Thursday, October 16, 2008

I Love October in Monterey!

Um....yeah, I live here...

Before the sun went down...
Limpet and rock kelp

AnemoneI'm a bad botanist....not sure what kind of sunflower this is

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

You'll Have To See It To Believe It!

You'd be amazed at the look on people's faces when you tell them you're constructing a Rubix Cube out of Rice Crispy Treats. I mean, there's nothing abnormal about that, right? Of course not! haha! Anyhow, this was my latest challenge. My good friend Merry came to me with this about a month ago.

The story was that she wanted to make Rice Crispy Treats for her brother for his birthday because they are his favorite. But Merry doesn't bake. (although whether you can consider making Rice Crispy Treats "baking" is still up in the air....there's not really a category for melting and stirring, is there?) So she sent him a big box of store bought treats and they never got there! I'm thinking a lot of Post Office workers had a nice afternoon snack! Then, while talking to her brother on the phone she came up with the idea to take his favorite childhood toy and favorite snack and make it one. And that's where I came in! My expertise (haha!) in baking and making Rice Crispy Treats was needed!

So the adventure started Saturday when we made a total of 5.5 batches of rice crispy treats, coloring 5 half batches the different colors of the rubix cube. And as we went along, I keep thinking about the construction. There's this problem, there's that problem, how are we going to put it all together. After 2 hours of melting, mixing, and pondering, we decided to just make them all and then put them together the next day. Unfortunately Merry wasn't feeling well for the next 2 days, so we didn't get to start construction till tonight. (do you know how hard it is to have 8 pans of Rice Crispy Treats in your fridge and not be able to eat them!?) We got all of the kinks worked out and with very little sketching of what we were doing and more just winging it, we came up with an AWESOME product! So, here's the pictures of our construction and what will result from 4 hours of playing with and subsequently eating too much sugar! (yes, that's a total of 6 hours to make this)

3 full batches and 5 half batches with color.

Merry beginning construction.

Cutting the edges of the sides.

Making it fit.

What happens when you've already had desert and then eat rice crispy scraps as you go...
Colored fries!
Taste the rainbow!

Gluing it all together with frosting

The final product!!!!!

I may not have food in my fridge, but I have a Rice Crispy Treat Rubix Cube! Doesn't everybody?

Sunday, October 5, 2008


Alright, this may be because the drink I just made is finally kicking in and I'm feeling a nice little buzz, but tonight Saturday Night Live is actually funny! SNL used to be one of my favorite shows, back when Mike Meyers, Adam Sandler, Chris Farley, and David Spade were on it. Over the years, my love for the show has fact, I almost never watch it anymore. I caught the Justin Timberlake episode, which was pretty damn funny (Most people remember "D$@& in a Box", but I think the sketch where he was dressed up as a Cup Of Noodles and trying to raise money next to a sidewalk Santa was the best), but that's pretty much it. Anyways, tonight Anne Hathaway is hosting and I'm actually laughing at most of the sketches. Although, I will be surprised if it's ever again as good as when it had The Gap Girls or the Church Lady, I really hope this is a trend...I miss it! Either that, or I'm going to to start drinking everytime I watch it!!