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Hello all.

Yes, I am back. I have not updated this in forever, but I am still here. My second semester of college is drawing to a close, and I have made up a schedule for semester #3, which is two days a week (YAY!) and I have four classes; Sociology, Math 150, Human Potential, and human ecology. I may sign up for another one, but I don't know if I will be able to fit it in. :-)

also, I will be having another art gallery showing at the local community college in the upcoming spring; I am working on new drawings for it as well-- and for this month three of my drawings are down in the Pikeville Artisan Center. So I am slowly but surely making connections around the art community. (Important thing to do, there!)

It looks like I will have three more semesters in college unless I take a few extracurricular classes to add up the hours. :-( I don't want to do school during the summer ... Wah.

I won't be able to spend much time on this entry, because I have to study for a test tomorrow. So ta for now. Will post later!

poached pear

Imagine. I finally tried to poach pears! It wasn't all that hard either. This is a recipe that has been bugging me since I was a kid and saw it in my mother's "Cooking for Two" recipe book. I remember staring at those luscious baked pears for hours, but we didn't (and still don't drik red wine, so there wasn't any around for me to try it with.

So finally I broke down at twenty-two and put on the oven. We'd just gotten a package of Harry and David treats from one of Dad's fellow Doctors, and so I thought it was about time to attempt this after seeing poached pears in a blog.

Cooking blogs, by the way, are nothing less than awesomeness. The best ones have pictures, instructions, recipes, and tidbits from the author's personal lives and full of helpful hints.

Again, we didn't have red wine, so I substituted our peachy-pink Sutter Home wine, doused the pear in it, sprinkled sugar over the top, and stuck it in a 425% oven on bake. The blog said to add baste more sugar and wine every fifteen minutes for a crackly, more caramelized texture, so that's what I tried. By the end of 45 minutes, the pear was done and ready to take out, slice, and eat. ^.^

Didn't really get a caramel crackly sugar top, but it was still awfully good. Since I was not able to eat the whole pear, I may save it and use it in a crepe tomorrow afternoon or so.


Dec. 17th, 2007

I love this video. ^.^


Dec. 15th, 2007

Hey, you know, it would be interesting to start a livejournal for people to figure out what eachother's names mean in other languages. For instance I just found out my name in Korean-- "질 = zil." The poster told me that "chinese is harder because there is no character for "jill", but you can call urself "zhen", which means "real" = 真" when I mentioned somebody had translated it into Chinese-- my brother's Chinese Professor Gao. (I think that's how her name is spelled, anyway. I could be very wrong.)

OH, and I just finished watching At World's End . . . . I am feeling the need for good fanfiction, but I have no idea where to look. FF.net is the *obvious* choice . . . however, I was on there a few years ago and the stories seemed rather lacking and childish. I should check again now that the fandom has had room to develop. I don't really have any shipping preferences PoTC movies-- the way the movies were set up just about anything could have happened.

My Dad watched A.W.E. with me too and seemed to enjoy it--more than Pirates 2, anyway, which he just thought was silly. And it is. That's just the genre.

Have caught up completely in scans for Fullmetal Alchemist. Man is that an AWESOME series or what? I LOVE, LOVE, love, the recent story line with Ed in the far North. In manga-canon, it's Scar who kills Winry's parents, and now they have to work together . . . . . there's tons more (including Prince Ling ^.^ <3 ), and it's worth the effort to read the manga to find out what happens next. The changes start becoming really noticable around book six or so. I certainly was not satisfied with the movie-ending, and the current manga is making up for the end.

Also catching up on Hunter X Hunter, am at chapter 244. Man, that manga artist has gotten really sketchy lately with his artwork, but it's nice to have more story.

My latest read, though, has been Hajime no Ippo, which I've found far more enjoyable than I thought it would be. My only beef with it so far is that it feels very unrealistic as far as how Ippo changes into becoming a pro boxer. His new techniques are learned within weeks and months, and it only takes three months for a complete beginner at boxing to beat a young man who has trained to become a professional boxer since he was ten years old. Also, Ippo hasn't lost a battle yet. I'm sure there's a loss coming, but . . . well, it's not at all like Hikaru no Go, where Hikaru learns Go from a Master and only slowly starts becoming a Pro himself. But HnI's artwork is awesome, although I think artist who drew Yu Yu Hakusho must certainly have read it himself. There's a character named Yuusuke in Ippo who looks EXACTLY like Kuwabara, same greased hair and everything.

Yeah. I've been having fun this Christmas break. ^.^ Oh, and I wanted to show off my new icon, too. Well, I downloaded it, but it's still pretty sweet. Iroh lives on, even if he does have a crappy new voice actor. *cries.*

New Zealand painting . . .

May be deleted. Need Photographynewbie's permission to post to D.A. ^.^
. . . BEAT THAT.

And I made them both myself, too.

So here are the chocolate crepes:

and the Okonomiyaki :-)

(Modern 'Yaki because I put Ramen in them.)

Here's the process for the Okonomiyaki:

1 egg
1 cup flour
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 teaspoon baking powder
dried ginger & garlic to taste
finely chopped cabbage (I used two leaves, but one person said four. depends on how much you like it. >.<)
1 can shrimp
1 package ramen
crumpled, dry seaweed

Mix together egg, flour, baking powder, water, and soy sauce for base. Add cabbage, shrimp & seaweed. Cook packaged ramen (not the kind w/ oil packet), add to above mixture. Turn stove to medium heat or about what you'd use for pancakes, cook 'yaki about three or four minutes each side until brown. Put on plate, serve with Okonomiyaki sauce if you have it. I used Soy Sauce again and it was just fine. ^.^

Tasted great! Which is good, cause it makes a lot more than you would think. I'll have leftover batter and I doubt anyone in my family will be adventurous enough to try them.

Chocolate Banana crepes:

1 ounce semi-sweet chocolate
1 teaspoon butter
2 eggs
1 cup flour
1 1/4 cups milk
1 T sugar
2 tablespoons oil
pinch salt

ricotta cheese
sugar & vanilla flavor to taste (or whipped cream.)

Melt chocolate and butter over very low heat, let sit during next process so that it has a chance to cool.
Batter for crepes is eggs, flour, milk, sugar, oil, and the pinch of salt. Whisk together until lumps are gone and batter is smooth. Could probably use a blender, but don't over-blend. If chocolate isn't hot anymore, add to batter and stir in until incorporated. (I didn't have a lot of luck with this. Probably next time I will try Hershey's cocoa powder and see how that does.) Let sit in fridge for at least one hour.

Stir batter again. Heat up non-stick baking pan medium heat and spray w/ vegetable oil. If you're using a large one, 1/4 cup of batter per crepe should do. Pour in pan, swirl around carefully. Cook 45-50 seconds top side and fifteen seconds the next one. Transfer to plate outside on the bottom. First crepe will look awful because of the spray oil, so discard it, but next ones are pretty.

Crepes are EASY. There's no need to be intimidated by them.

For the filling, I used ricotta cheese mixed with vanilla flavoring and sugar, spooned it onto a crepe and added bananas on top. Then I squeezed honey onto the bananas, carefully rolled it up, and ate it. Delicious.
If you have whipped creme you could use that instead of the cheese. Both ways would be good I think. If you really want to get extravagant, you could also pour some chocolate drizzle on top of the bananas too. Whoa.

christmas break is AWESOME.

don't have to go back to school until Jan 14. Sweet.

In the meantime, I've been cooking. Today I have made chocolate crepes with bananas and honey, and now I am cooking a Jill-version of Okonomiyaki right now as soon as the pan heats up-- mainly because we don't have the proper ingredients and I am fudging because I want to try it. And I don't even LIKE omelettes or cabbage normally. I am crazy. . . .

I'll post some pictures later! I think the pan is hot now.


Dec. 11th, 2007

You know, you could replace Death Star with Vista and Windows ME and Gateway. ^.^

At least XP is a reliable system. I'm taking a computer class next semester and the bookstore was telling me I had to have Vista for it. No way am I installing it on my Mac or on the upstairs computer. >.< I'll use the labs at school; they've got Vista.

Need to go to bed . . . .

but I can't seem to bring myself to do it. maybe in a few minutes.

Oh, but I was gong to write down what I've downloaded so far onto my MacBook. ^.*

NeoOffice (Awesome texteditor)
Schoolhouse (haven't really had a chance to try it out yet)
Maelstrom (yes, like the old Mac version I played as a kid)
N_v14 (another game, with a ninja!)
Glyphh3, a joust port to Mac OS X
Glider ^.^

AND in my dashboard:

Igo program
Daily Comics
This day in history
Stone matching game
Solitaire w/ bunch of games in it

I'm pretty happy so far. I still have to decide if I want to download, say GIMP to my computer so that I have a drawing program.


Dec. 7th, 2007

See, I'm back again, like a little lost penny. (man that was bad. Oh well. I'm happy, deal with it, I get silly.)

Whoo-hoo! I rock-- all A's in my courses this semester-- sign language, History 108, GE class, Writing 101, and Art History. ^.^ Now if I can do as well for spring 2008 I'll be happy.

Pizza-slacker night tonight. Means us kids'll fix up pizza and watch movies while eating them in the living room. Basically, while the cats are away the mice will play type deal. I'm about ready for some pizza.


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