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30 June 2010 @ 08:45 pm
White Chocolate Key Lime Cookies  
2 of my hubby's favorite things are Key Limes and white chocolate. He loves these cookies. I adapted it from about 3 recipes - 1 for key lime cookies, 1 for white chocolate, 1 for regular lime cookies.

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18 June 2010 @ 11:04 pm
Recipe - Chewy Lemon Sugar Cookies  
My cookie making continues! These are REALLY yummy - just a nice bit of tang but not overwhelming, and not overly sweet.

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06 February 2009 @ 07:08 pm
cooking mmmm  
I just made this: Gnocchi with Brown Butter and Sage

I didn't have sage, so substituted basil w/ some parsley. OMG so good. I let the gnocchi brown a tiny bit in the pan - worth it.

I found this via FoodGawker.
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27 July 2008 @ 11:21 pm
Another family recipe - our tomato sauce  
Our family's sauce isn't like anything you buy in a jar. None of this "family style", "chunky traditional" - nope, to us, traditional means "cooked a HELLA long time, slowly."

No question about it - it takes a while. But it's WORTH it. And, like the pesto, this can be frozen and used months and months later, and for many things other than pasta sauce - soup bases, eggplant/chicken parmagiano, lasagna, etc.

If you're of a cooking mindset, try making this sauce at least once, and then tell me if it isn't awesome sauce, literally!

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Again, you can freeze this. I'll post some recipes later that you can make using this.
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26 July 2008 @ 05:37 pm
Recipe: Pesto  
For silverthoughts

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06 November 2007 @ 06:23 pm
3rd Daylight Savings Time Public Service Announcement :D  
It's now an annual tradition!

Have you, too, noticed a preponderance of sad, almost-depressed, emo posts on your friends' list? Puzzled?

Wonder no more! It's almost certainly due to the evil Setting Back of the Clocks Lack of Daylight Blues!

2 years ago, I posted about this, with a lot of suggestions on how to beat it - and asked for more from ye olde flist - and you came through WONDERFULLY. That post is a fabulous resource of how to lift yourself out of the doldrums.

So if you need to, read it again, and then come back here with YOUR suggestions! Feel free to pimp - the more suggestions for beating it, the better!

And some news links, proving it's NOT imaginary :D And apparently some of this may just be our bodies resetting to natural, normal time, which is thrown off by the time change in spring.

ETA - I linked the First Annual post - I meant to before! :D
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21 December 2006 @ 05:32 pm
Egg egg egg, nog nog nog  
Dug out my grandmom's recipe for eggnog. Enjoy!

My Grandmother's Recipe:
  • 12 egg yolks, well-beaten
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 pint Myers Jamaica Rum
  • 1 pint Coronet V.S.Q. Brandy
  • 2 quarts cream
  • Nutmeg

Mix egg yolks & sugar, until sugar is dissolved. Add liquor slowly. Cover & chill in refrigerator for several hours. Before serving, fold in whipped cream. Pour into glasses & lighly sprinkle nutmeg over each.

Serves 60.

Btw, 60? not in MY family!
Current Mood: cheerful
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02 November 2005 @ 06:23 pm
Public Service Announcement  
In the past 2 days, I've read a disproportionate amount of entries on my f-list talking about how suddenly "down" or "dismal" people feel.

Reminder: What did we do on Saturday night? We set back the clocks. That means, for a lot of folks, their exposure to natural light is now severely and suddenly reduced by an hour.

Now, that's not really long enough to make Seasonal Affective Disorder set in, but it's certainly enough to make you feel blue and off your stride. Just like a string of rainy days, but without the negative ions in the air that make a storm feel invigorating.

So, my suggestions:
  • Do whatever is your comfort ritual.
  • Don't feel obligated to go out and party.
  • Curl up with your fugly-but-soft PJs, a smushy blankie and your bunny slippers. Read an old but favorite book. Watch a favorite movie, but not one that makes you feel down :)
  • Eat chocolate, drink hot chocolate. Chocolate DOES help. Have an orange, or other citrus fruit.
  • Take a bath with something that's stinky in a good way. If you don't have a bathtub, get a basin and put the yummy stinky stuff in that, put your feet in nice hot water, and give THEM a treat! You'll get the benefit of something that smells good, your feet will thank you. Hell, make an evening of it and post footbath, slather those feet with gooey lotion and put them in old soft socks.
  • In that vein, give yourself a mani/pedicure. Doing girly shit is fun!
  • Snuggle an animal. If you don't have one, snuggle a friend's animal. (AND I DON'T MEAN ANY DOUBLE ENTENDRE BY THAT! ;)) Ask permission first, of course!
  • Get some extra sleep.
  • Try and make a point to get outside when the sun IS shining. Take 15 minutes at lunch, sit outside on a bench (even if it's COLD!) and look around. Let the sun's Vitamin D soak into you.
  • Do some light exercise. Yay, natural endorphins! You don't have to do a lot to get those going - a brisk walk for 10-15 minutes will give you a spark that'll last for hours. Or 15-20 minutes of yoga or stretching!
  • Something that helps me personally, but it's a matter of choice - I take Evening Primrose Oil supplements at night. Maybe it's a placebo effect, maybe not. *shrug* Works for me!

  • Listen to angsy music, read angsty fic/books, or watch angsty movies. Right now, you don't need anything to make you feel angsty :)
  • Let others bring you down. Be sympathetic, but don't identify too much. If you're depressive by nature, it is VERY EASY for others' emotional states to affect you.
  • Drink a lot of booze. The lift is temporary, but it'll drag you further down. And if you feel bad on a normal day, you'll feel even WORSE on a grey day with a hangover!
  • Obsess. We all tend to do it, but it really will only drag you further down.

No, I'm not a psychologist or psychiatrist - I'm just someone who has fought depression for 20+ years, with varying levels of success :) I'm not adverse to taking meds when I'm VERY down, or getting into some of the worse aspects of it. But not every blue mood is a depressive episode. Sometimes, you just need to break the cycle of a string of bad days.

ETA: I didn't realize I was putting up such..um...wisdom? Maybe I just did this at the right time. But wanted to say - feel FREE to link to it. We all need to help each other!
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