Monthly Archives: February 2012

Since I’m called BAKER and books, why not a best of both post.

I know it sounds super un-American but sometimes I need a non chocolate option to appease my sweet tooth and this is one of my favorites.
Almond Cupcakes w/ Cream Cheese Icing:
1 1/2 c. slivered almonds
1 c. unsalted, sweet cream butter
2 c. sugar
5 eggs, large, separated
2 1/4 c. ap flour
1 1/4 tsp. baking soda
1 1/8 c. buttermilk
1 1/4 tsp. almond extract
1 c. sweetened flaked coconut
Toast almonds and let cool. Chop all but 1/2 c. (reserve for later).
Cream butter, sugar, egg yolks. Sift together dry ingred. and add alternately w/ buttermilk. Stir in almond, coconut and chopped almonds.
Beat egg whites until stiff peaks – fold into batter.
Bake at 350 for 18-20 min. use reserved almonds to top the icing.
Cream Cheese Icing:
2 (8 oz.) packages cream cheese, softened
1/2 c. unsalted sweet cream butter
1 32 oz. pkg. powdered sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
Cream together the cream cheese and butter.
Slowly add in the powdered sugar until proper consistency.
Finish with the vanilla.
And on to the books…
I’m a youth services librarian in rural Eastern Oregon so really I have nothing else to do but read…and read I do, especially young adult novels.  The last book I read was…
I have to say, it was pretty GD amazing.  It’s about a girl with cancer who doesn’t really see the point in her cancer support group, she doesn’t find it reassuring or helpful and in fact spends a whole lot of time mocking it and its leader, that is until she meets Augustus, a beautiful boy whose life has also been touched by cancer.  They seem to be each others missing piece, the cheese to her macaroni if you will.  In the course of the novel they learn to live without limitations and to accept the inevitable but not to succumb to it.  I teen girl squeed in parts and full on ugly cried in others, but throughout it all it kept me engrossed and entertained and feeling like I KNEW these people.  That’s what I love in books, the ability to transport me right there along side the characters and this book for sure did that.  Long story short, if you love the YA fic like I do, you should definitely read this book, if you love books in general, you should read this book.
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2 days ago my mom came home from work early because of a migrane.  Yesterday she started experiencing double vision.  Today I talked her into going to urgent care to get checked out. Urgent care referred her to the hospital for blood work and a CT scan and also noted that 1 pupil is dilated.  The CT can’t happen until Monday because she has a certain medication in her system.

I am a google addict.  Usually its a good thing, today it’s a scary thing.  I came home and started Googling all the possible things that could be wrong.  She didn’t experience any sort of head trauma.  The double vision is in both eyes and is lessened by covering 1 eye.  Binocular diplopia says google. Binocular diplopia with 1 dilated pupil. Could be hyperthyroidism, or nerve damage, or autoimmune disorder, or _____ _____ something much more serious.  That last one stopped me dead in my tracks.  I can’t even say that word.  It cannot be that.

I’m a big believer in Karma and not sending things out into the world so I’m not mentioning that one until its been completely taken off the table.

And the table has been wiped down.

And sanitized.

And burned to a crisp.

Because I can’t for a second let myself think that its that.  Cause its not.  Its me being overly paranoid.  And its a bad case of google diagnosis.  That’s it.

On a funnier note, my mom looks like a pirate.  She has a sweet eye patch.  Which I’m considering bedazzling.  Because yes, I own a bedazzler.  Jealous?!  Cause you should be.  I like bedazzling medical equipment, I bought the damn thing to use on my brace and splint when I eff’d up my elbow a couple years back but I still have it and it’s itching for usage.

I think I just needed a bit of an outlet and this here little blog has provided me with that.  I leave you with this gem….

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So one off my new years resolutions was to start living life on my own terms.

So one off my n…

Hello world!

So I’ve started a blog.  Why the hell not, everyone else has a blog right, why not jump on the bandwagon!

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