Rave

12 Dec 18
cigarette burns and missed changeovers

Top 5 Breakdown Ralph Breaks The Internet – £2,446,583  – £7,404,787 Down 39.3% in its second weekend Had the 268th biggest second weekend in the UK between Legend and Captain Phillips and  432nd biggest inflation inflated between Blade 2 and Pitch Perfect 3 Had the 18th biggest second weekend of the year between Mission impossible […]

12 Dec 18
NZ Poetry Shelf

      Cilla McQueen  Poeta: selected and new poems Otago University Press 2018   Cilla McQueen’s new collection of poems is a treasure. The publisher has acknowledged Cilla’s standing as a poet by producing the most beautiful edition of poems out this year: hard back, gorgeous cover, exquisitely designed.     The poems are […]

12 Dec 18
The Sensuous Curmudgeon

From time to time we’ve seen hard-core creationists like Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo) — the ayatollah of Appalachia, the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else — embrace the allegedly scientific dogmas of the Discoveroids — see, for example: Discoveroids and Hambo, Together Again. It’s what we call the […]

12 Dec 18
christinesbookcorner

I am so excited that TWO THOUSAND YEARS by M. Dalto is available now and that I get to share the news! If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author M. Dalto, be sure to check out all the details below. This blitz also includes a giveaway for a $15 Amazon Gift […]

12 Dec 18
Gaming Blog

We are already into December, which means it’s almost time to put a bow on 2018 and start looking ahead to 2019. Of course, plenty of what we will do in 2019 is talk about things that happened in 2018. Awards season will officially kick off next month with the Golden Globes, which are set […]

12 Dec 18
Sticky Notes of Thoughts

For more background on the benefits of this type of reporting and how to use it, please refer to the blog post, “On Reporting Effectively (15/5 Reports)“. Here is a “How To” write up on 15/5 Reports Define Who should have to file it When it is due (e.g., end of your work week before […]

12 Dec 18
Jamie's Rave Blog

-THINGS THAT ARE NOT AS THEY SEEM- -Hidden meanings beneath artwork- I want to look at things that are covered up in the UK. Like Poverty, Immigration, Racism? these are all things that people don’t know about completely unless you are a victim of them. My project is aimed towards people with power and money, […]

11 Dec 18
Archy news nety

"Last Christmas" is a Christmas staple for those of us who might feel a bit distressed during the holidays. Written by Wham! in 1984, the track was not tracked on Billboard's Hot 100 until January 2017, shortly after the death of George Michael in December 2016. Now, the track hit for the first time the […]

11 Dec 18
Kenai Organic Farms

Getty ImagesPeathegee Inc Picking the perfect shampoo for your hair needs doesn’t have to break the bank. Drugstore shampoos can be just as good (if not better!) than what the salon sells—and that can make all the difference in the health and appearance of your hair. “Choosing the right shampoo is important because there are […]

11 Dec 18
ApocaLIPS

At least 3 times a day we indulge in a love affair with our mouths. The relationship is purely anatomic. Wait. Time out. Minus the innuendo. What I’m safely trying to say is, we eat for taste. Don’t lie. We do. At lunch or the dinner table, no one raves over beets, tofu or pumpkin. […]

11 Dec 18
CrossCurrents

The dance field is getting more crowded around this time of year — call it a Holiday Rave. There’s the venerable Nutcracker at Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and , something that transcends it all. For musical theater lovers, though, there’s Elf. Film buffs might gravitate to Disney’s new The Nutcracker and the Four Realms. But for a contemporary twist, The Hip […]

11 Dec 18
Chico Enterprise-Record
It’s the season of Tidings of Comfort and Joy and Gingerbread. Authentic, unpretentious, neighborly and comforting, gingerbread is perfect for modest but heartfelt celebrations like Christmas after the Camp Fire. A legacy from Europe, gingerbread “arrived in the New World with English colonists. The cookies were sometimes used to sway Virginia voters to favor one candidate over another,” according to Tori Avey on her blog, “The History Kitchen.” The first American cookbook, “American Cookery” by Amelia Simmons, has recipes for three types of gingerbread including the soft variety baked in loaves: Soft gingerbread to be baked in pans. No. 2. Rub three pounds of sugar, two pounds of butter, into four pounds of flour, add 20 eggs, 4 ounces ginger, 4 spoons rosewater, bake as No. 1. “This softer version of gingerbread was more common in America. George Washington’s mother, Mary Ball Washington, served her recipe for gingerbread to the Marquis de Lafayette when he visited her Fredericksburg, Virginia home. Since then it was known as Gingerbread Lafayette.” In our kitchen there’s the Tuesday night gingerbread in-a-box that you mix and bake in a brownie pan and serve warm with powdered sugar dusted over your kid’s hands to make a special design; there’s the smoldering, spicy dark adult gingerbread you dress up with extravagant dollops of freshly whipped cream and garnish with crystallized ginger, and there’s the gingerbread-style honey-spice cookies you pipe with royal icing for Christmas. I’ll leave the gingerbread house variety for another time. This recipe is for the richly spicy, smoldering even, gingerbread you make for celebrations. As I splurged on a 750 of Lagunitas Stout when the recipe only called for a cup, my friendly liquor vendor suggested buying some very good vanilla ice cream and pouring the extra stout over it for a “Stout Float”, which actually sounds good. Onward. Grammercy Tavern gingerbread I chose this recipe from New York’s beloved Grammercy Tavern for its rave reviews and because it used more ginger than any other recipe I found. More is better, right? I followed it exactly and it rewarded me with gingerbread perfection. I’m going to serve it with lavish dollops of freshly whipped cream and a garnish of crystallized ginger. Ingredients: 1 cup oatmeal stout or Guinness Stout 1 cup dark molasses (not blackstrap) 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 2 Tablespoons ground ginger 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg pinch of ground cardamom 3 large eggs 1 cup packed dark brown sugar 1 cup granulated sugar (I only used a ½ cup) 3/4 cup vegetable oil confectioners’ sugar for dusting Preparation: Preheat oven to 350F. Generously butter/flour a 10-12 cup Bundt pan, knocking out excess flour. Bring stout and molasses to a boil in a large saucepan and remove from heat. Whisk in baking soda, then cool to room temperature. Sift together flour, baking powder, and spices in a large bowl. Whisk together eggs and sugars. Whisk in oil, then molasses mixture. Add to flour mixture and whisk until just combined. Pour batter into Bundt pan and rap pan sharply on counter to eliminate air bubbles. Bake in the middle of oven until a tester comes out with just a few moist crumbs, about 50 minutes. Cool cake in pan on a rack 5 minutes. Turn out onto rack and cool completely. Serve cake dusted with confectioner’s sugar, or with whipped cream. NOTE: If you have a Bundt pan that tends to stick, melt 2 Tablespoons of unsalted butter in the microwave and using a pastry brush, generously brush the interior of your pan with melted butter. Dust completely with flour and tap out the excess. Nut Tree honey cookies with decorative icing As a child I loved the brightly colored, graphic Nut Tree honey cookies, and was delighted to find the recipe online. They are the culmination of a long history of gingerbread-style cookies that enjoyed a heyday during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. Aimee Lee Ball in “Eat, Darling, Eat,” writes, “Fairs in medieval France and England offered ginger-flavored sweet treats called fairings, according to the ‘Oxford Companion to Food.’ Knights received a piece for good luck in tournaments. “Legend traces gingerbread men back to Queen Elizabeth I, who supposedly had her cooks mold the pastry into the shapes of her favorite courtiers and liked to give VIP guests ginger “biscuits” that were edible caricatures. Around the same time, there was a belief that if a woman ate a “gingerbread husband” it might lead to her marriage. “One theory holds that since the “men” are really more toddler-shaped than adult, they came to represent the baby Jesus at Christmas. And the spices involved are sometimes thought to represent the exotic gifts of the Magi. “In Germany, gingerbread cookies called lebkuchen were heart-shaped and decorated with romantic messages. The city of Nuremberg became known as the ‘gingerbread capital of the world’ in the 1600s, with master bakers creating elaborate works of art. (There was a guild with strict regulations. Only those who owned their own “smoke,” meaning an oven, could sell gingerbread.) “The oldest recorded gingerbread recipe, dating to the 16th century, is kept in the Germanic National Museum in Nuremberg. Gingerbread from that city has ‘protected geographical indication’ from the European Union, like Parmigiano-Reggiano and champagne.” The Nut Tree cookies stayed moist and edible for weeks, months even, either due to the recipe, the protective armor of frosting or the tight seal of saran wrap which welded the cookie to its cardboard backing. For those of us that enjoyed looking at the cookie a long time before eating it, this was a godsend. The frosting, as I remember was like a hard shell, and I prefer my friend Joni German’s Royal Icing for cookies you plan to eat right away. Source: “Nut Tree Remembered: The Cookbook” by Tara Baumann, Jim Moehrke, Roy Moehrke, 1997 (Vacaville Museum, CA – ordering info: 707-447-4513) Nut Tree designer Don Birrell shared this family recipe with the Nut Tree. These artfully decorated honey cookies quickly became a Nut Tree signature item, almost too lovely to eat. Makes about 2 dozen Ingredients: 2/3 cup dark honey 1 cup sugar 1/3 cup shortening 1 egg 1/3 cup water 4 cups flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon cloves Decorative icing: 3 egg whites, room temperature (pasteurized egg whites) 1 pound powdered sugar 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar food coloring, optional Directions: Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Bring to a boil sugar, honey and shortening. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Allow to cool. Beat egg and add to water. Mix and sift the flour, soda, salt and spices. Add the sifted dry ingredients alternately with the liquid ingredients to the honey mixture. If the dough is allowed to ripen for several days before rolling out, the flavor and texture are somewhat improved. Roll out dough about 1/4-inch thick and cut. Bake at 325 degrees until edges are golden brown. Decorative icing: Place all icing ingredients in mixing bowl and mix with electric beater for about 10 minutes. After mixing, be sure to keep bowl covered with a damp cloth at all times; icing dries quickly and hard. If you wish, add food coloring to make colored lines. For decorating cookies: Fill pastry or paper frosting cone with icing, up to about 1/2 inch below the top. Fold the paper down over the icing and cut 1/8 inch off tip of the cone. Squeeze icing through the hole in the tip with one hand while holding top closed with other hand. It takes a little practice. A paper pattern, punched with pinholes for outlines, placed over the cookie and lightly dusted with powdered sugar makes decorating easier. Joni German’s Royal Icing: 3 Tablespoons meringue powder ½ teaspoon lemon juice ¼ cup warm water Directions: Stir together and let sit 15 minutes. Add to 1 pound sifted powdered sugar. Beat on medium speed for 7 minutes. This recipe produces a stiff icing, perfect for piping on designs. To make an icing that will “flow” over the cookie, creating a hard, smooth surface, place 1 cup of the above recipe in a mixing bowl and add 2½ Tablespoons of water. Stir until completely smooth If you are lucky enough to have a kitchen this year, light the oven and bake some fragrant gingerbread, even the boxed kind will do. It will make your house smell welcoming and lovely — like home.
11 Dec 18
Michaela Explores Space and Place

Today, UNDERTALE, a role-playing game (RPG) created almost entirely by Toby Fox, is probably one of the most famous (infamous?) games of our time. To summarize, you play as a character who by some unfortunate circumstance finds themselves in a place deemed the “Underground” and has to settle the aftermath of a war between the […]

11 Dec 18
Desrnaltu16 Site

Important Notice: There is a new edition of the MLA Handbook (8th edition – 2016). Many textbooks, websites, MLA tools, and even the citation listings in the According to MLA style, you must have a Works Cited page at the end of your research paper. All entries in the Works Cited page must correspond to […]

11 Dec 18
Travel Trivia Blog

The idea of a perfect day camping often conjures up images of warm sunshine and clear blue skies but, for those in the know, winter is a great time to pitch a tent. With winter being classed as the low season, you’ll meet fewer people and enhanced tranquility. You’ll also be able to visit areas […]