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Jan. 23rd, 2014 @ 10:29 am The definition of the insanity, SCA style...
Somewhere, on Facebook, recently, there were a group of SCA artisans talking, and discussion turned to research and documentation, and how for some very talented artisans, these weren't skills they come pre-set with.  And someone said "You know, someone should teach classes on that."

To which I replied: I do.  I have actually taught Intro to Research and Intro to Documentation probably 8-12 times in the last 4 years.  Across 3 kingdoms.  I have hand outs.  We play with resources.  I have done it roundtable style and lecture style.  I have tried everything by charades.  And inevitably, I am scheduled opposite something with fire.  Or knives.  Or power tools.  And I get one or two people.  Maybe.  Sometimes I wait 15 minutes, then head back to the commons area because no one shows up.

So, I am trying it again this weekend, and then if turn out is still subpar, I will probably retire it as a live class and look at maybe developing something YouTube-able instead.
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Jul. 10th, 2013 @ 12:42 pm My day today..
I got home last night feeling tired and a little achey.  Cleaned some, made dinner, and then was just DONE.  So I went upstairs, put on pajamas, and crashed out.  I was asleep by 21:30.

Got up at 6:30. Still tired, vaguely achey, didn't feel great.  Came into work because I thought my part time admin was out today (it's tomorrow).

Had the following conversation via IM with the hubband:

ME: "Blargh, brians.

Him: "Brians?"

ME: "I have none, today"

Him: "Did you mean brains?"

ME: "Yes."

Him: "Cuz I wondered why you needed Brian's."

ME: "Is it 5:00 yet?"

Him: "It is somewhere."

Me: "Do you know where? ROME."

Apparently, Italy has ruined me for real life.
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May. 28th, 2013 @ 09:28 pm (no subject)

Shit just got real, yo...
So, the husband is winging his way somewhere south of Iceland, at the moment, towards Rome, and I begin my three week stint of living bachelorette style.
So far, this exciting adventure has been marked by making two dozen mini pot pies (one dozen chicken traditional, one dozen taco) which I will eat off of for the next week or so, followed by a bath, dishes, and cleaning the cat boxes…
So, you know, big pimping or something…

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Apr. 16th, 2013 @ 12:26 pm Random Question and Answer

Because Mel wanted posts...Collapse )

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Nov. 23rd, 2012 @ 03:46 pm Putting this here...
Until I see how it comes out:
Post Thanksgiving Spaetzel Mac and Cheese

8oz cooked long noodle Spaetzel (Aldi Style) or Amish Homestyle Noodles
4 oz Goat Cheese crumbled
4 oz Cabot Vermont Sharp Cheddar shredded
Cream Sauce (4 tbs butter, 2 tbs flour, 1/4 cup whipping cream, 1/4 cup half and half)
1/4 c medium dry white table wine
1 tsp black pepper
1tsb garlic powder

Preheat Oven to 350 F.  Grease a medium sized oven casserole dish.  On the stove, melt the butter for the Cream Sauce.  Add the flour and whisk to combine.  Add the whipping cream and about half of the half and half.  Keep on warm heat, stirring occasionally.

Layer 1/3 noodles into dish.  Top with 1/3 of each cheese, then drizzle over 1/3 of the Cream Sauce.  Repeat two more times.  One top, sprinkle all the spices.  Drizzle with the table wine. 

Bake at 350 for approximately 20 minutes or until everything is warm and bubbly.
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Sep. 23rd, 2012 @ 08:44 pm Soooooo....
This happened:
A sheaf of parchment, a bolt of fine cloth, fresh meats and vegetables, all of these are good things. But they are better once a craftsman has plied their skills upon them, creating beautiful charters, fine clothes and delicious repasts for all to enjoy.
The Order of the Silver Hammer was created to nurture and reward those who by skill in the sciences enrich the Kingdom of Calontir and who go beyond creation to teach others, so that such skills should not be forgotten and pass beyond the reach of man.
The Order has spoken, and We answer with this charter advancing Aline Swynbroke to the rank, estate and dignity of Companion of the Order of the Silver Hammer, for the betterment of Our realm in grateful thanks for her talents so freely shared.
This so done and given in the Shire March of the Grimfells on the 21st day of September, Anno Domine two thousand and twelve, being Anno Societatis forty-seven.
Hirsh, King, Magdalena, Queen.

Text by my husband, scroll done by my amazing Laurel, medallion by my husband's amazing Laurel.  Not going to lie, I was completely gobsmacked by the awesome.
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Jul. 4th, 2012 @ 01:41 pm Approximation of the Seoul Sausage Co. Cheesy KimChi Rice Balls
* 2 batches of cooked sushi rice (3 cups rice, 4 cups water)
* 2 cups Colby and Monterrey Jack Cheese
* 1 8 oz jar of Kim Chi, finely chopped in the food processor
* 1 box of panko bread crumbs
* 2 eggs, beaten to egg wash with 2 tbs of water

Preheat Oven to 375.  Spray three baking sheets with non-stick cooking spray.  Mix the first three ingredients until they are sticky and will hold a ball shape. Dip each ball in the egg wash, then roll it the panko crumbs.  Place on the baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes until the balls are slightly golden.

Serve with the following Aoli
* 8oz of mayonaisse
* 1 small jalapeno, cored and seeds removed, then diced
* 1 oz of pickled ginger
* 2 tbs of ginger
* 1/4 tsp of wasabi powder

Process all ingredients in food processor until well blended.
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Jan. 26th, 2012 @ 09:13 am And the hits just keep on coming...literally...
So, I had a car wreck this morning.  I am fine.  The other woman is fine.  Her car is drivable, mine is not.  Technically my fault.  There is a T intersection near my house.  I was on the perpendicular section of road.  The cross bar of the t has a hill on my right.  I head checked, committed, and pulled out....right as a woman came over the hill.  So technically my fault (I did get ticketed for failure to yield....she got ticketed for failure to have insurance). 

So, that sucked.  After the adrenaline spike wore off and the hubband got there, I got weepy (I LOVE my car).  Insurance has been called, car towed to wrecker lot, adjuster supposed to call me back.  I have a rental for the weekend, so we will pick that up in about 45 minutes.

Can I just have a do-over this week.
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Jan. 6th, 2012 @ 01:05 pm Holiday Book Swag and Purchases
* Dress Accessories c. 1150-1450 (Excavations of Medieval London Series) (at Amazon here) From the Husband
* Textiles and Clothing c. 1150-1450 (Excavation of Medieval London Series) (at Amazon here) From the Husband's Laurel and his lady.
* The Goodman of Paris (Eileen Powers Translation) at Amazon here.  Also from the Husband
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Dec. 14th, 2011 @ 10:24 am Writer's Block: B.Y.O.B. Holidays
What is on your holiday wish list this year? One random answer will win a $50 Amazon gift card. [Details here]

“If I have a little money I buy books; and if any is left, I buy food and clothes.” – Erasmus”

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