Posted by: Megan | 06/18/2011

I am still here, promise!

Hey again! I know it’s been a ridiculously long time, and I didn’t even finish BEDA. I really am sorry about that. A lot of things came up (including video game addictions, among the more minor things) and I kept either forgetting to blog, or didn’t have the time. I’ll get the hang of this eventually. You know, someday.

There are several things I could talk about today, but none of them are really very interesting at all. My recent crafting is the most interesting of the lot, so I’ll just stick to that. :)

There is a cute little Pokémon called Cleffa. This is what it looks like:

All Pokémon have a shiny version. This is Cleffa’s:

There is a method of breeding shiny Pokémon. You put two of them in the daycare and make sure one of the parents is from a foreign language game, and you have a higher chance than normal of hatching a shiny baby. Now, it’s still not a high chance, but it does make things easier. I decided to try this method again in Pokémon White, after not trying it since Pokémon Sapphire, and not stop until I finally got my shiny. Lucky me, I got my shiny in my 206th egg! I love her to pieces and she is my first shiny I’ve ever encountered without RNG methods.

I decided to commemorate her birth by making her come to life.

With some TOMY figures for size comparison.

She doesn’t… look perfect. She looked pretty close to perfect before I stuffed her, but I guess the pull on the fabric between her ears made her head too flat. As a novice seamstress I still have a lot to learn. But oh well, she’s still cuddly!

Have some more pictures because I take too many.

Top view for the headfluff.

Back view. My favourite part of the plush is her curly tail!

With a Pikachu buddy.

A cute shot of her with my DS, where her virtual counterpart resides.

This is a work in progress shot, before I stuffed her. You can see how nice her shape is. I’m really not sure how to fix the shape issue. :/

And finally, a shot including my next work in progress:

My next sewing project, which I honestly hope turns out a little more accurate shape-wise than Cleffa did, is going to be my favourite Pokémon ever, Politoed! \o/

Posted by: Megan | 04/18/2011

#18: This was ALMOST a real post

Almost. I swear.

I’ve been planning another Let’s Talk Frogs, which I was going to have up today but — well, long story short, I think I accidentally disabled my DVD-ROM drive in my computer’s bios, and I can’t do this next Let’s Talk Frogs without some of my own photographs. Hopefully I’ll get it figured out tomorrow, but honestly I’m scared of fiddling in the bios again because my computer is very finicky and the reason I was in the bios in the first place was because it wouldn’t boot up. Le sigh.

So today’s entry is telling you… to… look forward to… the next entry? XD

I also had to feed my frogs centipedes today. Not Cool. (I know, owner of frogs who doesn’t like bugs… :/)

See you tomorrow!

Posted by: Megan | 04/17/2011

#17: Chocolate chip cookies

Yesterday — and today — I baked cookies. Woo! I’m not sure how much I like them, though. I’m still very much a beginner baker and this was my first chocolate chip cookie attempt. My mom’s chocolate chip cookies always flatten out so I’ve been trying to figure out how to help prevent that, to some success… except when it came to my own chocolate chip cookies. Hrm.

I didn’t have many chocolate chips, but there are some in there!

I used a slightly modified version of this recipe, as per the suggestions in the comments.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 cup butter (room temp.)
1/2 cup white sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 eggs (room temp.)
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

– Preheat over to 350°F (175°C)
– In large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in vanilla and eggs, one at a time. Combine flour, baking soda and salt, then stir into sugar mixture. Mix in chocolate chips. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.
– Bake for 8-10 minutes

Now, I did a slight experiment with these. I baked about half the dough at the time of making it, then covered the rest and put it in the fridge for 24 hours. I’ve heard absolute rave things about how letting the dough sit for 24 hours makes it so much more awesome, and also helps prevent your cookies from flattening and spreading. I did notice a distinct taste difference, but I’m not sure if it’s a good difference, exactly — and, quite obviously, the cookies still spread (the cookie from the 24-hour dough is on the lower left). These cookies came out a little bland to me, even sitting in the fridge, so I’ll have to try another chocolate chip cookie recipe in the future. I also seem to constantly underbake my cookies. :/ I’m too afraid of burning them.

Do you have any awesome chocolate chip cookie recipes? Or perhaps tips to keep cookies from flattening out?

See you tomorrow!

Posted by: Megan | 04/16/2011

#16: Creme Egg Outrage

Well, not as extreme as an “outrage”… but I am upset!

If you didn’t already know, this is the Cadbury Creme Egg. I would tell you if this is the new Canadian wrapper or if this is possibly the UK variety, but my wrapper is long gone now and I don’t want to dig through my garbage just to be able to tell you guys that. Go buy your own.

Anyway, I learned something today. I already knew that in 2007 Cadbury was outed about making their American variety Creme Eggs smaller than their UK counterparts, but I didn’t much care because I’m Canadian and our eggs were (more or less, from what I know) still the same size as the UK ones.

American egg on the left, Canadian egg on the right

Then I got a Creme Egg this year. They’re American sized now! (Though apparently they re-sized in 2010, but I didn’t encounter one until this year.) There’s nothing I can really do about it so I was prepared to just accept the fate of our Creme Eggs — but then I ate it.

Now, I could be wrong… but I think they taste different, too; possibly just like the American ones. This bothers me greatly. The chocolate tastes distinctly different — a little more milky, maybe? — and the fondant… Well, I can’t remember what was different about the fondant because I was determined to enjoy it as much as I could, but I know there was a difference. It is definitely not as delicious as I remember it being. And I remember it being very delicious.

I am extremely disappoint. UK, I thought you loved us. :'(

See you tomorrow.

Posted by: Megan | 04/15/2011

#15: In which I have nothing to say

I really, really hate the hiccups. I have them now. They almost always hurt me. And if I get them once during the day then it’s a guarantee that I will get them at least one more time that day — but most often it’s two or more times after the first. This is the second time so far, and hopefully the last.

I’ve been having a pretty lazy week, so I really haven’t had much to say, today especially. Honestly, I’ve been pretty bored today. Sometimes it just really feels like there’s nothing to do. There are books I need to read… but I am too tired.

How do you cure your boredom when it hits?

See you tomorrow. :B

Posted by: Megan | 04/14/2011

#14: I think I’ll be glad when April is over.

It’s so hard keeping up… XD I have nothing to say! Well, except:

Familiar? :D I don’t think I’ve said so yet, but my brother’s girlfriend gave me her light switch cover (or whatever you call them)! She’s basically steadily dumping all of her frog collection onto me because she doesn’t want them anymore. Fine by me! ♥ I just put it up today and it makes me happy~

In other news, Photobucket apparently compensated me for the downtime with a year-long(?) pro account upgrade for free. But, um, I don’t see a difference so I don’t know if it actually happened. XD

In other other news, I’m… watching old Pokémon episodes on Poké The nostalgia is crippling in the best possible way, and it’s really sad but I’m laughing harder at the jokes now than I did when I was 12. Good times.

See you tomorrow. XD

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