★ 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
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.