Sunday, August 31, 2008

Why I Love...

*I've decided to take a break from my Disney teen star worship to do something a little less useless. I could probably be doing homework but, let's give it a try anyway*

...Daniel Radcliffe.
I have to admit, with great shame of course, that I didn't always like D.Rad. I thought he was a bad actor and *gasp* ugly. (The shame, the shame!) But over the years, Daniel has come to prove that he is worthy of my love (which is his main motivation, of course).

I really like how Daniel has made a genuine attempt to improve his acting and step outside of Harry Potter. Besides his highly amusing Extras guest star role, I haven't had the fortune of seeing him act in anything non-Harry Potter, (December Boys still sits on my computer, waiting to be watched), but I could definitely see the effect it had on his skills. For example, when I saw Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, instead of thinking what I usually thought when I watch a Harry Potter film, ("This movie sucks. I wonder when it comes out on DVD?") I was thinking, "This movie kinda sucks but, D. Rad's really, really improved!" And that he did. I don't know much about acting but, I do know that I could tell that he wasn't the same D.Rad from Goblet of Fire.

I also love D.Rad b/c dude's fearless! If you haven't already heard, dearest Daniel got naked for his part in the play Equus. It was a really brave part to play. Not really b/c of his Harry Potter image but mostly because of the sort of guts it takes to hop up on stage in the nude. I really wish I had the chance (and the money) to see Equus b/c it sounds really interesting and I'd like to see if he lives up to the rave reviews. (No, I'm not trying to check out D.Rad's junk...yet.)

The best reason for loving D.Rad is his awesome interviews. He's so incredibly enthusiastic and he seems to have a great sense of humor. Yes, he talks too much sometimes and usually sounds like he just got done w/a 10 mile run but he's very entertaining and seems like a good sport.

I guess that pretty much sums up my love of D.Rad. Of course, it's really way to big, deep and complicated for me to fully explain its intricacies, so you'll have to live w/this. He's seems like a genuine guy who's quite determined to make acting his bitch, uh...I mean, craft. A couple of years ago I wouldn't have said it but, I honestly think he has a fighting chance. More than a fighting chance. So, Acting, pull your pants down and bend over - D.Rad's coming to get ya.

ciao, bellas.

P.S. - Can someone please teach me how to use commas? I really don't remember anymore. It saddens the English professor inside of me.
P.P.S. - I don't think D. Rad's ugly anymore either. I must say, he is quite an attractive young man! Keep reading...

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Other Goodies

In case you thought wallabies were only capable of fatassery, here's a quick look into the future.

In the elderly crafts department, there's a shrug, a raging kaijū, some Harry Potter dorkdom, and a sm-aht (I'll let you choose between British and Bostonian accent) scarf to come.

In the robots department, there's some awesome school-related wear to come.

Finally, in the unconventional application of the elderly craft, there are some patterns for some dapper wear for the gentlemen in everybody.

I can't make any promises about when this will happen. Some will happen before others; I think it's safe to say that robots and kaijū will be the first, a long with some of the gentlemen wear. The others will definitely be done by Christmas, which is a long way off, but well it gives you something to look forward to.

So that's to come! Can't wait to post all the awesomeness. It just might be too awesome to take at once. I might just do a few two-parters like the Bret Hart cookie posts, just to give a taste of all the awesomeness.


Now playing:
Bad Religion - The Empire Strikes First
via FoxyTunes

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I'll Register Your Car at the DMV in Spanish If You Say "There Might Be Cake"

The title's a bit long, but it's one of my favorite Greg Behrendt jokes, and well this is about cake.

The story is that I wanted to make a good cake after my Nigella cupcakes disaster (pictures to come) but without butter cream icing, as my mother doesn't like it, and really, there's only a certain amount of butter cream I can take. (Does that make me a terrible baker?) Anywho, here's the recipe.

12 Tbls soft butter
1 1/2 c sugar plus 2 tbls
1/4 tsp salt
2 c flour
2 1/4 tsp baking powder
4 eggs
3/4 c milk
2 tsp vanilla
3/4 c strawberries
Cooking Spray
Two 8-inch round cake pans (Well, preferably two, I couldn't find my pair so I had to use my one springform round.)

Frosting: (I got this from Alton Brown's Coconut 7 min frosting recipe, just without the coconut)
3 egg whites
1/3 c cold water
1/2 tsp cream of tartar
pinch of salt
1 tsp vanilla
Metal bowl
Hand mixer

For the cake, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray pans with cooking spray.

---Beat the butter and 1 1/2 c of the sugar until light and fluffy.
---Combine the wet ingredients in another bowl, beat lightly. Combine the dry ingredients in another bowl.
---Alternate adding the dry and wet ingredients, starting and ending with the dry. Scrape bowl often.
---Pour half of the batter in each pan.
---Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until it passes the toothpick test.
---Once out of the oven, let them cool in the pan for about 10 minutes.
---Turn out and let cool completely before icing the cakes.

---As the cakes cool combine the strawberries and remaining 2 tbls of sugar.

Once the cakes are cool, begin the icing.
---Bring two inches of water in a saucepan to a simmer.
---Place all ingredients in the metal bowl.
---With the bowl over the simmering water, beat the ingredients at low speed for one minute.
---Raise the speed to high and beat for another five minutes.
---Remove the bowl from the heat and beat for another 3 minutes.
---Let sit for a few minutes before using

Okay so it's technically a 9-minute icing, but I wanted the icing a little stiffer than it was after 7 minutes. Actually if I could, I would've beat it a little longer to make the meringue icing stiffer than what I eventually settled for.

For the cake construction, prepare the serving plate with strips of parchment so as not to get icing on the plate.
---If any of the layers are severely rounded, level them slightly with a serrated knife.
---Place the first layer on the parchment lined serving plate. If one layer is thicker than the other, place the thicker layer on the bottom.
---Pour 1/4 c of the frosting onto the bottom layer and spread evenly up to 1/4 inch from the edge.
---Drain some of the juices that have secreted from the strawberries.
---Evenly place the strawberries onto the first layer. Save a few for decorating the top.
---Turn the second layer upside down and place on top of the strawberries.
---Pour most of the remaining frosting onto the top and spread over onto the sides to reach full coverage. Add frosting as needed.
---Place the strawberries you'd set aside onto the top.

It's okay if there is a gap that forms due to the slightly large layers. It'll look delicious anyway.

Go shove your face!


P.S Hoorah for Shawn Johnson! She definitely deserves that Gold medal.

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Sunday, August 17, 2008

Bret Hart Cookie - Part 2 of 2

I have completed the Bret Hart cookie. I did end up submitting it to the Sugar Slam over at Bake and Destroy. I figured it wouldn't hurt. Moving on...If you'd like to make some Bret Hart cookies, here's the recipe and what not. I hope to do some more wrestling baking before I go back to college, where there is no oven available, unfortunately. Need to get as much done as possible. I see some Shawn Michaels cookies to go along with the Hart cookies. Oooh, the scandal!

Oh yeah here's the Bret cookies:

For the Sugar Cookie Dough (A slightly revised version of Alton Brown's Sugar Cookie recipe)
3 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 egg, beaten
1 tablespoon milk
2 1/2 teaspoons raspberry jam
Heart shaped cookie cutter (I used a knife but a cookie cutter will make this A LOT easier)

[This dough makes about 24 cookies. I only used half of the dough and reserved the other for some future baking venture. You could just cut the recipe in half, or make the entire2 dozen.]
For the royal icing:
3 ounces of egg whites
3 teaspoons of cream of tartar
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
About 3 1/2 cups Powdered sugar, but have more just in case.
Pink food coloring.
Black food coloring.

Three ziplock bags.
Parchment paper
A printed copy of the Bret Hart logo, making sure the heart is about the size of your cookie cutter heart.
[This recipe makes enough icing for about 15 cookie decorations. Recipe can be doubled.]

---Sift together all the dry stuff.
---Beat the butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer until it's all nice and fluffy. Add the egg milk and jam and beat until combined.
---With the mixer on low, slowly add the dry stuff, scraping every once in a while, until combined.
---Divide the dough in two, wrap in the item of your choice (I used plastic wrap, Alton suggested wax paper) and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

---After two hours, preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

---Roll out half of the dough, leaving the other half in the fridge so it stays cool. Use some powdered sugar so the dough doesn't stick too much.
---Using the cookie cutter, cut out your cookies and place them on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
---Bake for 9 minutes, or until brown at the edges, turning the sheet halfway through the cooking time.

---While the cookies cool, make the royal icing.
---Beat the egg whites, cream of tartar, and vanilla until frothy.
---Slowly add the powdered sugar.

---Add sugar until it's the consistency of condensed milk, or that Borax and water stuff you made in elementary school.
---Divide the icing in half. Dye one half pink. Cover this half and refrigerate.
---Pour 3/4 of the remaining white icing into one of the ziplock bags. Cover and refrigerate the 1/4 still in the bowl.
---Place the printed logo under a large sheet of parchment paper.
---Cut the corner of the ziplock bag to make a small opening.
---Pipe the icing on the parchment in the shape of the wings and skull. [The icing should be thick enough to keep its shape. If it's not, add some more powdered sugar.]
--- Move the printed logo to a clear area of the parchment and repeat. Make more skulls and wings than you think you'll need because a few are sure to break.
--- Leave the decorations to dry over night.

---Once the cookies are cool, pour the pink icing into another ziplock bag, cutting the corner as before. I recommend
stirring the icing a bit before doing so.
---Outline the cookie's shape, then fill in the heart. Repeat for all the cookies you've made.
---Allow to dry over night.

---Once all the decorations are dry, you can attach them to the cookie.
---Carefully detach each wing and skull as you go along.
---Using the remaining icing as glue, place a skull in the middle and a wing on each side of the skull, using the printed logo as a reference.
[If the wings tend to fall backwards, roll up some aluminum foil and place under the wing in order to keep it up until the 'glue' is dry enough to hold it.]
---Repeat until all your cookies are done. Let dry for at least 4 hours.
---Dye any remaining white icing black, and using the same ziplock method, pipe on the skulls eyes/mouth. Once again, let it dry for at least a few hours.

The drying time and piping make it at least a two day project, but they're quite delicious. Enjoy!

Here are a few of the cookies that didn't quite make it:

Poor guys didn't know what was coming. I assure you these injured cookies were given the proper treatment.
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Saturday, August 16, 2008

The "Other" Jonas

On August 13th, 2008, hearts were broken and tears were shed. The fragile world of thousands of pre-teen and teen girls who's parents subscribe to the Washington Post was shattered. Why, you ask? Because Washington Post reporter, J. Freedom du Loc (cool name btw) dared to call Kevin Jonas "the other one" while Nick and Joe were so lovingly referred to as "the cute" and "the hot" ones, respectively. Many girls, who could neither spell nor properly speak English, sent in letters in defense of their beloved Jonas Brother.

At first I was skeptical - isn't it true that Kevin Jonas is "the other one"? He never sings lead - that harrowing task belongs to both Joe and Nick (
"Red dress!") . He doesn't not date Miley Cyrus anymore - once again a task that poor Nick had to take on himself ("The 7 things I hate about you!!"). He didn't play the male lead to Demi Lovato's Camp Rock character - a role that sizzling hot Joe had to play ("You're the voice I hear inside my head, the reason for my singing"). So doesn't that make him "the other one" - "the selfish, lazy, unwilling to date Disney stars" one? But I see now that my thinking was wrong. The brave girls who dared have their pride, sanity and level of education questioned by thousands, changed my mind for the better with their convincing arguments as to why Kevin Jonas is more than the "other" Jonas. Here are the Top 5 most convincing reasons why Kevin Jonas is not "the other one" according to some brave and articulate Washington Post readers:

"He's amazing at the guitar, and if you've ever been to any of their concerts, you would know that. He spins around probably about ten times, while still playing. That takes alot of skill."* - Victoria
-Wow, boy was I wrong about Kevin Jonas! It must take amazing acrobatic and balancing skills to spin around and play guitar at the same time. And ten times!! Whoooaaa!!! I bet Slash can't spin ten times and play the guitar at the same time...amateur...

2. "he could be at collage or doing his own thing now!" - cass
- This is a valid point. Kevin Jonas is 20 years of age and most other 20 year old young men are probably at collage. I honestly don't really understand what it means to "be at collage" but it sounds important and it sounds like something an important guy like Kevin Jonas would do. Good thinking, cass!

3. "they are an amazing band and all three are just as talented and gorgeous as the next." - devon
- One thing I never realized, until devon pointed it out, of course, was how talented and gorgeous ALL the Jonas Brothers are. Nick is gorgeous in a "I'm a pouty 15 year old musician with curly hair who dates my fellow Disney stars" kinda way. Joe is gorgeous in a "I'm in love with my straightener and skinny jeans" kinda way. Kevin is gorgeous in a "I have curly hair and wear cool vests" kinda way. And the Jonas Brothers continue to display their talents in such lasting classics as "Mandy" and "SOS". I see what you're saying, devon.

4. "Kevin Jonas may not be as good looking as Joe and Nick, but if there was no Kevin, there would be no jonas brothers!" - Sydney
Frankly I'm a bit confused because I thought we had all just agreed that Kevin was as good looking as Joe and Nick. Apparently not. I guess I'll have to do some further soul searching, prayer and meditation to come to a more concrete conclusion. However, I must admit that Sydney has succeeded in convincing me that without Kevin there would be no Jonas Brothers. It is quite clear that Nick and Joe cannot possibly be brothers without Kevin. Duh! And who takes a band headed by only TWO brothers seriously?? Anyone ever heard of Oasis? Nope, didn't think so. Ever heard of Hanson?...I rest my case.

5. "I bet if you were forced to spend a day with the Jonas Brothers, or just Kevin, you'd find out he's one of the sweetest, nicest guys around." - Julia
- Julia really got me here. I'm an absolute sucker for sweet, nice guys. Does this mean that Nick and Joe Jonas are jerks? It probably does. It's probably why poor Kevin is forced to only play guitar and only have bit parts in the Jonas Brothers' thespian exploits. Kevin is just too nice and sweet to say anything to his bitchy baby brothers.

This Washington Post article changed my life. I used to be one of those deluded Jonas "fans" that thought Joe and Nick were the life of the band. I honestly didn't even know that Kevin was their brother. I didn't even know his name! I thought he was some poor sucker they put up front to make the band aesthetically pleasing. But I see that I was wrong. Kevin is just as important as "the cute one" and "the hot one." He isn't "the other one" - he's the "10x spinning, non-collage going, talented, gorgeous, maybe not as good looking, sweet, nice one." Thanks Jonas fans for showing me the error of my ways.

*This was copied exactly as it appeared in the Post which was, in turn, copied exactly the way it was sent to the Post.

P.S. - Happy Belated 19th Birfday Joe Jonas!

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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Bret Hart Cookies -Part 1

So I was encouraged to attempt to try out for a baking contest that involved wrestling. Baking and WWF: two of my favorite-est things. Seriously. Anywho, so I thought of this Bret Hart Logo with a Screw somehow incorporated. (Montreal Screwjob, anyone?)

Well, the chances of me entering the contest are slim because the results aren't very good so far. The issue is I can't make stuff with Royal Icing, and this was my first time trying to do so. Hence these (slightly blurry) photos.
So that's the cookie itself. I used Alton Brown's Sugar Cookie recipe (though I added some raspberry jam to it for some extra pink) and the royal icing... i don't know where it came from. I learned it from some book a while ago I suppose. It's a few ounces of egg whites with a few teaspoons of cream of tarter and powdered sugar until the consistency is right.

The cookies look okay. The pink could've been a little darker (and less blurry) but oh well. I also tried to make screw shaped cookies to incorporate with the decorations and the heart cookie, but I failed. The bigger issues came with the icing decorations.
These are the best of the wings. I think they came out pretty well considering my terrible piping skills. It sort of went down hill with the Skulls though.
The skulls kind of look either like ghosts or like happy skulls. Basically not the badass skulls I'd hoped for.
Those black dots? My attempt at making sugar screws. Failed once again.

Basically, this is not turning out how I'd hoped. I'll post back later with the finished product. And then I'll figure out if I'm going to submit it to the Sugar Slam.

Oh and in case you're wondering what the logo actually looks like here's The Hitman's website.

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Hello, Ms. Lady!


So I was asked to contribute to this blog about robots, fatassery and elderly crafts, all of which I honestly know nothing about. So instead, I will bring to you all the latest in my opinions on books, television, movies, celebrity antics, ducks, snacks and various other brands of stupidity.

I command that you enjoy!

Bye, now.
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This blog is my fault. I dragged TheCuteness into it. Not that you know who TheCuteness is yet. Oh, it's on the side. Whatever.

Anywho, this was going to be my own thing for robots, fatassery, and elderly crafts because that's what my life is about, really. Then I dragged TheCuteness into it so it could be a craft, baking and various hobby/tv/movie/pop culture adventure blog. That's the story really. So in the near future we'll just post stuff about knitting, movies, our dorkdom and fatassery, etc. Hope you enjoy it, and if not, well, that's what StumbleUpon is for.

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