Archive for October, 2010

5 years and more to come

October 28th, 2010

“So… do we celebrate when you proposed or when we first dated?”
“The date I remember.”
“Day we first dated it is.”

And so, tomorrow we celebrate our 5 year anniversary =) Yeps, tomorrow will be 5 years since we first dated during college. Since then, we’ve moved in together, got engaged, and bought a house together. Time flies! We’re not doing anything too special. We tend to be more laid back.

We debated between cooking at home or eating out and decided we’ll go to a Cajun/Creole restaurant we really like. They have a tabasco cheesecake that is delicious. I know it sounds weird, but don’t knock it til you’ve tried it ;) You barely taste the tabasco, yet it leaves your mouth with that feeling of eating spicy food.

The other thing coming up is Halloween! I finished my costume just last night. I’m going as Knives Chau (movie version) from Scott Pilgrim vs the World.

Knives costume

(Ignore the lack of make up and shoes XD;; I took this after I woke up this morning.)

Easiest costume I’ve done so far! I bought the shirt and pants but made the scarf with fleece and the arm bands with knit. The wig also took minimal styling. I just trimmed the bangs. I plan on doing the graphic novel version for a gaming expo, but I figure Halloween is a less nerdy crowd and went with the movie version.

I think my friends and I are going downtown for Halloween. A bunch of people always gather on 6th street, and it’s fun to see all the costumes. Some people get really creative. I’m looking forward to the weekend!

Baking goodness: cookies

October 11th, 2010

I’ve been baking a lot of cookies lately. Baking is a great hobby in that you can eat your results. While we all know sweets aren’t good for you, the downside of baking is that you know what goes in it and how much. It… kind of makes you feel bad XD;;

These are all the ingredients that go into my cookies.
cookie ingredients
That is indeed instant pudding mix. I started using that just recently from my fiance’s suggestion. I replaced some of the sugar with it. It made the cookies less sugary, more fluffy, stay soft for over a week, and well… just better. That change is a keeper!

There are a few inexpensive things that I really like to have when baking cookies.
cookie supplies
Cookie sheet pan: I really like the pans with no edges or just one for grip. It’s great for cookie cakes, less edges for cookies to run into, and easy to slide cookies right off.

Cookie scoop: They look like melon scoops but a little bigger for cookies. I can scoop out the dough faster, and it makes nice, uniform sized cookies for even baking.
cookie scoops

Parchment paper: Even if it’s a non-stick pan, I still prefer to bake the cookies on parchment paper. It’s really easy to clean up, and I can pull the paper right off the pan onto the cooling rack.
Reese's pieces cookies

Another change I like to make is using mint chocolate chips. Most of my friends seem to prefer them over the normal chocolate.  I use Andes Baking Chips, which are Andes mint chocolates already broken up.

Note that even changing the chips can change how cookies bake. These use normal chocolate chips, which don’t spread out much and take 11 min to bake.
chocolate chip cookies

The mint ones always flatten out more and take less time, 8-9 min.
mint chocolate chip cookies

The other thing I love using is more expensive: a Kitchenaid stand mixer.
stand mixer
Is the price worth it? If you use store bought mixes, then probably not and a hand mixer suffices. If you like making everything from scratch, then I think it’s worth it, even if you don’t bake often. It handles thicker doughs well. It’s great for homemade frosting. You can prep the next step or add things while it’s mixing. It’s not tiring for your arm and mixes more evenly than by hand or hand mixer. So yes, I love my stand mixer =)

The next thing I want to do is learn how to make pies. We have an apple tree in our backyard, and I want to make apple pie!

Seattle trip

October 5th, 2010

I’m back! …in more than one way! I asked my host to transfer Silent White to a new server, but that didn’t go as smoothly as it should, so it a little took longer. If anything doesn’t look right, please let me know!

My fiance and I got back from our Seattle trip early last week. I had an awesome time, especially since I was able to spend time with close friends. Thanks to my friends Eva, George, Allen, and my cousin David for hanging out with us and showing us around!

And now, my trip… through pictures!

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