Monday, November 24, 2014

Jacksonville's New Steampunk Restaurant

The Cowford Steampunk Society held a party Saturday night at Jacksonville, Florida's new steampunk pub and restaurant, Goozlepipe and Guttyworks.

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The decor is amazing! There is so much to see, from steampunk murals around the elevator doors, to walls tiled with pennies, and even walls full of brick-sized dioramas. A person could spend several days just exploring all the tiny artistic details that went into creating this space.

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As you can see from the last picture, the place was very busy Saturday night. The bar was crowded and most of the seats inside and out on the patio were filled, in addition to the steampunk party which had it's own room. Our waitress deservers some kind of medal for surviving the evening with a smile on her face the entire time. It's not easy serving a room where the people are constantly in motion, visiting with friends at different tables and wandering around to look at the decor. The kitchen was overwhelmed  and not everyone was able to receive what they ordered, but what we did get was good and the drinks were generous. The frier was so backed up that we never received the fish and chips we ordered, but our table was given a complimentary plate of sweet potato fries, when the kitchen mistakenly made an order that wasn't needed. The menu is creative American bar food, with many options to choose from, including vegetarian options. I heard from a friend that the vegetarian panini was excellent, as was the spinach dip. Blaze isn't very daring when it comes to food and just wanted a hamburger, which he said was perfect. DH and I tried the scotch eggs wrapped in chorizo, which I never would have thought about doing, but enjoyed so much that I want to try making them at home.

They have an enormous selection of beers to choose from, but did run out of Guinness around 9:30 p.m.

The company was thoroughly enjoyable! The Cowford Steampunk Society is always a fun group of people.

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I would love to go back someday, when things are more calm, and try some of the other food items. There was so much to choose from and I was so distracted while talking to friends, that I didn't give the menu the attention that it deserved.

Friday, November 14, 2014

New Christmas Ornaments

Two new ornaments have been added to my collection of steampunk Christmas ornaments. This one was purchased from Amazon:

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This one, I just finished making today. It is based on Blaze's first steampunk costume.

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Last night, I asked Blaze if he thought anything was still missing from the doll, he said it needed a gun, so I worked on that after he went to bed and for a few minutes this morning. It's tricky making a steampunk gun for a 6-inch doll. He and I have been referring to this one as the "blow drier of DOOM".

Blaze the airship pirate, Halloween 2009:

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Homeschool Halloween Party

The Tallahassee Homeschool Group had their Halloween Party at Optimist Park today.

It had been thundering and raining around noon, as we were getting dressed to go, but it stopped a few minutes after 1:00 p.m. and the sun came out. By the time the festivities began, all the rain had dried up and it was a beautiful day, so we had a good turnout.

I enjoyed seeing all the costumes on both children and parents.

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Many of the parents created game or craft booths.

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This craft was Blaze's favorite. Using just a paper cup, which could be decorated with Halloween stickers, and a balloon, the children were able to make marshmallow or popcorn launchers.

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Blaze and his friend started a popcorn war across the table, as soon as their launchers were assembled.

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There was also a large selection of Halloween theme snacks.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Preparing for Halloween

The Halloween decorations have been up around the house for a couple weeks, but last Sunday we carved the pumpkin and today we made Halloween treats.

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DH usually helps with the pumpkin carving, but this year he is in Louisiana on an archeological dig. Blaze help scoop out the insides of the pumpkin and chose the design. I did the cutting.

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Then we had a Halloween theme tea party, with ghost meringues and pumpkin squares.

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Today, I made marshmallow-Rice Krispie treat monsters to take with us to the park tomorrow for the homeschool group's Halloween party. I didn't have enough of the candy eyes to make very many of these, so right now, I'm making a few chocolate mustache pops to take with, as well.

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DH will be returning on Halloween.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Rocky Comfort Farm

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Today, we went to Rocky Comfort Farm near Quincy, Florida with the Tallahassee Homeschool Group.

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Our tour began with an educational presentation about the life cycle, varieties, and uses of pumpkins and about bees.

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There was then a hayride and walk through a millet maze.

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The homeschoolers were split into two groups, to fit onto the hayride, so this is just the group we were with:

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The farm also had a nice play area.

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Blaze has been enjoying photography lately and took this picture of me:

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Crafty Crow