The Stranger interviews the Honeycrisp apple.
Slate on fashion – Is That a Real Poncho? Note at the end of the article they say capelets are the next thing.
I was poking around trying to learn a little more about Hostess Sno Balls and I came across this article about the history of the snack cake — Some Like It Pink, from the Los Angeles Times Magazine where it revealed that the Sno Balls made in LA have pink marshmallow as well as pink coconut making it just that much more pink. (Why didn’t anyone tell me about this wonderfulness?)
But even better, the article is followed by this recipe for Pink Snowballs by David Leite. Drool.
Scott had an early gig at the Conor Byrne a few weeks ago and a few other people were playing that evening as well. One girl had created a glowing display of her cds for sale that was very alluring in the dark pub and I went over to find out how she did it. Turns out her cd sleeves hadn’t arrived on time before she hit the road and that morning she had improvised – she noticed the pastry bags at a bakery were about cd sized and they agreed to give her a bunch to use, and she got them to stand up using silver binder clips, the glow came from standing them up in front of a candle. Quick, someone give Kate Earl a grace under pressure DIY award.
Scott has some upcoming shows that promise to be great, and he’s headed out on tour (Bellingham, Portland, San Francisco and hopefully Sacramento) in November. He has even secured Mike to play mandoline and fiddle in Bellingham, and Mike and Shawn to play with him for when he opens for Granian at the Conor Byrne on the 28th. It’s gonna be a good show.
When I was going through the ritual of Getting Fitted By A Sales Lady For My First Bra she gave me a bit of advice: If you find a bra that fits buy two of them, if you find a bra that fits and you really like, buy six. Because inevitably the company is going to discontinue that particular bra almost right away. I have only recently been learning how brilliant this lady was. I don’t enjoy shopping all that much so I have been stockpiling clothing lately and keeping it for when the items in current rotation are worn out completely, I only hope I have the courage to take off the tags and actually use the stuff when the time comes. I have tucked up in my closet six tank tops (three black, three white) that aren’t too short and go underneath everything well, and too many pairs of those non-thong flip flop shoes than I care to disclose. So when my favorite jeans (of which I had three pairs) all developed socially unacceptable holes in the same week and I found out that the wash that I like had been discontinued, I panicked. Why didn’t I buy ten pairs when I had the chance?! Luckily I found where the last of the discontinued wash were being sold online (on sale!) and am currently in the process of talking myself into buying just two more pairs three or four times.
So, if I always seem to be wearing the same clothes you know why.
And let us heap annual praise upon the goodness that is Extreme Pumpkins.
I had a very good weekend, on Friday I finished Uru while eating Glow Balls, on Saturday I moved most of my files over to the newer, faster computer and installed Thunderbird (so nice)(and thank you to my in-house technical advisor), then it was Shaun of the Dead, a cupcake from the newly opened Cupcake Royale, and dinner. Sunday a big breakfast in our old neighborhood, a pumpkin patch and a surprisingly complicated corn maze (lesson learned from unhappy passing couple: don’t wear cashmere to a corn maze), and the new(ish) More Archie McPhee store, and the regular store as well. I was charmed by the sushi bandages and the pirate umbrella.
I have a few easy and warm patterns in Knit Wit, so I may be biased when I say the book is fabulous.
Clare Crespo has a new book out – Hey There, Cupcake! And there is an interview with her here at Gothamist. Her first book The Secret Life of Food and her web site Yummy Fun are both full of fabulous and silly recipes. I really really love everything she does.
X-Entertainment Halloween Countdown!
I’ve been keeping my eye on my local Freecycle, tons of crazy stuff going through there. I gave a few things away and everyone I encountered was friendly and enthusiastic, it was nice to give things to someone I knew really wanted them.
Vitra zip rug at Gizmodo, and it comes in orange! and lime!
I have been loving Honeycrisp apples. Mmm.