jesso: (TMBG - Birdhouse in your soul)
My feet hurt. I spent tonight making cookies. You see, my mom gave me her old stand mixer when she got a new Kitchenaid one, and I had to try it out to make sure it wasn't damaged while in transit to my apartment. I am happy to report that it is in perfect working order. And now I have lots of cookies to take to work tomorrow. I made my chai oatmeal cookies, and also some toffee and chocolate chip cookies. Toffee + chocolate = nom nom nom.

I have been listening to They Might Be Giants alllllllll night.

I spent my last two nights volunteering at After Dark In The Park, a non-scary semi-Halloween festival kind of thing at River Legacy Park. On Friday night was in the craft area with [livejournal.com profile] sparklyaria, helping kids make owl puppets out of paper bags. I posted a picture to Twitter of Al 2.0. The original Al was added to the sign for the owl table because he was such an awesome owl. I had so much fun watching the kids make their owls, and having them name their owls. I think my favorite owl name of the night was "Petals".

Saturday night, I was put on the Starlight Stroll with [livejournal.com profile] gutterballjen, where we were put in charge of flashlights for the Eyeshine trail. Basically they had a bunch of little reflectors on popsicle sticks made to look like eyes, hidden all along this short little dark trail. We gave flashlights to the kids to hold by their head, and they were supposed to try to find all the pairs of eyes, and thus learn about how some animals have a reflective layer in their eyes to help gather light. Of course, most kids just wanted to run down the trail with the flashlights, so we let them. There was one kid who went down the trail with his dad, and they spent a really long time trying to find them all, reeeeeeally exploring. With us at the table was a Mexican Red-Kneed Tarantula, which attracted even more kids than the flashlights. He didn't have a name, so Jeni and I named him Paco. The guy that was guarding him and talking about him to the kids was really cool. He also had the spider's skin from the last time it had shed, and he let the kids touch that to keep from aggravating the spider too much. Since it was chilly, he had a couple of hand warmers that Paco sat on to keep warm. Paco really was a nice spider.

What else? Tomorrow is back to work. Things have slowed down a bit, so things are less stressful. I'm taking almost all of my cookies to work to give away, because whoa so many cookies. Next weekend I'm babysitting, going out to my aunt's house after work on Thursday and staying through Sunday. After that, it's all about planning things for the NaNo kick-off.

Speaking of Nano! I hope you all have voted in my first poll! I'm so excited to finally have the first poll going. I'm probably going to get up early Wednesday to check it and post the next poll. I really hope I end up with something fun to write.
jesso: (TMBG - Birdhouse in your soul)
My feet hurt. I spent tonight making cookies. You see, my mom gave me her old stand mixer when she got a new Kitchenaid one, and I had to try it out to make sure it wasn't damaged while in transit to my apartment. I am happy to report that it is in perfect working order. And now I have lots of cookies to take to work tomorrow. I made my chai oatmeal cookies, and also some toffee and chocolate chip cookies. Toffee + chocolate = nom nom nom.

I have been listening to They Might Be Giants alllllllll night.

I spent my last two nights volunteering at After Dark In The Park, a non-scary semi-Halloween festival kind of thing at River Legacy Park. On Friday night was in the craft area with [livejournal.com profile] sparklyaria, helping kids make owl puppets out of paper bags. I posted a picture to Twitter of Al 2.0. The original Al was added to the sign for the owl table because he was such an awesome owl. I had so much fun watching the kids make their owls, and having them name their owls. I think my favorite owl name of the night was "Petals".

Saturday night, I was put on the Starlight Stroll with [livejournal.com profile] gutterballjen, where we were put in charge of flashlights for the Eyeshine trail. Basically they had a bunch of little reflectors on popsicle sticks made to look like eyes, hidden all along this short little dark trail. We gave flashlights to the kids to hold by their head, and they were supposed to try to find all the pairs of eyes, and thus learn about how some animals have a reflective layer in their eyes to help gather light. Of course, most kids just wanted to run down the trail with the flashlights, so we let them. There was one kid who went down the trail with his dad, and they spent a really long time trying to find them all, reeeeeeally exploring. With us at the table was a Mexican Red-Kneed Tarantula, which attracted even more kids than the flashlights. He didn't have a name, so Jeni and I named him Paco. The guy that was guarding him and talking about him to the kids was really cool. He also had the spider's skin from the last time it had shed, and he let the kids touch that to keep from aggravating the spider too much. Since it was chilly, he had a couple of hand warmers that Paco sat on to keep warm. Paco really was a nice spider.

What else? Tomorrow is back to work. Things have slowed down a bit, so things are less stressful. I'm taking almost all of my cookies to work to give away, because whoa so many cookies. Next weekend I'm babysitting, going out to my aunt's house after work on Thursday and staying through Sunday. After that, it's all about planning things for the NaNo kick-off.

Speaking of Nano! I hope you all have voted in my first poll! I'm so excited to finally have the first poll going. I'm probably going to get up early Wednesday to check it and post the next poll. I really hope I end up with something fun to write.
jesso: (A Nom Nom Bunny)
So I've spent ten hours today taking recipes from my computer, LJ memories, The Pioneer Woman's website, and my "recipe box" on allrecipes.com, and putting them all on LJ. They are all posted to [livejournal.com profile] foodisnommy, and they are all tagged by type, major ingredient, season, theme (Italian, Mexican, etc), and anything else I could think of. The ones I've made all have ratings up to five stars (*****). Oh, the magic of tags. The Pioneer Woman has her own tag, and so does Alton Brown. Because I love both of them and wish they would have babies together, except their respective spouses would probably object.

There are 139 recipes as of right now. My goodness, that's a lot. And I still have to go through the foot-tall stack of magazines my mom lent me.

....I think I'm done for the night though.
jesso: (A Nom Nom Bunny)
So I've spent ten hours today taking recipes from my computer, LJ memories, The Pioneer Woman's website, and my "recipe box" on allrecipes.com, and putting them all on LJ. They are all posted to [livejournal.com profile] foodisnommy, and they are all tagged by type, major ingredient, season, theme (Italian, Mexican, etc), and anything else I could think of. The ones I've made all have ratings up to five stars (*****). Oh, the magic of tags. The Pioneer Woman has her own tag, and so does Alton Brown. Because I love both of them and wish they would have babies together, except their respective spouses would probably object.

There are 139 recipes as of right now. My goodness, that's a lot. And I still have to go through the foot-tall stack of magazines my mom lent me.

....I think I'm done for the night though.
jesso: (RTS - Local Boob)
1) These new Torchwood episodes are amazing. I mean, for serious, like OMG, and all that. This tweet sums it up nicely. Plus, man, Gwen is so hardcore.

2) I want to print this out and hit Jenny McCarthy with it so I can say I am hitting her with SCIENCE. You know, science done with actual research, instead of the kind where you just say "BUT NO THIS IS WHAT I WANT TO BELIEVE SO I WILL YELL AT YOU AND REFUSE TO LISTEN TO ANYTHING YOU SAY RAR RAR RAR."

3) I really want to make this. Maybe this weekend.

4) I had something else to say, but I got distracted... ummmmmmm... kittens are adorable?

5) OH! Yeah! I remember. I've been watching Party Animals, since Matt Smith is in it and I wanted to see what he's like before he becomes The Doctor. Guys, this guy is adorable. He's going to be a pretty good Doctor, I think. Possibly up to Tennant's level of goodness. He's even got the fully poseable hair, like Tennant. I am now officially excited for the next season of Doctor Who, instead of just dreading it.

6) How do you actually spell poseable? Spellcheck doesn't recognize "poseable" or "posable". A Googlefight tells me that "poseable" has more results, and that's the spelling that comes more naturally to me, but I'm still not sure. Stupid words.
jesso: (RTS - Local Boob)
1) These new Torchwood episodes are amazing. I mean, for serious, like OMG, and all that. This tweet sums it up nicely. Plus, man, Gwen is so hardcore.

2) I want to print this out and hit Jenny McCarthy with it so I can say I am hitting her with SCIENCE. You know, science done with actual research, instead of the kind where you just say "BUT NO THIS IS WHAT I WANT TO BELIEVE SO I WILL YELL AT YOU AND REFUSE TO LISTEN TO ANYTHING YOU SAY RAR RAR RAR."

3) I really want to make this. Maybe this weekend.

4) I had something else to say, but I got distracted... ummmmmmm... kittens are adorable?

5) OH! Yeah! I remember. I've been watching Party Animals, since Matt Smith is in it and I wanted to see what he's like before he becomes The Doctor. Guys, this guy is adorable. He's going to be a pretty good Doctor, I think. Possibly up to Tennant's level of goodness. He's even got the fully poseable hair, like Tennant. I am now officially excited for the next season of Doctor Who, instead of just dreading it.

6) How do you actually spell poseable? Spellcheck doesn't recognize "poseable" or "posable". A Googlefight tells me that "poseable" has more results, and that's the spelling that comes more naturally to me, but I'm still not sure. Stupid words.
jesso: (RTS - idea!)
So as I got home, I was trying to think of something for dinner. I had just bought some orzo thinking to make a lemony pasta salad with it, but realized I only had one small roma tomato, not really enough to make a good pasta salad like I like it. So I started trying to think of different things I could mix in the orzo with lemon juice to make something yummy, and I remembered the avocados in the bottom of my fridge.

Instantly, I had an idea- mash up the avocados really well, as if making really smooth guacamole, add lots of lemon juice, them mix it into cooked orzo. I figured that if I was right, I would end up with a delicious, creamy, lemony, yummy concoction... but if I was wrong it had the potential to be very, very gross. I decided to try a small batch first. I used up the last of my previous bag of orzo (maybe a little more than a cup of dry pasta?), an avocado and a half (one had started turning funny colors), and lots of lemon juice.

Verdict: Delicious. I cut up my roma tomato into my bowl when I tried it, and it was practically perfect with the tomato. I think it needs a little bit of tweaking, but it's definitely a keeper. It came out creamy and lemony, just what the doctor ordered. I waited a bit for it to cool and tried it again, and it's just as good at room temp as it was hot, and I bet it would still be very good cold.

Man, I love experimental cooking.

In other news, the dentist I saw was fantastic. Not only did he numb me up so good my almost-to-the-root filling didn't hurt, but now that the Novocaine has worn off it STILL doesn't hurt. Talk about mad skills. Fillings always hurt, especially massive ones on the very back tooth, between it and the tooth in front of it. I am in awe of this dentist.
jesso: (RTS - idea!)
So as I got home, I was trying to think of something for dinner. I had just bought some orzo thinking to make a lemony pasta salad with it, but realized I only had one small roma tomato, not really enough to make a good pasta salad like I like it. So I started trying to think of different things I could mix in the orzo with lemon juice to make something yummy, and I remembered the avocados in the bottom of my fridge.

Instantly, I had an idea- mash up the avocados really well, as if making really smooth guacamole, add lots of lemon juice, them mix it into cooked orzo. I figured that if I was right, I would end up with a delicious, creamy, lemony, yummy concoction... but if I was wrong it had the potential to be very, very gross. I decided to try a small batch first. I used up the last of my previous bag of orzo (maybe a little more than a cup of dry pasta?), an avocado and a half (one had started turning funny colors), and lots of lemon juice.

Verdict: Delicious. I cut up my roma tomato into my bowl when I tried it, and it was practically perfect with the tomato. I think it needs a little bit of tweaking, but it's definitely a keeper. It came out creamy and lemony, just what the doctor ordered. I waited a bit for it to cool and tried it again, and it's just as good at room temp as it was hot, and I bet it would still be very good cold.

Man, I love experimental cooking.

In other news, the dentist I saw was fantastic. Not only did he numb me up so good my almost-to-the-root filling didn't hurt, but now that the Novocaine has worn off it STILL doesn't hurt. Talk about mad skills. Fillings always hurt, especially massive ones on the very back tooth, between it and the tooth in front of it. I am in awe of this dentist.

Pictures!

Apr. 5th, 2009 11:49 pm
jesso: (Wonderfalls - Jaye Camera)
So, after seeing this post in [livejournal.com profile] food_porn, I had to try my hand at making butterscotch mac & cheese. I mena, how could I not? It sounded so weird that my curiosity demanded I try it.

I started off by measuring everything and setting up a mise en place, just so I could feel fancy:

Okay, so it was only three ingredients, but still. Mise en place! It's French and that makes it Fancy!

Then I made butterscotch, and was surprised by how easy it was:

I need to work on my technique, though. I think I cooked it too high, because it was definitely thicker and darker than it should have been.


It was delicious. I have to admit, I was rather surprised. I kind of expected it to be horrible. I actually took a lot of pictures, because I like to pretend I'm cool like The Pioneer Woman, and I posted them all here.

And while I'm posting pictures, springtime is pretty!
Flowers 2
These are on the bushes by our mailboxes. I love how the little flowers contrast with the dark green leaves.

TREEEEE
This is the tree outside my apartment. I'm a sucker for spring trees contrasting against bright blue skies. Also, fall trees against late afternoon skies.

Bright green tree
I took this one from inside my car, with the camera pointing straight up from the dashboard. I parked under the tree specifically so I could take this picture. I'm not usually one for bright colors, but for trees I make exceptions.

Pictures!

Apr. 5th, 2009 11:49 pm
jesso: (Wonderfalls - Jaye Camera)
So, after seeing this post in [livejournal.com profile] food_porn, I had to try my hand at making butterscotch mac & cheese. I mena, how could I not? It sounded so weird that my curiosity demanded I try it.

I started off by measuring everything and setting up a mise en place, just so I could feel fancy:

Okay, so it was only three ingredients, but still. Mise en place! It's French and that makes it Fancy!

Then I made butterscotch, and was surprised by how easy it was:

I need to work on my technique, though. I think I cooked it too high, because it was definitely thicker and darker than it should have been.


It was delicious. I have to admit, I was rather surprised. I kind of expected it to be horrible. I actually took a lot of pictures, because I like to pretend I'm cool like The Pioneer Woman, and I posted them all here.

And while I'm posting pictures, springtime is pretty!
Flowers 2
These are on the bushes by our mailboxes. I love how the little flowers contrast with the dark green leaves.

TREEEEE
This is the tree outside my apartment. I'm a sucker for spring trees contrasting against bright blue skies. Also, fall trees against late afternoon skies.

Bright green tree
I took this one from inside my car, with the camera pointing straight up from the dashboard. I parked under the tree specifically so I could take this picture. I'm not usually one for bright colors, but for trees I make exceptions.

PICTARS

Dec. 28th, 2008 04:04 pm
jesso: (Photographic pictures)
So I have some pictures I've been meaning to post. I got my cats a new gold litter box, and they like it. Also there are a few random pictures of them being cat-ish. Then there are pictures of the my new silverware, and also of muffins I made today, because ohhhhhhhh they are good.

Pictures of kitties and muffins )

PS: My mood icon is 112% perfect for this post. Because I am full of muffins, and so is Pat. There are even muffins in the picture! I love my Wonderfalls mood theme.

PICTARS

Dec. 28th, 2008 04:04 pm
jesso: (Photographic pictures)
So I have some pictures I've been meaning to post. I got my cats a new gold litter box, and they like it. Also there are a few random pictures of them being cat-ish. Then there are pictures of the my new silverware, and also of muffins I made today, because ohhhhhhhh they are good.

Pictures of kitties and muffins )

PS: My mood icon is 112% perfect for this post. Because I am full of muffins, and so is Pat. There are even muffins in the picture! I love my Wonderfalls mood theme.
jesso: (RTS - Local Boob)
Woooooooooo garlic.

I got some fresh garlic at the store tonight, and mmmmmmmm fresh garlic. I made my own Caesar dressing and I knew it was good when I was looking at my empty plate and realized I was about to start licking it. I love Caesar dressing. And home-made means I can make it really good! Less oil/egg, more garlic!

Also I found a better way of mincing/grating the stuff. I used the cheese grater [livejournal.com profile] notlikeyourmom gave me a while back, and it was awesome. I grated two cloves into my PastaRoni (I made two boxes so I have leftovers for a few days) and about four cloves into my dressing and MAN I have garlic breath now. But the grater performed wonderfully- it made a lovely paste of the garlic, perfect for adding to recipes. I am clearly a genius.

Now I have bratwurst cooking in the crockpot, in watered-down teriyaki sauce, to take for lunches at work with my leftover PastaRoni. I am rocking the meal planning this week.

ALSO: The LJ Halloween layout is crazy. The black makes the pages look so much smaller! The header is keen, though, with the zombies and yeah.

ALSO ALSO: I'm getting more into the "excited nervous anticipation" part of NaNoWriMo, and less of the "unmitigated panic". I think it's funny, though, that in trying to work out the details of my plot today I basically wrote a scene in my head where my characters were talking about it. They knew all about how it worked, and I learned it from them. The fictional characters. In my head. NaNoWriMo: making people crazy since 1999.

Right. Now for more plotting, and homework. Probably should do the homework first.
jesso: (RTS - Local Boob)
Woooooooooo garlic.

I got some fresh garlic at the store tonight, and mmmmmmmm fresh garlic. I made my own Caesar dressing and I knew it was good when I was looking at my empty plate and realized I was about to start licking it. I love Caesar dressing. And home-made means I can make it really good! Less oil/egg, more garlic!

Also I found a better way of mincing/grating the stuff. I used the cheese grater [livejournal.com profile] notlikeyourmom gave me a while back, and it was awesome. I grated two cloves into my PastaRoni (I made two boxes so I have leftovers for a few days) and about four cloves into my dressing and MAN I have garlic breath now. But the grater performed wonderfully- it made a lovely paste of the garlic, perfect for adding to recipes. I am clearly a genius.

Now I have bratwurst cooking in the crockpot, in watered-down teriyaki sauce, to take for lunches at work with my leftover PastaRoni. I am rocking the meal planning this week.

ALSO: The LJ Halloween layout is crazy. The black makes the pages look so much smaller! The header is keen, though, with the zombies and yeah.

ALSO ALSO: I'm getting more into the "excited nervous anticipation" part of NaNoWriMo, and less of the "unmitigated panic". I think it's funny, though, that in trying to work out the details of my plot today I basically wrote a scene in my head where my characters were talking about it. They knew all about how it worked, and I learned it from them. The fictional characters. In my head. NaNoWriMo: making people crazy since 1999.

Right. Now for more plotting, and homework. Probably should do the homework first.
jesso: (Default)
The results are in!


The poll Made my decision for me. Really, I had no choice.

Especially when [livejournal.com profile] aishy posted this:


My arm was thoroughly twisted. )
jesso: (Default)
The results are in!


The poll Made my decision for me. Really, I had no choice.

Especially when [livejournal.com profile] aishy posted this:


My arm was thoroughly twisted. )
jesso: (D'OH!)
Win: Discovering that I do, in fact, own a veggie peeler. It kind of sucks and likes to hold on to the cucumber peel, but it works!

FAIL: Discovering that I left the container of sour cream out on my counter all night. The lid is bowing up, which is a sure sign that Something Bad is going on in there. Oops.

So now I can't make this, but I already have a bowl full of thinly sliced cucumbers. This is fun. Time to rummage through the cabinets!
jesso: (D'OH!)
Win: Discovering that I do, in fact, own a veggie peeler. It kind of sucks and likes to hold on to the cucumber peel, but it works!

FAIL: Discovering that I left the container of sour cream out on my counter all night. The lid is bowing up, which is a sure sign that Something Bad is going on in there. Oops.

So now I can't make this, but I already have a bowl full of thinly sliced cucumbers. This is fun. Time to rummage through the cabinets!
jesso: (W00t!)
Today I found out that you can make ice cream in a ziplock bag.

And it is good. Holy geez. It tasted like vanilla ice cream! Amazing magic.

I'm excited because I've been wanting to try coffee can ice cream, but have no access to coffee cans of the right sizes. But! I can do it like this, and make delicious mint ice cream without any weird frozen chocolate in it. Happy happy me.

(It's the little things, guys)
jesso: (W00t!)
Today I found out that you can make ice cream in a ziplock bag.

And it is good. Holy geez. It tasted like vanilla ice cream! Amazing magic.

I'm excited because I've been wanting to try coffee can ice cream, but have no access to coffee cans of the right sizes. But! I can do it like this, and make delicious mint ice cream without any weird frozen chocolate in it. Happy happy me.

(It's the little things, guys)

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