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Think Out of the Box This Upcoming Year

To be honest, I cannot eat one more Christmas cookie. The mere thought of one makes me sick as I have indulged like someone going to the chair. Seriously, as tasty as most of them were, I am so off dessert right now it is frightening. That will change though, have no fears. I love to bake and it is winter so I will be getting back on that soon enough. I cannot do without chocolate chip or ginger scones for long. Trust me. With tea, scones are a wonderful treat anytime during the day.
Most people at this time of year begin to plan what changes they will implement into their lives. Usually it is some sort of diet and I find that ridiculous. One can choose to change your lifestyle in regards to food and exercise at anytime. This is the time to choose something extraordinary. Want to learn to surf and have the means to do so? Go for it. Want to take a sculpture class? Go for it. Aiming to finish that novel in two months or less, gerunds be damned? Yes I am. Learn to sew, can jams, speak M…

Homemade Sausage Bread

Odd title for someone who is a pescetarian I know, but I wanted to share my mom's recipe for her wonderful sausage bread. Long story short, she passed away from renal cell carcinoma back in 1998 and I wanted to have at least one of her recipes on hand to pass down and around to others. She wrote it out for me one day and so I am going to post it exactly as she had written it to me. She suggests using aluminum throw away pans sprayed with PAM. I never do that, but it is an option if you like. On side note, I make it a version with canned artichokes and I will post my changes at the bottom. So without further fanfare here is the recipe.

SANDY'S SAUSAGE BREAD

For EACH loaf of sausage bread do the following. If you make more than one at a time, just double everything. I usually make 3-4 at once and freeze them.

Grease a loaf pan and preheat oven at 400 degrees.

Ingredients:
1lb. sausage (Italian of course!) either hot or sweet
1 cup flour (not sifted)
1 cup milk
2 eggs
1 cup real …

Gingerbread House and Happy Holidays!

I love when people live in unique style homes. That being said, I came across a wonderful page on Houzz showing details of gorgeous REAL LIFE GINGERBREAD HOUSES. They really are full of whimsy, but also a lot of warmth.
This fabulous house is in Bay Ridge Brooklyn.

 I am now off to do last minute errands. May you all have a Merry Christmas filled with love, laughter and of course, food :)

Cheers! MissFifi

But of course, more food

I envy those that have jars of delectable jams and jellies lining their pantrys. One of those reasons is that my husband is an out and out despiser of all things berries.  I know, I clutch my pearls at the idea of anyone not finding blueberries something to be adored and practically sung too, but hey, to each his own. Because of this, I do not can jams or anything remotely resembling a spread because let's face it, how much of it can I or my soon to be one year old son eat? Then I came across the Small Batch recipes on Food in Jars. Whoo hooo! This might encourage me to have a go at some spreads without guilt because one does not want to waste food right? And all those luscious berries should be honored by becoming something so wonderful to share with others. I had a friend once gift me with homemade lavender jam and to this day I still miss it.

Look at this superb Small Batch Blood Orange Marmalade.


This Rosemary Rhubarb Jam is not small batch but I can only imagine how lovely it …

The Swedes Rock!

This is a sandwich cake.





I have GOT to make one of these vegetarian/vegan style!!! Thank you Life Up North blog :)

Cheers!
MissFifi

Sweet Potato Goodness

I have a serious sweet potato fetish. It sounds so kinky I know, but I can pretty much eat them prepared every way possible EXCEPT 2 ways. With meat is a no no as I am a pesco-vegetarian. I am sure they are fabulous with bacon, so I can only read about the praise. The other way is with marshmallows. How can one insult the beauty that is a sweet potato with extra sweet stuff? So gross to me, but if you love them you can have at 'em and take my portions too.
I admit one of my absolute favorite ways to eat them is roasted and I just came across one of simplest ways possible to roast them. Just throw them in the over and that is it. I currently have 4 potatoes in the oven. Ohhh yeah, God Bless.



Thanks to The Good Soup for the unrecipe.

Instructables gave me this wonderful way to make Sweet Potato Fries. Like I said, right now it is all about the sweet potato and it is good.

These recipes look tasty too and I must try them at some point.

Tartelette's Acorn Squash and Sweet Potato s…

The No Name Post

Thanks for putting up with my little rant yesterday. Now, even though I am as busy as a bee can be, writing, knitting and setting up the little man's play room, I wanted to share some links for all of you to enjoy.
The Roasted Heirloom Cauliflower and Chestnut Soup from Roost looks so comforting and delicious.
My obsession with cowl patterns from Purl Soho continues. The Garter Gaiter is divine.
I just heard about this book, "The Testament of Mary" by Colm Toibin and am intrigued to no end. Will have to add to my 'must read" list.
And this little fabulous ditty out of the UK, Pretty Nostalgic. A magazine that celebrates the "vintage, traditional and sustainable ways of living." Right up my alley.
Toques From Underground and excellent and fascinating article about underground supperclubs in The New Yorker.
Here is a stunning Craftsman Renovated home for sale in Bellevue, WA via Hooked on Houses.
I don't knit gloves or mittens, but these Podster Gloves

Poor Kids

I don't like to get on my soapbox on this blog, but I will when something really bugs the heck out of me.

Frontline did an incredible segment on how poverty effects children called Poor Kids.

I teared up quite a few times.

Imagine not being able to pay your bills and having to move your family in to a motel?
There is something in this one school, probably all schools, called the "Nutrition Club" where they send the kids home with some food for the weekend. Quite frankly, yes it is nice, but the food is shit. Everything is sized like when you stay in hospital. Small Cheerios, beef stew in the can, applesauce, nothing truly nutritional and nothing to help teach people to eat better or cook. Not that you should give it to the kids, but when people go to Food Banks, out of the kindness of strangers and grocery stores, people get canned corn, carrots, cereals, Spam (I could vomit) and other things to hep them get through their life that has taken an awful turn. But from a nut…

Another Nice Day

The last two days have been in the 60's. And they say there is no Global Warming...ha!
What is really nice is about this weather is being able to open the windows and air out the house. I just painted our kitchen so being able to get the fresh air in has been a plus. I painted a color called Almond Oil by Valspar. It looked beige-y on the car d but it has an undertone of blush/pink depending on lighting. Honestly, it looks nice and it is not a painful neutral which is good. We chose to paint because it was a blah, poorly done pale green and we both hated the faux brick back splash. I will never understand certain trends, fake brick being one of them. The kitchen looks MUCH brighter now which is great. Of course when it gets professionally done that will be nice, but for now, we both like the result from the paint and can live with that without issue.

Google Drive and I are getting along better. I still have my issues with certain functions, but I am learning to work with it best I…

Gifts of Yummy Goodness

Everybody loves gifts, but one thing I would like to extol is what I consider one of the best gifts, the gift of food. Any kind of food. Homemade, store bought, but all of us need to be mindful of the vegetarians/vegans/Diabetics/Celiac disease, etc. No one wants to get steak when they are vegan or loaves of bread that is not gluten free. I know it seems like a real hassle, but try to approach it as a unique way to show you care. Think of the fun you can have as you make a neat gift basket or a little gift bag of goodies that will be appreciated by the recipient. I have added some recipes that adhere to certain dietary issues. Most are homemade, so maybe my next post will be gifts to purchase :) Enjoy!

Fig & Olive Tapenade.  Yes please!



I would love to get fudge as a gift as it is something I would never make myself.

Apricot Rosemary Jam just sounds pretty and would be nice packaged with some muffins or scones.

Tea is always a welcome gift.

Rose Petal Granola sounds elegant and presen…

Google Drive

I am now the owner of one of these new fangled Chromebooks and would like to share my experience with it so far.

My little netbook was on her last legs and so my hubby excitedly suggested I look into the Chromebook. So I did. I read all the reviews I could find about the pros and cons of the machine. Most people's issues were pretty low key and everyone praised how fast it powered up and how the keyboard is a regular keyboard size and the beauty of the Cloud, etc.

I must've missed the reviews that said if you are a writer stay away from this laptop because it will give you nothing but grief. Now, just to prepare you, what I find annoying you may see as minimal, but I figured it is important to point out the quirks anyway. What is going on is that instead of getting work done, I am constantly fighting with a system to work or recognize my work and not lose anything I have typed.

The computer itself works lovely and is lightweight. Yes it moves fast and the speakers work well. J…

Yes it is Tuesday

And I am a tad overwhelmed. My son keeps climbing the stairs which I think is great, but he does need to learn to get down as well and there are 13 of them. At the top of the stairs, to the right in a cover, there is the cats litter box and littler tray. Needless to say the child wants to put his hand on the tray. When Mommy says "No" she is mean and unfair. So, we need to put the gate up at the top of the stairs. I would rather prevent a litter box mishap for now and let him keep learning to climb the stairs with me in tow. I also see it as a good work out for me so it is sort of a win-win here.

Middle east still fighting. I feel like that will go on for centuries and I want no part in it because quite frankly, who the hell am I to comment on an issue that has nothing to do with me let alone, I do not fully understand. I could say split Israel in two ad let the Israelis have their area and the Palestinians theirs, but that makes no one happy. Good thing I never pursued that…

Wood Stove

Not much to say on the topic except that I really, really want to have one of these in my home. Oil is obnoxiously expensive and we do not have natural gas lines in our neighborhood. We have propane, which is HALF the price of oil, but it is only for our generator. The next logical step is then to go the wood stove route. Pellet stoves sound solid as well, but I have not researched them enough to compare and decide which one is better than the other. This company, Rais, make some pretty cool looking wood stoves.





A neighbor has a Jotul stove and adores it so that is also a possibility. They have the old school square looking ones as well as this sleek modern looking one.



Cheers!
MissFifi

Lovely Ribbed Cowl

Things are busy with my ten month old getting into many things. One of those being the cat food bowl when I do not place it up high quick enough. There is nothing like pulling kibble out of a baby's mouth. I freaked a little because she is on prednisone and we mash the pill up in her bowl with her wet food. All I need is him getting a small chunk of that in his system. Ahhhhhhh the joys of parenting.

Once again I turn to Purl Soho for a gorgeous Ribbed Cowl


The one thing I hate is having to cast on 156stitches. Yeah, yeah, use stitch markers, but still, I will lose count. Especially if I am digging cat food out of my kids mouth. Forgetfulness is a big thing that happens when one has a kid. I used to think that was hogwash when I heard about it, but have found it to be true. Where the hell my short term memory has gone who knows? Alright, back to the pattern. It is gorgeous and I might make it for myself or a gift or file it away for a later date. But if you are not into merino woo…

Hello Again

I live in New Jersey. A rural/suburban area better known as Horse Country to some folks and I just got my internet connection back yesterday. We got power back on Saturday. Luckily we have a Generac generator that is hooked up to our electric panel and has a transfer switch and also runs on propane. I am beyond expression with just how grateful I am that we made that purchase.
Trees came down around our neighborhood, but no one got hit or hurt. We were very fortunate, but some people we know were not so lucky. A friend in Rockland County, NY had a tree go through their roof and destroy the guest room. They are all fine, but being displaced with three kids (who are all 2 years old) has been trying to say the least. Also dealing with insurance, tree removal and contractors has been no picnic.
Being without the Internet I had no idea just how awful the destruction was to the New Jersey and New York coasts. I had only seen the aftermath in my area and it looked like Armageddon with all th…

The Cost of High End Knitting

I am sure most knitters would be appalled that I am going to have a little jab at what some yarns cost. I understand there are people out there in the knitting world that raise their own sheep, spin their own wool and dye it as well. God bless as I would be a horrible spinner, I think.
My pocket book allows me the low end of the yarn scale and they have all done the job, though there are a few I would never buy again. One of my absolutely favorite soft affordable yarn is Homespun by Lion Brand. I have made countless scarves and neckwarmers with that yarn and people have loved them. Other favorite yarns are alpacas and cashmere and yes, you can tell a difference between acrylic and alpaca. I would love to own alpacas but that is a whole other odd obsession we should not get into.
My big issue is when I find a project I adore, I hate having to find a more affordable yarn to replace the $36 skein (YOWZA!!).  Look at this Pixie Dust Yarn by Knit Collage. It is just GORGEOUS!!!



And this is…

Colorful Countertops

I am battling a cold. There is no fun in that when one is responsible for a very active, almost ten month old child who gets cheap thrills from licking radiator valves. I have no explanation to this and thank the Baby Jesus the radiators are not on due to the nice weather.

I have also had the fortune of finding ways to write, even when little man is up and moving about because he self entertains himself very well. This is after training mommy to remove all pet food bowls, especially the water filed ones, and to follow him from room to room with computer in hand. Our go pod and pack n play are wonderful tools and come in handy when I need to go to the bathroom or just need to sit for a minute.

Anyway, in regards to the title of this post. I think it was on Cultivate.com,(Yes ANOTHER kitchen design site. I have a problem, I know it, I admit it and quite frankly, am not ashamed), where I came across a post about "Bold Colored Countertops". While I am not sure I would do this in…

Post From Another Blog

Rhonda at Down To Earth wrote a post that resounded with me and many others. She touched on how violent society seems to be today and I think a lot of us would agree that apathy has become more commonplace than empathy. I know I sometimes wonder how we have become so detached, so unfeeling and so desiring 15 minutes of fame without caring about the consequences of getting there. That of course is reality tv's fault, but still, we all have our own minds and it seems like a lot of folks no longer use their brains to think of anything but fame, fortune and power. I get scared because I am now a parent. I have been scared because I have watched the world, like many others, become more hostile, volatile and down right ugly at time over the simplest issues, not just the grandest ones. We must be the change we want in the world or we will not have anyone else to blame, but ourselves.

WE ARE BETTER THAN THIS

"Civility, respect and responsibility need to be a big part of what we teach o…

Shawl Collar Cowl

While I do love scarves, neck warmers and cowls are more my thing.

This Shawl Collar Cowl from The Purl Bee, which is the website of the lovely little Purl Soho and yes, I have been, is just exquisite. Of course, I will be making a less glamorous version because, quite frankly, I do not have $75 to spend on yarn to make a cowl right now. Maybe ever.

Just admire the beautiful ribbed exterior and how it is complimented by the stockinette interior. I am absolutely gaga over this.

So yes, the Shawl Collar Cowl is now on my "must be knit" list.

Cheers!
MissFifi

Vintage Clothing

I know I have posted about vintage clothes before, but you can never show fun and fabulous stuff too much!

I love this 1960's wool sheath and the raspberry color is just gorgeous! Bombshells and Babes




Couture Allure Vintage Fashion has some incredibly beautiful stuff. This dress is from the 50's



I do love me some good reproductions too. This halter dress at Jitterbuggin is awesome.


I am not a fan of fur at all, but I do love the style of this coat. I am sure I could find one without a mink collar.  Art Deco Dame


Here are links to a few other vintage blogs.

Esme and the Laneway
Twila Jean
Little Rascal

Enjoy!
Cheers!
MissFifi



Mini Fairy Garden

This miniature table top garden on The Inspired Room is a very pretty idea for a porch or even patio area.

The whole blog is filled with terrific DIY projects so definitely take a gander!

Cheers!
MissFifi

Fundraising Part Deux and a Cool Idea

Chatting with a friend of mine, we discussed the barrage of fundraising going on in our area for the last month. He had just gotten hit up again at the local Shop Rite. These kids get no break. Every weekend, from Boy Scouts to Cheerleaders to Soccer players. It is full on bedlam here. I mentioned my prior post and he  empathized with my annoyance, but he also wondered if I came across as not liking donating at all and that is just not true. We have friends with kids and we are more than happy to buy what ever they sell. The only thing I do not buy are magazines since my hubby brings them home for free. What I really dislike are different groups of strangers asking me to buy the same thing every other week. Hello Boy Scouts, the $18-20 tin of popcorn is tasty but way too expensive for a lot of folks right now, so please, can you do something else?
It is one thing to have a fundraiser for a sick child or first aid squad, it is another for a local sports team to be hitting me up when I …

Car Blanket Pattern

Michael's has this cool pattern for a nice lap blanket and I may need to file it away for someday.

COMPACT CAR BLANKET


Cheers!
MissFifi

Home Economics

I recently watched 1950 video from Iowa State College about Home Economics and I dare to say, if there was ever a need to bring something back from the "olden" days, this would be it.
The documentary shows 4 young women and their journey through college as they major in Home Economics and how it will apply to their careers and home life. An example would be how chemistry is used not just to do science experiments, but also for cooking. Quite honestly, I think it would be prudent to have high school students take Home Economics courses to graduate. You learn budgeting, clothing design, home decoration, quality of food and furniture, cooking and much, much more. More then I even thought was possible. There was something wonderful about seeing how these women chose specific careers, but were able to carry their knowledge into the home once they are married.
So to the overburdened public school system, I feel for you, but I think it is time to bring back Home Economics, along wi…

School/Sports/Scouts Fundraising

I hate it.

My kid is not even in school yet and when I pull up to a Shop Rite or Dunkin' Donuts and see the table displays, I dread getting out of my car. No, I do not want to buy over priced junk and that includes the God-awful Girl Scout cookies, magazines and $20 tins of popcorn. Seriously??? Twenty bucks for popcorn?When you ask me to fund a travelling a soccer team I say no thanks. You chose to put your kid in the league, you pay for it. Sounds mean, but too bad. I am all for kids doing extracurricular activities and I get the schools need "help", but please do not harass the general public. Can't parents write a check and call it a day? I would think a lot of them would prefer that route. Why don't school understand that some folks are ill-equipped to go around the neighborhood asking for money? Or even better, they just don't want to. If my child participated in a sport or scouts or whatever, I am happy to just write a check. I have no desire to harass…

Bear Hat

Since I am on a knitting kick, I figured maybe I should make a goofy hat for my child. But nothing too goofy. Hence, I have found a fabulous pattern on Fiber Flux's site. Behold, the Bear Hat.




Pattern here.

Thanks to Michael's and their 40% coupons I hope to have the yarn and needles in hand by this afternoon.

I have been writing, albeit, not a lot, but my style has changed once again. I swear my novel is going to read like ten different people wrote it unless I get a handle on my voice here. I will. I know I will. It has matured and that is what is really fascinating to me. Weird to read what I wrote not too long ago, alter it and see that it is not a hundred times better and sounds more like the character in my head. Again, formal training probably really helps with this kind of stuff here kiddies so if you can do a writing program, DO IT!!

Have a fantastic weekend!
Cheers!
MissFifi


Yummy recipe

Yeah, gotta make this delicious looking dish soon.

Orzo with Caramelized Fall Vegetables and Ginger.

Cheers! MissFifi

Middlemarch- 1994 Masterpiece Theater

After yesterday's small twitch over Gone Girl, I wanted to share something I had recently watched that was way more enjoyable. I had the good fortune to flip through Netflix and watch Middlemarch, a fantastic mini-series done on Masterpiece Theater. This is a book I should read someday, but since I have not, I will just talk about the mini-series. I liked the topic, I liked the characters, even the awful Rosamond, but what I liked most of all is that it is a story about ordinary people who do not want to be ordinary. Something a lot of people can relate to. Dr. Lydgate wanted to be a world renowned researcher and instead just ends up a society doctor. I say 'just' because that is how he saw it. His wife wants to lead a society wife's life because she has no other idea how to live. Dorothea, I liked her idealism, but sometimes she was too naive, but it made her who she was. The choices these characters, and others make have repercussions and outcomes that are quite inte…

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

I have finally read it.

Let me start off this review of sorts by saying Yes Virginia, there will be massive spoilers and there will be cursing.

Ms. Flynn is a good writer for her genre and I appreciate her desire to showcase the dark and very depressing side of life. I also like that she has no desire to wrap things up in bows and give us the Hollywood happy ending.

Now onto the book.

I hated these characters. I hated them because it was like watching two despicable teenagers try to beat each other for title of best text book malignant narcissistic sociopath. This was supposed to be a book about marriage and how people are not what they seem. This was more like the author took The Omen and gave him breasts. Meh.

Amy Elliot Dunne is one of the most disagreeable bitches ever written. Every word, every time she appeared all I wanted to do was punch her in the teeth. I do not enjoy reading a book where all I want to do is run over the main antagonist. I could care less that her parents ha…

Laundry/Mudroom

I am being incredible lazy, because I am incredibly busy, and linking to this post from blog Cape 27. These are awesome laundry and mudroom ideas. I especially like the one with the litter box behind a little door in the laundry room. Our cat's litter box is in our upstairs hall across from the bathroom at present and I get all grossed out walking on bits of litter. I sweep and vacuum constantly, but sometimes you have to be alright with not getting to it right away. Of course I need to wipe my feet before I get into bed so let me just say, cat littler boxes do need their own area where they can be a little messy and it does not up set your balance. Our basement is out of the question because there is no way for the cat to go back and forth unless we cut a hole in the door and that is not happening.
Anyhoo, here is the link and honestly, all of the ideas are just lovely.

Cheers!
MissFifi

Kitchen Progress Indeed

What we have here is a kitchen remodel done by the homeowners. I do not care if you hate IKEA or hate white kitchens, this is absolutely stunning and I applaud anyone who can do this kind of work. I admit I am jealous. If I knew how to do electrical or plumbing work our upstairs bathroom would be on its way.

Blog: Cape 27
Post: Kitchen Progress



Cheers!
MissFifi

Martin Amis on NPR

Martin Amis was on the Leonard Lopate show yesterday to talk about his latest book, Lionel Asbo: State of  England. I have never read one of his books, but this particular one sounds like a good one to start with.
The real reason I am mentioning Martin Amis is that Leonard Lopate asked him how many drafts he goes through before finalizing and his reply was, "First it is in longhand, the second is typed and the third is the one that gets edited."

Longhand.

Bastard.

I wish I was able to longhand my novels. My brain goes to fast and then trying to edit all over the place with pen marks slicing through paragraph after paragraph would most likely make me feel like a failing lunatic. But then I thought maybe that is the best way. Write it out, you have to take you time, contemplate the dialogue, the direction your characters seem to be going. OR is it more like write it out and fall into "The Sound and The Fury" stream of consciousness? So now, when you go to type out e…

Franzen Would Be Proud

Excellent article on Business Insider about how Novelists Are Finding New Ways To Break Internet Addiction
Apparently there are products to help block the internet from your computer so you, as a writer, can focus on your work. I understand why these are necessary to a point, but shouldn't you be able to stop yourself from checking email or blogs or comment sections? I know how it is to get sucked in. I like to read comments on particular blogs to feel a connection to others which is sad in a sense, but you have to drum up the will to make yourself close the window and get back to work. How can you not say "Ok, I am done." Do we really need a program to prevent us from squandering our time? Perhaps I am being harsh. Maybe  Freedom © and SelfControl©   are very helpful and necessary in today's world. I will be the first to admit I can easily get sucked into Wikipedia or other research sites, especially now doing all my biblical research. Okay, so maybe those programs …

Alex Clare - Too Close

Yeah, I am digging this tune big time.


Cheers!
MissFifi

The Art of Description by Anne Marble

Like an writer starting out I get overwhelmed by certain aspects of the process. One of those is I over think when it comes to descriptions. I have read overwrought, mystical descriptions, One Hundred Years of Solitude anyone, that I could never write even if I tried. Nor do I think I would want to try. I have also read poorly done descriptions where the same adjective is used so much you never want to hear it again. That is how I feel about "Stairway to Heaven" by Led Zeppelin. Don't. Want. To. Hear. Ever. Again.
When I write, I start to worry that I am using "walked" or "glanced" too much. Should I always use "said" like Elmore Leonard insists or can I say "growled"? He says no, but I need to write in my own voice, not his. It does make your head spin. I get so caught up writing some scenes that I never know if my descriptions are  enough or too much or too vague or too lame.
Since it is not currently feasible for me to take a wr…

It is Wednesday Evening

And we had a fabulous day. 
Our little guy had his first outing to NYC. He rode his first subway, we stopped at Zabar's for goodies. We took him to the American Museum of Natural History then ended the day with a walk in Central Park. We sat down, ate and watched them film a music video for either an Indian or Bangladeshi band. Very cool.
We stumbled across a few vistas in the park we had never seen and they were breathtaking. Check them out.






Cheers! MissFiFi

Rules for Writing Fiction and a mini-rant

They do vary greatly from author to author. Of course, some make more sense then others. I got a kick out of number 8 under Margaret Atwood and Elmore Leonard's rules are legendary at this point. I disagree with Jonathan Franzen who seems to have an issue with writers who have access to the internet while working on a book. He claims you can't write good fiction if you have the internet. Dude, get off the self righteous horse and realize some of us use the internet for research. Sure I can haul ass to the library, but googling is much quicker. This guy must have serious issues if he believes someone can't write and find time to check out HappyPlace.com.

The article is from 2010, but so worth a repost.
TEN RULES FOR WRITING FICTION

My mini-rant is simple. I am overwhelmed. I maybe get a page or two, if I am lucky, done A DAY. Not an hour, not every few hours, A DAY. Sometimes it is just a few lines.

This displeases me.

I have no choice. I have a baby to tend to, a house and …

Drop Dead Gorgeous

Completely Un-PC flick, mocking the beauty that is the Midwest accent and beauty pageants. One of the best underrated films I can watch again and again. I believe it has a cult following and if not, it must. It should. It has to because it is down right hysterical in some parts and has quite the up and coming all star cast. So without further brouhaha, here is a clip and yes, Will Sasso is truly the man.


Cheers!
MissFifi

Who needs Viking?

When you have the big bucks, you certainly do NOT want what others have got. This brings me to share one of the most incredible pieces of cooking equipment I have ever seen.

Officine Gullo


When you can own a "Cooking Machine" you have arrived my friends, yes you have.




What I would really like is to meet someone who actually has seen one, used one or has one. The refrigerators with built in wine cabinets are $41K. That is the price of a car or someone's salary. Booyah!

Seriously though, if you are wealthy, why go with Viking or Wolf? Sure they are high end, but they have also become commonplace in a sense. Might as well start running with the luxury products and blow people's mind along with some of your bank account. Hell, if I had unlimited income, I would want to invest in some serious kitchen machinery. Partly because I am sick to death of all the stainless/white/black options and partly because it is always way cool to have something no one else has. Rock on.

Che…

Vintage Hair

If I had more time and in some cases, the nerve, I would rock some of these vintage hairstyles pretty hard.

Bobby Pin Blog is all about these hairstyles as well as retro makeup.

A for Awesome!

Now if I could hone my sewing skills and work up a dress like this:


I would be all good to go out now wouldn't I?

I have been toying with cutting my hair. Currently it is down to the middle of my back, the longest I have ever had it, but it does lack some style. I do have some awesome curls though and a few that are natural banana curls. I have had short hair most of my life so I am not keen on going all Annie Lennox. Honestly, there are not many women that could carry that short cut besides her and my friend Filomena.

I do love certain bob hairstyles, but I have no desire to become a slave to my hair dryer either. I admit I am envious of those with straight hair that can pretty much do any hairstyle they want. I would bob myself like Louise Brooks in a heartbeat, but alas it would not work.

Knitting Hats

NJ has been having its lovey days of Africa hot weather. And during these lovely days I have been inspired to knit my son a winter hat. 


I must have heat stroke.
Of course, finding a pattern where it is not an animal or so cutesy for a baby/toddler is almost impossible. I finally found a pattern on Major Knitter. Basic Newborn Baby Hat. It was quick and easy, but mine did not come out quite like the picture. I am almost certain it is because I used a different yarn. I am one of those rebellious knitters who will sometimes choose not to follow the recipe. I call them recipes instead of patterns. Anyway, it still looks cute, I will have to upload a photo. The next pattern I am working on is called the George Hat and I am using a color combo of brown and green. This one is not knitted in the round, but flat and I am going to sew the top together unlike the author who left it open. There is a bear hat, on Fiber Flux just a brown hat with pompom type ears, but it is not overly cutesy. By …

Please, Do Sit Down

I am a HUGE HUGE HUGE Anglophile and I offer no apologies. I am aware that the majority of the English are nothing like the characters portrayed in North & South or Upstairs, Downstairs. (Look, they are just like us!) Any romanticized versions I have had through my lifetime have dissipated as I have gotten older. Plus I have had the enormous pleasure of visiting London and if I could, I would live there in a heartbeat. I am eager to visit the Lake country and Bath, okay, wait, let's stay on track here.
Anyway, the BBC did a few reality shows that I have thoroughly enjoyed of late. As someone who is fascinated by the old way of life, but enjoys modern conveniences, I appreciate being able to lose myself in a show about Victorian/Edwardian/40's lifestyles.

1900 House

1940 House

Manor House

PBS aired these shows and I have been watching them on YouTube. (I am sure there is copyright infringement by those who uploaded these videos, but I am posting links anyway. Makes my guilty t…