Category: General

ArtBody Art by Annie Ralli

Happy Humpday my friends! If your week is dragging, or even if it’s not, here’s a little treat from artist Annie Ralli and photographer Ray Massey to get you through to Friday. I’ll spare you the hand-y puns this time around, and leave you with this: enjoy!

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GeneralGood Eats: Leopard Spotted Cupcakes

As Wild Week continues, I wanted to bring you a sweet treat tutorial so you can celebrate with desserts, too! After much research on Pinterest and baking blogs, I found a super cool way to get leopard spots inside of your cupcakes!



Here’s what you’ll need:
Cake mix (I used yellow cake, chocolate cake, and carrot cake mixes.)
Frostings for all of your cake mixes (I used vanilla, chocolate and cream cheese frosting.)
Wax paper

1. Bake the chocolate and carrot cakes as directed on the box. Don’t worry about these being perfect, because you’ll crumble them up into a cake ball mixture next!
2. After the cakes are baked and cooled, scoop them into separate mixing bowls and crumble. Add frosting to each by the spoonful until it is malleable enough to roll into cake balls. Place the mixtures in the freezer for about 30 minutes so that they become easier to roll.
3. Take the chocolate mixture and flatten it between two sheets of wax paper, then break into flat chunks. Roll the carrot cake mixture into tiny ball shapes – they don’t have to be perfect because no two leopard spots are ever the same!
4. Place each carrot cake ball into a chunk of the flattened chocolate mixture and press around the carrot cake ball. Leave some of the carrot cake showing through (this will create the contrasting spots).
5. Prepare your last batch of cake mix. In cupcake tins or a cake pan, alternate a layer of cake balls and a layer of batter, repeating until filled. Note that for cupcakes, you’ll only need 5-6 small cake balls in each cup.
6. Bake as directed on the box and cut down the middle (or take a bite!) to see the wild design in the center!

xoxo

GeneralLuLu*s Reads: 50 Books for Your Summer Reading!

 
I’m under the belief that there’s nothing better than escaping the hot summer sun into an air-conditioned space with a good book. More than once I’ve gotten a hot tip about a great novel from one of my coworkers, and since we’re a community here at LuLu*s, I’ve compiled a list of 50 office favorites to share with you!
 
Check out our favs and feel free to add a few in the comments below!

General Fiction:
Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishigiro
Samurai’s Garden – Gail Tsukiyama
Prodigal Summer – Barbara Kingsolver
The Help – Kathryn Stockett
State of Wonder – Ann Patchett
Identical – Ellen Hopkins
The Language of Flowers – Vanessa Diffenbaugh
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – Stieg Larsson
Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe – Fannie Flagg
Cloudstreet – Tim Winton
Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man – Fannie Flagg
The Monsters of Templeton – Lauren Groff
 
Historical Novels:
Water for Elephants – Sara Greun
The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Love Stories:
One Day – David Nicholls
The Notebook – Nicholas Sparks
The Rachel Papers – Martin Amis
 
Humor:
A Dirty Job – Christopher Moore
White Girl Problems – Babe walker
 
Dark Humor:
Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
The Virgin Suicides – Jeffrey Eugenides
 
Macabre:
The Sad Tale of the Brothers Grossbart – Jesse Bullington
Invisible Monsters – Chuck Palahniuk
World War z – Max Brooks
 
Sci-Fi:
Oryx and Crake – Margaret Atwood
The Host – Stephenie Meyer
 
Fantasy:
The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern
Harry Potter – J.K. Rowling
 
Quirky:
In Watermelon Sugar – Richard Brautigan
Still Life with Woodpecker – Tom Robbins
Tales of Beatnik Glory – Ed Sanders

Memoirs:
Eat, Pray, Love – Elizabeth Gilbert
A Million Little Pieces – James Frey
Just Kids – Patti Smith

Non-Fiction:
Stiff – Mary Roach
Into the Wild – John Krakauer
The Family That Couldn’t Sleep: A Medical Mystery – D.T. Max
The Road of Lost Innocence – Somaly Mam
Fix, Freeze, Feast: The Delicious, Money-Saving Way to Feed Your Family – Kati Neville, Lindsay Tkacsik

Classics:
Emma – Jane Austen
To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
East of Eden – John Steinbeck
Franny and Zooey – J.D. Salinger
The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger
Desolation Angels – Jack Kerouac
The Picture of Dorian Grey – Oscar Wilde
Pale Fire – Vladimir Nabokov
Cat’s Cradle – Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
Anne of Green Gables – Lucy M. Montgomery
 

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GeneralSTOP Project: Read the Messages

Road rage, pull over. Somehow, that bright red octagon isn’t nearly so abrasive anymore due to the creative copy of Changing Lines.
Here’s how the designer describes his creations, entitled the STOP Project:
“I love typography and I always loved to combine different styles of typefaces. In my new project I have tried to communicate some ironic and critical messages by combining several cool typefaces. STOP signs were chosen in strategic locations in order to create an immediate relationship between the messages, the locations and the experiences of the moment. They force people to stop and read the messages, causing a reaction that requires them to question their acquired habits and behaviors.”
Kinda makes you “stop” and think, doesn’t it? 

See more on their Facebook page.
(Pics courtesy of Changing Lines and My Modern Met.)