Monday, February 14, 2011


This is a huge departure from my normal topics, but it's so cool I wanted to share.  This is pretty much some of the coolest driving I have ever seen.  The fun driving starts at 1:10 with the baddest sections at 2:45 and 5:04.

Gymkhana is a type of motorsport practiced in an increasing number of countries. Similar to autocross, gymkhana courses are often very complex and memorizing the course is a significant part of achieving a fast time.
Gymkhana events are time and/or speed events in an automobile. These can feature obstacles such as cones, tires, and barrels. The driver must maneuver through a predetermined "track" performing many different driving techniques. What separates gymkhana from traditional autocross events is that the gymkhana requires drivers to perform reversals, 180 degree spins, 360 degree spins, parking boxes, figure 8s and other advanced skills. Drifting is also encouraged where helpful or necessary. Essentially, a gymkhana is any event featuring a starting point, a finish line and some sort of "obstacle" to get through, around, or by, all within a time limit.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Vintage gum wrapper chain.

I found this last spring for $3 at an estate sale and thought it was so cool.  It's really graphic and fun, and I love the bright colors.  You just know someone spent a lot of time and care making this long chain.  I think it would make a really fun garland on a mini Christmas tree.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Lasagna pan & pretzel jello salad.

This is a super adorable vintage Pyrex lasagna pan in my favorite pattern- Friendship.  It seems too shallow for lasagna so I plan on making a sweet treat instead.  Pretzel jell-o, aka a dessert of the gods, with this recipe from my friend/co-worker R.D.:


2 2/3 cup thin pretzel sticks, crushed, but not too fine
3 tablespoons sugar
3/4 cup margarine or butter, melted (1 1/2 sticks)

8 oz. (1 package) cream cheese
1 cup sugar
1 cup Cool Whip

6 oz. strawberry Jell-o
1 package frozen strawberries, do not thaw or drain.

Mix crushed pretzels, 3 tablespoons sugar, and margarine well.  Press into a 9 X 13 in. pan to form the crust.
Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes, cool.
Mix cream cheese with the 1 cup sugar in mixer and blend well.  Fold in the Cool Whip. Spread over cooled pretzel crust.
Stir the jell-o into 2 cups boiling water.  When dissolves, add the frozen strawberries. Stir and when slightly thickened pour over the cheese layer.  
Refrigerate for several hours or overnight.   Spread the remaining Cool Whip on top.

Tip:  Use a 10 oz. bag of frozen strawberries, cut up, to get more berries than in the frozen containers with juice.