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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Snowflake Mandala to color and news

I love cookies baking.
I know the quote
I love cookies baking. During the winter, they have these candles that smell like cookies, and I always buy like a hundred of them.
Jared Padalecki
doesn't actually have much to do with the art. It's a stretch- snowflake, winter. But it was good enough to be a good excuse to use a quote about cookies.

So here's the news- Don't Eat the Paste has had over 5,000,000 page views, and there are a few giveaways planned. The first will be starting soon, and I'll be giving 3 readers a copy of one of my favorite books from last year- Snowflakes, Sunbursts and Stars. It's a collection of origami and kirigami projects to paper craft snowflakes, sunbursts and stars shape.  Now two copies I'll give away here. The 3rd I'll be giving away on my Facebook page! So go like the page if you want a chance to win there. When I send them, they will include some Alaskan postcards, a touristy plastic Alaskan key ring and one of my Don't Eat the Paste wooden coins that say "Ubicumque homo est, ibi benefici locus est" around the edge. It means "Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for kindness."

But before that, it has snowed here, so here's a snowflake to color! Click on the image for a larger version.
Small jpg:
Snowflake mandala to color- available in PNG and JPG format

Transparent png version:
Snowflake mandala to color- available in PNG and JPG format

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Skull damask printable boxes

Skull damask pattern

I hope you enjoy these skull damask printable boxes for spooky treats! Click on the images for larger versions, print on card stock, cut out, score fold, fold and glue. Would you like these boxes with a purple or orange background as well?

And welcome to all the new readers!! Thank you all for helping get the total hits to Don't Eat the Paste to 5,000,000 a few weeks earlier than expected! If you look on the right hand side of the blog you'll see social buttons so you can follow me in other places. If you're really into geeky things,my daughter pins to a board on my Pinterest that's absolutely unsorted but updated regularly with all sorts of very geeky fandom things.

3x3x1 inch skull damask printable box

2x2x2 inch skull damask printable box

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Book Review- Effortless Bento

Book review: Effortless Bento- edited by SHUFUNOTOMO,

Wow. Seriously, just WOW. This cookbook is my favorite new cookbook for the year.

It's released by Vertical Inc., so as you can guess, it's a carefully edited English edition of a Japanese book. So this is the real thing. The bentos aren't cute, this isn't a how to make cartoon characters out of carrots, nori and rice cookbook. There isn't a hot dog octopus in the whole thing. The focus is attractive and delicious food that can be prepared ahead to pack into a lunch box and the recipes are just as appropriate for adults as for children. These are the lunches you pack to make your co-workers jealous, and to give you a good reason not to skip lunch.

So starting at the beginning, there is a very good overview of how to safely pack lunches so you don't risk giving yourself a case of food poisoning. It talks about the different kinds of bento boxes, how to keep things cool, and how to pack the lunches so everything is at the optimum temperature.

Then the recipes. 300 of them! Now, I know that some recipes aren't going to appeal to everyone. For example, my husband won't eat squid. My son will. My daughter is hit and miss with nori, and my son eats it toasted instead of chips. Well, actually I think every single recipe in this book is something my son would eat. He loves Japanese food. This cookbook has a lot of tasty options for Americanized tastes. You cook a certain number of servings ahead of time, and freeze or refrigerate them so packing lunch is fast.

Some of the ingredients can be tricky to find if you don't live in an area with great markets but a lot of the recipes are a lot more accessible. So you might not be able to find fishcake and lotus root- but pork cutlets and panko crumbs are easy to find. Some recipes you can make substitutes. Like if you can't find kabocha in your area, substitute butternut squash. The cooking methods are easy to learn.

The truth is, as much as I'm loving the recipes, the book is worth it for the tips, hints, and quick recipes sections which include furikake (rice seasoning), pickles, vegetables, instant soups and a nice collection of onigiri (rice balls) recipes.

I'm loving this cookbook, and happily recommend it.
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Monday, October 13, 2014

Rainbow moon coloring page

Rainbow, stars and moon coloring page

This weekend was awfully busy, but it was all working on other things like the new coloring book, some more fabric designs on Spoonflower and a ruffly crocheted bracelet (well, that will wind up being posted here). So this coloring page was part of a project that I was working on a while back. I hope you like it! If you print it on a translucent paper to color, it would be pretty in a window.

Click on the images for larger versions to print and color.
Small JPG version:
Rainbow, moon and stars coloring page- available in jpg and png format.

Large transparent PNG
Rainbow, moon and stars coloring page- available in jpg and png format.


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