Bitchen Kitchen: How To Make your Own Magic Shell

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Chocolate shell for your favorite ice cream and that oh-so-satisfing-spoon-cracking-magic-goodness.

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Two Ingredients

1- Choclate pieces of your choosing.
2- Coconut oil, a couple of tablespoons.

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Two Minutes
30 seconds – pieces into microwavable dish.

60 seconds – nuke at 15 second intervals stiring between each interval until almost smooth. You can cut time short if its nearly smooth.

30 seconds – stir in a couple of spoonfuls of coconut oil.

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This does not have to be exact. The ratio is to your liking.

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Mix well.
Pour.

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Enjoy.

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Catalina Island Pottery Made in the USA, But When?

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(Attached) photo for your reference.

Sunday, June 8th, we took a day trip to Catalina Island for my Mom’s 72nd birthday.

It was a glorious day and a wonderful adventure; her first trip.

We took the Skyline bus tour with Stephen, who was a hoot and very informative.

He discussed Catalina pottery and it peaked my interest because two weeks ago; while purging and cleaning I found a mug we used as office supply storage marked with a “MADE IN THE USA CATALINA TM” with an outline of the island as well.

I did a few searches online and did not find this particular raised stamp marking anywhere else.

We seem to remember having owned the mug for seven or more years.

The question is, “Is it authentic Catalina pottery or something more commercial/common?”

Thank you in advance for any information or assistance that can bring us closer to finding out.

=Matthew=

* I sent the above letter to the Catalina Island Museum. Stay tuned!

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Create a Gallery to Display Beautiful Note Cards in Simple DIY Art Collection.

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Andy Warhol note cards – $18
8×10 inch picture frames – $16
Double sided photo tape – $1
Card stock on hand – $0

Voilà! An art series under forty bucks. I will be hanging these little guys very soon.

Some tips about choosing your own display style:
1. Multiples are more impressive and interesting.
2. Selecting less ornate frames lends to a more intentional art gallery feel.
3. The negative or white space surrounding the image(s) is just as important as the image itself. Do not ignore it.
4. Remain open and be willing to attempt different frame layouts.

Now go frame something. Beautify and enjoy your personal surroundings.

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Growing Scallions on Kitchen Counter

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This has become a staple on my kitchen counter, regrowing green onions.  I buy a bunch and place them in water and cut and cut and cut. I have a single stock going on three months and maybe a dozen cuts.

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Kitchen Trick to Separate Egg Yolks from Egg Whites

 

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Round Trip from Los Angeles to Oakland for $29 Dollars

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As I was deciding to fly or drive to San Francisco (SF) from Los Angeles (LA) an article for the new BoltBus LA to SF bus-line came to my attention. So, I decided to make this an adventure and try out the new service.

$29 Dollar round trip ticket: LA Union Station to West Oakland BART station $14 each way plus $1 service charge. Seriously? This I gotta try.

The bus arrived on time to only five guest and myself. I was pleased. Although, I could see it could have been like flying economy class if it was full. The seats are leather, and sit high – luxury styled with no wheel well seats. The bathroom is stainless steel and airliner small. No surprises. Additional amenities; cup holders, spring loaded foot rest, ample overhead storage, two plugs for each pair of seats, air conditioned, free Wi-fi, and a distinctive new bus smell.

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The ride itself was smooth and stayed on time. Driver was no-nonsense and quick to board. There was a thirty minute half-way point break in Coalinga, CA. – Burger King parking lot. Thank goodness I packed my own meal and snacks. Heading out again at 1:10 PM.  There was a brief ten minuet stop in San Jose. Then, directly onto West Oakland BART Station.

The reverse trip home was an identical experience with a few more people. The only real complaint I have about both trips is the Wi-fi connection is not as fast as I would have liked and they blocked Netflix.com.  Even other streaming video sites required major buffering time. However, the connection was still fast enough to do my online work.

But, don’t kid yourself, you are sitting for six and a half hours. Then again, for twenty-nine bucks and you get to enjoy the California scenery fly by on your way to San Francisco or Los Angeles! I highly recommend.

Happy Adventuring!

Update: since my experience in November 2012, BoltBus has added an additional stop in San Francisco on this line.

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Old Friend

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Old Friend,

You have been a faithful and glorious companion. We have seen many many things; San Diego, New Orleans, San Francisco, Mexico, Baltimore, New York, Miami, Washington DC, Japan, Santa Barbara, PCH, Hearst Castle, Fort Lauderdale, Monterrey, Hawaii, Cayucos, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Puerto Vallarta, San Jose, Palm Springs, almost every nook of Los Angeles, many things we can not mention here, and you accompanied me to work via the Metrolink train nearly everyday for eight strong years.

You are made of stars!
Au revoir!

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