Have you ever seen a cow-spotted Smart Car? Funny story.

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I’d rather watch a third Rush Hour movie than see poor Jackie Chan shilling for V8.

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Try to contain your excitement over how cute these felt turkeys are. 

"It ain’t cool being no jive turkey so close to Thanksgiving." - Trading Places

Welcome to craft night! Featuring A little wine (a lot of wine?), an idea, and a bunch of random felt scraps!

After taking down our adorable Halloween door decorations, then realizing that it was way too early for Christmas decorations, Shaun and I decided we needed some felt turkeys to get us through November.

I gathered up some random scraps of felt and fabric, we googled ‘felt turkeys’, found a few pictures we liked, and jumped off from there.

As you can see in the top picture, the turkey’s shapes and fashion accessories may vary, but the technique remains the same: the turkey head (light brown) gets glued to the turkey body (dark brown), and the feathers get glued to the back of the body.

Unfortunately, I didn’t take a picture, but I left my feathers sort of wide on the bottom ends (the parts behind the dark brown circle), to allow for more glue-able space. They looked a little like really elongated goldfish.

The last step was lining the back of the body with a piece of foam to give it some stiffness and to make it easier to tape them up as decorations. Make sure to attach the foam sheet after the feathers and the legs are glued on, so you can sandwich them between the foam and the body felt for added security. 

Full disclosure:

While I did intend to make a really fat turkey, I did not intend to make such an ugly turkey. After seeing Shaun’s adorable pilgrim hat, I tried (many times) to make a lady pilgrim bonnet, but I just couldn’t get it right. After seeing how bald my turkey looked in comparison, I added the bow.

Evidence of Ugly Turkey:

It just goes to show that you might have to play around with them a little before you get it just right! That said, I could not love my big, fat turkey more.

jbriz:

You a bad girl and your friends bad too, oh. You got the swag sauce, you dripping swagu

jbriz:

You a bad girl and your friends bad too, oh. You got the swag sauce, you dripping swagu

(via hatertime)

Source: jbriz

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Think of this as a long-overdue sequel.

DELICIOUS JAR EGGS!

yes, that's an US Weekly in the background.

yes, that’s an US Weekly in the Background

The funny thing about jar pies is that after you eat all the pies (and subsequently start your diet), you end up with a lot of empty jars just hanging out, taking up space, contributing nothing to society, and being just a little too large to attractively hold tea candles.

Enter: Eggs.

Here’s the deal, I spritzed each jar with just a little baking spray, buttered the outside of the bread, then crammed that bread (butter-side down) into the jar. Gently, of course.

I whipped an egg with salt, pepper, and a little milk, poured it into the bread jar, and sprinkled some cheese on top. Here are the eggs pre-baking.

I cooked them at 375 for about 10-15 minutes, and voila!

Now, I wouldn’t say that dropping one and shattering glass all over your kitchen floor is a necessary step, but that’s the way I did it. If you’re a stickler for faithful recreations, keep a dustpan on hand.

So that’s that. Egg pies. A delish and easy breakfast. I’m thinking that if you wanted to do a brunch party, you could do the bread in advance, re-cover the jars, then just whip up the eggs, poor them in, and bake in the morning.

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When I find something I like online, I e-mail it to myself, then mark it with a Gmail label called “notes to self”, and I’ve had a ‘note to self’ in my inbox titled “Delcious Jar Pie” for the better part of 2010.

I originally found this idea on LifeHacker, which found the idea on a site called ourbestbites.com. As you can see in the Our Best Bites article, once you get the jars it’s as simple as pie (come on!).

Crust


For the crust I used Martha Stewart’s basic pie crust recipe. She recommends making your crust in a food processor, which I had never done before, and which I also now HIGHLY RECOMMEND. I had to cut the recipe in half, because I have a small food processor (it’s how you use it that counts!), which yielded 4 jar pies.

Filling


I’ve always liked the Better Homes and Gardens apple pie recipe, so that’s what I used (cut in half again, which also made 4 jar pies), but any apple pie recipe should do. I also did a batch with a berry filling, but if you do this, I’d recommend pre-lining all your jars with crust before mixing the filling. The flour really thickened up the filling as I went along, making it difficult to evenly distribute the filling among the pies.

Results


The pre-baked pie looked good enough to eat!

Pre-Baked Jar Pie

And the fully-baked pie actually was!

Some tips about baking…

If you have a tendency to overstuff your pies like I do, you can put the jar on a cookie sheet while baking, to catch any spillover (like I had). Another alternative is putting a foil-lined cookie sheet on the rack underneath your baking pie, but I think everyone already knows this trick.

I like looking up the Jeopardy! returning champs on Facebook and LinkedIn.

I like looking up the Jeopardy! returning champs on Facebook and LinkedIn.

A Real E-mail From My Mother.

What you can’t see is that the background is animated.

A Real E-mail From My Mother.

What you can’t see is that the background is animated.

smcinnis:

You’re allowed to decorate a Christmas tree before thanksgiving if it’s a tiny tree, right?


Yes. The answer is yes.

smcinnis:

You’re allowed to decorate a Christmas tree before thanksgiving if it’s a tiny tree, right?

Yes. The answer is yes.

Source: smcinnis

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