This year, thanks to my generous mother, I was able to attend the (usually) annual family gathering/camping trip to a place up in the high sierras my Grandfather and Great Uncle found 50+ years ago called Jackass Meadows. Without fail, every time the name of where we camp comes up in conversation with someone new, I get a laugh and/or an odd look. I swear people, I am not making the name of this place up!
See, it’s right here! http://g.co/maps/zp2g2
The name is derived from the wild donkeys that inhabit the meadows below Florence Lake. I have actually caught glimpses of them (along with wild horses) on previous trips. No such luck this time.
I wanted to share some pics I took this trip. Along with learning about shooting in RAW format, I had two photographic techniques I wanted to play with this go-round, taking HDR (High Dynamic Range) images and panoramics. I am more pleased with my panoramic results then the HDRs. My DSLR is several generations old, so it can only take a 3-shoot HDRs. I’m not sure if that’s why I am not getting the depth in my pictures I was hoping for, or if its just my lack of advanced PS skills.
My favorite panoramic: (click for larger view)
Now you can pretend you don’t do this, but we wont believe you. Everyone, at some point in their lives, has licked the cake batter of the spoon/spatula/mixer attachment and savored that sweet primordial concoction of raw ingredients mixed together. (Yes, yes, uncooked eggs may cause salmonella, blah blah). I freely admit, I still do this anytime I am making a dessert batter.
By the recent surge in availability and popularity of cake batter flavored treats, I think I am not alone in my spoon lickin’ ways. Cake Batter Ice Cream, Birthday Cake flavor Milkshakes, and Cake Flavored Vodka, are just a few options now available to satisfy your sweet-tooth. When I happened across these Cake Batter Martinis by How Sweet It Is, not only was my eye delighted by the colorful sprinkles, but my mouth watered a little bit at the thought of drinking this sweet solution.
Cake Batter Martinis
makes a single serving, is easily multiplied
1 ounce amaretto
1 1/2 ounces Pinnacle whipped cream vodka
1 1/2 ounces creme de cacao
1/2 ounce Godiva white chocolate liqueur
1 ounce heavy cream
assorted sprinkles (nonpareils work best)
Using your finger, coat the rim of your glass with frosting – make sure not to miss any spots! Dump sprinkles on a plate and press glass rim into sprinkles, pressing to adhere. Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake for about 30 seconds. Strain into glass and drink!
There is already a trip to the liquor store in the near future in my plans (got to stock up for Dragon*con next weekend), and after seeing this, I think I’ll be adding a few more things to my list!
Since I had this holiday weekend to myself with The Man working, I had a last minute hair-brained scheme and took off to Kentucky to see my best friend and play Florist Assistant to her while we made mock-up wedding party flower arrangements. It was a fun weekend with them, in a beautiful town, with relatively decent weather considering they have had snow in the ground the last 2ish months.
I had delusions of florist grandeur for the entire car ride back (when I wasn’t cursing my GPS for routing me home through the Appalachian mountains in the dark and making me drive 50+ miles to find a McDonald’s). I am now more excited then ever to see the final products made with the actual types of roses we are going to use for the wedding.
Craft-gazam over, now back to your regularly scheduled drudgery.
These works are just amazing. It speaks to me on so many levels and gently caresses many of my beloved childhood memories (which Hollywood has recently been pooping on). The artist James Hance is just brilliant in my opinion. Enough about what I think though, I will let the art speak for itself.
Here are a few selections that I really found enjoyable:
The Scream by Edvard Munch has always been one of my favorite painting. It is so easy for me to feel the emotion it expresses. Now Beaker is probably my favorite Muppet, and has always been my preferred of the pair over Dr. Bunsen. His single syllable vocabulary gives the perfect voice to Edvard Munch’s expressionist painting.
The Batman In Black
I am both a Johnny Cash fan and a Batman fan. These two together just seems so right to me!
Not so long ago, in a galaxy….uhhhh…..right here, there was awesome art depicting some of the most timeless characters as they might have appeared at the turn of the 18th Century. Much like our Antique Japanese Star Wars art, these portraits by Greg Peltz are made of sheer win!
Behold! Luke and Leia…
Darth Vader, aka Daddy (oops, you didn’t know that?? My bad! hehehehee)