Wednesday, July 31, 2013

The Luau Me Party

 Watched "Heidi" starring Shirley Temple while I was getting ready.  Hair in curlers...Unfortunately my hair decided that it wasn't going to curl this afternoon.

While I was waiting for my hair to set, I got to work on my food.  The first thing I made was the Roasted Sweet Potato Salad.  I figured that it could get cold and still taste great.  I was right.

I also got to work on my coconut tapioca pudding and toasting some coconut.  Instead of using milk, I used almond milk and reduced the amount needed by a half cup.  Once the tapioca was ready, I added some coconut milk (a taste of thai brand) and let it set up.  Right before I served it, I popped in my chocolate macadamia nut lacey cookie and toasted coconut.

Making  Roasted Sweet Potato Salad

 Took forever for me to figure out where a liquor store was today.  I don't usually buy booze.  If I drink I tend to go for a hard cider or a glass of wine.  Since I needed some rum, I decided to go with Sailor Jerry.  I mean, why not?

Finished up my shopping this morning with a trip to World Market (aside from the liquor store).  I found some cool bamboo knotted picks that I wanted to use for cherries and pineapple. 

I started dinner early around 4:45pm
Oh my, that's ME!

The full meal.


Coconut tapioca pudding with chocolate macadamia nut cookie and toasted coconut.
Crab rangoon

Ham with pineapple and maraschino cherries, roasted sweet potato salad, and ginger carrots.


Pineapple-Rum Cocktail
During the main meal, I played music from the Ultra-Lounge collection.  Then I turned on "I Eat Your Skin" (1964), a zombie movie that takes place on a mysterious tropical island...which I am currently enjoying.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Blog Challenge #1 - Googie Mobile

I'm going to make a googie hanging mobile. I will turn it into a big project like I seem to be doing, but I wanted to take this time to issue a challenge to any readers who stumble across this. I like having other people involved in creative stuff.

A hanging mobile is a kinetic sculpture that focuses on balance. Here's the wiki entry on it: Mobile (sculpture).

Before anyone runs off and starts putting something together, I wanted to go over some of the key elements of the Googie style. First off, the googie style is based off of atomic themes (atoms, mushroom clouds, etc), caveman themes (think Flintstones, rock forms), space themes (think Jetsons, starbursts, rockets, globes, etc), tiki/polynesian themes (tiki, volcano, etc), science themes (plants, amoebas, etc), and geometric designs (diamonds, ovals, boomerang, etc). Wood, glass, metal, and plastic are usually associated with googie pieces, but you don't have to stick to that if you don't need/want to.

Googie (wiki)
 Googie Architecture Online
Googie Central (Roadside Peek)
Googie Architecture: Futurism Through Modernism
Googie (pin search on pintrest)

Here are some pictures of some cool googie pieces to help inspire you.


Monday, July 29, 2013

Banana Cream Pie Kitchen

I used my sisters kitchen as the base for this.  If anyone wants to spend like $13k on her and give her this super hip makeover, go for it.  Just leave me a message and we'll get it sorted.

Maggy, your mottled grey vinyl sucks and ruins your kitchen.  Use yellow appliances and brown accents to increase that Banana Cream Pie theme!  You're already on your way with that butter yellow kitchen aid from Nana Bern.  I'd probably embroider the bottom of the curtains with brown.

This is my sister's blog.  She was mentioned on Retro Renovation a few months ago.  In Situ: Mag in the Wild

Luau Me Party Menu



Here's what I plan on having for my party.  I was scoping out some recipes last night at work when I had a slow moment.  My shopping list is fairly short and its going to be fairly inexpensive.  There's macadamia nut oil used in the salad, so we'll see about that.  That sounds pricey.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Upcoming "Me Party"

If you have seen the new Muppet movie, you might know what I'm getting at.  I am going to have a "me party" with a luau theme.  If you're like me and you have no yard, no one to really come over, and (in all honesty) no space for a party, this is definitely for you.


I'll give you a full menu with recipes including the alcoholic beverage that I choose when I end up doing this.  I'll post pictures and all kinds of stuff, like I regularly do.  I'll also give you the low down on movies and stuff.

Rockabilly Project #3: Edgy Hard Boiled Eggs

These are perfect for a packed lunch to school or work.  It also helps differentiate which eggs in your fridge are hard-boiled and which are not.  Don't forget to toss in a little salt and pepper with your egg when you take it with you!

What you will need:
- Eggs
- 3 bags Black Tea
- 1 tsp Vinegar
- Temporary Tattoos (traditional style or whatever)
- Water, Salt, Pot, Bowl

This is pretty easy and its going to be done in a few sections.

Eggs

Water and salt in pot before boiling.

Stove on high.


Eggs in pot, boiling.

Cooling the eggs in my colander.


Don't want to use this one.  It broke when it was boiling.  Egg salad for lunch!
Section 1 - Hard Boiling The Eggs
1. Put enough water in your pot to cover the eggs.  This is about 2" of water.
2. Put the pot on the stove and turn it up to high.  Add in about a 1/2 tsp of salt.
3. Put your eggs in the water.
4. When your water starts to boil, note the time and let it boil for 10 minutes.
5. Take your pot off the stove and carefully dump the hot water in the sink.  Fill the pot with some cold water to help the eggs cool off, then dump it through a colander.  You will want to let your eggs sit until they're lukewarm to the touch.  If you have eggs that crack during the boiling process, just set them aside and make egg salad later or something.  You don't want to use them for this.





My bowl and tea bags

Putting my tea bags and vinegar into the bowl.

Just added some boiling water.  I just used some water from my pot of water I boiled the eggs in.


Soaking the eggs.



After 20 minutes they are lovely brown.

Not the greatest picture, but they're all brown.


Section 2 - Dying the Eggs

1. In a small bowl add the contents from three black tea bags, boiling water, and 1 tsp of vinegar.  You'll want to make sure the bowl is about 2" full of liquid.  Let that steep for about 5 minutes.
2. Take each egg and let each one soak in the bowl for 20 minutes.  It will turn a natural light brown color.  The longer they sit, the darker they get.
3. Remove eggs and let them air dry on a paper towel.

Tattoos I got for this project
The end result.  Traditional tattoos would look way better than these snakes.


Section 3 - Tattoo 'Em
1. From your selection of tattoos, cut out enough to cover the eggs.  This should be one or two per egg.  Keep them somewhat small.  Don't use glitter tattoos.  Glitter can get in your egg when you open it and...yuck.
2.  On your dyed eggs, place your tattoos and apply them (with a damp rag -- I'm sure you know how).
3. Allow the tattoos to dry on the eggs before storing them.

Enjoy!

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Strawberry-Mint Kitchen Idea

I just put this together this morning.  It was kind of fun looking for stuff to add to it.  The theme is strawberry mint.  I'd probably pick a solid darker green wall color, perhaps the color of that wicker basket, and I'd make curtains out of green gingham with strawberries appliqued on the bottom.  I would, of course, have a pot of mint growing near the window.  This would work pretty well with dark wood in the kitchen (cabinets, floors, etc).  Don't do this if you have a golden tone wood.


Friday, July 26, 2013

New Swimsuit!

Got a new swimsuit today!  Glam Swimwear from Amazon.  Here's where you can SHOP FOR GLAM.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Dancing

I am not a dancer.  I can do bellydancing and a little ballet, but there's more muscular control with those and it's not partner dancing.  The waltz?  I know how its done, I know the music for it, but I can't do it to save my life.  With this being said (and my personal life doing a wee bit better) I'm going to see if I can pick up on any older dances that would suit my rockabilly lifestyle.

Here are some youtube videos that I intend to rewatch and do in the privacy of my own home....yes, by myself.  Looking for any tips if you have them.

Jitterbug, Open Basic.  This is pretty easy.  Step right back, return to first position, step right, step left.

Jitterbug, Lady's Inside Turn.  ...And this is where I can't just do it by myself.


Jitterbug, Closed Couples.  Looks fun.

Jitterbug, Linking Open and Closed.  AH.  I see.  Looks a little more fun now.

West Coast Swing, Beginning Level.  Pretty good.

Awesome.

Rockabilly Project #2 - Tattooed Picture Frame

I thought I'd paint a picture frame and turn it into a blog project.  If you want to make your own tattooed picture frame, here's what you'll need:

- Wooden craft frame from a craft store (there are usually various shapes and sizes)
- Acrylic craft paint (natural/tan, black, various colors)
- Brushes - 1" wide square tip brush, size 3 round tip brush
- Pencil
- Extra Fine Sharpie
- Polyurethane (smallest tin available) or Mod Podge Matte Medium

Before you start, have an idea of what you want on your frame so you can choose the right paint.  I recommend checking out the traditional tattoo flash at Tattoo Johnny for ideas.

Pre-painted white craft picture frame from JoAnn Fabric.  Keep the paper in the center.  It helps for moving the frame around while you work.
My paints
My two brushes.

First coat of tan/natural color on the back.  Applied with the 1" square tip brush.


First coat of tan/natural color on the front.

Two more coats later, and it looks solid.

Using a pencil, I lightly drew out what I wanted on the picture frame.  Thanks Tattoo Johnny for the inspiration.

Go over your pencils with your extra fine tip sharpie.

I added the red first, then I made some purple and added that.
Yellow paint next.

Blue and green paint, then a little black paint in the larger areas.  Let your frame dry.

I went over my lines again with the sharpie.  This helps to make everything pop, it gives definition, and it looks finished.
Apply a single coat of matte medium or polyurethane.  I'm using matte medium here.  It dries clear.  This gives your work a protective coating.

The finished product and yes, that's a picture of me from 5 or 6 years ago.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Paradise

As promised, here is the drawing that I did of Paradise, a rockabilly/50s themed town.  It's just a street map with a boardwalk, lots, and some specific things.  I used Roosevelt Lake as my location, see below.

Roosevelt, AZ
Here is my drawing.

My drawing.  Click to enlarge.  Each pencil square is 1.5" = 100'
I always have suggested locales for places.  I do want a good size park with a nearby community center.  Here I have it as a monolithic dome and I'd want it to be very googie.  It comes with parking and a community pool.  I also have a boardwalk with a few buildings placed on it.  I'd want to have a Saturday market on the boardwalk - fish, fruit, arts, crafts, music, etc.  I also have places on the map for a good size library, bowling alley, roller rink (available for derby practice), fabric store, grocery, police and fire, a recording studio (any record companies looking to relocate?), and a radio station (40's, 50's, rockabilly, psychobilly, swing).  I also have 10 pieces of public art marked on the map.

I have designs and business plans for a handful of businesses for this town.  I also have neighborhoods planned out (Lemon Hills, Cherryville, and Space Rock).

If you're wondering why I don't have a marina, check out the town of Roosevelt, just to the northwest - like a half mile or less.  They have a marina.  I chose this spot because there's outdoor stuff, there's a beach, Tanto National Monument is nearby, and its close to Phoenix without the craziness of the big city.