“Smell this. Is it still good to eat?”

Moving out on my own has been quite the experience. Shopping for food is quite the learning process. I either buy way too much food for the week or not even close to enough. I am finding that I really don’t know much about food and how much it lasts. I am always smelling things to see if it’s still ‘good.’

I found this diagram that seems helpful and that I plan on using in the future to help me out.

 

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Funny Halloween Pictures

I love the internet because of all the fun things people do that gets recorded and shared. Here are some of my findings that go in theme with Halloween coming up. 

A very serious operation. They make a good team.

 

Daughter wanted to be a trash can for Halloween. She will be going places! Maybe not college but places.

 

If you can dodge a wrench you can dodge a ball!

 

It took me a couple times before I fully understood what was going on here.

 

This is all made from pumpkins. Spooky!

 

90’s kid favorite from the show Hey Arnold!

 

Pulp fiction dogs!

Acing the interview

These days, a degree doesn’t seem to be worth much until you land a job. And that means job interviews. Plenty of job interviews. This is going to be me soon and I am hoping I get it right. There are lots of tips online and from people but personally I think it’s all about just getting out there and trying.

But it doesn’t hurt to learn the mistakes that can be made.

I found some helpful diagrams that point out the mistakes and offer hints on getting the job.

Gluten Free Brownies

There are a couple people in my family that can’t have gluten which is just the worst. But I’ve been looking into it and realizing that it really isn’t that good for you. The holidays can be hard for my family members but I am going to make these gluten free brownies so everyone can enjoy them!

Gluten Free Brownies | Cooking Classy

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 12 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 6 Tbsp unsalted butter, diced into 1 Tbsp pieces, plus more for baking dish
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup chopped pecans

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a mixing bowl whisk together cornstarch, cocoa powder and salt, set aside. Add chocolate chips to a microwave safe bowl, top with butter and heat mixture in microwave on HIGH power in 20 second intervals, stirring after each interval until melted and smooth. Stir in sugar, then mix vanilla and eggs one at a time, mixing until combined after each addition. Add dry mixture and stir until well blended and smooth, then mix in pecans. Pour batter into a well buttered 8 by 8-inch baking dish (you can also line the baking dish with parchment if desired, then pour batter over parchment) and spread into an even layer. Bake in preheated oven until toothpick inserted into center comes out with a few moist crumbs attached, about 35 – 38 minutes. Allow to cool completely then cut into squares (I found mine cut cleaner after freezing for about 45 minutes – after cooling, if you can waiting any longer).

Turning to Stone

Tanzanian Lake turns animals into ‘stone’.

Photographer Nick Brandt said:

         I unexpectedly found the creatures – all manner of birds and bats – washed up along the shoreline of Lake Natron in Northern Tanzania. No-one knows for certain exactly how they die, but it appears that the extreme reflective nature of the lake’s surface confuses them, and like birds crashing into plate glass windows, they crash into the lake. The water has an extremely high soda and salt content, so high that it would strip the ink off my Kodak film boxes within a few seconds. The soda and salt causes the creatures to calcify, perfectly preserved, as they dry. I took these creatures as I found them on the shoreline, and then placed them in ‘living’ positions, bringing them back to ‘life’, as it were. Reanimated, alive again in death.

Swallowed by the Desert

Kolmanskop in the Namib Desert

 

I had always thought this picture was a painting till I found more information on it. It is a photograph taken in the slowly sinking city in the desert of southern Namibia, Africa, a ghost town called Kolmanskop.

In the 1900’s, diamonds were found just sitting on the sand and people flocked to the desert. Kolmanskop became a mining town but after WW1, sales prices for diamonds dropped significantly and the town turned into a ghost town.

 

Kolmanskop ghost town

ghost town in the namibian desert kolmanskopKolmannskuppe - Sand in House

 

For more information and the rest of the pictures:

Devoured By The Desert

Cinnamon Roll Mug Cake

 

 

Cinnamon Roll Mug Cake (made in 3 minutes!)

Yield: 1 Mug Cake

Ingredients

    • 2 Tbsp applesauce
    • 1 Tbsp vegetable oil
    • 1 Tbsp buttermilk
    • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
    • 1/4 cup + 1 Tbsp all-purpose flour
    • 2 1/2 Tbsp packed light-brown sugar
    • 3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
    • 1 dash ground nutmeg (optional)
    • 1/4 tsp baking powder
    • 1/8 tsp (scant) salt
    • 1 Recipe Cream Cheese Icing, recipe follows
Cream Cheese Icing
  • 1 Tbsp Cream Cheese or Neufchatel Cheese, softened
  • 2 Tbsp powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp milk

 

Directions

    • Prepare Cream Cheese Icing according to directions listed, set aside. Combine all ingredients (minus Cream Cheese Icing) in a mug then whisk together with a fork until combine and nearly smooth. Microwave mixture on high power for 1 minute then check cake for doneness. If it is not fully cooked microwave for an additional 15 seconds. Serve warm topped with Cream Cheese Icing.
Cream Cheese Icing
  • Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and whisk with a fork until smooth.

Having a rough week?

Here are some pictures to help get you through the rest of it!

Baby Ocelot 

 

British Shorthair kitten

 

 

So fabulous.

 

 

So relaxing to watch.

 

Who doesn’t like boxes of kittens? And what kittens don’t like boxes?

 

 

Forest in California

 

 

London in 1904. 

 

The Neushwanstein Castle in Germany.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you don’t feel at least a little better after that, you should probably start watching some kitten youtube videos. Have a good day!

Before Photoshop

Currently, I am teaching myself Photoshop because it’s a very valuable tool for the field I want to go into. I found an interesting collection of pictures from one of my favorite websites Imgur.com which is kind of like Reddit.

The following are movie posters created by an artist named Drew Struzan. Before technology was as it is today, creating movie posters was done by some really talented artists from around the world. I feel all of these are far more interesting than the movie posters we see today which seem to always just be pictures of the main actor from the film.

This is a rare concept piece from Struzan that was not used but looks awesome.

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

(Great movie by the way)

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

The Great Muppet Caper

Back to the Future Trilogy

The Goonies

Ladyhawke

Duck Tales: The Movie – Treasure of the Lost Lamp

 

 

Hook

I looks so much like a photo!

 


Hocus Pocus

GREAT MOVIE!

 

Star Wars

 

Harry Potter

This poster was unused, and switched to a different poster.

 

 

Star Wars: Episode 1

The poster is much better than the movie. 😦

 

 

Hellboy

 

 

Zathura

 

This was the one similar to Jumanji.

 

 

Shawshank Redemption

 

 

 

Anyone can appreciate these posters. I really hope he continues to work because they are simply amazing.

Diagram for tipping

I worked as a server for 6 years and was so surprised by the amount of people who don’t understand tipping. All the time I’d overhear “Is that enough?”. I am not sure honestly how many don’t understand the 15% rule but it is there for a reason. What some of the bad tippers may not know is that I am taxed as if I receive those tips. If I sell… let’s say $1000 in sales, (which would be a great night, but it is an easy number so I’m using it) I’d make $150 in tips HOPEFULLY… But I am not taxed straight from my pocket but my paycheck. So technically, if you don’t tip your server, they are paying a small amount to serve you. This applies to all jobs that have tips.

I do wish it was like in other places, but we use tips in America, so that’s just how it is.