Saturday, October 23, 2010

Rock on, Cindy!!

It's no secret...I am a blogger with severe ADD. Started out strong, but now go in fits and starts. Life and other shit comes along and distracts me, but sometimes I take the time to visit other blogs and it is a real pleasure!! I visited Cindy's blog last night, all bleary eyed, yet I was thrilled to find that she is making more Asian food!! She makes lovely desserts, but when I see her embarking on one of her native "savory food" odysseys, I perk up :-D!! The great think about Cindy, and something I greatly admire, is her willingness to experiment...ALOT. She doesn't settle for "good enough". She wants to nail it. Here is an example of some of her latest dabblings. I love her method for noodle making, because they came out so fine and properly scaled. Oversized, fat noodles give me hives :-/. I usually roll mine out by hand till nearly breaking point to get them fine enough, but hers are so delicate and thin!!!! GREAT job, buddy!!!!

Friday, October 22, 2010

WOW!!! My 1:144 book from Lia in Italy!!!

I got a wonderful gift from my friend Lia Comugnero, of Villa Miniature, in Italy!!! And how fitting- it is the coolest, tiniest, villa in a "book"!! I am a real sucker for uber tiny, and this has such a fantastic amount of detail!!! There's even a wee bird perched on the upper balcony!! Here are some pics of my new treasure. Thank you so much, Lia!! I ADORE it!!!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Last of the Halloween treats, methinks??

I think I'm going to end my Halloween food run with this. Bat cupcakes. I guess I have to make a turkey or something for next season. Damn, not nearly as fun :-/!!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

More Halloween food....and fish.

Slightly major family emergency, but I'm back :-D!! All is well now. Here are a couple more Halloween meals! I saw the skull fried eggs in a magazine at the grocery store, and the noodle wrapped sausage mummies as well. In the mag, there was no sauce, which I thought was kind of weird, so I added a bit of Marinara. The fish is....well, fish, but on a wooden "stake". Perhaps ready for cooking over an open fire??

Monday, October 11, 2010

Heavily "aged" liquor

I had more bottles that that needed grunging up, so this time I made a tray of some old ass liquor. A couple of them already had labels, and the rest I added. Years ago, I bought a sheet of liquor labels on ebay.  They were made by Brooke Tucker....or, at least, marketed under her name. These are not the original labels, but photocopied ones (which is ok since I destroyed them, lol!!). Somehow, I don't think these would fit in one of Ms. Tucker's sumptuous settings, no :-/ ?? They look like something dredged up from a sunken ship, minus the barnacles!!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

More eyeball madness....

Yes, I said that I would quit with the eyeballs, but I lied :-/.  I had an idea pop into my head, so I made it. Call it "Silence of the Potato Heads". I thought of that film when I looked at the peels with eyes still attached. I'm a little freaked out now. AAAAAHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Halloween Frankenmallows, and revisiting Dillheads

More goofiness with Halloween. Hey, any time I can slap a face on something, I will do it :-D!! Mom and I went to Border's Bookstore on Sunday, after breakfast (I am a sucker for American breakfasts: scrambled eggs, hash browns, toast, sausage, and pancakes), and I was thumbing through magazines. Around this time, there are a ton of Halloween themed cooking related mags, and I saw these Frankenstein marshmallow thingees. So, I made some, along with Dill Heads, which I've done before.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Mushroom log w/ladybugs, antique bottles, and I hate Facebook

I made a mushroom log and put two little ladybugs on a couple of the shrooms, per my sister's request ;-). Also, I have a stash of glass bottles that I can't fill to save my life (the openings are insanely small), so I just grunged them up and made them old, lol!!! I did have some cobwebbing over them too but removed it because it looked a little weird.

On another note, if there is anyone who is wondering why I haven't "friended" them back on Facebook or not answered any messages for a few days, it's because I can't log into Facebook!!  On my iphone OR my laptop!! There is some kind of asinine, new "security measure" implemented that makes you jump through hoops to make sure you are the same person logging in from different computers or devices. Because I have the Facebook iphone app on my phone, and also log in from my computer, it asks me to verify my identity now. The problem is, this is the verification process: it pulls random photos from all your contact's photo albums and asks you to correctly name the person. Now, I am getting everything from peoples' artwork, to childhood photos, to vacation pics, to frigging screenshots of the "farming" games they play!! HELLO?? Everything but the actual person (and to be honest, I would screw that one up too, in most cases!!!!). And that is the ONLY method of verification! Nope, no secret word, no "what was was your father's middle name" kind of thing. So, I am shut out, for now. Honestly, I have never liked Facebook, and I don't visit there often,  but this is redonkulous!