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posted by [personal profile] smmc at 08:40pm on 04/05/2012
I've been making my own yogurt for awhile now (not quite a year, but it's getting there). Plain. Using Horizon's to inoculate it with it's cultures. (About 2tbls per quart of milk does just fine)

Anyways, I've put macerated frozen fruit, pureed frozen fruit, jams/preserves, and just plain honey in it.

What I did tonight, I wonder why the hell I didn't consider before. Rosewater and honey. Oh my goodness... Now I need some orange blossom water for some raib. Mmmm.
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posted by [personal profile] smmc at 07:14pm on 05/01/2012
It's been awhile since I've posed any kind of real update. Mostly I post random stuff on G+ these days, and send out an occasional tweet. More often than not, I'm off reading some cooking blogs, playing WoW or some other game, roleplaying on Wave or Google Docs, or just working on some crochet project while listening to an audiobook or podcast.

2011 was, mostly, a really crappy year. It started off with me in a very deep depression that only got worse until I came out of it around June. July saw me dive headlong into a horrible depressive fit which continued well in to August. I didn't start to climb back in to the land of the living till sometime in September. It's been slowly getting better since then.

I (re)learned how to knit, albeit very basic knitting. I learned how to crochet, which provided me a very desperately needed creative outlet that wasn't nearly as expensive as jewelry-making. I have rediscovered a joy in cooking, which has led to many (mostly successful) experiments in cuisine (mostly Japanese). I learned I had a use for all that 'useless' English knowledge I acquired in school. Namely, pretending I can actually be a halfway competent editor when I put that cap on.

Here's hoping 2012 is a whole lot better.

Also, given all of LJ's woes caused by the Russian gov, I'm posting this from Dreamwidth. Time to use this account more! (but yay for crossposting. And still reading LJ posts as they appear)
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posted by [personal profile] smmc at 10:33am on 07/05/2009
It's like opening up a brand new paper journal almost. This is a nice pretty blank slate to write in. Hehehehehe!

And what's with my dessert obsession of bread pudding the last few months? I guess it's all the overabundance of white bread I seem to end up with thanks to a friend. There's been coconut bread pudding, and hot cross bun bread pudding. I'm thinking sweet potato bread pudding all of a sudden to use up a can of sweet potato puree. Mmmmm.
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posted by [personal profile] smmc at 01:05am on 07/05/2009
  • 00:20 Carb fest for dinner tonight. Spaghetti, garlic bread and bread pudding for dessert. Wheee! #
  • 10:39 After a few days rest from allergies, it seems they're back. Bleh! #
  • 10:39 WoW: Farming for dark whelp. Gave up on emerald. Got crimson. Azure next. #
  • 12:38 WoW: Dark whelp aquired. Off to farm for the azure now. #
  • 17:39 Yo. Fuckhead upstairs. You don't need to fucking amplify your crappy voice in a 2br apartment. Turn it the fuck down. #
  • 21:03 Why do I have to nag hubby for 2 nights running to get him to FUCKING SHAVE? All that stubble makes you look like a fucking bum. :P #
  • 21:12 RIP Dom Deluise. :( #
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posted by [personal profile] smmc at 01:02am on 06/05/2009
  • 12:09 @wowhunter Bliz wants Ulduar puggable. That's when the nerfs will end. >.> #
  • 12:12 Awake at last. Youngest is sick so slept in with me. Though his fever seems to be slowly returning. Hope it doesn't. #
  • 20:10 @wowhunter disengage has it's uses to help you avoid massive spell damage. Or able to survive those extra few seconds before your FD is up #
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posted by [personal profile] smmc at 01:03am on 05/05/2009
  • 06:35 awake. unexpectedly babysitting. Back hurts again. :P #
  • 06:38 @katgrier A hong kong friend (WoW net friend) jokes about it all the time. Trying to get money from the whities as he used in his joke. #
  • 07:50 Playing around with FreeRealms. #
  • 09:30 Soooooo tired. Bleh. Hubby still hasn't gone to work. Waiting for AAA to check car out. #
  • 10:08 4yro tells daddy to go on www.yourcarisnotgoingtostart. He's so funny. Car is running again. Yay AAA. #
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posted by [personal profile] smmc at 01:02am on 04/05/2009

  • 13:12 didn't sleep much at all last nigh. Hubby was very nice and let me sleep thismorning instead, though it was still broken up by kid noise. #

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posted by [personal profile] smmc at 01:02am on 03/05/2009

  • 12:43 Awake. Hubby let me sleep in. Hubby is sick though. Again. Bleh. #

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posted by [personal profile] smmc at 01:48pm on 02/05/2009
I opened up the email for easy and pretty hair styles.

The first one?

Jeniffer Aniston.

This is... pretty? Did she actually have to go to a stylist to get this hair? Seriously?

It looks like she just rolled out of bed and drug her fingers through her hair and tied it into a rough ponytail.
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posted by [personal profile] smmc at 01:02am on 02/05/2009
  • 12:43 I think... I hope, the 4yro is teaching the baby I'm watching to share better. He's been horrible about it lately. #
  • 15:51 Mmm. Fried green tomatos. Want want want! Damn you food network. #
  • 00:00 Romeo and Juliet. Tonight's Earworm. #
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posted by [personal profile] smmc at 01:03am on 01/05/2009
  • 09:27 Been awake for a little while. Babysitting. 4yro requested pancakes cor breakfast. #
  • 13:54 Baby has gone home. Now I just deal with the cranky 4yro. #
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posted by [personal profile] smmc at 01:03am on 30/04/2009
  • 08:48 Awake. *yaaaawn* Lets see how allergies treat me today. Coughing has finally subsided. Stupid landscapers. #
  • 08:51 Breakfast: Leftover chips and queso from last night's nachos. #
  • 12:10 WoW: Finding myself doing noble garden on the Belf mage because I have nothing better to do atm. Need to go stalking dorf females. #
  • 14:57 WoW: Noblegarden - alliance? Female orcs don't exist. Horde? Female dwarves and gnomes don't exist. #
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posted by [personal profile] smmc at 01:03am on 29/04/2009
  • 10:01 Awake. Been awake for a little over an hour. Tiredish. No babysitting today. Waiting for more rain! #
  • 10:07 Making ramen for lunch. So sayeth the 4yro, so it is done. #
  • 10:39 @chas Meh. He mentioned it. It sounded like a good idea. I'm in a soup mood. #
  • 11:21 The complex landscapers are out in force today. Thank goodness I'm not trying to watch TV. I'd have to jack it louder than is reasonable. :P #
  • 12:56 @webRat Aroo? #
  • 13:48 @katgrier Where you at? #
  • 15:38 Landscapers kicking up lots of dust and stuff. Driving my allergies nuts and causing coughing fits. Grrrr. Need a better seal on front door. #
  • 15:49 WoW: Have acquired polymorph: bunneh for my mage. Not egg hunting long enough to get her 'The Noble' title. No way. #
  • 16:01 Thinking it's nap time for me. The boys are napping finally. ZzzzzZzzZzzzz #
  • 16:24 @katgrier You mentioned vacation guilt. Had to ask. =) Now, I'm going off to nap while I still can. #
  • 21:10 Nachos for dinner. yumyum! #
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posted by [personal profile] smmc at 01:03am on 28/04/2009
  • 23:28 WoW: Noble Garden completed, well ahead of schedule. Sorry blizz, but you still scrooed the pooch with this event. #
  • 23:28 Wrapup: Insane rain today. Insane kids too. #
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posted by [personal profile] smmc at 12:45am on 28/04/2009
On Sundays, we like waffles and pancakes around here. Generally, I use my own tried and true recipe that's tucked away in my favorites here on LJ. It's a modified version of a gourmet magazine recipe I got off food network's site several years ago.

It isn't really time consuming to make, but it uses a lot of butter (6 tablespoons. Don't worry, that's split amongst -a lot- of pancakes or at least 10-12 waffles), and buttermilk powder, which can both be a little costly ($2.59-$2.79lb for butter and $2.99 for a container of buttermilk powder). Though the buttermilk powder will last me far longer than a quart of buttermilk would, since it would go bad before I finished using it.

Anyways, the gist of this is, they can be costly to make if I'm making them more than once a week. Which, during the summers, I'm more likely to do because it's easy to feed 5 kids with one batch of batter. Yes, I acquire 3 extra kids during the summers since I watch a friend's older kids then too.

Recently, this has lead me to experiment with Krusteaze's buttermilk pancake batter mix. This is just... mix + water. Or Mix+water+oil for waffles (because waffles can dry out more, they need oil for moistness). They taste decent enough. Way way way better than bisquick (BLECH!), but not as good as my from scratch ones.

But they will do. Oh yes, they will, for feeding monsters. A 2lb box at the store ran $1.95. At Sams, I can get a 10lb bag for $6 and some change.

Heck, thismorning, it made it easy to fill the request for pancakes from the youngest, when I wasn't in the mood for them myself. 1C mix, 3/4c water, and a tbls of oil. 5 pancakes later, pyrex measuring cup is empty.

Whooops. Where'd that come from? Oh yeah.

Sunday, first experiment with batter. By the third pancake, the batter was starting to stick to my -very well seasoned- cast iron griddle. *adds a little oil to remaining batter* Ah, there we go. Much better. I suppose this wouldn't be an issue if you use non-stick pans. But we don't.

Overall opinion: Thumbs up to Krusteaze. Already -love- their lemon bar mix. Mmmm. Pancakes aren't up to par with that, but they're decent.
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posted by [personal profile] smmc at 01:58am on 27/04/2009
I love, really I do. It is probably my most read news outlet, because it posts the fewest really depressing stories. There is the occasional apocalypse blogger post, but that isn't part of their 'news'.

So tonight, I saw Astronomy porn. Also known as gorgeous Hubble images. And I had to share.
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posted by [personal profile] smmc at 01:02am on 27/04/2009
  • 12:51 @wowhunter egg campers QQing at having to share egg spawn points make it even less fun. All the spawns were double and triple camped. #
  • 12:53 WoW: Dear Bliz. What made you think it was a good idea to do egg hunts in a very tiny area, on servers with thousands of people at a time? #
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posted by [personal profile] smmc at 01:02am on 26/04/2009
  • 19:02 Had a good Girls Day Out with sis and lyn. Hubby had to watch all 5 kids. We had fun. Chinese for lunch, porn windowshopping, movie watching #
  • 22:17 WoW: Pondering quitting tues/sat raid. New leader has invited asshat 1 & 2 back. This might lose him 2 others too. Raid is hemorrhaging. #
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posted by [personal profile] smmc at 01:03am on 25/04/2009
  • 07:01 Awake. Bleeeeeh. Stupid allergies. Go away already. Babysitting. #
  • 09:47 *pokes at LJ* LJ down? #
  • 14:40 wtb rain. It's threatening. It's windy, and mostly overcast, but otherwise a really gorgeous day out. But then I seem to prefer clouds. >.> #
  • 15:57 wtb a nap. *sobs* Should have sent eldest to nap right when he got home. Now I'm babysitting for the evening. No nap for me. :( #
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posted by [personal profile] smmc at 01:03am on 24/04/2009
  • 06:14 Awake. *yaaaaawns* Babysitting. Pondering green tea. Or coffee. Hm... #
  • 08:24 @katgrier You live too! Yay! #
  • 08:58 @katgrier Just using twitterfox. Babysitting today. No phone tweets for me. #
  • 12:01 @webRat yeah, I got picked up by them when I made mention of PETA. I promptly blocked them. #
  • 12:16 @webRat Pbtls. I only wish I had tomato plants to have sex with. Nothing tastier than fresh tomatoes! =) #
  • 22:44 So tired. Why am I still awake? Helped a friend look for part time work. V/hrd when she has no HS diploma or GED. :( #
  • 22:51 You know you play too much WoW when you misread "Reverend of the Pagan faith" as Revered with the Pagan faith. Lawl! #
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