Sunday, December 20, 2009

Coming Soon To Your Mouth...

I've said it before and I'll say it again: Martha Stewart's recipes tend to be hit-and-miss. Nine times out of ten when I have gone to Martha looking for meal-time inspiration, I wind up with something not-so sensational going into my food hole which is quickly followed by my food hole forming a large frown. There is one single exception to this MS rule of thumb: her cookies are always a hit (and always the shit!!)

I wandered over to Miss Martha's corner this evening and was bombarded with Christmas Cookies with some serious potential people. I plan to make all of these for or around X-mas gifts this year. GET THESE IN MY MOUTH!!!


Chocolate-Peppermint Cookies


Cream Cheese Lemon Bows


Espresso Bean Shortbread



Chocolate Peanut Butter Shortbread Squares



Green Tea Shortbread Leaves!!!!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Test Test

     
       Bjork - Hidden Place - Watch more Music Videos at Vodpod.

     

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Mix Tape Mania

I plan to make several gifts for people this X-mas, but the most labor-intensive project will be the mix CDs being produced. They have to be perfect, flow like a river to the setting sun, with no filler or fluff or poppycock. Here is what I have in mind:

Mini-Tramp Memories II

Mini-Tramp Memories I was mostly comprised of songs which remind me of Mom - with an emphasis on tunes that conjure memories of her jogging and singing along on her mini-tramp at Park Crest Court. So far, I know that there has to be:

1. Genesis Invisible Touch (the ULTIMATE mini-tramp tune which was inadvertently left off v1!!!) and this one which conjures memories of watching Days of Our Lives after school and crushing on Wally Kurth (Justin):











Kaela's First Mix EVER

I have made several mix cds for Connor and Braden, all of which were well-received. Why did I never make  a CD for my little darling niece? Bad Aunt Sara!!! I am planning one for my little lady and it's got to be straight mind blowing. Track listing so far:

ABBA
Smokey Robinson
Rod Stewart
Led Zeppelin
The Breeders
Wings
Patsy Cline
Harry Belafonte
Hall & Oates
ELO


Christmas Mix Extraordinaire

This one is for everyone I love. This will be the Christmas card I will include with every gift I give this year. I don't dare post the track listing out here because that would spoil the surprise and that's no fun. Let's just say there will be some amazing stuff that will warm everyone's heart I hope.



Tuesday, December 1, 2009

David Firth is Still My Hero

Aaah... take a trip with me back to 2004 to revisit the cutting edge of Flash animation at the time. David Firth was at the forefront of my frontal lobe as being one of the innovators of creating ones own private animated world with a unique look and feel, mixed with crazy psycho characters, stories and situations. Fat-pie.com (not to be confused with fatpie.com, although if you're into large women and men with gian tits, I guess I recommend it.) features all of his animations including Burnt Face Man (Crime is a shit that needs wiping up), Jerry Jackson, and my personal favorite: Salad Fingers.

Salad Fingers is a sweet, loving, creep-a-riffic little devil who likes rusty spoons and finger puppets. You are taken directly into his sterile, muted, OCD world and left with the most unsettling and eerie and yet comforting feeling. Check him out


Saturday, November 28, 2009

Nostalgia Factory or Genuinely Amazing?

Today's housecleaning experiment: I have just queued up Jane's Addiction's Live album on Grooveshark and am about to listen and probably dance and sing around my apartment along to it. If all goes according to plan, I will fall in love with this album all over again and will start my search for it on vinyl, stopping at nothing, paying big $$ just to have that sweet album and cover in my hot little hands for real. Sorry neighbors. CRANK THIS ISH!


Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Returning the Sweet Hot Drift Gift

In case you haven't already, please do yourself a favor and check out my friend Ruby's blog: sweethotdrift. It is full of magical, dream-like, smoking hot photos and art and music that is certain to make your limbs and trims tingle all over. Without it, I would be missing out on so many magical things from the interwebs/blogosphere, such as this little mesmerizer below...




Thursday, November 12, 2009

Finding The Cure

My lovely, incredible friend Michelle Lynn Colledge has been battling MS for several years now. She and her family have endured many invasive treatments, close-calls, set-backs, and most of all, the medical industry's indifference and complacency. They have managed to stay strong and positive since her diagnosis, always fighting when being told to lay down and take it. She, her husband Mike, and their family are a huge source of insipiration to many, including myself, because of this.

Michelle is currently at John's Hopkins waiting to receive a treatment which has cured the disease in 85% of those who have been lucky enough to get it. However, she may be the last as funding has run dry. I am trying to get this link out to everyone I know so that people can read more about the treatment, and her story.

http://cureforms.org/

You may also read her lovely blog here:


Michelle's Story

Friday night during the 10pm news on ABC4, her story and the interview from the doctors at John Hopkins will be aired. Please tune in. Of course, donations would be amazing too!

My buddy and pal Lissa Lander makes custom jewelry, sending 100% of the proceeds to charitable causes. If you happen to love jewels, and helping those in need, please check out her shop on Etsy. You may walk away with a shiny new addition to your collection as well as a donation to a great cause.

http://www.etsy.com/shop/lissabird

If none of this inspires you to pull out your wallet, perhaps this will



Love,
Sara

Monday, October 12, 2009

Brought Up By SNL

For as long as I can remember, watching Saturday Night Live was always a part of my childhood. One of my earliest memories is watching Eddie Murphy impersonating James Brown and Alfalfa. The first time I saw Paul McCartney was the night he performed Hey Jude on SNL and he completely blew my mind. I could go on, but instead, I'll let these clips speak for themselves. My All Time Favorite SNL Sketches (that I could find on the interwebs.)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nHiZ15x6Vt4

   


SNL Simon

Prison Pen Pal|MySpace Videos

Google Has Given Me Alzheimers


My brain has melted a little due to the fact that every time I wonder about something - ANYTHING - I hit Alt + T to Google the answer. I seriously think it's getting to the point where my brain is deteriorating, covered in little white spots where this relatively useless (but totally definitive and invaluable) information once was stored. I wanted to post a list of my favorite SNL sketches of all time, but couldn't for the life of me remember the fucking producer's name which was once burned on my brain along with hundreds of other pop culture references. Oh this is sad to realize. I know it starts with an L... FTW~!!! I can't think! Even as I sit here, the name of the father of every comedian in the world who ever meant a damn to me has fallen into some unreachable abyss in my head. This is like forgetting the name of that one guy who was supposed to be the son of god and died and came back as a zombie and stuff. What's his face?




Oh shit... wait... LORNE MICHAELS!!!
Thank god and that guy in the picture up there. (and I did it without the assistance of google thank you very much!!)

Now to check Google to see if I spelled alzheimers correctly. I won't change it, but I have to know...

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

...mesmerizing...




I could stare at this for hours without the assistance of psychotropic substances.

Friday, September 25, 2009

davidpayneful videos of the twins are killing me!

Ah, the lovely Payne twins. Dave has been posting some adorable pics and videos of his days at home with the girls. This little family makes my heart want to swell and burst. I have been playing this on loop for the last five minutes and it just gets better and better. How fudging cute are these two???

The girls are working on their standup routine. This joke is called "a kitty on the potty."



http://twitpic.com/photos/DavidPayneful
http://www.twitvid.com/videos/davidpayneful

Saturday, September 19, 2009

News Flash: Painting (as in walls and base boards) is a PAIN IN THE ASS!!

I don't own this place but felt compelled to paint my apartment in order to keep my mind off some  insurmountable things. If my camera was working I would be able to do some "before and after" photos to show and reflect back on later. That might have helped make it all seem worth while. But no, my digi is broken, and I cannot document this with photos. Aaah... salt in the wounds.

As for now, I am knee deep in base boards, spackle, blue masking tape and semi-gloss with no end in sight. Why am I doing this again? Maybe it's the fact that these walls are filthy and need a fresh coat like Kanye needs a muzzle. This place will look lots better when this is all done. Keep. Telling. Myself. That.

When I buy a camera for my birthday, I will upload the 'after'. This shit had better be done by then...

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Check Out Maangchi!!

Not only does Maangchi serve up a recipe for my long sought-after homemade triangle kimbap (perfect for hiking or anytime snacks) she does it while being completely adorable and playing Bobby McFerrin. Her videos are fun to watch and have opened up a whole new world of cooking to me! If only I had known you could buy the special samgak wrappers in Korea I coulda woulda shoulda burned the rest of my won wad on this!!!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Try It, You'll Like It!


Found this on Apt Therapy and decided to try it as I've never made polenta. Turned out to be nearly orgasmic. I recommend de la Estancia organic polenta (find it at Whole Foods) which cooks in 1 minute. This is my new rainy night go-to meal.

Roasted Vegetables on Creamy Polenta
Serves 2 - Use organic ingredients whenever possible

Zucchini, peppers, mushrooms (whatever you have-at least 3 vegetables per person)
1 Red onion (preferably torpedo)
2 Large Tomatoes (1 tomato per person-or more if they’re small)
Fresh basil for garnish
Olive oil
Salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 450. Slice zucchini, and peppers in long thin strips. Slice tomatoes. Cut onions and round squash in wedges. Tear the stems out of the mushrooms and drop 'em in whole.

Drizzle olive oil over the veggies, just enough to prevent sticking.

Sprinkle everything with garlic salt and pepper. Spread out veggies in a single layer on cookie sheets or roasting pans and roast for 15 minutes. Using a spatula, turn the veggies and roast for another 10 - 15 minutes until browned around the edges. Serve on polenta, garnished with fresh basil.

Creamy Polenta

3 cups filtered water
1 cup polenta
1/4 cup cream cheese
1 tablespoon butter
Salt and pepper to taste

Bring water to a boil in heavy pot.
Slowly pour polenta into boiling water as you whisk it.
Turn heat to slow and stir one minute until the polenta pulls from the sides of the pan.
Turn off heat and stir in cream cheese and buttery spread.
Salt to taste.

I'll Carry a Watermelon In My Heart For You Alwayze

Friday, September 11, 2009

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

You Guys Want Some Purell?

If you are a member of my family you understand that "White Nights" is code for the act of obsessively attending a movie in the theater no less than 15 times. My mom has done this with Robin Hood Prince of Thieves, Twilight and of course the OG: White Nights. The closest I have ever come to obtaining my mother's glorious White Nights status was my recent obsession with Drag Me to Hell (saw it 5 times at the dollar movie in one week.)

With that being said, I believe I have found my White Nights...



Monday, September 7, 2009

Arty Farty

Just got back from a private screening of Little Ashes with my darling mother at the Tower and I am feeling inspired to start doin' art. Don't get me wrong, I don't imagine myself to be as creative - or crazy - as Salvador Dali, but even watching R.P. (my mom's name for Robert Pattinson) doing a not-half-bad portrayal of Dali made me cry tears of nostalgia and want to start at it again.

Baby steps I plan to take:
a. Complete my registration at the U
b. Get a sketch book and DRAW
c. Find out how to get Pell Grants
d. Read and actually go through with the Artist's Way (this seems more doable lately as I have been more successful at my life-long goal of becoming a morning person)
e. Post some of my stuff here for fun

Other things to do in general:
-laundry (belch)
-find dresser to store clean clothes
-spruce up the entry hall to my apartment with a nice plant and maybe a garden gnome to greet peeps when they come to visit
-get over the anger and resentment I am harboring towards my neighbors (more on that later)
-make time for reading
-print out and hang ceiling_cat somewhere in my house (Thanks Ruby!)

Never No More Romeo

Dear Booze,

How are you? I am doing better since we last hung out. I had a really good time listening to records and mimicking my favorite bird calls. With that said, I realize that these are things I can totally do on my own without waking up to heart palpitations and all my body parts feeling like a bloated dried plum. I really think it's time we went our separate ways.

Sincerely,
Sara

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Ah Yes...

It's that time again. The changing from summer to fall is under way. Time for tomatoes, zucchini, and the rediscovery of my deep and undying admiration for Elvis Costello. Goddamnit I love you Elvis. Thanks for being born.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Knitting Attempts

While I didn't last more than two days on the master cleanse (which was damn near impossible) I did manage to spend more than two days perusing craftzine looking for Christmas gift inspiration. My goal: to have presents nearly complete by mid-November. I found several potential projects for firend gifts and also stumbled on a pattern for miss Veronik Avery's Oblique cardigan on Knitty. I believe it to be a very beautiful and I have chosen it as my fall/winter knitting project.



I ordered the yarn today at a close out discount price which was still more than I would have paid for a new sweater. This will be worth the extra female deer because of the challenge and fun I will have making it. I just hope I can handle it. :O

I only just realized that this is the same designer who kept me occupied all winter long last year with her lovely Lace Knit Scarf. Here I am blocking the finished product last spring:

TADA!!











Monday, August 17, 2009

Master Cleanse: Day 1

I am half way through the first day of the Master Cleanse and so far so good. I have had a head ache for the last few hours, and I pretty much gag when I drink the stuff. Otherwise nothing major to report. I went to lunch with my mom and didn't eat a thing - although the barbacoa lobby smelled amazing. not looking forward to the SWF tonight. Blarg.