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It Begins – and lots of other pics too

First, the stress of yesterday’s PwC event at Magic Mountain proved to be mostly needless.  Of course I’m glad that felt compelled to be prepared, so that’s good, but it was such a welcome relief when it was time to do it and then sure enough, I was done.  Even got decent feedback after the fact.   The reward for making it through was then we got to go enjoy Six Flags!   The weather was pretty much perfect for a visit to the park, and better yet, there were like NO lines.  It’s likely the slowest time for them as most schools have started back up and it’s not really a hot time for tourism, I guess.

Friday, Jan 12 – PwC at Magic Mountain

The rundown of rides this day was basically all extreme.  And a day later, I’m still kinda feeling sore.  But we went on X-2 TWICE, which holy hell.  Riding in the last row of that ride is one of the most insane things you can do.  Then we went to Viper, then on to Tatsu.   Tatsu…is ridiculous.  It’s almost more intense than X-2 as it really feels like if your harness were to snap, you’d just get flung out to your death.  And it would be quick as you’d be a splat on the ground before you know it.  But what a ride!   We then followed that up with Gold Rusher which is great, as always, and ended the visit at Twisted Colossus.  So Twisted Colossus ended up still being my favorite of the coasters and there was an insane thing that happened:  One of my coworkers was in the seat in front of us, and as the train went inverted, the carabiner he had his keys on disengaged!  He immediately realized this but we were also on a rollercoaster that was currently barrel-rolling.  The keys managed to get lodged into the area by his feet, which was a miracle, as it was still a small gap, but the thickness of one of the keychains saved him.  The carabiner was long gone, but his keys weren’t.   He said that as they were flying away from him, they had been floating in front of them for a moment like they were in space  Lucky lucky man.

Other Things!

Today, Larry & I took my mom over to see the model homes at the Glen LA so she could get to see for herself what the general layout of the house will look like.  It was the formal grand opening this weekend, so we of course saw most of the sales team, but we also saw plenty of potential homebuyers and actual homebuyers.  We ended up meeting a member of the family that will be living directly next door to us, and then we met a couple who will be living across the driveway from us.  All seemed very nice and it’s exciting to get the sense that this will be a fun neighborhood.  Fingers crossed.

Saturday, Jan 13 – At The Glen LA with Mom

Those are the most recent pics and I think it could be fun to try to capture periodic shots from the construction site in order to eventually capture a time-lapse of the progress.  Easier said than done, I’m imagining.

Anyway, the rest of the weekend should be nice and relaxing, hopefully.   I figure while I’ve got energy and the time, here are some picture sets from December, mostly from around Christmas stuff:

Mon, Dec 25, 2017 – Christmas at Mom’s House

It was a fun time to spend Christmas at Mom’s with Stacie and Trent.  The food was great (and happily, our overbuying for Thanksgiving helped as we just froze this ham and then used it a month later).  And wine is always a winner.

Making Cookies

I love making chocolate chip cookies as they turn out so damned good.  It’s just a lot of work.  I ended up making cookies throughout the entirety of watching Die Hard, which is a long time.  But so worth the effort.  The recipe for these cookies I’ve shared on this site previously and is slightly weird in how it does things, but the results can’t be argued with.

I think the last thing I’ll post about as I’m getting antsy and want to do something else besides type on my blog is the pictures from the Sperske Christmas Even that my cousin Erin held down in Carlsbad.   Happily, it was held in the early afternoon, so we didn’t have to stay down there overnight.  It also meant a LOT of driving for one day.  But it was worth it to see family again.  Erin & Eric’s house is perfect for these kinds of get-togethers and their recent renovations inside are fantastic.

Sat, Dec 23, 2017 – Christmas Eve in Carlsbad

And that’s that.  Time to play some video games and shoot some Nazis.

Game Night / Cookies redux

On Friday night, I hosted a game night with some friends, having El Pollo Loco food handy which is ALWAYS good and making some chocolate chip cookies for dessert.  I’ve been using a new recipe found here:

http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2013/12/the-food-lab-best-chocolate-chip-cookie-recipe.html

I never think about making cookies a day before though, which is the amount of time recommended to refrigerate your dough after making it.  What I’ve read is that preventing the butter from melting to the bottom immediately upon baking will help keep your cookies to stay fluffy.  Maybe next time?  But even just putting the ingredients together as instructed yields a delicious cookie that is tweaked a bit from the standard Tollhouse recipe.

bang_4Anyway, the cookies were a hit as was the food.  The game fun was also great, as we played a few different games, including Bang!, a strategic role-playing card game (it’s hard to explain without playing), Uno Attack, Bullshit, and some crazy table rhythm games that annoyed my neighbors.  Good Times!

Pics from Game Night:

08-Aug-2014 18:08, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 400
08-Aug-2014 18:08, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.006 sec, ISO 200
08-Aug-2014 18:08, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 200
 
08-Aug-2014 18:09, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.025 sec, ISO 200
08-Aug-2014 20:07, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.077 sec, ISO 1600
08-Aug-2014 20:07, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.077 sec, ISO 1600
 
08-Aug-2014 20:08, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 5.0, 12.777mm, 0.125 sec, ISO 1600
08-Aug-2014 20:08, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 4.0, 4.96mm, 0.077 sec, ISO 1600
08-Aug-2014 20:08, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 4.0, 4.96mm, 0.077 sec, ISO 1600
 
08-Aug-2014 20:08, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 4.0, 4.96mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 1250
08-Aug-2014 20:08, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 4.0, 4.96mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 1600
08-Aug-2014 20:08, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 5.6, 36.909mm, 0.125 sec, ISO 1600
 
08-Aug-2014 20:22, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 4.0, 5.494mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 800
08-Aug-2014 20:23, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 5.6, 30.012mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 800
08-Aug-2014 20:23, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 5.6, 18.104mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 800
 

The Cookies are GOOD

Another day, another batch of chocolate chip cookies!  This latest is for today’s Super Bowl party at Mila’s house which I am very excited to go to as it’s been a realllly long time since I’ve seen the whole gang.  While baking today, and when realizing that this batch was going to be so excellent, I took pictures.  Then I got my local food photography expert to set up his studio and damn, my cookies look amazing.  This guy is really good at what he does….(hint, it’s Larry!)

Also, as these cookies are not at all made in some secret manner, I figure I’d share yet again the tips and tricks necessary to make the best chocolate chip cookie.  Obviously, there are even finer and exquisite ways to make cookies, but going with this method will no doubt provide a fantastic result guaranteed to make people moan with ecstasy…woah, is it hot in here?

Chocolate Chip Cookies!

Tip 1: The recipe found on any Nestle Toll-House recipe works perfectly.  I just don’t put in death morsels as I’m gangsta that way.

Tip 2:  Make sure to leave the 2 sticks of butter out overnight so that it’s perfectly soft.  That perfect mushiness is essential to really being able to craft a delicious cookie.

Tip 3:  Parchment Paper Parchment Paper Parchment Paper.  It’s amazing.  It prevents your cookies from burning on to the cookie sheet and even better, there’s very minimal mess to clean.

Tip 4:  Using a spring-loaded scooper helps create perfect mounds of cookie dough for baking a perfect-sized cookie.

Tip 5:  I found that patience is key.  Don’t try to cook too many batches at once.  I used to try to get two cookie sheets at a time done, swapping the trays at the midpoint of cooking time, and discovered that the batch on the top rack were always better and more perfectly baked than those on the lower rack.  Just cook one batch at a time on an upper rack and it’s going to produce better results.

Tip 6:  In my oven, 9 minutes and 45 seconds has shown to bake PERFECT COOKIES.

Pictures of Today’s Process, Including Behind-The-Scenes of the Master Food Photog at Work

Super slick shot of the finished cookies - thanks Larry!
Super slick shot of the finished cookies - thanks Larry!01-Feb-2014 23:59, Canon Canon EOS REBEL T3i, 1.8, 50.0mm, 0.01 sec, ISO 200
The magic begins.  Mmm....butter.
The magic begins.  Mmm....butter.02-Feb-2014 11:01, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 3.4, 4.0mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 500
Beating the dough to a gooey goodness
Beating the dough to a gooey goodness02-Feb-2014 11:06, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 3.4, 4.0mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 400
 
02-Feb-2014 11:09, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 3.4, 4.0mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 500
For today's batch, I used Ghirardelli Semi-Sweet morsels.  SO EFFING GOOD.
For today's batch, I used Ghirardelli Semi-Sweet morsels.  SO EFFING GOOD.02-Feb-2014 11:09, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 3.4, 4.0mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 640
02-Feb-2014 11:10, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 3.4, 4.0mm, 0.025 sec, ISO 800
 
Cooking time
Cooking time02-Feb-2014 11:17, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 3.4, 4.0mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 800
02-Feb-2014 11:17, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 3.4, 4.0mm, 0.025 sec, ISO 800
Got one of those scoopers to be able to make perfect mounds of cookie dough.
Got one of those scoopers to be able to make perfect mounds of cookie dough.02-Feb-2014 11:23, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 3.4, 4.0mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 400
 
One batch down
One batch down02-Feb-2014 11:29, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 3.4, 4.0mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 400
Cooking to perfection
Cooking to perfection02-Feb-2014 11:35, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 3.4, 4.0mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 800
02-Feb-2014 11:35, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 4.0, 6.637mm, 0.025 sec, ISO 800
 
Ah, wonderful cookies of deliciousness.  I wish there was smell-o-vision.
Ah, wonderful cookies of deliciousness.  I wish there was smell-o-vision.02-Feb-2014 11:37, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 3.4, 4.0mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 320
02-Feb-2014 11:37, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 3.4, 4.0mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 400
Larry's photo studio getting set up
Larry's photo studio getting set up02-Feb-2014 11:51, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 4.5, 8.622mm, 0.02 sec, ISO 500
 
 

COOKIES!!!!

Larry & I fell in love with Britney from Big Brother 12 (that would be two summers ago…yikes!) for basically being the most hilarious, snarky contestant ever on the show.  Ever.   But the line she said that has stuck with us for the last two years – literally, the LAST. TWO. YEARS – is a line she said when being interviewed by EW.com after the show.  She’s ragging on how crazy Rachel is, especially Rachel’s need to be on TV and how she literally  has two faces, one for the camera, one for real life.  Watch below.  IT IS SO FUCKING FUNNY.   Larry helped me cut the original video to just the line, but below that is the actual entire interview, which itself is utterly hilarious.  I wish she had come back for All Stars!

ReaganYouWantSomeCookies

Here’s the whole clip from Youtube (the clip above is right around the 2:43 point):

Why the hell am I talking about cookies?  Because we made some amazing chocolate chip cookies this weekend and whenever cookies are involved, Larry & I will always resort to, “REGAN, YOU WANT SOME COOKIES?????”  And so here I am, back posting, and I had to find this video.

Secret to Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies

You want to know the secret to secret perfect chocolate chip cookies?  It’s twofold:

– You must have properly softened butter.  Leave it out overnight.  It’s essential.
– Second, use parchment paper on your cookie sheets.  This prevents the cookies from burning directly on the sheet, making them cook better plus it’s so much less messy this way.  ZOMG.  These are the best cookies ever.

I promise to be back soon with pics from the last two months or so.  I think I’ve found a great efficient way to show off my Picasa-hosted photos and not have them only show up in a teeny-tiny window.  I mean, seriously, who can see them?  I have a little bit of work fixing older posts just to get the photos to display better, but it’ll be worth it.