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20 Nov 18:40

A Furry ‘Star Wars’ Chewbacca Rug That Looks Like the Legendary Wookiee Warrior

by Justin Page

Chewbacca Rug

ThinkGeek has released a fully-licensed Chewbacca rug that looks just like the “legendary Wookiee warrior” from Star Wars. The geeky rug, which comes in two different sizes, is available to purchase online.

Chewbacca Rugs are soft and fluffy and even have his bandolier running diagonally across them. Two different sizes will make sure you have add the proper amount of Wookiee to the room you are decorating. And we promise, no Wookiees were harmed in the making of these rugs. Ewoks, on the other hand…

Chewbacca Rug

Chewbacca Rug

images via ThinkGeek

19 Nov 13:00

This Groot Swing Is The Best Backyard Swing Ever

by Geek Girl Diva

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One of the things that makes director James Gunn so much fun to follow on social media is just how much he enjoys other people’s expressions of love for Guardians Of The Galaxy.

For example, this picture of a Groot swing that some fans made for an upcoming reality show called Super Fans, Super Builds. He posted it to his Tumblr to show it off and let people know how much he loved it.

I want one of those swings. Now.

(via Yahoo UK)








17 Nov 00:32

There Isn’t A Doubt In My Mind That Toddler Darth Vader &...

11 Nov 15:00

Hedgehogs Are Just Sword Hamsters. Duh [T-Shirt]

by Geek Girl Diva

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Maybe it’s just my utter love for hedgehogs talking, but this shirt is awesome.

I mean, I never thought about it this way, but it is kind of true. For once, I’m not thinking about Sonic—just little hedgehogs fighting sword battles.

The shirt comes in sizes S – 3X and it’s in stock now.

Product Page ($18.00)








15 Nov 20:52

Sunday Secrets

by Frank
13 Nov 21:03

I Haz New Sleepy Place OK?

by Brinke

Yesterday, we ran a post on IKEA beds that cats can use. THAT post has now been rendered irrelevant by THIS post. Cats can and will sleep anywhere they choose.

Whether you like it or not.

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“I was surfing the internet when I hit the jackpot (Catpot?) of adorabul kittehs: just thought you should know.” -Melodie.


13 Nov 18:54

The World’s Tallest Living Man and the World’s Shortest Living Man Meet in London on Guinness World Records Day

by Lori Dorn

World's Tallest and Shortest Men Waving
photo by Daniel Deme/Wenn.com

On November 13, 2014 the World’s Tallest Living Man, a 31-year old man named Sultan Kösen, from Ankara, Turkey who stands at 8’3″, and the World’s Shortest Living Man, a 74-year old man named Chandra Bahadur Dangi from Purandhara, Nepal who stands at 21.5″, met for the very first time during the London festivities celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Guinness World Records Day and the 60th anniversary of Guinness World Records itself. Craig Glenday, Guinness World Records Editor-in-Chief, shares his excitement about the two men meeting.

It’s a special milestone for us and we thought we’d do something very special. We’ve united for the very first time, the World’s Tallest Living Man and the World’s Shortest Living Man. …It’s something that resonates very deeply for everyone. It crosses all cultures, creeds and races and to have them both together gives us a snapshot of the extremes of the world today.

#GWRday 2014 live blog – check out all the breaking news from around the world! http://t.co/Q9O5VXL3bE #gwr60 pic.twitter.com/ZqoyKao7ih

— GuinnessWorldRecords (@GWR) November 13, 2014

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photo by Luke MacGregor/Reuters

Tallest Man Shortest Man
photo by Luke MacGregor/Reuters

photos via Daily Mail, International Business Times

06 Nov 17:00

Modern Dog Feeders by Wake the Tree

by Katherine Becker

Modern Dog Feeders by Wake the Tree

Wake the Tree Furniture Company, based in Lebanon, PA, represents collective passions shared by husband-and-wife team Anthony and Elizabeth Becker (no relation to me, BTW – they’ve just got a fantastic last name). They’ve also been clearly inspired by their pup, Newman, in the creation of their rustic-yet-modern-and-sophisticated raised feeders, which are handmade by Anthony from gorgeous black walnut. The elevated feeders hold either one or two (USA-made) stainless-steel bowls and are available in sizes for both small and large dogs. Extra cool: the Beckers donate a portion of all their sales to charity: water, an organization dedicated to bringing clean drinking water to people throughout the world. Check out more from Wake the Tree on their site and in their shop.

Modern Dog Feeders by Wake the Tree in dining

Modern Dog Feeders by Wake the Tree in dining

Modern Dog Feeders by Wake the Tree in dining

Modern Dog Feeders by Wake the Tree in dining

Modern Dog Feeders by Wake the Tree in dining


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28 Oct 14:09

Simon Tourneboeuf – Arm Lamps, Clavicle Knives, and Beyond

by Vanessa Ruiz
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Arm, Lamp, 2013

Arm, Lamp, 2013

Arm, Lamp, 2013

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Thoracic cage, Perch, 2014

Skull, Mortar, 2014

Skull, Mortar, 2014

Clavicle, Knife, 2013

Clavicle, Knife, 2013

Clavicle, Knife, 2013

Clavicle, Knife, 2013

Radius/Ulna, Nunchaku, 2014

Radius/Ulna, Nunchaku, 2014

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Fracture, Salt and pepper mills, 2012/2014

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A longtime follower of Street Anatomy, French sculptor Simon Tourneboeuf recently shared his transformations of human anatomy into functional wooden sculptures. Thus the skull becomes a mortar, the arm a lamp, the clavicle a deadly knife, all giving a unique take on the concept of functional anatomy. Each wooden tool seamlessly fits into a complete skeleton.

The craftsmanship of Simon’s work is simply incredible! Definitely check out more of his sculptural work at simontourneboeuf.weebly.com.

 

 

21 Oct 16:10

Dusty Bones Sugar Cookies

by noreply@blogger.com (Heather Baird)

Boy, October seems to be flying by too fast! There are all kinds of things I'm still trying to squeeze in before Halloween - pumpkin carving, pie baking, costume-making - and I'm determined to not let it all go by without celebrating to the fullest.

I've been enjoying the recent box of goodies that Wilton sent me to review, especially this bone cookie pan. I squealed a little when I saw it because I knew I'd not only use it for Halloween treats, but also for dog biscuits for the pug-a-lugs. But first, I wanted to whip up some spooky people treats, and glazed sugar cookies seemed a good fit.

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21 Oct 00:04

http://thereisnogoodtime.blogspot.com/2014/10/me-omg-this-rotation-i-feel-so-angry.html

by OMDG
Me: OMG this rotation!  I feel so angry all the time.
Resident: At least you have the energy to be angry.  Just wait until winter.  That's when the anger fades away and all that is left is sadness.
10 Oct 17:30

Les’ Go For A Sweem, Mon!

by Brinke

Let’s head back to the Bahamas for a quick dip with the Swimming Porksters! Just make sure you bring ‘em some snacks. They’ll be disappointed (OINK) if you don’t. (Memo to self: got to get a GoPro. -B.)


Filed under: Uncategorized Tagged: Prosh Porksters
10 Oct 14:30

The New Tesla Is Faster Than a Ferrari

by Mike Newman

We were all giggles when Elon Musk announced the D was coming, but after the unveiling yesterday of the new supercar versions, we had to put a halt to our immaturity and pay attention. The new version of the Model S sports dual-motors (hence the “D”), all-wheel drive, and the top-of-the-line model can go 0-60 in a face-stretching 3.2 seconds. Yes, that Model S P85D boasts a silly 691 horsepower. Just FYI, that’s ridiculous. And while there were rumors the new ...
09 Oct 19:00

A Bush In The Fridge Is Worth Two In The Bush

Retail | Oslo, Norway

(I work in the customer service desk at a large store selling domestic appliances. This day one of my ‘regulars’ came in. He’s a really old man – and he seldom files complaints, he just wants to know how his stuff is working, and maybe have a chat.)

Me: “Hello. How may I help you today?”

Customer: *whispering* “There was something wrong with delivery of my fridge. It came with something in it.”

(I pull up his records, and see that he bought one of our display models earlier that week. It’s not seldom other customers leave soda bottles or other stuff in the fridges that’s out on the floor, and I immediately think that is the case.)

Me: “Well, I’m really sorry, sir. But may I ask, exactly what was inside the fridge?”

Customer: *still whispering* “George W. Bush.”

Me: “Excuse me? What?”

Customer: “The American ex-president. The younger one! He was in my fridge and now he’s on my living room floor, all tied up and ready to be shipped back.”

Me: “Shipped back?”

Customer: “Oh, don’t worry; I’m not going to have YOU do that, poor thing. I’ve called FedEx. I just wanted to let you know. ”

Me: *not really knowing what I can do, other than play along* “Well, thank you then, sir. And sorry for your trouble. Is the fridge working okay, though?”

Customer: “Oh yeah, it’s totally fine! But you should really stop selling appliances with republicans in them. Could hurt your business.”

08 Oct 06:01

Pumpkin Spice Cinnamon Rolls with Maple Glaze

by Sara@Our Best Bites

Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls_Glazed Cinnamon Rolls intro Cinnamon Rolls are probably my husband’s most favorite treat in the whole world.  And he admitted to me the other day that he never even thought twice about the whole pumpkin spice craze until he married me and thought I was a crazy person.  See, I was obsessed with pumpkin before it was a “thing.”  Like, well before Starbucks invented their infamous latte, or you could buy pumpkin spice flavored peanut butter and mouth wash.  (Okay, I made up the mouthwash thing, but I wouldn’t put it past those sneaky people at Listerine.)  And over the years I’ve converted him too, and now he loves pumpkin-anything as much as I do.  So the other day when he casually mentioned like, 4 times (really, you only have to mention baked goods to me one time to make it happen) that cinnamon rolls sounded soooo good, I whipped up a batch of my Everyday Cinnamon Rolls, but with a Pumpkin Spice twist.

This recipe is easy because there’s no proofing necessary with the yeast.  Just toss it in a bowl with the other dry ingredients and whisk them together.

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Add in an egg and some pumpkin puree

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and then with the mixer running, drizzle in a warm milk and melted butter mixture.

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That will give you a nice orange-tinted batter, to which you’ll add more flour until you get a nice, soft dough.

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I say this every time I post a sweet roll recipe, but resist the urge to add more flour than needed.  This dough is incredibly soft.  The trick is to scrape it onto a well floured surface and handle it very lightly.  Don’t knead in all of the flour, just dust all the sides so it won’t stick to you, and especially make sure the bottom is dusted well so it doesn’t stick once you roll it out.  A giant silicone dough mat is my absolute favorite here; well worth the price- I use mine ALL the time.

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While your dough is resting for just a minute, whip up the filling.  This is basic cinnamon roll filling: butter, brown sugar, and a generous douse of cinnamon, plus those pumpkin-spicey flavors of ginger, nutmeg, and cloves.  You could use pumpkin pie spice as well, but I find I like using the individual spices better.

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Gently spread the filling on and push it out to the edges.

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Then roll those babies up and slice them (I use dental floss, thread works great too.  See this post if you have no idea what I’m talking about!)

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Place them in a pan and let them sit to rise.  I have a “proof” setting on my Thermador Oven, but if you don’t- try placing them in a cold oven with the door shut and placing a pan of boiling water underneath them.  It creates the perfect little steam room to make nice, plump rolls.

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Once they’ve risen, pop them in the oven until they’re golden brown and then slather them with a little maple glaze.

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They’re super yummy with cream cheese frosting, too.

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Make sure to eat them warm, and I won’t tell anyone if you even slather a little extra butter in there.

Pumpkin Spice Cinnamon Rolls from Our Best Bites

Promise.  Our little secret.

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Just go make them already.

Spiced Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls from Our Best Bites

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Pumpkin Spice Cinnamon Rolls
Recipe by Our Best Bites

Dough
3/4 cup milk
4 Tbs butter, cut into chunks
4 – 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, divided
1 tablespoon rapid rise yeast
1/4 cup white sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup pumpkin puree
1 egg

Filling
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 tablespoon ground cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon ginger
½ teaspoon nutmeg
¼ teaspoon cloves

Icing
1 1/2 C powdered sugar
2 T melted butter
1 1/2 tsp maple extract
1-2 Tbs milk

Dough:
Place milk and 4 Tbs butter in a microwave safe bowl. Heat on high for about 1 minute 30 seconds. Butter should be at least partially melted. Stir and set aside. In a large mixing bowl of a stand mixer, combine 2 C flour, yeast, white sugar, and salt. When milk mixture has cooled to warm (not hot) add it to the flour mixture along with the pumpkin and egg while the beater is running.  Beat until well combined, about 1 minute. Scrape down sides of bowl and switch to a dough hook.  Add remaining flour only until dough comes together and barely leaves the sides of the bowl. It should be very soft and slightly sticky. Continue to let the dough knead for 3-4 minutes.  Scrape dough out onto a floured surface and let rest for about 10 minutes while you make the filling.

Filling:
make sure butter is softened well, but not melted. Beat with brown sugar and spices until smooth.

Assembly:
Dust dough ball with flour and make sure surface is well floured.  Do not overwork dough.  Gently roll dough into a rectangle about 18 x 14 inches (eyeball it). Spread brown sugar mixture (it will be slightly thick, you might have to “crumble” it) over the surface and use your fingers or the back of a spoon to gently spread around. Roll up from the longer side of the rectangle and pinch edges closed. Score the roll into 12 equal pieces and use dental floss or thread to cut into rolls.  Place in a 9 x 13 pan that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Cover pan with a clean towel and let rise in a warm place for about 30-45 minutes. If you have double ovens, place them in an oven with a pan filled with boiling water while you preheat the other oven.  In the mean time, preheat oven to 350 degrees.

When rolls have finished rising bake for 25-35 minutes or until light golden brown.  Mix icing ingredients and then spread on while still warm. Makes 12 rolls.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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23 Sep 01:03

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These awesome vintage comic book hair barettes can be found here!

29 Sep 22:27

More Wonderfully Atmospheric Backlit Cut Paper Sculptures by Hari & Deepti

by EDW Lynch

Backlit Cut Paper Sculptures by Hari & Deepti

Back in March we posted about the dramatic backlit cut paper sculptures of art duo Hari & Deepti (Harikrishnan Panicker and Deepti Nair). They’ve since produced quite a few more wonderfully atmospheric works for a recently completed show at the Black Book Gallery in Denver.

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Backlit Cut Paper Sculptures by Hari & Deepti

Backlit Cut Paper Sculptures by Hari & Deepti

Backlit Cut Paper Sculptures by Hari & Deepti

photos via Black Book Gallery

via Colossal

25 Sep 16:30

Leave Your Mark

by John Farrier

(Speed Bump/Dave Coverly)

Communication at work or home would be very different for us if we took the canine approach. I'm not sure that it would be better. But I'm certain that blog comments would be even more interesting to experience.

21 Sep 01:02

WHO’S A Hungry Stingray? WHO Is?

by Brinke

YOU are! So slide on up here and let’s have some munchies!


Filed under: Uncategorized Tagged: Unusual Animals
20 Sep 14:58

pizzaback: wolves-whales-and-waves: griseus: The marine eels...





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The marine eels and other members of the superorder  Elopomorpha have a leptocephalus larval stage, which are flat and transparent. This group is quite diverse, containing 801 species in 24 orders, 24 families and 156 genera (super diverse). 

Leptocephali have compressed bodies that contain jelly-like substances on the inside, with a thin layer of muscle with visible myomeres on the outside, a simple tube as a gut, dorsal and anal fins, but they lack pelvic fins. They also don’t have any red blood cells (most likely is respiration by passive diffusion), which they only begin produce when the change into the juvenile glass eel stage. Appears to feed on marine snow, tiny free-floating particles in the ocean.

This large size leptocephalus must be a species of Muraenidae (moray eels), and probably the larva of a long thin ribbon eel, which is metamorphosing, and is entering shallow water to finish metamorphosis into a young eel, in Bali, Indonesia.

Is it just me or does he look REALLY excited about where ever (s)he’s going?

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20 Sep 23:52

Don’t Mess With Dad

by awkward

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Most teenagers deal with plenty of stress, from school to homework to their home life, but oftentimes teens don’t have to deal with unusual embarrassments like Rain has. This 16-year-old kid had to deal with his parents, Dale and Rochelle, waving as he left for school. Not wanting to endure the embarrassment any longer, Rain told his mother, “Don’t let dad go out there again.” Instead of listening to his son, however, Dale had something else in store.

The pictures below show Dale’s clever response to his son’s request.
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Most teenagers deal with plenty of stress, from school to homework to their home life, but oftentimes teens don’t have to deal with unusual embarrassments like Rain has. This 16-year-old kid had to deal with his parents, Dale and Rochelle, waving as he left for school. Not wanting to endure the embarrassment any longer, Rain told his mother, “Don’t let dad go out there again.” Instead of listening to his son, however, Dale had something else in store.

The pictures below show Dale’s clever response to his son’s request.
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19 Sep 17:28

Persistent Weasel Tries to Play with Evasive White-Footed Orange Kitten

by Lori Dorn

A persistent and adorable weasel desperately tries to play with an evasive white-footed orange kitten who seems to be trying just as hard to avoid playtime with his persistent little friend.

via Nothing To Do With Arbroath

17 Sep 12:00

Get Ready For Halloween With Zombie Chia Pets

by Nicole Wakelin

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Halloween is just around the corner, and these zombie chia pets are the perfect finishing touch to all your spooky decor. You can choose from an arm reaching up out of the grave, Lifeless Lisa, or Creepy Holden. Better yet, buy all three and you’ll have the makings a a zombie chia family.

See more pictures after the break.

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Product Page ($16.99 via The Green Head)








17 Sep 14:00

Check Out These Stunning Star Wars Prints By Eric Tan

by Amy Ratcliffe

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Though I’ve seen hundreds of pieces of Star Wars art over the years, every one is slightly different. Artists constantly show me different ways to see the saga, and Eric Tan’s posters for the original trilogy definitely have that effect. While I wouldn’t necessarily call his posters minimalist, they have that simple but effective vibe. I love how Darth Vader figures prominently in the layout of the first two but takes a backseat in the Return of the Jedi art.

Tan, a designer for Disney, said he’s never had more fun on a project. It shows.

See more pictures of the art after the break.

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Product Page ($399.95/each via /Film, photos via Eric Tan)








11 Sep 23:17

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by noreply@blogger.com (Guide Dogs for the Blind (GDB))

A City Dog gets to Work and Play

By Katie Crocker




Katie Crocker and her black Lab Jetty




Every August, as part of my job, I record an event that is held at the Massachusetts state house.  My job at this event is to set up audio equipment, record speakers and audience discussion, and ultimately, turn that audio into a radio show.  The event features a yearly program run by the Massachusetts agency for the blind.  In any case, this was the first time I've attended this event with a guide dog since 2011.  Jetty and I have been a team now for about 15 weeks; he is by far the youngest dog I have ever taken to this particular event (I've attended this yearly since 2006).  This involves tons of people, many with white canes, several with guide dogs, tables, crowds, food, the whole nine.  In addition to these distractions, I also had many situations where Jetty needed to do a sit/stay or down/stay, while I untangled wires, tested audio equipment, etc.  This also involved him helping me trace along walls to find wires, and tape them down to avoid tripping hazards, much of this was just him and I, without sighted assistance.  Let me just say, Jetty was a total rock star! He did an amazing job, weaving me past tables, podiums, other people who could not see us, led me past curled up wires, even stopping patiently while I rearranged wires along the wall so others without sight would not trip.  His work was exemplary; never before have I seen such restraint and focus in such a young partnership.


Another thing I found amazing was Jetty's ability to read me before I gave any commands.  As I've been behind the scenes at this event for multiple years, I know the surrounding area quite well.  It only took Jetty a trip or two to figure out: A, where my assigned chair in the audience was, B; where the podium we needed to connect to was, C; where our recording devices were (in a separate room, D; where the press media ports were in the room.  We needed to frequent these places periodically, as the recording requires two separate speaker systems.  There were folks there who were deaf/blind, so we also needed to account for an FM transmitter to accommodate listening devices.  This was my first time making on the spot changes to our rig, but it worked out for the best!
There were a number of guide dogs there.  One belonged to MCB commissioner, another belonged to the ADA coordinator of the state house.  Then there were several in the crowd.  One I knew from my previous guide dog school, and a few from our own GDB.


Jetty was a gentleman, through and through.  He targeted the areas I needed, with very little verbal cues, which I found amazing! He and I are getting into that  "mind reading" phase, where before I can utter a command, he seems to already know!  We move like a fluid force, together. At every step he seems to know what I need, and in turn, I feel through all things what he needs.  We have been a good team so far.  Of course there have times where we have had to figure each other out, but it seems like with each trip out the door we get better and better.  We are learning more about each other every day.  But, we are staring to respond to each other on a level that is almost surreal.  Sometimes it's nonverbal.  Sometimes a gesture, or my pace, or...I don't even know what, will prompt my boy to do move in a way where we just flow.  It completely takes my breath away.


The minute we get home, and the harness comes off, Jetty turns into a goofy, sloppy teenager. He grabs whatever toy is closest, snorts, and will do backflips right into you.  He likes keep away games, loves to chew, and loves, more than anything else, to feel needed and important.  When I sit on the floor, he will curl up in my lap, and he seems to feel at peace.  He needs both work, and play, in that order.  If Jetty can't guide, he really doesn't feel like himself.  But when we are out and about, he is his happiest.  This is an amazing dog.....


The streets of Boston are loud and chaotic.  At every turn there are crowds, buses honking their horns, construction, you name it.  But nothing ever phases Jetty, or gets him worried.  He is the most confident city dog I've ever had.  GDB did a wonderful job pairing us together, and I can't thank them enough for this amazing gift!  I look forward to every day as an adventure with this boy by my side! This is how we/have grown.  I feel so blessed!

11 Sep 15:00

Candle Attachments Turn Candles Into Mini Bat-Signals [Video]

by Amy Ratcliffe

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Get ready to turn your house into the safest version of Gotham City ever with these small Bat-Signals. Made by Geekhex, the 3D printed Bat-Signals are built to be inserted into a candle with prongs; you’ll be able to summon a tiny Batman in a heartbeat. You can order the signal in various types of metal and choose from Bat-Signals over the ages including designs from 1992, 2001, 2003, and 2008.

See the other eras of Bat-Signals available and see them in action after the break.

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15 Sep 13:30

These Star Wars Character Icons Are Delightfully Simple

by Nicole Wakelin

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Artist Filipe Carvalho has created beautiful and very simple images of the characters from Star Wars using something called Flat Design. Rather than complex, detailed images, he uses only a few colors and shapes to convey an entire character. The results are pictures we’d love to have hanging on the wall.

See more examples after the break.

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15 Sep 04:27

Intestine Socks, For Those With A Strange Sense Of Humour

by David Ponce

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If you’re not one, you likely know one. You know, that guy with a quirky sense of humour, always wearing novelty trinkets for kicks and giggles? Yeah, so here’s another one for his arsenal: Intestine Socks. They are exactly what they sound like. Actually, no, they’re nothing like that. They’re not, you know, made from guts. They just look like them. And they cost $11 a pair.

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15 Sep 13:07

ALU Machined Dog Collar by MEMA Pets

by Capree Kimball

ALU Machined Dog Collar by MEMA Pets

The ALU Collar from San Francisco-based MEMA Pets features CNC machined aluminum hardware with sustainable cork and hemp webbing, and a Neodymium magnet buckle (one of the most powerful permanent magnets in the world). Simply put, it’s “the dog collar, re-designed”. And? It’s awesome.

ALU Machined Dog Collar by MEMA Pets in collars leads

ALU Machined Dog Collar by MEMA Pets in collars leads

While this collar isn’t available for purchase quite yet, you can sign up to be notified when it’s available for pre-order through MEMA Pets‘ website.


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10 Sep 08:07

Baking Bootcamp: Apple Pie Biscuits

by joythebaker

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Baking is all about sharing. Sharing recipes, sharing techniques, and most definitely sharing biscuits!

It’s time for our second challenge in the Baking Bootcamp series with King Arthur Flour!  You blew me away by baking the Triple Berry Braided Bread with me for our first challenge.  Hundreds of you participated and made the most lovely loaves of bread studded with summer berries.  I’m so happy you took the time to bake with me! It really means so much.  Let’s do it again, shall we!?

Apple Pie Biscuits

For this month’s Baking Bootcamp Challenge, we’re exploring King Arthur Flour’s Self-Rising Flour.  It’s a wonderfully light white flour combined with non-aluminum baking powder and salt.  It’s absolutely perfect for biscuits, pancakes, and muffins.  It’s a staple in my kitchen when it comes to perfectly fluffy, no-fuss biscuits.  Hop on this bandwagon and let’s get baking!  Below I’ll offer some alternatives for a DIY self-rising flour and a gluten-free option.  I want all of us in biscuit mode!

Here is a reminder of how Baking Bootcamp works:

Four Flours + Four Recipes Challenges + One Instagram #bakingbootcamp

+ Four Awesome Sets of Prizes!

The idea is simple!

• Make these Apple Pie Biscuits (they’re sooo delicious!) and take a picture of your creation!

• Follow @joythebaker and @kingarthurflour on Instagram

• Photograph your beautiful biscuits and post them to Instagram with the hashtag #bakingbootcamp

• When you submit a photo, you’ll be entered to win a one year supply of King Arthur Flour and a Baking Essentials box valued at $250!! Official rules and details can be found here.

I’ll be answering questions and sharing your photographs here on Joy the Baker. By entering the challenge you’ll also have amazing Apple Pie Biscuits in your kitchen, so… you really can’t lose.

Let’s get started!

Baking Bootcamp Essentials II

 1 • King Arthur Unbleached Self-Rising Flour is perfectly soft and rolls out beautifully for these tender biscuits.

2 • I use this King Arthur Flour Bench Knife just about everyday in my kitchen. It’s perfect for scraping little dough bits from the countertop… something a sponge just pitifully attacks. You might also use the bench knife to slice though the center of the rolled dough. It’s sharp too! I love this tool!

3 • Kitchen fashion is important to me. Hedley & Bennett understands my needs for a functional, durable, totally chic apron. Not too frilly. I always want to be more badass than 50′s housewife-y in the kitchen.

4 • My Cast Iron Skillets are a staple in my everyday kitchen. Some are more successfully seasoned than others, but I try to keep some cast iron specifically for savory and other just for sweets.

5 • Having Colorful Mixing Bowls is the kitchen equivalent of having a great black dress in your closet. Necessary treat.

6 • Vegetable Peelers with good finger grips to peel apples in a flash!

7 • I inherited a Marble Rolling Pin from a family friend and now I don’t know how I’ve gone without one for so long! This piece has great weight and can be chilled in the refrigerator prior to rolling to keep our doughs more amiable.

8 • Don’t skimp on good Silicone Spatulas. The ones that melt along with the butter are just infuriating.

9 • Is it normal to have a completely mismatched set of Measuring Cups, or should I just treat myself to a matching set like this? Don’t answer that…

10 • Same goes for the Measuring Spoons… it’s nice to have a full matching set.

11 • I go through Paring Knives like I go through socks.  How is it possible to have them one day and then lose them the next? I don’t know.  Clearly I have an issue.

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Let’s get baking!  #bakingbootcamp

photos in this post by Jon Melendez

Apple Pie Biscuits

 This super easy biscuit recipe features King Arthur Flour’s Unbleached Self-Rising Flour.  I encourage you to go buy a bag and experience just how convenient it is!  Self-rising flour has a lower protein content (8.5%) than all-purpose flour (11.7%) because it’s made using a soft wheat flour rather than the hard wheat flour that makes up all-purpose flour.  The lower protein content makes the flour extra light, creating wonderfully tender biscuits.

Self-rising flour also contains non-aluminum baking powder and a dash of salt so we don’t have to deal with measuring spoons and extra additions.

How to make your own Self-Rising Flour: 1 cup all-purpose flour + 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder + 1/4 teaspoon salt.  Of course, if using all-purpose flour, the protein content will be a bit higher. Whisk together until thoroughly combined.

How to make your own Gluten-Free Self-Rising Flour:  1 cup King Arthur Gluten-Free Multi-Purpose Flour + 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder + 1/4 teaspoon salt + 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum.

For more on flour, check out Baking 101:  The Difference Between Baking Flours.  

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Cold butter is cut into small cubes and added to the flour.  The colder the butter the better!

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Measure out the cold buttermilk before your hands get dirty.

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Using your fingers, break the butter down into the flour.

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Quickly press the butter and flour in between your fingers creating little bits of butter throughout the flour.

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If you work quickly, breaking down the butter into the flour will take about 4 minutes.  The result will be butter bits that are the size of oat flakes and small peas.

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Add granulated sugar.

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And stir the mixture together.

If that seems easy, it was!  Baking powder and salt are already in the flour!

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Add the cold buttermilk.

If you’re out of buttermilk, you can make your own buttermilk substitute using one of these feisty tips.

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Begin to stir the dry ingredients into the buttermilk.

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The biscuit dough will feel rather fluffy and wet.

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You’re on the right track!  Once all of the dry ingredients are worked into the buttermilk (you may need to add a splash of extra buttermilk), place it in the refrigerator for just a few moments while you make the apple filling.

If you’re using your own homemade self-rising flour or gluten-free self-rising flour, you’ll want to add the full 3/4 cup of buttermilk.

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Using either a paring knife or vegetable peeler, peel an apple.  I like Fuji apples for this recipe because they’re both crisp and sweet.

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This is how my grandmother slices apples (and everything else), and I wonder how old I’ll be when I finally feel comfortable with this move.  Don’t be like me, or my grandmother.  Slice safely.

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Add the apple slices to a skillet of melted butter.  Add cinnamon.

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Add sugar, too!

Cook the apples down for just a bit to melt the sugar and meld the spices.  The apples won’t be cooked all the way through, but they’ll finish softening in the oven.

Remove the skillet from the heat and allow to cool while you roll out the dough.

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Back to the biscuit dough!

Generously dust a work surface with all-purpose flour.

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The dough should be moist but not overly wet.

Onto the floured surface we go!

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Knead the dough three or four turns.  We want to create a cohesive dough, but not overwork the dough at all.

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Use your hands to shape the dough into rough rectangle shape.

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Pat it down to a 1-inch thickness.

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Sprinkle a rolling pin with more all-purpose flour.

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Begin to roll the dough using a firm and even pressure.  Try to keep the rectangle shape as much as possible.

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Roll the dough to a 1/2-inch thickness, about 7 x 10-inches.  Move the dough around the surface a bit to ensure that it’s not sticking; this will become important later when we’re folding the dough.

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Time for the apples!

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Spread the apples in a mostly even layer across half of the biscuit dough.

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Gently fold the dough over the apples.

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Use your hands to gently press the seams together.

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Use the palms of your hand to nudge and suggest the filled biscuit dough  back into an 8″ x 6″ rectangle rectangle if the edges have rounded a bit.

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Be the boss.

A friendly boss, but definitely the boss.

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Use a large and sharp knife to cut 12 small biscuits.  Flour the knife a bit if it gets too sticky.

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Place the biscuits on a parchment-lined baking sheet.

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Beat an egg.  Lightly brush the tops of each biscuit, for browning.

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Generously sprinkle with granulated sugar and cinnamon.

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Take a coffee break, but be careful that your rolling pin doesn’t roll right off the table.  The biscuits will bake up in about 12 minutes!

Apple Pie Biscuits

Now it’s your turn!  Take on the challenge! Share your beautiful biscuits with us on Instagram #bakingbootcamp. You have until October 11th  to submit your photos to be entered to win a one-year supply of King Arthur Flour and a Baking Essentials Box valued at $250.  Official rules and details here. Leave any questions about the recipe in the comments below and check back here for all of your baking photos!

This post is brought to you by Joy the Baker in partnership with King Arthur Flour.

Baking Bootcamp: Apple Pie Biscuits

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

12 biscuits

Baking Bootcamp: Apple Pie Biscuits

Join King Arthur Flour and Joy the Baker for a second baking challenge. Bake these delicious biscuits, post a picture to instagram with the #bakingbootcamp between September 10th - October 10th for a chance to win a year of free flour from King Arthur Flour and a gift basket of prizes worth $250! Thank you for baking along with us!

Ingredients

    For the Apples:
  • 1 Fuji apple, peeled, cored and sliced very thin
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • For the Biscuits:
  • 2 cups King Arthur Unbleached Self-Rising Flour
  • 1/4 cup cold unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2/3 to 3/4 cup cold buttermilk
  • For the Topping:
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • pinch of salt

Instructions

  1. Place a rack in the center of the oven and preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. To make the apples, place butter in a medium skilled over medium heat to melt. Add the apples, cinnamon, and brown sugar. Toss with a wooden spoon until all of the apples are coated and the sugar is melted over the apples, about 2 to 4 minutes. The mixture will be warm and glossy, but the apples won't be cooked through. That's right! Remove from the heat and set aside.
  3. To make the biscuit dough, place flour in a medium bowl and add cold butter cubes. Use your fingers to quickly break the butter down into the flour. Some of the butter bits will be the size of oats, some the size of small peas. Stir in the granulated sugar.
  4. Create a well in the center of the butter and flour mixture and add 2/3 cup buttermilk. Stir the mixture together until it is well moistened and holds together well. Biscuit dough should be soft and moist. Add the remaining buttermilk as needed. If you're using your own homemade self-rising flour or gluten-free self-rising flour, you'll want to add the full 3/4 cup of buttermilk.
  5. Use all-purpose flour to generously dust a clear work surface. Spoon dough onto the floured surface and use your hands to gather it into a ball and gently pat it into a small rectangle. If you're using gluten-free self-rising flour, the dough will crack a bit as you shape it into a rectangle, and again as you fold it over the apples. That's OK; just keep patting it back together.
  6. Use a rolling pin to gently roll the dough into a rectangle 1/2-inch thick, about 7-inches x 10-inches. Arrange cooled apples in a single layer over half of the rolled out biscuit dough. Fold the bare side of the dough over the apples and gently press the edges to seal in the apples. Use the palms of your hand to pat the dough into a 6 x 8-inch rectangle if the edges are looking a bit rounded.
  7. Use a sharp knife to slice the dough into 12 squares. Use a spatula to place each biscuit onto the prepared baking sheet, about 2-inches apart.
  8. In a small bowl, whisk together sugar for topping, cinnamon, and salt.
  9. Brush each biscuit top with beaten egg and sprinkle generously with the cinnamon sugar mixture.
  10. Bake for 12 to 14 minutes until the biscuits are risen and golden brown. Remove from the oven and serve warm or cool completely before storing in an airtight container. Biscuits are best enjoyed within two days of baking.
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