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1  COOKING / Dessert / California (ahem, FLORIDA) Strawberry Log on: April 08, 2009 08:48:04 AM
I always bake goodies for my friends' birthdays, so for my new roommate I handed him my delicious Hershey's cookbook (full of mouthwatering photos) and said "Pick!"

It was my first time making a roll cake and my first time making vegan whipped cream, so I was a little intimidated from the start.  Also, I didn't have a mixer to beat the "egg whites" stiff OR to properly whip the "cream".  The icing was runny, so I dumped about twice as much powdered sugar in to thicken it up a bit.  Since I'm always veganizing recipes, I'm used to improvising and adding my own twists.

So here I present.  The Florida Strawberry Log.  Chocolate sheet cake, filled with strawberry (hunks) and vanilla cream, coated with the same, swimming in more of the same, and then drizzled with melted chocolate.  The result?  A birthday party in his mouth!  Cheesy  And in case you missed it...vegan!

2  COOKING / Dessert / St. Patty's Day Cookies! (vegan, too!) on: March 17, 2009 01:49:14 PM
I'm full on this year.  Started drinking my Mt. Dew this morning, wearing green, got my green food coloring ready for the beers tonight, and made some yummalicious chocolate chocolate chip cookies with green vanilla drizzle.  I thought about making it minty, but I just had a craving for chocolatey chocolatey chocolate today and didn't want to detract from that.  Without further ado...

And they're vegan, too!   Wink
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Boy's Going to Reno on: February 03, 2009 11:25:54 AM
My boyfriend is headed off to Reno for a week for some business stuff.  To be honest, I would love to be in his place because it's with a bunch of our friends, awesome people, and a week learning about the newest advancements in our life's hobby.  For some reason, though, he's still less than excited about his trip.  Seems to think the only thing to do is gamble and toss back a few cocktails...

I'm extremely certain he's going to have a ridiculously good time, but I was hoping to sneak some things into his luggage to cheer him up anyway. 

Any ideas?  I really wanted to get him a gift certificate to sneak away for a day of snowboarding while he's there, but I don't know which place he'd visit?

Thanks in advance for any ideas!
4  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / BW Palm Tree on: January 05, 2009 12:20:55 PM
So I finally got my camera back after having some work done, so it's been by my side constantly.  I'm trying to get as much as possible out of this point & shoot even though I want a DSLR ooooh so badly, and this is one of my more recent attempts:

Black and white palm tree just after sunset.

5  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Mr. Miyagi from the Karate Kid on: November 05, 2008 05:05:48 AM
I think there are so many more amazing entries, but since I put this costume together just 3 hours before the party, I feel like I owe it to Mr. Miyagi to enter it!

Since no Halloween stores had any bald caps, I improvised and bought a white swim cap and painted it with makeup.  I bougth a length of white faux fur and cut it to fit Mr. Miyagi's hairstyle, then gave it a peppered look with black hair spray.  Creating the goatee and 'stache was a little easier since I bought a Warrior Set and then trimmed them into Miyagi style facial hair, then sprayed them with white hair spray paint.  For the headband, I cut a strip from an old white T-shirt, then hand drew the design exactly from the movie.  When it came to the actual clothing I found a VERY Miyagi shirt at Goodwill and made sure to wear a wife-beater under it, just like Mr. Miyagi.  My housemate lent me a pair of Thai fisherman pants and I donned my black Reefwalker slippers.  The makeup was bronzer, but to really achieve the Miyagi look, I had to band-aid my eyes.  Politically incorrect, I know, but makeup just wouldn't achieve his eye shape.  As props I used a pair of chopsticks and tended to my "bonsai" bush, a small juniper plant I purchased.

There you have it.  Mr. Miyagi.
6  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Shark Attack Victim Costume on: November 01, 2008 01:05:47 PM
While visiting friends from home at a club, one friend whisked a floppy-woppy goofy looking shark hat out of her bag, thrust it at me, and said, "Here!  I thought of you when I saw this!"  And I totally understood.  I am an involutary collector of the random and hilarious...

So said shark hat has sat in my closet for nearly a year, making appearances here and there, but never really realizing it's potential...until Halloween!  Upon seeing it a few days ago I was inspired for my costume!  A shark attack victim!

Fake blood on the shark fangs.  Ripped and shredded a rashguard (normally I could NEVER bring myself to do this, but this rashguard was the victim of a food fight and has harboured a stubborn neon yellow mustard stain annoyingly placed just over the left breast area), applied fake blood to the max, donned my wetsuit (only half zipped--too hot otherwise!), slapped on some reefwalker shoes I picked up at goodwill, applied some blood for a headwound (which dried in a particularly realistic and sickening way), and strapped on my Spongebob Squarepants boogie board in which I had sawed giant bite marks and applied some blood. 

All in all hilarious!  Best part that we were planning on skydiving in costume all day.  Weather didn't allow an all day jump-athon, but I did manage to get in one jump in my wetsuit!  Pictures below just have my loud board shorts, but that's because it got rather warm and the wetsuit was faaar too hot!

Don't forget to check out my Mr. Miyagi and Karate Kid costumes!!
7  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Mr. Miyagi and the Karate Kid costumes! IMG HEAVY on: November 01, 2008 12:56:04 PM
So, I'm giving myself the title of the queen of the costume changes!  Not only did I have 3 costumes lined up this year for Halloween, but I managed to whip up 4 costumes within 3 hours of running around like cuh-raaaay-zee!

You may have seen my shark attack costume.  I managed to stick with that for about 1/2 of the day when I decided it was time for another costume.  Into my head popped an idea and it was off from there!

So here it is:  I did most of the creative thinking and gathering for both of these costumes, though the Karate Kid was waaay easier!  (explanations of the costume below pictures!)

Mr. Miyagi tending to his bonsai!

Mr. Miyagi and his protege, Daniel san.

Johnny of the Cobra Kai and Mr. Miyagi

Mr. Miyagi and Daniel san practicing the crane!

Mr. Miyagi
Beard/Moustache:set which I trimmed and painted to be Miyagi color, Bald Head:  all bald caps at EVERY Halloween stores were sold out, so I got a swim cap and covered it with makeup, hair:  white faux fur cut to shape and colored with black hair spray, headband: t-shirt strip I cut and then drew (exact from movie) and colored on with Sharpie, makeup: just bronzer HEAVILY applied, Asian eyes: band-aided me eyes so they were slanted (hope nobody takes offense to that!), clothing: Miyagi style shirt from Goodwill and Thai fisherman pants from my housemate, props:  Bonsai tree which was actually a juniper bush I picked up from Walmart and chopsticks from my friend's kitchen

People didn't even recognize me!!!

Karate Kid & Johnny from Cobra Kai

Borrowed both karate outfits from a friend.  We got chamois mits and wrote "wax on" on one and "wax off" on the other for Daniel.  My friend who was Johnny was just a natural look-alike for Johnny! 

Fantastic reactions all night long!  We bought three bottles of sake and passed it to everyone while reenacting scenes from the movie all night long!

8  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Captain Planet and Linka the Planeteer! on: October 24, 2008 03:36:29 PM
So, this wasn't a Halloween party, but a very very recent costume party, themed SUPERHEROES.  Female superheroes.  Which there aren't many of which to speak.  So I tweaked the theme and my friend and I paired up to be CAPTAIN PLANET AND LINKA THE PLANETEER!!!  

CAPTAIN PLANET:  Actually found nearly everything I needed in a Lord Lucifer costume I picked up at Walmart which included a puffy muscle-y shirt which I cut at the chest and at the shoulders, red gloves, and boot covers which I proceeded to cover with red duct tape.  Blue ladies workout shirt in the perfect color (the original idea was all body paint, but it was SUPER cold!).  Blonde mullet wig which I had to cut and then spray bright green.  Red underwear.  Cut out and glued the star and planet emblems.  Painted the face blue.  And..best part of all, made him wear blue fishnets.  Hah!!!

LINKA THE PLANETEER:  Goodwilled my way through this one.  Found a yellow shirt and drew the Planeteer emblem on it.  Blue $2 shirt.  Tan vest which I sewed to fit.  Used felt to make the "buttons" on my shirt and the belt buckle.  Hiked my shorts up super high and rocked some high tops with high socks.  And the blonde wig..

All in all the costume was a huuuge success.  But what topped it off? Halfway through the night we completely switched costumes.  I got red underwear for me and red duct taped a pair of boots I goodwilled, and then we painted me.  I'd made an identical Linka costume to fit a 6 foot tall boy...I even took the ring off the band and glued it to a hairband so it would be a one size fits all!

We sooo threw everyone for a loop and it was AWESOME!!!



9  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Surfin' USA--img heavy on: October 23, 2008 01:32:48 PM
I absolutely love sports photography and any photography involving action.  Plus I love all things extreme sports, buuut since I'm usually actually participating in the extreme sports, I rarely get a chance behind the lens.  I took a trip out to CA for a skydiving boogie (skydiving all day long!), but on a bad weather day, got a chance to cross over the mountains and head to the beach.

As much as I would have liked to have gone surfing with these guys, I left my wetsuit back in Florida.  And there's the fact that I'm not so good at surfing yet.  Soo, I decided to snap some photos as well.  I'm pretty happy with them since I have a digital point and shoot...someday I'll have a real camera!!

San Clemente, CA pier. 

Dipping into the curl...ooooh I wish I were him!!

But not as much as I wish I were him!!

We do NOT get tubes like this in Florida!!

This smartie kept shooting the pier all day long.  Nothing like the kiss of a few barnacles on your skin to make you feel alive...pshaw.

And one last shot of the beach.  It really did get sunny there, but there was so much fog (smog?) lifting that morning!

10  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Expired Tofu on: September 11, 2008 06:28:59 PM
Partially inspired by cinnam0n_spider's flying tofu, but moreso inspired by that crazy, kickass song "Killer Tofu" by the Beets (Doug fans, youtube it and relive the glory days)...I give you my expired tofu!  Not being a big fan of tofu myself (vegan who hates tofu??) I won't go too near it if it's in my fridge.  Unfortunately, I should have been more wary of letting tofu in my fridge past its expiration date...

Tofu stockers beware, lest this same tragedy befall YOUR refrigerator!!

There!!  You see it??  To the right of the salsa, just above the beers!!  Expired tofu!!!

And just for a better close-up shots so you can see all the details!


And just one more refrigerator shot becuase it makes me giggle.  Wanted to leave it in there and see if anyone would notice...

I hand stitched the entire thing using felt and regular old thread.  Nothing fancy.  Stuffed him with some poly-fil.  And hand stitched that devious expression on his face. 

Thinking about possibly making an angel one so I can consult my tofu buddies when a particularly vexing moral issue comes my way...

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