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Say Cheesssssssssssssse.

30 Oct

Behold, the Cheesssssssy Bread that I conjured up for Alex’s Halloween luncheon at school…

I was thrilled that I was up for making something from scratch for the festivities, and also grateful that the Vermont Cheese Bread recipe in Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day had proven itself to be an easy beast to get just right, and also one that I could tweak a little bit without *poof* complete kitchen disaster.

In this case, I stretched the dough into a large rectangle.  I then sprinkled even more cheese over the surface (the recipe says to use good cheddar, but I made this with the part skim kraft shreddy stuff the first time around and the taste was pretty nice- tasted, with the slight sourness of the dough, more like the asiago bagel of my ABP frequenting days in New England)… Then I rolled, stretching the dough even more (in all directions) until I was left with a long, fairly thin log.  After resting for an hour, the log was big and puffy, so I gently pulled on it some more and realized that ovens should really come in letterbox.  So I bent it into a squiggle, said “Eureka!” aloud, and then I went off-recipe again and brushed the top with an egg-water wash to give it that slight hint of change of color that snakes have between their topsides and undersides… I was thinking of putting almonds in for eyes (and then I thought of making scales with sliced almonds) but decided against it because the whole point of this project was to make a food for the luncheon that Alex likes and could enjoy with his classmates, as he has been a trooper but still seems to feel a little isolation at school as far as his dietary needs go (due to G6PD Deficiency).  I also thought of burning a screen with the gocco to egg wash on a scale pattern.  Then I realized (and this is a major development in the world of my head and creating) that I was heading down my usually disastrous path of gilding the lily.  So I….

Stopped.

I did.

Really.

Did you see the picture above?  That was the first try. Even after my fantasies of silk screening my meandering length of cheesy dough.

I really did.  See what I mean?  I think that turning 35 next week has me suddenly having great moments of clarity and I’m really embracing all of my quirks these days, instead of putting on “the normal”…  Now I feel like I can use my quirky powers for good, and not derail myself completely.  I have to work smart, conserve what little energy and strength I have, and not go full on sparkle, glitter, laser show, sequins, fog machine, showgirls, hydraulic lift apeshit on everything.   But sometimes I will, because I’m a behind the scenes- make stuff happen- challenge myself (seriously. You know Barney in How I Met Your Mother and how he is always saying “challenge accepted” but nobody actually challenged him… Yeah. I do that. Or I used to. I guess only time will tell.) kind of creature.  And you can take the craft supplies away from this chickadee, but face it glitter freaking sticks to and gets in everything, so really, you can’t totally take away the craft supplies.  That and inspiration is everywhere.  Ooooh. Mah pain meds seem to be kicking in.  Mama is getting more verbose than usual.  Please tell me that you could tell and not that this seems like regular, ol’ me?  Please?!?!?  Pretty please with some demerara sugar and some edible glitter on top?

Where was I?

Oh… So when kiddo came home from his festivities at school, it was reported that 1. the kids and adults loved the bread and it was devoured fast as a wink and 2. the teachers told Baldguy that he should let me know that I am welcome to make this bread and bring it in any time I have the urge to do so.   I knew it was good, but Yippee! Other people actually like it and think it is *that* grand.  Kiddo reported that he was so proud of the reptile themed bread because it was tasty and all of the kids thought it was the coolest food ever. Woohoo!  And then he said that he is proud of what a good bread baker I am (he has plans for us making bread for the whole world!  I’m barely managing a loaf a day for us!)

Oh and the cookies we spent forever decorating? Nobody ate them! They were all stuffed with cheessssssssssy bread!

Remember, sometimes what looks like a trick is actually a treat… and vice versa.
Happy Haunting!

xo

Bek
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Last Minute Gift Idea

16 Dec

There is still time to order from my Etsy.com shop for the holidays(within the US)!

I love giving my jewelry as gifts to almost everyone on my shopping list. Sometimes though, we all have gift emergencies. I have great treasures in my Etsy shop for women of all ages and a few pieces that are suitable for men, but some folks fall outside of that demographic or I just don’t know them well enough to hazard a guess on their tastes or personal style.

For example, I adore our UPS man, but all I really know about him is that he wears a brown uniform, goes above and beyond what I expect a parcel delivery person to do, he’s got a nice smile and fabulous eyes, and he brings treats aka stuff I ordered and forgot I ordered. Yay! Everything is a surprise!

(Holy cannoli, I just realized that I picture our UPS man as the UPS guy in Legally Blond. Funny. I don’t think I really know what our UPS guy actually looks like. Weird. I’m not bending and snapping though, not with these old joints! I’d get stuck and not even be able to sign for my packages. How embarrassing!)

Anyway, for those “I need a gift for someone and have had cash on hand since around the time they introduced debit card transactions at every checkout under the sun” predicaments may I suggest:

Amazon.com printable gift cards! That’s right! You don’t even need a legal name, full name, or email address. Just punch in your info and a message and any amount. Pick a graphic for your card (there are over 50 at last check…lots of them remind me of Target’s gift cards). Checkout and in a few minutes Amazon will email you a link which lets you print the foldable card (made me all nostalgic for Print Shop on the Apple IIc, though an inkjet printer and the modern graphics make these much prettier).

So while I suggest jewelry, jewelry, jewelry, and related adornments, I do know that sometimes you need a one-size-fits-all-tastes-and-budgets-last-minute-solution.

Without further delay, here’s the linkey-do so you can check out the options for yourself.
Amazon Printable Gift Cards

xo
Bek

Wickedly Awesome!

9 Dec

Would you like a treasure box filled with CleverGirl jewelry?

Click on over to WickedlyChic.com where the CleverGirl giveaway is in full swing! (and there is a 10% off coupon for my Etsy shop as well!)

But it ends Thursday- so head on over and enter!

xo

Bek

p.s. don’t forget! If you haven’t signed up for the CleverGirl/CleverIndie mailing list there are surprises there as well! Click here to sign up

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You might have an Aspie kid…. (Holiday Edition)

30 Nov

(Kiddo's First Christmas, 2003)

Some of the top signs you might have an Aspie kid in the family (holiday edition):
1. You know that a label maker will be his prized Christmas gift

2. He really wants Santa to bring him a fax machine and a land line

3. An AC Adapter for one of his gadgets is an ideal stocking stuffer

4. He is furious on Christmas morning because he thinks his dad ate the cookies.

5. He tries to spin every gift he opens

6. He tries to open his presents while covering his ears (because crumpling, ripping paper is too much stimulation for him) at the same time.

7. You do all of your shopping online because malls are sensory overload even at 9am on a weekday in the off-season

8. You get to skip the line to see Santa because your kid is too freaked out or just not interested.

9. Grandma Got Run-over By A Reindeer sends child into hysterics and calls must be made to verify health of all grandmothers

10. You frisk every piece of mail for musical greeting cards to disarm them before your child gets home from school. The risk of losing your last marble are very real as if he likes it he will open it repeatedly-only playing the first 5 notes and then he will close it and open it again and again and again until the battery runs out and then there will be a sizable meltdown and a trip to the market for more batteries and smaller tools and wasn’t the idea to skip stores completely during the holiday rush?

11. Your child’s amazon.com wishlist has a lengthy warning note about all of the above to warn well-meaning relatives so everyone can have a Merry Christmas! You ask for additional quantities of Junior’s favorite toy, for emergencies.

12. There is a good chance you won’t have to pay exorbitant prices on the “must-have” toy of the season, but you will spend weeks searching for a special interest related item that your child doesn’t already have. (my kid has a toilet shaped crumb vacuum from the UK. He has moved on since then but we could probably open a museum dedicated to plumbing themed novelties.

13. You wonder if there is a way to harness the energy expended by hand flapping and stimming. The holidays alone could power a small city.

14. You realize your child who won’t eat anything chewy or soft will eat pretty much anything in candy cane or cookie form. Google “broccoli cookies” and “no red dye all natural fruit flavored high fiber whole grain vitamin minerals protein candy canes” (found organic ones, by the way… beet root coloring!)

15. You plan your holiday baking less around gift-able treats and more around the occupational therapy benefits.

16. You are reminded, in all of the inevitable chaos, that you are luckier than most because you get to experience that Christmas morning thrill all year round as you rediscover the world with your awesome Aspie kid.

(here’s a link to yourlittleprofessor.com’s guide to gifts for kids with Asperger’s- it’s a “getting to know your Aspie” sort of an exercise for those who could use some insight into special interests and gift giving)

Shipping times…

26 Nov

I wanted to share this with my readers who are busy shipping packages… I think it’s a neato snapshot from last year….
This is a report on USPS transit times from November and December 2008 (holiday rush) originating from
Cape Coral, FL

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