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food post [28 Aug 2009|09:43pm]
Happy to be back semi-regularly to the ol' livejournal.

So on this blissfully uneventful Friday night, I decided to bake some oatmeal cookies. I've been eating dangerous amounts of the cookies I can buy at work (for fifty cents each), and I like baking a whole heck of a lot, so why not make my own? I had all the stuff on hand, there was nothing stopping me. So I did.

See?
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They're crispy on the edges and really chewy in the middle. Perfect.
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Oh man, oh man, oh man. And let me tell you, they taste as good as they look. I used kosher salt because I didn't have any table salt on hand. Table salt is better for baking because its in smaller and more uniform pieces, but let me tell you why I'm not so worried about it: Every now and then you take a bite of cookie that is deliciously salty. (If you've heard me rave about nutella on whole grain toast with sea salt sprinkled on it, or salted caramel on vanilla ice cream, you know I love my sugar with salt. Try it, its delicious.)

And you know what they go perfectly with?
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and that's not just any cup of coffee. See that ring of deliciousness? That's a crema you can only get when you ditch the paper filter that comes with drip brewing. I got a french press. You will never, ever go back if you get one. I promise.

Oatmeal Cookies:
3/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup light brown sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon coconut extract
3/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt (I used kosher)
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats

In the bowl of your electric mixer (or with a hand mixer), cream the butter and sugar until creamy and smooth (about 2 - 3 minutes). Add the egg and vanilla extract and coconut extract and beat to combine. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, and ground cinnamon. Add the flour mixture to the creamed mixture and beat until incorporated. This is when you stir in any extras you like in your oatmeal. raisins, nuts, chocolate. I'm a puritan tonight.

I used a #20 disher to portion my cookies, but I'm hardcore. Normal people should use a spoon and put 1 inch mounds down (or use a 1/4 cup of dough for giant ass cookies) and space the cookies about 2 inches apart on the baking sheet. Then wet your hand and flatten the cookies slightly with your fingers so they are about 1/2 inch (1.25 cm) thick. Bake the cookies for about 8-10 minutes (longer for bigger cookies) at 350 degrees F or until light golden brown around the edges but still soft and a little wet in the centers. Remove from oven and let the cookies cool a few minutes on the baking sheet before transferring them to a wire rack to cool.
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I am so lazy. [26 Aug 2009|07:59pm]
How lazy am I? Well... let's find out.

I took out the trash on Monday. Did I immediately replace the trash bag in the kitchen trash can? No.
Have I yet replaced the trash bag in the trash can? No.
Is this trash can now sitting next to me in my living room, still unbagged? Yes.

Now, this really begs the question, why?
because I told myself that when I put a new trash bag in, I had to empty the vacuum cleaner.
That is why. And now it's sitting next to me because I wanted to take pause (read: procrastinate) and write about it a little bit.

Don't worry... I'm going to go take care of this right now. It might even lead to vacuuming and vacuuming might even lead to putting shit away. It probably will NOT lead to mopping, no matter how desperately I need it. But babysteps for babycakes, right?
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GOOD MORNING! [23 Aug 2009|06:28am]
It is 6:30. I am woke the hell up. It's still even dark outside and my body was just like "YO, TIME TO GET UP!" I didn't even go to bed early, and this whole thing is realllly kind of annoying.

So I'm awake and wearing a giant bathrobe I never ever wear because, it turns outs, my stuffy-ass Houston apartment is quite chilly in the mornings and I never knew because I have never once woke up before dark while living here. Shit, I got out of bed at 1:00 pm yesterday.

The only way to get back to sleep, of course, is to turn on all the lights, putter around for a while, and watch TV on the couch. I guarantee you I will pass out so fast on that couch. Especially if there's a blanket and the food network involved.

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Change is Bad [01 Jul 2009|12:05pm]
I really wish models still looked like this girl on the right. I once read in a magazine a quote about the Dove Campaign for Real Beauty: "The only time I want to see a thigh that big is in a bucket of chicken." And that mentality is disgusting.




from a 1940s issue of Charm Magazine.
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I'm too lazy to post, here's some tweets instead. [01 Jun 2009|09:01am]

  • 19:58 Finally taking that best shower ever. #

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I'm too lazy to post, here's some tweets instead. [30 May 2009|09:01am]
  • 09:46 @DrKashik you're going to be at Erin's birthday extravaganza?! I'm so excited! yay! :) #
  • 10:02 @DrKashik LAME! #
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I'm too lazy to post, here's some tweets instead. [29 May 2009|09:01am]

  • 09:34 I have a long to do list, why do I feel so BORED? #

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I'm too lazy to post, here's some tweets instead. [28 May 2009|09:01am]

  • 09:34 @DrKashik I have 2 cats. My boyfriend has 2 cats. Then he moved in. Brilliant idea. #

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I'm too lazy to post, here's some tweets instead. [27 May 2009|09:04am]
  • 09:24 @DrKashik the first fireflies of the summer! #
  • 09:25 @DrKashik I've been talking to Schuyler like CRAZY. He insists on a 3-way when he returns. I say we just go ahead, it'll really get his goat #
  • 09:52 @metricula if he has a "shark fin" that is if you pull the skin on his back and it stays up, he is VERY dehydrated. #
  • 16:04 today has been the most boring day EVER. #
  • 19:59 Gave all 4 cats baths tonight #
  • 23:30 Fml #
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I'm too lazy to post, here's some tweets instead. [26 May 2009|09:01am]
  • 20:24 Watching antiques roadshow #
  • 20:29 Just Saw my first firefly! #
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I'm too lazy to post, here's some tweets instead. [25 May 2009|09:01am]

  • 15:26 Cleaning! Or vacuuming and spraying fave air freshener heavily. Same thing. #

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I'm too lazy to post, here's some tweets instead. [23 May 2009|09:01am]
  • 12:29 I want to bake some cupcakes. #
  • 12:33 @BasicKombucha I'm moving to the montrose area from NC in July. Keep making that key lime until then, I want to try it :D #
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I'm too lazy to post, here's some tweets instead. [22 May 2009|09:01am]
  • 09:10 @DrKashik it takes less than ten minutes to fry an egg, a piece of bacon, and two pieces of toast. Have your breakfast, skip the eggos. #
  • 09:10 @short2thepoint I'm starting to get rid of most of everything instead of packing it, to make July less stressful. #
  • 09:13 @missusMSP I've got a BIG hot pink brooch on my favorite pink oxford cloth shirt. folded the placket back like a lapel and pinned it PRETTY! #
  • 09:14 another empty to-do list, until driving a friend to the airport over an extended lunch break. Oh and restocking reagents in the lab. #
  • 15:45 @DrKashik @short2thepoint is moving to NY, I am moving to TX, @Metricula is moving to... her boyfriends. All in July. #
  • 16:18 @DrKashik probably because you don't know me very well. But once sugarbob gets back from FL, there will be much hanging out, I'm sure. #
  • 19:26 Homemade pizza tonight! #
  • 07:40 @joshguy1425 Joshie, I LOVE fallout3. I've played through as good and neutral, and I haven't played my evil game in a few months... hmmm #
  • 07:41 I've spent the last two nights sleeping on the couch. But on accident! Nick is in FL and I keep falling asleep watching TV. #
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I'm too lazy to post, here's some tweets instead. [21 May 2009|09:01am]
  • 09:26 @hanneloreEC there are much weirder things we, the human species in general, eat. Like cow stomachs and escargots. #
  • 09:26 @metricula my boyfriend had a box like that of National Geographics. They are sitting in a storage unit now. sigh. #
  • 09:27 @Bethenny the best BBQ in Charlotte is certainly at The Penguin, but Macs is a close second, I suppose. #
  • 09:28 at work with a WAY sweetened caramello iced latte, and an empty to do list. Time to play farmtown!! #
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I'm too lazy to post, here's some tweets instead. [20 May 2009|09:01am]
  • 10:49 @DrKashik beans are made of endosperms! oh yeah, and carbohydrates and proteins! #
  • 10:50 @Austinopterix I assume you have read Deception Point by Dan Brown. I'm reading it now. VERY good book. :D #
  • 11:12 @Austinopterix its about NASA! and politics! and a mystery... oooooh! #
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I'm too lazy to post, here's some tweets instead. [14 May 2009|09:01am]
  • 09:21 @missusMSP no, Ms. CA stated her beliefs in calm manner. The pageant is about which woman has the most poise -- not who has what beliefs. #
  • 09:25 @DrKashik since I've been drinking kombucha before breakfast, I don't need that much caffeine anymore. not sure how much of a hippie you are #
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I like the 43 things website. a lot. [13 May 2009|10:55am]
I took the 43 Things Personality Quiz and found out I'm a
Tree Hugging Creative Extrovert
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I'm too lazy to post, here's some tweets instead. [12 May 2009|09:01am]
  • 09:40 My weekend: kombucha, hip hop abs, mother's day with Nick's mom, cheesecake factory, vacuuming, @WholeFoods, bread baking, Whatever Martha #
  • 09:51 @DrKashik maybe @metricula just needed a weekend break? I didn't tweet this weekend either. #
  • 08:36 @DrKashik I think the orange is decaf! #
  • 08:41 @missusMSP if I get a tan, will my season change? #
  • 08:42 Today in the lab: Finally ligating my first two mini-loci. #
  • 08:52 ... but first I might do some tippin' and autoclavin'. #
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I'm too lazy to post, here's some tweets instead. [09 May 2009|09:00am]

  • 11:44 Internet is down. Car in shop. Can't ligate. Stupid friday. #

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I'm too lazy to post, here's some tweets instead. [08 May 2009|09:01am]
  • 09:18 It is Thursday and my back and shoulders are SORE! #
  • 10:56 my hands smell like bacon. #
  • 11:01 @RemingtonGuest it's so good! grape is the best flavor, followed by guava. #
  • 14:53 Hell yes, positive clones! #
  • 15:51 finished with another day of saving lives. #
  • 22:13 I am now a whole foods convert #
  • 07:58 Have to take my car in today for a transmission check up. Crap. #
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