Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Daily Craft - A hammock for Terra

I can't believe I've had this blog up and running for nearly a month now and haven't said squat about anything crafty (actually, it looks like I've discussed food mostly...after all, I do like to eat!)

To christen my blog with my first crafty piece, I have just finished knitting a mini hammock for a very special recipient - a ferret named Terra!  I'm a member of a swap group on Craftster, and a little while back received a request for a custom knit hammock for Terra.  I didn't even know what a ferret hammock was at the time, although it turns out that they're like hanging sleeping bags with a crawl space for the ferret to snuggle in.  Apparently ferrets need bright and bold colors to really stimulate the senses, so I went with a red top and pink bottom, using both colors twisted together for the ties.  I think it's super cute, and my comedian of a husband has requested one for himself.  :)

For the years I've been knitting, I can officially say that this is the most random thing I've ever knit.  I'm also quite concerned that Terra won't like it.  I've never had to seek approval from a ferret before, but there's a first time for everything!  Terra's mom has assured me that she'll love it though and will be providing action shots soon.

Daily Dish - Bread-Butter-Cheese-Victory!

This daily dish isn't one that I've cooked, but damn it was inspiring!  On Saturday, husband and I attended the Grilled Cheese Invitational in downtown L.A.  If you're thinking that sounds like some kind of crazy, cheesy and deliciously good time, you'd be right.  We had signed up online to be judges, which meant that we had the opportunity to eat and rate grilled cheese sammiches (the official spelling btw).

There are three categories of grilled cheese for this event
1) "The Missionary Position" - a standard grilled cheese sammich, standard bread, standard butter, basic cheeses (i.e. American, Cheddar, Swiss etc.)  More than one cheese can be used, but no additional flavors or spices.
2) "The Karma Sutra" - Any grilled cheese using exotic spices, flavors, fancy breads - but must be at least 60% cheese.
3) "The Honey Pot" - Same rules as for the Karma Sutra, but it also has to be sweet because this is the dessert category!

There were 4 judging heats and let me tell you how much fun it is to throw out your hand, have someone stick a tidbit of gourmet grilled cheese sandwich in it, chow down, then fill out the boxes to rate it.  My husband, our 2 friends and I were each grabbing different sandwiches and sharing the tasty morsels while analyzing how well the cheese pulled apart and how golden brown the bread was.  By the end of the first judging heat, we'd probably tried mouthfuls of 12-15 sandwiches each.  Now, that may not seem like a lot but if you add it up, it's like eating 3 or 4 full grilled cheeses within the space of 20 minutes.  My favorite sandwich from this heat was a toss up between the macaroni and cheese with pulled pork sandwich, and the croissant filled with an artichoke dip with Parmesan and Asiago cheese, topped with a sprinkle of paprika.

The second judging heat was about an hour later and by that time, a lot more people had arrived and the judging area was much busier.  It's probably a good thing that I wasn't able to grab as many sandwiches to try because I really think my stomach would have burst from some kind of cheese overdose.  I'd put a beer or two in there during the intermission between heats, which I'm sure didn't help.  I was so glad I squeezed the last sandwich I tried into the last spare corner of my stomach as it was a cheesy delight grilled in truffle oil with duck confit.  A delicious way to end my day of gluttony.

Needless to say, after the second heat, and the heat from the weather, we decided it was time to pack it in and ended up going home to take a nice 3 hour nap.

So, if you're in Los Angeles this time next year, or you can visit one of the regional contest in either Northern California (SF/Oakland area) or Austin, I highly recommend you checking it out.  It's a cheesy good time!

P.S. Excuse the grainy cell phone pictures.  This is what happens when you leave the house with camera in hand and then realize that the battery is in the charger.  Yup, I'm smart.  :)

Friday, April 23, 2010

Daily Art - Tequila Sunrise

On the heels of my previous post, as promised, here's the first in my Daily Art series, showcasing some of my favorite photographic prints from my portfolio and telling you a little bit about each. 

Tequila Sunrise
Several years ago I was doing my very first wedding photography shoot for a friend.  They were getting married on the beach in Huntington Beach, CA.  She'd asked me to join them the night before so I could check out the location and be at the rehearsal dinner.  As we were walking from the quick rehearsal on the beach to the restaurant for dinner, I was lucky enough to have a moment to snap this shot and capture the beautiful sunset; casting the birds, trees and others enjoying the scene, into silhouette.  I was really hoping that the colors would be as vibrant the following day so that I could perhaps get some amazing sunset shots with the couple after the wedding, but we weren't that lucky.

When I look at this, it seems to be the epitome of a Californian sunset.  A few minutes before, or a few minutes after, and I wouldn't have been able to capture that light and shadows in the same way.  To me that's one of the most wonderful things about photography.  It's a snapshot of a moment in time that will never appear exactly the same way again.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Daily Art - PhotoGrunt blog feature

For those of you that may not be aware, photography is my art.  I love taking pictures, although I haven't had the time or motivation recently to really get out and about with my camera.  It's something I've been seriously meaning to work on as I'm unhappy with the fact I've not had much to add to my portfolio in a while.  I've also been meaning to work on my portfolio so I can get some more photography gigs to support my camera equipment habit!  (Shameless self-promotion for my website Organic Stills, just in case you know anybody in the Greater Los Angeles area that needs a wedding photog, baby pics, etc.)

Over the years I've sold a handful of prints on Etsy, and it always makes me smile when I think that somewhere out there people are enjoying my art on their walls.  Right now my shop is on hiatus until I can build some new material and craft more inventory in general.  I think I need a direction more than anything.  Today though, having not even looked at my Etsy store in weeks, I got a message from a fellow photographer who noted that he featured one of my shots on his blog - PhotoGrunt.  I guess he went through a bunch of photo listings on Etsy that are about to expire and wanted to feature them, for which I am very appreciative for that last piece of exposure.  Check out his piece here (my photo "Left Behind" is 4th from the bottom).  If you're interested in photography at all, this is a fun blog to check out as he features random photographers from Etsy, which also means that those shots are for sale and could end up adorning your walls!

What this has inspired me to do however, is to feature some of my photography on my blog and give you a little background of where the shots were taken.  It'll be a little insight into my world through the viewfinder.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Daily Ramblings - Duvet cover madness

I don't know how many of you may have tried attempting to shop with a straight male for bed linens, or linens in general, but it's rarely as easy as it should be.  Yesterday, I took it upon myself to go shopping for a new duvet cover.  The one we have now we bought off our registry when we got married and all was well until my smartass threw it in the washer without thinking to look at the care label.  Now, I should make the observation that I don't dry clean stuff.  I'm all about easy care and very rarely buy anything that can't be thrown in the washer, even if it's on the handy dandy "handwash" cycle (which I do not know how I lived so long without!)  Anyway, the point being that it turns out the duvet cover had a high enough silk component that it just started shredding after the washing machine incident.  It's never looked the same since and although the cat likes to play with the dangling threads, it's not the most attractive thing to sleep under.

Our bedroom is filled with lovely espresso colored wood furniture, and beautiful handmade chocolate brown curtains (one of my finer home decor projects).  Our sheets have a golden tone, while the current duvet cover is a bronze shade.  Armed with a pillow case stuffed into my purse, I set off on my trip feeling like one of the poor women on "What Not To Wear" because rather than having Stacey and Clinton in my head (now that's a scary thought), I have the "rules of bedroom linens" as imposed by my husband, who elected to stay home and watch the Laker's game, ringing in my ears.
  • Linens should not be shiny
  • Linens should not have texture
  • By no means should they have any kind of pattern, applique, or anything remotely looking like flowers
  • Decorative pillows do not belong on beds.  They are completely useless and just have to be removed every night anyway.
  • Manly perceptions of how one might describe an ivory tone vs. a mid-brown vs. dark brown are different from female perceptions.  Men know that women are not describing things properly.  Women believe that men are color blind.
As if all of this isn't bad enough, it would seem that duvet covers just really aren't the thing to buy anymore.  Comforter in a bag sets are all the rage and after visiting 5 stores, I decided that Bed Bath and Beyond really might be the only physical shop I can go to that has a decent enough selection.  After wandering around the bedding section for a little bit, sure enough I find the answer to my problems - a really nice, modern, and manly duvet set.  After much waving around of the pillowcase, checking it against all the brown tones featured on the duvet cover, I was sure this was the one he would like.  I called home to have him check online and provide an he pulls it up on his computer...and then says "doesn't that look kind of grey?"  (We later discovered that the colors on his computer monitor aren't calibrated properly.)  Several minutes of convincing him it was the exact shades of brown we needed, he told me to go ahead just as I find that they don't have any queen size in stock!  Urgh.

After calls to 2 other branches, and a trip home to fetch husband and make him accompany me to the store to be 100% sure he's ok with the purchase, we ended up doing an in-store online order - which is a first for me, but a great way to do it as they'll let you use your 20% off coupon!  Nowhere had this set in stock as apparently everybody in Southern California within a 10 mile radius of my house owns this duvet cover set and we're just very unoriginal in our choice.  When all is said and done though, by the end of this week our duvet cover set (complete with 2 euro shams, 2 regular shams and 2 decorative pillows - yes, that's 6 completely unnecessary pillows people!) will be in hand.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Daily Deal - American Way Thrift Store

For a while last year, I was on a real thrift store kick.  It all started when I was rummaging for sweaters to recycle for the yarn (more info on this to come during a later blog posting I'm sure).  One day I accidentally came across a depression glass vase and some collectible china which definitely got me on the thrifty kick for a while.

More recently, I haven't had as much time to spend hunting for treasures, but the American Way Thrift Store (Burbank, CA) is a 5 minute drive from my office.  When needing to get out of the corporate environment for a half hour, it's the perfect place to wander around.  I will say that it's not the most brightly lit or organized thrift store in the area.  The aisles are pretty tightly packed with stock, and it's the kind of place where you have to be willing to "dig" a little bit.  In order to rotate inventory, each week they offer a 50% discount on certain colored price tags.  They already have very reasonable prices compared to a lot of similar stores in the area, so this is just another benefit.  I've had some amazing luck in what I've found there (ask me about the $400 worth of wool and cotton yarns that I paid $30 for).  Today, I was definitely having one of those good thrifting days.

My first find was this spice rack.  When I first spotted it, I was a little unsure about the concept of buying a spice rack (with the spices in it).  After a quick call to the husband, who reminded me that we could always tip out the spices and put fresh ones in there, I decided that the $7 price tag was very reasonable for the storage component at least.  After getting it home, it turns out that of the 20 spice jars included, about 17 of them had brand new sealed spices in them!  Granted, I'm not sure how old the spices are, but after giving them a good sniff, I'm sure they're in good shape to use.  Our spice cabinet is so over run at this point, it's nice to have a simple and organized way to keep them out on the counter!

One con with this particular thrift store is that they have a $10 minimum for credit cards ($20 for debit cards).  As somebody who almost never carries cash on me, I had to find something to make up the $3 difference to buy the spice rack with.  The store often pre-packages similar items (i.e. stuffed animals, jewelry boxes etc.) together and assigns a bundle price.  I love checking that section to see what goodies they've put together and happened across a collection of scented Yankee candle tea lights/tarts that had been bagged together.  That was enough to put me above the minimum card limit and had me leaving a very happy camper indeed.  Now, if I could only figure out where in the house I've hidden my tart burner, it would be perfect!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Daily Dish - Salmon, veggies and rice

When it comes to new recipes, the internet has to be the most wonderful addition to my recipe library.  I'm pretty sure you can type any three ingredients into Google and it'll find you a recipe for something.  On account of this, husband and I have been trying all kinds of new dishes over the last year or so.  If we like the dish, we'll usually bookmark it to find easily later.  As we continue with these culinary adventures, both the wins and the fails, I'll be sharing them with you.

This weekend, we tried a Food Network recipe for Grilled Salmon Steaks with Chipotle Ponzu sauce.  Rather than use the green beans that the recipe called for, we had some fresh broccoli that needed using so made a broccoli/carrot medley instead.  Seeing as I was cooking rice in the rice cooker (one of our most used kitchen appliances, a gift from our buddy Jessica) I went the easy route and popped the veggies in with the rice to steam briefly.  Unfortunately the salmon took a couple minutes longer than anticipated on the grill so the veggies were a tiny bit over-steamed, but still tasty!

This recipe was a good one, although we ended up with a lot of the Ponzu sauce, and if I were to make it again, I'd definitely use less orange juice seeing as it had a very strong orange flavor.  That's not a bad thing but husband and I both prefer our ponzu sauce to be a little less citrusy.  It's a personal preference of course.  I would say this entire meal cost about 20 minutes to cook, and probably would have taken less time if it hadn't been for the rice.

If you have a favorite recipe that you think I should try, leave me a comment and I'll add it to the list!

Daily Deal - Jamba Juice coupon

If you love coupons, and you love smoothies, I'm about to make your day!  Here's a coupon for a buy one get one free Jamba Juice - valid through April 25, 2010. 

I'm a big fan of the exotic fruits myself, so totally down for some kind of mango, pineapple, passion fruit mix.  Slurp away!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Daily Review - Finding the perfect cat food!

Our baby cat Deuce is now a little over 7 months old. There are a million different opinions out there as to the best diet for cats and which foods are best. When we first got the little guy, I had looked around for some tips as to how to read a cat food label, whether dry or wet food was better (naturally finding arguments for both), how much to feed him etc. We opted for a mixed dry/wet food diet and he gets around a quarter can every morning and evening of Hill's Science Plan Kitten wet food, plus Purina O.N.E. Healthy Kitten Formula as his dry food during the day.  Our vet said he's incredibly healthy and he's obviously done well with what we've fed him so far.  Now it's time to look for the right adult food for him.

Our vet suggested we switch him to adult food around the 9-10 month range.  The question of course is which one?!  The choices are really pretty extensive and, while he's not a picky eater (the only thing he doesn't like are fish flavors), we do need to find something that he agrees is good as well as good for him.  One of the best things to look for in cat food is that there is a good amount of proper protein and not an over-abundance of unnecessary grains.  For example, if chicken is the first ingredient that is good.  Chicken meal is even better as it's already been baked to remove bacteria and excess water, therefore the actual chicken quantity that is in the food is increased.  I also found this interesting article from the FDA regarding pet food label requirements.

Premium cat foods, such as Innova and Wellness, can be very expensive.  I feel like we're looking for something in the middle, but I'll tell you that it's ridiculously overwhelming.  It's amazing how Hill's Science Diet is so popular because looking at the ingredient list, it doesn't seem to be the most appealing.  In fact, animal by-product is the number one ingredient when I'd much rather be feeding him the more wholesome bits.

There was a Nutro representative in-store at Petco today, so I took a closer look at their products, both Nutro Max and Nutro Natural (the more premium grade food).  They certainly have the benefit of using chicken meal.  The other product that I think is my first choice, although definitely on the pricier side, is Blue Buffalo Spa Select, which has both deboned chicken and chicken meal as the first two ingredients.

After all this, I still haven't truly made a decision and I haven't even started to look at wet food yet as those labels are even more confusing to read due to the "moisture content" equation!  I think it's worth looking at though.  How could I not give my furry little boy a good diet to keep him healthy and happy?

What do you use?  Do you have any suggestions?  I would love to hear them!

Friday, April 9, 2010

Daily Gripe - UPDATE! Creme Eggs

As an update to this post, my mission is now complete.  Thankfully, my friend tipped me off on the only place in the whole of LA County that has Creme Eggs left in stock.  On my lunch break today I dutifully drove the 3 miles from my office over to the CVS store with the coveted Easter candy aisle.  Sure enough, there were hundreds of Creme Eggs on the shelves, at 50% off (as is the point of the post-Easter hunt anyway), and in all 3 flavors (orange, caramel and original).  The stash is now sitting in my car and I now I finally feel that I can rest.  Until next year....

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Daily Deal - Where to get cheap books! (Part I)

I have been an avid reader my entire life.  My parents always wondered where I got that particular trait from seeing as neither of them have it.  I have an emotional attachment to books I really enjoy - it's one of those things where I always have to keep the book in anticipation that I will one day read it again.  Admittedly, there are very few that I have actually re-read, but I still remember them with fondness and love having them on my bookshelf.  The biggest problem that I've always had with reading so much is that it's not the cheapest hobby to have.  Especially after I'd just graduated college and was living on a marginal salary (which to this day I still question how on earth I survived), I decided that I had to find alternative methods of obtaining books at a highly discounted price.

Further reason to find bargain book discounts is because I now support a book habit for two.  My husband has become an avid reader since we started living together, especially while he had a 30 minute train commute every morning before he lost his job.  While I doubt I could get him to step into a book store himself, he tends to enjoy many of the same books that I do - crime dramas, thrillers, mysteries etc.  He's not likely to touch anything that has Jane Austen in the title, or that he deems to be "girly looking", but seems to have read his way through everything else I own in the last few years.  So, for as long as I'm providing the reading material, it'll be enjoyed by everybody in the house.  Even the kitty when he was a tiny little baby liked spending time in the bookshelf (before he grew too big to fit in there easily).

It may seem obvious but I don't feel like enough people take advantage of it - a wonderful place to get books is your local library!  The closest library to my office is small but has a very decent selection of books.  I've used it to borrow knit/crochet stitch dictionaries, photography, home improvement books etc.  Even better, it has a small bookstore where used books that are no longer in circulation, or were donated by local residents, are sold.  Paperback novels are as cheap as 25 cents.  Hardbacks are $1 and more specialty books anywhere from $3-$10 on average.  Most importantly though, any money that the library earns through the book sales goes back into the library fund to buy new books for regular circulation.  This is what I snagged today for the bargain price of $2.50!

Do you generally support your local library?  If so, what do you love about it?

There are other places that I go to get cheap books...but I'll be saving those tips for a later date.

Daily Laughs - Simon's Cat

If you're at all familiar with "cattitude" then you really should check out Simon's Cat.  It's a great laugh because it's just so true!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Daily Dish - Mmmm...cheesecake!

While the Easter egg hunt was not successful, one thing that did come out of it was the inspiration to try making cheesecake. This is the result of standing in the 99c only store, staring blankly at a box of Graham Cracker Crumbs, while wondering where the hell the Easter candy aisle has gone.

So, when it comes to things in the kitchen, I'm admittedly a pretty decent cook. That is unless you want me to bake you something. Others will testify that my baking skills are a, off (just ask about how I made square cupcakes ok?) Regardless of my self-professed lack of baking skills however, I'm also willing to try making anything once. Looking at the recipe on the back of the Graham Cracker box, I figured it just can't be that hard! The only thing I didn't have on the supplies list is a spring form pan, but I made do with a 9" cake pan and managed to get it out without it collapsing all over the place. That in itself is quite the accomplishment for me.

A little help from the husband while "fluffing" the cream cheese, a few stolen nibbles off the side where the filling had outgrown the crust, a day of refrigeration, and I present to you my Berrylicious Cheesecake!
For those of you that are interested, here is the recipe:

2 cups Graham Cracker Crumbs
1/2 cup melted butter
2 tbsp sugar
4 packages of cream cheese (8oz/ea)
1 1/3 cups sugar
2 tbsp cornstarch
1 tbsp vanilla
3 eggs
1 cup sour cream
1) In a small bowl, toss together graham cracker crumbs, butter, and 2 tbsp sugar. Reserve 2 tablespoons of crumb mixture for garnish. Press remaining crumb mixture onto bottom and 2 1/4 inches up the sides of a 9" springform pan. Chill in freezer while preparing filling.
2) In a large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese with electric mixer (medium speed) until fluffy. Add 1 1/3 cups sugar, cornstarch and vanilla. Beat until combined. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until just combined after each one. Stir in sour cream.
3) Pour filling into crust. Baked at 325 degrees for 1 1/4 hours, or until center is almost set. Cool on wire rack for 15 minutes. Loosen sides of pan. Continue cooling on wire rack for 45 minutes more.
4) Sprinkle top with reserved crumb garnish. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours. Garnish as desired.

Daily Review -

Knitting is the hobby that I spend the most time on these days. It's kind of funny to me because I spend a lot of time knitting, but don't wear a lot of knits because Southern California weather rarely permits bundling up in big woolly items.

About 8 months ago, I got myself a "part-time job" (so to speak) as a sample knitter for Plymouth Yarns. I am sent yarn and a pattern, I get to knit them up, send them back, and the items I make end up being worn by models to use as references for the patterns that the yarn company makes available. It's been a very rewarding experience and, if nothing else, I get to try all kinds of yarns. The fact I get paid isn't a bad thing either - especially with an unemployed husband in a down economy.

The one problem that I tend to have is keeping my knitting needles organized, or receiving a sample knitting pattern (where gauge is really important) and not having/being able to find the needles that I need. To solve this problem, I decided that I wanted to buy a set of needles that would encompass all the sizes most regularly needed. I looked into interchangeable needle sets, like the Boye, KnitPicks, Denise and so on - although funds have been a little tight given aforementioned unemployed husband. Then I remembered where I could buy a set of bamboo circular needles in all the sizes necessary for the bargain price of $25 (incl. free shipping). I figured it was worth emptying a little out of my PayPal account to buy them and I finally had a chance to use them last night.
So, in review:
-The website is very easy to navigate. They have single point, double point, and circular knitting needles. They also carry regular crochet hooks, tunisian hooks, crohooks (double-ended), and dangle hooks (crochet hook with attached tubing). The ordering is secure and does support PayPal. Registry with the site is optional, but I opted to do so purely for order tracking purposes.
- The bamboo on the needles is nice and smooth. Each needle has the metric size (mm) printed on them so they're easy to identify. I was getting a little squeaking from the needles as I was using them, although I suspect it's actually the yarn I was using (some nice Red Heart acrylic for a ferret hammock I'm making!)
- The cables are soft and flexible. They seem a little bit like thin medical tubing, but I found the cables to be very easy to bend and move around. Most importantly for me, I didn't find them stiff like some other circular needles that I've used in the past. I also found the joins between the needle and the cables to be seamless with no snagging issues.
- The price quite frankly can't be beat for this set. 15 pairs of needles for $25 puts them at $1.66/ea. There are other eBay sellers that have competitive pricing but I really liked the ease of ordering and the free shipping straight off the site. The shipping was quick (I received shipping confirmation 2 days after I placed the order) and they were kind enough to give me 4 extra needles by accident - that's 19 circular needles total!
- I don't know much about the customer service but I did hear from a member of Ravelry that they were missing a needle size when they had placed their order, and ended up with a full set to replace it. If that's true, then the customer service totally rocks.

So, if you're looking for an inexpensive way to get a decent set of needles, I definitely suggest checking out the site.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Daily Deuce - Scavenger kitty

Yesterday, one of my earrings dropped out and disappeared. It's just one of the hoops that I leave in on a daily basis when I'm being too lazy to pick out a pair of dangles in the morning. I figured it had washed down the drain while I was washing my hair - no big deal, I'd spend the $2 on a new pair.

A couple hours later, I see Deuce running around in the kitchen trying to pick something up in his mouth. This is not unusual as he will sniff/play with/try to eat pretty much anything. I've heard too many horror stories of kitties ending up at the vet having eaten something they shouldn't so I immediately went to retrieve his new "toy", just to find my missing earring under his paw. If we didn't have a scavenger kitty around the house, guaranteed I would never have found it. So, thanks Deuce. Your incessant kitten curiosity is very handy indeed.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Daily Gripe - Easter egg hunt

My husband and I have never really been Easter people. Ok, well he's Jewish so that makes sense. When I was a kid back in England, I vaguely remember making soft boiled eggs and drawing silly faces on them with markers. We weren't much of an Easter family either, although it was a tradition at school to buy your best friends the hollow chocolate Easter eggs filled with whatever brand of chocolate made that egg. Invariably, it was always my favorite thing to come home on Good Friday with my little stash of chocolate eggs, Cadbury's Creme Eggs and sometimes the Kinder eggs with the little toys inside (which I'm sure are a total choking hazard, but that was never much of a concern for us!)

Since moving to the US, I've always found the Easter candy offerings to be pretty crap in comparison. The one saving grace was always the Creme Eggs going on sale and stocking up on them so that we had a small supply to last us through the following months. Today, husband and I decided to go on our own little Easter egg hunt to find the Creme Eggs on sale. We tried the 99c only store (which has always been a success in the past...I got them 8/$1 last year), Big Lots, K-Mart, Walgreens, Rite Aid and Ralph's. There were no Creme Eggs! In fact, there was hardly any Easter candy around at all, just a handful of sad looking chocolate bunnies with broken ears. The only thing there seemed to be an over-abundance of were Peeps. Probably because nobody actually eats Peeps. They are purely intended to be shoved in the microwave until they burst. If you have not tried this little trick, I highly suggest giving it a shot - but keep an eye out for the Peep getting out of control and exploding all over the microwave.
So, Easter egg hunt was an epic fail. In fact, it was somewhat unsuccessful last year as well. I think next year I'll be focusing on hard boiled eggs, scrambled eggs, poached eggs, fried eggs...but I certainly won't be spending the gas money driving around the areas surrounding my house just to walk away severely disappointed with my search for the Creme Egg.


Hi! Welcome to my new blog - Daily Dose Of Deuce.

So, what can you expect from this blog? I plan on sharing a variety of random musings with you - from things I'm making to my thoughts on my favorite TV shows, to things I'm doing around town, around the house, what I'm eating, what I'm laughing about...and the list goes on. I just hope that you enjoy what I have to share and perhaps you'll be inspired to share some of the things going on in your life too!

To get you started, I might as well introduce you to Deuce seeing as the blog name was inspired by his! He's currently passed out on the couch with his nose buried in his favorite blanket. I'm convinced he knows I'm talking about him though.