we just got back from a nice trip to New England. Visited a friend and ex-neighbor Kathy. We visited Florence, Shelburne Falls, North Adams and Boston, MA. The Berkshires were beautiful. And it was crazy hot most of the week.
The above picture is from MASS MoCA. It is in North Adams, MA. Amazing large space with large scale art. The above picture of John is in front of a Sol LeWitt painting. We saw the same exhibit years ago at the Tate and I have a blurry shot of myself in front of the same piece.
We spent 5 nights in Boston here. Our first Airbnb attempt brought us to this oh-so-darling studio in the Back Bay area. If you are going to Boston I can recommend both Pia and her chic studio.
The South End.
The North End. John is always good at the subway wherever we are. I am good at following John.
Sooooo many old cemeteries. Always so fascinating on so many levels. This is at Copley Square on the Freedom Trail.
I am finally embracing Instagram. If you want you can follow me. I post there as raekaiser.
I love this book on so many levels I don’t know where to start.
First I adore the author, font maker, and mixologist Stuart Sandler. In addition to his cool cocktails his book really showcases all of his Font Diner fonts.
I love retro things. Especially mid-century. Derek Yaniger’s retro illustrations are amazing. I wish I knew him personally.
And my plan is to be the coolest grandma ever with this book. As a kid I loved tea parties. Well the grands are boys so my hope will be to have Kiddie Cocktail Parties. Jackson you can have one as soon as you can say, “Kiddie Cocktail, please Grandma” and Alex we need to wait until you quit throwing your sippy cup across the room. I bet Papa will be our bartender. I bet we could find some spray cheese for the crackers.
Enjoy this book for the cocktails, the fonts or the illustrations. You can’t miss. If you get it at Mister Retro you can get a numbered first addition.
the extremely talented Nancy Vala (left) makes these amazing avatars. I LOVE mine (on right)!
I hate getting my picture taken. I don’t like to put it everywhere I should on the internet. But for some reason I am happy using a sort of cartoon version of myself.
If you want one you can visit her site here. Or even better yet go to my Facebook page and share the post and leave a comment to get in on the drawing. Your chances of winning are so much better than buying a lotto ticket. Do it now, you know you want to.
To be eligible you must SHARE from my Facebook page, not my blog or my personal Facebook page. After you SHARE plz leave a comment so I have your contact info. Some very lucky winner will get a custom portrait, a $200 value!
New font Flourishes & Ornaments is 50% off for a limited time too!
i love my avatar! I really, really love it. (I am the blond in the middle… in case you are wondering.) My outrageously talented friend Nancy makes these. (She is the one with the gray hair…) The process was really easy. I sent her 3 pictures and told her what I liked about each. Things like my eyes in one photo and that I wanted yellow hair, bright blue eyes and red lips. It was that easy. On my end anyway.
I hate getting my picture taken. I don’t like to put it up everywhere I should on the internet. But for some reason I am happy putting up a sort of cartoon version of myself.
New! Flourishes & Ornaments… 50 hand-drawn fresh, contemporary flourishes and ornaments that work with all the Outside the Line alphabet and doodle fonts. Add a bit of pretty adornment to cards, invitations and gift tags.
Harmony Valley Farm Sweet Corn Soup – L’Etoile Restaurant
3 T butter
2 large yellow onions, peeled and julienned (cut like matchsticks)
1 T salt
1/2 t black pepper
1 T sugar
1/4 t red pepper flakes
12 ears sweet corn, shucked and corn cut from the cob
3 cups cream
3 cups whole milk
2 T snipped chives
Melt butter in 6- to 8-quart stockpot; add onions, salt, black pepper, sugar and pepper flakes. Saute onions, stirring occasionally, until moisture has evaporated (thus concentrating their sweetness), about 20 minutes. Add corn, cream and milk; bring to a boil and cook another 20 minutes. Cool to room temperature and puree in blender in small batches (blenders work better than food processors for this). Pass through a medium-fine sieve, season to taste, and reheat. Sprinkle each bowl with chives. Makes 8 servings.
kryptonite. Yes this soup has been referred to as that. It might be my favorite soup recipe. Best made with fresh corn but during the rest of the year I get bags of Trader Joe’s Organic Super Sweet Cut Corn.
The recipe comes from this great Madison cookbook. If you like veggies or the farmer’s market it is a must have. Other fav recipes of mine are the Cauliflower Blue Cheese Soup, Spicy Potato Sausage and Greens Soup and Roasted Red Pepper Risotto.
If interested you can get it here. In fact I think I will order one for a favorite gardener of mine.
My hair stylist fired me. And yes I can hear you all laughing. And those who know me well know that on a rare occasion I have been known to obsess over a couple things. Like, say, the look of a Cobb Salad or the bread in a Reuben Sandwich.
And hair. Always hair.
To make a very long story as short as possible I need to say when I get less than great hair, especially color I assume some responsibility. It is hard to use words to make someone understand what you mean when talking about color. And I was just plain stupid not to make her get the color swatches out.
For $100 I want to look like something was done. I asked for yellow blond and silver blond highlights. I think I got a gold and low lights which are a browny-red. And it is pretty but not what I asked for.
As I said long story short she refunded my money and suggested I go somewhere else. She was very nice. I was equally gracious.
I have an appointment and will try again. This time I ask for a warm, sunny, yellowy, bright, blond color. Not ashy or dishwater blond. And no low lights ever.
If I am lucky I’ll look like my avatar. Which I am pretty pleased with. My extremely gifted friend Nancy did it.
If you need one like my Facebook page. There is a very good chance that will be my next giveaway.
best chocolate cake ever. You make it in a bundt pan. No need for frosting. It is moist and good the day after too.
2 cups sour cream
2 large eggs
1 (18.25-ounce) package chocolate cake mix – I use Duncan Hines Devil’s Food
1/2 cup coffee liqueur – I use Kahlua
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 (12-ounce) package of semisweet chocolate morsels – I use Ghirardelli chips
1/2 cup crushed almond brickle chips (optional) – I always include these
Stir together first 5 ingredients in a large bowl; blend well. Stir in morsels and, if desired, brickle chips. Pour batter into a greased and floured 10-inch bundt pan.
Bake at 350 degrees for 50 to 55 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack 10 to 15 minutes; remove from pan and cool completely on wire rack. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.
Serve with whipped cream or ice cream.
I really am not much of a baker. So this is going to be my quick go-to cake recipe.
If you need a bundt cake pan I got this one and like it. I like the shape as well as the fact that it is nice and sturdy.
waterlogue is a nice little photo app. You can transform your photos into luminous watercolors. There are 12 styles to play with. You need IOS7 on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5. And it is $2.99 in the Apple Store.
I like apps like this when I have a lackluster photo. This allows me to add some interest when I don’t have much to work with. Have fun.
saturday we wandered down to our new library. John had not been there. So we walked through the entire library. In our wanderings we met Angela from the Office of Transcription, Translation & Transmutation.
The Office of Transcription, Translation, and Transmutation provides professional assistance for the harried and handwriting impaired.
Services include: Live transcription of your immediate thoughts and most heartfelt sentiments into beautiful, curlicue, cursive sentences on real paper.
Angela’s services including postage are free-of-charge in exchange for permission to include your missive in her public collection of love letters, apology notes, hate mail, letters of complaint, messages of sympathy and regret and expressions of thanks. The Office follows a strict code of confidentiality. No identifying info will be visible to the public
If you are interested in visiting I would call the library and see if The Office is open.
Presented in conjunction with MAD THEORY – A Performance Philosophy Symposium