July 4, 2014

Cool Stuff I Like

I'm wondering if this is the first Cool Stuff post I've done that's actually fallen squarely ON a major holiday?? It might be! Hope you all are having a great day. I have tiny fruit pies from Trader Joe's, so all's good on my end. I'm planning on doing a whole lot of nothing, just watching the kidlet and the husband run around like maniacs with their sparklers and tiny, not-too-big firecrackies. Oh ~ programming note: next week will be very light, because some dear friends are coming to town to visit. I'll have Project 52 and a post about some books I'm reading, but gasp, that's it! I'll have another Cool Stuff list for you in 2 weeks.


On internet land this week, I saw many things o' awesome:

It's not too late to try out these awesome patriotic luminarias from Aunt Peaches, or make them a different color scheme for parties all summer.

This blueberry tart looks amazing and has fairly healthful ingredients.

Chili, cheese, and chips....IN A BAG.

Ok......who's FREAKING out about how AWESOME 'Once Upon a Time' is gonna be in the fall??? Anna and Kristoff have been cast, oh please oh please find someone amazing for Elsa!

Just got the kiddo some new art supplies, including these darling crayons from eeBoo.

Totally making this version of fairy bread for Julia.

Steampunk books for kids. (this is a FAB list!!)

8 great s'mores recipes.

PicnicZ a la Jenny.

The Tekla towel from Ikea is the best kitchen towel I've ever used in my life.


Cool Book of the Week: Something that fits into the steampunk genre I linked to up above is 'Spring-Heeled Jack' by Philip Pullman, which I came across at Julia's school library and thought, well this is utterly fantastic and I gotta find a copy. (School was closing for the summer, so I couldn't check it out, boo.) Written by the author of 'The Golden Compass', it's a chapter book/comic book hybrid with really cool art, and a story just right for 8-12 year olds. The plot details the exploits of Victorian age 'Spring-Heeled Jack', who's billed as the original superhero (a Batman for the Victorian era!), leaping across the buildings of London with ease, due to the springs in the heels of his shoes. Can he save three young orphans from the dastardly villainy of Mack the Knife??


Have a lovely weekend! Be safe with your firecrackers and s'mores ~ you need to show restraint with both of those thingys, or so I've heard. Sounds suspect to me.

~Melissa

12 comments:

  1. Elsa will be played by an actress from the show Fringe, which doesn't mean anything to me, since I never saw Fringe. Cute luminarias, yummy-looking tart, love those crayons, I want to introduce the kids to steampunk so that one day I can take the girls to Steampunk Day at Cowtown (where Little Sis's birthday party was last year), love the towels. We are doing nothing fun for the 4th. No drive-in this year - money, nothing playing for the girls - no fireworks display in town, lack of funds to buy fireworks that the girls will be scared of anyway... It's kind of a bummer. Oh, well. Happy 4th to you and yours!

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    1. well..........that chick didn't wowza me on Fringe, but I'll have faith and remain excited for what Andrew calls the worst show on TV. ha ha ha ha! the 4th is turning kind of 'meh' here as well, the weather is rapidly headed in the dumper and 'someone' (who is 8 and lives with us :) is having A Very Hard Day. and..........breathe. :)

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  2. a whole lotta yes to fairy bread.

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    1. i have 2 versions of heaven - one is living in Queen Mary's dollhouse and the other is where everything is covered in fairy sprinkles. Cake - sprinkles. Brownies - sprinkles. tea - sprinkle sugar. Jam - sprinkles. Face cream - sprinkles. Cat litter - sprinkles.

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  3. I did not realize they are going to have Frozen characters on Once Upon a Time. BTW, WHY do I not watch that show? Thanks for the heads up. Have fun next week.

    Allison
    bakingalovestory.com

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    1. well my husband would congratulate you on your Very Good Sense for NOT watching that show. He hate watches it with me and points out how terrible the writing is and how badly they dress the ladies. He has a theory that the costume & makeup designers hate all the actresses and dress them like crap. According to this theory, they hate the actress who plays Belle the most. :)

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  4. A belated Happy the 4th to you! I hate eeBoo because they sell the most awesome stuff and I know the price is ridiculous but I end up buying anyway :P OMB steampunk made it to the JUV literature???? That's fantastic! Gotta look up those books! And now I want to go on a picnic! It will have to wait until autumn though because our summer is way too hot for any comfortable picnic!

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    1. i fully endorse and applaud the idea of autumn picnics!!!!! I know, isn't that funny? I had no idea there were even that many steampunk options for younger kids!!

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  5. Hi Melissa, I am Kokila from http://sunshineandblueclouds.blogspot.in/
    I am glad that I stumbled upon your space as it beautiful and great .I have just finished Phillip Pullman's 'Northern Lights/Golden Compass' and found it mesmerising. Visit the site and be my angel if you like what you see :)

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    1. Hi Kokila!!! Thank you for stopping by to say hello :) I'm so glad you enjoyed 'The Golden Compass', it's such a special book. Very excited to stop by your space and see your thoughts on it! :)

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  6. I'm behind, but HA HA! Frito Pie! Kurt is from Texas and they used to have it in their CAFETERIA at school!! That is some old school food that I learned about from him. Like Spam Musubi for us...

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    1. wowza. i think i would have liked Frito Pie a lot better than the spam! or the POI. my preschool gave us poi for lunch and I thought it was chocolate pudding! That was a very unpleasant surprise.......

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