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Chewy Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookie Recipe

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I finally looked at my journal and was shocked to realize I hadn't actually been using it for anything other than reading my friends' list. I think Twitter pretty much sapped the posting from LJ since that is where I usually put my fun and interesting links. But Twitter is NOT good for recipes, so here is one that a lot of my friends like. :D

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I've also made a modified apple cinnamon version of this. If you decide to try it add in 2 teaspoons of cinnamon, take out the chocolate chips and substitute 2 medium apples, chopped/diced. The results are moist and rather reminiscent of cake! (Try drizzling caramel on top too!)

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Luxor Hotel Sucks

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So, headed out to Vegas for a trip. Business for unclevlad since he's going to Black Hat, wyldekyttin and I pretty much along for the ride (though I can write this off if I put a few more applications in at the casinos).

We're staying at the Luxor, got a suite with a whirlpool tub and figured all was well, at least until we got here.

Nevermind that SouthWest lost a piece of luggage (there's a story THERE) but the room we're in... well, let's just say that $200+ a night is just not worth it.

Pics of the room at the Luxor!

Now I've let worse rooms go at other hotels, but there are a few things that just aren't sitting right with me. No wireless, it's hard-wired internet (which costs $15 a day PER LAPTOP). Plus it doesn't help that the level of customer service we've been getting has been sub-par, especially with a hotel with a good reputation.

Funnily enough, while looking for someone to complain to (front desk has been mobbed each time we've gone down to look) I found a twitter account that was called LuxorLV. I sent an @ to them which said that I was unimpressed and got a response back. Someone was supposed to be coming up to the room to see what they could do for us, but it's been almost an hour. In that time I was able to upload pics to Flickr and write this. If someone had come up immediately, I wouldn't have had time.

Adorable Bunny!

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Haven't posted in forever, so here's an adorable bunny eating popcorn!

Vulcan Pick Up Lines

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I'm sure there's more of these floating around, but since I'm finding them through rather convoluted means I'll try and put them all into one post here (hopefully with appropriate credit).

Firstly! I found this through cleolinda 's Twitter: Fandom_Wank link

Go through there and you'll find: a link from the fanficrants LJ community to where it all started st_xi_kink

But let me do some copy/paste in case you don't feel like wading through to find all the gems contained therein!

“Cadet Uhura.”

“Yes, Professor Spock?”

“I would like to request your presence at an event I fully intend to host in the immediate, foreseeable future. A prompt R.S.V.P. would be most appreciated.”

“Oh?”

“Indeed. It is to be a small celebratory gathering.”

“Oh, that sounds fantastic. Where are you planning on holding it?”

“Ah, that is—ahem—I intend to host this event within the confines of my regulation issued uniform slacks.”

“...wa...wait.”

“Yes?”

“...did you just...”

“Did I just...?”

“Invite me—uh—Yes.”

“Yes?”

“I would love to come to a party in your pants, Spock.”

“That is most...agreeable.”
 
* * *

"I am concerned that you are not showing signs of fatigue, Cadet Uhura, as you have been vigorously sprinting through the confines of my subconscious since dawn."
* * *
 
"Cadet Uhura, might I inquire as to whether or not you suffered physical discomfort upon falling to Earth? Also, it would be prudent to alert your superiors that one of their ranks has recently gone missing."
* * *

"I wish to confirm your proficiency at cardiopulmonary resuscitation, Cadet, as I find myself experiencing an increased probability of respiratory system malfunction while in your vicinity."
* * *
"Would it be permissible for me inquire whether you originally resided in a state in the "Southern" region of twenty-first-century America, Cadet Uhura? The matter is of some interest to me, as I believe I would rank you alone at the top of an arbitrarily defined ten-point scale."
* * *
"As a linguist, I would appreciate your opinion as to whether it would be acceptable to reorganize the Roman Earth alphabet in order to place the twenty-first and ninth letters adjacent to one another? It is my considered opinion that this would enhance both efficiency and symbolic meaning."
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I was wondering, Cadet Uhura, if I could persuade you to accept this ticket? It will grant you entrance to a display of small armaments, which happens to be taking place at this moment in the approximate region of my biceps and deltoids, with an auxillary showing in the vicinity of the tricep.
* * *
My apologies for the interruption, but I appear to have misplaced my communicator's identification code. Would it be permissible for me to obtain yours for the interim?
* * *
Cadet Uhura, if I were to select an enzyme that most exemplifies my current state of being, I would select the DNA helicase. This, of course, would permit me to unzip your genes.
* * *
The second law of thermodynamics states that it should be physically impossible for you to continue spontaneously increasing in temperature, as you are already the hottest personage in the immediate vicinity. I would enjoy studying this phenomenon further, perhaps in private?
* * *
After a thorough examination of the various equations and functions of your culture's mathematics, I find myself identifying most closely with the "tangent" formula, as it lies enviably close to the aesthetically pleasing contours of your body in a manner I wish to emulate.
* * *
Most of those are from an anonymous contributor and from kitaloon.Also, here is Dr. Who's explanation of time travel in Star Trek. (Don't click if you haven't seen the movie, as it's spoilery!) Got the link from wolfbrotherjoe :)



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Star Trek on IMAX

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So after watching Star Trek once, now we're looking to see it again on IMAX. I'm still not too familiar with the area so it's a little tough for me to figure out where the best theater would be to go.

Anyone else interested in going with us?

(And no, I'm not just going for the excuse to dress up again. Really. Honestly. >.>)

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Star Trek

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To avoid spoilers I'll just say it was OMG awesome. Freakin' loved it.

Went and dressed up, gave my corset maker's info out to a couple of girls at the theater and was even a photo op!

I'll try and get better pics later, I know Molly took a couple with Chris and I so hopefully I'll be able to link to those later.
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This is Deadpool!

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Got this off of Twitter, but it made me cackle so I have to share.


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Nerd Raeg!

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So, went to see Wolverine yesterday with people from Ohana and a few others. Even if other people in the audience (and line) hadn't been so annoying and 'ignant', it still would have been pretty terrible. Some of the CGI effects were... well. Just plain bad. Unfinished. Cheap.

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Hopefully Star Trek will wash the taste of this botch of a movie from my brain next week. It's got to be better than this, right?

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Geekery! Geekery, I Say!

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Ok, here's a quick update of corset photos. They aren't the best since I don't have a very good camera and had to have help lacing it up, not to mention we'd just finished having Easter Dinner. ;)

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I need to find a much nicer, simpler skirt to go with this too. I've already got boots.

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Recipes!

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We had leftover rice, so I made rice pudding with raspberry sauce and blondies!

Blondies! (brownie-like yummies!) taken from Simply Recipes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup of butter, melted
  • 1 cup of tightly packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon of baking soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 cup of all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup of butterscotch chips (chopped walnuts and chocolate chips are equally tasty)

Method

1 Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly butter and flour an 8X8 pan. Whisk together the melted butter and sugar in a bowl.

2 Add the egg and vanilla extract and whisk.

3 Add the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt, mix it all together. Add the butterscotch chips or other mix-ins.

4 Pour into the pan and spread evenly. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool. Cut into squares and serve.

Rice Pudding from the Betty Crocker's Cookbook

Two cups of leftover cooked rice can be used for the rice in this recipe; increase the bake time by about 5 minutes because the rice will be cold

1/2 cup uncooked regular long-grain rice
1 cup water
2 large eggs or 4 large egg yolks
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup raisins or chopped dried apricots
2 1/2 cups milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon salt
Ground cinnamon or nutmeg

1) Heat rice and water to boiling in a 1 1/2-quart saucepan, stirring once or twice; reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer 14 minutes (do not lift cover or stir). All water should be absorbed.

2) Heat oven to 325 degrees

3) Beat eggs in ungreased 1 1/2-quart casserole with wire whisk or fork. Stir in sugar, raisins, milk, vanilla, salt and hot rice. Sprinkle wth cinnamon.

4) Bake uncovered 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes. top of pudding will be very wet and not set (over-baking may cause pudding to curdle).

5) Stir well; let stand 15 minutes. Enough liquid will be absorbed while standing to make pudding creamy. Serve warm, or cover and refrigerate about 3 hours or until chilled. Serve with Raspberry Sauce. Store covered in refrigerator.


Raspberry Sauce


3 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1/3 cup water
1 package (10 ounces) frozen raspberries in syrup, thawed and undrained

1) Mix sugar and cornstarch in 1-quart saucepan. Stir in water and raspberries. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens and boils. Boil and stir 1 minute.

2) Strain sauce through a strainer to remove seeds if desired. Serve sauce warm or cold. Store covered in refrigerator up to 10 days.

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