Friday, July 30, 2010

The Aviator Jacket

One of my favorite shows from Fall Ready-to-Wear 2010 was the one from Burberry Prorsum.  There were lots of cool aviator-inspired jackets. This was my favorite one: image

I was reminded of the history behind this style on a visit to the Museum of Flight.  In an exhibit entitled, "Profiles in Courage,"  I walked through reconstructed moments from World War I and World War II.

There were photographs, planes, weapons, music and many other artifacts from those uncertain times.  It was a fascinating window into the past.  Now the jacket just looks good, but back then it was vital to wear up in the skies as protection from the elements.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

My Coke Rewards Giveaway


 This summer the My Coke Rewards loyalty program has several nice options for redeeming the points you can earn from buying Coke products.  I like rewards programs in general because it's an opportunity to get a little something back on your purchases.  I am new to the Coke Rewards program, but it looks like fun.  I'm happy to be hosting a My Coke Rewards Giveaway for my readers!

  First, a little information about My Coke Rewards:

 My Coke Rewards has partnered with the National Park Foundation (the official charitable partner of the National Park Service) to make it easy for people to support our national parks through the donation of their Coke Rewards points.  Coke adds 2 points to every point you donate for a gift of up to $25,000 for the National Park Foundation when the giving campaign is concluded on August 31. 2010.  Some national parks you may know include Yellowstone (Wyoming), Yosemite (California), the Everglades (Florida) and Mesa Verde (Colorado).  You can also enter daily prize giveaways on the site such as a Family Adventure to one Park (10 different parks) OR Summer Gear Prize Pack (Theme: Camping, Beach or Backyard fun), or enter to win the grand prize "VIP National Park Adventure," a 10-night  family adventure to Grand Tetons, Grand Canyon, Zion and Yellowstone.

If parks aren't your thing, there are other charitable causes you can support as well as gift cards, movie tickets, Coca-Cola , magazine subscriptions, household items and personal electronics to redeem your points for.  If you aren't already registered, go here to get started. 

 And now for the $100 My Coke Rewards Giveaway:

• A Coke Summer T-shirt made from 100% recycled PET plastic

• An oversized beach towel (which can naturally be used for lounging in the park)

• 25 My Coke Rewards points which can be spent on rewards, of course, donated to The National Parks Foundation (or another worthy cause of choice)

Also,  5 runner up entrants will recieve 25 My Coke Rewards Points which can be spent on rewards, donated to The National Parks Foundation or their cause of choice.

How to Enter

All you have to do enter to win this great prize are two easy things:

1. Visit My Coke Rewards and then come back to leave a comment on Mother of Style about what prize, sweepstakes or charity you would use the points you could win towards.
2. Follow Mother of Style on your choice of the following: Google Friend Connect, Bloglovin' or Twitter.  There is a link for each on the left hand side of this page.  Please include which you chose in your comment-entry.

The rules:

1 entry per person.
Entrants must be 18 or older and located in the US or Canada only.
Contest closes at midnight pacific coast time on August 1, 2010. Winners must reply to me within 48 hours upon notification of winning or prize will be awarded to another entrant. 

This prize was provided by Coca-Cola, but Coca-Cola is not a sponsor, administrator, or involved in any other way with this giveaway. All opinions expressed in the post are my own and not those of Coca-Cola. I am not responsible for securing or delivering the prize to you.

Good Luck!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Baguette Recipe


Baguette Parisienne
yield 2 baguettes

1) Combine:

1 1/2 c. lukewarm water
1 T dry yeast
sprinkle of sugar
set aside 5 minutes

2) Combine:

4 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
1 T salt

3)  Slowly add yeast mixture to flour while stirring (in mixer with a dough hook). Mix for 15 minutes until dough is formed into ball.

4)  Let rise for 1 hour or until doubled.

5)  Divide dough into 2 and squash each with the heel of your hand for about 2 minutes, then roll it (still with your hands) out to a baguette shape. Set on a floured towel and cover to rise for 45 minutes

* if you want to, you can wrap the other piece of dough up in plastic wrap and save for 24- 48 hours instead of using it immediately. When you are ready to use it, give it about an hour at room temp and then proceed with the shaping and 45 minute second round of rising.

6)  Preheat oven to 450 F and add a small pan with water on lower rack.

Transfer baguette to cooking pan. Make a series of slashes along the top. Place baguettes in oven and bake for 15 minutes.
7)  Remove water pan and lower oven temp to 400 F. Bake 8 to 10 minutes. Just before you are ready to take it out, brush with butter to get a nice color on it.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Shopping with My Little Paparazzi Girl

  My 3 year old daughter likes to play games on my iPhone.  Usually she plays Cooking Mama, or Memory Pro, a matching game.  I also keep a couple of cartoon episodes on the phone, so she might watch those.  Recently she has discovered the camera feature on my phone.  We were out one day and I heard her little giggles and asked her what was funny, to which she slowly replied, "Nupping..." in a not so convincing tone of voice.

Then she said, "Say cheese, Mommy!"  Maybe I'm biased, but isn't that kind of incredible that a preschooler can operate an iPhone that well on her own?

Check out that sweet deal on the shoes in the cart- 50% off of 39.90!

Friday, July 2, 2010

Redhook Brewery Tour

This is a shot from the Redhook Brewery grounds.  We went there and took a tour of how they make their beers for just 1 dollar per person.  It was a really interesting tour, with lots of samples and jokes courtesy of Emma, our tour guide.

Preparing to go in:

energie top, splendid tank, Ernest Sewn jeans, Gucci "hysteria" flats

These are one of my favorite pairs of shoes, so hope you don't mind the extra shot, I just thought they looked pretty in the green grass...

So, anyway, where were we?

The tour began in a tasting room filled with Redhook signage and general beer memorabilia, and finished out in the bottling plant (cola was for our kids):

These are the beers we tried.  They were all very good. 

Each of these vessels contains $72,000 worth of beer, and would take a person 16 years to drink through at a rate of 8 pints per day:

Chart of malted barley at different degrees of roasting. The darker the barley, the darker the beer. 

Have you ever wondered why some beer is called "Ale" while other beer is called "Lager" ? This is because of the two main different ways the yeast in the beer making process behaves. Ale comes from a higher-temp brewing where the yeast eats from the top down and produces a lighter, sweeter drink. Lager is the opposite- cooler brewing process with slow acting yeast that eats the sugars from the bottom up and creates a darker beer which happens to be the variety drank (drunken?) the most around the world.

It wouldn't be such a bad job to work here, I think:

This was my favorite part:  the conveyor belts moving all the brown bottles along.  I loved the sound of the bottles clinking against each other as they moved: 

I kept hoping I would see someone put a glove on top of one of the bottles like in "Laverne & Shirley," One of my favorite shows as a kid.  It's about two young women who work at a brewery in Milwaukee.  I totally had the theme song in my head during this stage of the tour:

We had a really good time on this tour and would recommend it to everyone.