Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Ray Eats Poop

It's finally happened.
My mom tried to warn me this day would come, but I didn't listen.

See I got locked out of my intranet thingie at work and so I had to call to get it reset. I hate doing that. I used to work at a call center where I had to help other people reset their passwords and it was terrible. Why are all these people forgetting their passwords? Why are they insisting that we've changed it because they'd neeever do something like forget their own password? I certainly would never forget my own password. That's why I felt free to make all my passwords something as ridiculous as poopyhead.

All my passwords used to be something like: 

Then we got divorced. So of course I had to change all my passwords.



 And from there the passwords evolved into other hateful phrases, until I finally became most comfortable with just plain poopyhead.

So today when I had to call the helpdesk to get my password reset, (which by the way I did not forget, it was umm some kind of... network.. intranet... flux capacitor... error.) The helpdesk guy asked for my password. I had no choice but to tell him, "Poopyhead."
Helpdesk Guy: "I'm sorry, what?"
Me: "Poopyhead"
Hard-of-hearing Helpdesk Guy: "Mam you'll have to speak up."
No-sense-of-humor Helpdesk Guy: "                 ....."

And on top of that, it turned out to be something completely other than the password, something about bypassing network connection blahblahblah.
I think this was the same helpdesk guy who had to trek over to my desk last month because the internet wouldn't connect. Turned out it was unplugged.
So humiliating. But not as humiliating as I'm sure this will someday be:

Monday, November 29, 2010

A Delicious Weekend

Besides that face! I just want to bite her little cheeks...

She helped me make this peanut butter chocolate pie:

And of course it had to be done in her ballerina outfit...

And then we made a cheesecake! A pumpkin caramel cheesecake:

This is a recipe I came up with after combining several similar recipes and the secret weapon:

Pumpkin Butterscotch-Caramel Cheesecake
-Three 8-ounce bars of softened cream cheese (I always use Philadelphia)
-1 package Oreo cookies
-1/4 cup plus 1/2 cup softened butter
-1 jar Mrs Richardsons butterscotch caramel topping (or something similar, but that's my favorite)
-3 eggs at room temperature
-1 cup sugar
-1/2 can pumpkin (I think they're around 15 ounces usually)
-1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
-1/2 cup heavy cream
-pumpkin pie spice

1. Dump the oreos into a mixer (not a hand-held one!) or a food processor and turn them into crumbs. Melt the 1/4 cup butter and mix it in. Lightly spray the springform pan (I used a 12-inch) and press the buttery crumbs on the bottom and a little up the sides.

2. Mix the 1/2 cup butter with the cream cheese. Add sugar, pumpkin, spice, and half of the jar of caramel, mix. Scrape the bowl and beater and mix again just until all the clumps are mixed in. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing slowly. There are a lot of tips about how to mix cheesecakes properly so there are no air bubbles and the top won't crack during baking. I never really care because I always dump chocolate over the top of mine anyway!

3. Pour the batter into the crust and bake for an hour and a half on 325 degrees. I also do a sort-of water bath by putting a big pan of hot water on the bottom oven rack and keeping the cheesecake on the top rack. I've always had a hard time making a water bath with the cheesecake directly in it because water always leaks in no matter what I do! Oh well, I've never noticed a difference in taste.

4. When the sides are pulling away and the middle is still a tad jiggly, turn the oven off and leave the cake in the oven with the door open for another hour. Then lay plastic wrap directly on the top and stick it in the fridge overnight.

5. To make the chocolate topping, stir the chocolate chips and cream together in a glass bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds, stir, then microwave 30 seconds more. Mix with a fork until all the chocolate is melted and smooth. Let it cool for a few minutes, then dump it on top of the cheesecake. I also poured the rest of the caramel jar around the edges.

6. Lick all spoons and mixing bowls involved.

I also saw a recipe for a chai cheesecake somewhere that I'd love to try!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Gone With The Wind Viewing/Blog/Twitter/Craft Party!

So the other day I had in incredible urge to watch Gone With The Wind, but of course it was already 11pm, and it's no fun to watch it by myself anyway! Then last night I had an idea, fueled by watching a recent episode of The Office in which Erin and Gabe host a Glee viewing party and of course it was a complete (and hilarious) disaster: I'm going to have a Gone With The Wind party! 
Want to come?

Meet me back here at 6pm on Friday, December 3rd. If you don't already have a copy of the movie (God forbid,) you have over a week to get your paws on one. Start thinking about what you'll be crafting while we watch, and I'll be taking submissions via email during the movie to post on the blog so we can all see! Don't craft? No problem- Show me your favorite movie snack with a recipe to share! I'm also planning to have a twitter list so we can all chat about the movie without fighting over the volume ;)

I think this will be a great way to meet other crafty GWTW lovers, get creative new ideas, and maybe pick up a few yummy recipes!
Please RSVP  by commenting on this post- If we have enough attendees, I was thinking of having a trivia question each hour or half hour, with prizes of course!
I'll post more details throughout the week, and if you have any ideas let me know!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

You Know Your Life Is Falling Apart When...

...You almost forgot your own blog address.
Is that what it's called, blog address? Website address? Wait, what's a blog? What's going on? Where am I?!!

Oh right, I'm going to write a blog post about the new etsy shop I just opened. After putting the first one on vacation because I didn't have time for all the custom orders pouring in. Why am I doing this again?
Oh yes, because my need for people to wear birds on their heads outweighs the need for sanity and a daily shower.

Anyway.. Here it is!

The banner is lame, I know. But the important thing to remember here is that you can now wear a bird on your head.


 So that's what I've been doing lately. And working a lot of overtime. And making custom orders. Such as....

Yes, I finally got on the fox bandwagon. Although this is a pink fox, so I don't think it counts as hipster trendy. And besides, it was the customer's idea. I love it! I'm definitely planning to do more in other colors too.

The embroidery shop is scheduled to open by December first, which means I need to restock and resupply fast!
Stay tuned, because I'll be having a FlashCab grand opening giveaway very soon!