Web “Weekend” #13

Hello Hello! I actually have a good reason for delaying the roundup this week! I wanted to include it in my GIVEAWAY WEEK festivities. (Also I am horribly behind in my readering.) For those of you who missed the memo, I’m participating in a massive giveaway party hosted by Sew Mama Sew. I’m offering a fun and eclectic bundle of crafting supplies, and EVERY COMMENT ALL WEEK counts as an entry. If you happen to not want to be included in the giveaway, just make a note of it in your comment. If you’d like to enter one/some/many/all of the other giveaways (there are hundreds), check out this link here. There are 5 categories, so have fun.

So for the newbies (hi out there!), let me lay down my ground rules for this thing here. I usually do this on the weekends, and my goal is to feature links to all the various things I found on the blogosphere that tickled my fancy that week. None of these links are sponsored or requested in any way – this is just me giving some love to the things I enjoyed. (And it’s NOT exhaustive – I have to cut like 90% of the things that I “star” as I’m readering.)
I share a lot of crafty things and recipes. I share a handful of interesting articles about a variety of topics including current events and science. I share links to fabulous art, and I share a smattering of things that I just thought were great. I get my geek on frequently – I put in a sprinkling of pictures and they tend to be quite geeky.
I’m currently following 413 blogs, holy crap. This giveaway thing is quite unhealthy for my reader, lol. I added probably 100 of those today as I was surfing the giveaways. I expect that number will be, like, 700 by the time I’m done.

Remember you can follow me on Pinterest  or on Tumblr for nearly-daily flailing and excitement. Check the right side of the page for a list of all the places you can find me. And if there’s somewhere else you’d like to connect with me, let me know! (I’m not making a facebook page until I know that people are interested.) Now let’s get to the links!

I featured this photo on the last roundup and just couldn’t bear to delete it. Uh oh, I may be stuck in an infinite loop. (via FY Link)

Things to Buy or Make

A colorful and cheap spiked macrame bracelet – hardcore, dude. 😉 (Thanks I Made It)
Cute patchwork pillow – excellent intro to piecing, I would imagine (SOTAK handmade)
Patchwork from the selvage edge of fabrics – this makes the waste-not spirit inside me very happy. (Happy Cottage Quilter)
Make a real life Pinboard, with a cool sliding panel in front! (Knock Off Decor)
Turn your spaghetti sauce jars into gorgeous Moroccan lanterns! (Matsutake)
DIY a shrinky jewelry piece from #6 plastic (Rust and Sunshine)
Use up that paper hoard by making this origami flower! (Creative to Keep My Sanity)
A purse that looks like Cap’s shield. YES. (So Geek Chic)
Crocheted Yoshi egg blanket. VERY yes. (So Geek Chic)
Homemade sidewalk chalk (Modern Mom)
DIY nail polish – an area of crafting that I’m itching to try! (Delighted Momma)
Awesome hardware necklace (Thanks I Made It)
Blackwork is gorgeous, and here’s a free pattern! (Feeling Stitchy)
Geometric felt bookmarks – very fun and modern (How About Orange)
I feel very inspired by this cats-and-laser-dot embroidery (&Stitches)
One of many old-school Zelda quilts I’ve seen. Gotta try this. (Copiously Geeky)

Ideas to Use

A list of commonly-wasted foods, and some ideas on how to avoid doing that (Savvy Housekeeping)
I’m not the only one who’s been changing up my grocery-shopping. Do you have any revelatory tricks? (Simple Organized Living)
Mary Corbet’s Stitch Play Index – an index of gorgeous embroidery stitches by a fabulous stitcher (Needle N Thread)
Really easy-to-follow tutorial on applying grommets (A Quilter’s Table)
DIY Wood Butter to keep your wooden stuff looking pretty. (Lifehacker)
DIY Reusable Dryer Sheets – brilliant! Already added them to my to-make list. (Lifehacker)
Apparently MAYO will clean crayon off your walls? (Lifehacker)
3 ways to enhance your embroidery (also 3 adorable inspiring projects) (Wild Olive)
This party theme (and the post title) absolutely cracks me up. (Young House Love)

I could watch this ALL DAY. (via Hipster Game of Thrones) (YES, this is another repeat; what is WRONG with me.)


A cake covered with Whoppers. My husband would DIE. (Stars and Sunshine)
A tip for a better PB&J (Lifehacker)
Basic Yellow Butter Cake – a great one for my Basic Recipes series (The Kitchn)
A copycat recipe for a Wendy’s frosty. Gotta try this one. (The Kitchn)
10 cheap staples everyone should have in their pantry – oh, great post idea! (The Kitchn)
23 homemade breads. Yes. Bread is one of my faaaavorite things. (The Kitchn)
Candied Ginger, two ways (Inn at the Crossroads)
Simple chicken salad with a twist: Basil! (Blogchef)

Articles and News

A time lapse video of the recent annular eclipse. Boo for living on the East Coast – it must have been awesome in person. (Wired Science)
What do you know (or think you know) about the Pacific Garbage Patch? (io9)
This article will generate a 20-minute workout for you. You have 20 minutes, right? Sure you do. (Lifehacker)
Thoughts on couponing – got any suggestions to add? (Get Rich Slowly)
This week, let’s have a history lesson on … bra-burning? (The Mary Sue)

I am not entirely sure why this happened. (via Epic Ponyz)

Entertainment: Books, TV, Movies, and others

All the new SF/F shows: this list is pretty depressing, honestly. (io9)
Someone researched how our “future” was portrayed in fiction for more than a century. You know you want to see the infographic. (io9)
There’s a nifty-looking Harry Potter web series coming soon. (io9)
If you had to guess which literary characters are most frequently portrayed on film, who would you choose? (io9)


Video game characters in the ukiyo-e style by Jed Henry (via io9)
Sonic Screwdriver beats Lightsaber. What happens next, though? By KK Jordan (via io9)

Weekly Greatness:

How to throw an insult like Shakespeare (Aunt Peaches)
Just a bit of fandom silliness, at the expense of Legolas. (Cleolinda)
Australia is TERRIFYING. And funny, if it’s a comic. (Momentary Lapse of Reason)
Matt Smith, everyone. (Who Generation)
TESLA. (The Oatmeal)

This would scare the bejeezus out of me. Via Epic Ponyz

Did you see anything cool around the internet this week? Is there a blog I should be reading? Got an opinion or thought about anything here? Share your own thoughts and links in the comments!  Make sure to follow me (here, there, and everywhere) to get more updates!

Busy Busy Busy

I don’t know why exactly, but I’ve just been insanely busy lately. I enjoy most of the things I do, but it seems like I haven’t had any downtime in forever. I haven’t even had spare time for reading! Today I’ve got a collection of pictures to share, of some of my recent projects in progress!

This is a quick shot I took of my to-do list just before I sat down to upload pictures and write this post. The right side is tasks for my home or family – stuff like “clean the fridge” and “mail Mother’s Day cards.” The left side is personal projects or desires, mostly for Etsy or for my blogs. Yes, it’s giant. And it’s mostly not very itemized. It just says “clean,” instead of “clean living room and bathroom and bedroom and kitchen,” for example. Told ya I’m busy.

I’ve been trying new recipes, but I haven’t been photographing them. I’ve got such a backlog of recipes to blog about. So it’s a great time to try new things, so I can improve on them before I blog about them. This is last night’s dinner – Spinach, Ricotta, and Parmesan Stuffed Shells. I based them off a recipe I shared with you a few weeks agoSpinach-Stuffed Canneloni by Happiness Stan. Delicious, although there are a few things I’m going to do differently next time. I’m really loving recipes that fold the vegetables into the main dish, because we have a tendency to forget to make the veggie until the food is done. Also, I officially love ricotta. It makes such lovely leftovers.

A new project! Care to guess? I shared the inspiration for this with you just a few days ago. It’s rock candy! I loved the jewelry idea from 1 Fine Cookie, but I decided I’d better try out just plain rock candy first. I stirred up some sugar syrup, added in a little of the flavor extracts I had on hand, and some coloring. It’s a pretty simple concept, so I don’t anticipate any problems.

Here’s a quick shot of some earrings I knocked together today. The ones on the left are for Kako. They’re a version of my Corkscrew earrings, with silver-colored copper wire and Sapphire blue freshwater pearls. They turned out a bit longer than I expected. The ones on the right are pearlescent black glass pearls, wrapped with 26-gauge wire. Quite delicate. I like them. Look for them in my shop on June 1st!

Here’s a sneak peek of another commissioned jewelry piece. My friend Ri likes cameos like my Secret Cameo earrings, but doesn’t wear earrings. So I went on the hunt for a necklace for her. I found this classic-looking pendant, and embellished it with 28 green Swarovski elements. It hangs at about the breastbone, from a double-loop of black cable chain. I’m really happy with it.

I’ve also been sewing! This is a prototype of an e-reader cover that I’m hoping to produce for my shop, but it’s giving me fits at the moment. I’m happy with the front side, but the back just isn’t cooperating. I’ve got an idea I’m going to try next time I sit down with it, so hopefully it’ll work out well.

My sewing has been successful on other fronts though. Here’s a shot of a “string backpack” I knocked together from 2 fat quarters. We have a similar one (that we found in a parking lot haha) to carry dog-related items when we take Charlie for a walk. This one is the new home for kid-related stuff when we walk to the park. I really like the two velcro’ed pockets on the front, to stash my keys and wallet.  I’m thinking about Etsying these as well. What do you think?

If you want to find out what this is, you’ll have to read about it on the Snark Art Blog!

In honor of Matt Smith’s debut as the Eleventh Doctor 2 years ago, April 3 was Fish Custard Day. (Go watch The Eleventh Hour; you’ll understand.) I got brave and tried it. It was actually pretty good!

Here’s a process shot of a set of items that should be appearing in my shop on Listing Day (the first of June). Care to take a guess?

Another process shot, of a very old and long-since-completed project. I had this lovely skirt, but it was longer than I liked, and, um, too small in the waist. So I shortened it by hacking off the top. I’m quite happy with it. I’ve got to get the courage to model it so I can put up a proper post about it.

When I joined Paperback Swap a few weeks ago, I went through my box of “get rid of” books and listed them all. Except a few. Four of the seven Chronicles of Narnia books, in pretty rough shape. I couldn’t list them, but I didn’t want to just throw them away. So I salvaged them. I cut (by hand) hundreds of circles from the pages, and glued them onto a paper lantern I already owned. It turned out AMAZING. I’ve got a ton of scraps, as well as a whole book and a half, left, so I’m thinking about other things to do with the papers. I kept a couple of the chapter illustrations, and am thinking of using my scanner to blow them up and use them as embroidery patterns. The scraps of paper might get blended up into pulp so I can make “fresh” paper – I’ve got a bookmaking project running around my head too.

PONY CUPCAKES. Our FRG had a “cupcake social” this past weekend. (I apologize to my Pinterest followers for the deluge of cupcakes that one day that I was looking for ideas.) I made these little picks from the box art (yes I saved it, why do you ask) from my daughter’s ponies. I am particularly proud of these lovelies. Definitely expect to see a post featuring these babies in better detail soon.

Last photo of the day! This is a shot from wayy back at the beginning of April, the day of the season two premiere of Game of Thrones. I prepared a fabulous Westerosi feast. Somehow, the blog never got written about it. I made a number of amazing recipes that day though, and I plan to share them – especially those lovely Dornish peppers you see on the right in the foreground. Deeeeeelicious. Fresh bread dipped in salt was also a revelation of flavor.

This isn’t even all of the amazingness that I’ve been up to! Here’s just a quick sample of the things I’ve got folders of pictures for: Homemade Butter, Cola Cake, Fried Chicken, Roasted Chicken, Lasagna, Onion Rings, Shield Weaving, and Wheat Bread. I’ve also got some great craft tutorials in the planning stages (it’s harder than you think it is to take process photos of delicate things). Oh, and I got my May Birchbox the other day – that blog will be coming soon.
Don’t forget – next week is Giveaway Week! Be sure to come back early and often for your chances to win free stuff!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this mishmash photoblog. Which project are you most excited to see more of?

Web Weekend #12

Hi there! I missed last week’s roundup because I was ill. Sad, because I actually was completely caught up on reading. I didn’t quite manage to go back all the way to the point I left off at, but this was a good week and we have plenty to be going on with.

A few announcements: Next week I will be participating in Sew Mama Sew’s Giveaway week! So make sure to come back on the 21st to find out how to enter an as-yet-undeclared prize (it’ll be good, I promise).
This week may be a rough one because my to-do list is massive, and next week my husband is having a pretty major surgery. But I promise, I’m going to try to keep things together.

Remember you can follow me on Pinterest  or on Tumblr for nearly-daily flailing and excitement. Check the right side of the page for a list of all the places you can find me. And if there’s somewhere else you’d like to connect with me, let me know! (I’m not making a facebook page until I know that people are interested, fyi.) Now let’s get to the links!

This week, I’m starting off with a badass. (via FY Link)

Things to Buy or Make

A cute and simple relaxing eye mask (Wild Olive)
Tatted Lace corsage bracelet by TotusMel – well, there’s another craft to learn. (Instructables)
DIY Hollow book – definitely planning to do this, soon (by craftknowitall on Instructables)
A business card holder from a cassette tape! (by Jer_Faludi on Instructables)
Knockoff Moleskine notebook (by arte.sano on Instructables)
I love this cute fabric pendant by Ellen Baker (Craft)
DIY concrete planters? Yes. (Apartment Therapy)
Quick, cute idea for graduation gifts (Crafts Unleashed)
Easy DIY: teacup candles (A Bit of Bee’s Knees)
A pretty, flowery embroidery pattern (Carina’s Craftblog)
Rock Candy Jewelry. Yes you read that right, and it is awesome. (1 Fine Cookie)
Mercado market bag – ingeniously designed. (The Kitchn)

Ideas to Use

How to test floss for colorfastness, and how to make it so if it’s not. (so september)
How to refill a foaming hand soap dispenser (by frollard on Instructables)
Tips on making a terrarium (CasaSugar)

I could watch this ALL DAY. (via Hipster Game of Thrones)


Top ten cocktails (The Kitchn)
Ten Martha recipes for Sangria (The Kitchn)
I’m a sucker for onions and rice and cheese. ($35 a week)
Also for honey and garlic and pork. (Blogchef)
These raw vegan fudge bars sound heavenly. (Good Girl Gone Green)
A lovely list of delicious low-calorie snacks (A Bit of Bees Knees)
Pink Lemonade Cookies – would be so cute for a girly party (Gluesticks)
Pineapple Lime Grilled Chicken – four delicious words. (Shiksa in the Kitchen)
10 Cracker recipes (The Kitchn)
Frozen yogurt dots – perfect for kids (The Kitchn)
10 drinks associated with literary figures – ❤ (The Kitchn)

Articles and News

Thoughts on IUDs. This is relevant to my life. (io9)
Did you hear about Tanning Mom? It’s very sad. (The Gloss)
The military has been completely destroyed since DADT was repealed. Oh wait, no, the opposite of that. (Jezebel)
Wow, um, I’m going to take up yoga now. (Blisstree)
The Mommy Wars MUST END. This is getting toxic. (Eat the Damn Cake)
I really really loved this article about drawing wheelchairs (it’s more applicable than you’d think). (The Mary Sue)
North Carolina sucks. The end. (Gawker)

This was taken on the first day of filming for Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Omg. (via EpicPonyz)

Entertainment News

Maurice Sendak passed away this week. And literally the entire internet mourned. Let the wild rumpus start!
Biff Tannen (actually Tom Wilson) has an awesome business card. (io9)
Lucy Liu has been cast as Watson in CBS’s Sherlock Holmes sendup. I am … interested, but not hopeful. (Jezebel)
The Fifty Shades trilogy has officially found its way to the banned books list. This makes me sad, but not for the reason you may think. (Jezebel)
I really enjoyed this article about superheroes and “the closet.” What say you? (Comics Alliance)
Wil Wheaton wins this week’s Tearjerker Award. (The Mary Sue)
David Tennant is rumored to be part of the next Fast & Furious movie. I’ll SO watch it if he is. (The Mary Sue)


I really needed to read this encouragement about shyness. (By Omocat)
Amazing upcycling of plastic bottles (by Garth Britzman, via Colossal)

Weekly Greatness:

I love this series. You should check it out. (The Simple Dollar)
Kate Beaton did it again. (Hark A Vagrant)
Every Major’s Terrible (xkcd)

Let’s end with a hearty laugh. 🙂 By Natalie Dee

Did you see anything cool around the internet this week? Is there a blog I should be reading? Got an opinion or thought about anything here? Share your own thoughts and links in the comments!  Make sure to follow me (here, there, and everywhere) to get more updates!

Chicken Marsala

We don’t often go to Olive Garden (and an Actual Italian Restaurant is directly out). It’s a bit pricey for our budget (we are sooooo cheap), and it’s not very preschooler-friendly. But every time we do go, I get the Stuffed Chicken Marsala. It’s gloriously delicious. I’d always kindof assumed that it was a difficult recipe, so I’d never tried it. But if there’s one thing that food blogging has taught me, it’s that the fancy recipes that we think are difficult are actually easier than takeout.

Chicken Marsala has a very small ingredient list, and many of them are things you already have. If I want to make this, I do need to plan ahead because I don’t generally keep mushrooms or Marsala wine in the house, but they’re both easy to obtain. I based this on the recipe in my BHG cookbook (they don’t seem to have it online) – the main difference is that I stuffed the chicken with cheese and herbs and they don’t.

Here is my ingredient list:
– chicken breasts (I used 2 big ones – in the future I’ll use smaller ones)
– 1/4 cup flour
– 1/2 tsp dried marjoram (or substitute as you like)
– 1/8 tsp each salt and pepper
– 2 cups of sliced mushrooms
– 1/4 cup sliced green onions
– shredded Italian cheese (a single kind like parmesan or a mix, as you prefer)
– 3 tbsp butter
– 1/2 cup chicken broth
– 1/2 cup Marsala wine

For equipment you will need:
– small bowl
– something to pound chicken with
– cutting board
– plastic wrap
– skillet (cast iron is, of course, recommended)

Watch carefully; this recipe is so short that you might miss it.

Step one: Mix the flour, seasoning, salt, and pepper in a shallow bowl.

Step two: Lay the chicken on a cutting board, cover with plastic wrap, and pound it until it’s around 1/4 inch thick.

Step three: Careful now! Use a sharp knife to cut a “pocket” in each piece of chicken. Stuff this pocket with cheese and any herbs you may want (I used marjoram, to match the breading).

Step four: Dip the chicken in the flour mixture (step one) and shake off excess – they only need a light coat. Set aside.

Step five: Melt one tablespoon of butter in the skillet. Saute the mushrooms and green onions in it, over medium-high heat, until they’re softened. Remove from skillet. (I just put them back into the measuring cup.)

Step six: Add the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter to the skillet and allow to melt. Add the chicken breasts (don’t crowd the pan) and allow them to brown on each side. This’ll take about 6 minutes or so.

Step seven: TURN OFF the heat. Move the skillet to a different burner. Add the mushrooms and green onions back to the pan. Make sure there are no flames about, and add the Marsala wine to the pan, followed by the chicken broth. (I actually mixed the two together in a measuring cup.)

Step eight: When the liquids have calmed down a bit, put the skillet back on the heat and bring to boiling. Reduce heat and simmer for a few minutes. The liquids will thicken into a lovely sauce.

Serve! It’s really good with pasta, but I suspect it’d also go well with rice! You can put it on a plate and stage it all pretty if you want, or you can just devour it, your choice.

I was absolutely amazed at how SIMPLE this recipe really is. It took less than 30 minutes, only a few ingredients, and the hardest part was pounding it out! (Bonus for doing it on a busy weeknight: take your frustrations out on the chicken.) Seriously: this is how difficult it was to make:

That’s right: wearing a Legend of Zelda hoodie, one hand in the pocket. You can practically do it in your sleep. (That’s also how glamorous it is to be a nobody food blogger.) This is only marginally more difficult (if at all) than any of the typical “weeknight” recipes you’ve got in rotation, and definitely adds a touch of class to your Wednesday night.

Do you have any restaurant recipes that you love, but are afraid to try at home?  (Make a suggestion and maybe I’ll try it for you!) Have you ever tried a “fancy” recipe and been surprised by how easy it was?

Web Weekend #11

Whew. It’s been another rough one. I’m gearing up for my Grand Re-Opening on Tuesday so I’ve been crazy busy. I’m actually going to open in a few stages. This week, I’ll be debuting jewelry.
I’m still at 363 this week. Weirddd.

Remember you can follow me on Pinterest for nearly-daily flailing and excitement. Now let’s get to the links!

Help! Help! (via Literate Knits)

Things to Buy or Make

Bracelets made from vintage knitting needles (SewNewThings)
It’s dangerous to go without your house key (So Geek Chic)
A Dalek dress. Very yes. (Fashionably Geek)
DIY vintage jewelry wreath. I love the colors. (BlogHer)
Cool rug made from felted balls! (Instructables)
Really amazing coffee table made from a pallet. (Unconsumption)
Bracelets and other jewelry made from glass bottles. (Bottlehood)
A lovely gift for a bride. (Oh Happy Day)
Mini garden inside your house! (Shelterness)
DIY these sculptural coil vases (Shelterness)
Three ideas for upcycling trash into jewelry (Fusion Beads)
Make some cute washcloths from your old towels (Michele Made Me)

Ideas to Use

Do you have a creative kid? DIY is the community for them. (Laughing Squid)
Here’s a whole bunch of free social media icons for your blog. (Shrimp Salad Circus)
How to write enticing Item Descriptions (Etsy Blog)

Awwww. (via Literate Knits)


Whole Orange Chocolate Chip muffins (Thrify & Green)
Chicken a la Oink (haha) (Lost in Transition)
Mouthwatering grilled pineapple (Rantings of an Amateur Chef)
ANZAC biscuits (Shiksa in the Kitchen)
Takeout-style Orange Chicken (35$ a Week Project)
Ice cream sandwiches! (Smitten Kitchen)
Cast-iron Pineapple Upside Down cake (Rantings of an Amateur Chef)
Bruschetta Chicken (Pioneer Woman)

Articles and News

The NYC Department of Records released a huge collection of old photos. (Laughing Squid)
What is CISPA, you ask? Here’s the answer. (Gawker)
Another list of amazing untranslatable words (io9)
LEGO is an awesome company. (GeekMom)
My grocery store pet peeve is crowdedness – either from the other shoppers or from bad store design. What’s yours? (The Kitchn)

You know you're a true fan if you cringe at this scene because you know that Viggo just broke his toe. (via Literate Knits)

Entertainment News

Amazon released a list of the most-highlighted bits on Kindle books. 8 of the top ten are from the Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (and Jane Austen provided the other 2)! (The Mary Sue)
io9’s guide to summer Sci-fi and Fantasy tv! (io9)


Double-Exposure portraits by Jon Duenas (via Colossal)
Alex Konahin did this skull with a dip pen! (via Colossal)
I really like this series that Noelle Stevenson’s been doing. (Gingerhaze)

Weekly Greatness:

Samwell Tarly, everyone. (Literate Knits)
Translation is your friend. (Literate Knits)
Pictureless Pins – a text-only way to enjoy Pinterest (Laughing Squid)
Oh, there’s a text-only Instagram, too. (EpicPonyz)

Did you see anything cool around the internet this week? Is there a blog I should be reading? Got an opinion or thought about anything here? Share your own thoughts and links in the comments!  Make sure to follow me (here, there, and everywhere) to get more updates!

Web Weekend #10

Double digits! This was one of those weird weeks, where it seemed to fly by but drag on forever at the same time. I have been stocking up for my Grand Reopening at my Etsy shop on May 1 (I’ll be posting more about that later this week), so I spent a lot of time AFK.
I’m at 363 this week – I went way down, but most of those were “haven’t been updated in months” culls. (Speaking of which, does anybody know what happened to Allie Brosh? [No I didn’t delete her.])

By the way, it’s Earth day! I hope you all enjoyed a lovely day off, hopefully enjoying our planet. If you’re interested in earning rewards for your green actions, come join me at Recyclebank! It’s easy and free. 🙂 (Disclosure: I get points if you sign up from my referral link.)

Remember you can follow me on Pinterest for nearly-daily flailing and excitement. Now let’s get to the links!

Let's start the week bravely - by Noelle Stevenson (Gingerhaze)

Things to Buy or Make

Upcycle your easter eggs into tealights! (Taylor Made)
4 felt no-sew pendants – great for kids’ jewelry! (Wild Olive)
I really want to get this Knitting Tower for Missy! (Wee Folk Art)
Fairy Ribbon Rings – another thing Missy “needs” (and maybe me too) (Wee Folk Art)
A PDF pattern for that “Day of the Dead Owl” I featured a while back! (threadhead)
DIY colored pencil jewelry! (Design Mom)
Colorful and comfy floor pillow tutorial (Living with Punks)
Scrapbook-paper wall plaques – definitely going to do this. (Life Made Interesting)
Candles inside eggs! So pretty. (Mom’s Crafty Space)
Put laces on your high heels – quite posh, I think. (Craft)
Apples to Oranges sewing kit pattern (Straight Stitch Society)
Gift bows from bags! Of course it’s Martha. (Craft)
Conflict-free diamonds. Wink wink. (Mini-Eco)
Glue gun bandolier, for your most badass crafting adventures. (Craft)
Coffee body scrub. (The Gloss)
Legend of Zelda alphabet cross-stitch. Adding to my To-do list. (Epic Ponyz)

Ideas to Use

A ton of ideas to upcycle plastic bottles! (Under the Table)
Some inspiring spring embroidery floss color collections (Wild Olive)
Tips for embroidering on difficult fabrics (StitchPunk)
Making the most of one acre (From Scratch Club)
Now that Picnik is gone (RIP), try Picmonkey. (Carina’s Craftblog)
Quick infographic about dress cuts/styles (The Gloss)
Thinking of starting a bookblog? (Living Learning and Loving Life)
Photo Composition 101 – I need to study the heck out of this. (Technology for Moms)
Make your home smell delicious with this easy simmer. (A Bit of Bee’s Knees)

This also applies to girls, I think. (via Badder Homes and Gardens)


Dinner guests to impress? Here’s 15 ways to do it. (The Kitchn)
Chocolate Bacon Cupcakes with Nutella Buttercream. Yeah, you’re kinda drooling there. (Not Your Momma’s Cookie)
Brown Sugar and Chocolate Chip Pound Cake with Maple Glaze. You’re still drooling. (A Spoonful of Sugar)
Homemade Coffee Creamer! (At Home with Kim)
Plum & Thyme Iced Tea – this sounds really fancy and delicious (A Bit of Bee’s Knees)

Articles and News

Dave’s not here, man. But we do have some research about cannabis. (io9)
You needed more creepiness in your sex life? Here it is. (Jezebel)
Nuns may be the only part of the Catholic church who aren’t actively destroying lives, so of course the Vatican had to rebuke them for it. (Jezebel)
Thoughts about blogging business. (Ramble Ramble)
Someone has invented a REAL sonic screwdriver. (The Mary Sue)

Duckie! (via Cute-sturbing)

Entertainment News

A treasure trove of 500 fairy tales has been discovered. Now can we retire Snow White? (io9)
After 4 weeks at the top, the Hunger Games finally gave up the box office crown. (Jezebel)
Fill your Doctor Who cravings with these catchphrases. (Anglophenia)
Game of Thrones drinking game. Go easy or you’ll die of alcohol poisoning. (io9)


A roundup of Calvin and Hobbes mashups (Comics Alliance)
Sketchbooks need more leaves. (By Sketching Backpacker, via Colossal)
Haunting (no pun intended) artwork. (By Charles Santoso)
Finn and Jake amigurumi (By Lucy Ravenscar)

Weekly Greatness:

Doctor Who minifig concepts! Oh please, Lego, make these! (by Fine Clonier, via io9)

Twenty percent cooler! (My Little Brony)

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Web Weekend #9

Hello again! Hope you’re all having a restful weekend. I’m busy as always but I managed to keep up this week. I’m sitting at 380 subscriptions, which is 11 less than last week, lol. See, I told you that I do unsubscribe every now and then!
Remember you can follow me on Pinterest for nearly-daily flailing and excitement. Now let’s get to the links!

Things to Buy or Make

Gardener’s Apron Fat Quarter Project (Sew Mama Sew)
Display case for rings (Tea Rose Home)
A sew-along for a cute halter top begins here! (Living with Punks)
Custom cross-stitched clock face (Instructables)
“Shining Star” earrings tutorial – I’m thinking of making a seven-pointed variant (Instructables)
Felt flower fairy wands – oh yes these are definitely going to happen (Wee Folk Art)
Envelope-backed pillow – a tutorial for novices (Under the Table and Dreaming)
Earrings made from old maps (Recyclart)
Chain Chomp earrings (CouldBeeYours on Etsy)

Ideas to Use

How to forage for and process nettles for consumption (Punk Domestics)
“Four Keys to Success for New Sellers” (Etsy Blog)
20 edible weeds (Curbly)
8 suggestions for easily greening your life (BlogHer)
Thoughts and suggestions on using a motorless (“reel”) mower. (Marian Dews-Hayes)
How to whistle through your fingers (Art of Manliness)

A lovely collection of teacups. (via Literate Knits)
If this is your image, please let me know - I couldn't find a solid source on it.


Almond Pound Cake (Simple Organized Living)
DIY Queso Fresco (Punk Domestics)
Another cheese DIY: Mozzarella! (Punk Domestics)
Brownie Strawberry Shortcake (Glorious Treats)
Pizza. Grilled. Cheese. OMG. (Blogchef)
Grasshopper Smoothie – no insects involved (Good Girl Gone Green)
Easy Bread Bowls – from leftover dinner rolls (Lifehacker)
Ned Stark Cake Pops – horrifyingly delicious? (GOT: Cast a Large Shadow)
Five meals to serve even the most difficult dinner guest (The Kitchn)
Cheese Gougeres (The Kitchn)
DIY Citrus Salt (Lifehacker)

Articles and News

A rather sad infographic showing biodiversity in our foods. (Savvy Housekeeping)
Does the toxicity of nail polish concern you? Some brands have been mislabeled. (Birchbox)
Here’s a list of certified non-toxic (some even vegan!) lacquer brands, to ease your mind. (Blisstree)
Some thoughts on religion in the family. What are your thoughts? (BlogHer)
Questions about sweeteners. (BlogHer)
Amazing info-graphic/comic about the depths of lakes and oceans. It’s amazing how much we don’t know. (XKCD)
Do you have an opinion on religion and yoga? (Blisstree)
Teen pregnancy rates are super low. (Blisstree)

Outta my way, I'm shoppin'! (via Epic Ponyz)

Entertainment News

You’re invited to the wedding of Princess Cadance and Shining Armor! (EW PopWatch)
Speaking of weddings: Brad and Angelina are engaged now. (EW News Briefs)
This list of ten heartbreaking deaths in Doctor Who should fill your sadness quota for the day. (Anglophenia)
Here’s some information on that ebook price-fixing lawsuit. (Lifehacker)
And here’s some information about CISPA. (Lifehacker)
J.K. Rowling has announced the title and synopsis of her new book! (Anglophenia)
Hell’s Kitchen is renewed for 2 more seasons (after the upcoming summer season). (THR Live Feed)
I Know That Voice – a documentary featuring well-known voice actors – is coming soon! (io9)
Hunger Games on the ALA “Most Challenged Books” list: “proof positive that a book is worth reading.” (Jezebel)
This week in “well, DUH”: Game of Thrones has been renewed for a third season. (THR Live Feed)


This cross-stitch project involves a destroyed dictionary and the lottery numbers. Fascinating. (Lauren Steeper)
A collection of illustrations of how animals form families (via The Mary Sue)
Spice must flow! Giant sandworms on a beach in Belgium (by Marco Casagrande, via io9)

Weekly Greatness:

Captain Yesterday and Clobberella take a break from crimefighting. (Photo by LJinto, via Fashionably Geek)
Just had to share this awesome LOTR-themed nail art. (The Nailasaurus)
Handmade TARDIS chocolate box (by Michelle Quinn, via Uniblog)
Absolutely hilarious caricature of Peeta. (Jojo at Remembered Heroes)

Let's have David with a kitty, like the cherry on top. (via Literate Knits)

Did you see anything cool around the internet this week? Is there a blog I should be reading? Share your own thoughts and links in the comments! Got an opinion or thought about anything here? Make sure to follow me (here, there, and everywhere) to get more updates!

Web Weekend #8

Another week has flown by and here we are again! Happy Easter and Happy Passover to those of you who are celebrating this weekend, and Happy Springtime to all and sundry.
I climbed all the way to 391 subscriptions (where do they all come from?) this week. I actually do unsubscribe when a feed isn’t what I want, but I guess I need to lay off that subscribe button, haha.
Remember you can follow me on Pinterest for nearly-daily flailing and excitement. Now let’s get to the links!

MALFUNCTION (From Gallifreyan/Geek/Squad)

Things to Buy or Make

Tiered tray made from soda bottles! (Unconsumption)
Day of the Dead Owl (Threadhead)
Baroque Jacket (StitchPunk)
Amigurumi HEDGIE – have I mentioned how much I love Hedgehogs (Craft)
Beeswax Flower Mason Jar Candles (Craft)
Hardware store chain link bracelets (Centsational Girl)
Bird’s nest bed (Dornob)
DIY Peonies (Creature Comforts)
Beautiful flower crown (Song and Dance)
DIY Ombre sugar hearts (Erica Obrien)

Ideas to Use

Moss Graffiti – amazing! (Apartment Therapy)
Grapefruit-scented Vinegar for all your cleaning needs (Savvy Housekeeping)
Use Binchotan Coal for pretty filtered water (The Kitchn)
Free Plotbunnies, available for adoption (The Idea Bird)
DIY sinus-clearing shower tablets (Lifehacker)

Another Dalek. Why not. By autogeography on Etsy.


Bootleg Bailey’s – yes please! (Instructables)
Cheddar Bay Biscuit recipe (Instructables)
Dandelion Sorbet omg (Curbly)
Weeknight Chicken Parm (Frugal by Choice)
Gluten-free Crepes (Creature Comforts)
Flourless Chocolate Hazelnut Cake (Shiksa in the Kitchen)
Quick cupcake frosting! (Lifehacker)

Articles and News

How much does a baby really cost? (Savvy Housekeeping)
Let’s have a discussion about race in fantasy worlds. (io9)
What do you think about ghostwriting? And will you ever buy another James Patterson book? (GeekMom)
The 1940 census is now available online! (io9)
What’s worth getting at a dollar store? (Lifehacker)

OHANA. I want to hang this in my house. (from Literate Knits)

Entertainment News

A book about Westeros is coming out in October! (Topless Robot)


Beautiful bookends by Knob Creek Metal Arts (via Colossal)
Gorgeous princess cosplay photos by Ryan Astamendi (via io9)
I love Omocat, and this little sketch of Groose never fails to make me smile. (Omocat)
Amazing Dune paintings by Mark Molnar (MoMarkMagic)
Also amazing: Game of Thrones portraits by Anja Dalisa (via io9)

Weekly Greatness:

Look I won something! Just wanted to brag. 🙂 (Too Crewel)
Relax! Or you will be! Exterminated! (via Topless Robot)
Elijah Wood sitting in the Iron Throne. You’re welcome. (Epic Ponyz)

You know it's true. (from EpicPonyz)

Did you see anything cool around the internet this week? Is there a blog I should be reading? Share your own thoughts and links in the comments! Got an opinion or thought about anything here? Make sure to follow me (here, there, and everywhere) to get more updates!

Web Weekend #7

Hey there! I’m a bit late, but I’m here! I completely defeated my Reader backlog over the last week, but I was so busy yesterday that I wasn’t able to put this roundup together.

I’ve got a whopping 376 subscriptions now. I’ve also gained a number of new followers this past week, so HELLO to all of you! Remember you can follow me on Pinterest for nearly-daily flailing and excitement.

Just a quick reminder of my process here since I’ve got so many newbies. As I read through my subscriptions, I pin, I share to my friends, and I star (a Reader feature). When the time comes for a roundup, I look at the list of my starred items and scan through it, looking for the best of the best. The things I really liked, that I really want to do or try, or that I just think were so awesome that everyone needs to see it.
This isn’t like some link posts you may see, where I’m just sharing my friends. Most of the things I link to are by people who don’t even know I exist. No cronyism here.

Let's start the week off with a Time Lord. (from David Tennantgasm)

Things to Buy or Make

“Jelly Roll” floor pillows (Shelterness)
Zelda Perler beads – I’m not a fan of Perler coasters, but this would be a great pattern steal for anything pixel-y. (Instructables)
DIY Bokeh filter – that’s a fancy camera thing for you fancy camera people (Apartment Therapy)
A Bandolier for your journal (Dudecraft)
Colorful coat rack made from pallets (Recyclart)
Lorem Ipsum embroidery (Dork with a Needle)
DIY Steampunk Goggles – been meaning to make some for ages, really need to get to it. (GeekMom)
This awesome felt trivet made the blog rounds this week, and it’s easy to see why! (How About Orange)
Button-up throw pillows (Curbly)
Knotted Felt throw pillows
Map-covered boxes (Recyclart)

Ideas to Use

Natural, non-chemical, egg dyes (17 Apart)
Six DIY soap recipes – after the success I had with laundry soap, I’m gonna try some others! (Curbly)
Common items repurposed into bedside “tables” (Apartment Therapy)
Some tips to better your blog (BlogHer)
Use your coffee to tell the weather. (Lifehacker)

Please allow me to indulge my Pony love. (from My Little Brony)


Strawberry Lemonade Tea Cookies (Instructables)
Here’s a list of 42 edible flowers to pretty up your meals (Treehugger)
Lemon Risotto
with Chicken, Olives, and Fennel ($35 a Week)
Welsh Rarebit? (The Kitchy Kitchen)
mmmm, Honey Roasted Almonds (with an i.e.)
DIY Triple Sec – oh yes definitely making this (Savvy Housekeeping)
Spinach and Ricotta Canneloni (Happiness Stan)
Fried Potatoes
(Simple Organized Living)
Double Cheddar Broccoli Soup (30 Pounds of Apples)
Kahlua Dip – enough said. (Scary Mommy)
Restaurant-Style Taco Meat (Lost in Transition)
Roasted Mushroom Quinoa Risotto (The Shiksa in the Kitchen)

Articles and News

Canada is phasing out the penny. I wish the US would follow! (Treehugger)
Are best friends only for kids? (The Gloss)
What do you think about mega-families? (Jezebel)
This entire controversy about Rue just makes me sad. (BlogHer)
Neither a hoodie nor a hijab should be a death sentence. (BlogHer)
Where did life really come from? (io9)
What do you think about chores for kids? (Apartment Therapy)
What craft supplies do you think are essential? (Apartment Therapy)
10 Moons that everybody should know (io9)
Go read the letter in which Tolkien told off the Nazis. (io9)
In case you feel like being depressed and fascinated at the same time. (io9)
What do you do when you encounter racism (sexism, etc) in an old book? (io9)
Queen Elizabeth, wedding crasher. (Jezebel)

Entertainment News

Fill the gap between Harry and Katniss with Gregor (GeekMom)
A Star Wars chart that proves that geeks don’t understand the meaning of “it’s just a movie.” (io9)
The Dark Shadows trailer is awesome. (io9)
21 photos from this season of Game of Thrones! (io9)

Genuine LOL. (from Doctor Who Official)


Here’s some amazing fan-made maps of Westeros and its world. (by JE Fullerton, via io9)
Minimalist Doctor Who posters (by Karma Orange, via The Mary Sue)
An amazing seascape made with FISHHOOKS (by Yoan Capote, via Cutesturbing)

Weekly Greatness:

Please enjoy Michael Emerson pretending to be high. (via Gallifreyan Geek Squad)
Game of Ponies: Friendship is Coming (via the Uniblog)
Lucy just started watching Doctor Who. (Lucy Knisley)
Noelle did a whole series of comics about Hunger Games. This one is my favorite. (gingerhaze)
This is unexplainable. Just go look. (The Mary Sue)


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Quick breads are one of the easiest things to make. And if they’re made well, they’re impressive and delicious. They only require a few pantry-staple ingredients, and take only a few moments to throw together. If you’re from or have visited the American South, you’re definitely familiar with cornbread. If you’ve never encountered this delicious beast, I pity you.

I make this recipe following the one in my BHG cookbook. I don’t always love their recipes but this one is pretty hard to get wrong. 😉

Now, if you’re a fan of Alton Brown or are a knowledgeable baker, you’re familiar with the Muffin Method. You have a group of dry ingredients, a group of wet ingredients, and you stir them together. That’s what we’re gonna do.

Here’s your dry goods:
flour – 1 cup
cornmeal – 3/4 cup
sugar – 2 to 3 tbsp
baking powder – 2 1/2 tsp
salt – 3/4 tsp

And here’s your wet goods:
eggs – 2
milk – 1 cup
oil – 1/4 cup
You’ll also need a tablespoon of butter.

In your cast iron pan (that’s important), melt the butter. It’ll only take a few moments. Meanwhile, preheat your oven to 400 degrees.

Combine your ingredients into two bowls. Mix both thoroughly.

Pour the wet ingredients into the dry, and stir gently. You do not want to produce a perfectly smooth batter – it should be a bit lumpy. (This picture is NOT stirred – it does need to be stirred more than this.)

Pour the batter right into the cast iron pan. The butter on the bottom may travel up and lay around the edges – that’s okay. Slide the whole pan into the oven and bake for 15 minutes.

Perform a standard toothpick test to make sure it’s done. (Just poke a toothpick in near the center. It should come out dry.) If it’s not, put it back in for a few more minutes.

Cut it and lift out a wedge. The bottom of your cornbread will be a glorious golden brown and delicious color.

When you open it up, it’ll have a lovely spongelike texture. Can you see the steam rising? Does it make your mouth water? I like mine with a bit of butter, preferably next to a bowl of slow-cooked beans.

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