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Mix Tape : Cold Weather Jamz

Scoops' End of Summer Music Mix
Scoops' End of Summer Music MixHey E’rbody!
Man, that cold that I had last week has really gotten me out of the blogging rhythm. Not only that, Finn’s new preschool schedule in conjunction with having a fourth kid in the house on Monday’s has put a wrench in my day-to-day life. I’m usually pretty good about keeping a notebook of ongoing lists and ideas for future posts as well as keeping up with projects that are in process but I seriously have nothing right now. Don’t know if any of you blogger friends experience this from time to time but my motivation and inspiration is going through a major drought right now. I have got to get myself on a regime, but maybe after this week. For now I’m focused on Jeff’s bday, it’s coming up at the end of this week and I feel like it’s going to take all my free time getting that business together.

Anyway, a good mix tape always gets me moving in a positive direction. I put this one together, it’s full of some tracks from some of my favorite fall records including Sleater-Kinney – The Woods, Nico – Chelsea Girl, and Blond Redhead – Melody of Certain Damage (babes make good fall jams). I also included a track from the new Bob Dylan record, an oldie but goodie from PJ (aka Pearl Jam) and few other little nuggets that have been finding themselves on my record player lately. It feels fall-y in here already.

Hope you enjoy, and I hope to be around more often. Breaks whether planned or not are always good for my state of mind.

Mucho Love,

Continue after the jump for my Spotify playlist!

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Twemco Flip Clocks

We were watching ‘Shut Up And Play The Hits‘ (a documentary about LCD soundsystem’s last concert at Madison Square Garden) earlier this week. The documentary was not that great, but that didn’t matter, I was hooked on something else. It showed up one of the first few scenes, the camera slowly pans pass this clock, the Twemco flip clock. Holy wow, I was in love.

Yes, I am one of those people that had the fliqlo flip clock screensaver on my computer and was totally bummed when my new fancy retina screen computer wouldn’t support the screensaver. I love the look of a flip clock, and even more I love this clock by Twemco. I had never heard of Twemco but of course they have been in the flip game for more than 50 years, even patenting there flip clock mechanism. I must be out of the loop on this so forgive me if you already know all about it.

The only place I can find to buy these online is homeloo based out of the UK. I’m glad they are available to buy new but I am sad that the selection is scant. Does anyone know where you can find these babies within the US? You gotta let me know, I have a birthday coming up in the next few months and would be happy to add this bad boy to my list.

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3 Tips for Canning Pickles

Guys! All I have been doing with my free time (when I’m not spending it being sick) is canning veggies. It all started as a quest to create and can the perfect bloody mary mix and now has moved into pickles, beans, tomatoes and marinara. Every week we get a new CSA box I have to figure out how to can it. I have a whole basement fridge stocked with jars, it’s crazy. I feel very proud of my stash and I am excited to share it with my friends in the very near future.

I fer real made the spiciest best pickles in the world! It was mostly a fluke mixed with a little bit o’ internet research. I’ve learned a few tricks for canning pickles and thought I should share them with you.

Once you have poured the hot brine over your cucumbers and have tightened the lid and ring, tip them over and let them rest for 3 minutes to help ensure a tighter seal.
After a night of resting the first batch of garlic dill pickles included blue garlic cloves. I was scared that I had ruined the whole thing and was going to poison my friends. In reality what really happens is that I used fresh young garlic. Fresh garlic reacts with the acid from the vinegar and leaves the garlic with a neon blue hue. Try using dried garlic to prevent the blue or blanch the garlic for 1 minute prior to placing in the jar.
Put your cuc’s on ice. This step is crucial if you want your pickles to be crispy. Add your cucumbers to a pot of icey cold water before canning and quartering. Keep them in the ice bath right up until the time you add the brine to your jars.

Hope this helps you make a tasty pickle. Do you have any crucial pickling tips? Feel free to share them in the comments below.

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It’s Cocktail Time : French Basil 75

Hey Guys! I’m posting this straight from Sickville, USA. It only took one week of fall weather to get the whole fam sick. I just hope that this is not how the rest of the winter goes.

Anyways I’ve had this post in the vaults for awhile and thought I’d share it with you today. I don’t know how much I’ll be posting this week it all depends on how soon I start to feel better. It’s totally exhausting to watch sick kids and be sick as I’m sure some of you know. We made this drink a few weekends ago when the weather was still warm. It’ll be perfect if you need a dose of summer in the fall and winter months.

French Basil 75

▼ 1 cup water
▼ 1 cup sugar
▼ 1 cup loosely packed basil.
In small saucepan bring water, sugar and basil to a boil. Turn off heat and let steep for 1 hour, then transfer to fridge and let cool for another hour. Use a colander to separate herbs from syrup.
▼ 2 cups ice
▼ 1/2 cup Hendricks Gin
▼ 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
▼ 1 750ml bottle champagne or Prosecco
Place 1 cup ice, 1/4 cup gin, 1/8 cup lemon juice, and 2 tablespoons simple syrup in cocktail shaker. Shake well, then strain into 2 chilled glasses or flutes. Divide Champagne among glasses and serve. Add a lemon peel for garnish.

Hope you all stay healthy. Wish me luck, I hope to be back to my old self soon.

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Etsy Finds

I’m on the hunt for a few simple brass accessories for the bathroom makeover to compliment these knobs which were the inspiration for the room. Of course the Etsy vintage section was my first place to look. It didn’t take long to come up with some great brassy options, it was actually hard to narrow it down for this post. Adding brass and golden accents to a room like this is a good way to bring a touch of bling with out going nuts. Just the way I like it.

One of the items I included was a magazine rack. How do you feel about magazines in the bathroom? At our old, old place we had a magazine rack in the bathroom and it was well used, I’m considering bringing this back but and worried I might lose my husband forever.

1. Vintage Polyhedron Multi-Sided Brass and Glass Terrarium from Pumpkin Seed Jewelry – $24.00 + $8.00(for shipping)
2. Brassy Letter A from Hampton House Vintage – $27.00 + $8.90 (for shipping)
3. Retro Brass Magazine Rack from Mother’s Memories – $8.50 + $13.50 (for shipping)
4. Solid Brass Vases from Side Street Gallery – $40.00 + $10.00 (for shipping)

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