I am shocked and happy all at the same time to see Boise, Idaho in Designsponge’s city guide. Next time when I’m asked what there is to do in Boise, I’ll send this link….which could be slightly awkward if the person is asking in person and not through email.

Click here for the the guide to Boise.

Boise, ID

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Graham Nash Self PortraitNeil Young, Northern California 1988

Besides being a talented singer and songwriter, Graham Nash also took to photography, showing in galleries and publishing Eye to Eye, a collection of his photos. But hey, according to this song written the afternoon of his breakup with Joni Mitchell, he’s just a simple man.

is still alive. Man, I love Steve Martin.

The Uniform Project

July 15, 2009

The Uniform Project

The Uniform Project tells a visual story of how one stylish woman wears the same black dress everyday. Day in and out, she wears the same (albeit very versatile) dress, accessorizes it, and snaps a shot of her outfit. While the fashion challenge was created to raise money for charity, the fashion creations completely raise the bar on accessorizing. I’m beyond impressed with the outfits she puts together.

If my blogging promises (ahem, refer to the 6/23 post) are any indication of what I’ll be like as a mother, my children will constantly be waiting for me to take them to the promised Disney Land, arcade or park. They’ll ask me each day when we’re going and I’ll reply, “Mommy’s gotta work late, kid. I’ll try to find time tomorrow.” Then two weeks later, I’ll finally come through and fulfill my promise. Then to make sure they forget how negligent I am, I’ll tell them they can have Texas Sheet Cake for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Back to the blog world, work has been consuming and I have been neglecting this. I’m going to scale back to a couple posts a week instead of my unattainable goal of five times a week. This way I can follow my brother’s lifelong mantra and keep expectations low so I can easily meet them.

Anyway, here you have the (possibly) much anticipated recipe for the easiest, moistest, most delicious cake.

Texas Sheet CakeTexas Sheet Cake

Texas Sheet Cake

2 C sugar

2 C flour

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp baking powder

1 C water

2 stick margarine

4 Tbs cocoa powder

2 eggs

3/4 C low fat sour cream

1 tsp vanilla

Mix first four ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Heat water, margarine and cocoa in a sauce pan to boil, stirring occasionally. Pour liquid over dry ingredients and mix. Mix in eggs, sour cream and vanilla. Bake in a parchment paper-lined 9×13 dish at 350 for 30-35 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the center.

Frosting

1 stck margarine

4 Tbs cocoa powder

5 Tbs milk

1 tsp vanilla

2 C powder sugar

Bring first three ingredients to boil in saucepan then gradually mix in remaining ingredients. Let cool slightly before frosting cake.

nylon summer playlist 2009My summer music just got a little sweeter and cheaper. I just downloaded Nylon’s twenty-two song summer playlist from iTunes for nothing, nada, zilch. There are some hot lil’ numbers in there like the songs by Phoenix, The Gay Blades, Santigold, and Crystal Antlers.

The Playlist

ANJULIE – Boom
CRYSTAL ANTLERS – Andrew
GAY BLADES – O Shot
HEARTS REVOLUTION – Ultraviolence
LaROUX – In For The Kill
LISSY TRULLIE – Self Taught Learner
LITTLE BOOTS – Meddle (Ebola Remix)
MAPEI – Public Enemy
OF MONTREAL – For Our Elegant Caste
PASSION PIT – I’ve Got Your Number
PHOENIX – 1901
PLASTISCINES – Barcelona
SANTIGOLD – LES Artistes
SPINNERETTE – Ghetto Love
STARDEATH AND WHITEDWARFS – I Can’t Get Away
SUCKERS – It Gets Your Body Movin’
THE HORRORS – Sea Within a Sea
THE PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART – The Tenure Itch
THE SOFT PACK – Bright Side
THUNDERHEIST – Jerk It
TINY MASTERS OF TODAY – Skeletons
WHITE LIES – Death (Crystal Castles Remix)

Click here to download it.

Rubickubism by Invader

June 23, 2009

Invader, the street artist who created this masterpiece and other mosaics inspired by Space Invaders, is showing at Jonathan Levine Gallery from June 27th-July 25th. The opening reception is this Saturday from 7-9.

And on a separate note, if you’re looking for the Texas sheet cake recipe I promised to post, the photos I took were horrible. I am making it again this week, will take photos that do it justice and will post the recipe at the end of the week.

Summer Grub: Sliders!

June 18, 2009

slidersThese sliders are so easy and simple to make. They might look kind of boring in this photo but I promise you they are 100% amazing.

Ingredients

Makes 20 sliders
3 lbs ground chuck
2 T kosher salt
1 T freshly ground black pepper
½ C minced white onion
1 T minced garlic
20 potato rolls

Knead first 5 ingredients together with your hands. Divide into 20 balls. Cook on an oiled skillet on medium-high heat, flattening the meat with a spatula. Cook until both sides have browned and centers are no longer pink. Transfer to a paper-towel, pat off grease, and put in potato roll. Fix it up with a pickle and your favorite condiments (I recommend this sauce called “ketchup”) and go to town.

Summer isn’t summer without an album to listen to over and over and internally dance to as I walk the streets and ride the trains. My brother introduced me to Starfucker and god bless him for it. The Portland band (not to be mistaken with the Belgian band by the same name) released Jupiter a couple months ago and I’ve got it on repeat. Buy it here or listen to their self-titled EP here.

I made some food for friends this past weekend and had a couple fan fave dishes. I’ll post the slider and Texas sheet cake recipe in the following days but here you have the recipe for my favorite summertime classic, the potato salad.

potatosaladI adapted this recipe from Chow.com.  It’s not too mayoey (yes, mayoey) so you can taste the veggies and the celery gives it a great crunch. A potato salad hater told me that it looked so appetizing he was willing to try it and judging by his clean plate, he liked the way it tasted as well. I use Vegenaise, which is more flavorful than mayo. Vegan or not, I highly suggest it in all dishes calling for mayo.

Ingredients

2 lbs red new potatoes

2 lbs white new potatoes
3 medium celery stalks, small dice
1/2 medium red onion, small dice (about 3/4 cup)
1/2 cup Grapeseed Oil Vegenaise
3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh Italian parsley
3 tablespoons whole-grain mustard
1.5 tablespoon cider vinegar
1 tablespoon honey
Kosher salt & pepper, to taste

Boil the whole potatoes and drain when potatoes are soft enough to pierce through with a fork (about 18 minutes). Let cool and peel the skin off of half the potatoes. Cube potatoes and mix with remaining ingredients. Refrigerate for 2+ hours.