maybe_amanda101: (adopt a tribble)
So my daughters and I made 200 pork and chive wontons today.  For reasons.  They turned out well.  We also made banana blueberry muffins.  They turned out rubbery.  Life is one big adventure.

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MY husbad has started watching the old The Outer Limits episodes. (1963 to 1965).  Aside from like a zillion familiar faces ( William Shatner &  James Doohan to name just two Canadians...) the special effects.  Wow.  I bet at the time they were impressive.  Now they look like some 8 year old made them flipbook-style. We have become so jaded.

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"A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving" was on tonight.  I'd never seen it before.  And I've only seen 12 minutes of it now.  It's no "A Charlie Brown Christmas," that's for sure.

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Today's prompt:

Who is an expert you admire and why?

Julia Child!  She wanted to do a thing, then did it, then wanted to show other people how to do it, and then did it.  She almost single handedly changed the way North American eat.  Also, her recipes work and they are invariably tasty.

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IT SNOWED!  Okay, it was more like itty bitty styrofoam pellets were being hurled from the sky, but essentially, it snowed.  I guess this means I gotta get serious about Christmas.
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I have decided to get serious about Christmas by hosting a cookie baking party.  Have any of you ever done it?  Do you have tips and treats to share?
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I saw an ad this evening for a six-hour, three night televison event - Childhood's End, based on the Arthur C Clarke work of the same name.  I got unreasonably excited.  I've never even read it.  But when sci-fi things are great, they are amazing! (And when they are not, lord lord LORD! they are not - I am looking directly at you, Falling Skies - hang your head in shame.). Here's hopin'
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Aren't these cupcakes insanely cute?


If only God had given me patience instead of so much beauty.

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Anyone watch Jessica Jones?  If so, what's the verdict?

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I have to sleep now. Night night!
maybe_amanda101: (adopt a tribble)
Apparently some elite athletes cheat.  I'm shocked, I say, shocked!

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You probably saw how this six year old answered a tricky math problem, but if you didn't, be sure to check it out.  It made me laugh. A lot. Enough to disconcert the dog.  The head scratching is the best.
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Speaking of the dog, she turned one today.  How time flies when you are puppy proofing your whole friggin' life.  Good thing she's cute.

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Best red pasta sauce ever.  Seriously.  I was sceptical, (or maybe skeptical? I am never sure) but it's both crazy easy and crazy delicious. Also versatile.  Great for pasta, pizza, veal parm - all your red sauce needs. (Don't act like you don't have red sauce needs - we all know the truth.)   Try it - I dare you.


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Today's prompt:

What is the hardest part of a big project: getting the energy to begin, finding the time to work on it, or feeling down that it's over?
Way to hit a nerve, NaBloPoMo prompts. It's all hard, but I think getting not only the energy but the confidence to begin is the hardest part.  Like most of us, I hate starting anything where I don't know the outcome.  And whatever you attempt, it's never as good as you imagined it should be (or as good as 'I' imagined it should be, speaking strictly for my overly-self-critical self.  Sigh.
How about you? 
maybe_amanda101: (xmas_ornament)
First Kryceks of the year, ready for the oven.

kryceks
Yum.
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Anyone listening to Serial? Real life murder mystery. I'm working my way through it. It's fascinating.
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Stocking stuffers for adults (as opposed to Adult Stocking Stuffers, which, um, no) - Anyone got any awesome ideas?  I'm making jars of Epic Hot Chocolate (correctly named) but I could use some other ideas  - whatcha got?
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Cookies are done - gotta go!
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maybe_amanda101: (fa la la)
No, really, do I?

I had one before, in the long ago days of T9 and flip phones (and several large, unruly models before that, all the way back to the one that came in its own purse, but I digress) but people kept calling me and saying stuff and I was like UGH.  Also, since I live in the land of cell phone gouging, I had pay-as-you-go, which really meant pay and pay and pay and then pay more.

On one hand, I see the appeal of being able to take a picture of a thing and send that picture of a thing to someone immediately so I can see if I should buy it for them/see a doctor immediately/beat the thing soundly with a large stick.  Also, I'm only online about 18 hours a day right now, so more connectivity would assure I had no time at all to ponder the meaninglessness of my existence, which, you know, super handy.

On the other hand, people will call/text and say stuff.  Or worse, they won't.

Opinions? Ideas? Horror stories? Pictures of things that need stick-hitting?

Also, yesterday I made lemon curd.   It's unutterably delicious.
maybe_amanda101: (adopt a tribble)
Didn't get half of what I wanted to accomplish done today. Barely got any of it started.  Apathy is a cruel mistress.
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Someone asked if I will do the annual Holiday Fic of the Day over at Haven.  Um...I suppose.  Yes?  No?  Bueller?
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Do you send Christmas/winter holiday of some sort cards? I love THESE, THESE, and THESE, but the notion of ordering them, writing on them, putting them in envelopes and then, ugh, mailing them?  Ugh. I don't even have the vaguest idea how much a stamp costs anymore.
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THESE is a very strange word.  Say it to yourself a few times.  Go on.  You'll see what I mean soon enough.
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I made these (there it is again!) last year:

They were insanely delicious.  I think I will make them again.
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And how was your Saturday?
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maybe_amanda101: (adopt a tribble)
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OMG! Today was so DULL! SO DULL! DULL DULL DULL!
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Let's see: what have I missed?

What is the most controversial thing you've ever written on your blog?

I think it was suggesting Wuthering Heights by Kate Bush was not the best song ever.

What compelled you to write it?

They played it on BBC4 and it became obvious that, yeah, it wasn't.

So, is my 'blog' controversial? Not so much. (I really have no desire to be controversial.)

Is it even a blog? Not so much.
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I'm going to make some of these (to give as stocking stuffers) tomorrow:


Because, why not?
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I'm also going to make these:


They are the "must-have" ingredient of the moment, and they don't sound as un-delicious as horseradish vodka.
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So the new Star Wars trailer. How do we feel about this?

  I understand I am supposed to be giddy, and yet...hmmm.  Not so giddy.

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maybe_amanda101: (adopt a tribble)
I made Chocolate Swiss Meringues today.  (Not to be confused with Swiss chocolate meringues, which are something else altogether.  Probably) I found the recipe in a copy of Family Circle from 1987 (and I don't see it on-line anywhere - are there really things that are not on-line?  How is that even a thing?)  I'd never made Swiss meringue before and thought, what the hell, you only live once - you should have SOME sugar burns to show for it.

I have four egg yolks I have to figure out some use for.  My life is so glamourous!
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This facing page ad for Kmart in said 1987 magazine made it immediately clear that we are ALL GETTING OLD.



Again, you're welcome.
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Alfonso Ribiero won Dancing with the Stars. I have never seen this show, but even I know the guy is a professional dancer.  How does that even work?
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I am not a huge Joni Mitchell fan.  I think she's written a lot of very good songs, but her voice gives me the heebie-jeebies (full disclosure - my voice would no doubt give her - and just about any one - the heebie-jeebies).  That said, I had to love this:

Joni Mitchell Thinks Taylor Swift Has "High Cheekbones" and Not Much Else to Offer as an Actress

Ouch. Something to be said for just not giving a shit.  Go Joni!
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Hubby's home.  Must go feed him meringues.
maybe_amanda101: (adopt a tribble)
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One month.
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Today's topic:

You are given unlimited funds and a fabulous team of programmers and told to create your own social networking platform. Tell us all about your ideal, fictional social media site.

Well, okay.  Mostly I don't get social media.  I mean, does a newsgroup from ye olde dayes count?  Or bulletin boards?  Or what?  Is LJ social media?  I like to adopt technology only after 98% of users have abandoned it, if possible, but as far as I can tell, most social media sites are all about mining your data and selling it on to the highest, lowest - hell, any - bidder.  Facebook was kinda fun until it was full of rightwing lunatics (so, for a couple of weeks). Instagram is great if you need to see a picture of someone's waffles and you need to see it now. Beyond that?  Shrug.  Anti-social media is it for me, I guess.
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I went to the Wal-mart today.  I got there before the store opened (because of - reasons.)  It was cold and rainy and so I sat in my car, listening to the radio and watching people line up, in the rain and cold, to get into the Wal-mart.  Why?  It's a Tuesday at the Wal-mart.

Humans.  Go fig.
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Hartswood, explain yourselves. Now.

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This arrived today.  I want to make all the cookies.  All if them!

The problem with that is that I will then want to eat all the cookies.

Stupid cookies.
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Made enough virttual snowflakes?  How about decorating a virtual tree?
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maybe_amanda101: (adopt a tribble)
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It was warm and foggy today. 12C! Crazy weather.
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Did nothing exciting today. Nothing.
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Do you like chocolate?  This recipe  might suit:


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Everyone wants gift cards for Christmas.  BORING! Any ideas on how to unbore it?
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maybe_amanda101: (adopt a tribble)
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It snowed and snowed and snowed.  There is snow.

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I think this breakfast would definitely make me smile:



Especially since someone else would have to cook it for me.
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Xmas Pro Tip: Decorate your tree with things you've already got hanging around the house:


What could go wrong?

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Apparently the hottest new live-forever health trend is BONE BROTH
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Or, as we used to call it, soup.
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A billion dollars is a lot of money.  18 billion is even more. I have no idea what's either fair or equitable in this case, but it's clear that billionaires have the first-worldest of problems.

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Todays topic does not appeal, so I am skipping it.
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And how was your day?
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maybe_amanda101: (adopt a tribble)
Today, I had three butter tarts.



Yes I did.  I regret NOTHING!

(If you are one of those freaks who doesn't like raisins, all I can do is feel sorry for you.)
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I am listening to BBC.  They are playing Wuthering Heights by Kate Bush. Jesus. It's as bad now as it was then.

Discuss.
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Hockey in Las Vegas?  Come on!  I have sat quietly through Columbus Freakin' Ohio and Bloody Nashville, but Las Friggin' Vegas!?!?!  COME ON!
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We had Persian food for dinner.  It was of the kebabs, rice and salad variety and looked like this:


It was very tasty.  Also, I did not have to cook, which improves any meal.
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Went to buy apples.  Ran into a guy from my writing class who worked there.  He gave us a 50% discount. SCORE!
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I hardly ever remember my dreams, but I remember the one I had last night. My house caught fire. It started in the attic.  Soon the house was completely engulfed.  The firefighters seemed mostly indifferent.  When the fire was all put out, they discovered the attic was full of smoldering cigarette butts that squirrels had stored there. The firefighters told me it was my own fault, that I shouldn't keep squirrels as pets, especially in the attic.

Yeah. That.
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maybe_amanda101: (adopt a tribble)
'Tis the season!


First Festive Special of the year done and dusted!  Bring on the holidays!

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Remember the Paris 8 sqm apartment from the other day?  I think this place might be hard to live in too, but for very different reasons.

house_of_colours<---------------Click it!

How about you?  The sort of place you'd enjoy living in, or not?

(It has its charms.  The setting seems lovely.  And I do like the repainted stove. Beyond that?  Um...  )

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My husband and I trade magazines with his parents. My MIL sent me the March 2014 issue of Food Network Magazine, which contains, among other things, this recipe:

Bacon Shortcakes with Peanut Butter Whipped Cream


I don't think they're joking...

Your kinda thing?  I still haven't decided.  But the idea of peanut butter whipped cream is not without its appeal.

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Today's topic:

Do you enjoy growing old or do you fight against it?

Allow me to take a third position.  I don't enjoy it at all, but so far it beats the alternative. But fighting it is pointless. And it's a battle you cannot win. Humans are built to last about 35 years - everything after that is gravy.  Treat it as such.
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Woo hoo! The weekend!  Bet there'll be yard work!

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maybe_amanda101: (adopt a tribble)
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Ugh.  I am getting sick.  :(
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Today's suggested topic:

What is the one skill you see in other bloggers that you wish you had?

Photography.  When I do a thing, and want to show everyone in the whole world (or, you know, the four of you who read this) the thing I did, the pictures alway look pretty meh. So knowing how to take good photos would be great. I've read some tutorials, but I can't get the same results.
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I have nothing interesting to say, so here is a recipe for yummy cookies.

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My headache and I are going to bed.  Good night!
maybe_amanda101: (adopt a tribble)
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It's cold.  So not a fan of the cold.
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Today's suggested topic is:

Have you ever had extended writer's block? How long did it last? What did you do to break out of it...?

I don't experience writer's block so much as I experience disinterest, distraction, and general malaise.  Do I get stuck?  You bet.  And when I have to get something written, the best way out of it is always -  ALWAYS -  to 'talk' it out with someone (by 'talk' I generally mean email or IM - I don't really have any meat friends I can talk writing with.)  When I am really stuck and my sounding board(s) aren't working for me, I turn to some other creative pursuit - sewing, crafting, even baking - so I am distracted enough to let my subconcious work on the problem without me.

But I am so lazy.  And writing is a dumb hobby.
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I want this for Christmas:



Yup, that's right - a kitchen gadget. Christ, I am old.

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Question:  How cool are these?


Answer: damned cool.

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A number of publications believe I should be making Horseradish Vodka as a gift for friends and loved ones.

I believe they are wrong.  How about you?  Ever had the stuff?  Would you welcome a bottle gladly, or would you say, "Oh Amanda, really, you shouldn't have.  Really really."
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My husband has decided to grow an evil!Spock beard. You know the one:
evilspock

It's distrubingly sexy. ::: shrug ::: it just is.
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maybe_amanda101: (adopt a tribble)
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Roasted the last of the tomatoes, hot peppers and tomatillos from the garden, added onions, bell peppers, garlic and spices, prepared and canned (okay, glass jarred) three large bottles of roasted vegetable salsa (more or less this recipe, except for the not paying too much attenion to how much of everything I use) before 11 a.m. Boo yah! I deserve a medal or a vacation or a massage or something. I will have to settle for salsa, I guess.
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The internet asks, "Could you live in tiny 8 sqm (86 sq ft) flat in Paris?"

I reply, "No, no I could not."  Cool what they've done with the place, though. I admire clever design, but I think I'd like, at minimum, a chair with a back, you know? When the toilet is the most inviting piece of furniture in a home, you have to ask yourself some serious questions about form and function.

And the maids for whom those rooms wre designed:  what must their lives have been like?
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Did some accidental research re: what did trick-or-treaters get at Halloween during The Depression.  Apparently, there were no trick-or-treaters back then.  Trick-or-treating the way we think of it didn't become a 'universal' North American thing until after the 1920's.  The more you know, kids.
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Tomorrow, after a ten year lead-up, The Rosetta Space Craft is scheduled to land on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.  I am torn between 'really cool' and 'collosal waste of resources.' Oh science, you are a conflicting mistress.
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It was 17C here today.  Lovely day for November.  :D
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maybe_amanda101: (adopt a tribble)
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How is it the 10th of November? How???
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Target has the best reasonably priced Christmas decor (including this and this).

I want all of it. I bought none of it.

Today. (The season is young...)
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Pinterest decided I'd want to know how to bleach pine cones. Why? What purpose could bleached pine cones serve? What about me made their algorithm think "oh yeah, she want the pine cones, and she wants them bleached!"

But I clicked, didn't I? Of course I did.

Odds are, there will be at least one bleached pine cone in my future. Just so I can see if it can be done.

Curse you, Pinterest!
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We have an actual topic today!

What knowledge do you have that others don't? Write a "how to" post about anything you've got skills for, small or large

I have some knowledge, but most of it is not of the 'that others don't' variety. But I do have a recipe for the easiest, most delicious dessert that you can whip up in no time. Amaze your friends, baffle your enemies, be the hero of the party!

Caramel Apple Dip )
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And you?
maybe_amanda101: (adopt a tribble)
No science experiments, impromptu or otherwise, today. This is good thing.
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Topic du jour:

What is your favorite holiday memory? (And yes, you can pick any holiday, including your birthday.)

In 2011,(I think?) my husband took me on a cruise. It was to be our first alone vacation as a couple that didn't in some way involve him having to work/see clients/talk to clients on the phone for hours/work on his computer for even more hours trip since...hmm...our honeymoon, probably. We went with Holland America, we toured the western Caribbean (eastern? honestly, I do not know. My sense of direction is pathetic.) I wasn't sure if I'd enjoy a cruise, but it was something he thought we'd like, so I was game.

It was amazing. It was awesome. It was awesomely amazing. I got to swim with squid. I really, really, really enjoyed that cruise.
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Finished watching Broadchurch tonight. No spoilers, but I found the ending kinda . . . disappointing. So much build-up, so little pay-off. The cast was terrific, though, and the scenery, spectacular.
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Sleepy Hollow was its usual terrible, glorious self last night. Old Faithful, that show... (I wonder how Tom Mison and John Noble, actual actors, can say that stuff without cracking up or rolling their eyes. Must be the money, honey.)
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Like chocolate? Like mint? I do. These cookies look spectacular delicious and easy:

Just sayin'
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maybe_amanda101: (tardis)

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Q: Day of the Doctor?
A: YES!!!!!!!!!


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This is so much fun!

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Today's prompt:


24. What's a special tradition in your family that makes the holiday season special to you?

(Other than repeating special twice in under 20 words?)

We do all the 'normal' stuff - turkey dinner with many of the fixin's (canned yams and marshmallows? Honestly people, that is just GROSS), lights, presents, arguments about insanely pointless and ultimately meaningless nonsense, driving around in miserable weather because god forbid both families just get together and be civil for a few hours, no, no, can't have that!, me being annoyed because I can't watch the Dr Who Christmas special right damned now, overwhelming anxiety, crushing disappointment, a keen desire for it all to be over.  You know, the usual.

But we do some fun stuff, too. There's the Sci-Fi/Fandom tree ("It's not really Christmas until there's a Klingon with a bat'leth hangin' on the tree!"), Gingerbread Kryceks, a (possibly wine-soaked) viewing of Clone High Snowflake Day ("Specificity be the enemy of unity!" Lamb tacos! "Oh give me some spices!" "I'm fat!" "I want some parsley!" "Here, we eat our mistakes! Mangez le verre! Man-gez le verre!!!" "Now, let us all join in a traditional All Religions Are Equally Valid Traditional Snowflake Day Celebratory Cabbage Patch!" King Kwanzaa! Dredlestein!) homemade Christmas crackers (Fun! Easy! Also fun!), and of course, breakfast corn (recipe follows):


Breakfast Corn
1 can niblets-style corn
can opener
microwave save bowl big enough for contents of the can

(1) Ten minutes before dinner is ready to be served, remember that you promised one of the more demanding diners that despite cooking fresh and delicious food for the last three days, no, no problem at all, you'd be only too damned happy to heat up a can of corn!

(2) Open can of corn

(3) Pour corn into bowl

(4) Microwave on full power for 3 minutes

(5) Serve dinner

(6) The next morning, open the microwave, only to discover you forgot to serve the corn.  Now it's breakfast corn!

(7) Throw entire contents in food waste recycling bin

(8) Repeat each and every holiday

NOTE: It's harder to make this dish since I now have a microwave that buzzes and buzzes and buzzes after it finishes cooking until you open the door, but, luckily, there is usually someone around who is willing to turn the microwave off without actually taking the food out :D
 

maybe_amanda101: (tardis)

Happy Who Day 2, and a joyous simulcast to all!
(Plans?  Me?  Not really.  Just unplugging the phone at 2:30 p.m., that's all.)

Today's topic:

23. The holidays are coming. Which means good food. Share a recipe for a dish you love to enjoy during the Merry Thanksmas season. (So we can enjoy it too!)

The holidays are HERE!  Celebrate!



If you like something a little more traditional:

Gingerbread Kryceks
(Yes, I really do make these every year.  The kids would be very disappointed if I did not. It would be like not having a Klingon with a bat'leth on the tree.)

Ingredients:
3 cups flour
½ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon baking powder
¾ teaspoon salt
½ cup unsalted butter, softened
½ cup dark brown sugar, packed
1
½ tablespoon ground ginger
2 teaspoons cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground cloves
½ teaspoon nutmeg
1 egg
¾ cup molasses
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
gingerbread man shaped cookie cutter(s)
parchment paper
(trust me on this one)

Method

Mix the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt together in a bowl
with a whisk and set aside.

In a large bowl mix together
butter and brown sugar on medium speed until fluffy.

Blend in spices. Blend in the egg, molasses and
vanilla extract.

Gradually blend in the flour mixture.

Wrap the dough and chill for 1 to 2 hours.

Roll chilled dough on a floured surface to approx. 1/8-inch
thickness.  Cut out tough-guy cookie shapes. 
With a dull knife
(for maximum authenticity), remove left arm from each cookie.

Place the cookies on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake in a preheated
350 degree oven for about 12 minutes, or until edges start to brown.

Cool completely. Decorate as desired. (Black icing makes nice oilien eyes)

Have a great day!

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