Barnmouse Blitherings


HERE WE GO AGAIN…
December 30, 2007, 6:57 pm
Filed under: general wonderment, random thoughts, vacuum cleaner kitties

Have I just gone crazy or what?

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I think that look means “yes”.

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Random Thoughts After too Much Christmas Chocolate
December 27, 2007, 11:08 pm
Filed under: random thoughts

I was cooking dinner earlier today (chicken) and this is the actual train of thought that choo-chooed it’s way through my noggin.

*sniff sniff*

I smell popcorn.

*sniiiiiff*

Why do I smell popcorn?

I’m cooking chicken.  Chickens eat corn, right?

So maybe that’s where the corn smell is coming from?

I wonder if you dried out a regular ear of corn and then put it in the microwave if it would pop.

*sniff*

Man, this really smells like popcorn.

*looking over at another burner*

Oh, the popcorn popper.  Maybe that’s why it smells like popcorn over here.

This is my brain on too much sugar.



Merry Christmas Ya’ll!
December 25, 2007, 7:46 pm
Filed under: general wonderment

I hope you all had as merry a Christmas as I did!!!



And to lighten the mood a little…A Christmas Poem…
December 22, 2007, 12:28 am
Filed under: general wonderment, random thoughts

If you see a fat man,

Who’s jolly and cute,

Wearing a beard,

And a red flannel suit,

And if he is chuckling,

And laughing away,

While flying around in a miniature sleigh,

With eight tiny reindeer to pull him along…

 

 

 

Then let’s face it….

 

 

 

 

Your eggnog’s too strong!!!

 

HA!!!!

 

Merry Christmas Everybody!!!



It’s Not What You Think, I Swear!

OR: HOW TO MAKE MARSHMALLOWS!

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Okay, this part isn’t about making marshmallows, but stick with me.  We’ll get there shortly.

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I’m at the middle stage of making truffles, thanks to my pal Rhiannon!  (So if they don’t turn out right, Rhiannon, I’m sending them all to you! LOL)  Okay, I don’t know what happened to those last few.  I think I just got lazy.  There’s a whole ‘nother plate full of them in the fridge (actually, they’re both in there now) so those last two are like number 66 and 67.  After 50 I got sorta bored.  Anyway, now I just have to wait for them to harden up and then coat them in MORE CHOCOLATE.  Is there anything better?

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Also!  I made fudge!  Like I said…MORE CHOCOLATE!  YAY!  This is only the first batch.  The second is still firming up in the pan.  There’s really more there than it looks.  That’s a LARGE rubbermaid box thingy (actually, I think it’s Glad, but really…who cares?).  Oh…and I might have eaten like…one piece….or ten….who’s counting?

NOW ON TO THE REGULARLY SCHEDULED MARSHMALLOWY-TYPE PROGRAMMING

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First, you put some sugar, corn syrup, and salt into a heavy saucepan and bring it to a boil until it hits 240 degrees F.  Here you can see me bravely burning my hand with hot steam to get a picture for y’all.  Yes.  You are welcome!

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I didn’t take a picture of the gelatin, water, and extract because that would be a picture of a big lump and that’s just boring.  Instead, I took a picture of my stand mixer.  Woo!  Once the sugar mixture is up to temp, pour it over the gelatin mixture and mix on high (with the whisk attachment) for 10 minutes.  Be SURE to cover at least the front with plastic wrap because HOT SUGAR WILL BURN OFF YOUR HAND OMG OUCH.  I am speaking from experience….and I just got it on my pinkie!  Youch!

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Line a 13 x 9 inch pan (I actually use a sheet pan with high, straight sides because otherwise you end up with really tall marshmallows and they’re kind of hard to eat). Spray the pan WELL with cooking spray.  Now is not the time to be stingy with the spray.

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Here is the first picture of the marshmallows in actual marshmallow form.

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I had a little brainstorm the night before I made these and decided to cut them into bars instead of squares so that each marshmallow could be 2-3 bites!  These are the things that keep me up at night.  So here’s a picture of them cut into bars.  I know they’re kind of hard to distinguish from each other so….

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and…..

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Hello hand.

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Here they are all lined up on wax paper.  I like to go ahead and line them all up so I can make sure they’ll all fit instead of running out of room while I’m in the middle of coating them.

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So pick the chocolate you want to coat your marshmallows in (you don’t actually have to coat them.  I’m going to make some peppermint marshmallows in a day or so and right before I pour them out of the pan, I’m going to mix in a few drops of red food coloring to make them all pink and white swirly!  They look great even uncoated!), and melt it over a double boiler (you can do it in the microwave, but I have had mixed results doing that.  I’m using a raspberry dark chocolate by Nestle.  Just too yummy!  And my mom is a raspberry fiend!  😛

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Here they are half coated.

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And here they are fully coated.  But was I done yet?  Ooooh no.  Not me!  Not yet!

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A little white chocolate drizzle and NOW they’re done.  I had to go ahead and put them in the bags so I wouldn’t eat them all.  SO TASTY!

So there you have it!  What I’ve been promising to do for about a week now.  But with pictures!  And that’s better, right?  I’ll post more pictures of the truffles when I get them coated.  Hopefully they will look better then?  Hopefully.

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I CAN HAS CHRISTMUS PREZUNT NOW?

(That’s upside down, torn up wrapping paper he’s sitting on.  Bad kitteh!  I can’t even put ribbons on the presents now because Winston will chew on them and eat them and then come running into whatever room Rat and I are in and act like he’s dying and freak us all out and then hawk up a big chunk of ribbon.)



So…Umm…What was it I was supposed to do…
December 13, 2007, 7:38 pm
Filed under: drop the cupcake and no one gets hurt

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Ooooh….riiiiiiiiight.  I was supposed to take pictures of the marshmallows in the various stages of umm….”marshmallow-ing”.  Oops. 

I’m going to try my hand at raspberry marshmallows (possibly tonight) so maybe stay tuned for those.  If I remember.  And if I make them tonight. 

Oh, and that little guy on the top there?  Uh….he’s no longer with us.  And um…neither is one of his buddies.  Hee.  Man they’re tasty.  (the chocolate that they’re covered with is really melted Andes mint chocolate things) 

*drool*



Bloggity blog blog, bloggity blog blog
December 11, 2007, 6:03 pm
Filed under: whineyness

*to the tune of Frosty the Snowman*

Is it just me or does anyone else find that song (Frosty) depressing?  I mean, the kids build a snowman and put a magic hat on his head and he comes alive.  Then the snowman and the kids run around and have tons of fun and become the best of friends.  Then he melts.  I don’t know about you, but to me, that’s kind of depressing.

Did I mention that it was like, 80 degrees here today?

How’s that for Christmas weather?  I was sweatin’ my ass of outside today putting up Christmas decorations.  I just couldn’t bring myself to go put on shorts.  It seemed too wrong.

It’s supposed to be cold here again this weekend, and hopefully it’ll last this time.  I know other parts of the country are having their problems with ice and snow, but still.  I wanna white Christmas!!!  Or at least one that’s not 80 degrees!

I know I’ve totally been neglecting y’all lately, but honestly, nothing really interesting has been happening.  Thanksgiving yadda yadda…  Christmas yadda yadda….  That’s pretty much it.  My eye is still twitching, but it’s just the right one now, so at least it’s a little bit better.

I thought of a hilarious (to me) post the other night as I was trying to go to sleep and I thought “okay, I can’t forget this” and I did the thing where I repeat whatever I’m trying to remember over and over in my head.  That generally works, but this time I guess it leaked out of my ears as I slept or something because I have NO CLUE what I was trying to remember.  Oh well…I guess it wasn’t all that funny after all!