Here at The Worley Gig, we are always on the hunt for cool Pink Things to bring our readers, and here is a good one. The Yucaipa-based Gingerbread Shop was spotted by me a few days after Christmas at downtown Riverside’s Festival of Lights, where they’ve parked for at least the last three years. The Google informs me that this Bright Pink A-frame pop-up bakery is an offshoot of a bakery at Santa’s Village (a small park with kiddie rides that I recall visiting as a child), and for a time was a fixture at the Inland Center in San Bernardino. The shop serves up delicious desserts, including cinnamon rolls, apple crisp and, of course, gingerbread cake and gingerbread men, as well as hot beverages. The Gingerbread Shop is located on the Main Street Pedestrian Mall, on the north side of Mission Inn Avenue. Unfortunately, the Festival of Lights runs only through January 4th, 2014, so you’ll have to wait for next year to check it out!
Presented here in no particular order are the Top Ten Holiday Trees from previous Worleygig posts! Enjoy!
Aluminim Christmas Tree with Pink Ornaments (Original Post)
Christmas Tree Made of Books (Original Post)
Hub Cap Christmas Tree (Original Post)
Doughnuts Christmas Tree (Original Post)
Bacon Christmas Tree (Original Post)
Musical Charlie Brown’s Christmas Tree (Original Post)
Godzilla Christmas Tree (Original Post)
Harold Lloyd’s Christmas Tree (Original Post)
Contemporay Art Christmas Tree – Philippe Parreno’s Fraught Times: For Eleven Months of the Year it’s an Artwork and in December it’s Christmas (Original Post)
Origami Tree from the Museum of Natural History NYC (Original Post)
1 box Betty Crocker® SuperMoist® White Cake Mix
Water, vegetable oil and eggs called for on cake mix box
Red and Green food color
1 container (12 oz) Betty Crocker® Whipped fluffy white frosting
Betty Crocker® Decorating Decors® Red, Green and White Candy Sprinkles
- Heat oven to 325°F. Generously grease 12-cup fluted tube cake pan with shortening or cooking spray. Make cake mix as directed on box, using water, oil and eggs. Pour half of the batter into medium bowl; set aside. Divide the other half of batter equally between 2 small bowls. (You will be left with 3 bowls of batter.) Add red food color to 1 of the small bowls and mix well. Add green food color to the second small bowl and mix well.
- Pour half of the white batter from medium bowl into cake pan. Carefully pour red batter over white batter in pan. Carefully pour green batter over red batter. Then pour remaining white batter from medium bowl over the top. Do not mix the colors.
- Bake as directed on box until toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes. Turn pan upside down onto cooling rack placed over a cookie sheet; remove pan. Cool completely, about 30 minutes. Place cake on serving plate.
- Divide frosting between 2 small microwavable bowls. Microwave 1 bowl on High about 5 to 10 seconds; mix well with spoon until smooth enough to drizzle. With the spoon, drizzle white frosting back and forth around the whole cake in a striping pattern until you use all of the frosting (allow some frosting to drip down onto plate in middle of cake, if desired).
- Microwave second bowl of frosting; stir in a few drops of green food color. Drizzle over cake, scattering back and forth in the same type of striping pattern. Decorate with sprinkles. Let stand until frosting is set before serving.
Drinking and Holidays; they go together. The Kraken Rum is imported black spiced rum from the Caribbean which is named for the sea beast of myth and legend made famous by film, The Clash of The Titans. The base rum used in Kraken – distilled from molasses made from local sugar cane – is aged 12 to 24 months and is then blended with a proprietary mix of 11 spices, including cinnamon, ginger and clove. Tasty! All added ingredients are natural, and The Kraken is gluten-free and vegan.
Here is a selection of festive cocktails featuring The Kraken Rum that you can make for all of your holiday entertaining activities! Enjoy responsibly!
The Perfect Storm
1 part Kraken Rum
2 parts ginger beer
- Mix all ingredients into a tall glass with ice and stir!
The Kraken Cider
1 part Kraken Rum
2 ½ parts Hot Apple Cider
Cinnamon Stick Garnish
- Mix all ingredients into a mug and stir!
1 part Kraken Rum
1 part Butterscotch Schnapps
4 parts Hot Chocolate
- Mix all ingredients into a mug and top with whipped cream!
The Buttery Kraken
1 part Kraken Rum
1 part butterscotch schnapps
Splash of cola
- In a rocks glass with ice, mix rum and schnapps and stir, top with splash of cola!
Find out more about Kraken Rum at This Link!
You need this, because you never know when you’ll need a quick Santa Disguise! The Emergency Santa Kit — with its 10″ long inflatable vinyl beard and Santa hat sized to fit most adult heads — is literally an Instant Santa in a can! Priced at just $11.95, order one for yourself before it’s too late, at This Link!
Frieze Art Fair 2013 may already be a couple of weeks behind us but that doesn’t mean I’m done with posting all the great photos I took of some really fun and inspiring art. Here are a few of my favorite realist (and surrealist) sculptures and installations from this year’s fair!
I didn’t catch the name of this artist (which is the case with most of my pics, due to moving fast and trying to get clean shot with no extra bodies in them) but this sculpture of a body in a bathtub covered by a black tarp is pretty creepy and looked surprisingly real.
I’m sure there is a deeper meaning here that I missed but I think this is just row of Snapple bottles filled with Red, Blue and Yellow Water. This probably costs thousands of dollars but you could totally make this at home. Andy Warhol famously said, “Art is what you can get away with.” Art!
I was so charmed by this Furniture Installation by Lily Van der Stokker.
If I had a Hammer this big…
This may looks like somebody dropped a bag of Yellow Onions on a board, but nothing is ever really what it appears to be at these events.
For example, it’s a Pineapple (maybe), but it is also Art!
Everyone wanted to have their picture taken in front of the Giant Pizza Sculpture By Tom Friedman.
I am such a sucker for a nice pair of Red Lips.
Yes, these are tongues. And yes, everyone went”EW!” upon viewing them. Kids seem to dig them, however.
Stay tuned to The Gig for more coverage from Frieze Art Fair 2013!
Hey Everybody! Welcome to the very last day of 2012. It was a pretty good year for me here at The Gig, despite a devastating midsummer hack job to this fair site — from which we emerged even stronger and more popular — and a brief displacement of domicile due to Hurricane Sandy. In fact, I just returned late last evening from a ten day vacation in Southern California celebrating one of my favorite Christmas holidays in recent memory, so I am definitely wrapping up the year on a high note. Thanks for your readership over the past 364 days and here’s to all good things ahead in 2013! Cheers!