Thursday, October 23, 2008
I am going through a bit of an artistic rut right now. I feel like my mind is elsewhere and I think the problem is that I don't even know where it is exactly. I am trying to continue to do my art with my hands at least and eventually my head and heart will catch up with my hands.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
My brother Preston introduced me to Billy last Christmas and I truly do appreciate this mans poetry. I love the pure simplicity of it. I like the language alot! I have to read enough confusing wordy poets for school and love to come home and read Billy! I enjoy reading him before bed... I have good dreams when I do!
What can I say about this lovely collection of Poems? They are all fabulous and you are never too old for them! His illustrations are great and his poems even better! I hope that I am never without this collection near me wherever I am!
This is one of my favorite poems...
I made myself a snowball As perfect as could be.
I thought I'd keep it as a pet And let it sleep with me.
I made it some pajamas And a pillow for its head.
Then last night it ran away, But first- it wet the bed
This is my man Langston Hughes and he is my favorite poet. I could write an expansive amount about him and his poetry but for every ones sake I wont. Just let me say that if you are not familiar with his poetry please because acquainted with him because it will be life changing and you will never be the same! Brilliant!
Then of course I have my bakers dozen of Dr. Seuss gems! I read them very frequently and love them more and more every time ! I have recently become a big fan of him as an artist as well. His illustrations are brilliant! Check out Mcelligot's pool if you want to see some beautiful art! Whats a bed side without Dr. Seuss?
This book is done by Lonely Planet and contains a page about EVERY COUNTRY IN THE WORLD! It has important facts about every single country on this lovely planet of ours. It talks about food, language, important facts, best times to visit (it even helps those of us who have time machines by explaining the best time to visit for example: the best time to visit Egypt would have been when the Egyptian empire was at its peak) It is very handy and I find myself looking at it probably more often than is healthy for a restless travel obsessed college student who has no money. I love it and every once in a while I will randomly flip to a page and decide that is where I am going next............ I am going to Mongolia today!
Inkheart is a great novel written for lovers of books........... that is quite obviously me so I thoroughly enjoyed it. It isn't groundbreaking no new territories explored here but pleasant and fantastical which is always a winning combination for me!
For those of you who do not know Neil Gaiman he is the author of Stardust. I liked stardust tolerably well and I LOVED Neverwhere which was simply fantastic and would suggest that you all read it! This is a collection of short stories and they are good. They are much like his books. They are twisted, dark, odd, but they work in a very positive way. I also like the cover of this edition, my copy doesn't have a cool cover like this!
I have already written about my Douglas Adams obsession so I wont go into it now but I could not leave this lovely volume off of the list. If you are ever going hitchhiking across the galaxy or trying to find the meaning of life take this on your journey it will help you find the answer to your question............. or just your question!
Saturday, October 18, 2008
You cant see them but Pat has 6 belts on and one around his ankle... he also has about 7 necklaces on... hence the random man name. I made his hair silver with a black stripe... very cool, and well random!
I love to bake and occasionally when I bake I get rather impressed with myself and my baking skills. Well... last night was one of those times. I made chocolate torte that was so good I thought that the possibility of me dying from it was very high. Here are some pictures and I have typed in the recipe incase any of you want to try it. Everytime I would take a bite I would think... life is beautiful, everything is happy... and who doesnt want to have some cake that does that to you?
Triple Chocolate Torte
3/4 cup butter or margarine
12 oz bittersweet baking chocolate, corself chopped (semi sweet will work too)
3 tablespoons orange liqeur (you can use any flavor you want, it called for coffee but I used orange... it also works if you dont put any flavor at all)
2/3 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
GANACHE and TOPPING
3 tablespoons whipping cream
4 oz white chocolate baking bars, chopped
1/4 cup milk chocolate chips
1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray bottom of a 9-inch round cake pan with baking spray with flour, then line bottom of the pan with cooking parchment paper or waxed paper and spray again.
2. In 2-quart saucepan, heat butter and bittersweet chocolate over low heat, stirring occasionally, until melted. Removie from heat; stir in liqueur. Cool slightly, stirring occasionally.
3. Meanwhile, in large bowl, beat eggs, sugar, and salt with an electric mixer on medium speed for about 4 minutes or until pale and thickened. Gradually beat in chocolate mixture until blended. Beat in flour, scraping bowl occasionally, just until blended. Pour into pan.
4. Bake about 30 minutes or until center is set (it is suppose to be doughy so a toothpick wont come out clean). Place pan on cooling rack. With sharp knife, loosen cake from side of pan. Cool 30 mintues. Carefully removie cake from pan to cooling rack. Cool completely, about 1 hour.
5. In 1-quart saucepan, heat whipping cream just to boiling. Removie from heat; stir in white chocolate until melted and mixture is smooth. Refigerate until mixture is thick and spreadable.
6. Place cake on serving plate. Spread white chocolate mixture just over top of cake. Melt chocolate chips then put in a small bag and cut off a small corner of the bag; squeeze bad until chocolate in over the cake.
7. Cute into slices with a sharp knife and ENJOY!
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Dustin and I getting hot coco mmmmmmmm
Loren and I in our winter garb!
Tonight is the Project Runway Finale! Dad and I have not missed an episode this season and we are very excited about tonight's Finale! We have our predictions but I will keep them to myself. It really has been a great season with alot of talent... I would really be fine with any of them winning and yay for the ladies, it is about time for a lady to win! Let me also say that my 52 year old father got me into this show not the other way around that you may assume. This morning I was in the bathroom getting ready and Dad knocked on the door and gave me a rundown of the last episode that I missed and apparently it was a good one! We are excited for tonight! YAY! Months of watching, 15 contestants, only one project runway finale... only one winner!
Happy Trails.... Until Tomorrow!
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Just thought I would share... This is Day 11 of BLOGTOBERFEST... I havent missed a day so far! Happy Trails!
Friday, October 10, 2008
These are cookies/suns players... We didnt have a gingerbread man cookie cutter so bears had to do. I did them for the 2007 playoffs and it was suppose to give them lots of luck but I suppose they didnt work... oh well they were tasty! My friend Mandy helped... the only way to get her to create is if it has to do with sports, a brilliant plan I thought...
So here is a little basketball memory for you! I am very excited for the season to start I love watching the suns!
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
1 package cake mix (chocolate or any kind you like)
Frosting (canned or handmade)
Bake the cupcakes like the box says (you can also make the dough handmade... they are better to be sure just not quite as easy). You then let them cool a bit and when they are nice and cool you get your frosting and get a plastic baggy and make about a centimeter long slit in it. You can then mummify your cupcakes.
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Tire Swing- Kimya Dawson
I Feel It All- Feist
Rain- Bishop Allen
Naked As We Came- Iron and Wine
All these Things That I've Done- The Killers
Come Downstairs and Say Hello- Guster
Career Day- Format
Our Swords- Band Of Horses
Anna Begins- Counting Crows
Merry Happy- Kate Nash
Hanasakajiijii (Four: A Great Wind, More Ash)- Anathallo
The Background- Third Eye Blind
Rebellion (Lies)- Arcade Fire
Oh, Sweetheart- Shout Out Louds
The Queen of the Rummage Sale- Bishop Allen
Blues Run the Game- Jackson Frank
Running To Stand Still- U2
Fireflies- Bishop Allen
Monday, October 6, 2008
I love Counting Crows... I love Adam Duritz... I have an obsession I admitt it... With all that being said, however, can I just say that I got a self esteem boost today when I saw this picture... All of a sudden the hours spent reading Adams blog, looking at the website, reading concert reviews from the last 8 years, spending lots of money on T-shirts and concerts, and the hours upon hours listening to the music does not mean i am obsessed. I am not obsessed... I am not obsessed UNTIL I get one of these on my back, if i do that then i will admitt to my obsession and everyone is aloud to drown me... or at least torture me until I come to my senses. I have a nagging suspicion that the person who got this tattoo instantly regretted it, but then again his love must run really deep... so I am not to judge! I love you Adam... just not enough to put a gigantic tattoo of your entire head on my back, and for some reason that makes me feel alot better about myself.
Sunday, October 5, 2008
I love her hair... and her scarf!
Saturday, October 4, 2008
The last few months I have felt cinematically deprived! I did not go to the theatre for about 2 months which is unheard of for me. I was itching to go to the cinema when Eagle Eye came out last week. I had only seen 1 trailer for the film and didn't know what I was getting myself into, but it was definitely a good surprise! I thought it was a good action suspense movie with a good plot. They developed the characters very well the acting could have been alot worse. It was not a ground breaking Oscar worthy film, but it was good. I would suggest going... It is alot like I Robot but better in my opinion.
Friday I went and saw Nick and Norahs Infinite Playlist... Let me start with the things I did like about it. First of all Bishop Allen was in it which is always a positive thing if
Bishop Allen is in anything. They played a gig in the movie at this little place in NY where they are from. It was fun to see them on the big screen :) There were also Bishop Allen posters plastered everywhere throughout the whole movie... that made me happy... Infact the film would have been excellent if they would have just showed Bishop Allen the entire time (the picture has nothing to do with the movie by the way, except that it is Bishop Allen...) The soundtrack was awesome! I would buy the soundtrack but I have every song on the it except for a few newbies. I knew almost every artist in the movie including some songs in the movie that arent on the soundtrack like a National song they snuck in there. I also really like the new Vampire Weekend and Rogue Wave song featured in it. As far as the movie goes, there were some entertaining bits... I laughed alot (partially because of the comments from group of guys behind us who loved it more than snow on Christmas... I seriously thought that they were going to cry at the end) I also loved the sight of NY at night, but on the whole it was not very good. The main characters were very like able enough and I adore Michael Cera. (I love arrested development and JUNO... I also love juno) I thought there were alot of odd parts that could have been left out and honestly if you wanted to see it I would say stay at home buy the soundtrack and look at pictures of new york and pretend you are on a rigid search to find a band called Where's Fluffy? and you can call it good... you experienced the highlights of the movie. I will probably never watch it again, but I will listen to the music for years to come.
Theres my movie advice for now... feel free to disagree with and ignore everything I have said, I would if it was me!
Friday, October 3, 2008
Enjoy Everyone... Have a WONDERFUL WEEKEND!
Happy October... Happy Trails...
Thursday, October 2, 2008
In celebration of it finally being fall we had chilli made by mom and I made some yummy mummy sausages!
Dad cut the cheese in the shape of cats! MMMMMM it was good!
I instantly fell in love with these guys the instant I saw them! They are super easy and great for parties or just a fun family meal! Truely mummifying dont you think?
Yummy Mummy Sausages
1 can Pillsbury Crescent Recipe Creations refrigerated flaky dough sheet
Breakfast sized (or any size you want) sausage either pre-cooked or not (just cook them before you are ready to wrap them)
Some kind of Mustard
1. Heat oven to 375 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper (or any kind of paper)
2. Roll out 1 can of Pillsburry Crescent Rolls. Cut into thin strips. Get your pre-cooked breakfast sized sausage and wrap your thin strips around sausages like you want them. Then place them on the paper about an inch apart.
3. Bake about 5-10 minutes or until pastry begins to turn brown. Get your mustard and a toothpick and put dots of mustard for the eyes.
This concludes day 2 of BLOGTOBER FEST... happy FALL everyone! Happy Trails...
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
A picture my mom took up Manti Canyon... look at the tree's and their beautiful leaves! This is NOT in Arizona, these colors do not exist here... and I shall be moving to somewhere with those colors ASAP I assure you!
So you may be wondering what will be going on in Tessa's Life and Blog in this long month of October?
*Crafts (my life never ever exists without crafts but they may be more fall-ish)
*Recipes (you cannot believe how excited I have been to try out some ghouly and ghosty recipes... dad said I could start october 1rst so here we come...)
*Trees (I LOVE TREES.............................)
*Blog Highlights (every week I will find a blog that I love that I want to highlight... very likely it will be crafty but it is of course not a given)
*Road Trip Highlights (been planning some road trips... going to post about them)
*A Giveaway (yes watch out for my first ever giveaway!)
*Halloween Costume Idea's (as a child I would plan my halloween costume at christmas...)
*Everything Lovely and Fall!
I do know that most of you are busier than Santa on Christmas Eve and cannot possibly post everyday... but you still may want to participate in BLOGTOBERFEST. All I ask is that you post about any fall activities you are doing or craft ideas or just thoughts about fall and life. It doesnt have to be frequent just join in on the loveliness of fall.
Happy October Everyone... Happy Trails... and Happy BLOGTOBERFEST!