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So there was this female business executive who was late for a meeting. She is going 65 on a street where the speed limit is 40. A cop pulls her over and says “ma’am, can I please see your license?”
She says “I’m sorry, officer, but I got it revoked two years ago for drunk driving.”
His brow furrows and he straightens up. “Well, can I please see the registration of your car?”
She says “I stole the car and I killed the driver; he’s in the trunk.”
“Ma’am, DON’T MOVE, I’m calling for backup.” He mutters furiously into his walkie-talkie…
Five minutes later, half the squad pulls up, the Chief of Police walks over to the woman’s window. “Ma’am, can I see your license?” he asks sternly.
“Of course, officer,” she smiles demurely and pulls out a license from her purse. He squints warily at it.
“This looks legitimate,” he mumbles. “Can I see the registration to this car?”
She pulls it out of the glove compartment and hands it to him. “Ma’am, stand back!” He bangs open the trunk of the car and flinches: but it was completely empty…
The woman brandishes a finger at the first cop and says accusingly, “And I’ll bet that liar told you I was speeding too!!”
Artists or art that turns me on and feeds my muse! Like it or dislike it, what about this art inspires your own art or creativity? Wow! This is called, Armwrestling, and it’s only 6x 6-INCHES! It’s done in oil on canvas by artist, James Huctwith.
Look around you. Design is everywhere! How can you incorporate the beauty that surrounds you into your art or craft? Foreign currency.
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If you ever wanted to learn to crochet the harlequin pattern, now’s your chance! Don’t buy a shitload of yarn because you think you’re going to make the perfect harlequin Afghan, until you actually practice the stitch first. These manageable dishcloths is just what you need to perfect your stitch, get a hang of the pattern, and decide whether you want to move forward with a more detailed and larger project. I, would buy the yarn. Do as I say not as I do. Here’s how you can master the Harlequin crocheted pattern:
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Fabric squares are really easy to sew. This little tutorial teaches you the technique of sewing your fabric squares but also gives you three ways to use them once you’ve sewn them: As Bunting, as napkins, or as handkerchiefs. Now, cupcake, if you are going to fashion some handkerchiefs from these squares, do yourself a favor and learn to do a rolled hem for the edges. It looks so much better than the clunky normal seam – plus you get to learn something new! Start here:
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I am not into wearing beaded bracelets myself, but a girl would be fully not to fall in love with this whimsical, bright, and easy to make bangle. I like color. Color is my middle name. So if you are designing something with lots of different colors in it, I’m your fan. What I really like about this bracelet, besides the rainbow colors, is how whimsical it is. I like that it could be a fun fashion statement for a younger woman as well as for an older woman. So much jewelry is really about playtime anyway, isn’t it? Why not take a stab at making your own? Start here:
I’ll take 2, please! 🙂
POTATO TOPPED BEEF BOWL
Also known as shepherd’s pie, this comfort-food dish includes beef, mixed vegetables, mashed potatoes and a sprinkling of cheddar cheese.
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 16 – ounce package frozen mixed vegetables
- 1 8 – ounce package shredded cheddar cheese (2 cups)
- 1/4 cup snipped fresh Italian (flat-leaf) parsley
- Salt and ground black pepper
- 2 cups instant mashed potato flakes
- 2 tablespoons butter, melted
- Preheat broiler. In extra-large skillet brown beef over medium-high heat; drain off fat. Stir in frozen vegetables. Cook, stirring occasionally, until heated through. Stir in half the cheese, half the parsley, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon pepper.
- Meanwhile, in large bowl combine 2 cups boiling water, potato flakes, and 1 tablespoon of the butter. Stir until smooth. Season with salt and pepper; set aside.
- Divide beef mixture among four 16-ounce broiler-safe dishes. Top with potatoes; sprinkle remaining cheese. Broil 3 inches from heat for 2 to 3 minutes, until cheese is melted. Drizzle with melted butter; sprinkle with remaining parsley. Makes 4 servings.
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This might be one of the easiest “bowl” projects you’ve ever encountered. Find yourself a bowl from your kitchen cabinets, some plastic wrap, some glue, and some sea glass…and you are all set to go. Now that summer is here, and our water supplies like lakes and oceans are so polluted, it might be very easy to find genuine sea glass at your local beach. If that doesn’t work you can order some online. Maybe even your local craft store has a few packages in stock (of course, I would rather dig through the murky depths of Lake Superior for sea glass than even driving past one particular Hobby/craft big box store parking lot as I’m totally putting my money where my big mouth is and diving into ethical consumerism these days – what’s that? Check it out here: http://bit.ly/1kzY1u5). Ethics aside, this is a great summer project for both inside and out. Here is how you make one:
When these were the only kind and color of folding lawn chairs you could buy.
LEMON AND FRESH RASPBERRY DACQUOISE
This chilled dessert of crisp-chewy meringue layers, lemon cream, and raspberry whipped cream is a luscious way to end a sophisticated ladies’ lunch.
- 6 large egg whites
- 1/4 teaspoon(s) cream of tartar
- 1 1/4 cup(s) granulated sugar
Lemon and Raspberry Fillings
- 3 large lemons
- 1 tablespoon(s) cornstarch
- 6 tablespoon(s) butter (no substitutions), cut into pieces
- 3/4 cup(s) granulated sugar
- 4 large egg yolks
- 1 1/2 cup(s) heavy or whipping cream
- 2 tablespoon(s) confectioners’ sugar
- 1/2 pint(s) raspberries
- Prepare meringue layers:
Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Line 2 large cookie sheets with foil. Using 8-inch round plate or cake pan as a guide, with toothpick, outline 4 circles on foil (2 on each cookie sheet).
- In large bowl, with mixer at high speed, beat egg whites and cream of tartar until soft peaks form. Sprinkle in sugar, 2 tablespoons at a time, beating until whites stand in stiff, glossy peaks when beaters are lifted.
- Spoon one-fourth of meringue (about 1 1/2 cups) inside each circle on prepared cookie sheets. With narrow metal spatula, spread meringue evenly to fill circles.
- Bake meringues 45 minutes. Turn off oven; leave meringues in oven 1 hour to dry. Transfer meringues on cookie sheets to wire racks; cool 10 minutes, then carefully peel foil from meringues and cool completely. Store in airtight container at room temperature up to 1 week.
- While meringues bake, prepare Lemon and Raspberry Fillings: From lemons, grate 1 tablespoon peel and squeeze 1/2 cup juice. In 2-quart saucepan, with wire whisk, mix cornstarch with lemon peel and juice until blended. Add butter and granulated sugar. Heat to boiling over medium-high heat, stirring constantly; boil 1 minute.
- In small bowl, with whisk, lightly beat egg yolks. Into egg yolks, gradually beat 1/4 cup hot lemon mixture; pour egg mixture back into lemon mixture in saucepan, beating rapidly to prevent curdling. Reduce heat to low; cook, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens (do not boil), about 5 minutes. Pour into medium bowl. Press plastic wrap directly onto surface of custard. Refrigerate until chilled, about 3 hours or up to 3 days.
- When ready to assemble dacquoise, in medium bowl, with mixer at high speed, beat cream and confectioners’ sugar until stiff peaks form. Fold 1 cup whipped cream into cold lemon filling. Reserve 10 raspberries in cup and 3/4 cup whipped cream in small bowl; cover and refrigerate to use for garnish later. Fold remaining raspberries into remaining cream in bowl.
- Assemble dacquoise:
Place 1 meringue layer on cake plate or round platter. Spread with half of lemon filling. Top with another meringue layer and spread with raspberry filling. Top with another meringue layer and spread with remaining lemon filling. Top with remaining meringue layer. Loosely cover dacquoise with plastic wrap and refrigerate 5 hours or up to overnight to soften layers slightly.
- To serve, with whisk, beat reserved whipped cream (cream may have separated slightly) to stiffen. Spoon cream onto center of dacquoise; sprinkle with reserved raspberries. Garnish with mint.
There is no doubt that my next purchase will be SleepPhones, the wireless kind, that you wear to bed and can listen to your books on tape, music, replays of NPR, or whatever lulls you to sleep. I hate turning over with my earbuds on while in bed, to feel strangled by wires, or the sense that my ears are being assaulted by hard plastic. I so want these because I am one of those people who goes to bed at night listening to something… Anything! $99.95 (wireless)
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This pretty quilt is called, Beloved Blooms, and was designed by Christine Stainbrook for Love of Quilting magazine. It is a small quilt at only 42 x 42″ so it is perfect for a new baby, your wall, or a table topper. This particular color palette looks a little autumnal to me, but change up the colors slightly to a spring, winter, or summer palette and you have a completely different feeling quilt using the same pattern. I would love to see this in the bright pastel colors of spring, but once you start it is your quilt/your colors.
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Wouldn’t you just love to learn how to embroider these beautiful stumpwork hydrangeas? I am begging you to grab an embroidery needle and some beautiful hand dyed floss and play with your embroidery hoop and this tutorial today. While you are stitching these blossoms, I’m sure as your creative muse will start pelting you with lots of ideas of how and where you can use this new hydrangea-creating skill. Here’s where you begin:
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