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23rd-Dec-2013 04:27 am - In Small Packages wish fulfillment!
Blue Xmas
Wish: A picspam of city skylines, and/or picture(s) of the skyline of your city/town/wherever you live

Here are some shots of San Antonio! I love our city skyline & think it's one of the prettiest but I may be biased!

10th-Dec-2013 06:21 pm - Holiday Love Meme
Blue Xmas
Since everyone else is doing it here is mine!

holiday love meme 2013
my thread here
2nd-Dec-2013 03:13 am - December meme
Blue Xmas
I know there are only, like, ten people on LJ anymore and maybe one of them is reading this, but it's an exist to try and use the journal more anyway. Stolen from clex_monkie89 and others on here.

Pick a date during December that hasn't been used yet and give me a topic, and I'll ramble on. It can be anything from fandom-related to life-related, to whatever you want.

December 1 (Might be a little late for that one)

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21st-Nov-2013 05:14 pm - My feelings over SPN 9X07
Calvin Happiness
ok tbh completely honest this episode pissed me off. I love both boys but let me point out I am a Sam girl first. This episode pissed me off because Dean stayed here & was happy getting a normal slice of life & then left to go back & people are saying how sad & poor Dean yet when Sam left to get the same things fandom treated him like shit & says how ungrateful he is? Sam even tells Dean he appreciates how much Dean has done for him & been there for him. I just cannot wtf is it with Sam that he gets all the hate & shit on yet Dean does the same & everyone feels for him? I know I may get alot of flack for this but idc & sick of the Sammy hate I always see. Dean gets a pass on the same shit Sam get hated on for.
13th-Nov-2013 01:42 pm - Recipes for the holidays
Calvin Happiness
Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

• 1 cup all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling
• 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
• 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
• 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
• 3/4 cup sugar
• 1 large egg
• 1 large egg yolk
• 3/4 teaspoon pure peppermint extract
• 8 large candy canes or 30 peppermint candies, crushed
• 2 pounds white chocolate, coarsely chopped

1. Preheat the oven to 325˚F. Sift flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt into a bowl. Beat butter and sugar with a mixer on medium-high speed for 1 minutes. Reduce speed to medium-low, and add the egg, then the yolk, beating well after each addition. Beat in peppermint extract. Slowly add flour mixture, and beat until just incorporated. Shape dough into 2 disks, wrap each in plastic, and refrigerate until firm, at least 1 hour.
2. Roll out 1 disk of dough on a lightly floured surface to 1/8-inch thickness. Using a 1 1/2-inch round cutter, cut out circles and place 1-inch apart on parchment-lined baking sheets. Freeze cookies until firm, about 15 minutes. Repeat with remaining disk.
3. Bake until cookies are dry to the touch, about 12 minutes. Transfer cookies to wire racks and let cool. (Undecorated cookies will keep, covered, for up to 3 days.)
4. Melt chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over a pot of gently simmering water. Remove from heat. Dunk cookies into melted chocolate. Using a fork, turn to coat, let excess drip off, and gently scrape bottom against edge of bowl. (I found it necessary to occasionally put the chocolate back over the simmering water to give it a good dipping consistency.) Place on parchment-lined baking sheets, and sprinkle with crushed candy pieces. Refrigerate until set and store in a tin in a cool place.

Makes 5 Dozen Cookies

Apple Pie Baked in the Apples

Ingredients:
5-6 Granny Smith Apples
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
1/4 Cup of sugar
1 tablespoon of brown sugar
Pie crust
Preheat Oven to 375 degrees F

Step 1: Cut off the top of 4 apples off and discard. Remove the inside of each apple with a spoon or melon baller very carefully, as to not puncture the peel.
If you’re a skilled interior apple excavator, salvage as much as you can so you can use it for Step 2. I, on the other hand, am not skilled so I just had to throw my interior apples away and chop up additional apples for filling.

This recipe will make 4 baked apple pies (in the apple).

Step 2: Remove skin from remaining apple(s) and slice very thinly. These apple pieces will give you the additional filling needed to fill the four apples you are baking. Mix sliced apples with sugars and cinnamon in a bowl. If you prefer more or less cinnamon make adjustments as desired. Same goes for the sugar. Scoop sliced apples into hollow apples.

Step 3: Roll out pie crust and slice into 1/4 inch strips. You can also add a strip of pastry inside the top of the apple almost like a liner to add a little more texture/sweetness to the pie. Cover the top of the apple in a lattice pattern with pie crust strips.

Step 4: Place apples in an 8×8 pan. Add just enough water to the cover the bottom of the pan. Cover with foil and bake for 20-25 minutes. Remove foil and bake for an additional 20 minutes or until crust is golden brown and sliced apples are soft

Double-Layer Pumpkin Pie

Time prep: 20 min
total: 4 hr 20 min
Servings total: 10 servings

What You Need
1 pkg. (8 oz.) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
1cup plus 1 Tbsp. milk, divided
1 Tbsp sugar
1 tub (8 oz.) COOL WHIP Whipped Topping, thawed, divided
1 HONEY MAID Graham Pie Crust (6 oz.)
1 can (15 oz.) pumpkin
2 pkg (3.4 oz. each) JELL-O Vanilla Flavor Instant Pudding
1 tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp ground ginger
¼ tsp ground cloves

Make It
BEAT cream cheese, 1 Tbsp. milk and sugar in large bowl with whisk until blended. Stir in half the COOL WHIP. Spread onto bottom of crust.
WHISK remaining milk, pumpkin, dry pudding mixes and spices 2 min. (Mixture will be thick.) Spread over cream cheese layer.
REFRIGERATE 4 hours or until firm. Serve topped with remaining COOL WHIP.

GINGERBREAD MEN
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Yield: about 50 gingerbread men. Equipment: hand-held electric mixer; 4 inch gingerbread man cutter; pastry bag fitted with small decorate tip (optional). Store in airtight containers.
2 sticks (1 c.) unsalted butter, softened
1 c. firmly packed light brown sugar
1 lg. egg
1 c. dark unsulfured molasses
2 tbsp. cider vinegar
5 c. all-purpose flour
2 tsp. ground ginger
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. ground cloves
1/2 tsp. salt
In a large bowl with mixer cream the butter, add the sugar, and beat until fluffy. Beat in the egg, molasses, and vinegar. Into a bowl sift together the flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, and the salt and stir the mixture into the butter mixture, a little at a time. (The dough will be soft.) Quarter the dough, dust it with flour, and wrap each piece in wax paper. Flatten the dough slightly and chill it for at least 3 hours or overnight. Butter 2 baking sheets and preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
Roll out the dough, one piece at a time, 1/4 inch thick on a floured surface. Flour the cookie cutter and cut out cookies. Transfer the cookies with a spatula to the baking sheets, arranging them 2 inches apart, and bake them in the middle of the oven for 6 to 8 minutes, or until no imprint remains when they are touched lightly with the fingertip.
Transfer the cookies with the spatula to racks and let them cool. Make cookie with the dough scraps in the same manner. If desired, pipe the sugar icing decoratively on the cookies using the pastry bag. Let the cookies stand for 20 minutes, or until the icing is set.

Spiced Pumpkin Bread

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, or a combination of all-purpose and whole-wheat flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon ginger
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup regular sugar
1 1/4 cup (about 330 grams or 11.5 ounces) pumpkin puree
1/2 cup oil
2 eggs
1 cup powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Butter and flour a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, ginger, cinnamon and salt. In a large bowl, whisk together sugars, pumpkin, oil, and eggs. Sprinkle the flour mixture over the wet mixture, and stir with a wooden spoon until just combined. Don’t overmix.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center of loaf comes out clean with just a crumb or two attached, about 1 hour, plus or minus 5 minutes. Let cool 10 minutes; invert pan and transfer the loaf to a wire rack to cool completely.

To make the glaze, if desired, combine the 1 cup powdered sugar with 1-2 tablespoons in a small bowl. Mix until combined. The mixture should be smooth, but thick. Add more powdered sugar or water to reach the consistency you like. Pour over the top of the cooled loaf and allow 15 minutes for the glaze to set

Pan De Polvo (Mexican Shortbread)

By Ernesto Carreon on May 07, 2002

Ingredients:

Cookie:
2 lbs flour
1 lb vegetable shortening
Cinnamon Anise Tea:
6 cinnamon sticks

4 tablespoons anise seeds
2 cups water
3 cups granulated sugar
1/4 cup ground cinnamon

Directions


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

  2. Cut shortening into flour until mixture resemble coarse corn meal.

  3. Add hot cinnamon and 1/4 cup anise tea and kneed dough until smooth.

  4. This will take a while.

  5. Roll dough into 1 inch diameter logs about 12 inch long.

  6. Cut logs into 1/4 in thick circles.

  7. Place close together on cookie sheet, but not touching.

  8. They spread very little to not at all.

  9. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until bottom side of cookie become lightly golden brown, and when cookie is cut in half, it looks baked all the way through.

  10. Combine granulated sugar and ground cinnamon.

  11. While cookies are still hot, roll each one in sugar and cinnamon coating with a fork until well coated.

  12. Place the cookies on cooling rack and cool completely.

9th-Nov-2013 02:01 pm - My Wishlist
Calvin Happiness
Another year has come & gone! Here is my wishlist for this year

1.) Game time for World of Warcraft because as much as I would love to have the extra cash for it I don't & Eric is getting back surgery by the end of Dec & i want some game time for him to pass these next few months.

2.) Candies & snacks from where you live! I always want to try new stuff.

3.) Supernatural plushies because I love plushies & want some SPN ones.

4.) Any bake ware you no longer use or want I need to build up my baking ware collection again.

5.) Diabetic friendly recipes would help me out immensely

6.) Tea especially black teas!


Here is my Amazon Wishlist for any ideas or feel free to fill any of those things. Please link me your wishlists & maybe I can help someone else this season as well! Thank y'all!

PS feel free to PM for my address if you need it
9th-Nov-2013 01:53 pm - Wishlist 2013
Calvin Happiness
WL2-2013
24th-Sep-2013 10:27 am - Dallas snippet
Calvin Happiness
I'm need to share the story of my J2 photo op because my sister & I were laughing too hard after we took it not to! As we walked up to the boys we had already decided on which J to hug but Jensen was reaching for me as i walked up & Jared reached for my sister..sadly I was kinda rude unintentionally by ignoring Jensen & turning to Jared & was awestruck & asked for my squishy hug. He laughed & said come here & we took the photo & I thanked him & turn to Jensen & said thanks too & grab my sisters hand & we walked out. She turns & says to me umm i was kinda rude & ignored Jared reaching for me & went to Jensen. I just about fell over laughing because I was going to tell her the same thing with Jensen & I! I was so focused on Jared I missed Jensen asking my sister if I wanted in on the hug & she said nope its just you & me can I please have a hug. Anyway i thought it was funny & wanted to share!

I will recap & do a full weekend post later this week!
9th-Sep-2013 07:48 pm - Political Test
Take test here: http://slackhalla.org/~demise/test/socialattitude.php

So here are my results & honestly none of it really surprises me tbh.

Political Values

Radicalism 83
Socialism 75
Tenderness 34.375

These scores indicate that you are a tough-minded progressive; this is the political profile one might associate with a liberated atheist. It appears that you are cynical towards religion, and have a suspicious and unsympathetic attitude towards humanity in general.

Your attitudes towards economics appear socialist, and combined with your social attitudes this creates the picture of someone who would generally be described as left-wing.

To round out the picture you appear to be, political preference aside, an egalitarian with several strong opinions.

This concludes our analysis; we hope you found your results accurate, useful, and interesting.

Unlike many other political tests found on the Internet which base themselves on untested (and usually ideologically motivated) ideas, this inventory is adapted from Hans Eysenck's own political inventory which was developed after extensive empirical investigations in the 20th Century.
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