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14 April 2011 @ 08:27 am
Ah, the minutia of life. Made better with chocolate.  
★ I have a day ahead of doctor visits. I like these particular doctors as people, but still. I'd rather be tied up, gagged and dragged behind a truck on a gravel road than go.

★ Oh, barista at the coffee shop, do not pretend you don't know what "medium" means. Every one of those shops calls it something different, and I'm not bending to their collective wills. MEDIUM. Do not look at me with a confused puppy face. You can figure this out on your own. Try harder.

★ It's Thursday, and really my favorite day of the week. Even after 8 years of teaching for the ALT Academy and fifteen years (WOAH. I've been teaching for fifteen years? When did that happen?) of teaching adolescents, I still really, really love it. It's the highlight of the week, most times. They're talented and funny and WANT to be there, which is indeed the most important thing. And they're not worried about making utter fools of themselves, which is KEY for theatre. Thursday also means Bones, and thus David Boreanaz. Yet another perk. :D

★ I locked myself out of the house before eight o'clock this morning. I got back in because I am a ninja. That's a picture for you, right? Me scaling the back porch ceiling and dropping through a window? We'll just say that's what I did to get back in.

★ Rehearsals are better. Still not fantastic, but better. I left smiling instead of crying last night, so I'm hopeful for the rest of the week.

★ I made these for home group last night. They were a hit! And cute, which is really why I wanted to make them in the first place.

Dark Chocolate Kiss Cookies

3 egg whites
3/4 sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
I package store bought (GASP!) sugar cookies (or you can make your own - but as you know, I am lazy)
6 oz. bittersweet chocolate chips
1/2 teaspoon oil

Preheat oven to 300 F. Beat together the egg whites, sugar and vanilla. The ingredients should be stiff so that you're able to turn the bowl upside down and the stuff doesn't ooze. Add more sugar to stiffen. (That's what she said!) *rim shot*

Then place the egg white mixture in a pastry bag (or if you're like me, a disposable ziploc baggie with a corner nipped off) and pipe a "mountain" on the cookie.

You bake them in the oven for 5 to 8 minutes, or until the peaks look set.

While the cookies bake, melt the chocolate and oil in a saucepan. Remove from heat.

After you remove the cookies from the oven, give the cookies about 3 minutes to rest. Seriously, they've had a hard day. Then gently dip them in the chocolate. You can either cover them entirely, or only the peaks. Refrigerate to set the chocolate. 

★ There's a quote (a Chinese proverb, maybe?) that I've had on my theatre folder for years. "Tell me what you love, and I'll tell you who you are." What do you love? Think about it. It's all deep and stuff.
I am:: at the bar
I feel:: anxiousanxious
I hear:: DRS Score
Brendan: Girl Genius - Jager Ho Yazbrendanm720 on April 14th, 2011 01:32 pm (UTC)
I found (and purchased) a t-shirt down at Madeira Beach that had the following in white text on black:

[x] Engineer
[x] Ninja (with little white silhouette of a ninja)

Sounds like you need one with "Teacher" substituted in for "Engineer".
Elle Blessingway: Pirate: Keep Calm Rum Gone?elle_blessing on April 14th, 2011 03:22 pm (UTC)
I need a ninja shirt. If I ever found one about ninjas AND pirates though, that'd be really epic.
Mala13oct on April 14th, 2011 02:43 pm (UTC)
How, how, how do you loose weight when you bake stuff like this?!! Tell me your secret girl!
Elle Blessingwayelle_blessing on April 14th, 2011 03:21 pm (UTC)
Moderation! One cookie instead of three. Or five. ;)
Carrie Leigh: bad examplecarrie_leigh on April 15th, 2011 01:52 pm (UTC)
I only bake whenever people are coming over, and then I give the rest of it away.
Elle Blessingwayelle_blessing on April 14th, 2011 03:20 pm (UTC)
Those little cookie treats DO look cute, and perhaps simple enough that even I might be able to make them.

That's "what do you love?" question is way too broad. I love too many people and things. Hmm. Maybe I'm not selective enough about what I love...
Ayla: NCIS - Puff - Loveabitofayla on April 14th, 2011 03:26 pm (UTC)
I so agree with you on the whole "medium" thing at coffee shops. I will not conform to the cutesy "sophisticated" names like "Tall" "grande" and "venti". They all mean big. I do not want big.

Stealing, yet again, another recipe. My household thanks you. :)
sarea okelanisarea_okelani on April 14th, 2011 07:13 pm (UTC)
Those cookies are adorable!
filia_umbrae on April 14th, 2011 09:36 pm (UTC)
Mmmmmm new cookie project! Also, good luck with those nasty doctors visits *hugs*