Just couldn’t resist.
Photo of the Day: Waiting for Rain
Photo by Charul Shrivastava (Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India); Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India
We’ve been camping twice this summer. Each time we took everything needed for making s’mores, but both times we returned with everything unopened. Not once did anyone even dangle a marshmallow over the coals. We even brought our fancy roasting sticks! What the heck?
I’m pretty sure I’ve figured out why this happened. 1) We brought too much great food and just didn’t leave room for such a sugary treat at the end of the day. 2) Both trips were kid-free. I have no question that if our kids had come along, those marshmallows would have been roasted anytime there had been a fire in the pit.
Yesterday I stumbled across this recipe for making s’mores cookies. As I looked at the picture at my computer, my eyes wandered over to the box of graham crackers, unopened marshmallows, and Hershey bars that had journeyed back and forth on two trips to the mountains. (Yes, they were still sitting on the counter.) A group of kids was scheduled to hang out here later in the day, and I knew that finally those s’mores were going to happen.
These taste almost exactly like their camping counterparts. They’re sweet, chocolaty and gooey, and they’re also just as rich as a real s’more. This recipe makes lots of cookies, so if you make them, consider bringing them to a picnic or another occasion where you have lots of takers.
S’mores Cookies, a recipe modified slightly from The Girl Who Ate Everything. Yield: 3 dozen
- 11 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
- 1 cup brown sugar, packed
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon, optional (I didn’t use)
- 2 1/2 cups flour
- 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 cup mini marshmallows (I cut up regular size marshmallows)
- 3 regular sized Hershey’s bars, broken into pieces
- 2+ packages graham crackers, broken into squares
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, sea salt and optional cinnamon. Set aside.
In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream butter with white and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs and vanilla and mix until combined.
Add the flour mixture to the butter mixer and mix on low speed.
Fold in the chocolate chips and marshmallows. Chill dough in refrigerator for 1 hour to overnight.
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line 2 baking pans with parchment paper. (One 11x17 pan and one 9x13 pan work well.)
Lay out graham crackers side by side on the pans as close as possible (they should be touching).
Place about 1 1/2 tablespoons of dough on graham crackers. Press down slightly with fingertips.
Bake for 5 minutes then remove from oven to press Hershey’s bar pieces on partially baked cookies.
Bake for an additional 5 – 7 minutes or more if your cookies are thicker. They will be done when the edges begin to turn golden brown. Remove to a wire rack to cool. For clean cutting make sure cookies are completely cool and cut with a sharp knife.
they’re like tiny 8-legged cats
how can anyone hate them
Look at these nerds.
Don’t fear the spiders!
There are those who search at length for inspiration, be it for a writing piece, sculpture, or fashion, but then there are artists who look no further than what is right in front of them, finding beauty in everyday objects, colours, and shapes. This week we are highlighting the wonderful blog WISP –– Where I See Fashion by Bianca Luini for her wonderful imagery and abstract view of clothing. The blog curator showcases clothing alongside art pieces with corresponding elements of colour, shape, and layout, with even a single image triggering the creative process for designers, which develops into a whole line of clothing or textile designs.
Bacteriography by Zachary Copfer
Copfer on his work:
During my graduate research I invented a new medium that combines photographic processes with microbiological practices. I have coined the process bacteriography. Bacteriography consists of shooting radiation through a negative on to a petri dish covered with bacteria. The end product is a plate of bacteria that have grown to form a photographic image. The process is very similar to darkroom photography only the enlarger has been replaced by a radiation source and instead of photo sensitive paper this process uses a petri dish coated with a living bacterial emulsion
My internet connection was not cooperating so I drew some gemstone spiders instead. I´ve been sort of obsessed with learning how to draw shiny surfaces and these were fun to make
Masterpiece —watercolor 9”x12” by Yehoshua Reyez
Psychology, New Mexico Highlands University
Corals don’t live solitary lives. Their existence depends on one-celled algae called zooxanthellae that take up residence inside those ornate structures. The tiny algae give corals oxygen and other nutrients (as well as their beautiful colors), and in return, the corals give the algae carbon dioxide—a symbiotic arrangement.
With global waters warming and increasing in acidity, it’s well known coral reefs are in trouble. Warmer waters cause corals to expel the life-enabling symbiotic algae that they normally pair with, triggering a suicidal process referred to as coral bleaching. Increasing acidity, on the other hand, prevents corals from absorbing the calcium carbonate they need to maintain their skeletons.
Given all these dire findings, it’s no surprise that coral reef research is a hot topic these days (so to speak). Most studies reveal fascinating portents of doom, such as the fact that stressed corals glow brightly before they die, or that sperm and embryonic cell banks might be many coral species’ last hope. A few, however, offer more promising results—such as the fact that one species of coral, at least, seems to be able to tolerate toastier conditions than previously thought.
Now, a new study published in Global Change Biology joins the coral literature, this one offering a mix of good and bad news. The good news is that some corals—specifically, fatty corals that are less discriminating about which algae they pair with—fare better when confronted with warming waters. But the overall message, unfortunately, remains unchanged: Worldwide, global warming will almost certainly cause a decline in coral diversity and reefs.
Researchers from The Ohio State University decided to see what would happen to Caribbean corals that they subjected to warm waters for two years in a row. Other studies have only tested coral bleaching as a single rather than recurring event, reflecting the fact that bleaching normally occurs in nature only rarely. But some studies predict that by 2025, it might be an annual event in the Caribbean.
The researchers collected three types of corals—finger corals, mustard hill corals and boulder corals—from Puerto Morelos Reef National Park in Mexico. They brought the corals back to an outdoor lab, where they increased the water temperature until the delicate organisms bleached. Then, they put the stressed corals back into the ocean to let them recover naturally. To quantify that recovery, they measured things such as the number of algae present in corals cells; the type of algae that came back; and how much fat those cells contained. A year later, they repeated the same process.
THE NEW PHONEBOOKS ARE… waitaminute…. MY NEW HOW-TO-DRAW DINOSAURS BOOK IS HERE!
I just got back into town and an advance copy of my book, Draw-A-Saurus was waiting for me. This was a big thrill to see something that has taken up so much of the last two years of my life finally in print. And the best part is they spelled my name right.
This is a book that I hope will appeal to everyone. It breaks down dinosaurs to their simplest form and lets the artist build up their own creatures from the ground up.
The rest of you will be able to get your hands on this puppy on September 9th. You can order it from Amazon or any of your other favorite online and brick & mortar stores.
I’ve watched James sweat blood to make this book and I could not be prouder that it’s finally here for the world to share. He’s created a pretty substantial book full of awesome simple guides to create your OWN dinosaur art, not just copying pre-made poses like every other how-to-draw books!
Not only real dinosaurs that existed, but how to stretch your imagination and come up with NEW dinosaurs!
So if you love Dinos or have a little Dino-lover in your life, please consider pre-ordering this.