Monday, November 29, 2010

Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes with Cream Cheese/Whipped Cream Frosting

This year, I'd already had my fill of impossibly delicious apple pie just a couple of days before Thanksgiving, so I decided to mix it up with these yummy cupcakes. I modified the following from the wonderful cookbook Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World, but this recipe is not vegan. it is just a seriously fantastic cake cookbook for vegans, veggies, and everyone alike.

Here's the recipe for 24 cupcakes (because we go to a 20+ person dinner each year!):

Cake Ingredients:
2 cups or 1 can pumpkin
2/3 cup vegetable oil
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup milk (or soy milk)
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 & 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 or 2 teaspoons cinnamon (to taste)
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice or nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt

8 oz heavy whipping cream
a spoonful or more- to taste powdered sugar
1/4 teaspoon or just a dash vanilla
4 oz cream cheese

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees f, and line muffin pans with papers.
  • Stir pumpkin, oil, sugar, milk, and vanilla together in one bowl, and sift the dry ingredients- flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, and salt in a second bowl.
  •  Stir both mixes together gently with a spatula or fork. Don't use a hand blender, as it will make the batter gross and gummy, and the cake will be hard and all yuck-city.
  • Fill each cupcake paper about 1/2 to 3/4 full. Bake for 20-24 mins depending on your oven/etc. Check with a toothpick to make sure they are baked through, then cool on a wire rack.
  • Blend together the cream, powdered sugar and vanilla for a very, very long time with an electric mixer until it is very thick and tastes good but maybe a tad too sweet.
  • Add cream cheese and blend even more until it is perfectly smooth and blended and fluffy.
  • Put it in a pastry bag, or pack into a sandwich bag and snip off one corner to create a pastry bag. Pipe frosting onto cupcakes once they are completely cool, and sprinkle a little bit of cinnamon on top.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Video Roundup recent favorites

YES PLEASE! I want this surprisingly professional massage service

Most Insidious, but Rad! (new Peanut Butter Jelly Time?)

Monday, September 20, 2010

Cat Tongue Chocolat! (kocici jazycky)

Maddy and Eric brough me back this amazing chocolate from their honeymoon in Prague. Kočičí jazýčky means cat tongue, and the little Orion brand chocolates inside are supposed to shape like little cat tongues. The chocolate was slightly minty and fairly to moderately pleasing. The packaging, well, needs no words, speaks for itself.

Yum, thanks guys and congrats!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

most amazing, most tiny animation by Aardman

The campaign for the Nokia N8 features this amazing piece by Aardman called 'Dot', which is shot entirely on the N8 using CellScope technology - and features a tiny 9mm girl. Dot is, they believe, the smallest-ever stop-motion animated character in a film.

Professor Daniel Fletcher has created the CellScope - a microscopic device which, when attached to the Nokia N8 handset, produced life-saving technology.  With his invention,  he has helped diagnose fatal diseases in remote areas of developing countries. Amazing!

And, the making of is amazing as well:

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

500 Friends of Reading Frenzy!

Reading Frenzy is a wonderful, tiny little bookstore and zine resource that is practically a nonprofit. I love this place!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Airplane Videos

Landing in PDX from Phoebe Owens on Vimeo.

I captured this footage on a lovely day- landing in PDX after my trip to Cali last month.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Old Spice Guy plus books equal Librarians swooning everywhere!

Dammit! These are just so good!

"I'm handsome. You're pretty. Let's eat peanut butter. ... All of these simple statements and requests would never be possible to communicate if it wasn't for the words stored in books that are available for free en masse at libraries," he explains.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Brithday Cake by Lauren

Brithday Cake by Lauren, originally uploaded by superphoebe.
Check out this amazing surprise from my friend Lauren. If you are wondering WTF?, then go over to for some reference. You should laugh until you cry, if you're human.


Jen & Phoebe were here, originally uploaded by superphoebe.

What a wonderful weekend!

Jen Davison and I ventured up to Olympia for the day on Saturday to see Jenny Jenkins and Aaron Kruse get married after 13 years of courting, dating, fighting, loving, and becoming BFFs among other events and experiences. It was a lovely, charming wedding with lots of fun and laffs. Jen and also made sure to leave behind some evidence of our visit to Oly, as seen in this image- proving that not much has changed over the past decade and a half since we first made fliers together in Olympia for one shenanigan or another!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

TAITR is in the home stretch!

The Adults in the Room, the narative/doc hybrid I've been producing this past year is done! We're going to hit some really great festivals, and we've been included in a very cool crowd-funding project called Kickstarter for our very last push! (titles & HD transfer)

Click on this widget to see more:

See The Adults website for screenings and other information.

And, thank you for considering pitching a couple of bucks our way to do the final final finish and get us to fests! Very exciting!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Cargo- best store ever!

So, one of my favorite places in Portland is this 10K foot warehouse store  filled with goodies from around the world. Going into this place is like playing Katamari Dacamcy, but with greater danger to your wallet. (But, you do get to take it all home!) I've tried to be at Cargo for under an hour, and it is impossible! Anyway, they are having a monster sale through the end of the month- 25% off of everything! So, if you've never been- now is the time to check it out. If you have been, well, then you know....
also- they now carry my lamps!!!
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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Is the Blood Drying in Haiti?

I saw this tweet last night right after seeing the Mercy Corps volunteers working the front entry to the Oregon Symphony last night, and right after getting a direct message from a friend asking advice about how her school group can volunteer locally to help out with Haiti. So, from my perspective here in Portland, the voluntary sector and nonprofit community is still abuzz with concern. But, what is going on with the rest of the world? What is going on in Haiti?

Seems that conversations have shifted to the difficult topics of colonialism, control, slow aid and politics while thousands still clamor for tents to sleep in and water to drink! Check out the trending on twitter.

Working the phones for Medical Teams International gave me an interesting view of how people in the US are connecting to the crisis. I was surprised by how many people wanted to be sent to Haiti, and stunned by how many inexperienced, even non-medical people called in angrily demanding to be sent to the disaster area! But, as frustrating as it is for nonprofits to spare extra expense to take those phone calls, it was also a reflection of how helpless so many people feel- watching this trauma unfold and not knowing what fate will befall Haiti.

Read more about our day of service at Medical Teams International (that continued through the weekend) at my coworker's blogs here:
Marie Deatherage:
Grant Kruger:

Here's hoping Haiti's fate isn't decided in the next two weeks, and here's hoping the Haitians get the food, water and shelter they should have.

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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Cool New Tool for Cancer Patients

Looks like I can be proud of my dear friend Marika aka "sn0tty" for getting involved with the fight against cancer. Marika recently turned me on to a pretty cool new resource she's put some of her great energy into called Navigating Cancer.

Navigating Cancer provides essential cancer-related information from authoritative sources to help patients learn about their options once diagnosed, and tools for patients to partner with their physicians, allowing them to be more in control of their cancer treatment and care. Navigating Cancer also provides a forum for patients to connect with other cancer patients to learn and share from their experiences, ask for help when needed and keep loved ones updated on their journey.

As a librarian and web geek, I am always thrilled to see companies and organizations creating resources that decrease information disparity. As a human with a history of health issues, I'm really glad to see a resource that aims to empower patients- focusing on care and best practices. I was really impressed by how easy and user-friendly the patient dashboard is. I think this would have really been great to have many years back when I was misdiagnosed with MS. (F.U. big Wa state HMO- you know who you are!)

It's unclear exactly how this company/site is monetized and what the for/nonprofit status is. It seems to be a lot more user friendly than Google Health--which offers some of the same services. It promises to be more like wiki communities and vaguely reminds me of ediets before that site ditched its own user-friendliness for crazy design and overcrowded adspace. But, it looks like a promising front runner for what is sure to be a growing sector of the semantic web.

Check it out, tell me what you think and see what you can do to support those you love, or like, with cancer.

And, read about Marika's thoughts on being an online community manager here. As the resident tender of the connectipedia garden, I can really really empathize!


Wednesday, January 13, 2010

my heart is breaking for Haiti right now

Photo Uploaded to Flickr on January 12, 2010 by Globovisión
Unless you've been in hiding or too wrapped up in all that late night teevee BS, you know Haiti has suffered a horrible earthquake with a tremendous loss of lives and horror for about 3 million people. Like most of the people watching, helpless, I looked for ways to respond this morning- wondering- could I give at least $50 and get by on the remaining fumes left in my checking account until payday... is endorsing the mobile giving program to the Red Cross, and it is set up by an org called mGive, which is waiving the usual fees for all donations. if you have never given by SMS
message, there are some things to know (like you have to tell them to stop texting you alerts and updates)- read the fine print here:

Mercy Corps is also endorsed by the Govt. but is asking that donations be given online. All proceeds- 100% go directly to relief! Mercy Corps is incredibly nimble and resourceful. This is where some of my cash is going.

I will be spending the day volunteering for Medical Teams International tomorrow- and I've asked my employer to expedite matching funds for my volunteer time. If your employer matches funds for time or cash, please ask them
to expedite the match!

NPO superstar Britt Bravo has compiled a roundup up ways to give here:

Furthermore, Etsy artists like myself and Ryan Berkley are marking items to go to Haitian relief. So, you can buy art and support folks, why wouldn't you? A simple search using the term "Haiti" on etsy returns pages of results. Be sure to ask the seller to email you his/her donation confirmation. This seems like a really good way to put some art where my mouth is, in lieu of money!

Do you have more ideas and ways to make us all feel a little less helpless? What do you think about emergency response and the internet?

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Friday, January 8, 2010

New Podcast Review with Donovan: We Live in Public

Once again, I was a guest reviewer for Erin Donovan's lively podcast for her excellent film reviewing blog Steady Diet of Film. We reviewed Ondi Timoner's documentary We Live In Public. The movie follows the rise and fall of supposed visionary (really tremendously privileged douchebag) Josh Harris. I f*cking hated this movie and the dillweeds in it like poison, but Erin found it compelling, and we somehow met in the middle in our review, rather than wrestling each other to the ground like usual.

Read Erin's comments and listen here.
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