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Grassroots November meeting: Q&A With A Web Designer

Beneficial Design

I’m excited about our upcoming meeting for the Seattle Grassroots Business Association, we’ll have Kaytlyn Sanders of Beneficial Design joining us for a night of Q&A With A Web Designer. She’ll be talking a little about how to find and work with a web designer for your business website, but mostly she’d like to take questions. I heard about Kaytlyn through Shauna James Ahern of Gluten-free Girl and The Chef and have since discovered that Kaytlyn has designed a whole lot of websites I read.

The November meeting is also the first one where we’ll be charging an entrance fee or taking annual memberships that will be good for all meetings through the end of 2010. We need to do this in order to cover our costs, so far we’ve been paying for things ourselves and hoping to break even while asking for donations. (Huge thanks go out to people who have donated through the year, you’ve been the reason we have been able to keep going.) An annual membership also gets you access to the meeting notes we’ll be putting on the website. Annual membership is $25, or if you just want to attend this meeting it’s $5. We deeply appreciate the support and hope you want to join us next year as well.

Please do RSVP to let us know you’re coming. Thanks!

when and where:

Wednesday, Nov. 18th, 7:00 p.m. at the Richard Hugo House
1634 11th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

· comments [0] · 11-4-2009 · categories:events · seattle ·

Halloween cocktail experiments

I hope you had a wonderful Halloween. Here is the result of our experiments with Blavod black vodka and strange ice, it was a lot of fun. (See also: my previous entry about creepy ice creations.)

Halloween cocktail experiments

The plastic skeleton embedded in an ice sphere was a lot of fun. In a drink it sort of rotated around on it’s own and showed different bones, creepy.

Halloween cocktail experiments

On the left are gummy eyeballs I froze in a swizzle stick ice tray I found at Daiso, these were creepy submerged in a drink that had gone opaque (see just below). On the right is black vodka and orange juice, which turned a nicely disgusting greenish beige when mixed.

It took a few tries but I finally figured out how to float vodka in a flute. I filled the glass with juice (or tonic and lime), put in ice, put the vodka in a OXO small measuring cup with a spout and slowly poured the vodka, aiming it towards the topmost ice cube. It usually worked.

Halloween cocktail experiments

On the left is cranberry and vodka and small sphere ice, created in a tray bought at Daiso. The right is blood orange juice and black vodka (which I failed to float properly). There is a gummy eyeball on the end of a cocktail pick. I like the effect of the eyeball at the bottom of the glass. (The gummy eyeballs were from Target and tasted horrible.)

Halloween cocktail experiments

Vodka and tonic before and after mixing. In person it looked a lot more gray than green.

Halloween cocktail experiments

Halloween cocktail experiments

These are Brains! cocktails made in small shot glasses. I had good luck using a pipette to dispense the Irish cream, I dipped the end in the drink and slowly squeezed the Irish cream into the drink while moving the pipette around. I found this technique at Folkinz, which used a straw to a nice effect. The glasses on either side were given small droplets, but didn’t look quite as spooky. They looked my like a cocktail that would be named Lymph Nodes!

Halloween cocktail experiments

Here is another skeleton layered inside of a squarish ice cube.

Halloween cocktail experiments

This is a White Russian made with black vodka, turning it a delightfully sickly gray/beige.

Halloween cocktail experiments

I attempted to capture the Frozen Smiles ice floating in tonic and cranberry, it looked creepier in person.

Halloween cocktail experiments

Trivia: the center glass is from Disgruntled Housewife and was aquired in a Smile and Act Nice gift bag from SXSW 2000 or 2001. If you’re a knitter you might know Nicole better as the author of Thrifty Knitter (a website) and Naughty Needles (a book), and co-owner of The Harveyville Project (two middle schools in Kansas turned into spaces to encourage creative output, a daring and genius prospect). I’ve admired Nicole from afar for as long as I can remember, Disgruntled Housewife was one of the first websites I read.

Halloween cocktail experiments

My friend Maggi made these amazing (and delicious) gravestone cookies.

And here is my Halloween mirror picture. I was wearing synthetic hair extensions for the evening, my hair isn’t nearly this long:

Halloween cocktail experiments


· comments [27] · 11-3-2009 · categories:food · halloween ·

links: food

Pioneer Woman Home & Garden. A custom engraved cake pan, would make a great gift for the baker who loves you.

Pear Dumplings · Edible Crafts @ CraftGossip. These are adorable.

What is the gin to rule them all? | Ask Metafilter. Good short descriptions of a number of gins. I’m afraid I’m a big fan of the old juniper berry.

Ultimate Buttermilk Recipe Repository « Pink of Perfection. You know how you buy a whole carton of buttermilk for pancakes and then have a lot left over? This will help you with that.

The Burger Lab: The Fake Shack | A Hamburger Today.

StillTasty: Your Ultimate Shelf Life Guide. Via Shelterrific.

candy_chart. Various temperatures, helpful for degrees of syrup as well as the usual candy stages, at Baking 911.

The world’s best pancake recipe. at Kottke

Jell-O Head | Hanttula. A pixelated picture made from a table full of jello shots, I want to use this idea some day.

Irreference » Root Beer Float Pops.

· comments [5] · 11-2-2009 · categories:food · links ·