Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Creative Ways to get your political message across...

I don't generally post about my political convictions. But, these two stories hit my Cool Thing button like nobody's business!

Your Daily Cool Things:

Panties for Peace

Strike Bike

Your Daily Wonderful Design:
I do lots of graphic work, and I really appreciate open source resources like this one. Sure, I could sit there and go blind creating my own backgrounds, and I *do* that, often. But, this week, with all the snow shoveling and a burgeoning headache for most of the days, it was much easier to just gank this stuff from Squidfingers. Shout out to Travis Beckham, a big Santa's Helper for me this week.


Holiday Table Happenings:

Finer things. Delicately handblown and heat-tempered strong in clear chem lab beaker glass. Modern heirlooms shape up in light-as-a-feather styles. Collect a mix.

• Handblown, heat-tempered beaker glass
• Each holds a standard taper candle, sold separately
• Hand wash

Lumiere Candlesticks

Your Daily Inspiring Words:

Challenges come so we can grow and be prepared for things we are not equipped to handle now. When we face our challenges with faith, prepared to learn, willing to make changes, and if necessary, to let go, we are demanding our power be turned on. Iyanla Vanzant

Your Daily Wicked-Good Food:

Curried Squash Soup

Medium sized squash (I prefer Hubbard) 2 pounds or so should suffice

2 medium onions

3 cups broth (I use organic veggie broth)

1 can Lite coconut milk

1 orange

1 Tablespoon fresh ginger, grated

Olive oil for cooking (about 1/4 cup)

salt and pepper

Curry Powder

Bake or steam the squash until tender. Scoop out the flesh and place in a blender or food processor to cool. Dice the onions and saute until translucent and tender.

Add the onions to the squash in the blender and add the grated ginger, the juice of the orange and the broth. Process until smooth. You may have to halve the mixture to accommodate the space of your blender/processor. Add the coconut milk and process again, adding curry powder, salt and pepper to taste. This soup is best at just above room temperature, not too hot.