Thursday, December 29, 2011

Christmas Christmas Christmas

Merry 29th of December, which as tonight's news informed me, is the Italian lucky gnocchi day (well the 29th of any month) so maybe you too will find gold coins under your plate of gnocchi tonight.

I have been home in the Soo for for the last week and a half, and enjoying time spent with family and friends (and not in the lab). What have I been doing most?

Christmas baking! before I left Calgary I made a Rum Cake and Brownie Roll-Out Cookies. Since I've been home I've added the following (from left to right):

  • Macaroons
  • Biscotti (well my mom made those)
  • Mars Bars Squares
  • Peppermint Bark
  • Peanutbutter and Butterscotch haystacks
  • Peanutbutter Cups hide-aways
  • Gingerbread Cookies
If you want any of the recipes, leave me a comment and I'll get you a copy. In the future I promise to post some as I do the baking. They all turned out delicious, even the macaroons which kinda flattened out a bit.

Also this year, in an effort to beat the pre-holidays blues, I bought my first Christmas Tree, which I set up in my Calgary apartment (around Dec. 1st!). And I love it!
 My very own white, pre-lit (this is key, no struggling with lights) artificial tree! Decked out all in blue!
 With the exception of this little guy, who I got at Home Sense, for like 4 worth it!

And yes, I did the cool thing, and took a picture reflected back in a bulb. You can see my cute little pink Sony Cyber-shot camera, that I use for all my pictures....for the last 3+ years. Maybe I`ll upgrade in 2012.

Anyhow! Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukkah! or Festivus! or Snowflake Day! or whatever! Hope you all enjoyed yours as much as I have been mine! Did you do any baking? Did you decorate a tree? Is it real or fake?

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Things to do instead of writing a grant proposal

Have to write a grant proposal for a biochem/mol bio class..... it's due monday.

These are some things I did today instead.

Laundry, vacuuming, dishes

youtube, blogger, mahjong

Watched elf!

Baked amazing cookies, using my "animals of north america" cookies cutter set from ikea.

Get your own cookie cutters here.

Blogged about making the cookies.

Ate some of the cookies, Milk required.

Recipe for Brownie Roll-Out Cookies here. I had to add a bit of milk, since the dough crumbled when rolled, otherwise very tasty cookies!

Other things I might do before I finish this paper:

Chili is defrosting in the fridge, noodles are ready to go!

Anyways, off to sleep.

Keep it classy folks!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

antlers....and why they're cool

So for Christmas I've asked my uncle for a set of antlers. Because bassically they are very cool. Here's why:
They make excellent places to hang your necklaces.

They make an awesome place to hang Christmas decorations.
Painted white they look uber cool just mounted the old fashioned way.

Better yet, paint them awesome colours.

You can wear them on your head and feel closer to your Cervidae brethren.

Okay, so maybe wearing them like that would make you look a little odd, why not give these a try then?

And before you point out "How could you, a poor deer had to die, like the way the evil hunter shot bambi's mom, so you could have something trendy!" Well guess what! Deer drop their antlers every year, and just leave them lying around in the forest where anyone can get some. Also, some of the loverly things above aren't real anyways. But also venison is very tasty.....

Cheers all!