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Archive for January, 2012


My friends at Mennonite Girls Can Cook posted a recipe yesterday that caught my eye and the interest of my stomach.  They posted a recipe for crispy jumble cookies (click the link for the recipe).  I asked my kids if I should make them and my son pretended to pass out and my daughter was quite excited so I figured that’s pretty solid approval.  While making them today, I documented the process.  Here it is:

So that’s the sugar, butter, eggs and vanilla.

There’s the big mess of chocolate chips and rice krispies.

Here’s a batch on the baking stone.  I like to use stones when I bake – we have a bunch of them – because they are hot when they come out of the oven and start baking the cookies when they’re still sitting on the counter.

10 minutes in the oven and then…

That’s how they turned out.  At dinner, the entire family tried them at the same time and the verdict…they were great.

Crispy.  Chewy. Chocolatey.  Yummy.

Thanks Mennonite Girls.  Oh…and Mennonite boys can cook, too.

Kismet: When Photo Friday and WordPress Photo Challenge collide

WordPress’ photo challenge this week is “Launch“.  Photo Friday’s challenge this week is “Day’s End“.  My photo is a boat dock, from which one might launch boats, at the end of the day.  Does it work for both?  I hope so.

Please release me…

…let me go.

Okay.  Seriously, I hate the flu.  It hates me.  You’d think we could just stay away from each other.  It thinks it’s funny to make me cold, then overly warm, then chill again.  I think that if it was a person, I would kick the crap out of it from here to Sunday and I’m a pacifist.

Pray for my existence.  Pray for my soul.

The reflection is black and white

I picked out a photo that I shot a while ago, but, given the black and white treatment, it takes on a timeless quality.

Well, that’s what I think.  What do you think?

It’s the details that count.

What is missed most in day to day observation are the things that exist, the beauty that exists, right under our proverbial noses.  It is the trees that I pass every day on my commute.  It’s the grasses, above, that grow outside my classroom.  It’s the way headlights illuminate the reflectors on the road barriers.

Sylvia Plath wrote a poem called “Black Rook in Rainy Weather”.  In it, she wrote the lines:

... A certain minor light may still
Lean incandescent

Out of kitchen table or chair
As if a celestial burning took
Possession of the most obtuse objects now and then...

It’s this “celestial burning” that I’m going to keep trying to capture this year.  It’s day three of 365 photo posts.  Let’s see how the rest of the year goes.  Notice the most obtuse objects and capture celestial burning.

Well…at least that’s not too much a challenge.

2011 in review – huh.

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Syndey Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 39,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 14 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

This is pretty cool.  I just found this in my “site stats” page and I’m impressed.  I switched from another blogging service to WordPress about two years ago and I’m so happy I did.

WordPress!  You’re awesome.

My mind is foggy…

…and tomorrow’s the first day back to work after two weeks off.

Wish me luck…and clarity.

Happy New Year!

The Mayans’ calendar ends on December 21, 2012.  Theorists, conspirators, paranoids have played around with the idea that there’s “No Exit” for us after this date.  There will be no 2013.  We’ve got less than a year and then…well…sorry.  Apocalypse.  Doomsday!  The end of all things.  Ha!

I can’t take this stuff too seriously.

On a serious note, I wish all of you a Happy New Year!  I have spent most of the year, from last January 13 until today, posting a photo every day.  You, the viewers and subscribers of this blog, have been incredibly nice to me.  I’ve been Freshly Pressed twice and have had more than 40000 page views.  It’s been a great year.  I feel strongly that 2012 will be just as great, probably greater.

So, thanks, and have a great year.


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