Thursday, January 31, 2008

Quest to be the Tiniest

There seems to be a bit of confusion on the beloved World Wide Web as to who, in fact, is the world's tiniest dog. I believe that we, the ever helpful people of Land of Cute, can come to the rescue and settle this once and for all. So, who would you vote for?

1- Dancer the chihuahua
2- Tiny Pinnochio the Yorkie
3- Ducky the chihuahua
4- Boo the chihuahua
5- the chihuahua whose name I forgot to write down

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

charming chihuahuas

We like to think of these as "Cup o' Pup" and "Special Valentine Dog". The second title is special because it took me 5 minutes to realize that I had no ability to come up with anything more clever that used the words "love, "heart" or "valentine" in conjunction with "dog", "chihuahua" "pup", etc...

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Turtle Treasure

Look at this little guy! I once knew a guy who owned a pancake turtle and had it shipped from Pittsburg to Albuquerque wrapped in a damp pillowcase. The turtle did just fine. And the pillowcase had the Teenage Ninja Mutant Turtles on it....

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Off We Go Into the Cute Blue Yonder

This is your flight attendant Cutey McCuterson... we are cleared for takeoff! Please shut down all portable electronic devices, stow your tray table and return your seat to the full upright position. Thank you for flying Cute Airlines!

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

I can haz bamboo???

This is from the lol cheezeburger site, and we just had to post it. I wonder what it sounds like, all of them choffing down? Guess it sounds like om nom nom nom...

Friday, January 18, 2008

Wooly Willy

The Jersey Wooly, also known as the Dwarf Angora in Europe, is a breed of Domestic rabbit weighing about 3 pounds with a bold head and easy-care wool fur on their body. They are noted for their high intelligence, docile nature, and gentle disposition.

We called our Jersey Wooly "Einstein's Head" because that is precisely what he looked like. They are lovely creatures!

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Yoshi's the winner!

Land of Cute participants voted Yoshi as the cutest Nintendo guy. BTW, what is he???

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

a gaggle of Gagne

Michel Gagne is an artist originally from Canada. He has worked on a number of projects which are outlined on his website. This adorable fox is named Rex and he has his own saga (appropriately named The Saga of Rex) . Some chapters can be found in Flight, and Rex will soon have his own graphic novel.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

The Hooligans...growing up. And Lucy.

Here's Errol and Zelda, enjoying a new cat tree, and growing older. And here's Lucy, sitting on the diningroom table...assuming the banana bread stance.

Monday, January 14, 2008


Ingredients: <600g loaf (206 x 108 x100h)
230g bread flour
70g cake flour
30g sugar
milk + 1 yolk = 210g (I used skim milk)
4.5g salt
18g unsalted butter (I used 20g)
4g yeast
8g green tea powder dissolved in 10g boiling hot water
8g cocoa powder dissolved in 8g boiling water

1. Heat up milk and yolk to temperature of 38℃. (I beat the yolk lightly with milk and send it to the microwave on HIGH for 30 seconds).
2. Put everything in bread machine and set to dough cycle. Let it knead for 20 minutes. Stop the cycle and restart the dough cycle and let it knead for another 15 minutes.
3. Divide dough (about 560g) into 3 parts: 75g for the chocolate, 210g plain and the rest of the dough which is less than 280g for the green tea.
4. Add chocolate to the 75g dough and knead till the colour is even. Add green tea mixture to the 280g dough and knead till colour is even. (I did this step manually).
5. Prove all 3 pieces of doughs on separate greased plates covered loosely with oiled cling wrap for 30 - 40 minutes.
6. Punch air out of dough and prove for another 20 - 30 minutes.
7. Use 90g plain dough for the face and 2 pieces of 27g chocolate dough for the eyes. (Refer to photo guide in Step (7) in TARO's site).
8. Fill the hollow of the eyes with 30g plain dough. (Refer to photo guide in Step (8) in TARO's site).
9. Roll remaining plain dough over the patterned dough. (Refer to photo guide in Step (9) in TARO's site).
10. Divide the remaining chocolate dough into 2 pieces (17.5g each) for the ears. (Refer to photo guide in Step (10) in TARO's site).
11. Use 70g of the green tea dough to fill up the hollow between the ears. (Refer to photo guide in Step (11) in TARO's site).
12. Wrap the rest of the green tea dough all around the patterned dough. (Refer to photo guide in Step (12) in TARO's site)
13. Place dough into a well-greased loaf pan and cover it with a lid and prove for 50 - 60 minutes in an enclosed area eg. microwave oven.
14. Bake at 200℃ for 25 – 30 minutes.

1. This is not an exact translation of TARO's recipe because I used the bread machine to help me so the first few steps might be different from TARO's.
2. For Step (12), I did not wrap the green tea dough all around the patterned dough. Compare my finished product to that of TARO's, you can see the difference.
3. My first prove is 60 minutes, 2nd prove is 30 minutes and final prove is 60 minutes.
4. I bake at 185℃ for 25 - 30 minutes.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Bernese baby

Bernese Mountain Dog puppies!

A tri-colored dog of large size, the “Berner” (as they are often called) stands 23 to 27.5 inches (58-70 cm) at the withers; breed standards for this breed normally specify no weight, but the usual range is 65 to 120 pounds. The breed is instantly recognized by its distinctive tri-color pattern: body, neck, legs, head and ears are solid black; cheeks, stockings and thumbprints (or ghost eyes) are rust or tan; toes, chest, muzzle, tail tip and blaze between the eyes white. The pattern is rigid and varies only slightly in the amount of white. A perfectly-marked individual gives the impression of a white “Swiss cross” on the chest, when viewed from the front in sitting position. The eyes are an expressive dark brown and are almond shaped. Male Bernese mountain dogs are normally larger in size than females but both genders are extremely strong.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

inflated sense of self

Of all the marine and estuarine fish, the pufferfish family may hands down be the cutest. Nemo may protest, but perhaps he can have his day as well. For now, Bloat steals the show!

Monday, January 7, 2008

"We want to go home, Mario"

The toads of Princess Peach's castle have been hoisted away to a different galaxy, thanks to Bowser. Will they ever find a way home? Will they finish building the spaceship?

Friday, January 4, 2008

Squishably cute

Thank you to Land Of Cute fan Tracey for introducing us to Squishables! These huge lovable plushies are sold here. There is also an amusing squishables owner gallery that is worth checking out. Happy Plushday!

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Erase away the old year...

...with these super cute sealife erasers! But I would never erase with them...or do anything to damage the cuteness...