avatars or portraits…

by rae on June 18, 2014

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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.

If you want one you can visit her site here.

And watch or like my Facebook page, Nancy is generously donating a portrait for next week’s giveaway!

Stay tuned…

Oh, and Nancy has also drawn 3 Outside the Line fonts.

I am unfortunately experiencing some web problems. If you place an order and it does not go through plz email rae@outside-the-line.com and I’ll send you a PayPal invoice to pay from.



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new! flourishes & ornaments

by david on June 17, 2014

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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.


Corn Soup

by rae on May 15, 2014

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.

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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…

by rae on May 7, 2014

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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.

(Thanks again Nancy!)

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mocha cake

by rae on April 28, 2014

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best chocolate cake ever. You make it in a bundt pan. No need for frosting. It is moist and good the day after too.

mocha cake

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 iphone and ipad app

by rae on April 22, 2014

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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.

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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


spring is not yet here…

by rae on April 11, 2014


spring is late. To help it along we took our first top-down Miata ride last night. You know the one where you have the heat on and wear Winter coats. Just trying to move things along.


Our lake has much open water. These shots were taken near Tenney Park on Lake Mendota, the bigger lake.

Oh and we may get snow on Monday. What can I say.



snap pen app!

by rae on April 7, 2014

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Snap Pen App is for the iPhone or the iPad. Very simple and easy to use.

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Send directions to your friends.

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Make comments on photos.

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Comment on the weather….

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Or create a graphic for an invitation…


Or add some copy to the cutest baby picture ever.

So easy to use. I just used my finger to write most of these. When I tried a stylus I had better control. Easy, fun and a good addition to my app library.





another post following the theme that it is still Winter ish here. I am now going to say it is almost Spring. I just noticed yesterday that there is water right next to our retaining wall. That is serious cause for celebration!!! But there is still an awful lot of frozen lake out there. But it is starting to get that mushy look.



Here is a cute pair of Scrunchy Ombre Arm Warmers. This is also from KnitPicks and uses the same yarn as I used for the Frida Mitts. This is washable wool. And they got even softer after being washed.



I am still making Chicken Gnocchi Soup. This soup you can make last minute and it is very forgiving. I use it as a base soup and then add extra veggies that I have. Sometimes I use a roasted chicken or even canned chicken in a pinch. It is always good. I prefer the Trader Joe’s gnocchi as it seem to be a little smaller. This is a make it and eat it soup rather than a simmer all day type of soup.

For the recipe click here.

Tomorrow is April, so if you need any new Kitchen or Food fonts there are 4 on sale 50 off. Links on the right.