December 19, 2014

Photo Friday: The Sun is Out!

Okay, so first I have to mention the new blog layout. Instead of All Full-Length Posts, All The Time, everything is now truncated. Now you don't have to scroll through entire posts filled with my inane ramblings, now just scroll right past. (I don't blame ya, boo.) There are still a few kinks to work out, a few thumbnail pictures look oddly squished, and that sort of thing. 

But anyway, Photo Friday! And the sun!


This may not seem like a big deal to those of you that don't live in the Arctic Circle land of ice and snow, but lemme tell ya. We can go weeks (yes, that's weeks) without seeing the sun. Or weeks with seeing just a peek of the sun here and there.

Science: We have roughly 187 days of sun here every year. That means we have 178 days of clouds. In case you've ever wondered if seasonal depression is a real thing, there's your answer.


These two pictures sort of show what it's like on a sunny day in the trees. Even with full sun, it's still gloomy as hell under there. It's not the best representation, because these aren't thick trees, but you get the idea.


Have a good weekend!


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December 17, 2014

In My Makeup Bag: Drugstore Foundation for Pale Chicks

I'm still posting less frequently around here, as there is just so much excitement going on. Like...*twiddles thumbs*...oh that's right, no there's not. Usually cabin fever doesn't set in for me until January, but this year it's here early, and I'm climbing the walls. 

Maybe I just need a new hobby. Like chainsaw art or dynamite fishing. 

Anyway, this time of year does give me ample opportunity to do small things that have thus far escaped attention. Like sewing buttons back onto my husband's dress shirts and watching 'I Dream of Jeannie' reruns. Or, things like this - for a few months now I've noticed that my foundation is too dark. This is somewhat ridiculous, because I use Maybelline Fit Me in 110, the lightest color available in that brand. If you google 'foundation for pale skin' the Fit Me is often recommended. 

Ha. I am just squirming at the thought that the 110 is going to be my summer shade, for when I tan. Oy vey.

On my quest to find something even more pale, I found this:


This is L'Oreal True Match in *drumroll please* alabaster. Which I believe is one step above 'pure white rhino tusk,' but whatever. 


It's very, very pale. It doesn't cover as well as the Fit Me, but that's a pretty minor complaint. It goes on smooth and stays put. It get a thumbs-up.


After I bought it I ran into another ridiculous problem. The Palladio loose powder I've used for years is...too dark with this foundation. The color I used is translucent, but it still had some beige-y color to it. Ridic. So I tried this out - NYC Smooth Skin loose powder in translucent.


This stuff is a lot closer to being translucent than the Palladio. It's very pale, and goes on more smoothly. Also, it was $2.50 at Walmart. For $2.50, I will try pretty much anything, and this one turned out to be a winner.


So here's a picture of what it all looks like, on mah face. Complete with stupid expression and a ratty old flannel shirt that used to be my husband's until I stole it and marked it as my own. 



See!? Crazy pale!

But I think it all looks pretty good. Especially since other 'In My Makeup Bag' posts have been less than...wonderful.

See you later!


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December 12, 2014

Photo Friday: Frosty Trees

Is it weird that this post is going up later than usual because I read a Playboy interview and got distracted? That's probably weird, yeah. But that's how this morning is going. 


We're in the middle of a warm-up, weather wise, and this morning all the trees are thick with frost. 




The little heat wave is supposed to last through Monday, so this weekend I'll be outside, enjoying the warmth. 

See you later!


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December 10, 2014

In the Woods, Again

On Saturday the husband and I were out in the woods again. (I have a lot of posts about being out in the woods. It's my jam, apparently.)



The road to where we were going wasn't bad, as it's a town road that is kept plowed in the winter. Once we were out there, it slowly deteriorated. 




Hey look! A blurry deer! The situation with my camera is getting worse, if I have to zoom in on anything, it will more than likely be blurry. My kingdom for a camera. 


Now the road doesn't look bad, but it had been plowed with a piece of machinery, not an actual plow truck, for the express purpose of log trucks going in and out. So there are ruts from log trucks, bumps the blade on the machine missed, and just a general sense of roughness. It was also below freezing outside, so these bumps and ruts were frozen solid. 

My brain was bounced around so much in my skull that I'm fairly certain some of it dribbled out of my ears. But my head didn't hit the ceiling of the truck, so it couldn't have been too bad. 


I think my husband views these things as a personal challenge. How far in the woods can I go before getting stuck? When you go somewhere and have to take a winch along as a precaution...I don't even know. Men

I also forgot to take pictures of the road where it was the roughest, probably because I was clinging to the oh-shit bar for dear life.



Did we get stuck? Of course not. Every time I think we will, we won't even come close. But after an hour of bouncing around we headed home, with only a minimum of snow and clumps of dried grass clinging to the truck's underbody. 

Success. 

See you later!


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December 8, 2014

Chocolate Kahlua Pie

For Thanksgiving I needed heavy cream. Just a little bit. But my husband did the grocery shopping and I didn't specify how much I needed, therefore he bought enough to drown a horse. I'd rather rot than let cream go to waste, so a week ago I made chocolate pie. With Kahlua. If I'm honest, I only have Kahlua on hand for making White Russians. The Dude would approve.


Once or twice a year I make a chocolate pie and always do it a little differently each time in an attempt to make it more interesting. Otherwise, it's just...chocolate. Flat. Boring. 

The basis of the pie is always the same - cream, chocolate, eggs. Coffee and a bit of cocoa powder for extra chocolate flavor. The heavy cream is heated on the stove and poured over the chocolate. 




The addition of the Kahlua sweetens the pie a bit (there's no added sugar in this recipe) and bumps up the flavor of the coffee. A big pinch of ground cinnamon is added as well. Not enough that it's super-noticeable, just enough to add more flavor. Then the pie is baked until the edges are set but the center is still wobbly. That ensures that the pie is soft and creamy instead of rubbery. 


This pie is good with any kind of crust - regular, graham cracker, whatever. This time around I baked it in a graham cracker crust and topped it with cinnamon whipped cream.


All chocolate, all the time.


So now for a few notes - this can be made with milk instead of cream, or whatever you have on hand. The eggs are what make the pie set up in the oven, so the cream just adds richness. I make this pie with either dark or semisweet chocolate and no sugar is added. If you like it sweeter, use milk chocolate or add 1/2 cup of sugar. 

Chocolate Pie with Kahlua

Ingredients:
1 pre-baked pie crust, 9 inch, graham cracker or other
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup heavy cream
3 eggs, at room temperature
1/2 cup strong brewed black coffee
1/4 cup cocoa powder
2 tablespoons Kahlua (optional, if you don't want it, just add 1 tablespoon vanilla extract)
1/4 teaspoon salt
Big pinch of ground cinnamon

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

2. Place the chocolate in a large mixing bowl, set aside. 

3. Pour the heavy cream into a small saucepan. Heat over medium heat, stirring every so often, until the cream is hot and steam is rising from it. (Don't boil!)

4. Pour the cream over the chocolate chips and stir until the chocolate is melted. 

5. Add the eggs, one at a time, and whisk well after each. 

6. Add the coffee, cocoa powder, Kahlua, salt, and cinnamon. Whisk well, and pour into the prepared crust. 

7. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until the edges are set but the center is still wobbly. Cool on a rack, then wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate until completely cold. (Press the plastic wrap directly onto the surface of the pie, just in case it decides to get a leathery skin on top.)

8. Serve as is, with ice cream, or whipped cream. Add a pinch of cinnamon to the whipped cream. Trust me on this. 


Go forth and bake. 





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