Monday, April 14, 2014

6 Different Ways to Dye Easter Eggs

Dudes! It's almost Easter! Set your bunny traps! (Did you know that once a year, on Easter Eve, the Easter Bunny lays a chocolate egg and if anyone catches him in the act they are granted three wishes? Well, now you do. Consider yourself educated.)


Thanks to the impending holiday, I'm sure you've been concerned about your kitchen reeking of vinegar since St. Patrick's Day when it reeked of cabbage and green beer. It's a tradition, after all, to fill our houses with the scent of vinegar so we can decorate eggs from the dyes in the flat cardboard box at the grocery store which oh-so-thoughtfully ensures that all of everybody's eggs look exactly like all of everybody else's eggs.


Sure, you might be one of those fancy people who dips their eggs in two different dyes for some spiffy gradient action or maybe you go nuts with the white crayon before attempting to dye an egg red and having it turn out pink, but really, really, at the end of the day, your eggs look just like everybody else's eggs.


Worry no more! This Easter you and your eggs can stand out as the truly original and stupendous people you are (that's right, I said it, eggs are people too) with these six ideas for fresh new fun exciting egg decorating techniques that will set you apart from the masses and prove once and for all that you are a unique snowflake, damnit.



Idea #1: Kool-Aid Eggs



Save yourself some time and boil your eggs in Kool-Aid for one-and-done egg dyeing. Sure, all your eggs will be the same color, but that's okay, because they all started the same color, so making them look different would upset the status quo and lead to a lot of gang violence.



Idea #2: Glitter Glue Eggs


Make your eggs dazzle with glitter glue swirlies. And non-swirlies. And unidentifiable piles that may have originally been an attempt to draw a bunny. Your inner kindergartener will love this new style of egg decorating and you can use the leftover glitter glue to make some awesome temporary tattoos for you and your friends.



Idea #3: Sharpies


Screw dyeing altogether and test out your creativity with some hand-drawn egg designs. Feel free to turn your eggs into monsters, butterflies, or abstract (read: crappy) works of art using only markers. While you could also use the Sharpies in conjunction with your glitter glue tattoos, I recommend buying a paper bag to wear over your head before making such a long-term statement with your body art.



Idea #4: Stickers


Go ahead, embrace your slacker side. Instead of fussing with all those dyes and colors and high-effort decorating techniques, try stickers! Stickers come in a wide variety of designs, including flowers, bugs, racecars, and cartoon characters. I, however, chose to take a fancier approach and am currently waiting for my egg monocle to arrive from Amazon.




Idea #5: Blow Paint


Give your eggs a blow job this Easter! Dip straws in acrylic paint (or finger paint or house pant....watercolors not recommended), point them in the general direction of your eggs, and blow! Your eggs will be covered in lovely splatters and speckles in no time at all--you'll probably have energy leftover for an actual blowjob after!



Idea #5: Glowing Eggs


Now, I know you're all thinking I just bailed on the whole egg-making thing at this point, but you're wrong! (I did have to take a slight detour--if you know what I mean--after the previous batch of eggs, but I'm back now.) All you have to do for these eggs is cover them in a layer of glow-in-the-dark spray paint and then let them do their thang. As a bonus, you can save these eggs to light up your refrigerator should that little light bulb ever go out.



Disclaimer: I don't recommend actually eating any of these eggs (except maybe the Kool-Aid ones) and I accept no responsibility for any harm that comes to you or your loved ones due to you eating these eggs. However, if you get any unbelievable superpowers and you want to use them for good, that was totally my fault and part of my master plan. You can mail my check.


Happy Easter!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

My Half Assed Cocktail: Raspberry Gin and Soda

Some days you really just need a drink.


Fortunately for us, now that the weather is warming up and the grass is turning green and the daffodils are blooming and other poetic crap like that, we can indulge in alcoholic beverages under the guise of "refreshment" and being "seasonable" instead of "today totally sucked and I'm going to drink until TurboTax is funny."

(By the way, that takes a lot of drinks.)


My "seasonable" spring drink at the moment is this raspberry gin and soda. It requires three ingredients. Raspberry syrup, gin, and seltzer. Or tonic water. Whichever you happen to have that isn't totally flat.


For this super-complicated drink, you fill a glass--or mason jar, depending on which is more accessible and/or cleaner--with ice, pour an ounce of raspberry syrup on top, add a shot of gin, and fill the rest of the glass with the fizz of your choice.


I found my raspberry syrup at a local kitchen supply store, but if you can't find it, leave it out. Likewise, if you can't find tonic water or club soda or seltzer or sparkling water, leave that out too. Also, if you don't have gin, just dump some of whatever liquor you have on hand into some sort of drinking vessel with some ice cubes or frozen peas, swish it around, and chug. Works just as well.


Adjusted Net Income....hee hee hee....hic.

Monday, April 7, 2014

New Roof and a Ham Sandwich

My roommate and I reroofed our house this weekend.


Well, most of our house.


Okay, some of our house.


We got about 30% done over the course of two days.


Thanks to my entire weekend being spent on the roof, you're not getting a real blog post today.


Now, I really wish I could tell you I had the boys from K&B Construction Company over and that we dined on grilled cheese sandwiches and shish-ka-billy-bobs, but they had other engagements, so instead you get a picture of a ham sandwich and some lemonade.


(I fully intended to take a picture of this on my roof, but I didn't have the energy to make the sandwich yesterday, and today it's raining, so you get what you get.)


The good news is that regularly scheduled programing will return on Thursday, but until then, me and my sunburn will be over here watching more Home Improvement clips.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Poop Muffins

These don't taste like poop, I promise. They're actually quite delicious. They get their name because after you make them you will try to eat them all, all at once, and that will cause you to.....well, you know.


This recipe was originally posted by Janet Kalman Villada on AllRecipes.com, but I've been making it for a few years and have made a point of not telling any of my friends I stole the recipe off the internet so they think I'm super-fantabulous and creative. (This is a fully acceptable gameplan, as, clearly, I am not fantabulous enough to be considered super-fantabulous without a non-stolen poop muffin recipe.)

First thing you gotta do is round up your ingredients.


1 1/2 cups bran
1 cup buttermilk
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 egg
2/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 cup flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
Toilet paper

Before we get started, let's talk about bran.


I'm sure you could use, like, actual bran, but ain't nobody got time for that. We use cereal. But not that All-Bran crap, because, yaknow, we want to crap not to eat crap. Instead we use bran flakes. But not the kind with raisins, because raisins are what happens to old grapes when they die, and that's disgusting. (Unless they're in oatmeal raisin cookies, which is the only acceptable use for dead grapes.) So grab yourself a box of cheap old-person cereal and let's get started.


Dump your cheap old-person cereal in a giant bowl and cover it in buttermilk. Try to trick your roommate into taking a great big whiff of buttermilk and then watch him gag. Do that for ten minutes while the cereal gets mushy.


If you get tired of messing with your roommate (and/or he gets tired of you messing with him and locks you out, which is also a possibility) you can beat together the oil, egg, brown sugar, and vanilla while you wait.


Once your cereal has become adequately mushy and glop-like...


...stir in the sugar mixture.


In another bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.


Add the flour mixture to the cereal-and-sugar glop and stir a little bit, but not too much.


(How's that specificity for you?)


Spoon your poop muffin batter into a muffin tin and bake at 375 for 15-20 minutes.


At this point your kitchen should start to fill with an undeniable scent, but before you go grab the matches (from underneath the macrame turtle....anybody???), I'd like to point out that it isn't the smell of poop, but of delectable baked goods.


When the muffins are doneish (stick a toothpick in the middle to check for doneishness--if it doesn't come out wet and gloopy, it's doneish) take them out of the oven and salivate while they cool.


Once the muffins have reached a non-scorching temperature, dig in. But maybe just start with one. You did buy toilet paper, right? Right?


Happy Pooping!

These muffins were caught chillin' at Eat Drink & Be Mary's Delicious Dish Tuesday Linkup. Go check out the lovely ladies and their less poopy recipes there!

These muffins were also featured by Alesha at Full Time Mama! Eeeee!

http://www.fulltimemama.com/category/delicious-dish-tuesday

Monday, March 31, 2014

Half Assed April Fools Day Pranks: 5 Pranks for the Kitchen

April Fools day is tomorrow, and I am happy to inform you that I have spent the last month conniving against my roommate and can now share with you the dastardly ways I'm planning to destroy my kitchen for the sake of April 1st.

1. Googly Eyes in the Fridge


Perhaps you've heard of this little thing called Pinterest where people post pictures of very fattening food, very skinny women, and googly eyes on their milk carton. If you haven't, you need to get with it (and follow me)! You also need to put googly eyes on everything in your fridge, because that's not unnerving at all.


2. Rubber Band on the Sink


My little brother actually ruined this one, but the idea is that you wrap a rubber band around the spray nozzle so that when your victim turns on the sink they get a face full of water.


3. Turn it Up


Every morning my roommate turns on the news/oldies station really quiet in the background. My plan is to switch the stereo to the Top 40 station, crank the volume and up the bass so he gets blasted when he turns it on.


4. Coffee Gone Rogue


My roommate drinks this microwaveable instant pseudo-coffee stuff. I'm swapping it out for real coffee, so he can stir and stir and stir and it will never dissolve. (I'm not completely evil, though, I'll put the old stuff in the cabinet so he can find it.)


5.Old News
I saved a week-old paper and plan to pull a switcheroo on the internal pages. The front page will be current, the inner pages will all be old news.


What's the best April Fool's Day prank you ever pulled? Tell me in the comments!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Easter M&Ms Review: Carrot Cake and Peanut Butter Eggs

So, apparently peanut butter M&Ms are a thing.


I did not know about this.

I also did not know that M&Ms now come in sizes. No, not just different sized bags, but different sizes. You can buy giant bags of M&Ms in minis, regulars, and jumbos. I was unaware there was a large demand for various M&M sizes, but evidently I was wrong.


At any rate, these have happened.


And you know what, they're not all that bad.


They mostly taste like candy-covered peanut butter, and they could use more chocolate, but I'm pretty sure if they added more chocolate these would just be chocolate covered peanut butter eggs, and that's already a thing. They aren't quite as sweet as Reese's pieces, which was disappointing, but I'm probably going to eat them all anyway, because, yaknow, they're peanut butter M&M eggs.

I also bought a bag of the Carrot Cake M&Ms but very much considered cancelling the taste test, expecting a repeat of the Candy Corn M&Ms from last Halloween.


I was wrong.

I was very, very wrong.


These are actually delicious.

Strange, but delicious.


They taste like nutmeg and cream cheese frosting and some other things I haven't figured out yet (carrots, presumably). They do not taste like M&Ms, which is kind of unnerving. I keep expecting to get hit with some crazy chocolateyness to ruin them, but it hasn't happened yet, so I'll keep munching along until it does.


If you don't like carrot cake you will not like these, at all. Consider yourself warned. But if you feel so inclined to buy them anyway (perhaps due to the very seductive Playboy M&M on the front) I'm sure you'll be able to find a carrot-cake-loving friend who will appreciate them.

This is the part of the show where I ask you to comment about whether or not  you like carrot cake, but instead of that, I challenge you to write your best "Dear Penthouse" letter about these sherbert-colored M&Ms. Twitter shout out to the winner! (I'd offer you a bag of M&Ms, but these aren't going to last long. Sorry.)