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Ok, I have the opportunity to make cookies semi-professionally, at least for the holiday season. What would you want on a cookie tray?

So far, I have:
Known recipes:
Ginger crinkle cookies (a chewy, sweet ginger cookie)
Eggnog cookies (a sugar type cookie that is, indeed, reminiscent of eggnog)
Coconut almond Macaroons (the best of both worlds, chewy and redolent of both coconut and almond paste)

To add:
Nut horns (my grandmother's Kaluchke recipe, a cream cheese dough rolled into crescent rolls with a walnut filling)

Possible recipes:
Sugar cookie? (just a good, old plain sugar cookie with colored sugar)
Shortbread? (I can make decent shortbread, though not perfectly yet, it tends to be too flaky).
Some sort of thumbprint cookie or three (either with the Hershey's kiss in the middle or with some sort of jam filling)

I am good at making biscotti and am thinking of suggesting to the gentleman I'm working for to either include biscotti in his trays, or offering a separate tray of biscotti options.

Ginger fig biscotti (hearty and redolent of ginger, dried fig, and pine nuts)
Lemon biscotti (a light, cookie like biscotti that can be filled with any number of fruit/ nut combos)
Apricot biscotti (my mom's biscotti recipe, hearty and filling, equally good as snack or desert).

Leave any suggestions you might have in the comments section. My only caveats are that I do want to do any sandwich cookies, and no filled cookies that are not thumbprint style (the nut horns are time consuming enough).

Meme baa

Nov. 30th, 2008 05:32 am
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Your rainbow is shaded blue and red.


What is says about you: You are a tranquil person. You appreciate energetic people. You share hobbies with friends and like trying to fit into their routines. You get bored easily and want friends who will keep up with you.

Find the colors of your rainbow at

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In playing around with what I wanted to order for my Christmas lotion, I applied Davana, Clementine and Vanilla CO2 to my wrist. Divine. I can not stop smelling myself. I can't wait to make lotion out of this combo. I hope everyone else likes this. It's woodsy, and sexy and I'll likely bump up the citrus when I make it, since the family loves the citrus scent, and may not like the deeper, smokier smell of Davana (which is the blossom left on the altars for Shiva).
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Huzah! Now Mr. President Elect, you've got a lot of work ahead of you but right now, party on. We're all proud of you here in the (Blue!) Commonwealth of PA. For out of one of our darkest periods comes your shining ray of hope.

And I sit here with tears rolling down my face, and hope beating in my breast.
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To my fellow Americans: Your vote counts. Go vote. Please put up with whatever long lines and hoopla you have to to vote, whomever your voting for.

I am waiting impatiently for my polling place to open at 7:00 a.m. I want to vote! I don't want to wait. I want to go vote now. I only have to walk across the street to do it, so I am eager to get it done (literally across the street, I can see the elementary school where I vote from my living room window). I am bouncy and excited and eager to exercise my rights (thank you suffragettes!). It is a Christmas like excitement, combined with a fair bit of terror, since I really, truly want Obama to win, and I'm terrified that he won't, or that we'll have another election debacle ala 2000.

I imagine our children will be fed up with us by the end of the day, since they will likely find the deluge of news coverage boring.

Any suggestions for explaining a presidential election to a 4 year old? I don't ask sarcastically, I really would like to explain some of the significance of this election to her. We plan on taking the children to the polls with us, if the lines aren't hideous, and I would like to explain what we are doing and why it's important.
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Post this on your blog if you're in an opposite-sex marriage and you don't want it to be "protected" by the bigots who think that gay marriage cheapens or hurts it somehow.

I'd really love it if I lived to see the day that my sister's or my aunt's relationship had the same legal standing and protection as my own. Heck, of all of my dad's generation in his family, my aunties are the ones whose relationship has outlasted any of the ones my dad or my uncle have had.
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I've head ideas bouncing around in my head forever, but now that I'm actually here, I have no idea what I want to do. I've had a post-apocalyptic Pittsburgh, genetically determined cast society sort of thing based on a dream I had kind of novel kicking around. We'll see where that gets me. Something along the lines of C.S. Friedman, Elizabeth Bear and Charles De Lint's bastard love child (and if it turns out to be even that good, I'll be surprised). It's all gloomy broken architecture and rebels with a cause.
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I've committed myself to Nanowrimo this year. Hey, I'll have nothing else to do, really. My last day of work is Nov. 3rd. I may get off to a rough start, what with Vi's birthday part on the first and all but . . . it should at least keep me busy for the first month of Oh-my-universe, I just did what to myself and my family?!!!!

Anyway, it should be fun, and I shall have 50,000 words of pure schlock by the end of it.
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Gakked from [ profile] ursulav

As evidenced by Katie Couric, Sarah Palin is unable to name any Supreme Court Case other than Roe v. Wade.

The Rules: Post info about ONE Supreme Court decision, modern or historical your lj. (Any decision, as long as it’s not Roe v. Wade.)

I'll admit, I can only name about half a dozen, so I decided to look one up, since the usual Brown vs. Board of Education is likely well known.

So, to enlighten the public, I bring you Griswold v. Connecticut (1965) courtesy of

The Supreme Court ruled that the "statute forbidding use of contraceptives violates the right of marital privacy which is within the penumbra of specific guarantees of the Bill of Rights."

I find that this is still a surprisingly pertinent ruling, not only for the broader notions of privacy, but also in light of the "conscience" rules that have been pushed by the current administration to limit access to contraceptives based on your health care professionals' personal views on the subject.
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A meme from [ profile] foxxydancr who gave me the letter T:
Five fictional characters I like whose name starts with T:

1. Talia from the Chronicles of Valdemar, because no matter how silly and trite I think the books are now, they were a big part of my adolescence. And hey, we can all wish to come out sane through our darkest days, no matter how badly written they are.

2. Thomas from the Harry Dresden novels. A straight White Court vampire who feeds on emotions and decides to masquerade as a gay hair dresser so that he can graze the crowd rather than risk killing someone. And he's handsome, and good with a sword, and has a doomed and tragic love story. What's not to like in your fictional characters.

3. Solomon Todd from Shadow Unit. Mostly cause Shadow Unity is kick ass reading, and also who doesn't like the thought of a super smart ex-hippy cop investigating weird shit.

4. Mercedes Thompson from the Patricia Briggs novels. Because a shifer coyote Volkswagen mechanic raised by werewolves is just cool. She's both tough and vulnerable, with plenty of spunk. These are some of my favorite alter-history, paranormal romance, laurell hamilton-esque books out there.

5. Alanna of Trebond, from Tamora Pierce's Lioness Rampant Series. These were the books I would check out of the library every fall to kick off the school year, every year in high school. I loved them with a fierce passion then and still read them fondly now, though Pierce has grown as an author and her later stuff is better written. A girl pretending to be a boy so she can learn to be a knight and have grand adventures, who still learns the joy of being a woman.

Meme Baa

Aug. 19th, 2008 06:18 am
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One of the more fun Personality Tests Read more... )
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Computer based module training on research, human subjects, and HIPAA requires copious amounts of chocolate, which I do not, at the moment, have. I shall have to mount a hunting expedition soon. There just has to be good chocolate in Oakland somewhere.
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I have a job; I have a job; I have a job; I have a job!
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I made my first batch of lotion yesterday. It is made of win. I used a loose interpretation of a recipe in The Soapmaker's companion. Very loose, since I couldn't find my book, since it is hiding in a box, and used a recipe someone else posted on the internet as their variation, and then tweaked it with different oils. In the process of making it, I spilled, slopped and splashed various oils, and thus ended up not being able to really wash my hands because the water just beaded up and rolled off of my skin, since I kept rubbing mistakes and test batches into my arms.

I got to try the finished product last night after dinner and it is luscious. The texture is delightfully smooth, the lemongrass and tangerine scent is refreshingly pleasant, and if it doesn't absorb as quickly as I would like, it is delightfully moisturizing. Since I didn't use terribly refined products, i.e. my beeswax was yellow, the cream is butter colored. Hence forth, I am making my own lotions. It's just too damn much fun. I feel like a mad scientist tinkering with all of my ingredients. I can't wait to try different ratios of oils, or different oils.

This particular batch used pomace* olive oil as a base, with apricot kernel oil, jojoba oil, mango butter, mowrah butter, rosehip seed oil, meadowfoam seed oil, and beeswax added to it. I used rosemary extract as a preservative. I think I'd like to try EVOO next time instead of pomace, but that will be a while since I have a gallon of pomace to use up.

As soon as I find my book, I'll make soap too.

*Pomace olive oil is the absolute last press you can get out of the olives. It's not fit for eating, but is a rather stable oil with a respectable shelf life.
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I am officially going off air now.  I need to return the cable router when I turn in the other digital cable stuff.  See you all on the flip side.
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Ok world, I think I have identified the most unhappy making thing about this move. I have to give my cable modem connection back today. I will miss the last two episodes of the Shadow Unit season finale.  I do not think I can wait until Tuesday to find out the conclusion.  No really, the cliff hangers, the propensity for Elizabeth Bear to kill off beloved characters with unflinching humanity, I'm not sure I want to take it.  I forsee late night runs to the library today and tomorrow so that I can get my fix, and not miss the goodness.  I must know WHAT HAPPENS.

ETA: NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!  The library isn't open late enough.  How will I find out?  How?
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gakked from [personal profile] belleweather, to whom I shall forever be grateful for pointing it out to me.  The best, absolutely best, heartfelt article of mothering.  Ever.  Go read it.  Now.  Really.  Drop whatever else you are doing and go read it.


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