Saturday, September 22, 2012
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Does your smart phone have its Halloween costume yet? Dress it up with a Bubble Buttons monster, which has no calories at all. Or those of us “into food” can stick on a fried egg, doughnut or pizza image to help us navigate our phone world better. The resin-coated bubble really does feel good on that home button you push all day. I’d never have guessed a cute little bit of texture could feel so good. Phone fans into sports, music, mustaches, etc. can also turn their concave iPhone, iPad and iTouch button into a bubblicious experience. Visit www.bubblebuttons.com or head to Urban Outfitters.
And now, a word
LIVE is the message on the front of my just-right pink v-neck long-sleeved shirt. Live, Imagine, Value and Embrace (LIVE) is spelled out on the back. Chewy Loud Designs www.chewylouddesigns.com has some inspirational words to wear. Positive thought can heal, believes Alyssa Dinowitz, who created a line after supporting her mother through chemotherapy sessions for breast cancer. Chemo Companions are designed to promote physical and spiritual strength. I don’t think you can have a bad day while wearing such good thoughts. I love the way Dinowitz thinks.
How about your own word?
Some people already romance license plates. MyPlates.com can help you personalize your plates like never before. I spoke to representatives who showed me some cool ideas about branding your ride. They are a Texas Department of Motor Vehicles vendor you might want to check out.
Monday, September 10, 2012
Did you know a spoon could help you iron around buttons? Rowenta offers laundry tips. This company sells high-end steam irons and other tools that look like kind of space age when placed by my iron. They sure look like they’d get the job done, and therefore be worth the investment. I’ve never used a Rowenta product, but I encourage you to look at their site and they’ve encouraged me to share these:
DIY Ironing and Garment Care Tips
· Do not put on the garment immediately after ironing. This can actually cause new wrinkles to form. Instead, let it sit for 5 minutes, which enables the press to set.
· Many people like the extra crispness that spray starch can provide, particularly with shirts. The correct way to obtain that look is to spray the starch on the shirt, roll the shirt into a ball, and wait about 30 seconds before pressing. This allows the fabric to absorb the starch.
· Large items should be ironed at the wide end of the ironing board. To help keep the item clean, lay a plastic table cloth or old sheet on the floor beneath the board.
· To reduce shine caused by over-pressing or wear, soak a press cloth in water, and then ring it out. Place the damp cloth on top of the shiny surface and press. Repeat several times until the area is almost dry, then, using a soft brush raise the nap of the fabric.
· For razor sharp creases, iron the crease and then set it with a burst of steam.
· When ironing over delicate buttons, cover them with the bowl of spoon and press the surrounding fabric.
· Pleats should be ironed from the bottom, starting with the inside of the pleat, and then moving to the outside of the pleat. If necessary, pin pleats to the ironing board at top and bottom; avoid ironing over the pins. To set pleats, use a burst of steam.
Gee, your hair smells like lemon verbena
Remember the TasselAire I just wrote about? Dip the center of a decorative tassel into a sent and you get the double pleasure of viewing and inhaling. Agraria has a whole line of candles, perfumed burning sheets, bath salts, etc. I just treated myself to a lemon verbena shampoo that has layers of scents. I keep finding reasons to need another shower. Here’s the description from the site: Bright & brisk, Lemon Verbena evokes the fresh, clear exuberance of lemon-scented verbena leaves, enhanced with a touch of Caribbean lime & hints of rose & jasmine.
I want to make this bottle last as long as possible, but there are other shampoos and bath gels to try: Lavender and Rosemary, Balsam and Bitter Orange, which sounds delightful as we head into fall.
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
I ran across the old plaid lunch box that I used in elementary school. It had been my sister’s before that, so I considered it a relic of pride. It came with drawings inside of children playing safely and picking up litter. I covered it in stickers. It’s now a little rusty, so I ran it through the dishwasher. The best part was inside, and I forgot about it. Remember those tapes you’d run through a clicker and dial out our message that would get stamped onto the tape? Inside I’d used one of those to spell out “Debbie is Great.” And, I must have loved her a lot, because I used the fancy wood-grain tape that looked like a station wagon door.
Debbie is still great.
Fry up some football
The Dallas pages are offered in the spirit of Thanksgiving, for cowboys and city slickers: Deep Fried Turkey, Deep Fried Stuffing and Deep Fried Mashed Potatoes in Gravy Batter.
Texas Tots on the Houston spread offer a “Taste as big as Texas,” along with John T. Gueseman.
His handy little book is “Driveway Chef’s Cookbook for the Football Season: A Deep Frying Cookbook” and works just as well in driveways outside of Texas.
Our neighbors in New Orleans get a recipe for fried Angel Food Cake, a heavenly food for any Saint.
Gusemen has humor and fry skills, serving up Raven’s Eggs for Baltimore fans. With easy steps and photos of finished feasts, he’ll guide you through frying up meat loaf, spaghetti, apples, potatoes and other touchdowns.
Here’s a quickie “gateway food” to represent St. Louis:
2 pounds ravioli, cooked
Garnish, marinara sauce
Deep fr cooked ravioli for 2 to 3 mntes, depending on the size of your ravioli, stirring often, then drain.
Garnish in a saintly fashion.
Deep Fried Pineapple
1 can lemon lime soda
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon sugar
2 20-ounce cans sliced pineapples, drained and patted dry
Garnish: Powedered sugar
Mix the soda, four and sugar to form a batter
Dip the pineapple slices into the batter
Deep fry for 2 minutes, turning after 1 minute, then drain.
Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve like you are the best of the best.