Monday, January 26, 2015

Baking Bucket List

I've decided that since my 30 before 30 book list has been a complete failure I would have a better chance of working on something else like a baking bucket list.

As much as I love to read I like to spend time in the kitchen and this is one of those things that really doesn't have to have a timeline to make it happen. I have a real kitchen so that I actually have some room to work in the kitchen without freezing to death or being in someone else's way. So here goes with the baking bucket list of many different things.

1. Challah Bread
2. Meringues
3. Macaroons-French
4. Lasagna
5. Lemon Meringue Pie
6. Doughnuts
7. Souffle
8. Angel Food Cake
9. Boston Creme Pie
10. Chocolate Cream Pie
11. Pasta
12. Cake Balls
13. Chocolate Truffles
14. Eggrolls
15. Victoria Sponge
16. Red Velvet Cake
17. Coffee Cake
18. Cheesecake
19. Peppermint Patties
20. Trifle
21. Italian Wedding Soup
22. Curry
23. Potstickers
24. Strawberry Pie
25. Kool Aid Pie
26. Pasta Carbonara
27. Baked Spaghetti in Garlic Bread
28. Ravioli
29. Scallops
30. Marshmallows
31. Ice Cream
32. Beer Cupcake
33. Pavlova
34. Fudge
35. Swiss Roll
36. Fruit Tart
37. Layered Jello
38. Ice Cream/Frozen Pie
39. Ice Cream Cake
40. "The Grey Stuff"
41. Shortbread
42. Chocolate Sugar Cookies
43. Cookie Cake
44. Pie Cookies
45. Black and White Cookies
46. Oreos
47. Places You'll Go Cookies
48. Molasses Cookies
49. Gingersnaps
50. Turkey
51. Thin Mints
52. Pretzel
53. Croissant
54. Salsa
55. Spaghetti Sauce
56. Shrimp Parmesan
57. Orange Chicken
58. Taquitos
59. Chocolate Cheesecake
60. Japanese Cheesecake
61. Crepe Cake
62. Layer Cake
63. Mousse
64. Elephant Ear Bread
65. Pancakes
66. Avalanche Bars
67. Rice Krispie Treats
68. Amish Egg Noodles
69. Marinated Cheese
70. Pineapple Upside Down Cake
71. Coca Cola Cake
72. Heaven and Hell Cake
73. Tiramisu
74. Garlic Knots
75. Soft Honey Oat Bread
76. No Knead French Bread
77. Teddy Bear Bread
78. Lemon Brownies
79. Cinnamon Rolls
80. Molten Cake
81. Chocolate Wasted Cake
82. Wacky Cake
83. Lemon Cake
84. Magic Cake
85. Filled Cupcake
86. Champagne Cupcakes
87. Chocolate Covered Strawberries
88. Sweet Hawaiian Bread
89. Monkey Bread
90. Brazilian Cheese Bread
91. Key Lime Pie
92. Smores Bars/Baked Smores
93. Chicken Tortilla Soup
94. Tortellini Soup
95. Bang Bang Shrimp Pasta
96. One Pot Spaghetti
97. Macaroni and Cheese Cooked in Milk
98. Caprese Garlic Bread
99. Pecan Pie
100. Croquembouche
101. Tortillas
102. Pralines
103. Risotto

love ya!!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Back at home...

It has been a long week and it doesn't seem like things are getting better or that they are to a point where I really think that they are getting better.

I've been spending a lot of time on Pinterest lamenting all of the things that I haven't made that I have pinned. So far it seems like 2015 is going to be the year of shoulda, coulda, woulda and so far is all full of regrets. I've been thinking about all of the things that I haven't been able to accomplish.

I feel like I'm dragging myself up a hill through mud and muck. It doesn't help that at work I'm doing inventory which affords me a lot of time with my thoughts that alternates with hoping that no one is going to come in and bug me. It usually means that I start my year in a foul mood because of how long it takes me to get done with my inventory mainly because I refuse to let people help me out. It bugs me to have to stop and explain to someone else how to do it especially when they should already know what they are doing but it never fails that they don't know what they are doing.

Right now I have to get back to laundry and dishes then find something to slather my hands into to make them feel a little bit more like human hands and not sandpaper. Also must spend less time on my phone as my desire to play trivia crack has put what I refer to as a bubble in my wrist.

love ya!

Thursday, August 28, 2014


Right now I am in the midst of rewriting a character. I've been thinking about how some times a character isn't really out of the box. They are just like you and me, there isn't anything that would make them stand out. Do we alienate the minority so as not to alienate the majority? I've been taking this as a time to really branch out into what I want the character to be. To give them the opportunities to do things that I'm not capable of doing.

After I work on my Pinterest board a little bit longer I will link to it. Right now I am toying with the idea of putting my main character in a wheelchair but I know that will change some pivotal moments. I guess I will have to find balance between story line and character importance and really I think that what the character brings to the story and to the reader is more important than a cheesy scene on the staircase. If I put a character in a wheelchair do they have to have a back story? Is that insensitive? I guess until I work on that quandary it isn't important. I alo would have to have a little extra time to work on writing. Right now I am working on a deep purge of my house. I would like to not have to haul a bunch of stuff to another house. The only thing that I want to do is haul that bunch of stuff to Goodwill.

love ya!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Cleaning out the cobwebs...

Oh the lord the cobwebs around here, they're just as bad as the ones on my light fixtures.

I've been a little preoccupied that last couple of months and this is what has gone by the wayside. I hate it. This is the one thing that I have to keep myself from going bonkers.

I had facebook and the hubs joined. Then I had twitter and the boss joined. And yes Twitter that sucks toes to send me an email me if I know him. I do but no I don't want him to follow me or know that I'm on there. Especially right as I'm getting ready to post something snarky about my job and going to work.

love ya!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

When to write....

I've been spending a lot of time thinking about what has been going on and well neglecting writing of any kind because of that. Well that and the fact that I am desperately trying to clean up a few dozen quests on Pioneer  Trail on Facebook. I was scrolling through posts on my phone and saw one that was a thread to add friends that played the game and I saw that there were a few people who were looking to catch up on some old quests. I have some that are almost four years old that I have yet to finish and they just keep stacking up. Usually to make things worse when you finish one another one pops up and if you are terribly unlucky when you finish one quest two or three more pop up. That has happened to me on some of the truly easy ones that you can blast through quickly and then you get stuck with one that wants you to build five or six things or beg for your life.

I haven't had that much time to work on any of the stuff that I want to and it hurts me a little bit because it was what pushed me in the past. It was what kept me up at night but for good reasons. I'm just afraid that one day I'm gonna pull it out of the back of a drawer and not remember what my reason for writing would be. I know that this isn't the first post I've written about my want to write more than I have but things just don't seem to line up with that plan.

love ya!

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Watching tv...

Friday and Saturday nights are really about watching a couple hours of shows from the DVR. Right now we are watching Thursday's episode of Hannibal and every episode I tell myself that I'm quitting the show. That no matter what I"m not going to watch this one anymore. It moves far too slow for my taste. I know that there are long term arcs and plots that take time to develop. I guess what I've come to know about mysteries is that you've got sixty minutes from the murder to the time that the case is closed. This doesn't have that. The same murder may last several episodes, some may span almost the whole season. It irks me that you get to 45 or 50 minutes in and you still haven't gotten to who the killer is or you might know who it is but someone always seems to get to the killer before the FBI.

The one thing that I truly love about the show besides some of the actors is the coloring. Lighting that they use has this vintage feel to it and it makes you feel like this is happening in the sixties. Hannibal has this retro vibe that makes him classic and timeless. I don't truly like Mads Mikkelsen, there is just something about him that I don't care for which helps with him playing Hannibal because I don't think that you're supposed to like him, unless you may be a psychopath. I like Anthony Hopkins in Hannibal but I like him for the voice.

I will keep up with it for a little while to see if Will makes it out of the infamous Baltimore cell which sadly is not the one that you can expect to see Hannibal in a few years down the road.

I just hate that they don't put reruns on. I obviously missed a few episodes in the fall to see what happened that Will ended up behind bars for.

love ya!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Midweek pick me up...

I wish that there was a mid week pick me up that I could talk about but alas there is nothing but Wednesday blues. Usually by the time I think about blogging, I'm closing my computer to get ready for bed because I just don't think about it. There are so many different things on my mind that writing about them is one of the last things on my mind. Really sad I know.

The weather has been crazy around here. On Sunday the temperature dropped from a balmy 75 to 32 in a matter of a few hours. Yesterday there were hours of sleet which yielded a lovely layer of ice on our car. It was substantial enough that we were able to roll the window down without effecting the  integrity of the ice sheet. But my secret weapon is an ice scraper that we keep in the glove box for emergencies like that, but only if we can make it into the car to start with. We really didn't have anywhere to go since it was our day off (score!) but it was primaries in Texas and well our county judge retired and everyone was running on the same ticket. There are times when primaries are basically regular elections because they either are running unopposed or everyone is on the same ticket.

love ya!