Dec. 24th, 2011

yahtzee: (writing love scenes)
Because it's going to be a while yet before I can fall asleep --

In this meme, you're supposed to put the first lines of your most recent 10 or 25 or something fics.

I'm going with the most recent 20, chronological order, obviously not including anonymous gift exchange fics not yet revealed.

the first lines )

Tried two experiments in baking today. The Oreo bark ... is not. Two ingredients! Broken up Oreos and white chocolate chips! Melt the white chocolate around the Oreos, then chill it, and victory is yours! EXCEPT. The white chocolate would not melt. I followed the bag instructions. They remained inviolate. I tried again. And again. Essentially, about a third of them got HOT LIKE THE SURFACE OF THE SUN while the rest (despite stirring, yes!) simply would not budge. They were like, "After the end of eternity, we shall stand as we are now." They were strong-willed, these chips. Finally, after about 45 minutes of this, the Oreos began to burn. Defeat.

Thus it was with no small amount of trepidation that I undertook the chocolate cupcakes, but they turned out jim-dandy. I'll do the peppermint icing tomorrow, but that looks simple enough, SHE SAID. Now that vegans are coming, I have added vegan tortilla chips and salsa to the mix, and my friend Steph is bringing some more along for them as well. Tomorrow a.m., I get up and make the cookies -- lots and lots of cookies -- amid icing-making, which means the most complicated thing I'll have to do, food wise, in the afternoon is assemble the hot crab dip. But there's plenty of cooking to do. Thank God the invite specified that pajamas are acceptable attire; I don't think I'll have the chance to throw on anything else!
yahtzee: (Christmas pug)
Final guest tally: about 28 (not clear on the details after bloody marys)
Food disaster: the Oreo bark
Food triumph: the crab dip, of all things
Food tally: too much (I got the rough number of people right, but dramatically overestimated how much they would eat)
Worst idea: making it pajama friendly, which really only made the four people in pajamas feel weird
Best idea: Christmas charades, which can be incredibly evil (YOU act out "wassailing.")
Likelihood of doing this next year: 90%

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Now I need to clean my whole house.

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