Foodie Friday: I do not like them, Sam I am.

Ever eaten pickled eggs? You probably have a strong opinion about them either way. I'm not really an "egg" person, I'll have scrambled eggs a few times a year and I think omelets are foul, but I happen to think hard-boiled, pickled eggs are damned delicious. Here's how I make mine:

Pickled Green Eggs
You will need:
Vinegar of your choosing - My favorite vinegar is apple cider vinegar and I always prefer it, but white vinegar works fine too. 
Salt and other seasonings as you see fit.- I like mine spicy so I use about 2 tablespoons of salt, about 3 tablespoons of mustard, onion (powdered or little slices) and a few drops of Louisiana hot sauce.
Green food coloring - or whatever color your want them, if you're cool and want to eat fun-colored eggs. If you're boring, food coloring is optional.
Veggies - also optional if you're boring. I <3 pickled carrots, cauliflower and celery but I don't always have them on hand.

Boil eggs for 7 min. , only using enough water to barely cover the tops of the eggs. Pour eggs into a bowl of cold water that has been placed in the sink- let cold water run over to cool them down. While the water still running, use the pot you cooked the eggs in to bring your vinegar, spices and food coloring to a boil- I never measure my vinegar, you need about as much as the water you used to boil the eggs. Peel the eggs and add them to the boiling vinegar mixture. Turn down heat, still keeping it hot but not letting it boil. Add veggies. Cook until eggs become a brilliant green (or whatever color you used. If you just use my salt/mustard combo,they will turn freakish yellow). Cool in a plastic container, cover tightly with a lid. Let cure for at least 24 hours. BAM! Home-made pickled eggs!



I caught these guys over Labor Day weekend in my hometown of Lufkin,Texas. Aren't they AWESOME!? The moths are huge!


Hump Day: Shibari

 It's kinky. 
I want to do it.
I believe this photo is by JVSexperimental photography

(From Wikipedia: Kinbaku (緊縛?) means 'tight binding Kinbaku-bi (緊縛美?) which literally means 'the beauty of tight binding'. Kinbaku (also Sokubaku, bakujojutsu, and senyojo jutsu) is a Japanese style of sexual bondage or BDSM which involves tying up the bottom...The word shibari came into common use in the West at some point in the 1990s to describe the bondage art Kinbaku.)


Depressy McAwesomepants songs

Brother, can you spare a dime?  - And if you're going to listen to it, you might as well listen to Mandy Patinkin sing it :P

(From Wikipedia: "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?", also sung as "Buddy, Can You Spare a Dime?", is one of the best-known American songs of the Great Depression. Written in 1931 by lyricist E. Y. "Yip" Harburg and composer Jay Gorney, "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?" was part of the 1932 musical New Americana; the melody is based on a Russian lullaby Gorney heard as a child. It became best known, however, through recordings by Bing Crosby and Rudy Vallee. Both versions were released right before Franklin Delano Roosevelt's election to the presidency and both became number one hits on the charts. The Brunswick Crosby recording became the best-selling record of its period, and came to be viewed as an anthem of the shattered dreams of the era.)

The House of the rising sunThis  gender-neutral folk song was popularized by The Animals. The version by Muse is pretty awesome, but I always like to hear a woman sing it.

(From Wikipedia: "The House of the Rising Sun" is a folk song from the United States. Also called "House of the Rising Sun" or occasionally "Rising Sun Blues", it tells of a life gone wrong in New Orleans. The most successful commercial version was recorded by the English rock group The Animals in 1964, which was a number one hit in the United States, United Kingdom, Sweden, Finland and Canada.)

Gloomy Sunday - Possibly the most beautiful and depressing song in the world. I give you the original Hungarian version:

(From Wikipedia: "Gloomy Sunday" is a song composed by Hungarian pianist and composer Rezső Seress in 1933, as Vége a világnak (End of the world),[1] with alternate Szomorú vasárnap (Hungarian pronunciation: [ˈsomoruː ˈvɒʃaːrnɒp]) (Sad Sunday) lyrics written by László Jávor. The original lyrics depicted a war-stricken Hungary and a silent prayer to God. Jávor's lyrics are a mourning to a lost lover and a pledge to commit suicide to meet said lover again in the afterlife.[2] It has become known as the "Hungarian Suicide Song" because many people have been found dead by means of suicide with this song playing.)



Go outside for no reason other than to go outside. This can be done in 1 minute. Appreciate the beauty of something Mother Nature has created- really appreciate it - The miniscule but mighty ant, the dull brown bird that sings rays of sunshine, the dandelion who only intends to spread beauty and not annoyance. 

I do not own or presume to own these images.


Hump Day - Fetish Collars

They're kinky.
I want one.

Designed by Contour Corsets for Vogue Italia, Sept. 2011

By polish designer Katarzyna Konieczka

Illustration by MissWithers


Go Outside!

Go enjoy the endless bounty of beauty that you take for granted every day! Appreciate the patterns on leaves and the way wood grows. Notice the teeniest bug. Examine even the reediest-looking flower and recognize it's complex aesthetic value.