Saturday, February 23, 2008

Art Project, Anyone?

Craigslist has some interesting ads, especially if you look under the "Free" section.

Like this one:

Free 1.7cu ft GE Spacemaker microwave - does not heat

Reply to:
Date: 2008-02-23, 6:21PM CST

This is a white 1.7cu ft GE Spacemaker microwave. It is in great shape - just stopped heating. If anyone has a use for it, please email me.

If anyone has a use for it, please email me as well, because I'd love to know!

My favorite part is that it is in great shape even though it stopped heating.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Days late and dollars short

The marquee outside Hooters is announcing their Mardi Gras party on February 25.

Where do I even start?

"Mardi Gras" is French for Fat Tuesday. Which falls on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. Which was February 5 this year.

And February 25?

It's a Monday.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Neon Signs

One of the clever marketing ploys by Krispy Kreme doughnuts is their "Hot doughnuts NOW" neon sign that lights up when they have hot doughnuts rolling off the conveyor belt. I must admit that I am not a fan of a hot doughnut, so their little marketing ploy is totally lost on me.

Apparently Papa John's is trying to capitalize on the same idea. I was walking back to my car from the grocery cart return yesterday when I noticed a neon sign in the Papa John's window saying, "Baking hot pizza NOW!" Well, that's good to know, since I'm sure your customers would prefer their pizzas freshly baked and delivered hot.

It just didn't make sense to me.

Hands and Feet

That is the funniest-looking foot I've seen in a long time.
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Saturday, February 16, 2008

Rural Route

The other day when I checked the mail, I found this envelope tucked into the middle of the weekly grocery fliers.

What cracks me up is that we're on a rural route. I suppose that's another joy of living in a brand new subdivision! We live less than two miles from the local, very busy, post office. It's not like we have to journey 20+ miles "into town" to buy stamps! Oh, well, the sentiment by our mail carrier was nice.

Friday, February 08, 2008

Julia Child, I Am Not.

Do these look like sugar cookies to you?

I believe I posted previously about my greatest new cookbook, Small Batch Baking. I had made vanilla cupcakes and they were pretty yummy.

I had a craving for sugar cookies, and figured with my sister coming in last weekend that it would be fun to make the dough the night before she arrived, and then make cookies with my million and one cookie cutters the next day. The other sugar cookie recipe I have, which is from my friend Heidi and is so very, very yummy (though dairy-laden), makes entirely too many cookies for my needs so I turned to my small-batch cookbook.

I found this recipe:

And set to work making the batter. Can I just say that it is amazingly annoying and difficult to measure 1 tablespoon plus one teaspoon of egg? Anyway, since we're dairy-free in this household, I substituted Smart Balance light for the unsalted butter.

Well, apparently that is not a proper substitution, as the dough didn't quite cooperate. I knew I was in trouble when the directions said to turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead it for 30 seconds. I was skeptical when I looked at my runny dough, and definitely knew something was wrong after I stuck my hand in the big pile of GOO. I had quite the time scraping the dough off with a silicone Pampered Chef spatula.

The dough looked and tasted like chocolate chip cookie dough without the chocolate chips, so I just reached into the cabinet, pulled out the Ghirardelli semi-sweet chips (which are dairy-free, of course) and eyeballed the amount.

I baked them according to the recipe time, plus another 7 minutes or so. I'm glad our new oven has a light inside.

The verdict on these cookies? They were ok for a last-minute improvisation, but I won't bother with that recipe again until/unless I can use real butter. They were rather crunchy and not like I like my chocolate chip cookies to taste. They weren't awful, and the entire dozen lasted only a day, but I will stick to my old chocolate chip cookie recipe in the future!