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Mango Ginger Carrot Cake

12 May

I baked my mom a Mango Carrot Ginger Cake for Mother’s Day and I must say, I’m pretty happy with the way this one turned out despite a slight mishap with the candied carrots.  I meant to make curled carrot ribbons but I accidentally left them in the over for too long when I was icing.  The thinner strands just snapped when I tried curling them but luckily the thicker strands had enough moisture to bend, so I just figured that I’d make a giant rose for the centrepiece and crumble the rest around it.

The cake itself is incredibly moist, smells amazing, and tastes really good but I think I’ll go back to using whipped cream the next time I make this.  The ginger cream cheese frosting is a bit too sweet for my liking despite using a cup of icing sugar less than recommended.

My mom was thrilled when she saw it even though aesthetically, I think I did a better job with the Black Forest Cake for her birthday earlier this year:

My brother also made a  spinach-steak pizza from scratch for dinner but we were all so excited to taste it that we completely forgot to take photos.  The crust is surprisingly easy to make; he only used plain yoghurt and self-rising flour, nothing else.  Guess we can stop buying frozen pizzas now, lol.

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Recipes: nlrockrecipestastespotting

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Blood Moon

17 Apr

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I really wanted to catch the lunar eclipse on Tuesday but it was raining all night morning.

Guess I’ll have to wait till October.

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Et cetera… et cetera…

17 Apr

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It’s been a hell of a long time since my last post and A LOT of things have happened since then.

Firstly, my best friend since second grade got ENGAGED!!!  I am so friggin’ excited!!  I went with her for her fitting and I love how the dress looks from the back.  I don’t know how I feel about the front though since it needs a lot of tailoring but the back is gorgeous.  I haven’t decided what type of dress I’m wearing as her maid of honour since she’s leaving that to me but I think I may have to drag the best woman along (yes, the best friend of the groom is a woman) so we won’t clash too much.

Secondly, I bought a new laptop and phone recently, coupled with my Kobo Glo that I got a few months back and I suddenly find myself with more tech than I know what to do with.

While I love my new phone, finding non-invasive Android Apps is a huge friggin’ pain in the you-know-what.  It seems like I can’t even download a simple calculator without it granting it irrelevant access to other things like my camera or my contact list (why the hell would I allow a calculator app permission to take random photos as it pleases without my knowledge, or worse — track me via GPS?).  I think it took me something like 3 weeks just to find all the basic apps I need.  (I can make an Android app post if anyone is interested; let me know in the comments.)

The laptop I was previously using (yes, the one I screwed-up) was running on Windows XP so the culture shock from that to Windows 8 is monumental, as you would expect.  It took me almost a week long to set everything up but the best part of it is, I can finally play around with Adobe’s CS6 Suite!!  I’ve been wanting to dabble with Flash for the longest time but my old laptop could not handle it.  (I just realised, I had that HP for almost 8 years now :s  I was having problems with it way before I opened it up.  It was over heating like crazy —  even when I was just browsing the web — to the point where I can’t use it without an external fan hooked up underneath it, or risk it freezing on me.  I never tested this, but I suspect I could fry an egg if I cracked one on top of the keyboard.)  I’ve been also experimenting with Dreamweaver and although it’s somewhat similar to Microsoft Front Page, there’s a lot of functions I’ve never seen before so it’s gonna be fun figuring out what everything does.  I’ve also come to realize that I’m a bit rusty on my coding since WordPress is so user friendly, lol.

On that note, I actually wondering what I should do with this website.  One of the reasons I haven’t been blogging as much, aside from busting my computer, is because prior to the provincial election that took place recently, all I want to do is write about ignorant and embarrassing our (now previous) Quebec Premier, Pauline Marois, is — it really takes some special skill to make so many people simultaneously look bad but thankfully, she has lost her post in the most spectacular fashion, and thus my faith in humanity has been rightfully restored.  Over the years, I’ve established a certain tone with this blog and I’m not sure how I feel about changing thing up to by writing about more serious topics.  Even though some of my TVB reviews do get a little heated at times, they are constructive criticism of something I enjoy, which is watching TV.  The transition from that to writing about politics, technology and feminism seems a little jarring next to pictures of vacation-bucketlists, cute animals, and whatever random fancies of the day.

Another thing is, I never realized until recently that this blog has ads since my ad blocker filters out everything.  I never wanted ads on my website since it was never my intention to make money off this website — aside from my “ramblings” and reviews, none of the material I post up belongs to me anyway so it feels iffy to make money off material that isn’t even mine.  I’m debating whether or not I just buy a domain but that means  I’ll also need a good name for it.  The problem is, I”m terrible with names and my content is so diverse that I wouldn’t even know what to call it. :s

Anyone got any suggestions?

Santa Clause is Coming to Town

17 Dec

march of santas

This is probably because I just watched it on the weekend, but this photo makes me think of that movie with Arnold Swartze   Jingle All the Way.

The best Christmas movie though is still Die Hard.  Wait no, it’s tied with While You Were Sleeping because that one is adorable and never gets old.  I forgot that Gremlins is a Christmas movie as well until I watched it over the weekend; it’s a lot more hilarious now than it was when I watched it as a child (I use to have nightmares about that swimming pool scene).

Oh!!  I don’t know how many of you have seen this year’s SpongeBob Squarepants Christmas Special last night but when I saw the commercial for it and realized it’s done in stop-motion, I knew I couldn’t miss it.  The set is actually a lot bigger than I thought it is:

I didn’t mean for this to turn into an impromptu Christmas movies post so I’m just gonna stop here and have some dinner, lol.

Yeah, okay… WTV.

10 Dec

tumblr_mgk7ztG0081qit394o1_500Regarding this insanely long hiatus… this is what I have to say for myself:

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And the following is probably what you’re all thinking, lol:

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Updates will be a bit slow though since my laptop monitor is busted.
For the record, if you’re ever tempted to open up your HP laptop for a thorough dust cleaning — DON’T DO IT!!!  Just don’t.  Trust me on this, it is not worth it.  I naïvely thought I could just take out a few things from the bottom to get to the fan.. psh.. no such luck.  It’s impossible to take out anything without disassembling the entire damn thing, monitor, keyboard and all.  Total nightmare.

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Quote of the Day: Markus Zusak

13 Mar

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I really hate funerals.

The fact that the relatives who live here are all from my grandmother’s generation makes it even more difficult.

The thing is, having family scattered around the world is great if you want to go globe trotting and need a couch to crash on, but it also means you don’t get to see each other as often as you’d like, let alone get to know one another.    For the past few years, it almost feels like we wouldn’t even see each another at all if it weren’t for funerals.

On the one hand, it’s delightful to catch up with everyone again but at the same time, it feels wrong somehow to smile or laugh given the circumstances.

My little cousin said something to me the other day that just broke my heart.  I didn’t know how to explain it to her so I didn’t end up saying anything at all.  It always surprises me how quickly people are to disregard children.  They’re a lot more perceptive than we give them credit for.  They may not know how to express what they feel but it doesn’t mean those feelings don’t exist…

 

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