Sunday, December 28, 2014

Sunday Morning Meditation

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Sunday Morning Meditation

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Mad Stash

I always feel bad for folks who have birthdays in late December. I guess this pretty much sums up why.  My dear friend Bethany's birthday is this weekend and I decided that this year, I would give her something that represented and appealed to her secretive, enigmatic side. 

During my annual "this is the year I'm going to make everyone handmade gifts" search, I came across these simple instructions to follow for a keepsake/stash book. The gift seemed too good to be true. I had to test it out on a book that I already had - lord knows I have enough books at my fingertips. 

I picked up this very ridiculous book during a recent trip to The Antiquarium, and I figured it was as good as any to test out this process. Elmer's glue seems to be more than fine to coat the outside of the pages and to connect the last page and the back of the book. It's a pretty thin book so it took me practically no time to "gut" out. The one thing that I would do different is spend more time getting those inside edges clean. My first attempt here is pretty rough, not particularly gift-worthy, so I plan on heading out later this week to get a thicker book for my actual gift to the birthday gal. That way more secret and stash-worthy gifts can fit in the book itself too (I'm thinking little bottles of liquor and other things of a naughty nature). 

This makes for a perfect last-minute gift in case you find yourself scratching your head for someone on your list. 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

'Cause I'm TNT *Dynamite*

Because my parents lived in Norfolk, NE during the 70's, my mom has a bunch of fairly odd recipes collected from various parties they attended during their time there. Usually they involve one or two ingredients that makes me cock my head in bewilderment - what do I add in now??

Since we're deep in cookie exchange season, I decided to break out one of these baffling delicious recipes. The recipe below is pretty close to a Haystack cookie, but is just a little different. 

yields about a dozen "cookies"

  • 8 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 8 oz. butterscotch chips (I usually use more than this because I lurve butterscotch)
  • 1 Cup Spanish peanuts 
  • 5 oz. La Choy Chow Mein

In a double boiler, melt both chocolate and butterscotch chips until smooth. Let cool, and add/mix in peanuts, then add Chow Mein. Using a spoon, scoop mixture onto wax paper and let cool about an hour before eating. 

Monday, December 15, 2014

Web Wilderness / Branching Out

Mark this as the day I finally finished all of my graduate school applications. Now, it's time to play the waiting game, and I'd definitely be lying if I said I wasn't nervous about what the outcome, if any, may be. So send me any extra good juju you have, because I'm going to need it!

I actually took the day off of work today because I had some extra PTO and to focus on wrapping up some small tasks related to said graduate school applications, hence the late(ish) post today. So if you are looking for some late afternoon distractions, I'm here to help a sister out ----
  • This Wednesday you can check out local favorite Jake Bellows play an intimate show at South-O bar Crossbones and guess what? There's no cover. 
  • We love when Kitchen Table hosts special dinners for holidays like Valentine's Day, and after taking a peek at their latest endeavor for NYE, methinks we may need to make a ressie (reservation) as soon as possible. 
  • In other exciting news for these parts - The Grey Plume is now offering cooking classes!! All I'm going to say is, Soups and Stock, y'all. I want my winter existence this year to include a lot of Soups and Stocks. 
  • So in love with this witchcraft art photography.
  • A friendly reminder while we're whiskey drinkers and not whisky drinkers. 
  • WTF is this
  • I haven't done a lick of decorating around my house for the holidays and after seeing this and this, that makes me kind of sad. 
  • This is just everything. So proud of Sarah and Megan! 
  • Must make this immediately. 
  • Holy shit, I can't believe all of these outfits are from Old Navy. 
Oh dear weekend, why do you always leave us so quickly? 

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Saturday Jams #2.50

Hi Saturday. I missed you. I can't believe there are only two of you left until we say goodbye to 2014...

Shakey Graves - The Perfect parts
I seriously can't stop listening to this song. 

Lucius - "Turn It Around"
Also on repeat...

Friday, December 12, 2014

Wind Down / Wound Up

Happy almost weekend y'all! Man, is it just me or has this week really dragged on?? Needless to say, we're glad to have the next few days off to relax, and of course check out all of the great holiday events our fair city is hosting. Here's a breakdown of what looks good this weekend, so as your work week winds down, get wound up with your weekend plans ---

FRIDAY December 12th
SATURDAY December 13th
  • This is another busy Saturday filled with lots of fun holiday events where you can pick up some local gifts for you and yours! First off we have Hoover Studio's Annual Holiday Show at The Mastercraft from 11 - 5. You can check out Bill's art along with some ceramics, woodwork and skincare.
  • Some great local business are hosting a local shopping holiday event at Bench from 7 - 10 pm today. This free event is not to be missed. Just check out that listing of participating vendors on the Facebook invite!
  • I bet after all of that holiday shopping, you could use a drink. Well you're in luck because Borgata Brewery is celebrating their first birthday with drinks specials and live music starting at 11 am and going until last call at 2 am.
  • If you're still in the mood for some art, check out cardBORED at the RNG Gallery in Council Bluffs tonight where you can see pieces and performances by Bart Vargas, Kim Darling, Sarah Rowe, Pat Oakes and Caitlin Little.
  • There's a great singer/songwriter show tonight at Almost Music featuring Anna McClellan and let me tell you, this girl rules. Seriously, be sure to check this one out.
  • Last but not least, head back to The Down Under tonight for what's going to be a very weird show. LVRK LATE is a noise project from Cooper Lakota Moon that originated in my basement/living room, Worried Mothers will melt your face off, and there's a band from Lawrence, KS which almost never disappoints.
SUNDAY December 14th
  • Maybe it's because I'm very hungry as I'm writing this, but brunch needs to happen today, and I think it might be time to head back to Dixie Quicks. Yep. That's  definitely how I'm going to start my Sunday.
  • FYI Krug Park has $3 mimosas from 12 - 4 pm today. I got majorly sucked into the mimosa black hole last week and let me tell you, it was worth it.

My feelings about the weekend finally being here...

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Holidaze in Omaha: We're Going Off the Rails on a Holiday Train

Yeah, you didn't think I could make an Ozzy pun about the holidays huh? Well, I just did. boom.

There are some Omaha attractions that are just fundamental and The Durham Museum is one of them. I've driven by thousands of times trying to find a parking spot on the 10th street bridge, but actually walking into The Durham is like walking into a past era. Art deco is alive an well here and right now is a wonderful time to visit because they host a variety of holiday-related events (during my visit, I was surprised to see all the families there on a weeknight and then slowly experienced the somewhat terrifying revelation that I had chosen to go on Family Night with Santa).

Santa-madness aside, I had a truly lovely time experiencing the holiday cheer and trains and exploring the history of Omaha.