Some purple flowers that are part of the landscaping outside our building. One morning, the management apparently decided to trim them (they were getting long and overgrowing the walkway), so my roommate, who’d gotten up early to take someone to the airport, rescued a couple of sheaves of the discarded blossoms from the sidewalk. She came back and filled two generous vases with them, and when I got up, the living room was full of fresh flowers.
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Slices of a chocolate chip lime loaf cake I made to bring to a friend’s Olympic Opening Ceremony watching party. I used this recipe (with the addition of the chocolate chips, of course). You’ll notice that the slices look kind of flat. Things I did wrong: (1) I didn’t add as much yogurt as the recipe calls for, or the right kind (I had thick labneh instead of regular plain yogurt, and not a lot of it left, so I used what I had and added some extra lime juice/milk to attempt to make up the extra liquid since I figured that labneh is basically regular yogurt minus some liquid; the loaf didn’t rise as much as I’d have liked, so next time I make this I will use the right kind of yogurt). (2) I think I might want to check the expiration date on my baking powder because, come to think of it, nothing I’ve made this summer has risen quite as much as I have expected it to. (3) I didn’t grease the pan NEARLY enough, so the loaf would not unmold (I had to dig it out), and the bottom crust just stayed in the pan. Nevertheless, a lot of the cake was duly consumed at the party, and my one roommate who remained home because she was entertaining friends lamented the fact that I brought it with me instead of leaving some for her to serve for dessert, heh. (Don’t worry, I left her a generous slice or two to do with as she wished).
I am really enjoying Picasa. Post-processing is much faster than on photoshop (I don’t really do all that much post-processing anyway), and the effects are kind of fun (though not as accurate as if you were able to create them on your own in photoshop). Am contemplating upgrading to a pro Flickr account, though, because it would allow me to upload my big originals to resize online and not have to store the little versions on my computer in addition to the big post-processed versions and the big originals (thus taking up space). Wonder if it’s worth the yearly fee?