Friday, September 30, 2011


I just volunteered to make a cake for my Aunt's 50th birthday.

For which relatives whom I rarely see are coming from half-way across the country.

And I have no idea how many people will actually be there.

Or what day the party actually is (I know its a day next weekend).

What have I gotten myself into!?

Thursday, September 29, 2011

C4 Methodology

For those of you not in the know, C4 is the abbreviation I've started using for the Chocolate Chip Cookie Comparison Study.

The renovations on my new place have taken a lot longer than was originally calculated, but isn't that always the way? As a result, I won't be able to start my study until next week at the very earliest, but it will probably be sometime after Thanksgiving which is October 10 here in Canada, when the harvest is almost over.

In preparation for that exciting day when the first batch of cookies come out of the oven warm and gooey, I've come up with a few items that I should share, based on the methodology. I might actually write up a technical report of some type (because I am so super cool like that), and ask my boss the Vice Dean of Research to read it over, just to see the look on his face.

Thursday, September 8, 2011


I've been really excited lately.

Not about any one thing in particular, but about a lot of things.

I'm excited to move in to my new condo once the bathroom (and painting) is finished. I'm excited to have my very own kitchen.

I'm excited about the trip to Las Vegas we're taking. We leave on Wednesday! I can't wait to buy new gadgets and utensils and cookwear to stock my new kitchen. I'm especially anxious to get to the Williams-Sonoma outlet in the Prim Outlet Mall. Last time I was there, I bought a gorgeous large royal blue serving bowl by Emile Henry - for $5 (regular retail $62!).

I'm excited to cook meals for myself and Patrick. I'm excited for Meatless Mondays! Don't get me wrong, I love bacon and steak just as much as the next small-town girl, but after nearly a year of eating nothing but meat-and-potatoes kind of meals, it will be nice to at least have the option of something lighter. Something more exotic, and with less heavy cream... (Seriously, I have never seen anyone go through heavy cream like Patrick's grandmother. I'm pretty sure she goes through more than a gallon a month, and that's not including the stuff she whips to put on dessert a couple times a week!)

I'm excited to start skating after the long summer break, and I'm excited to start bowling with Patrick and our couple friends. It's something we can do together to spend time together without being stuck at home or spending lots of money. And, maybe we'll make new friends too, since Patrick's only ever bowled in youth leagues until this year.

Lots of exciting things are happening, I just hope life continues on this way for a while, with lots for me to look forward to!

- Ginger

P.S. The cookie comparison study will be starting once we are back from Vegas, probably in early October. Any locals (Edmonton and Area) that are interested should leave me a comment!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

I really enjoy fresh, whole food. I like most veggies, and love most fruits (fresh or otherwise). I like my beef rare and have been known to eat beef sashimi.

That said, I also love foods that are horribly, horrible bad for me, and I couldn't help drooling a little over the pictures and descriptions in this which I found through not martha.