by gwen harlow

Las Ofrendas 2011

Posted by on Oct 5, 2011 in craft, Día de los Muertos, to-do list | 1 comment

Muerto blanco

resources for Día de los Muertos and a listing of related events in the san francisco bay area. check back as events will be updated through october. feel free to share additional events in the comments.

Oakland
Día de los Muertos
– Fruitvale 30 oct @ 10-5

Love & Loss: Días de los Muertos 2011
– oakland museum 12 oct-11 dec
community celebrations 23 oct 12-4:30
fotos!

Berkeley
celebration in the gourmet ghetto
– 2 nov 5-9p

San Francisco
Day of the Dead
procession, 2 nov @7pm

Mission Cultural Center
altars & exhibit 22 oct-19 nov
workshops through 29 oct
Galería de la Raza
SOMArts Altars for the Spirits
– 8 oct-5 nov

Watsonville
Pajaro Valley Arts Council

Mi Casa es Tu Casa 11, 28 oct-19 dec

San Jose
MACLA

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Bananas Foster

Posted by on Aug 11, 2011 in recipe | 1 comment

From Famous Foods from Famous Places (1964), which is filled with pretty much any kind of mid-century fanciness you can think of.

Commander’s Palace (New Orleans) Bananas Foster

This classic is super easy and a great use for that bunch of almost-rotten bananas that’s going to start attracting fruit flies any second.

June 29: Bananas Foster

Slice 6 ripe bananas lengthwise. Brush with lemon juice.

1 c sugar and 1/2 c butter — cook over low heat until dissolved, add bananas, cook awhile til soft.

Serve as is or with ice cream or whipped cream or whatever. You are going to lapse into a sugar coma either way.

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Summer Colours Week 2011: Rainbow

Posted by on Jun 30, 2011 in garden, meme, photo | 0 comments

Roses

RPS Collective polish collection

All that glitters

At the beauty supply on Grand

It’s Rainbows Day

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Summer Colours Week 2011: Blue

Posted by on Jun 29, 2011 in meme, photo | 0 comments

January 26: Chicle on the beach

Open road #2

October 15: House + palms

Almost Summer #1, Breather

At the pool

June 20: Summer solstice

Poppytalk Summer Colours Week: Blue

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Summer Colours Week 2011: Pink

Posted by on Jun 27, 2011 in garden, meme, photo | 0 comments

I had a lot of fun seeking out and setting up shots for Summer Colours Week‘s pink day…even managed to sneak one blue and one green in, too [I’ll put those up later]. I tried to represent a mix of outdoors [flowers and travel] and things I love doing in summer [yard sales, crafting, collecting bits and bobs at the beach].

June 27: America's Wonderlands

Juan's rose

travel & craft

flowers

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Summer Colours Week: Yellow favorites

Posted by on Jun 27, 2011 in love, meme, photo | 1 comment

A couple sweet yellows I’ve been enjoying over on the poppytalk Summer 2011 Colours Week flickr group [click the photos to visit the photographer’s flickr page]:

yellow

by lluize

Margarita

by Sushipot

by scrumdillydilly [and check out this awesome 3 minute cake batter cake]

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by Wide Angle Wanderings

Airstream Gold (sold)

by Leah Giberson

lawnchair love

by cookoorikoo/Shampton Industries [who is having a ring sale — how cute is this?]

diptych: yellow kalanchoe

by ohmygoodknits!

poppytalk: Summer Colours Week Kicks Off Today!

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Summer Colours Week 2011: Yellow

Posted by on Jun 26, 2011 in craft, meme, photo | 0 comments

It’s Summer Colours Week again!

I love working with warm summer-colored beads, the yellows just pop against your tan.

June 26

I don’t remember if I posted this, a birdhouse I decorated for a Kentucky Derby-themed party. It ended up being to heavy to sit on the hat all evening so it became a dining room decoration instead.

put birds on it

And a couple pieces I have over on etsy…

Tropical flower earrings

[buy them here]

Wild Hearts necklace

[buy it here]

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Fresh-squeezed fizzy Meyer lemonade for summer!

Posted by on Jun 21, 2011 in garden, photo, recipe | 1 comment

Fresh-squeezed

Fresh-squeezed fizzy Meyer lemonade

Pick a bunch of lemons.
Juice them.
Add sugar [or honey/stevia/agave/whatever sweetener you like].
I usually do about 1 c. sugar to 2 c. lemon juice. I think most people like it sweeter.
Mix well. I have a locking pitcher so I just close it up and shake like crazy for a minute or two.

This is your lemon starter — it’s good in the fridge for at least a week, probably much longer, but ours never lasts that long.

Fill a glass 3/4 way with fizzy water [or regular water, if you don’t like the fizzy] and a couple ice cubes.

Top off with the lemon starter — this is highly subjective, but general guidelines are as follows:

– if your drink is too sweet, your starter needs more lemons.
– if it’s too tart, more sugar in your starter.
– too watery, more starter with your water.
– too sweet and tart? Add more water.

I make my lemonade glass by glass — if you want a full jug all at once, just fill up your pitcher with water. Et voila!

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If you’re feeling adventurous, toss in some

– strawberry juice [slice strawberries, toss with a sprinkling of sugar and a tbsp or two of water, let sit overnight, mash and/or puree, depending on how chunky you like things]
ginger syrup [I’ll bet vanilla-ginger is divine, too]
– lavender syrup [boil, cool, strain, and store: 1/2 c. dried lavender, 1 c. sugar, 1 c. water].

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