the red velvet cupcake recipe

Yesterday, Mare made some red velvet cupcakes and they were delicious. With Valentine’s Day next week, these cupcakes are very popular this time of year.

Coincidentally, I stumbled across this segment online that aired on the local news this morning and figured I’d post this to all of you who like to bake tasty treats at home.

For those of you who are anti-Flash, the recipe is available here.

the good is

All right! Mare just showed up at The 701 with a ten-piece of delicious fried chicken from the place that knows what good is. I’ve been craving some fried chicken lately, and it is time to indulge. All I’ve eaten today was a large cup of coffee, a can of Italian wedding soup, and three Hawaiian Sweet Rolls.

Zack and Miri was released on DVD today. BBO did an excellent job of sending out the disc early to arrive today. I look forward to watching that movie later today.

I’d better pry the mouth-watering meat and breaded skin off those bones before they get cold. More posts will be trickling in through the evening, so visit again soon. Peace out.

the days you never want to end

Saturday and Sunday have come and gone. I always dread when these days end, because the weekend is too short compared to the work week ahead.

This weekend was enjoyable for a change. It usually goes by before I really get a chance to grasp it, but I think I had some good use of it this time around.

Friday night was my company’s holiday party. It was a casino night party. The food was much better than last year, but I would say last year’s party was much more fun.

Mare and I played blackjack with a couple co-workers and then left early to go downtown to enjoy the rest of night. We had some drinks at Creekside Lounge on 7th. Surprisingly, their drink prices are very decent and the bartenders know how to make them. A couple DJs were spinning. The music was loud as you’d expect from a downtown bar on a Friday night. Before we knew it, the whole place was packed with people. That was the signal to close out the tab and call it a night.

Of course, the late night munchies after drinking surfaced. Mare and I went to Jack in the Box for some 2am breakfast. We also had to get some bacon cheddar potato wedges, because those are the best late night fast food drive-thru fries that I’ve found anywhere in town. Please let me know if you know any better fries that you can get at a drive-thru open at 2 in the morning, but I’ll be doubtful. They also had a new menu item we had to try: mini-churros. They were decent for late night dessert.

On Saturday, I cleaned the Hex 5 aquarium. I cleaned up the wires behind the television set. I went to the Crown and Anchor Pub for the first time in a few months and had an excellent time. We had a decent-sized posse present, and more fun is always to be had with strength in numbers.

On Sunday, I did the two to three times a year deep cleaning of the betta bowls. I finally beat Portal. I haven’t beaten a video game in years, and it’s a good feeling and was definitely worth the effort. I’m working on Half-Life 2 now. I read the first issue of Watchmen. DC has reprinted this series and will be releasing the 12 issues weekly until the movie is shown in theatres on March 6th. I’ve been hesitant to get the graphic novel, but I’ve decided to collect the single re-issues.

In less than eight hours, I will be back to my occupation as an office zombie. I should have VPN’ed today but decided to enjoy my entire weekend instead. I feel it is my obligation to worry about work when it’s time to work or when work needs to be done and relax when everything work-wise is mostly stable.

Mare will be going to North Carolina on Wednesday. I will be going next Wednesday. I finally get a much-needed vacation elsewhere. This year really came and went. I’m glad I will be able to get some time away from this town real soon. Peace out.

the candy bars and soda for brunch

After a splendid four-day vacation for the Thanksgiving holiday, Monday returned which meant that the 40-hour work week was back in session. The painful monotony goes a little something like this:

  • Sleep.
  • Wake up.
  • Shower.
  • Dress.
  • Grab a candy bar and a soda.
  • Hop in my car.
  • Drive to work.
  • Work.
  • Drink a soda and eat a candy bar for brunch.
  • Work more than eight hours at the office *or* go home and work a little more after a few hours of unwinding and eating dinner (The second option is much preferred).
  • Repeat until EOD Friday.

The cycle may start on Sunday nights with work before the normal cycle commences on Monday.

If they knew what I was thinking, then they would stop believing I was a robot.

the prodibase max

WP tells me this is the 1000th time the post-writing skeleton has been set up. A while has gone by, my friends.

[from a sticky note that has been sitting on my desk since its date, February 10th.]

2:37a 2/10/8
the prodibase max
250w video recording device from the
’70s that recorded onto hot dogs

From Tim Lindenschmidt’s World’s Longest Hot Dog | source: Wikipedia

I was up late one night, and Mare had fallen asleep but briefly woke up long enough to tell me about the prodibase max, a 250-watt video recording device from the ’70s that recorded onto hot dogs. 😀

the costco margherita pizza

Why has ‘Za of the Week been on hiatus? Because Costco has tasty take&bake pizzas and their concession pizza rocks. Kinda but not really. We just haven’t been making homemade pizza lately, but Mare and I have been eying some of their pies that you take home and bake for a while now and actually took one home to try today.

It was tasty. The crust was a little bland versus their concession pizza, but the toppings were excellent: sliced tomatoes, fresh basil, shredded mozzarella, and fresh mozzarella on top of a layer of marinara.

They also have one for meat lovers that was stacked high with… meat! The standard cheese and pepperoni pizzas are also available. What’s great about the pepperoni pizzas is that they use the big slices of pepperoni that look like they belong on a sub.

Mare gave the margherita pizza an A. I recommend it. Costco take&bake 16-inch pizzas are the best ten-dollar pies you’ll find anywhere hands down and worth every penny.

the naan pizza

Late last month, Mare picked up some naan (pronounced ‘non’, not na-an) from Whole Foods, and we made some tasty pizzas with it.

These are naan pizzas topped with pineapple and red onion before they go in the oven. We made them just like we make our homemade pies with fresh dough, but no stretching needed to be done.

Here they are fresh out of the oven on the blazing hot pizza stone.

We experimented with an interesting topping combination: Canadian bacon and a sliced Granny Smith apple. You know how pigs are portrayed with apples in their mouths when they’re about to be eaten? It’s kind of like that but on a health kick scale.

The Canadian bacon/Granny Smith apple-topped naan pizzas after their ten minutes in the 400°F oven. They actually tasted delicious. The ham and apple compliment each other very well.