pen rainbow

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Good For You, Good For The Home—Pillow Boxes

Repurposed, reused, recycled...toilet paper rolls!

toilet paper rolls + rafia + clear tape

Part of the fun of gift giving is how you wrap it.  I love the idea of reusing toilet paper rolls as cord holders and seed pots, but I hadn't seen this clever idea for using them as pillow boxes.

I made one up in under 5 minutes with a little rafia and some clear tape.  I don't know what I'll do with it, but I wanted to see if it was really that easy to make a pillow box out of a toilet paper roll...and it is!

Fancy them up by wrapping them in pretty origami or wrapping paper before you make the box.  Use stickers & scraps of jute or any kind of twine to give your boxes a personal touch.  Personally, I like the minimalist look and the neutral colors of these little boxes.  If I wanted to spend a few more minutes on them, I could iron the kinks out of the neat off-white cotton ties that I've saved from West Elm and Pottery Barn linen purchases.  It would be a nicely themed way to tie up these cute repurposed tp rolls!

a super-cute idea for Christmas stocking stuffers

I saw it on Pinterest pinned by Lisa from her fun blog, herbeautifulmess  

Click HERE to check out Lisa's other fun ideas for reusing toilet paper rolls!

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Tuesday's Cupboard—Caramel Apple Layer Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

On my list of finalists for this year's birthday cake

Photo by CinnamonGirlRecipes_Reeni Pisano

Around this time every year, I start to think about my September birthday.  Birthdays are a big deal to me, and I think that they should be celebrated.  What better way than with a fab cake?!

This one is...TO DIE FOR!!  

I found it on Pinterest by cookbook hoarder & cat kisser, Reeni Pisano, from her food blog, Cinnamon Spice & Everything Nice (24 October 2011).

Thank you, Reeni!


3 + 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1½ teaspoons baking soda
1½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon salt
1½ cups brown sugar
1/2 cup canola or vegetable oil
1 cup fresh shredded apples, use large holes box grater
¾ cup jarred caramel dessert sauce or dulce de leche, plus more to drizzle over top
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 eggs
1½ cups buttermilk

8 ounces cream cheese, softened
6 tablespoons butter, softened
1 + 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
5 cups (approximately) confectioners’ sugar


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour three 8-inch round cake pans.

In a large bowl whisk flour baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt together. 

In a separate large bowl, beat sugar and oil together until combined. Add caramel and vanilla, beat for 30 seconds, then add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in shredded apples, draining off any juice that may have accumulated first. Add flour mixture in three parts, alternating with the buttermilk, beat until well combined.

Divide batter evenly among the prepared cake pans and bake until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the middle of each cake comes out clean, about 35 minutes. Cool on wire racks 10-15 minutes, turn out onto wire racks and cool completely before frosting with cinnamon cream cheese frosting.


    In a large bowl beat cream cheese and butter together on low speed until fluffy. Beat in cinnamon and vanilla extract. Beat in confectioners’ sugar a cup at a time, on low speed, continue beating about 5 minutes until light and fluffy, adding more sugar if needed to reach a good spreading consistency.

•  The original recipe calls for 2 (9-inch) cake pans but after filling two 8-inch cake pans I had a lot of batter left over, enough to make 2 additional 6-inch layers. You can easily make a three layer 8-inch cake or do what I did and make a big cake and a baby cake.
•  Be aware the batter is thinner than most cakes, kind of like soup.
•  When beating in the caramel it may seem as if it is seizing up but just forge ahead and all will be fine in the end.

Copyright ©2013 Cinnamon Spice and Everything Nice by Reeni Pisano All Rights Reserved.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Monday—The Pronunciation Corner

Seriously, it's Nev-Ăd-uh, not Nev-aw-duh

Not Nev-AW-duh

From one of my favorite YouTube vlogs, Mental Floss

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Host, John Green, talks about 79 Common Mispronunciations

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Sunday—Have a Salsa Week

Dance on!

dsmp's salsa & tango shoes

I just love dancing.  :::USAIN BOLT, FASTEST MAN EVER

So the darkness shall be the light, and the stillness the dancing.  :::T.S. ELIOT, POET & PLAYWRIGHT

Dancing is bigger than the physical body.  Think bigger than that.  When you extend your arm, it doesn't stop at the end of your fingers because you're dancing bigger than that.  You're dancing spirit.  :::JUDITH JAMISON, AMERICAN DANCER & CHOREOGRAPHER

Mathematics was hard, dull work.  Geography pleased me more.  For dancing I was quite enthusiastic.  :::JOHN JAMES AUDOBON, ORNITHOLOGIST & NATURALIST

Well, number one I like dancing.  Number two I knew it would be challenging because I had never done this type of dance before.  I always wanted to, and I happened to have the courage to go out there and give it my best shot.  :::EVANDER HOLYFIELD, HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMP  

The main thing is dancing, and before it withers away from my body, I will keep dancing 'til the last moment, the last drop.   :::RUDOLF NUREYEV, SOVIET-BORN DANCE OF BALLET & MODERN DANCE

Ballroom is two people dancing together to music, touching in perfect harmony.  :::ANTON DE BEKE, BRITISH BALLROOM DANCER

I got started dancing because I knew it was one way to meet girls.  :::GENE KELLY, ACTOR, SINGER, DANCER & CHOREOGRAPHER

Have a great week!

Saturday, July 27, 2013

tHe sATurDAy SToRe—Aesop's Fables by Mary Godolphin ©1882

Aesop's Fables For Little Folks in Words of One Syllable by Mary Godolphin (Illustrated), ©1882; published by George Routledge & Sons: New York.  Hardcover.

This beautiful old book is 131 years old!  Written under the pseudonym, Mary Godolphin, by Unitarian writer, Lucy Aikin.

Price:  $100 (free shipping)

Condition:  Acceptable

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Click HERE for the same book for sale on Amazon ($100).  This looks just like the book I have.

Click HERE for a link to this title published in 1893 by a different publisher_Blackwell's Rare Books ABA ILAB BA_Oxford, OXF, United Kingdom ($143.76)

Aesop's Fables for Little Folks in Words of One Syllable by Mary Godolphin
(Pseudonym for English Unitarian author, Lucy Aikin) 

Publisher George Routledge & Sons (gorgeous font)
Copywright 1882 by J.L. Blamire

Inscription:  "Richard N. Young" "Christmas 1883"

Condition notes:  Stains on Pages 134 & 135

Friday, July 26, 2013

Friday—The Photoshop Gallery: Oregon

Catching up with pix from my trip to Bend, Oregon

All of these pix were taken with an iPhone4_post-processing in Lightroom_CS5 & CS3

Click HERE to see these on Flikr

Mallards in Drake Park_Bend, Oregon

The Deschutes River_Warm Springs Reservation
Mt. Hood

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Thursday Mini-Post: Photo-Luminescent Fashion

Fashion of the future...more art than runway

Photo from ying gao interactives

From fashion designer, Ying Gao, these amazing techno-dresses with eye-tracking technology respond to the viewer's gaze while built-in robotics slowly move the material in the dress.  Photo-luminescent threads in the fabric provide the illumination.

Click HERE to go to see Ying Gao's other amazing creations

Check out this vid on Vimeo to see the dresses in action

(no)where(now)here : 2 gaze-activated dresses by ying gao from ying gao on Vimeo.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Wednesday—Good for You, Good for Your Hair

This could be useful!

Okay, this is interesting...Morninghead

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Photo by

It's a shower cap, it's a washcloth, it's a great way to fix unruly hair!  And, it's cheap.  $10 for 2 caps

Obviously invented by guys who needed to rinse their heads in the sink, there are other practical uses to consider.

Wash Your Cat
I would use this to clean my cat.  Just snip the elastic to even out the fabic, and you've got a fast & easy way to wipe the dirt and dander off of your kitty friend.  Start at the face and quickly work your way down her sides and back.  No mess and fast!  This would be especially helpful for older senior cats who have a hard time grooming their fur.

Cool Your Dog
Dogs have no sweat glands, so they can overheat pretty quickly.  Give your doggerz a cool rubdown on hot summer days.  Take one to the park and on long walks.

Easy to pack & they take up practically no room!  These would be very useful on family car trips.  At a rest stop or even in the car, you can slap one of these on your head and revive yourself.  Use them in the car to clean up the kids.  If you travel internationally, all you need is a bottle of water, and you can refresh yourself right in your plane seat!  

Camp Outs
If you've ever camped out with kids, this would be a lifesaver in the morning after 3 hours of sleep on the floor in your clothes in a sleeping bag.  At least, it'll get the campfire smoke out of your hair.

Outdoor Events
One of these would feel pretty good in the stands at a hot baseball game!  Or, after a dance lesson when you're hot and sweaty.  Use them to cool off little red faces on hot days at the playground.

Old Folks
This could be a great product for seniors who want to avoid slippery showers & tubs!

Good job, Morninghead guys!

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Tuesday's Cupboard—Masala Chai Tea with Chai Ice Cubes

From Pinterest

Iced for summer or steaming hot for the cooler months, there is nothing as soothing as a cup of masala ("mixed spices") chai ("tea").

Original recipe from Will Cook For Friends by Willow

Cold milk poured over homemade masala chai ice cubes (photo by Willow)

Chai Iced Tea Cubes (Homemade Chai Tea)
Makes about 2 cups (gluten-free, easily made vegan)

2 1/2 cups water
1 whole star anise
1 whole cinnamon stick
3-4 whole cloves
4-5 whole black peppercorns
4-5 cardamom pods, cracked
2-3 thin shavings of fresh ginger root (I used a vegetable peeler)
1/4 cup + 2 TBSP turbinado sugar (or sucanat, or light brown sugar)
3-4 TBSP loose leaf black tea (or 4-5 tea bags)

For serving: 4-5 cups whole or low-fat milk (or your favorite vegan alternative - coconut would be nice!)

1.   In a medium saucepan, combine the water, whole spices, and sugar. Bring to a boil, then cover and remove from the heat. Let steep anywhere from 5-15 minutes, depending on how strong you like the spices.

2.   Return to the heat and bring to a boil. Add the tea, remove from the heat, and let steep for another  5-7 minutes.

3.   Strain out the tea and spices. If you'd like to make a regular batch of chai, add the milk and serve immediately. 

To make the chai iced tea cubes, let the mixture cool (without the milk), then pour into an ice-cube tray and freeze.

4.   ICED CHAI LATTÉ:  Pour 1/4 c. of cold milk per cube over homemade chai ice cubes (1 c. of milk to 4 ice cubes). The tea will get stronger the longer it sits and the more the ice cubes melt. Garnish with a dash of cinnamon, and enjoy! 

Monday, July 22, 2013

Monday ♔ Royal Baby Special ♔

For the royal watchers...

HRH Great-Grandmum, Queen Elizabeth

Has the royal baby crowned?  I dunno, but here are a couple of good links if you are following the action.

♔  Join fans waiting outside the Lindo Wing at St. Mary's Hospital >  LIVE FEED

♔  Stay tuned for the official announcement from > Clarence House on twitter

♔  Updates by BBC Royal Correspondent >  Peter Hunt on twitter

♔  LIVE FEED from Buckingham Palace  > where the official announcement will be posted  (CNN)

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Sunday—One Hundred Days

Setting a 100-day goal

Choose your one thing times 100

One hundred days from today is Tuesday, November 26, 2013.  It will be the 330th day in the 48th week of the year.  Thanksgiving will be two days away.  What will you be doing?  Where will you be?

Emma Rogan's 100 Days Project focuses on the creative process and a readiness to work toward a goal.  It is a method for breaking through procrastination and creative stagnation.  And, it's simple:

One thing.  Every day.  x100.

"Good things will come from the rigorous repetition of a process or idea over the 100 days."  ~100 Days Project

The same concept can also work when it is framed as a personal growth project or a happiness project or a healthy living project or even a home improvement project.  Try something new for 100 days.

Do one completely positive thing every day for 100 days.
Organize your home for 100 days.
Read books for 100 days.
Write your novel for 100 days.
100 daily photos.
Exercise for 45 minutes every day for 100 days.
Eat healthy food for 100 days.
Stay sober for 100 days.
Celebrate something every day for the next 100 days.

You get to choose the one thing!

My One Thing
Ballroom dancing.  I will waltz & foxtrot, salsa and cha-cha, tango and swing through the next one hundred days.  Technically, I guess that's six things, but it's all dance, so that's my one thing.

What's yours?

Click HERE if you want to check the fun number-of-days-from-now calculator

Have a great week!

Saturday, July 20, 2013

tHe sATurDAy sToRE—Vintage Vegas Vick Mailing Labels

These were tucked into my gramma Pearle's cookbook

Slight creasing across the front of 7 of these labels

I have 22 of these neat little packaging labels!  They are similar to some I found on Ebay, except that these do not have the Hotel El Rancho script.  I found them in a very old undated cookbook, so it's hard to give them a date.  Matching postcards date from before 1952.  The scripted labels are later, circa 1950's.  

Measurements:  5"W x 3"H

Price:  $5 each (free shipping) in VG condition; $3 each (free shipping) in G condition  

Condition:  VERY GOOD to GOOD_Minimal creasing on 7 labels_1 has red ink in the bottom right corner

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Friday, July 19, 2013

Friday—The Photoshop Gallery

My pix from this week_done in Lightroom & CS3 + CS5

asilomar kids

asilomar twilight

chandelier at the Peabody Hotel in Orlando

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Thursday Mini-Post: Cool Critters

Photos by Richard Austin 

Click HERE to see Richard's amazing pix of animals cooling off

Cool Piglets

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Good For You, Good For the Home—FlipFOLD® Laundry Folder

For fans of The Big Bang Theory

Here it is!  The cool folding board that Sheldon uses when he folds his shirts.

Available on sale for $19.99 (regularly $24.99) on The Container Store website

PHOTO from Pinterest Container Store FlipFold®  

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Tuesday's Cupboard—Orecchiette con Broccoli

How broccoli led to true love...

I saw this pin on Pinterest and went to the blog to check out the recipe.  I'm glad I did because there is a lovely, romantic story behind it.

It is the kind of story that transforms good writing into joyful reading.  Congrats & thank you to food blogger Emiko Davies!

Click HERE to read it on Emiko's blog

PHOTO by Emiko Davies_4 Oct 2011
Orecchiette con Broccoli:  The Way to A Man's Heart

The ingredients are simple:

•  fresh broccoli, chopped
•  1 to 2 cloves fresh garlic, squashed in the skin or peeled & chopped
•  1/2 fresh lemon
•  orecchiette pasta (little saucer-shaped pasta)
•  grated Pecorino cheese
•  EVOO (extra-virgin olive oil)
•  kosher salt & freshly ground black pepper

Sauté chopped broccoli in a swirl of olive oil with a clove or two of chopped garlic & a pinch of dried chilies.  Sauté just until the broccoli is bright green & slightly crunchy, about 5 minutes.  Season with kosher salt to taste.  Add a squeeze of fresh lemon to enhance flavors.  Stir & set aside.  

Cook the pasta in a pot of boiling water.  Drain, then return the pasta to the empty cooking pot.

Add the sautéed broccoli.  Stir to combine.

Serve immediately with a handful of grated Pecorino cheese, a drizzle of olive oil & some freshly ground black pepper.

A bottle of chilled Italian white wine and perhaps a single candle...

Mwah!  Buon appetito!

Monday, July 15, 2013

Monday—The Movie Corner: Saving Mr. Banks

The real life making of Mary Poppins starring Tom Hanks as Walt Disney & Emma Thompson as author, P.L. Travers

The original jacket worn by Dick Van Dyke in Mary Poppins_photo by dsmp

Something to look forward to this Christmas...Release date December 20, 2013

Also starring Colin Ferrell, Paul Giamatti, Jason Schwartzman (from Bored to Death) & BJ Novak.  Looks great!

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Sunday—Have An Aloha Week

Anytime is a good time for Aloha

~~ ❀ Aloha Wishes ~~

May every day be tropical 

Maui Garden of Eden Arboretum

May every day be like a day at the beach

Waikiki Beach with Diamond Head in the background

May every be like your first day in Hawai'i

Honolulu Airport

May every day be full of wonder

Mauna Kea Silversword_Big Island

May every day be pink umbrellas

Waikiki Beach

~ ~  Aloha  ~  ~

Saturday, July 13, 2013

tHe sATurDAy SToRe—Nevada Magazine Official Centennial Issue 1964

Nevada Magazine Official Centennial Issue 1864 - 1964

Charles R. Bell, Editor & Publisher

This is packed full of awesome Nevada articles, ads & pix, including some interesting photos from the Nevada Test Site.  Gotta love the Anderson Dairy ad on Page 165 showing a beauty queen standing on top of a station wagon /parade float.  Tons of interesting content more than make up for the minor condition notes (a page is missing, plus there are 2 missing clippings).    

Price:  $15 (free shipping)

Condition:  Acceptable (close enough)

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front cover

back cover

2 condition notes:  A page is torn out (missing p. 121 & 122)
In addition, clippings were taken on pages 147 & 155 

Cool 60's graphics_Harrah's ad

Thunderbirds article

Neat 2-page apread of the Strip taken from the top of the new Dunes highrise_photo by Merle Richards

Friday, July 12, 2013

Friday—The App Gallery

My pix from this week

Taken with my iPhone4_Post-processed in Autopainter I, II & III

Sunrise on Adams Blvd_Boulder City
Autopainter 2_ Chalk fx

Alex_Autopainter 1_Benson fx

Fluffy_Autopainter 3_L'Orcia fx

Panther_Autopainter 3_Camillo fx

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Thursday Mini-Post: The Funnies

A funny by cartoonist, Dan Piraro, Bizarro Blog

Click HERE to read Dan's great blog post on watching baseball

Just saying...Captain Sisko & the Niners would wipe the floor with the puny STAR WARS team

by Dan Piraro_Bizarro blog_29 June 2013

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Wednesday—Good For You, Good For the Garden

I found this great idea on Pinterest!

Check out this great idea from Weekend Decor — Perfect DIY Home Projects

Here is a clever way to repurpose plastic bottles for use in flower & herb pots!  I'll have to try it out when I replant the flower pots on my front porch at the end of August.

The only alteration I'd make is to use small bottles so that standing water does not become a breeding ground for mosquitos.  It seems like a great idea, though, for herbs and for cascading, sun-loving flowers like alyssum, petunias, and verbena.

Graphic by Weekend Decor

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Tuesday's Cupboard—Tomato-Mozzarella Toast

A fast & delicious way to use fresh toms & garden veggies

I grabbed this recipe off of Pinterest!  Try it on thick-sliced multi-grain artisan toast with your favorite cheese.  Smoked gouda, dill havarti, or maybe a couple slices of Sargento chipotle cheddar cheese (available at Safeway)?

Serve with a salad of fresh greens and a big glass of cranberry-orange iced tea.  Cranberry-orange iced tea is a house specialty at the Boulder City Hotel restaurant.  It comes in a quart-size canning jar for thirsty BC visitors.  Not too sweet with dried cranberries and a hunk of fresh orange on the rim.  Be sure to try one if you haven't already.

Originally posted on Riches to Rags by Dori on blogspot

PHOTO by Riches to Rags by Dori

Monday, July 8, 2013

Monday—The Pop Culture Corner

You need to know this!  From the fantastic brainy blog, Mental Floss

44 Fictional Character Names That You Need to Know 
In Order To Live Harmoniously for 
The Rest of Your Life

What's his first name?
Or not.  No, really!  I, for one, am really happy that I finally know the real names of The Skipper and The Professor from Gilligan's Island.  It's surprisingly gratifying to know these things.

I finally know the real first name of Mr. Clean.  Bet you didn't know that Barbie & Ken are brother & sister in real life.  Seriously, they are named after a real life brother and sister duo.  Yoda's first name?  Just sayin'...

Sit back and enjoy!

Thnx to John Green for this fun piece!

Click HERE to watch the video on the Mental Floss website

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Sunday—Have a Grateful Week

A person of ingratitude

I have witnessed a void of the soul, the complete absence of gratitude in a human being.  It is a darkness so utterly devoid of light that even in the presence of joyfulness, it consumes everything and everyone around it.  It is a malignant tumor fiercely protected by a snarling beast of a woman.

Over the top?  Perhaps, but only because I seen the effect of absolute ingratitude up close and personal over the past three weeks.  I was the target of a delusional woman's vitriolic rants.  But, when measured against what really matters in life, she and everything she has ever accomplished amounts to boring.  Petty...dull...tiresome...nothing more.  Not even as interesting as Kris Jenner's fear of urinating in public restrooms.

I can handle a stalker—as much as a stalker can be handled with help from law enforcement—but, she went after my mother-in-law and my 86-year old father-in-law who has Alzheimer's.  She is an abuser and a sputtering egomaniacal coward.  In stalker terms, she is a resentful stalker.

Shakespeare said it best...

Blow, blow thou winter wind,
Thou art not so unkind
As man's ingratitude;
Thy tooth is not so keen
Because thou art not seen,
Although thy breath be rude.

Heigh-ho! sing, heigh-ho! unto the green holly:
Most friendship is feigning, most loving mere folly:
Then, heigh-ho, the holly!
This life is most jolly.

Freeze, freeze, thou bitter sky
That dost not bite so nigh
As benefits forgot:
Though thou the waters warp,
Thy sting is not so sharp
As friend remembered not.

Heigh-ho! sing...

~ Act II, Scene 7, As You Like It

Fortunately, there are people in the world like Malala Yousafzai, the 15-year old who survived an assassination attempt last October by Taliban soldiers for her stance on education and equality for women.  She spent her 16th birthday yesterday speaking in front of the UN Youth Assembly.  She is a living embodiment of gratitude, right up there with Benazir Bhutto and Ghandi.  

Click HERE to hear her utterly inspiring speech.

Meanwhile, ignore the squeaks and squeals of a small mind that went off the rails a long time ago.

Be grateful & have a wonderful week!  

Saturday, July 6, 2013

tHE sATurDAy sToRE—Nevada Magazine 1970

Nevada Magazine Special Report:  Nevada in the Seventies_Winter 1970

Price:  $15 (free shipping)

Condition:  Acceptable 

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front cover_notice large repaired tear (taped from the inside)

Back cover_notice tape on lower edge
Issue date_Winter 1970

Clean Green Boulder City ad

Article mentioning the Denton family from BC
National Car Rental ad

Condition note_front cover_unrepaired tear

Table of Contents_Winter 1970_Vol. 30, No. IV

$2 annual subscription