On DailyCandy.com today, I show you how to make, in ten minutes active time, a light, fluffy pumpkin pudding. My mom always called it "pumpkin fluff," but I'm beginning to realize certain things my mom says sound utterly weird to anyone else, so let's call it pudding. It's an incredibly easy chiffon of pumpkin you can pour into individual serving dishes and allow to set, or, as I did last night, whip up a quick crust and make it a pie. The video should convince you that anyone can do this really quickly, and have fun doing it!
Just yesterday we were playing in the sand and celebrating the nuptials of two crazy kids. Seems a world away from this bleak and dreary NYC Monday, but thinking back on such a sunny, spirited weekend reminded me that on a practical note, we should all copy this simple, inexpensive but statement-making gerbera daisy arrangement!
This rough-hewn but somehow quite elegant timekeeper adorned our cabin at The Ranch at Rock Creek. I want to believe I could start collecting nice sticks now, and chop them to the appropriate lengths and glue them together at just the right angles to create something similar, but perhaps that's a bit...ambitious. Maybe e-Bay will come to the rescue, and I will scour yard sales in wooded locales.
In any case, something so woodsy and craft-y would lend a city apartment a nice dose of sylvan magic!
Listen, stop beating yourself up about that careless toss of red wine that seems to have ruined one of your favorite frocks. There just might be a silver lining. (Always look for one after a night that involves a spill.)
Yes, of course you should try treating that damn spot with Wine Away (seems to work best), or take the sullied item straight to the dry cleaner. But when all else fails, envision a new life for the poor thing. The jaunty top above used to be a knee-length dress; luckily the wine in question fell mostly below the hip (great aim!) so I just lopped off the bottom. If a sleeve gets soused, lose it (or both, depending on how balanced you need to be).
Remember, it's a painless operation or the scrap heap. You might find you like the new garment better.
You really, really can make florist-quality arrangements with grocery-store flowers, and I promise it's not too hard. Most important is sticking to one or two colors, with a little greenery thrown in if you feel like it. Second-most important is cutting the stems pretty short. Your mood should be careless, romantic exuberance, not tall, willowy elegance. I like to use little mason jars or even short drinking glasses. Four bunches (I used ivory roses, ivory something else, purple chrysanthemums, and purple asters) should run you less than $20 (at the Giant in Harrisburg, PA they were $16) and turn into 6 to 8 small, low, awesome creations. Focus on one vase at a time,. Cut a stem be a bit taller than the top of the vase, strip it of leaves, and place directly into the water. Criss-cross the stems, picturing a vortex in the center that each must go through. That will intertwine them in a way that they'll prop each other up. Add leaves (above you see rose leaves, and yes, I threw the baby's breath that came with the roses in, too) last as accents. Work quickly and don't think too much, and they'll come out superbly. Let me know if you have trouble.