Saturday, September 20, 2008

Baking! Cookies! OMG!

So my co-worker, August, brought these ridiculously good cookies into work last week and I felt inclined to make them. Found this recipe for Snickerdoodles on All the recipes I found called for cream of tarter so I HAD to walk down to Fred Meyer to purchase some. I found it in the spice aisle for $7.49; WTF, why so expensive? There is no way I am paying that much for a single ingredient so I marched to the bulk section which carries bulk spices. I ended up getting way more than enough for $1.23! I was actually going to make these cookies around noon but kept put off going store. Sorry for the dark pictures, I might end up making these again in the day light.


1 c. soft shortening (part butter)
1 1/2 c. sugar
2 eggs
2 3/4 c. flour
2 tsp. cream of tartar
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt

For Cinnamon Sugar Topping:
2 tbsp. granulated sugar
2 tsp. cinnamon


First combined shortening, sugar and eggs in a large mixing blow; mix thoroughly with electric mixer or by hand.

Add flour, cream of tartar, soda and salt in a separate smaller bowl. Stir all ingredients well to combined, add to wet ingredients.

Form dough into balls the size of a small walnut, I used an electric scale and each of my balls weighed around 25 grams. Roll balls in the mixture of sugar and cinnamon.

Place dough balls about 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes, do not over cook.

So I love cookies, unfortunately for some reason I can't ever seem to get them to turn out correctly. My cookies always turn out flat and crisp. These cookies turned out pretty good and of course delicious!

New Vans LX

So I read about the new Vans LX a while back and have been waiting patiently for them to go on sale. Guess what? They have finally been released! I can't tell you how excited I am for these shoes! I've always been a huge fan of Vans with their clean lines and ridiculously large selection of colors and patterns. You can basically have a shoe to match every outfit in your wardrobe.

Vans have out done themselves with this new addition. Not only are these shoes made specifically for cyclists but they come with a cute matching saddle bag. As a safety feature these shoes features 3M Reflective material woven into the laces as well as applied to the heel logo for night riding. You know the way the soles of your shoes get eaten by the metal parts on your pedals? Never let this happen again! There honestly aren't a lot of shoes on the market that can handle the abuse of metal toeclips, these bad boys have a galvanized rubber toe cap that’s wrapped in double stitching and include a reinforced sole. The LX are a little more expensive then other Vans on the market retailing at around $70.00. But with how much longer these shoes are going to last as well as the matching saddle bag they are a steal.

I also got some intelligence on some other cycling specific shoes that are being released by Vans in Spring 2009. I do not have a whole lot of information on these yet but they look super sleek and very stylish, plus they also come with a Vans cycling cap. These shoes look like they are composed of die cut hard leather with matching laces, they are going to be available in several different colors. I love the super thin laces and dyed hard leather. The rubber toe cap on the brown model are two-toned to match the dye. I have no idea how much they are going to run but they do look pretty sweet.

Neva Furget.

One of my favorite holidays is 9/11. My calender says today is "Patriot's Day," I had no idea they actually appointed it a real holiday. Why didn't this happen sooner?

I look forward to this particular day every year and every year I want to have a 9/11 themed party where everyone dresses up as a character from 9/11. Someone could come as an airplane pilot or a burning tower or even a terrorist; doesn't matter as long as you dress up. Unfortunately it has yet to happen, maybe next year. This year my friends and I still celebrated by stopping at Fred Meyer's after work and purchasing some "Freedom Fries;" I even sent everyone a "Happy 9/11!" text message first thing that morning. I also spent the whole day at work harassing my co-workers by saying, "You must hate freedom because you aren't wearing the colors of freedom: Red, White, & Blue!" I was actually surprised that I saw no one at work decked out in red, white, & blue. I think everyone just dropped the ball this year, and they said they'd "Never Forget!" What a bunch of dirty liars!

By the way, doesn't this cake look yummy? Certain people get offended by situations or events they think they are expected to be offended by; but in reality it's too ridiculous not to be funny. I personally think this cake is amazing...amazingly funny. Of course it is obviously missing a few key elements. Where are the plastic airplanes and fire? What, no little plastic fireman? Unfortunately this cake is a honest tribute to that memorable day in history as where is should be about hyper-irony. Some people might say this cake is,"Too soon!" I say this cake is, "Not soon enough!" More awesome cakes can be found at Cake Wrecks.

Friday, September 19, 2008