Wil Wheaton Boss of the Universe

So this is what I spent my dinner hour (it is too late to really call it lunch) making just so I could link it in a comment on Wil Wheaton’s blog:

Which is a sad, poorly conceptualized representation of what came to mind upon reading his blog post today; but because he inspired me in general to get-excited-and-make-things, I’m trying to say thank you any way I can.



When you wish upon a star

you can get married at Disney World or renew your vows, and then this can happen:

I really want to renew my vows there.


The Crazy Couponer Strikes Again!

Previously, I wrote about my first couponing trip.

Now, I’m writing about my third. I skipped the second one because mumble mumble excuse.


Yeah, that picture is sideways, sorry, but that says I saved $52.07! Woot!

Bargain of this trip, these two $2.99 Cover Girl eyeshadows for $0.25 each using a Publix coupon for $1.50 off one Covergirl item and a manufacturer’s coupon (couponing lingo for the coupons that come in the paper, from FB, the internets, etc.) for $2.50 off two Covergirl items.



Happy Couponing!

No Wendy’s; No McDonald’s. A Year + and counting.

So, turns out that I overshot my promise to post when I had given up Wendy’s for a year, because that anniversary happened on January 31, 2012.

I’m happy that I forgot to notice.

And now I know what to do with the Chocolate Bock . . .

Each year I buy several cases of Sam Adam’s Winter Collection  to get me through Spring because I’m not fond of the Spring selection, but there is always a a Cranberry Lambic in the bunch. This year’s Cranberry Lambic was something called a Chocolate Bock.

To deal with the Cranberry Lambic I started making this bread:

Cranberry Beer Bread
3 c flour
2 tsp baking powder
0.5 tsp salt
0.5 c sugar
3 tbsp vegetable oil
12 oz cranberry lambic
0.5 c dried cranberries

Preheat oven to 180ºC/350ºF and lightly grease a loaf pan.
In very large bowl, whisk together dry ingredients. Stir in cranberries. Make a well in the centre and add vegetable oil and beer. Stir just until no streaks of flour remain. Pour batter into prepared pan.
Bake 55-60 minutes, until top springs back when lightly pressed. Turn out of the pan and allow to cool on wire rack.

Of course, as soon as I found this recipe, Sam Adams replaced Cranberry Lambic with something else, which last year was good; this year’s replacement was not so good.

So, to deal with the Chocolate Bock, I’m going to try the Chocolate Stout Cake with Whipped Vanilla Bean Frosting from Sweetapolita, found via I am Baker.  I’ll let you know how it turns out.

Oh, and for those of you going, “but wait! the recipe calls for stout, not a bock!” – just FYI, ale versus lager refers to the brewing method; a stout is just an ale made with super roasted barley so it became unmalted because the Irish were looking for a way to get around British taxes on malted barley.  Just, FYI.  Of course, I can’t find any of this conveniently linkable on the internets or Wikipedia or anything, but I swear it’s true!



Will Wheaton is awesome.  And so are we.


Trying Not To Be Krazy

So my co-workers got into couponing the “Krazy” way in TLC-esque fashion buying extra newspapers, printing out coupons, and following The Krazy Coupon Lady.

So I started. And this happened:


I’m very pleased and surprised by how quickly I was able to save, and on things I needed. I started last week. I’m not saying to go Krazy. Buy what you use, not what’s on sale just because. But you can save money this way, and should.

Happy Couponing!