Saturday, February 5, 2011

All of the things this post is not about.

There will be very little in this post about school, or quitting my job (which I recently did). Instead, I will focus on the things I have been doing to distract me from my mid-degree crises.
So! This recipe is my new favourite. Biscuits. Plain old, delicious, buttery, just-like-my-mom-made-them (but with real butter!) biscuits. Here are some reasons:
*if you are like me, and have only become interested in developing your cooking skills in the last six months or so (about the same time you decided that kids are probably a good idea) these are incredibly easy.
*they are almost foolproof.
*more butter= more delicious with this recipe.

I have made them a few times now, and I have a few tips for serious beginners. 1.) music really helped me to make sure that I was kneading my dough enough. This sounds silly, but I have zero attention span for cooking, which is why I fail at food all the time. I have recently discovered that music (*ahem* dancing) while cooking helps me to stay focused by providing just enough of a distraction. I highly suggest the following albums for these biscuits:
The Fugitives "In Streetlight Communion."
Twilight Hotel "Highway Prayer."

2.) extra cream. I used whipping cream (because my husband is currently obsessed with full-fat, animal fat, all kinds of *good fat* diets and we always have whipping cream... he has a nice bum and also drinks wine, so I keep him), and I used 2 full cups of it the last time that I made these. It made my dough much softer, and easier to handle. I'm not convinced that it actually made a ton of difference in the finished product, but having more workable dough definitely helped me to feel less nervous while preparing and baking them.

3.) small biscuits. I always make mine far too big, and they turn out all kinds of odd shapes, and are probably closer to scones for this reason. I am trying to correct this.

Try these biscuits, you will not be sad. The recipe recommends that you serve them immediately or flash freeze them, which are all good ideas. However, I found that the two biscuits that I had left over were delicious at school the next day with some extra butter and a few seconds in the microwave to warm them up.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Seriously, though.

You guys, I haven't posted in ages!

This is an experiment. Mostly, this is a post without images to see if my post will attract traffic because folk like to read my blog. A flawed experiment, but, heck.

Here is how it works:
I miss blogging. I gave up a bit over Christmas for a few reasons:
*I had a bit of a breakdown. I've suffered from depression for a long time, and experienced a major low. Don't feel bad, or sorry, or anything, please. This is just a thing that happens to me sometimes, and looking at how few people are reading my blog does not make it better, so when this happens I stop doing that.
*it was also just really nice to turn everything having to do with work/school off. Computer/ipad included. So, yeah.

Anyways, if you're happy that I'm back, and want to see more posts comment. Or visit often.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

A Picture of a Living Person You'd like to trade palces with for a day:

This is a photo of Kate Bornstein, who is, undeniably, the most inspiring person ever to live. Them's the facts. Check her blog here. Yea. I just bought her "Hello Cruel World" app on my ipad, and sometimes I fangirl her like mad.
This may be it today, internet. I have just come off of the most challenging school term of my life, and then a weekend of drinking and debauchery. I am exhausted. Literally, the rest of my plans for the day include drinking coffee and watching Glee. If you need me, you'll know where to find me.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Day 04 - A picture of your night

Do you see that, internet? That is a bottle of wine, and a wine glass. Yes it is, oh yes(!) Providing that i am ever happy with (erm, finished) the paper I am currently in the midst of (and that will be handed in later today), I will do exactly what this picture suggests: drink an entire bottle of wine. I did try to find a picture with two glasses, implying that I would share the wine, but apparantly people on the internet drink alone. A lot. This was also the only pouring wine picture I came across that didn't resemble urinating. Yay!
In other news: only several more hours until wine drinking and being social again! Yay!
(stay tuned, internet. I will likely blog again later, while drunk!)

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Day 03 - A picture of the cast from your favorite show

Day 03 - A picture of the cast from your favorite show.
Sheldon Cooper is possibly my favourite fictional character. Ever. If he was real, I would marry him in thirty seconds. I like him so much that I tell people that my brother in law, who is a physicist, is exactly like him, even though my brother in law is more of a Leonard.
In other news, I am on my last day of paper-writing madness. I have one more eight page paper to hand in for this term before I surrender to the holiday break (and the mountain of PhD applications, though I've mostly got all of the parts for those and only need to put them together). I don't think I've been this burnt out before. All term I managed to adapt to the level of reading and work expected. I succeeded at this. And now, at the final push, I just really want to take a nap. Really. Yesterday I napped twice. I am having trouble putting coherent thoughts together that are not related to this paper, the small stack of marking I have left, or books I really want to read. Last night, when I should have been writing, I read the first fifty pages of Barbara Kingsolver's The Poisonwood Bible, which I highly recommend.
So, internet, I will leave you with this point-form-thought for the day:
*I will get everything on my to-do list done. I just will. I always do.
*When I am done I will drink an entire bottle of wine and then pass out.
*Everyone should read books all the time.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Day 02

Day 02 - A picture of you and the person you have been closest with the longest
I do not have an Alaskan Mamalute. If I did, I would not be here. I would be playing with it. This picture represents me and my mom. As dorky as it is, my mom is the person I've been closest with for the longest. Most of this has to do with having moved away from home about six years ago, and starting over with friends for the most part.
I am now going to retreat back into my hole of essay writing and grading, but I hope you enjoyed the photo.