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posted by [personal profile] donutsweeper at 07:32pm on 24/04/2017 under
We eat a lot of bread-type foods in this house and while stuff from the bakery is awesome, it is also expensive and needs to have been bought and planned for ahead of time so isn't always feasible. When I have time I'll make rolls and bread but that can be either labor intensive or requires time I do not have (or both, like challah) so I tend to wind up whipping up my standard "Mystery Biscuit" recipe I found in an old church cookbook at a garage sale ages ago.

Mystery Biscuits
2C flour (all purpose or half AP/half whole wheat, I've never tried all whole wheat)
1 tbsp baking powder
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp salt
(shredded sharp cheddar or other flavorful cheese) - optional
(dash seasoning - Old Bay/paprika/pepper/whatever) - optional
1 C milk (or water+dry milk)
1/4 C Mayo

Mix it all together (dumping the mayo into the measuring cup with the liquid and whisking a bit with a fork before adding to the dry makes it easier). Drop large spoonfuls onto greased or lined cookie sheet. Bake 375° 18 min. (The temp and time can be adjusted to fit an entree that's baking, anywhere from 350-450 should work fine).

Less than 30 minutes from the 'crap I forgot a starchy side dish' to tasty goodness. And unlike most biscuits there's no cutting in butter or rolling so easy on the wrists and quicker to do.

Today I had a little more time so I tried a whole wheat stir-and-pour bread recipe I'd bookmarked ages ago and was quite happy with the result. With rising and cooking it took longer, but hands-on time was a lot less- five minutes total. (5 minutes to stir together, 30 to rise, 45 to bake, 5-10 to cool and then slice= 90 minutes or so from start to finish)

Whole Wheat Stir-and-Pour Bread
4 cups whole wheat flour
2 tsp active-rise yeast
2 Tbsp sugar
1 tsp salt
dry milk (I didn't measure- 2-4 Tbsp maybe?)
1 egg
2 cups warm water (120°ish)

Stir everything together. Cover bowl with a towel and let rise 30 min. Preheat oven 350°. Dump into well greased/buttered 9" loaf pan. Bake 45ish min. Turn out. Let cool a little and slice.

Texture-wise, it's a little denser than bread usually is, probably due to the gluten not being developed via kneading but it was still quite tasty. I'll definitely be making it again.
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posted by [personal profile] donutsweeper at 08:20am on 10/04/2017 under , ,
After seeing a gifset on that whumpers tumblr I wound up bingewatching all of "Stitchers" (2 seasons of 10 eps each, a 3rd will air this summer). Which is one of those 'small group from secret government agency solve crimes' shows but the characters are engaging and they hit the right level of case-of-the-week vs overall season story arc that works for me. Also, it's from the Freeform (formally ABCFamily) channel so mostly if there's violence or sex it's alluded to instead of shown and that makes a nice change since it requires writers to come up with dialog and things like that instead of just going for the shocks and tits and ass. It's also got some familiar faces - the people who played Allison on Eureka and Claudia on Warehouse 13 oh, and Oded Fehr- who is now a lovely silver fox- guest stars. :D (The premise of the show, btw, is sciencey people figure out how to put main character into memories of dead person. Ridiculous sounding, but they sell it well.)

iZombie just came back. While I like the show, it's always straddled the line for embarrassment squick (as Liv takes on personality traits of the victims) for me and appears to be doubling that with Major also slotting into that role this season. *Sigh* Also, the premise of the show is getting strained as they add in more arcing SL ideas and whatnot and move away from the case-of-the-week format as a result I'm not sure if I'll continue to watch it as a result. *Double sigh*

The prompts for Night on Fic Mountain (small fandom exchange similar to Yuletide) are available and I was so excited to see a prompt for tiny-fandom-of-my-heart but then realized it's basically the same as a yuletide prompt for that fandom and the requester obviously interprets the fandom radically different than I. *sighs* Maybe there'll be a Not Prime Time req that catches my eye that I can treat.

Due to the craziness here and other factors I'm not hosting a seder this year and flaky sister didn't step up so I won't even be attending one this year, which feels oddly strange. Also, due to health issues, I'm not entirely sure how carefully I'll be keeping Passover this year or for how long. :(

I found the best thing out via tumblr the other day. Apparently pygmy marmosets like toothbrush massages. You're welcome.
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posted by [personal profile] donutsweeper at 08:57am on 07/04/2017 under ,
So I just bingewatched all off Emerald City (10 episode show that aired Jan-Mar of this year and with no word for renewal as of yet) which is a gritty retelling of the Oz story. My interest in it was mostly piqued by a post on whumpersunited's tumblr detailing all the whump and h/c one of the characters goes through in the first few episodes (I'm sure news this surprises no one- sexy, stoic, injured amnesiac? Sign me up.). The whump was glorious and the story for the first half really good. I don't know the Oz books at ALL so I can't say if some of the twists and turns were actual 'twists' but overall it was a good enough story, if flagging a bit in the later episodes. It didn't end on a complete cliffhanger, but pretty close. If it returns, I'll probably watch it, but, kind of like Damien and numerous other shows of late, I won't be broken up if it doesn't.

I've been paging through http://whumpgalore.tumblr.com and may have stumbled on other shows to watch as a result. Handsome guys hurting has always been the best part of a canon for me for as long as I can remember, it's not a guarantee I'll keep watching, but it will at least encourage me to turn in to check it out. (That one gif of Percival carrying Merlin? The only reason I checked out the show after being bored and noping out of the pilot years earlier) Gifs are telling me there is an amazing amount of whump in the most recent seasons of Teen Wolf, SPN, Arrow and Flash but sanity is telling me not to go back down those rabbit holes. We'll see if sanity prevails or not. :)

Nominations for Not Prime Time - a 'medium sized' fandom (aka the larger Yuletide eligible ones up to anything smaller than the powerhouse fandoms with 20k+ fics) fic exchange - are going on now. I've treated and Pinch Hit for it in the past so nommed some fandoms I'd like to write in in hopes someone requests it. (Hey, it worked for yuletide! I wound up treating the heck out of the Losers and if I hadn't nommed it that couldn't have happened.) It is taking the new trend of nomming character relationships vs just characters which, since I'm not the best slasher, might affect my ability to write, but oh well. There's a number of people on my flist who write in eligible fandoms so if you think you might be interested, go check it out.
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posted by [personal profile] donutsweeper at 12:03pm on 05/04/2017 under
The amazing [personal profile] awanderingbard has written a wonderful Nero Wolfe story inspired by my oft requested Yuletide prompt of a hurt Archie and how Wolfe responds. It's utterly amazing, go check it out!

Cut off at the Knees (on livejournal) (on dreamwidth)
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posted by [personal profile] donutsweeper at 09:52pm on 31/03/2017 under ,
So with so many shows having different length seasons several have already run their course for the season.

Lethal Weapon wound up being amazing. It did the 'it looks like we're going to take the typical way out for this one storyline but NOPE' (which is what I'd hoped it would do) but then took it a step further with a twist I didn't see coming. As a result I kind of want to rewatch most of the season to see if they'd teased it and I just missed it. That's the best kind of feeling about a show.

Grimm's series finale aired today and... wow. I only bothered with it this year because I knew the sixth season was its last and it was given the 13 episodes to sum everything up. To be kind, suffice it to say it didn't do a great job at it.

Sleepy Hollow aired its season (and possible series) finale today too. I know the show got a lot of flack for Abbie's fate last year but I actually liked this season. And it ended in a decent place in case it wasn't renewed.

Legends of Tomorrow finishes up next week. I dunno.. we'll see what happens. If I never have to see DCTV's Damien Dhark or Malcolm Merlyn again it will be too soon. I just want to watch the White Canary's bisexual romps through history. Is that too much to ask? (apparently so)

Hubby flies home Sunday after being gone nearly all month, the longest we've been apart since... well a very long time. Possibly before some of my flist was even born. I cannot WAIT until he's home again.

Molly and I randomly came across a turkey on our walk the other day. They are SO much bigger than any kind of wildlife we usually come across but she was not impressed (perhaps slightly confused, but unimpressed). The plastic bag that blew past us a few minutes later however, was terrifying. Utterly TERRIFYING. Dogs. So weird.
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posted by [personal profile] donutsweeper at 07:50pm on 09/03/2017 under
I've really been enjoying the new show Lethal Weapon (which has already been renewed, YAY) and was impressed with how they updated it to be even more inclusive with POCs but in last night's episode it got even more inclusive- when calling the Captain (the only white character other than Riggs) but needing to make sure no one knows who he's talking to, Roger tells the Captain to pretend he's "Todd".... who is apparently the Captain's husband. Now, a previous episode had the Captain bemoaning a visit with his inlaws so I'd assumed he was your basic straight, white boring character. Way to prove me wrong, show!!

I am loving this new trend in shows- Timeless earlier had the Department of Homeland Security agent in charge invite Lucy to her house to meet her wife and kids.

Captain Avery and Agent Christopher are just people, their sexual preference is just a small part of who they are not the entirety of their characterization. This is a great trend, Hollywood. Keep it up.
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posted by [personal profile] donutsweeper at 11:24am on 23/02/2017 under
So yesterday it hit 62 (16.67) and they're saying it'll have a high of 26 (-3.33) tomorrow with a possibility of up to 6 inches of snow. Go home, Mother Nature, you are drunk.

Timeless had its season finale Monday (and possibly series finale, since it hasn't been renewed yet) and it did that annoying 'everything seems to be all happy and going fine but then in the last two minutes there is SHOCKING TWIST and SURPRISE and OMG WHAT WILL HAPPEN? Better hope they renew us so you can find out!' thing that seems to be the way tptb want to do things more often than not lately (well, always I guess because while I can think of a number of shows that ended that way last year there's also a bunch from ages ago- Alien Nation comes to mind and that was more than 25 years ago.) I'm just... not a fan of shocker tactics. *sigh*

On the good news front, Lethal Weapon was renewed! And for a full 22 episode season! (Unlike the 18 episodes that I think S1 was given). Watching Riggs' one-step-forward-two-steps-back recovery and growth is wonderfully painful. Good job show and congrats on the renewal.

I hit 1k on my exchange fic and it looks like if I wanted I could either end it at 1.5k(ish) or spin it off into some long 5-10k (or more) monstrosity. Or maybe not. Eh, there's plenty of time, I guess I'll just see how it goes.
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posted by [personal profile] donutsweeper at 10:48am on 21/02/2017 under ,
Title: The Walls We See Around Ourselves
Fandom/Pairing/Rating:
Captain America, Bucky/Sam/Steve, rated G
Beta: BridgetMcKennitt
Word Count: 883 words

Summary:
 Bucky and Sam gang up on Steve to find out why he still doesn't know how to dance.
Author's Note: A chocolatebox treat for Yeomanrand

The Walls We See Around Ourselves
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posted by [personal profile] donutsweeper at 11:25am on 20/02/2017
It's currently 57 degrees (13.8 celcius) outside and utterly pouring- sheets of rain coming down. There is so many things wrong with that, it's not even funny. I live in Minnesota, it's supposed to be 27/28 maybe with tons of snow. We've only shoveled three or four times all winter, and other than in shady patches and where there were huge piles, the snow is completely gone. But climate change isn't a thing. *sigh* I've been able to open the windows some so the cats are happy though, so, bright side?

Frustratingly, I haven't enjoyed the last two Lethal Weapon episodes. Two weeks ago the subplot was with the Murtaugh's teen daughtersubplot ranting ) And, meanwhile the main plot involved the shrink, Cahill, having a stalker (which wasn't a great plot to start with but then ends with Riggs saving her life and main plot ranting )

This week's was slightly better and saw the return of Hilarie Burton's DEA agent character which led to Murtaugh and Avery basically trying to shove her and Riggs together. The man is still grieving his wife, he's started baby steps to getting past the worst of it (vague attempts at sobriety) but he has a ways to go before attempting any kind of relationship... I just wish the show let him grieve and cut it with the romantic crap. Not everyone needs to be in a relationship/flirting/whatever to be happy.

Ugh ugh ugh. I was SO into this show and now.... *sighs some more*

The list of shows I've tried/given up on keeps growing (and groaning, I guess, which is what I mistakenly typed first). Powerless, This is Us, Blindspot, Blacklist, Arrow, Flash, Supergirl, Magicians, and others? I know I'm forgetting a ton. There's also People of Earth which I watched some of and liked it well enough, but keep forgetting it exists.

I'm liking Sleepy Hollow's new season, which is a nice surprise. Every fandom space I've found *hates* it though, mostly as blowback for Abbie's fate as opposed to anything actually airing from what I can tell. Grimm's last season is... bad. There's no other word for it. But, like I have with other shows, the end is so close I'm sticking it out. Lucifer's most recent twist was.. well, not what I hoped for, but it's currently on break so we'll see where it goes with it when it returns. DC's Legends of Tomorrow is floundering, the camp can no longer cover for the plotting and acting issues. John Barrowman is *awful* in DCTV. Sorry, John, I loved your Jack Harkness, but everything since then has been a huge disappointment and borderline terrible.

Timeless has only one more episode this season with no renewal word, here's hoping it has an acceptableish 'ending' that'll work as series or season finale.

Oh! There's been an update to that adorable story about the Muslim and Jewish families who were photographed protesting next to one another at O'Hare airport (my previous post about it). The families did get together for that dinner and apparently had a lovely time. *sniffles happily*
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posted by [personal profile] donutsweeper at 04:47pm on 01/02/2017 under ,
Overall I try to stay away from political rants or flailing in my DW and LJ (because there would be SO much flailing), but I saw this picture of a Muslim girl and Jewish boy protesting next to one another and shared it with [personal profile] ride_4ever who tracked down some updated information about it and it's just so perfect I had to share it with everybody else:



Nine-year-old Adin sits on his father Rabbi Jordan Bendat-Appell's shoulders smiling at Meryem, 7, who sits on her father Fatih Yildirim's shoulders while the dads carry signs saying “empathy" and “we’ve seen this before, never again.”

The two families were at the Chicago O’Hare International Airport Monday night protesting President Donald Trump’s travel ban and got to talking and they're going to meet next Friday for Shabbat dinner. (article one, article two)

There's a lot of awful stuff out there right now, but some good stuff too. Try to remember that.

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