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[ profile] softbluebuddy asked for recipes for two of them, and here they are:

Natasha’s Russian Snowballs

1 c butter, softened
½ c powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 ¼ c flour
¾ finely chopped walnuts or pecans (I used the food processer attachment on my blender to get them superfine)
¼ teaspoon salt
more powdered sugar (about 1 cup?)

Heat oven to 400. Mix butter, ½ c powdered sugar, and vanilla until smooth. Stir in flour, nuts, and salt until consistency is a firm dough. Shape into 1-inch balls. Place about 1-inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake until set but not browned, 10-12 minutes. Roll in powdered sugar while warm. Let cool. Roll in powdered sugar again.

Thor’s Candy-Cane Cookies

¾ c sugar
½ c butter
1 egg
2 tsp vanilla
1 ¾ c flour
½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
½ c unsweetened cocoa powder
½ c crushed candy canes, plus more for topping

Cream butter and sugar. Then add egg, then vanilla. Sift together dry ingredients. Mix together. Dough will be very stiff. Roll into 1.5-2-inch diameter logs, chill in refrigerator overnight. Take out one log at a time and slice into rounds ¼ inch thick. Wipe knife every 2-3 slices as needed. Place on *greased* baking sheet, and make 18-10 min in 375 degree oven. While fresh out of the oven and still warm, top with a generous pinch of crushed candy canes and gently press down.
salixbabylon: (boys santaboys2)
avengers cookies1

I finally finished my cookies-for-the-Avengers project!

Scotch balls for Tony Stark/Iron Man
Sunflower-coconut cookies for Bruce Banner/Hulk
Nipple Cookies (peanut butter blossoms) for Steve Rogers/Captain America
Gingerbread for Agent Phil Coulson
Cherry Bombs for Agent Nick Fury
Molasses Snaps for Clint Barton/Hawkeye
Russian Snowballs (teacakes) for Natasha Romanova/Black Widow
Candy Cane cookies for Thor
and Devil's Food mini cupcakes for Loki

(clockwise, from 9 o'clock)

I had so much fun! I stopped baking years ago because it was a pain the in the ass, and I didn't want to gain weight, and every time I gave people food for the holidays they whined about their weight, and I got tired of it. But I enjoyed it *so much*! I'd forgotten how meditative it is and how much I just love baking. I'm going to take any leftovers to the bank, post office, fire station, etc after the holidays. :)

I hope everyone reading this has a fantastic week full of joy and cheer, and plenty of delicious things to eat.


(Recipes upon request!)
salixbabylon: (personal writing)
1) I really loved the opening of the new James Bond, Skyfall. The Adele song was great, but I just loved the images and artsy style of it.

It’s someone’s bootlegged video of the screen, but still – nice.

2) The Avengers cookies are going fantastically. Today I was working the stiff dough for Clint Barton’s molasses snaps and thinking his biceps would sure make it go a lot easier. :)

So far I’ve finished Thor’s Peppermint Cocoa cookies, Natasha’s Russian Snowballs, Tony’s Scotch (rum) Balls, and Bruce Banner’s Slightly Green Sunflower cookies. Maybe I’ll do Fury’s Chocolate-Cherry Bombs later tonight.

3) I quite enjoyed The Hobbit. I was deeply amused at the reappearance of the hottie elfboy, apparently Lindir. Husband didn’t believe me that it was the same guy, but my Google/Wikipedia fu proved that he was in fact. Yay!

4) That song by Foster the People, Pumped Up Kicks – I can never quite hear the words, but the bit where they say “You'd better run, better run, faster than my bullet” without thinking of Clint. :)

So who are my fellow Avengers fangirls (or boys)? Let me know!

[Poll #1885796]
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I keep meaning to post, but then I think of something else to do. I've been distracted and a little down lately, but NO MORE. It's finally December, and I'm excited about the holidays. I'm not sure, why, exactly, but I'm going with it. :)

1) Tree! We decided to have xmas at our house this year, with my dad and some friends maybe, which means I get to have a tree! We haven't had one in about three years and I love them, so I'm excited about that. We get an ornament of some sort every time we travel together, and then we have a lot of literature or geek-based ones as well. And I love decorating the tree - even if we do always argue about the lights.

2) Decorations! Since we're having the holiday at my house, I get to get out my wedding china and fancy linens and stuff I never ever use. Yay! I'm not much for actual holiday decor, but the cards from people on the window, and stockings by the fireplace, and random mistletoe for smooches makes the house feel festive to me.

3) Food! I get to make xmas eve dinner, which is the fancy one. And also breakfast. I'm thinking beef wellington, salad with tangerines, maple butternut squash, and persimmon cake with rum sauce. And then asparagus and ham strata with fruit salad. And then either lasagna or veg soup for during the day, when friends come by. G is having board games and I'm marathoning LOTR.

4) COOKIES! OMG, so you know that comic thing with the Avengers drinks? I decided I needed to do cookies for them. Here's what I came up with, but your suggestions are welcome:

Iron Man/Tony Stark - rum balls, duh. I wonder if I could make them with scotch...

Captain America/Steve Rogers - I wanted something wholesome and all-American, so I decided on peanut butter blossoms. They're secretly giggly though because we call them nipple cookies, and he'd be scandalized.

Thor - cocoa candy cane cookies. My personal favorite, and somehow peppermint says Norse god to me. Also, I know he's got a sweet tooth.

Hulk/Bruce Banner - This one was the hardest, because both are so different. Grasshopper bars since they're green, for the Hulk? Or the sunflower coconut vaguely hippy ones for yoga-loving Bruce? I'm still undecided.

Hawkeye/Clint Barton- molasses snaps. I don't know why, that just seems like a perfect fit to me.

Black Widow/Natasha Romanova - Russian teacakes/snowballs. Another Duh.

Fury - cherry bombs

Coulson - loaves of gingerbread. Which tickles me endlessly because they're not cookies, they're different from the rest, they look boring and innocuous. BUT they are the best by far, secretly so spicy, and utterly delicious. :)

I feel like I shouldn't leave Loki out... maybe the grasshopper bars for him?

Avengers cocktails & cast )
salixbabylon: (personal bath tub duckies)
For anyone feeling scarred from family encounters...

salixbabylon: (personal bath tub duckies)
good idea

Seriously. :)
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SOMEONE who I won't name posted this:

Come join [ profile] avengers_xchng, an Avengers Holiday Exchange for fic & media!

Intro | FAQ | Sign Ups

And now I am all a-flutter. I said I wasn't going to write fanfic anymore. I have been mainlining Avengers fics, but no bunnies have visited me. (Well. Maybe that *one* bunny...)

I'm supposed to be writing/finishing an original story today. Not molesting superheros. I need a bat to beat my brain into submission.

Mmmm... submission...
salixbabylon: (personal undies)
Flist! I need your recs again! :)

I'm sick of most of the songs on my exercise playlist. They're good songs, but I've been using the same playlist for a number of years now and am in desparate need of new music ideas. Here is what I've been listening to:


Recs do not need to be for new music - you'll notice that most of those are from around 2007ish, but some far older and a few are newer. Help please? Save my workouts from getting boring, just as I'm feeling committed to having a more Avengers-worthy body!

NB - Also, as a side note to all the writers who keep getting it wrong: Clint Barton is 41, not 32. Or at least the hottie who plays him is, as are the rest of the others - 30s and 40s. Even Natasha is 27. So there. :P
salixbabylon: (personal bath tub duckies)

To that end... I got come concrit on my writing that I think is valid - overuse of passive voice, telling rather than showing. I'd like to improve, but I need some help identifying where I do it and how to rephrase. If there is anyone who feels strong in those areas and has the time and inclination to work with me, comment below or email me @ yahoo, please?
salixbabylon: (Default)
1) Anyone know how I could find out what theatrical plays "cool famous people" are in this season in London? I'm having bad google-fu today and can't figure out what to search on. Shockingly, "London theater" doesn't provide me with things like whether Ian McKellen or Ewan McGregor or other hotties are in anything.

2) A friend has asked me for recs and I've got nothing. She said, "Fifty Shades of Grey woke up some lovely naughtiness in me that I'd like to keep awake, but most of the stuff I've been grabbing on my kindle is pretty bad. "

Anoyne got anything (non-fanfic) to share?


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