Sunday, February 6, 2011

To lie or not to lie?

Ya know, all you Facebook haters out there can just suck it. I love Facebook. Not least because I have some very cool friends, and my very cool friends use it to share very cool things like this: 

 
 This is a game... of sorts. It's not Tetris, but it's still pretty great. This game poses real life scenarios where people have lied, and asks you to rate your response to those lies, then compares your views to those of three great philosophers. Be quiet. I like it. I'm a nerd. 
Just try it, will you?

# 28

A couple weeks ago I decided to have yet another go at making brownies. Not something widely considered to be difficult, but I've tried time and again and every time my brownies turn out like chocolate cake. Still good, yes, but when I want a brownie I want something rich, fudgey and chewy, not light and fluffy. I've tried so many different recipes and different techniques, but every time I get chocolate cake. Which is why I made making proper brownies a goal to cross off before the dreaded 30. Because really, who can't make brownies? Well, me apparently. 

UNTIL NOW!

My mom and I both love food. Eating it, cooking it, looking at pictures of it, reading about it... you name it, we're there. A fact that my sister teases me about constantly. Have you heard of Food Porn Daily? A fantastic find of my mother's. "Click, drool, repeat" indeed. Anyway, my mom has been introducing me to some of her favorite food blogs, one of which is How Sweet It Is. While browsing through her posts I came across a recipe for Fudgey Brownie Cupcakes. I thought maybe I'd attempt these, because really, with "cupcake" in the name at least I'd have someone else to blame when they turned out to be chocolate cake yet again. You know what convinced me though? This line: "Do you know what these brownies don't lack? Sugar. Two whole cups of sugar that is. There is more sugar than flour in these brownies." Ya, that sounded like something I could handle. So I made them, and you know what? They were brownies! Real, actual brownies! Dense and fudgey and soooo good. The Mister liked them enough to ask me to make more so he could take some to work, where they apparently disappeared in 2 minutes flat. The Mister didn't even get one. I'll take it as a success then, even if they did get crowned "bruffins" since they get baked in a muffin pan.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Butchering the English language

The Mister was reading some of my old posts the other day and pointed out that I am... exuberant in describing my life and the things I've been doing. I tend to use the word "awesome" a lot, which just shows you how great a writer I am. He asked me if people don't find this annoying, and kind of like bragging. So I have to ask, do you? I can tone that back. I'm a positive, happy person with a life I love, but it hasn't always been that way, and sometimes doesn't feel that way on a day to day basis. There are times where I'm just one big ball of self doubt and insecurity. I struggled with a very deep depression for years, and while I am free from it now, sometimes it's a battle not to let it suck me back in. I have my methods, some of them pretty out there, for staying positive, and one of them is to focus on all the really good things I have going on, like the fact that I've been able to travel, or that I have amazing, supportive friends and a wonderful man. I admit, I get a little over the top sometimes. Honestly? I'm like that in real life too. Exuberant should be my (other) middle name. Danielle Nicole Exuberant. What, too long? Anyway, let me know if you find my craziness a little much to take. I really can scale it back. I might start typing in yellow font to make up for it, but is that a small price to pay to get me to stop using the word "awesome" all the time?