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Check it out, people – my dog is famous! Not really of course, but his picture is in a magazine. I don’t count that there are ~50 other dog’s photos there as well, so let’s just not mention that. I told you a while back that I submitted photos of him to a magazine photo contest for tongues. And low and behold, here he is in the March/April edition of Fido Friendly magazine! Now if I can just find a contest that pays actual prize money…
Let’s face it, we’ve all received, at one time or another, a gift from someone that has been, let’s just say – less than optimal. Basically, it sucked ass. This scenario is the sole reason I am 100% against obligatory gift giving. Christmas, birthdays, baby showers – all events for obligatory gift giving. Don’t even get me started on office gift swaps – OF ANY KIND.
Well now, thanks to the folks at Enjoy This Beautiful Day, we can put an end to all the shitty gifts with their handy Gift Complaint Form. They suggest to give them to the recipient with the gift. I say keep them on hand and use them when you are the recipient.
Though I live in Southern California, where we basically have one, maybe two seasons, I still get cold. Even in the middle of summer, California nights can get especially chilly. These Modfire outdoor fireplaces are just the thing for those chilly evenings when you still want to be outside without having to really bundle up. Totally simplistic in shape and form yet they still make quite a statement with the bold color finish. And guess what their new color for 2011 is……. That’s right – YELLOW!
It seems my Friday series of nothing but ass-enlarging, gut-busting carbs has been a success as what used to be my fat pants, are now just my pants. I guess there is too much of a good thing.
PASTA WITH BACON, PESTO & SUN-DRIED TOMATO
image and recipe adapted from Sweet & Saucy
12 slices of bacon
~1/2 cup pesto (I used 1/2 jar of Classico Pesto)
1 box whole grain penne pasta
1/2 cup sundried tomatoes, chopped
1/4 cup feta cheese (you can use goat as well, if you prefer)
Chop bacon into pieces and fry in a skillet over medium-high heat until crispy. Meanwhile, cook pasta and drain, retaining 1 cup cooking water. Mix cooked pasta with pesto, bacon and tomatoes, adding small amounts of leftover cooking liquid to achieve desired “moistness” (disgusting word, no?). Break feta up into small pieces and mix in. Serve & enjoy!
Fifty and Fifty is an illustrative way of looking at our country. Fifty designers, one per state, will illustrate their state motto, creating something steeped in history but completely modern and unique: a kind of designer’s atlas. It’s interesting to see different people’s interpretation of a common location. They are all created with the same color palette but each is so uniquely different!
Here are just a few of the states. See if you can guess which ones they are!