Archive | 2010

Eggnog Pancakes, Om Nom Nom

One of my favorite things about the winter holiday seasons is the return of eggnog. I love the stuff, and I’m always really sad when it goes. I have this really bad habit of buying more of the stuff than I can drink, though, and am always at a loss for what else to do with it. So, this morning I made eggnog pancakes! Here is the recipe.

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 Tbsp sugar
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt

1 cup eggnog
1/2 cup milk
2 Tbsp clarified butter
1 egg, lightly beaten

Directions

1. Heat skillet or griddle on medium heat.
2. Mix all dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Make a well in the center,
3. Pour wet ingredients into the well, and mix well. If batter is too thick for your liking, add a little more milk.
4. Proceed to cook like normal pancakes. Eat and enjoy!

As for the clarified butter: if you don’t clarify it a little, the pancakes are more likely to burn before they’re done cooking in the middle. I clarified half a stick and wound up with more clarified butter than I needed, but I’m too lazy to do the math. At any rate, to clarify the butter, melt it slowly in the smallest sauce pan you have. Let it sit for a moment to separate. Skim the foam off the top and dispose of it. Carefully pour/measure the melted butter, without getting the stuff settled on the bottom, and voilà, you have clarified butter!

Oh Look, It’s December!

Unsurprisingly, I didn’t make it through NaBloPoMo. What can I say, I’m not one for “forced” writing, it’s the same reason I fail NaNoWriMo every year. Oh well. It was a good 12 day run with a long break after.

So what have I been up to? Not much. Trying to cram lots of vacation days into a small amount of space. Playing lots of World Of Warcraft. Watching Netflix and knitting. Same old, same old. My Thanksgiving was quiet due to having to take the dog to the vet instead of going to visit people, and I expect Christmas to be pretty quiet as well. I’ve zero desire to fly until TSA stops with the ridiculous level of security theatre going on these days, so I won’t be going to Los Angeles (sorry friends, I’ll miss you!).

All in all, it looks like it’ll be an uneventful end of the year for me. What do you guys have planned for the holidays?

Silly Gamer Priorities

I started playing World of Warcraft again recently, since there’s the new Cataclysm expansion coming out soon. I figured I’d get established before the new content drops, blah blah blah. Anyway! Anybody that plays WoW already know all about what’s coming out so I won’t bore you with the details (cause if you don’t play WoW you probably don’t care), but, I did have to share what my two most favorite things about it are likely to be.

1: Troll Druid. ‘Nuff said.

2: OH EM GEE. I must have this adorable Moonkin Hatchling. You probably have to buy it :( And I probably will, because I’m a sucker.

If you play WoW, what are you most looking forward to in Cataclysm?

High Heels Have Gotten Ridiculous

Maybe I’m not the right person to comment on this; I can count the number of times I wear heels a year on one hand. Women that wear heels to the grocery store baffle me. Dancers and performers that can jump and run in heals astonish me. Some of the heels I’ve seen online should be categorized under “Art” and not “Footwear”.

This is a new level of ridiculous, though. Can someone please, please, PLEASE explain to me why ANYBODY would need to wear a shoe with a nine inch heel on it?! You fall wearing those shoes and you’re breaking more than just your ankle and your pride…

Cruise Ship Calamity

I read an article today on CNN about a Carnival Cruise that got stuck at sea off the coast of Mexico after a fire in the ships engine room took out most of the power.

Based off the article, it sounds like it’s been a pretty rough few days for the passengers and crew – no hot food, no hot showers, no lights, etc. It’s an awful way to spend a vacation, and I sympathize for the guests on the cruise. It’s also a nightmare for the crew, who is trying to do everything they can to make these guests as comfortable as they can, while enduring the conditions themselves.

All in all, it sounds like a place I’m glad I’m not.

However, because I like to have opinions about things that have no bearing on me, I’d like to say that this part kind of  annoyed me:

And while Carnival Cruise Lines said Wednesday that most passengers knew that the Carnival Splendor’s crew was doing the best it could, there were reports of passengers pledging not to take up the company’s offer of a free replacement trip.

Carnival has offered to refund the original cruise cost to everybody, give them a free replacement trip, and pay for people’s travel arrangements since the boat is docking in San Diego instead of Long Beach like it was planned, and yet people still have a fit about it. Bad things happen sometimes. Yes, it’s a bad few days, but this is pretty much the epitome of a First World Problem. You think that was a bad three days? There are people that LIVE like that, all the time.

I’m not saying that I wouldn’t be unhappy about what happened if I was there. I’d do my fair share of grumbling for sure; it’s the people saying “You’ve ruined cruises for me forever!!! I’m never going to have a good vacation or take a cruise again!” that I think need to relax. It’s not the end of the world, especially since it sounds like nobody got injured or seriously ill, just inconvenienced. This is the first time something like this has happened in Carnivals 35 years, and it’s not likely to happen again. Take the money back, go on your free replacement cruise, and have a great time then. Chalk this one up to “one hell of a ride!”

What do you think? Are you “OMG never going on a cruise” because of this? Do you think I should shut my big mouth cause I wasn’t there (of course you do)?