Archive | February, 2012

RRRRoll up the rim to win!

29 Feb

February 20th marked the beginning of Roll Up The Rim To Win (if you’re not familiar with it, click the link and read up!). As a Canadian who is a complete Tim Hortons-aholic, I love this time of the year.  Well, most of the time.

I drink coffee everyday, if I don’t make it at home -which in all honesty I never do, I go to Timmys.  There’s something about how they make coffee that just makes it that much better.  And now that roll up the rim is back, well gollllly!  Can’t get any better than that.

HA!  I wish that last bit were true.  Since the 20th I have had approximately 14 roll up the rim beverages.  Whether it be coffee, tea or hot chocolate.  Mainly coffee, shh.  And guess what!  I have seen nothing but the “Please Play Again”, I have lost 0 out of 14 times.  0 for 14.  How does that even work!?  I’ve won zero times.  Not even a measly little donut (that I wouldn’t eat ;)).  Nothing.

I’m not bitter, I swear.  I just don’t understand it.  It’s not just me either, I have friends that are 1 for 20+.  Does that mean I’ll maybe, potentially, possibly win after 19 cups?  4 more to go, ladies and gentlemen!  Cannot wait.  Okay, okay, maybe I am a little bitter.

I want to win something!!!  Even if it is just a donut.  Although, I’d MUCH MUCH MUCH rather prefer a donut.  I would just really like not to see the “Please Play Again” because honestly, it’s not making want to play again, even if the cup is being polite.

So, let me know, have you won?  What’s your win/lose ratio?

-D

Ginger Orange Cupcakes

28 Feb

Here’s the recipe for the “to die for” Ginger Orange Cupcakes I made a couple of days ago.  Like I said in my post from yesterday, Mad love for Mad Men, they did turn out a little more muffin-y than I thought they would.  Perfect for breakfast ;).  Anywho…..

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Mad love for Mad Men

28 Feb

Well, hello again.

I realize that it’s been quite a while since I’ve written, well over a week. Which is kind of odd for me, since I typically write every day or two days. Since I’ve started this blog, that is.

I’ve been busy though, what more can I say? Midterm season arrived in full gust and has now departed, thank goodness. And with that, I welcome back some freedom, yay!

What have I done with my little bits of freedom? PLENTY.

First and foremost, I refinished a dresser, have started the refinishing process of a dining room table as well as a coffee table. The coffee table is proving to be incredibly more tedious than the dresser was or the dining room table is, but I’m sure I’ll survive. As soon as I’ve finished all three projects I’ll be sure to post before and after pictures! Let’s just say, Beluga is the chosen colour (for the dresser and coffee table)…I bet your mind is wandering and you’re saying to yourself “beluga? huh? what?”. It’ll be a surprise.

Now, second, I’ve started watching Mad Men.

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What an absolutely brilliant series. If you’re like I was, a Mad Men virgin – WATCH IT. Now. I don’t know what else to say about this show, although I’m only on the first season, I’m hooked. 100% hooked. It’s one of those shows where you think you know the characters, and just as you do know them, turns out you don’t. Gripping, grasping, addicting.

Mind you, I’ve a fascinated with all things 1950s and 60s so this series is perfect, the clothing, the cars, the accessories, the homes, the furniture, the language. I’m in love. Oh, and the story is obviously good as well. Better than good actually, brilliant ;).

-D

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I’ve also continued my baking, however, haven’t taken as many photos as usual. I will be posting a recipe for Ginger Orange Cupcakes (which are to die for, and a little more muffin-y, in my opinion) – Stay tuned!

“Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon.”

15 Feb

As you’ve probably figured out, I love baking and cooking, baking more so.

There’s nothing like trying out new recipes with different ingredients, or even just working with what you’ve got.

Last night, a friend and I decided to make cheesecake.  What an absolutely failure that was.

We couldn’t figure out why it failed.  At first she kept blaming me for over filling the paper liners, which I knew couldn’t have been the problem.  Sure it was a problem but it wasn’t the problem.  There’s no way over filling the liners could have resulted in the cheesecakes not rising properly. Regardless, after making the most horrific looking cheesecakes, I gave up.  On top of attempting to bake them twice.  Don’t ask why..I just thought that might work.  It didn’t.

So when I got home, I decided to Google “spreadable cream cheese”, as that’s what we used instead of bricks.  We figured that was the smarter, more frugal, way to go.

Turns out, spreadable cream cheese does not make a great cheesecake.  Or a cheesecake at all.  See!  Not my fault, the over filling wasn’t what caused them to not rise properly.  Yay.  You’ve no idea how happy I was, and right away I decided to text her.  Unfortunately she’s at work, which means she won’t see my message right away.  Darnit.

I will say this though, the Dalai Lama said it right, “approach love and cooking with reckless abandon”.  Sticking to the norms and not trying things out will only keep you hidden from experience.

However, learn from my mistake, do not use spreadable cream cheese to make a cheesecake.

-D

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Drawsomething

14 Feb

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myAgenda

10 Feb

That agenda, up there, yep, that’s my life.  Typically I’d say that my cellphone is my life.  My cellphone goes wherever I go and is pretty much attached to me.  BUT my agenda(s) are even more important than my phone.  I know, I know, I could just get rid of the agenda and use my phone calendar or get an app.  Don’t get me wrong, I’ve tried that.  It’s not that I’m SO old school that I didn’t even give my phone a chance.  I did.  It’s just that, I remember things when I actually write them down.  I’m one of those people who has to use a pen and paper in order to really get my tasks done.  I need to be able to use a highlighter and highlight what has been completed, tick my to-do list and add tiny little notes only I can understand.  My phone just doesn’t cut it.

I could say “when I can do all of those things on my phone, then sure I’ll switch” but I know I can already.  Cellphones these days aren’t what they used to be, no need for T-9 texting, no sirry!  It’s just that when that reminder pops up on my iPhone screen, guess what I do?  I press cancel or ignore or any other “leave me alone!” options it gives me.  Whereas, with an actual agenda, that’s open in front of me, with all my to-dos and homework displayed, I can’t hit a single button and ignore it.  It’s there.  Boy, is it there.

You’ve figured I’m picky, well…yes, I am.  I’m even picky about the kind of agenda I use, teehee.  I need enough room to write everything down as well as a view of my entire week, rather than a day is a single page kinda’ deal.  Picky.  I’ve tried different ones and have found the one about to be my favourite and I haven’t even had it that long!

myAgenda is by momAgendas.  They’re gorgeous as well as incredibly useful.  You’ve got a section for your phone numbers, vacation plans, homework plans, notes, party plans, recipes…everything in an agenda that fits in your purse.  Okay, well maybe not.  I have fairly HUGE purses, so it fits in mine :).

Where can you get these?  Well, any Indigo or Chapters!  I got mine for $10, but typically they’re above $20.

Cheers,

Denise

Mahatma Gandhi once said…

9 Feb
“Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.”  I’ve always loved this quote.  Something about it has always rung true.  I don’t know why, maybe because it is.  
Now, more than ever, I realize that tiny little word – mistake.  What exactly is a mistake?  Dictionary.com defines it simply:
mis·take
  [mi-steyk]  noun, verb, -took, -tak·en, -tak·ing.
noun
1.
An error in action, calculation, opinion, or judgment caused by poor reasoning, carelessness, insufficient knowledge, etc.
2.
A misunderstanding or misconception.
As humans, we make mistakes.  We make mistakes daily.  Sometimes we are forgiven and others we are not.  However, in the society that we live in, it is entirely our prerogative to make these mistakes. 
Some mistakes are shackled to us like the shackles on an inmate, there is no getting rid of what has been done or said.  But is that not harsh?  Unjust?  I suppose it truly depends on the situation.
I’m a young adult; I’ve made mistakes and only imagine that I will make more.  I suppose you’re wondering what the heck I’m talking about.
Let’s just say …I made a mistake and I could not agree with Gandhi more as I do now.  Freedom has been questioned, entirely.  Freedom not in the sense of prisoners in shackles: but freedom in the sense of opinions, judgments and even sympathies. 
I’m entirely too honest for my own good.  Like most characteristics this can be proven to be both a blessing and curse.  In the situation that I have put myself in, my honesty has proven to be nothing but a curse.  My honesty has made me make a mistake.  A vital mistake.  BUT a mistake nonetheless.  One that has been attached to my ankles like chains. 
I am talking in code, clearly, and I mean to.  I wish that I could explain what has happened and what I’ve said or done.  I can’t.  One can only help but avoid the repetition of such mistakes.
If you know me, you know what has happened.  If you do not, I hope that you can somewhat agree with what I’ve said.  Regardless, I just needed to rant :).
-D