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September 29, 2005

Shipping and Packing

Lessons learned: best to spend a few extra euros on proper shipping boxes, having them lying around the house so that when it comes to care package time, you can pack it in the calm of your own house.

My Edible Post was mailed out on Wednesday. I hope it arrives soon since I put a cake in it. I specifically chose this particular cake because I’ve found it's actually better the next day or two, plus it has a glaze to keep it moist.

I also packed in there something fruity, unfortunately though in a glass jar. After receiving a few of the things I sent from California broken, I sincerely hope the recipient of my Edible post isn't disappointed to find Dune Thorne Jam and glass bits everywhere.

Keeping my fingers crossed.

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September 24, 2005

A Damn Fine Cupcake

pre heat oven to 350F
prepare cupcake tin with paper

Melt in a double boiler:
8 T butter, cut into pieces
2 ozs. semi-sweet or bitter sweet chocolate
1/3 c Dutch-process cocoa

Meanwhile, in a separate bowl combine:
3/4 c flour
3/4 c sugar
1/2 t baking soda
3/4/t baking powder
1 t vanilla
2 eggs
1 t salt
1/2 c sour cream

Stir in melted chocolate.
Throw in a handful or two of chocolate chips for good measure.
Bake 18 - 20 minutes at 350 (180 c)
Yields about 12 small cupcakes (I prefer a larger, spilling over cake soi fill the paper to the top and get only 9)

Frosting is only necessary on a bland cake.

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September 22, 2005

Edible Post

I have been admiring the way bloggers have been collaborating lately and have finally gotten around to doing the same. I am participating in the second edition of Edible Blog by Post organized by SpittoonExtra.

This notion combines all good things: it's mysterious, it introduces fellow bloggers to one another, shares food from other countries.

In the coming days I will complete my gift package and send it along. When I receive mine, I will post about it (that's part of the deal).

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September 21, 2005

Last Days

On a whim I boarded a plane embarking on a journey to the place I love most, San Francisco, to be with people I already love and love more and more with each moment spent together and each thought shared.

Breaking convention, the two women at my brother's bachelor party, were not strippers. There were no lap dances. Such entertainment is completely unneeded when people who know each other so intimately and love one another unconditionally get together. We gathered in a house on a cliff overlooking Tamales Bay to give thanks to Yaron who has dramatically effected each person there over the course of their friendships. What a blessing to be bonded to one another in such a way.

In short, the party was truly epic. I was glad to take part in this opportunity to envelop Yaron with love, to swim in the Pacific, to scamper over rocks, to lose money at poker despite my best efforts, to eat Kobe beef steaks three nights in a row, to dance, talk, and laugh.

If only Erica could have been the fly on the wall she could have heard how much we all value Yaron's friendship, the things he's taught us, his kindness, enthusiasm, and generosity. She missed hearing how happy we are that he has found the most wonderful person to walk through life with.

I cannot wait to continue celebrating with you and you and you.

I hope to have such whims more often. Being around all of you is grounding, filling me with joy and a sense of belonging. Many thanks.

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September 5, 2005

Photo Friday: Order

Trees in Houffalize.jpg

Finally able to download photos from my phone, surprisingly good results. Just in time for this week's Photo Friday subject: Order, or what counts for wilderness these days.

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September 4, 2005


Highlights from the weekend include:

Double Creme.jpg

Cafe de Paris - the menu only has one item, steak frites, but there is no reason to want anything else. The meat, served rare, melts in your mouth, as does the herbed butter sauce it's served with. Silver platter not needed, but they wouldn't think to serve it any other way.

Estelle - after having already eaten her weight asking: where's my fork? Where’s my fork? I want to eat more fondue.

View from Giacomini.jpg

The view from our tiny window at Refuge Giacomini, green pastures, and more green pastures.

Helping little Nicky touch the cow.

The sound of cow bells and sheep in the distance.

Blazing sun.

Two dips in lake Geneva.

Artichokes from one of those lovely French outdoor markets.

Alec admitting it's nicer to travel with me.

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September 1, 2005


I love when my horoscope reads as such:

You have the potential to be a great wizard in the coming week. Here's how to fulfill that promise: (1) Renounce grandiose fantasies of transforming lead into gold or frogs into soul mates. (2) Think small, be specific, get extremely pragmatic, and don't make up stories based on inconclusive evidence. (3) Take everything that's dreamy and hard-to-pin-down and bring it down to earth. (4) Don't bitch about the limitations; love them and use them to your advantage. (5) Treat idealism as a distraction unless it can be translated into concrete acts that do some good for actual human beings.

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