Friday, December 28, 2012

More Time

Time is more value than money. You can get more money, but you cannot get more time.

    ― Jim Rohn

Thursday, December 27, 2012


This year I heard and learned more about turnduckins then I ever cared to.


A Pumpercapple Piecake?

That is a whole other story.

You might ask:
What is a Piecake?  Well it is a pie that is baked inside a cake.

What is a Pumpecapple?
The Pumpecapple piecake consists of the following scratch pies, cake and icing from bottom to top (feel free to change the order):

Pumpkin Pie baked in a pumpkin spice cake
Filled with crème cheese icing

Pecan Pie (or chocolate pecan pie) baked in chocolate cake
Filled with crème cheese icing 

Apple pie baked in our spice cake
Iced all over with our crème cheese icing

Garnished with pecan pieces And topped with a generous drizzle of carmel.

And it is calorie free! Well, not maybe not.  A serving size is 2,000 calories...

Sadly this is not a local treat!  Check out

 Photo Credit: aa.com

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Cherry Mistmas!

Tequila Christmas Cake

1 cup of water
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup of sugar
1 tsp salt
1 cup of brown sugar
Lemon juice
4 large eggs
1 bottle tequila
2 cups of dried fruit

Sample the tequila to check quality. Take a large bowl, check the tequila again. To be sure it is of the highest quality, pour one level cup and drink. Repeat. Turn on the electric mixer. Beat one cup of butter in a large fluffy bowl. Add one teaspoon of sugar. Beat again. At this point it's best to make sure the tequila is still OK. Try another cup...just in case. Turn off the mixerer thingy. Break 2 leggs and add to the bowl and chuck in the cup of dried fruit. Pick the frigging fruit up off floor. Mix on the turner. If the fried druit gets stuck in the beaterers just pry it loose with a drewscriver. Sample the tequila to check for tonsisticity. Next, sift two cups of salt. Or something. Check the tequila. Now shift the lemon juice and strain your nuts. Add one table. Add a spoon of sugar, or somefink. Whatever you can find. Greash the oven. Turn the cake tin 360 degrees and try not to fall over. Don't forget to beat off the turner. Finally, throw the bowl through the window. Finish the tequila and wipe counter with the cat.


Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Running Shoes On

I have never understood running.

But, I do like shoes.

While on a recent flight I took the time to read the inflight magazine and came across some very cool running shoes that I thought were worth a second look.

SKORA Running shoes are made in such a way that the center of your foot does the work and not your heel.  The goal is to give as close to a natural stride as possible.

Plus they are pretty cute.

 So here are the reasons:

And here is some technical stuff about them.

I especially like the side laces, totally brilliant.

And here is a cuter picture of them.

And here is some more running stuff for the runners out there!

All images and graphics from SKORA

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

No Regrets

I'd rather regret the things I've done than regret the things I haven't done.     
~ Lucille Ball ~


Monday, December 10, 2012

Girl Power

Today, Google is celebrating the 197th birthday of Ada Lovelace with a homepage doodle that honors her contributions to computer science.


Thursday, December 6, 2012

Holiday Party at the National Zoo

 Host your holiday party 

during ZooLights!

Dazzle your guests at your company’s annual holiday party with a sparkling new touch: ZooLights! Envision guests grabbing a warm mug of hot chocolate or mulled wine to sip as they walk through the very popular light features at the National Zoo before entering a transformed indoor exhibit. Enhance your holiday experience with the following:
  • Experienced event planner dedicated to your holiday event
  • Greet your guests with a candy cane martini or Bailey's hot chocolate
  • Have Panda Claws stop by to say hi to your guests
  • Ride our holiday trackless train

Indoor Venues

Amazonia Habitat

Reception Capacity: 150

Small Mammal House

Reception Capacity: 200
Seated Capacity: 100

Amazonia Science Gallery

Reception Capacity: 200
Seated Capacity: 125

Think Tank

Reception Capacity: 150
Seated Capacity: 75

ZooLights tigers 

ZooLights Dates

November: 23, 24, 25 and 30
December: 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 14-23, 26-30
January: 1
Note: Check with your event planner on options for non-ZooLights evenings.


Kelsey Thompson Amy Gaus Ashley Chinnici
202.633.8307 202.633.3068 202.633.3063
Email Email Email

***I have personally worked with the Zoo Event Staff and
 they are amazing and the spaces are very cool and a lot fun.***

Tuesday, December 4, 2012


5-9 P.M.

NOVEMBER 23-25, 30
DECEMBER 1-2, 7-9, 14-23, 26-30

ZooLights is brighter than ever! More than 500,000 environmentally-friendly LED lights transform the Zoo into a winter wonderland. Lit animal silhouettes, musical light displays, and a new garden scene light sculpture make for truly magical sights! 

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Picture Perfect

Thanksgiving is done and the holiday season has officially begun!

Inspiration comes in many forms this year.  A delightful blog post by Cathy of Pear Tree Greetings gives the top tips when taking your holiday photo this year.

Light Colors
Left photo by: Ashlee Raubach; Right photo by: Ashlee Raubach
When the whole family is wearing light colors, it focuses attention on the darker colors in the photo, such as facial features, hair color, or the beautiful scenery in the background. We like a mix of light colors, which looks more natural than everyone wearing the same color.

Dark Colors
The dark colors this family is wearing make them stand out against the lighter sky and field. The dark blue color solidly grounds them and gives them the appearance of a tight unit, which is a nice subliminal message for a family photo.

Bright & Casual
Photo by: 
The playful poses of the kids match the playful colors in this photo, and help the kids stand out against the gorgeous fall colors in the background. Letting the kids wear something they’re comfortable in can also make the photo shoot go a little more smoothly.


Left photo by: Ashlee Raubach; Top right photo by:; Bottom right photo by: Ashlee Raubach 
A background without a lot of color, such as a snowy landscape, monochromatic field, or an urban setting, will keep the focus on you and your family. Even subtle colors will pop, like they’re hand-painted onto the photo (as in the winter scene at left) while dressing everyone in bright colors (like the other two photos) can make a completely different statement.

Photo by: Laci Davis Photography
A brightly colored background can give your photo a ton of attitude, but it might call for simple, black and white clothes so the family members stand out. In this example, we notice Mom, Dad, and son first and then realize, with a smile, that their daughter blends right in with the fun surroundings!

Image: Tis the Season to Sketch Horizontal Christmas Cards
If you love the color of a certain Christmas card, have one or more people in the family wear something in that color, even something as small as a hair bow. That way, it looks like the photo and the card were meant for each other.

Creating Contrast for black & white photos

If you plan to make your photo black and white, creating contrast between light and dark colors will make it more interesting. Light colors, whether clothing, faces or background objects, will stand out the most. To draw attention to the faces in your photo, wear clothing that’s darker than your skin tone. Keep white clothes to a minimum, and avoid dressing everyone in mid-range colors which all turn to gray.
Now that you know you are ready for the 
perfect picture this holiday!

Blog Information Source: Pear Salad a blog by Pear Tree Greetings

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Everyone Can Help Someone

  We can't help everyone, but everyone can help someone.

    ― Ronald Reagan

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

A Pie to Try

As the menu for this Thanksgiving continues to grow, homemade pie has now been added to the list.

I have NEVER made a pie before but this recipe from has rave reviews.

No pie is complete without a personal touch.  Thankfully Style Me Pretty and Pinterest stepped up with the perfect pin.

Not sure which design I like best, but this inspiration is surely making my mouth water with ideas!

Friday, November 16, 2012

In One Hour

Wikipedia is the go to for quick information about ANYTHING.  

And now they are asking for help.  They want me and you and everyone who has helped make it the #5 site in the world to donate.

"If everyone reading this gave $5, our fundraiser would be done within an hour. Please help us forget fundraising and get back to Wikipedia."

So take a minute and give, because you use wikipedia, because you found and extra $5 in your pants, because it is that time of year or because you know it is the right thing to do.


Thursday, November 15, 2012

The Grand Tourista

Travel is on my mind and I do not often travel light.

The Grand Tourista by Jason Wu for St Regis Hotels & Resorts.  This extremely limited-edition travel tote is a perfect blend of worldly travel and St. Regis sophisticationDebuting today on Moda Operandi until November 22nd, you can reserve this exclusive bag!

After that you can find it on the St. Regis online boutique.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Private Pinning

To my delight Friday morning, Pinterest sent me a note that started my day off right!


I have personally been emailing anything I didn't want the world to follow on my boards and this was JUST what I wanted and needed.

Here is the best part of the note:

Today, we’re excited to continue this tradition with a new feature we hope will make Pinterest even better—secret boards. Secret boards give you a place for things you’re not quite ready to share yet, like a surprise party, special gift ideas, or even planning for a new baby. We’re testing out the feature by giving everyone 3 secret boards. You’ll find them at the bottom of your profile. We can’t wait to hear what you think!
On behalf of our team here at Pinterest, thanks so much for pinning, inviting your friends, and sending us ideas for how we can improve. Most of all, thanks for sharing your inspirations. With your help, we’ll make Pinterest a little better every day.
—Ben & the Pinterest Team

 Mine are set and going, even though you will never seem them!  
Here are just a few of my public boards.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Moment of History

    “ We live in a moment of history where change is 
so speeded up that we begin to see the present 
only when it is already disappearing.

    ― R. D. Laing

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Mosaic Moments

Getting photos from off your iphone and onto your walls is about to get even easier.

Presenting Mosaic.

20 images.
20 dollars (plus tax and shipping).
 4 days.

Simple.  Gorgeous.

Celebrate all of your life moments.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Perrier-Jouët Belle Époque Florale

As Seen on Julib:

Perrier-Jouët has unvelied the Perrier-Jouët Belle Époque Florale Edition by Mokoto Azuma - the first limited edition design of cuvée Belle Époque since the creation of its iconic anemone bottle by Emile Galle. The renowned Japanese floral artist created the unique bottle with a single delicate botanical arabesque dotted with white Japanese anemones - the original flower chosen by Gallé. In Mokoto's version, the flowers are suspended in a three-dimensional frame where the composition of white, green and yellow take inspiration from the sensation of champagne inside the mouth and the delicate movement of ivy and leaves. Of course, his tribute to Gallé's anemones revives history and connects a glorious past to a gorgeous present.

The artist spent months in his floral studio studying the bottle and flowers to create the perfect scene. The result breathes new life to the brand and iconic look of Perrier-Jouët Belle.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Go Wild - Gabon's Gamba Complex


Join Smithsonian's National Zoo scientist Dr. Alfonso Alonso and learn more about this little known—but immensely diverse—part of Africa: Gabon’s Gamba Complex.
  • Please join us following the lecture at a reception with complimentary beer, wine, soda, and light hors d’oeuvres.
  • Try your luck at a silent auction with unique items available to bid on.
  • Have an opportunity to speak one-on-one with keepers and researchers about the Zoo’s work here and abroad.
  • And purchase T-shirts, notecards, and other items to round out your holiday gift list!



Event Details

When: Thursday, November 8, 2012
Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Smithsonian's National Zoo Visitor Center
Admission: $15 for FONZ members and $20 for nonmembers
Not a member? Join now to get the member rate.

100 percent of the proceeds of "Teeming with Life" will go toward improving the Cheetah Conservation Station and helping to bring new African wildlife species to the Zoo.
Questions? Contact Rebecca Sohmer at 202.633.4456 or email.

"Teeming with Life" is sponsored by the African Wildlife Ambassadors, a group of Friends of the National Zoo volunteers who are working to help the National Zoo help African animals at the Cheetah Conservation Station. Learn how you can help

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Bloody Good Time

Brunch bites & Bloody Marys, who could resist?

This month is all about Breakfast for The Washingtonian.  Hopefully you saw more then one restaurant that you wanted to try and now is your chance! 

The Details:
Saturday October 20th, 2012
Long View Gallery
1234 Ninth Street NW
WDC 20001
11:00am - 1:30pm

Valet Parking Available

For Tickets

Photo Credit: Washingtonian Magazine

Friday, October 5, 2012

Looking Forward

You can’t connect the dots looking forward, you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever – because believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow you heart even when it leads you off the well-worn path, and that will make all the difference.
~Steve Jobs (1955-2011)

Thursday, October 4, 2012

A Flea in her Ear

Opening this Friday at the F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre in Rockville, Maryland.

A fresh and playful take on this classic romantic farce, the play brings an amorous and scheming cast of characters together at the Hotel Coq d'Or with hilarious results.  

For Tickets: Click Here
Rockville Civic Center Park, 603 Edmonston Dr., Rockville, MD 20851 

Be sure to check out the stellar performance of Romaine Tournel by Noah Steurer.
That guy has star power.

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