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It’s How To Monday, so in the spirit of Valentine’s Day, or beauty in general, why not make your own flower arrangements instead of buying them for usually double the price from large retail flower shops. If you live in the Los Angeles area (although I’m sure your city or town has something similar) there’s a flower mart in Downtown Los Angeles open to the public where you can get a wide variety of flowers at wholesale prices so you can even afford to make a large vase!

This would be a great addition to your home, and also makes a great gift. Here’s a video I found on Video Jug on how to make a simple, but elegant floral arrangement.

 http://www.videojug.com/film/how-to-arrange-flowers-for-a-small-vase

In the spirit of food Friday’s, I decided to look up some interesting, but simple recipes that we can all try.  I guess I’ve been in a little bit of a potato mood lately and it may be because Sergio’s family loves to eat baked potatoes (and now I’ve become a big fan).  This is a clever and delicious looking twist on it.  If you’d like to see the instructional video, visit How to Make Souffle Baked Potatoes at videojug.com.

 Ingredients:

  • 4 large potatoes
  • 3 1/2 oz grated cheese
  • 1/2 fl oz olive oil
  • a pinch of salt
  • a pinch of black pepper
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 oz butter
  • a few chives

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C (355 degrees F)
  2. Wash the potatoes, and dry them thoroughly.  Dip a part of the kitchen towel in the olive oil and rub it all over the potatoes.  Then take a pinch of salt and rub that in too–this will make them crispy.  Place the potatoes on a baking tray.  This tray is lined with tin foil to make it easier to clean, but you don’t have to do this.
  3. Using oven gloves, place the potatoes in th eoven on the middle shelf and bake them for about an hour.  Check if you are ready by piercing them with a sharp knife.  They should be soft all the way through.
  4. Make sure you have a rack or heat proof board ready.  Take the potatoes out of the oven and leave to one side until they are cool enough to handle.  Don’t turn the oven off.
  5. Turn the oven temperature up to 200 degrees C (390 degrees F)
  6. It’s important that your bowl is clean and dry.  Take an egg and carefully crack it, then pass the yolk from one side of the shell to the other.  The clear part of the egg will fall into the bowl.  Tip the yellow yolk into another bowl.  Do this to the 3 other eggs.
  7. When the potatoes are cool, cut them in half and use a spoon to scoop the insides into a bowl.  Keep this skins for later.
  8. Mash the potato lightly with a fork.  Cut the butter into small pieces and add to the potato.  Mash it in.  Add a good pinch of freshly ground peper and a couple of pinches of salt, and keep mashing.  Whisk the 4 egg yolks with a fork and stir them into the potato.  Finally, mash in the grated cheese.  Have a taste, and add a little more salt and pepper if you think it needs it.
  9. Whisk the egg whites.  We are using an electric mixer, but if you don’t have one you can use a hand held whisk, although it might take a long time.  The eggs are done when they start to form soft peaks.  Add one scoop of egg white to the potato, and mix it in really well to loosen the mixture.  Use a cutting and folding action.  Add the rest of the egg white one scoop at a time.  Don’t mix as much, as you will want to keep it light and fluffy.
  10. Hold the chives over the bowl and cut them into small lengths.  Use the cut and folding action to mix them in.
  11. Fill the potato skins generously with the mixture and put them on the same baking tray as before.  If you have any left over, spoon it into a greased ramekin and place it along side the potatoes.  Put them in the oven and bake until the filling is golden and rises up.  This will take about 10 minutes.
  12. Eat them straight away before they sink!  They’re great on their own, or try with a few cocktails sausages for a fuller meal.

I wish I thought of this!  I guess music really is every where if you are creative enough… Kudos Heita3!

Here are the Subtitles:

Then, let’s introduce the vegetable musical instruments that can have been done this time.
It is a carrot ocarina first.
And, it is an ocarina of a white radish in Japan that can have done this time.
The octave is geted down from the carrot ocarina.
The broccoli ocarina was made.
A good sound is not heard because only such a broccoli was obtained this time. And, a carrot ocarina of the slide type and this carrot ocarina is different the sound hole. When the breath is put here, something is heard. It shaped ..so…
The paprika was punctured. When the breath is put here, such a sound is heard. It is an owl. Carrot panpipe. When the breath is put in this, such a sound is heard. Similary asparagus panpipe was made. However, a good sound is not heard. It is a trumpet of the cucumber and the paprika in the end. There were musical instruments that looked alike also in the vegetable orchestra. Moreover, when musical instruments can be done, I introduces it. Thank you.

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but I’ve been into making journals, cards, and other paper goods lately and I’ve recently (as in just last night) got into perfect binding.  I’d have to say that if you have the right materials, it can be a lot easier than coptic binding.  It’s a great project to do when you have some scrap paper left over or just want to keep busy while watching t.v. or a movie.

I found this great video tutorial online and I have to say, I much like the method she did rather than mine (I didn’t have clothespins so I just held the papers together with my left hand.  So NOT recommended…unless of course you have a working 3rd or 4th hand.)

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This is a pretty cool and informative video about how to customize shoes.  Sergio’s been interested in customizing his shoes lately, so I thought this was a good reference guide on how to go about doing that.  If you click on the video and click more on About This Video, WiggaTriggaTV gives you a list of places to buy the materials for this project. 

If you do try this, then please send me pictures!  I’d love to see the outcome. 

I found this super helpful video on YouTube yesterday.  I have some experience with silkscreening and this is pretty close to the process we did.  All the areas are pretty much covered here (and more!  As you’ll see toward the end) and if you’re wondering where you can buy the materials to do this project, then Blick or any other art supply store is a good place to check.

Here’s a video for this pretty cool new art form.  The idea the artist had behind the movement was to give a chance for blind people and those and can see to communicate and for once, not to feel like they are at a disadvantage.  I think it’s a well intentioned idea and maybe it’ll inspire other street art forms that will make us come together. 

[This isn’t the original version I saw.  I’m having a hard time with the WordPress video uploader….here’s a link to a more informative video.