Logging onto old accounts is so embarrassing. Partly because I realize how much my tastes actually… haven’t changed. Catchy music is still catchy although the content is admittingly much more juvenile than I remember it being, I still have a weird sense of humor, and Microsoft Paint is still my primary means of “editing” photos.
- In what order are the actors in Criminal Minds credited in the opening credits? It’s not alphabetical nor is it by screen time. Hm maybe it’s just random.
- When you play rock, paper, scissor do you gesture as you say scissors or do you say, “rock paper scissor shoot,” and gesture on shoot?
- I’m so sick of Zooey Deschanel’s schtick. Whenever I type the phrase, “I’m so sick,” I sing that Ne-yo song to myself. And by song I mean the titular line, “so sick of love songs so…” After that I trail off because I don’t actually know the lyrics. I do, however, know the part that goes, “gotta change my answering machine now that I’m alone ‘cuz’ right now it says that we can’t come to the phone.”
- I love it when shows/infomercials that take themselves way too seriously incorporate dramatic reenactments.
- The words suave, svelte, and syncope are so pleasing to the ears.
- Remember when people said, “smart one,” as an insult?
Graham Cracker Crust
1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs (from about 20 squares)
1/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted
2 cups plus 2 tablespoons sugar
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon cocoa powder (not Dutch-processed)
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
1 cup whole milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 cup boiling water
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 standard muffin tins with cupcake liners; set aside.
2. Sift 2 cups plus 2 tablespoons sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together into the bowl of an electric mixer. Using the paddle attachment, mix ingredients together on low speed.
3. In a large bowl, mix together eggs, milk, oil, and vanilla. Add to flour mixture and beat on medium speed for 30 seconds. Scrape down sides of bowl and continue mixing on medium speed for 2 minutes. Add boiling water and stir to combine; set cake batter aside.
4. Place graham cracker crumbs, remaining 1/4 cup sugar, and melted butter in a large bowl; stir until well combined.
5. Place 1 tablespoon graham cracker mixture into the bottom of each prepared muffin cup. Use the bottom of a small glass to pack crumbs into the bottom of each cupcake liner. Reserve remaining graham cracker mixture for topping.
6. Transfer muffin tins to oven and bake until the edges of the graham cracker mixture is golden, about 5 minutes. Remove from oven and fill each muffin cup three-quarters full with cake batter. Sprinkle each with remaining chocolate and graham cracker mixture. Return to oven and bake, rotating pans halfway through baking, until tops are firm and a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean, 18 to 20 minutes. Transfer muffin tins to a wire rack and let cupcakes cool in pan for 10 minutes. Remove cupcakes from pan and let cool completely.
8 large egg whites
2 cups sugar
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1. Place egg whites, sugar, and cream of tartar in the heatproof bowl of an electric mixer. Set over a saucepan with simmering water. Whisk constantly until sugar is dissolved and whites are warm to the touch, 3 to 4 minutes.
2. Transfer bowl to electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, and beat, starting on low speed, gradually increasing to high, until stiff, glossy peaks form, 5 to 7 minutes. Add vanilla, and mix until combined. Use immediately.
3. Transfer frosting to a large pastry bag fitted with a large plain round or French tip (…or just a Ziploc bag). Pipe frosting in a spiral motion on each cupcake. Transfer cupcakes to a baking sheet. Using a kitchen torch, lightly brown the frosting, taking care not to burn the cupcake liners. Serve immediately or store in an airtight container, up to 2 days.
*Please pardon the subpar frosting job—I fashioned a makeshift piping tool out of a ziploc bag.
I’m currently obsessed with this iPhone game called Dragonvale. Do you remember how awesome Tamagotchis were? Well Dragonvale is Tamagotchis on steroids.
I’ve chosen some pretty stellar names for my dragons: Delirium, DJ, Yom Kippur, Flora, Fauna, Liz Lemon, Bilbo, Shteve, Tarzan, Chance, Choco, Liam, Confucius.
Sleepless Children Are Still Flying – Blue Sky Black Death
Bomb night time driving music.