The Most Beautiful Game I Have Ever Played

My first introduction to Monument Valley was when it appeared on season three of House of Cards. I didn’t really give it a second thought, but my husband was curious and downloaded the game. Once he started playing it, I couldn’t stop looking over his shoulder, trying to help him solve the puzzles. Eventually I downloaded the game myself and slowly started making my way through the different puzzles.

The games definitely have an Escher-like quality to them and solving the puzzles is exquisitely mind-bending. I quickly made my way through all the puzzles in the original and the extension. I really hope that that people at ustwo bring out a third installment.

Shape the Future Competition

I was pleasantly surprised to find out that I had received an honorable mention in the Corian Shape the Future Competition. Here is my proposal which involved creating a variety of shapes in thermoformed Corian that would be assembled in varying configurations to create a room divider.

Terri Moore | Corian Shape the Future Competition

DuPont™ Corian® solid surface is durable, formable and available in a wide variety of colors. The surface of the material is also easily cleanable, which makes it ideal for use in a wide variety of applications not limited to residential applications. While a residential application was the inspiration for this project, the durability and cleanability of the surface would allow it to be used in a wider range of applications from healthcare to retail.

Terri Moore | Corian Shape the Future Competition Medium-Aligned

The rise in popularity of loft like dwellings and other open plan living spaces in urban centers has grown dramatically in the last few years. Some of the challenges associated with living in this kind of environment include how to divide the space into separate uses while still maintaining the feel of an open floor plan and allowing light and air to move freely through the space. The proposal incorporates panels of two sizes that can be arranged in a regular grid or a more random pattern to achieve varying degrees of openness. The panels can also be combined in varying color combinations to create unique patterns.

Terri Moore | Corian Shape the Future Competition Terri Moore | Corian Shape the Future Competition

One of the great aspects of Corian® is how once it is formed into a shape it becomes self-supporting. Using Corian® in this was I was able to create thin molded planes almost floating in space. Molding the Corian® triangular panels creates a play of light and shadow between the panels. The panels can also be fused together in different colors allowing the panel to have different color on each side further expanding the possibilities in color and pattern.

Terri Moore | Corian Shape the Future Competition Terri Moore | Corian Shape the Future Competition

Jewelry for your architect

Valentine’s day is coming up, have you settled on what you’re getting your architect as a gift?

Architects can be hard to buy for, and gift guides for architects tend to focus on books and toys relating to construction. I thought I would do a round up of jewelry ideas specifically for the special woman in your life that also happens to be an architect.

Here are some of my favorites:

Vanessa Gade
Beautiful geometric designs in silver and gold. I particularly like the gold and blackened steel combinations as shown here.

Designhype NYC Metro Cuff

NYC Metro Cuff by designhype
A subway map on your wrist. There isn’t a subway version for LA yet, but they do have a city cuff that shows a street grid for LA instead.

Coops by Emma Sharp


Coops by Emma Sharp
These are great for someone who doesn’t have pierced ears, like me! The hearts in rose gold are perfect for Valentine’s Day.


Ergonomiska ring in silver by Klara Eriksson

Beautifully crafted silver rings made in Sweden.



KONZUK by Karen Konzuk

Architects seem to have a bit of a love affair with concrete, and I am no exception. I even have a whole Pinterest board devoted to concrete. Karen also creates elegant minimal pieces using combinations of concrete and stainless steel or gold. She has an extensive collection of pendants, earrings and even cuff links. Check out her website for more.

Crimson Gold Apple Tartlets

The recipe for these came about by accident when I ordered some apples from Good Eggs. I wasn’t paying attention and didn’t realize that Crimson Gold Apples are tiny little apples. Once they arrived I was determined to make them into little tartlets but I couldn’t find a recipe I liked online.

So here’s my first attempt, I think it turned out quite well. Not too sweet and slightly addicting.

Crimson Gold Apple Tartlets

The juice of 1 lemon
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
8-10 crimson gold apples
1 ½ teaspoon castor sugar
½ stick melted butter
1-2 tablespoons of honey
1 puff pastry sheet defrosted per manufacturer instructions.


Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Slice apples in half and remove the cores, slice the remaining apple halves thinly.  I used a mandolin set on the first setting. Combine apple slices with the lemon juice and cinnamon in a small bowl.

Roll out puff pastry dough until quite thin. Use a large cookie cutter to cut rounds out of the rolled out dough. I used a flower shaped cookie cutter, but anything round will do. Place dough circles on a parchment lined baking sheet. Arrange apple slices on dough circles allowing a 1/4″ border at the edge.  Brush each tartlet with the melted butter and sprinkle with the castor sugar. Bake for 25 minutes until pastry is golden brown. Remove from oven and drizzle honey on each tartlet. Allow to cool. Serve at warm or at room temperature.

Mom’s Recipes | Basic Cinnamon Cookies

I went on a bit of a shopping frenzy at the Penzeys online store and bought a whole bunch of great spices, including some cinnamon. It just smelled so good I had to make this super simple cinnamon cookie recipe of my mom’s.

Basic Cinnamon Cookies | Terri Moore

Basic Cinnamon Cookies

230 grams butter softened
300 grams caster sugar
2 eggs
330 grams flour
1 tsp cream of tartar
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp cinnamon & 4 tsp sugar in a separate bowl


Cream the butter and sugar, add eggs and then dry ingredients. Refrigerate for 1/2 hour.

Roll into small balls and toss in the cinnamon/sugar mix. Arrange on a baking sheet lined with parchment or a silicone mat. Bake at 375°F for 8-10 minutes until baked through.

Basic Cinnamon Cookies | Terri Moore


After seeing this NPR story on Zwetschgendatschi (Bavarian plum cake), I decided that I wanted to try my hand at it. I was going to make the recipe featured in the story but my husband asked that I try and make his mother’s version.  She sent me the recipe and I made a few little tweaks, I couldn’t get the right plums. Her recipe calls for Italian Prune Plums, but red plums were all that were available in my area.

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Mom’s Recipes | Lemon Meringue Pie

This is probably the recipe that I have made the most out of my mom’s recipe book and it is still one of my favorites.  I made this over Memorial Day weekend to take to a get together with some friends and neighbors.  I think I’m only getting to the post now because that weekend was slightly traumatizing, our party ended up getting stuck in an elevator after we trekked off to go see a friend’s loft that was about to go on the market.

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Mom’s Recipes | Bacon Wheels

When I was growing up my mom had a handwritten recipe book of all the recipes she had discovered and modified over the years. She referenced it regularly, and I have many memories of my brother and I making chocolate cake using that recipe book. After my brother and I grew up and left the house my mother decided to type up all the recipes and create a printed copy for each of us.

A few years back my husband suggested that we make each recipe so we can photograph them and remake the book with photographs of each dish.

This is the first recipe out of the book, super simple with only 3 ingredients.

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Shake, Rattle and Roll

EARTHQUAKE! The LA area was treated to a little earth shaking last Friday. Giving us all a friendly reminder to get our earthquake kits together and take care of any other earthquake preparedness tasks we’ve been putting off. For me that includes strapping the large closet by my front door to the wall. If that were to fall over in an earthquake it could very well block our escape route.

After seeing a few friends post on their facebook pages about how they ran to the nearest doorway to wait out the earthquake, I just want to say: DON’T DO THAT!

In modern homes doorways are generally no safer than the rest of the house, experts say that what you should do is DROP, COVER and HOLD ON. Drop to the ground, get under a sturdy piece of furniture if you can, and hold on until the shaking stops. Stay away from windows, large mirrors or anything that could fall. If you are outside when the shaking happens, stay outside and move away from structures and power lines.

The Earthquake Country Alliance website had some good tips on what to do in the middle of an earthquake. The website also tackles some of the erroneous information in that “Triangle of Life” email that was circulating a few years ago.

You should also get prepared before the earthquake and minimize potential damage to your house. Along with strapping heavy furniture to the wall, there are a few other things you can do to be prepared.
>Make sure your water heater is properly strapped and secured.
>Your house should be bolted to the foundation.
>Remove or replace unreinforced masonry chimneys.

These are just a few things to consider, for more information, see the Homeowners Guide to Earthquake Safety

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