7A: Back to the Start (Short)

« Coldplay's haunting classic 'The Scientist' is performed by country music legend Willie Nelson for the soundtrack of the short film entitled, "Back to the Start."
The film, by film-maker Johnny Kelly, depicts the life of a farmer as he slowly turns his family farm into an industrial animal factory before seeing the errors of his ways and opting for a more sustainable future. Both the film and the soundtrack were commissioned by Chipotle to emphasize the importance of developing a sustainable food system. »

via Back to the start post of Walking Fearless

The Beard man said: Our books are us

We are the people of the book. We love our books. We fill our houses with books. We treasure books we inherit from our parents, and we cherish the idea of passing those books on to our children. Indeed, how many of us started reading with a beloved book that belonged to one of our parents? We force worthy books on our friends, and we insist that they read them. We even feel a weird kinship for the people we see on buses or airplanes reading our books, the books that we claim. If anyone tries to take away our books—some oppressive government, some censor gone off the rails—we would defend them with everything that we have. We know our tribespeople when we visit their homes because every wall is lined with books. There are teetering piles of books beside the bed and on the floor; there are masses of swollen paperbacks in the bathroom. Our books are us. They are our outboard memory banks and they contain the moral, intellectual, and imaginative influences that make us the people we are today.

Cory Doctorow

7A: Oh Muffins (Hoodwinked 2)

First, Before even start to talk about Hoodwinked Too! Red Versus Evil (which I've re-watched Friday) I have to talk about Hoodwinked! - The True Story of the Red Riding Hood. It's a 2005 film and it was my film of the year 2007. I don't even know how many times I've seen it (yes, that many times, and probably a little bit more).


Curiously my favourite character it's not in the trailer so I introduce him in his best xD

The film story as you can see it's little to do with the original tale, but it's amazing. The Little Red Riding Hood is not a helpless child/girl, Granny is not a normal old lady, Wolf is not a bad wolf (and as a squirrel as his wingman). Granny have a big business where she makes and sells sweets, in a wood/ neighbourhood where everybody do sweets and candies and sell them. And Red as a job, she does the deliveries in her bicycle of the sweets. Until some day the recipes of everyone are being stolen. Wolf is a reporter and Twitchy (squirrel) photographer. And in big misunderstood end all in Granny's House. Oh and the Woodsman is an actor who likes to yodel. And there is also Flippers, the frog who is a detective.
The dialogues are HILARIOUS, with loads of puns and references to other things. (I've started to ear this in Portuguese, but ended up by liking much more the original version, because some of the translations are not that accurate, specially the puns part and also the music parts. - for instance there is a music that says "Red is Blue" and it only makes sense in English, the translation was not literal, but it sound much better in the original version.)
This is also a story that the villain it's the person you last expected, but if you paid really, but really a lot of attention you kind of "guess" it could be him, just because he appears in the 4 versions of stories. (Red, Wolf, Granny and Woodsman).

My favourite characters are Japeth, the Goat and Twitchy, the squirrel.

On the sequel, which is from 2011;

Hoodwinked Too! Red vs Evil

The sequel is in 3D, about the graphics I'm not sure which I like best, but maybe I like more the first one.
About the puns this one as a lot of other films references, not just in the puns but in the visuals and graphics too. 
I thankful that they have done this sequel, because by the end of the first film I want to know what happens next. 
In this film you can find the giant from Jack and the Beanstalk Tale (O João Pé de Feijão) and also the harp from the same tale. Oh you can also find Hansen and Gretel, Pigs, Yodelers (from the woodsman crew), a giant spider, an evil witch and a sisterhood of Hoods. Once again the villains are the ones that are not expect.   

Favourite line from the sequel: OH Muffins!! or OH Schnitzel!!
Favourite characters: Hansel and Gretel and the poor Goat (that in this film is never prepared and gets everything over him). The below scene is the one of the last with the goat. (And the Twitchy too, because in this film he is even better) (another extra, I also love that ogre that you can see in the end of the trailer, It's hilarious scene).

Oh can not forget this one: THE BEST Advice in the film! A good Granny advice.

And last but not the least: Best music from the film (Hayden Panettiere (actress from Heroes TV series) sings "I Can Do It Alone" in this music video for Hoodwinked Too! Hood Vs. Evil in 3D. )

Now I feel like watching the film again.
I could say much more about each one of the films, but I don't want to give it away the ending and the whole story. I literally could stay hours and hours talking and watching these films (I am that obsessed with them).
Go watch me and tell me what you think.
More about the films check IMDb Hoodwinked! or Hoodwinked Too!

(Late Again) Inspiration for the WeekEnd

photo: Tiago Cabral Coroa de Outono :: Autumn Wreath by Saídos da Concha
Verde Esperança by Nousnous

A Sweet & Creamy Mamey {Gela-Mousse} by Sal & Azucar

CWD TEXTILES PREVIEW: Zabeel Chevron by Caitlin Wilson Design
Twiggs Photography, friday i am in {love} with by A place for twiggs

Hope your having a nice weekend!

The Muffins Tops: Black Pasta with Shrimps and my little wannabe garden

I have been with this recipe to share since I first make it (3rd of September), I think I have forgotten. But this week I've eaten this again (but a altered version, that my father did).

Sorry for the lack of more acqurated measures, I cook that way!

Black Pasta with Shrimps

Half of black spaghetti package (Spaghetti al nero de seppia - Pasta di semola di grano duro al nero di seppia - that was what was written in the packaging)
1 Chicken Breast
Around 350 gr of Shrimps (those frozen and already cooked and peeled ones)
1 package of fresh mushrooms (I think canned will do it too, but I prefer always the fresh ones)
and last put not least One package of cream

You need a pan to cook the pasta. I've just added a pinch of salt to the water, boiled it, put the pasta and waited to be cooked.

For the rest I've used a deep frying pan. I've put the raw chicken breast (sliced into pieces) with the sliced mushrooms and the unfrozen shrimps. Added a tiny bit of white wine a let it all cook. (This way the water from the shrimps will help to cook the chicken and also the mushrooms will get all those flavours.).

Then when it was cooked I took the excess liquid and then when the pasta was ready I've mixed right into the frying pan (but be careful, because mine stayed really stuffed, and with little room to mix it all).

And after, add the cream and let it boil.

And Voilá, it's done and ready to serve.

Black Pasta with Shrimps and Garlic Mayonnaise

Ok, this weeks versions, I don't have photos (I forgot, it was for dinner and well I was really hungry) my fathers version it's even more simple than mine. So he cooked in pan the pasta (same way all pastas are) and in a smaller pan he cooked the shrimps alone. We mixed it all in the plate and for more flavour he made a Garlic Mayonnaise. And it was amazing as well.

Wannabe GARDEN

Last, but not the least, I wanted to talk about my little tiny wannabe garden. It's a herbs garden, and so far I have rosemary, oregano and chives. The first two are very easy to keep, the chives are a little harder because they need loads and loads of water (at least mine does). Oh and my oregano seams that is losing all the soil, it has like half of the soil that the others small vases have. I really need to check more about my little plants. Do you have some kind of these gardens? Do you know how to take care of these plants? Write me something if you do.
This reminded my a music from Depeche Mode, My Secret Garden (So I leave you with some live footage of the music, sorry of the lack of the quality, it was the version of the music, performed by the artists that I've founded, and yes it's like and extended version of the music, it's a live show, it's kind of normal, oh, and forget the subtitles, they are in German)


Hope you're having a nice Saturday/Weekend.

The Muffin Tops: Oatmeal Cookies

small note, it's a small dish!, yes the cookies are THAT big.

I was already for a couple of days imagining what I could cook, something sweet but not too sweet, something good and that end with my cravings for good sweets, but didn't blew out totally my "diet".
For the past months I've seen some cookies and muffins recipes with oatmeal, and I was very curious of what that would taste like.
So Wednesday I've done some research over some websites that I enjoy and I had two recipes to choose from:
1 Dozen Rummy Oatmeal Cookies by Dessert for Two
Oatmeal Raisin Cookies by Joy of Baking

I ended by choosing the last one, and adapted to what I had at home. And Yesterday after lunch I've made these nice, extra sweet cookies.

Oatmeal Cookies

226 gr unsalted butter (at room temperature)
250 gr sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
195 gr flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt (I ended up to forget about the salt)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (ground)
(arouns) 260 gr rolled oats (I have this mixture of Tropical Muesly, that had oatmeal, wheat flakes, a mix of dry fruits - like raisins, coconut, banana, apple, etc, oh and also have almonds. So it was a very rich mixture).

Ignore the small bowls, they were supposed to be chocolate mousse without eggs and stuffs, and they seam to me that they were working, but they ended up to stay liquid, and no one like them. Probably will try to freeze them and eat them with vanilla ice-cream. I saw the recipe in a blog that I follow and decided to try. What a big FAIL it was. It make me sad. But the good thing of the day was really the cookies. I was just not expecting them to be THAT BIG, the bigger one have like 12 cm of diameter, a regular cookie (like Maria) as like 5 cm of diameter, so these are monstrous cookies.

Preheat oven to 177º C.
In a bowl and my hand mixer I've beat the butter and sugar until creamy and smooth. Added the eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition. Beated in the vanilla extract.
In a separate bowl, whisked together the flour, baking soda, salt, and ground cinnamon.
Then I add the flour mixture to the creamed mixture and beat until incorporated. And the stir in the Tropical Muesly.
To make the cookies I've used an ice cream scoop, and placed around six cookies on each baking sheet. Then flatten the cookies a little bit and took them to the oven between 14 to 18 minutes. (The cookies are done when golden brown on the edges and soft in the center).
The original talked in 18 large cookies, I've made 16 HUGE Cookies. and they are good.

I have small thing to ask about these photos, which ones you think work better? Some were taken in the kitchen with lights on, and the others with natural light (although it was not very easy, because sun keep on hidden, so sometimes I have loads of light, and others don't). Thank you.

Extra notes: In the end I think I could have put more of the Tropical Muesly, or maybe just have used oatmeal. Also I should I've tried with brown sugar, I really think it will work better with oatmeal and the brown sugar. As final commentary, I think the recipes doesn't need that much butter, so next time I will try it or with olive oil or with half of the butter.

(Late) Inspiration for the WeekEnd

Linho e flores
Linho e flores by  Zoopress studio
Type nerdness from a second hand book shop
Type nerdness from a second... By Lukes Beard
back in action
back in action By ▲ MERRY MISH▲P BLOG
table trio
table trio By ▲ MERRY MISH▲P BLOG
44 :: 365
44 :: 365 By {Twiggs}
46 :: 365
46 :: 365 By {Twiggs}
Currently making
Currently making By ethanollie

Untitled By sunken treasure

make all the pasta!
make all the pasta! By gemma correll
It happen to me just at lunch time! (the pasta thing). Have a nice weekend everyone.

Anatomy of a Book: Summer Books

Yesterday, I've receive what I considerer my last purchase of summer books. And I thought it was fun to share the books that I've bought. (and haven't read yet... ahaha epic FAIL)

1st of all (and I probably bought this one even before summer) this one is Desencuentros by Jimmy Liao, Taiwanese designer and Illustrator for Barbara Fiore Editora. This book was bought in one of my favourite bookshops, that I've already spook about before Histórias com Bicho near Óbidos. [i spoke about it in my Bites and Bits of my weekend 27/28 August] It's a specialized book store in children and youth books. This one totally caught my eye because of the soft watercolour illustrations, light but delicate text. I considered a graphic romance, because in the end it's a love story between two strangers that once met. Totally worth to have!
The following ones were bought in another favourite shop of mine, which is called Casa Ruim. Casa Ruim it's a Design and Illustration atelier and shop. It's located in my hometown (Torres Vedras), really near Lisbon, and in my opinion, it was something that this city really needed. It's shop with some vintage vibe and a contemporary twist. And it's a place were I found since kids books, comics, design and photography books, national zines, among some other things.

1st book it's a comic, called The Walking Dead - Volume 1 Dias Passados (Days Gone Bye), the story is written by Robert Kirkman and draw by Tony Moore, and it's from Devir. I really like comics, and I found interesting the line and graphic of this one, so I bring it home. Later I've made a connection with a TV series with the same name, that I'm willing to see. (Have you seen it? What do you think about it?)
On another visit to the shop I found this book really interesting, it's name is Cozinha Saloia - hábitos e práticas alimentares no termo de Lisboa, writen by Manuel Paquete, by Colares Editora. It's book about food and food practices around Lisbon area, it also has some traditional recipes. I think I might try some, one day.
The third book, was not bought at the shop, but in book fair in Santa Cruz, in the Casa Ruim stand. It's called Comidinhas anticrise, written by Maria Antónia Goes, by feitoria dos livros. Well Portugal is in crisis time, so what is more perfect than a book with special recipes to "survive" crisis? Plus, the design is so vintage style and funny with the ceramic pigs!!!

These last three I've ordered online by Saída de Emergência Editor. It's the third time this year that I order books by this publishing house website, and honestly every time it worked so well. First they always have discounts on books, second you don't pay any fee for the delivery, and third, so far, I've always been able to use the promotion buy two get three.
The first time I've ordered I've choose the book Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin, a novel by Norah Roberts, and a book by Anne Bishop (I've always wanted to read something of her) and I got for free a Patricia Brigss book called Moon Called (O Apelo da Lua).
The second time I didn't resist in buying the next two books of A Song of Ice and Fire (As Crónicas de Gelo e Fogo) and for free the I got the 4th book of the chronicles. (It was a really good deal! Now I need to finish read them and start to dream to buy the another 5 books of the same series. But while I wait I can always droll over the TV series of The Game of Thrones. I've saw half of the first season and it's very similar to the books. Oh april 2012 came soon, so I can see the second season).
About the actual books that I'm showing, the first one is from a real good comic writter, Alan Moore (the writer of comics like Watchmen, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and V For Vendetta ), and I believe it's his first romance/novel. It was on sale and I was like, buy it now or don't buy it... So I bought it.
The middle one it's Blood Bound by Patricia Brigss. Yes I've mentioned her above. I really LOVED the book, I mean it's not a big book (neither this one) but it's different, and it as a heroine, you know girl power in the middle of a male dominate world, PLUS these books came with the original cover, which is illustrated by Dan Santos (Daniel dos Santos) which are absolutely amazing. I mean people say don't judge a book by it's cover, but this book, which such great graphics, yeah sure judge by the cover. It's amazing!
The third one it was the free one, and it's called Wicked Lovely - Amores Rebeldes, and it's by Melissa Marr. And I think it is about fairies. From the ones that I could choose seem to me the one that I would enjoy best.

What about you? Which books have you recently buy? And what type of book do you enjoy the most?

The Beard man said: and sweeps the whole heart into the abyss

Love, she thought, must come suddenly, with great outbursts and lightnings—a hurricane of the skies, which falls upon life, revolutionizes it, roots up the will like a leaf, and sweeps the whole heart into the abyss.

— Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary

The Beard man said: Live is the rarest thing

To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all"

- Oscar Wilde

7A | Sleepy Hollows

Movie Poster
I've mention in my Bites and Bits of my Weekend 10/11  that was watching this film, so I've decided to write about it, because, I like Tim Burton's films, and also because tales and myths are really a thing of mine.

Sleepy Hollow is a 1999 movie, classified as horror/ mystery/ thriller kind.
You probably know it's a Tim Burton movie and it's great (to me).

I rated as 5 star photography, landscape and scenery very detailed and made. The plot is well constructed, it as little bit of fantasy, horror and mystery, and also a bit of romance. The garment and clothes are stunning. Trully a movie to re watch and watch again, and again.

Actors worthy to mention Jonny Depp as Ichabod Crane (main character), Christina Ricci as Katrina Van Tassel, Michael Gambon (Professor Albus Dumbledore in Harry Potter movies) as Baltus Van Tassel and Christopher Walken  as Hessian Horseman (The Headless Horseman), among others like Miranda Richardson, Casper Van Dien, Jeffrey Jones, Richard Griffiths, Ian McDiarmid and Michael Gough.

The movie plot is inspired in

"The Legend of Sleepy Hollow"

, a short story by Washington Irving contained in his collection The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, first published in 1820.
The short story is inspired in The Legend of Headless Horseman. The origin of the legend is uncertain, mainly because there is a lot of similar stories. The oldest "records" of the legend come from the middle age, in Europe.
There are a lot of cinema adaptations of the short story, but I am quite sure that there is no other like Tim Burton's.
Leave you with the trailer.

I found the short story, and quickly reed it, it's quite different from the plot, but it's fun and interesting, although in a very 19th century style of writing.
If you like to read the original short story, you can find it here

References from  
IMDb Sleepy Hollow (1999)
Wikipedia Headless Horseman
Wikipedia The Legend of Sleepy Hollows

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Bites and Bits of my Weekend 10/11

Once again was another weekend at home, my father is still recovering, and I've been trying to clean and organizing my room, so I can have a good space to work.

The weather as been crazy, it rains, but it's hot, then it's sunny, oh well, Autumn is just around the corner.
I've spend some time gathering interesting things to post here, and also looking to other blogs.
I'm now watching Sleepy Hollow by Tim Burton, 1st time I see it and I'm excited.
Hope you have a nice weekend.
Leave you with some fall photos from last year.

the last stand
by mafaldafernandes
by mafaldafernandes

Random Images: The Unknown art of speaking French

le chicken
le chicken by gemma correll

The Beard mand said: To be sad in the Fall

“You expected to be sad in the Fall. Part of you died each year when the leaves fell from the trees and their branches were bare against the wind and the cold, wintery light. But you knew there would always be the spring, as you knew the river would flow again after it was frozen. When the cold rains kept on and killed the Spring, it was as though a young person died for no reason.”

—     From ‘A Moveable Feast’ - Ernest Hemingway

This typeobsession: Evolution of Type by Andreas Scheiger

 Andreas Scheiger is graphic designer based in Vienna. His works focuses on experimental typography, letter sculpturing and vintage information rendering.

 Letters are organisms and typefaces are the species, all classified similar to biological taxonomy! I drafted this cognition in a chart for print and in order to prove my finding to the interested audience I took one step further. I surgically opened the letters S, Z, S, A, W and how contented I was to discover muscles, veins, tendons and bone just like the ones shared by so many living creatures.

Evolution of Type, Exhibits 1-5
Sculpting, Typography, Design
Sculptures of letters showing bones, veins, muscles and tendons.

These ones are my favourites, but he has many many more beautiful works with letters and you can check them out at his Portfolio and Website : Grafisches Labor Andreas Scheiger

via trendland

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