Sunday, March 21, 2010

pie taster

friday night i made a meyer lemon meringue pie, shown above. this is a recipe i remember my mom making and everybody loving. those meyer lemons made it sweet and tart to much so the mister ate half of it friday, and then the remaining quarter saturday morning!
all that work for so little pie!

meyer's lemon meringue pie

20 finely crushed graham crackers
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup melted butter

combine ingredients in pie pan.
press with the back of a spoon to fit pie pan
bake at 350° for 10 minutes
set aside

fine grated rind of 2 lemons
1 cup fresh lemon juice
4 egg yolks
2 cans sweetened condensed milk

beat egg yolks until smooth and lemon colored
fold in condensed milk
add lemon juice and rind.
blend til smooth
pour into pie crust

4 egg whites chilled in chilled mixing bowl
8 tablespoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon cream of tarter
dash of salt

combine sugar, salt and cream of tarter
whip egg whites 
add sugar mixture one tablespoon at a time just before peaks begin to form.
whip thoroughly after each addition
whip til stiff
top filling with meringue.
spread with spatula or back of spoon to form peaks.
bake on top rack of oven at 350° til top browns, 10-15 minutes.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

day 76: design something every day

i am really behind on posting my daily designs...mainly because i have tried  to make my design time something tangible, something i have been meaning to work out, but just havent taken the time to put on paper. so, i have taken on some larger projects that i have been putting off, like the renovation/addition to my old house. i put up the design drawings a few weeks ago, but i am not going to bore you with the roof layouts or structural plans i have been working on. the final design drawings will be completed in a few months, and those should be interesting! i am also working on a couple changes to the river house without ruining the integrity of it's a-frame.  the main problem here is no protection from the elements at the entry- last weekend's torrential rains really brought this into focus. a roof is in order, but we would also like to expand the half-bath above the entry into a full bath and have a full-height ceiling in the tiny room. here is a sketch of what i am proposing...dimensions need to be worked out in a scaled drawing (coming soon!).

Sunday, March 14, 2010


storms are ending.
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@ tacos el gringo

so super fresh! i can not get enough of tacos el gringo: i dream about them! i am not sure what they marinate the meat with or why their salsa tastes better, but it does. they only are in callao, so you probably wont get to try them:(.
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Saturday, March 13, 2010

27th annual antique photo show

tomorrow morning i will be packing up some of the photos i have collected from flea markets in bethesda, georgetown and capitol hill and hauling them over to the 27th annual antique photo show in arlington. i have about 20 tin-types that i would love to get more info on: some appear to have been taken at a boardwalk somewhere along the east coast. i also have a turn of the 19th-20th century photo album chronicaling a life from baby-dom thru death: very intense! they have experts at the show who can tell you about your antique photos and expert exhibitors affiliated with several photo related historical societies will offer free appraisal consultations"Customers should bring photos with them and should ask at the entrance table to be directed to the expert exhibitors who've volunteered to participate," said Show Manager Rall, who also manages The Flea Market at Eastern Market on Capitol Hill. i have had an obsession with photography and photographs for as long as i can remember...probably fueled by my dad who was a professional photographer...and ansel adamsstieglitzdavid lachapellecindy sherman and other countless amateur and professional photographers, because i know i am forgetting many.

Friday, March 12, 2010

spring has sprung...and i like it!

before the rain started, I spent a couple hours raking out my flower beds, doing a little weeding and prepping for mulch. the sedums are starting to froth and the crocus are up!
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in the realm of buddha

get in deep at the sackler gallery's exhibition "in the realm of the buddha", starting tonight  at 7pm with the story of buddha. the exhibition's opening activities continue all weekend...the three exhibitions are on display through july 18.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

flood watch

i get alerts on my i-phone when anything bad happens or is going to happen in the dc metro area. right now, its a flood alert , and that is not good! all of the sand, salt, garbage, asphalt scrapings, car drippings, kitty litter, dog crap, and varied rubbish from the last few months of wintery hell will be washing down the sewers to the creeks and rivers, and finally into whatever water you live near. polluted stormwater overflows into our water supply. here are three ideas from the audubon naturalist society we can all do to try and reduce the toxic stew.

1. fix leaky cars
2. choose organic fertilizers, but don't apply them if your yard is frozen or before the big rain storm. 
3. use CMA-calcium magnesium acetate- for future de-icing ventures

here are ten other very easy household ideas to help our local waterways and reduce your carbon footprint.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

tv dinner iphone case

fellow etsy seller coolbeans717 has this delicious retro food case for my iphone.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Sunday, March 7, 2010

iron chef america

dont miss local burger monger and top chef alumnus  chef spike on tonight's episode of iron chef america. i am a big fan of his good stuff eatery on capitol hill (could not believe it wasn't open last sunday), so i hope he kicks iron chef simon's butt!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

days 49-55: design something every day

i am behind on my daily postings of my design something every day challenge, but i have not stopped the design process. i have been working on some competitions, and today i submitted my designs for a creative bike rack competition for the golden triangle business district in downtown dc. i came up with a lot of different ideas, but these are the six i entered. that covers days 49-55, so i still have the other 8 (good) designs i didnt use to go.

the washington monument

after eating at j & g steakhouse, driving passed the lovely us capitol, and noshing in front of the air and space museum at house o'weanies, i was once again treated to a lovely view of the washington monument: have lived here in dc for a long time and have never grown tired of its pristine architectural beauty. you should visit.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

cupcake cup: challenge yourself!

i love food competitions: especially when i'm involved. we can all participate in washingtonian's cupcake cup. you can check out the brackets (the first round is over, but many more remain), taste test the participants and vote for your favorite(s). i took the photo above at my personal preference, hello cupcake at dupont circle. yum.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

chicken coupe

on the way back from a run with the dog this afternoon, i pulled up behind this truck. while sitting at the traffic light, i noticed there were some cages in the truck's bed...and then in those cages, i saw chickens peaking out! i got one quick photo  with the crappy iphone camera (can not wait for the 5-megapixel in june). you can sort of see their little heads: if you squint. i have so many questions! do chickens get cold? where were they going? why were they are on connecticut avenue? and, do they live nearby?

house o'weanies

i got hungry and i have a go-to place: its the house o'weanies! a half-smoke with ketchup, mustard, relish and onions soothes the soul...

united states capitol

despite the fact that it houses offices for do-nothing idiots, the united states capitol building is gorgeous! so glad the snow is almost gone!