Posts tagged ‘DIY’

February 21, 2011

C L A S S Y Jello Shots !

How do you reconcile your cocktail pretension with your love of easy cheesy fun?  You make really expensive and labor intensive Jello shots with BONUS adorable presentation!

These would be perfect for a classy summer outdoor dinner party, they look cute, the concept is pretty neat, and they get the job done.

  • 16 oz boiling water
  • 3 oz fresh sqeezed lemon juice
  • 3 oz simple syrup
  • 3/4oz gelatin
  • 10 oz vodka / gin

  1. Make 3 ounces of simple syrup
  2. Cut lemons in half, juice and gut insides with grapefruit spoon
  3. Mix juice and simple syrup in a bowl
  4. Boil water, add water and gelatin in a separate bowl, stir until dissolved.  Let stand 10 minutes.
  5. Add the juice/simple bowl, and Vodka/Gin to your gelatin bowl.
  6. Stir, and pour into gutted lemon halves.  (I used an egg carton to keep the lemons upright.
  7. Refrigerate until solid, cut into slices.

February 19, 2011

Mentally preparing for summer nights

February 18, 2011

Goodbye untucked shirt tails, hello wedgies!

I know what I’m doing tomorrow – after yoga, a bike ride, and soaking up as much sun as possible.  This tutorial via OutsaPop Trashion is … almost on the top of my to do list.

February 14, 2011

MmmMMMmm Sazerac

This is a quick and simple way to make delicious Sazeracs at your house.

  • Take a rocks glass, rinse it with water and place it in the freezer.
  • Whip up some simple syrup*
  • In a glass mix and stir
  1. 2 oz Bulliet Bourbon
  2. .25 Simple Syrup (a hair more than that)
  3. A tiny dash of Peychaud bitters (optional)
  • Stir to chill ingredients, as well as dilute it to your prefernce
  • Pour a bit of Absinthe, Herbsaint, or whatever into your chilled glass, roll it around the inner rim and the inside of the glass – shake out excess
  • Pour cocktail into glass, break lemon peel over glass, and insert.

Simple Syrup*

Simply mix one part sugar to one part cold (or room temp) water.  Stir and stir til clear.  TIP:  When 1 ounce of sugar is added to 1 ounce of water, it makes 1.5 ounces of simple syrup.

February 14, 2011

It buys me a tablesaw! (please)

I think woodworking would be the worst hobby ever for me.  I am definitely a cut first, measure afterwards, curse, re-cut later type of person.  I am still fascinated with it, though.  Furniture is so expensive, who can even afford it new?  Who wants to?  I’d rather take a vacation to somewhere warm, for roughly the same cost.

BUT – wait!  For those of you who are disciplined and skilled enough to build it yourself, you have to check this out.  And then make one for me, please.

For an estimated $100 – $150 you can make this via

This one from Dangerously Domestic Jen might even be more awesome than the original is.

February 11, 2011


Admit it, you love McDonald’s french fries. And if you have any sense, you prefer a nice, crispy fry over a limp, lifeless potato stick. This is the perfect recipe for delicious tasting AND crunchy french fries AT HOME, without a deep fryer.

Step 1:  Cut potatoes up!  Preferably into thin pieces, unless you want mushy potato wedges, which, hey, to each thier own – but not recommended.  Approx. 1 potato per person will be plenty.

Step 2:  Place potato slices into a pot, cover with water (just enough so they float).  Squeeze one whole lemon into the pot, and then throw the whole rind in with it!  Bring to a boil for 10 minutes or so, or until soft, but keeping their shape.

Step 3:  Drain potatoes, and set aside.  Bring 2″ or so of vegetable oil (or other) to an almost boil.  Carefully drop in some potato slices with a metal spoon, or spatula.  Let them fry for 7 – 10 minutes.  They will NOT turn brown, so don’t wait for them to.

Step 4:  Carefully remove fries with said spoon, and let cool.

Step 5:  Wait for oil to heat back up, and place fries back into oil for 1 – 2 minutes.  Fries will start to brown quickly.

Step 6:  Toss some salt and pepper on them while they’re still hot!

Step 7:  eat.


I tested this recipe last night and it was.. um perfect.

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January 23, 2011

A glitch in the matrix

God Photoshopped this, not me.  How does this even happen?  I wonder if this is some kind of Campbells contest, and I could be in Tahiti right now eating that can of soup, instead of blogging about it.


Also awesome, I finally finished the CD packaging I was working on for my friend’s new album.


April 28, 2009 + Earthjustice


Power Generating Shoes - click for instructable

Power Generating Shoes - click for instructable


So, here’s the deal –  you figure out cold fusion and you get a brand new apple green laptop.  Pretty sweet deal, right?  For more information you can go HERE.  

But I think I’ll probably be saving up to build one of THESE LCD projectors for a little less than $100.  

Also check out THIS simple Instructable on how to fashion THE most sensible shoes ever.