Monthly Archives: May 2008

A very merry unbirthday to you!

But that’s you. As for me, well, today is my birthday. 29th, to be precise.
I could write about taking stock of my life so far.
I could write about my dreams for the future.
I could just plain write about myself.

But I decided to leave that to you. Here’s the deal: write me something, anything, whatever, about me. It doesn’t have to be true or even remotely based on any kind of fact. It does, however, need to make me feel good somehow, what with this being my birthday and all.
ONLY the comments that make me smile, laugh, or need a cold shower, will go into a draw to win one of three fabulous gift bags. And what is in these gift bags, you ask? There will be some destashed items, such as books, cd’s, dvd’s, handbags, yarn, or whatever the hell else I decide to pass on to a new home. There will also be items handcrafted by yours truly. All items will be in good condition, and come from a smoke-free home, however I do have a cat so if you are allergic I will be unable to send you anything soft and fluffy. I am not currently specifying the exact content of each gift bag, because that will be determined after I have done some creepy stalking of the lucky winners.

I’m giving y’all a week. Comments posted until the end of May ’08 will be included in the draw. Good luck to you, and Happy Birthday to me!

* Be warned that some of the people I hang out with on teh intarwebz have quite impressive pottymouths, and I have no control whatsoever over what they might choose to say here. Read other comments at your own discretion, and please don’t be offended by anybody else here. This is about me, after all, and I can say to a certainty that I’m not offended by any of it.

1 June ’08 – I’ve locked the comments and will be drawing the winners when I don’t have any screaming babies trying to destroy my laptop.

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I know, I know

I know lolcats are very nearly cliched. But I had to:

cat
more cat pictures

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Chocolate Irish Cream Cookies

Need I say more?
No pictures, but boy, do they taste fabulous.

2 cups self-rising flour
2 eggs
1 cup sugar
50 grams bittersweet chocolate (the darker and more cocoa solids, the better)
1/4 cup oil
100 grams butter/margarine
5 tablespoons Irish cream
2 tablespoons of milk or substitute

Preheat oven to 150C degrees.
Melt the butter, chocolate, and milk together until smooth. In the meantime, mix the remaining ingredients in a bowl, and then add the chocolate mixture in slowly. Using a teaspoon, scoop batter onto a cookie sheet, setting each scoop at least 3 cm apart (the cookies double in size in the oven). Bake in the oven 20-30 minutes. The cookies will be slightly soft when ready.

They go really well with Irish coffee – that’s coffee with a tablespoon of Irish cream. Irish music optional.

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Somebody adjust my dosage quick!

I’m going bake-crazy!
Sunday was brownies.
Monday was bread.
Today I was going to do some cleaning up. Yeah, right. I lasted an hour, than I decided I HAD to try something that I’ve been meaning to do for a while.
So here’s my recipe for vegan halva cookies:
Preheat oven to 160C degrees.
2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup sugar (brown or white goes)
1/2 cup unmixed sesame tahini
1/2 cup olive oil
mix
scoop spoonfuls onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper
bake and be careful not to burn them – my oven took 15 minutes. If they start darkening, take them out immediately, these will burn easily.
Cool completely before eating.
You will probably have to make another batch for the original purpose because you may well eat them all up as soon as they’re ready. But these are guilt-free calories, the ingredients are all super healthy.
Healthy halva cookies
And, if my culinary productivity isn’t enough to get you very concerned, I’m starting an Undertaking of Grandiose Proportions. Let’s just say it involves a certain curly girl’s birthday and these:
Secret sock something
I’m not disclosing any further information in case it doesn’t end up happening so I don’t cause myself more public humiliation than absolutely necessary.

All hail Supermom!

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FYIs

I rock.

I’m having a series of good days. Kant’s socks are done, and many lessons have been learned from them about sock knitting in general, and the odd deformities of my feet in particular.
FO socks
So of course I feel accomplished enough to experiment with building my own pair of toe-up socks, with some bamboo yarn, which is also an experiment.
Bamboo Squared Socks
I am also in negotiations to score a significant amount of dyeable yarns. I’ve enrolled Yiftah to Neta’s daycare starting September, and I’m already smelling the freedom in the air.
To increase my levels of awesomeness, I baked some fabulous bread today, and decided that I’m not going to buy bread anymore.
Tasty bread gets eaten too fast to take pictures...
Here’s the recipe. I sorta winged it:
Preheat oven to 180C degrees, and mix
500 ml self-rising flour
500 ml whole wheat flour
330 ml pale lager
a pinch of salt
knead into dough, shape loaf as you wish (you can make it rounder or longer)
bake on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper – my oven got it right in 35 minutes
Yum.
My next experiment in breadmaking will involve freezing unbaked loaves so I can make a large amount and then pop a loaf in the oven as necessary.

I’m off to try to ride this high for as long as possible. At the moment, my world is a good one.

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