Archive for April, 2008

Mmmmm… cake.

I am on the hunt for the perfect vanilla cake!

I made one this week and both the texture and the flavour were quite good. I did however find that the layers had no height to them and although the cake is rich and I don’t need a large slice I found the appearance was not what I would want it to be. I think a cake should be magestic and for that I need a bit more height.

I used a cream cheese icing which was good but was almost too rich and the recipe came out runnier than I would have liked and I had no extra ingredients to thicken it up with.

My biggest problem this time around was transport. I had iced the cake on a plate and had intended to wrap it in plastic wrap and bring it to work. Unfortunately we were completely out and the largest container I had was too small for the plate. Have you ever tried to move a completely decorated cake with a spatula? Messy. So although the cake was yummy it wasn’t the prettiest thing in town. No complaints were heard from my coworkers… of course their mouths were full! I will definitely be purchasing some of those cake boards for future cake experimentation.

Do any of you have a wonderful vanilla cake recipe you would like to share? I always bake from scratch with very basic of ingredients and I prefer to avoid recipes with oil or shortening. Feel free to add your recipe suggestions/links to my comments!

Afraid of the Light???

As kids many of us were afraid of the dark. These days kids are learning to be afraid of the light. CFL light bulbs to be exact.

CFLs (compact florescent light bulbs) are those spiral shaped light bulbs we see David Suzuki handing out to unsuspecting suburbanites. Environmental experts/spokespeople (like Natalie freaking Portman??) have been telling us to switch to these new bulbs because they consume less energy than traditional bulbs.

The dark side of this so called environmental saviour has been in the news recently… these light bulbs contain mercury. For those who are unaware mercury is extremely toxic. In one news story a single broken light bulb in a child’s bedroom resulted in sealing the room off from the rest of the house to protect the family from mercury poisoning while they saved up the $2000 for the clean up. I obviously can’t confirm the validity of this and to be honest the quote of $2000 sounds more like gouging than a fair price.   On the other hand the recommended clean up steps I have found online definitely leave me with some concerns about my ability to thoroughly clean up if one of these breaks in my home.

Not only does there appear to be an immediate hazard to our individual well being and that of our families (ventilate and evacuate the room before cleaning up? ventilate when vaccuming in the near future?) but there is also the matter of disposal. If these light bulbs go into the landfills they will leech mercury into the ground.  One light bulb will obviously not impact our landfill but a large number will.  I don’t know about you but I was not well educated on the care and disposal of these light bulbs. There are companies who recycle CFLs and soon a Home Depot near you will also provide a recycling depot for these bulbs.

I’m also not the most graceful person some days. In fact I broke two of the regular light bulbs at work just a couple of weeks ago. I can’t imagine the chaos (and paperwork) that would have ensued had those been CFLs.

These new light bulbs have definitely brought some issues to light. The mindset of environmental protection that has people purchasing these bulbs is definitely a step in the right direction. Unfortunately when stories like the one above hit the news we take two giant steps back. I don’t think our environment can handle setbacks like these.

I for one would like to hear from Mr. Suzuki on this issue. He has been a respected environmentalist for a long time and his voice on this subject could repair some of the damage. Still, I cannot see how reduced electricity consumption can out weigh the risks these bulbs may pose. Maybe I’m missing something?? What do you think?  Do you have any science to back up your opinion?  I’m not talking about internet sources anymore but cold hard facts.  And if you see David Suzuki walking down the street ask him what he thinks!

Seriously? It’s over??

I wrote my last exam this afternoon. That exam was the final credit in my Psych degree. I guess that means it’s over! I don’t think my mind has accepted it quite yet. I’ve been taking my degree part time while working as a software tester (a.k.a. computer geek) so it has taken me a while to finish it. I think it will fully sink in once the grades are back and everything is finalized.

It is definitely great to claim my free time as my own again… 🙂 Now I can focus on all the fun things I like to do!!

First up… learn the guitar! 🙂

My Prize has Arrived!

Sooooo pretty!

I received my fabulous buttons from Heather Future today!  For those of you who missed the news I won second place in a contest she hosted on her blog!

Here are the fantabulous buttons I won!

Be sure to check out her Etsy shop for other lovely buttons and beautiful artwork!

Filled with ticket-y goodness…

I am officially going to see Radiohead in Montreal at Parc Jean Drapeau….

The size of the venue allowed me to sleep in and get my tickets at a reasonable hour. Of course W.A.S.T.E. has finally sold out of all of their presale tickets.  The rest of the tickets should be on sale to the general public on April 12th

Happiness is...

Pitchfork has the only scoop?

Not sure what is going on today but it seems that Pitchfork has gotten hold of the dates for the rest of Radiohead’s North American tour!

I can’t find any confirmation on AtEase or on Dead Air Space but I’m sure that will be coming soon.

August 6th – Montreal, Quebec w/ Grizzly Bear @ Parc Jean-Drapeau

August 15th – Toronto, Ontario w/ Grizzly Bear @ Molson Amphitheatre

August 19th – Vancouver, British Columbia w/ Liars @ Thunderbird Stadium

Not sure how they ended up going to Montreal and Toronto more than a week apart. Must be the scheduling limitations of the venues. Too bad the Montreal show is on a Wednesday night. Makes it more difficult for those of us coming from outside of Montreal. Fingers crossed I can get a ticket!

UPDATE: Confirmation has appeared on Dead Air Space and on At Ease.

Radiohead Central!

There is a new social networking website and this one is tailored to Radiohead fans!

It’s similar to My Space but I believe was created using Ning (correct me if I’m wrong) which allows people to create a social networking site for absolutely anything.

Check out the new site on w.a.s.t.e. central!

Be Very Happy