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Virtual Renovation


Last post was number 150 on this blog! Except that I went back and deleted a few old ones, so it isn’t really, but oh well!

So yeah, about that… I’ve revamped this blog! Totally new theme and format, which I haven’t totally settled on, but it will be much closer to this than what it was. It will be much easier to browse through posts now with the new menu bar. The names of categories may still undergo some tweaking, but I definitely like what I’ve done so far.

I’m not in love with the theme. Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s really cool and I like it plenty, but I don’t think it’s quite right for this blog. I’m keeping it for now, and when I have time to find a better one I will probably change it. Unfortunately, most of the themes I like best are not free, and just buying my two domain names this year was barely affordable (I exaggerate, but not by much…). Until I have a little more spare cash, I don’t get to do any of those fun extra-customization things that they offer if you’re willing to pay an arm and a leg through your nose.

That sounds uncomfortable, huh?

The past few days I’ve been drinking a lot of coffee with egg nog instead of half and half. I love doing this, but even though egg nog is really available all year, I only get it around Christmastime. I rarely drink it on its own anymore, mostly in my coffee. I just had a delicious thought: I would love some egg nog ice cream.

Not too much other food news. I made another unattractive but yummy omelet, and I tried a new chicken dish from my go-to Chinese restaurant that I really like. I’ve been drinking tons of tea, with and without honey, because I have a cold. That’s it.

If you have any thoughts or suggestions on the formatting or the theme of the blog, I’d be glad to hear them! Just leave me a comment.

Monday Madness: Why Do I Holiday


Madness indeed. I don’t really feel like writing anything. Everything’s just a mess, there’s no time to do anything, and I’m off to the family Christmas traditions tomorrow morning. All I’ll have time to do between now and then is pack and eat breakfast. Maybe some reading.

It’s strange how stressful work can get when there’s any more than a day or two off in a month. How am I supposed to finish my work? AAAAAGH!!!!

Today was weird, and almost bad, but I had a really nice time at lunch and tasty food. Just about made up for the unfortunately icky weather.

What is there to say? My mind is already on vacation. Anything I type right now is going to be mediocre at best. That’s the Joy of Christmas, folks!

Fingers crossed that my train tomorrow won’t be too crowded, and that eggnog will cure my silly brain. Eggnog inspires productivity, right?

Eggnog Cupcakes: Success


(but could be better)

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There they are, slippy-slidey goo of frosting and all. This won’t be a recipe or much of a process post, because if you really want instructions for baking cupcakes I am not the best person to ask. Here’s basically what I did:

  • Add a bit of eggnog and a lot of cinnamon and nutmeg to a cake mix.
  • Fail at making frosting
  • Look up recipe: add a bunch of powdered sugar to a little bit of eggnog, probably still too much, blend, drop on top of cupcakes like gooey mess.

Then they were slowly devoured. The frosting hardened a little after a while, so it wasn’t just goo sliding across the cake tops forever…

They were (or are: there are a few left) very tasty, although not at the level of the bakeries I like to buy from. They were pretty good for homemade, mix-based cupcakes. That’s all I can really say. No one wanted to come over, so the only other person who could form an opinion on them is my roommate, and she said they were good.

Lesson learned: don’t assume you know how to make something like frosting, even if you did it once several years ago, because until you know, you don’t know.

Head over to my youtube channel (link in the “referred sites” section of the sidebar), where I have posted my video documentation of making the cupcakes.   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JDVblVfQPoU

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Monday Madness: Really, it’s Egg Nog Season


It’s not Christmas season, it’s eggnog season! I swear, it’s one of the things I look forward to most. And I don’t mean cocktail style, with rum or whatever people put in it. Just plain old, ridiculously sweet, rich, freaking delicious eggnog. Last year I made pancakes with it. This year I’ve been thinking about making cupcakes. Spice cake with eggnog frosting. I’m pretty excited.

I keep thinking about the pumpkin saturation we’ve been seeing the last few years. every fall, or rather, late summer, pumpkin starts creeping in, and by the end of September you can barely take a step without colliding with something pumpkin-flavored. Maybe it’s that fact, or maybe I just don’t like them as much anymore, but I’m pretty much “over” pumpkin coffees. I’ll get a handful throughout the pumpkin spice season–somewhere between 5 and 10, I’d guess–but I don’t crave them every day and I don’t get that excited for them to come out.

I reserve that feeling for the delicious, probably not nutritious, eggnog latte. Starbucks started having it just before Thanksgiving, so I’ve already managed to have two. Cafenation is advertising one as well. I’m not sure if they have them yet or if I’m going to have to wait a bit longer, but I’m really looking forward to it. Cafenation does everything well, so I’m sure I’ll love it when they combine two of my favorite things, coffee and eggnog.

This should not be such a big deal. You can in fact get eggnog any time of the year, and I suppose I could get an espresso machine (although at this point I don’t really want one), but eggnog has always been seasonal for me. We had it every Christmas morning. And probably Christmas eve. Now I tend to drink it all through December, padding a little in November and January depending on availability. I don’t want it at other times of the year.

That’s probably a good thing. It’s not exactly the best everyday food. But it is THE BEST holiday drink.

Oh what a beautiful salad…


Oh, what a messy, wet day…

Hello, there. You may remember me from such posts as Lonely Dining, or the not-really-quiche mini-quiches. Then again, it’s been so long since I’ve written anything, you might not remember. I am sorry to all those who’ve been good enough to follow this blog that I’ve started slacking so much. I was going to start with an explanation of why I haven’t been posting and then promise to do so more, but really, the truth is that I’ve just been lazy and that might happen again frequently. I had intended to post more here, but it just doesn’t seem to be happening, and really, why force it?

I’m starting to switch over to healthier eating. This doesn’t mean I still won’t cook delicious things, but I’m much more likely to have interesting, tasty vegetables and a lot less sugar. Salads. Salad is a great recipe-less dish. You just chop up a bunch of stuff and mix it together. Easy. This is today’s lunch:  Read the rest of this entry

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