Thursday, March 27, 2008
Monday, March 24, 2008
Saturday, March 22, 2008
Monday, March 17, 2008
Saturday, March 15, 2008
My pal Claudine recently blogged about her clean up and reorganization of her craft room.. this is one wall in mine.. actually, it's not a craft room.. it's a 'project room.' Well.. ACTUALLY it's a very small spare bedroom that was turned into a 'project room.' David refers to it as the 'stuff' room. Please ignore the extremely ugly wallpaper in the background... I just haven't taken the time to take it off the wall! (Thankfully only one wall was done in this 80's extravaganza!) For now, it's a mish mash of cheapo storage shelving pieces and a very old dresser! BUT.. everything is in it's place!
One day.. there will be floor to ceiling shelves, all the storage boxes will match, all labeled with the P-touch, the gross wallpaper will be gone and life will be great!
Friday, March 14, 2008
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Sunday, March 9, 2008
Saturday, March 8, 2008
As she's done with wedding cakes, Christmas tree ornaments, and holiday wreaths, Martha Stewart has cornered the market in cookies. We could rebel and select the more folksy cookie cookbooks, but I say grin, bear it, and get the butter and eggs ready at room temperature.
This is one of the Martha Stewart empire's most appealing tomes. With 175 cookie recipes and a picture next to each, the book also includes hints on packing cookies, decorating cookies and choosing useful tools and essential equipment to get you started, as well as 11 pages featuring each and every biscuit pictured side by side to help you choose, whether it's light and delicate, crumbly and sandy, or rich and dense cookies that suit your fancy.
Like with all MSL books, this one offers gorgeous pictures, detailed instructions, educational head notes, and recipes suited to both the beginner and advanced bakers.
Anyone who subscribes to Stewart's magazine or watches her program is sure to have tasted several of these recipes before, yet there are enough new entries here to keep even the die-hard fans happy.
The test: Favourites include the rich and chewy Grammy's chocolate cookies, the coconut cookies with passion-fruit curd (delish!), the delicate tuile leaves, the fussy fortune cookies, and the spicy chocolate black pepper cookies. The iced hermits studded with candied ginger are worth the price of the book alone.
Who this book is for: Everyone! Even if you don't like to bake, chances are you make cookies. And as homemade cookies are always better than store-bought, cookie baking is one pastime everyone should adopt.
If you drive south for an hour you will find yourself in the thick of this winter blast. That's a bit too close for comfort! While they originally predicted we would get up to 12" of snow, the storm decided to move a bit further east (thank you, Mother Nature!).
To celebrate our 'spring forward' time change and our slow creep into Spring, we will be entertaining a few friends this evening with a spring dinner menu:
It may still be cold outside - but Spring will be present during dinner! Sometimes it's good to celebrate the small things in life...
Don't forget to set your clocks forward - unless you live in Arizona.. you'll stay right where you are!
Saturday, March 1, 2008
CKLW was a powerhouse top 40 radio station. Based just across the river in Windsor, Ontario CKLW could be heard (on a clear night) in 28 states throughout the United States and through most of eastern Canada. Not only was CKLW known for it's top 40 format, it was one of the first stations to specifically gear it's programming to the 'hits of the hits' in music for the time.
Keeping pace with the 1960's, CKLW was loud. It was fast. It was what you listened to if you were young, hip, and ready to rock and roll! Transistor radios (yes, they really existed), car radios, and home radios were tuned to CKLW to hear the lastest and the greatest from the Beatles, the Supremes, Dave Clark Five, and countless other hit makers. It was the dominate force in radio.
The discussion about CKLW prompted me to do a Google search. I was amazed to find something on You Tube that took me back all those years. As I was listening, suddenly I was transported to such a simple time... the fabulous 60's and 70's. Childhood memories were flooding my thoughts, remembering when....
Back then, Detroit was on Central time, not Eastern time. Even though CKLW was in Windsor, literally just across the river, it was an hour ahead of us. Things have changed and Detroit and Windsor are now in the same Eastern time zone.
Even though I was just a wee lad in the 1960's this brought back such vivid memories!