The State of the Writer: 12/31/17

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A biweekly post updated every Sunday discussing my current writing projects and any completed the prior two weeks.

Finished Projects: 4

Project: Recipe
Title: Chocolate Chip Cookies

I think this was the first time I ever posted a recipe on this site, and it seemed to go over quite well.  I’m actually in the process of making these right now (well…I made the dough; my husband is going to bake them.  I didn’t get enough sleep, so the fatigue is bad today, which is unfortunate since I have NYE plans).  I, er, ate the ones I was supposed to give to my brother, and when TSN makes cookie promises, she keeps them!  I’m making the last cookies of the season before I head out to a NYE party, though I’m not sure if I’m even going to make it to midnight *yawn*

Project: Blogger Tags
Name: The Christmas Tag

I managed to make some progress in my saved Blogger Tags (I still have a bunch more though) thanks to Ignited Moth’s festive post!  Though…well, I didn’t have it before, so really I added another tag even as I completed it, so, it’s a zero sum equation?  Like how a Christmas tree affects the environment o.O  Oh well, there’s nothing wrong with adding a little more merriness.

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The Christmas Tag

What’s this?

Had to be done.

More Christmas posting?  Well, I wanted to get this in before the big day on Monday (seriously, I have a friend recording her children’s reaction Christmas Morning.  I’ve got an in on a Nintendo Switch opening.  Can. Not.  Wait), and sharing and spreading holiday cheer is one of the many jobs of my alter ego, The Christmas Goth.

Snagged from Ignited Moth, I figured this would be a fun little exercise alongside Creative Christmas hosted by Later Levels 🙂

1.  What is your favorite Christmas film?

Would you believe me if I said it’s been so many years since I’ve seen The Nightmare Before Christmas that I don’t really remember it that much?  I really need to remedy that.

It’s not a film per se, but my absolute favorite Christmas special is Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

Look at this devilish mofo

I like at the end how his eyes change from yellow with red irises/pupils to “regular” with blue irises, because he’s no longer TEH EVULZ!

I also like the message that’s not entirely religious, but is a bit subtly religious, but only if you’d like to interpret it that way (if that makes any sense).  Christmas isn’t about the tangible, the things, it’s not something that can be stolen, rendering the title more philosophical and making the story itself demonstrative of such rhetoric.

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

The Shameful Narcissist cooks??  Sometimes…when I want to eat, don’t want to (can’t afford to) order, and the husband isn’t around :p  This isn’t to say I don’t know how to cook, nor do I dislike doing so, but I’m more interested in the fruits of the labor rather than the labor itself, whereas he’s admitted to enjoying the process.  Also, standing for too long makes me dizzy, which is an irritating reason I don’t normally putter about the kitchen, but I will forgo and endure all of these things around this time of the year to make…

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Damn…looking at this is making me want to make some right now…at midnight…when I have to work in the morning.

You can thank Cupcakes and Machetes for inspiring and reminding me about this, and you should check out her Cookie Day post.  I want those peppermint sugar cookies in my mouth hole.

For my recipe, it’s from my (former though he still works in the same building for the same company just a different department) coworker’s (now) ex-wife who’d make him batches of these and pumpkin chocolate chip cookies to bring in every year around the holidays.  Alas, I don’t know where that pumpkin chocolate chip recipe is, because they were good, too, but this one has become a favorite among my family and IRL friends, and I want to share it with my blogger buddies!

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Question of the Week: 9/11/16

<–Question of the Week: 9/4/16          Question of the Week: 9/18/16–>

The Question of the Week is posted every Sunday and will consist of a question followed by my answer and explanation to the same.  Some questions will only require a simple answer that could potentially be followed by an explanation.  Many questions will be writer oriented, but not all.  Everyone is encouraged to answer in the comments and discussions/follow up questions are more than welcome!

What’s your favorite type of cookie?

Years ago I was gifted the best chocolate chip cookie recipe in the world.  It involves using butter flavored Crisco instead of butter, which means the cookies remain soft for eternity.  Let me see if I can remember it in its entirety…

3/4 cups Butter flavored Crisco (so 3/4 of a stick)
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
2 T Milk
1 T Vanilla Extract
2 Eggs
3/4 T Baking Soda
1 T Salt
2 cups Flour
1 cup Chocolate Chips

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees (Fahrenheit).

You mix the Crisco and brown sugar.  Add the milk, vanilla extract, and eggs.  Then the baking soda and salt, and finally the flour a little at a time.

For the chocolate chips you can use all milk chocolate, but I like to do half milk and half white.  I wouldn’t recommend all white since I think that makes the cookies a bit too sweet.  You can also make these cookies without chocolate chips, and they’re still just as good.

The recipe called to bake them for 10 minutes, but I knocked that down to 7.  Remove them from the oven and let them sit on top.  The residual heat will bake them a little more, leaving you with gooey goodness.

I don’t know if I can say that chocolate chip is my favorite type of cookie, but I love this recipe.  I tend to only make them around Christmas time, because they’re so dangerously good.

There are also these guys…

Lofthouse cookies omg

Lofthouse Cookies omg

I don’t make these; I get them from my local supermarket.

And this weekend I decided to make this recipe for cake batter fudge, which I wholly blame Cupcakes and Machetes for due to her Peanut Butter Fudge recipe.  How DARE you??!!!


It’s so good and way too easy to make.  I was going to do cookie dough fudge, which would’ve been perfect for this post, but that was more complicated, and I’m a lazy baker.

What’s your favorite type of cookie?  Do you typically make it during a particular time of the year or is the entire cycle fair game?  Is there another dessert/confection you prefer?

I look forward to your answers in the comments!

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