the surf culture so of course I had to take a picture of the father of international surfing ~ Duke Kahanamoku! It's tradition to hang your leis on his arms as a sign of respect or honor.

Bookplate Freebie

Found freebies!  I love graphic owls and these bookplates are adorable from LulaBird.  Click here to download.

Found via LulaBird

Covet Garden Online Magazine

on 11.9.11

Covet Garden is an online magazine that looks like a fabulous peek and read and it's free!  I looked through the anniversary issue and wanted to share. You can view all the back issues as well. In their introduction, they state they are  interested in spaces not styled professionally, and that reflect the passions and interests of those who live in them. Be sure and check it out! Covet Garden

Photos in a bottle

This is really a great idea!  I think I would only use copies though and save my originals.

100 years of fashion in a 1 minute and 40 seconds

Very cool!

Video via Go Retro