Thursday, June 26, 2008

a momentary hesitation.

To the dismay of my mother, I have not been working on my purple jumper. Instead, I've single-handedly saved Christmas! ...oh alright, that's a bit silly, but nearly true. Dave & I have been re-creating the website, trying to get out of the kit business but still stay in the remote control plane realm by recommending products that beginners can fly (without stocking them ourselves, see).

It's been difficult to incorporate this ingenious idea to our current system --people have come to know us as selling our own designs and making quirky weekly RC videos on the YouTube. Basically, it'll be a glorified FAQ page/site --brilliant! :) In-between rearranging Dreamweaver cells for the pages to go up this weekend, I'm writing this because I get distracted easily -and funny thing too because some of my best ideas have come from wasted-I'm-supposed-to-be-doing- something-else-right-now time.

I'm working on a pillowcase design (sounds boring, yes but it's cool), must get it out of my system before tackling the jumper, tailoring takes a lot outta ya.

the above photo was taken by one of The Rakes while on their last trip to Russia, says their myspace picture caption. :)

Friday, June 13, 2008


1) Guess what I'm eating ...probally not too good because it's close to midnight & I wouldn't want to turn into a Gremlin; that and I think I'm fighting off a cold. In any case, there are lyrics to an early Good & Plenty jingle on their page, in my mind I vaguely hear my father's voice singing it --probablly without an explaination, as usual...which is fantastic, as usual. :)

2) Waiting for this week's RC video to upload, hopefully the center shot works out. I hate having to go in, fix it & sit around waiting all over again just to find out I still need to figure it. Oh the anxiety!

3) I've decided to construct a bed because I've never had a proper one since I moved out from my Aunt Nora's in '99 --goodness! who feels old? *raises hand* For simplicity's sake, I'm making a simple one --didn't mean to reuse the same word to redefine what I'm saying-- that's similar to the one reality-design shows make up when they're on a budget. Granted, I do like a more-old fashioned piece of furtiture, but having a husband who has a business where bits of depron foam are in nearly every room of the house, I've kinda put off making the home look nice. But! I am happy to say, this year I am reclaiming quite a bit --not entirely because there's only so much one can do to a rental --Plus! we hope to be shipping out of Los Angeles in the spring, so I don't want more to move.

Somewhat a mixture of these: and okay enough of that, I'll post when I have pictures to show....

4) Reading this article with the quite fair Irish lass has made me realize I reeeeeally need to live in Alaska for two winters-worth or wear a huge grandma sunhat whenever I'm outside. It's not cool for a girl's face to be darker than her ankles. :/

mmk it's after midnight (I'm still in human form) and the YouTube vid has panned out smoothly, so off to bed and perhaps I'll actually fall asleep before 2am.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

perfect compliment to a nice cuppa tea.

I made this spongecake this morning; 3/4 cup of sugar, 3/4 cup of flour and 4 eggs makes:

mmmmm it's quite tasty, nearly all gone. :) I"ll post the recipe here in a bit, need to finish downloading something....
EDIT: Because it's méringue-esque, the lightness is comparable to ladysfingers, if you've ever eaten cannibal you! ha, the typically ornery dusting of powdered sugar actually works here because it's drier...also an excuse for tea! :)


Make the cake batter using 4 whole egss, 3/4 cup sugar, and 3/4 cup cake flour [I actually used rye & it came out fine]. I do suggest using parchment paper for lining as it likes to stick...not really but the less freaking out about it not looking nice, the better.

1) In a bowl, combine the eggs (at room temperature) and sugar. Set the bowl over a saucepan of simmering water; the base of the bowl should not touch the water.

2) Beat with a handheld electric mixer at medium-high speed until the mixture is very thick and pale, about 10 minutes.

3) Lift out the beaters; the mixure on the beaters should trail back into the surface of the remaining mixture in the bowl to make a ribbon that holds its shape.

4)Remove the bowl from over the pan of water and contiue beating until the mixture is cool, 2-4 minutes.

5) Sift the flour and fold it into the mixture, cutting in to the bottom of the bowl with a rubber spatula or large metal spoon, and turning the batter over, working gently yet thoroughly, to retain the volume of the egg and sugar mixture.

6) Pour the batter into the prepared pan or pans and back as directed. To test if a spongecake is done, press the center lightly with your fingertip; the cake should spring back.


Pour the batter into a greased, bottom-lined, and floured 9 inch round cake pan [or whatever]. Bake in a preheated 350F oven 30-35 minutes. Let the cake cool in the pan 10 minutes, then unmold onto a wire rack and cool completely. Before serving, peel off the lining paper. Dust lightly with confectioners' sugar.

whoo! enjoy. :)