Entry 592

Nov. 3rd, 2012 07:55 pm
virgo186: (Myself (Myra))
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...yes, it's been a while. What can I say? This time of year gets busy in the world of ye olde retail.

Yes, I also know election day is upon us. Yes, I've already voted, and no, I don't wish to discuss it. Those who want to talk politics, I don't feel like getting involved.

The holiday music has begun at work--mixed in with the regular stuff, thankfully, but still. It's like the North Pole exploded all over the store, everything is decorated. Makes me wonder if the mall's gone into full-holiday mode yet. Any locals been in to check?

Been trying to work on my various ideas for stories lately, between work shifts and recovering from such. Still taking ficlet requests if people have them, and if anyone wants me to open up a post for just that, let me know. I also have a community that can be used for things like this, if others want to jump on the ficlet bandwagon. For original works, I still have RPW open for new posts. Come play with us~

So now for the real reason I posted this. I'm sure people around the country have been paying attention to the storm that blew through earlier this week, and the after-effects in the news and everything. I know that while things were going on, I was lucky enough to be able to chat online with a friend of mine in the NJ area (hi, Momo~), and have been watching twitter for another NJ-area online buddy. The rest of the gang was online as usual, outside of the storm section.

Up here? A little wind and a lot of rain, but we got through it well enough. We're lucky enough to be up (and inland) enough to escape a lot of stuff. I'm still sending good vibes towards the ones having to do major cleanup, and hoping that their lives are able to resume soon enough. Can't imagine cleaning up huge cities like NYC will be easy...imagine all the water that has to be pumped out of the subways!

To send some more good vibes along, I turn to you out there, LJ buddies. Let's get some love going, shall we? I'm thinking of some recipe sharing. Comfort food, favorite food, anything you can think of. Let's get some warm fuzzies in here. Besides, maybe it'll inspire some of us to go out and play in the kitchen to really share the love...wouldn't that be nice?

So consider this a challenge, if you choose to accept it. Food is always a fun topic! :)

~Virgo

(Also, since it's November, I send extra luck to anyone participating in NaNo this month. Good luck on those wordcounts, and hopefully you manage to get through thirty days of writing chaos!)

Date: 2012-11-04 02:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kisssubliminal.livejournal.com
Excellent idea. Sending positive vibes and counting my blessings the storm missed us. Let's keep the warm fuzzies going. :)

Date: 2012-11-04 05:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fic-for-all.livejournal.com
Hiya~. Yeah, we weren't hit as hard as we could have been, but some areas got it badly. And ugh, Christmas music already? I've heard rumors Hellmart is going to close its doors to the public the 22nd, so I don't need to put up with that BS this year, but past years were disgusting with how early they started piping it in. Wait until after Thanksgiving, people.

Anyway, because recipes are being shared and I enjoy snickerdoodles:


1 cup butter
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 large eggs
2 3/4 cups flour
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons sugar
3 teaspoons cinnamon

Directions:

1
Preheat oven to 350°F.
2
Mix butter, 1 1/2 cups sugar and eggs thoroughly in a large bowl.
3
Combine flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt in a separate bowl.
4
Blend dry ingredients into butter mixture.
5
Chill dough, and chill an ungreased cookie sheet for about 10-15 minutes in the fridge.
6
Meanwhile, mix 3 tablespoons sugar, and 3 teaspoons cinnamon in a small bowl.
7
Scoop 1 inch globs of dough into the sugar/ cinnamon mixture.
8
Coat by gently rolling balls of dough in the sugar mixture.
9
Place on chilled ungreased cookie sheet, and bake 10 minutes.
10
Remove from pan immediately.

Sorry for the length, but maybe you/someone on here can use it for their baking this year. :)

Date: 2012-11-04 08:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] virgo186.livejournal.com
Oh man, tasty goodness. One of the best cookie-types out there, I say! A good way to start this off~

Date: 2012-11-05 06:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fic-for-all.livejournal.com
I also have a good one for chocolate chip cookies, if you'd like that too.

Date: 2012-11-06 12:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] virgo186.livejournal.com
Hey, this is all about the recipe sharing, so if you want to, go for it! I'm sure there's people out there who perked up just at the mention~ :)

Date: 2012-11-06 12:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fic-for-all.livejournal.com
This one's short and simple:

Beat 2 sticks butter, 3/4 cup dark brown sugar and 3/4 cup granulated sugar until fluffy; beat in 1 teaspoon vanilla and 2 eggs. Whisk 2 1/2 cups flour, 3/4 teaspoon baking soda and 1 teaspoon salt, then stir into the butter mixture. Add 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips and chill 30 minutes. Roll into balls and bake 8 to 12 minutes at 350 degrees.

I haven't tried either one myself, but the chocolate-chip recipe is fairly close to what my mom uses.

Date: 2012-11-06 03:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] virgo186.livejournal.com
That does sound rather tasty. Feel free to keep the goodness coming, anyone who drops in can poke around and see all the goodies here, maybe it'll inspire some people to hit the kitchen and start baking for people!

Charity cookie drive in the making here, gang.

Date: 2012-11-06 05:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fic-for-all.livejournal.com
Hmm, you can also add walnuts and mint flavoring to that to get variants on that type of cookies. And sugar cookies, too:

Ingredients

2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Assorted candies, sprinkles, or colored sugars, for decorating (optional)

Directions

In large bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, and salt. With an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. With mixer on low, gradually add flour mixture; beat until combined. Divide dough in half; flatten into disks. Wrap each in plastic; freeze until firm, at least 20 minutes, or place in a resealable plastic bag, and freeze up to 3 months (thaw in refrigerator overnight).
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment. Remove one dough disk; let stand 5 to 10 minutes. Roll out 1/8 inch thick between two sheets of floured parchment, dusting dough with flour as needed. Cut shapes with cookie cutters. Using a spatula, transfer to prepared baking sheets. (If dough gets soft, chill 10 minutes.) Reroll scraps; cut shapes. Repeat with remaining dough.
Bake, rotating halfway through, until edges are golden, 10 to 18 minutes (depending on size). Cool completely on wire racks. To ice cookies, spread with the back of a spoon. Let the icing harden, about 20 minutes. Decorate as desired.

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Date: 2012-11-09 08:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] virgo186.livejournal.com
Go for it, girl, we can use more foody goodness in here! :)

...besides, we have to serve something before all this dessert, right?

Date: 2012-11-10 04:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fic-for-all.livejournal.com
Yes, please. :) I love curry,

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