Archive for December, 2008

Don’t Forget Elephant Notepad holder

Sunday, December 28th, 2008

Speaking of Rhodia – check out this great hand-bound, foil stamped notepad holder!

Moleskine Diaries

Sunday, December 28th, 2008

Well, it’s that time of year again. Time to buy a new day planner – if you didn’t already get one for Christmas….

I’ve used a lot of planners in my time, and it’s taken me over 10 years to find one that I’m satisfied with. 


The recently revived Molskine brand offers diaries in a number of different formats. My fave is the large sized weekly diary. It gives you the whole week at a glance on one spread and leaves me enough room to write my daily to-do list. They also have a sturdy hardcover in designer-friendly black and the off-white paper is easy on the eyes and a joy to write on.




Moleskine also offers notebooks and sketchbooks, but for straight-up sketching, I prefer Rhodia’s graph paper notebooks with micro-perforated pages for easy removal. Jonathan Howells of Graphic Definer turned me onto these about 5 years ago an I’ve been using them ever since.

What do you use?

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Thursday, December 25th, 2008

Wishing all BS readers a safe and happy Christmas!

Stay tuned for more awesomeness!

Jingle all the Way

Wednesday, December 24th, 2008

Just watched Jingle all the Way (Thanks Aron and Ann Sofie!).

The late great Phil Hartman’s lecherous performance makes this Christmas not-so-classic tolerable. Also, if we’re being honest, I have a bit of a soft spot for Sinbad….

Knitting in Biology 101

Wednesday, December 24th, 2008

Not sure what to get your weird cousin for Christmas? How about this knitted frog dissection?

Thanks to Tara for the tip!

Melted Snowman Cupcakes

Wednesday, December 24th, 2008

Tired of all the snow yet? Me too. Try making these melted snowman cupcakes to lift your spirits. Or drink.

[via Bug-eyed Bistro]

Turkey Pizza With all the Trimmings

Monday, December 22nd, 2008

Not looking forward to slaving over a hot stove all day to provide your friends and family a traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings? Try my turkey pizza instead!

For the Dough
3/4 cup lukewarm water
1 1/2 teaspoons dry yeast
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
2 1/2 cups flour
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

For the Sauce
250ml whipping cream
4 tbsp. butter
3 cloves garlic, minced
5 strips crispy bacon, chopped 

For the Toppings
1 lb. roast turkey or chicken
3-4 golden fingerling potatoes
1 small red onion
4 tbsp. whole cranberry sauce
1 sprig fresh rosemary 

1. Prepare dough – Mix all ingredients and let it rise until dough doubled in size, about 1 hour. Dust a pizza stone with flour. Roll out the dough to fit stone. Let rise for 20 minutes. 

2. Preheat the oven to 425°F.

3. Prepare sauce – melt butter over medium low heat. Add garlic and saute lightly – don’t burn the garlic! Stir in the cream and bring to a simmer and reduce heat. Add bacon and simmer until desired consistency is reached.

4. Spread sauce thinly on dough then arrange the remaining toppings as desired.

5. Bake in the center of the oven until the dough is golden at the edges, about 35 minutes. Remove, let sit for 5 minutes, then cut and serve.

Feel free to send me any tips or revisions to help make this the best Christmas pizza ever!

Griffin RoadTrip Review

Monday, December 22nd, 2008

Looking for a last minute gift for someone who has an iPod, a car and lives in the countryside? I love the Griffin RoadTrip FM transmitter – it’s sleek, sexy, compact and works great provided you don’t do most of your driving in a major urban centre where there’s rarely a free band to broadcast over. Oh, and it also charges!

Green Toys Tea Set

Monday, December 22nd, 2008

Wee Ruby just got this great tea set from Nanna and Poppa for Christmas – it’s apparently the world’s most environmentally friendly tea set!

Scared of Santa

Thursday, December 18th, 2008

What’s not to be afraid of?! Scared of Santa is chock full of photos of freaked out tykes on the big guy’s lap.