Posts Tagged 'music'

A Sasquatch Noise Experiment

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There is a very delicate intersection of well-developed musical taste and youthful indulgence. I figure I’m hitting that window, so I decided to make a go of the Sasquatch Music Festival for my vacation this year. Held at the Columbia River Gorge in Washington, the festival spans four long days and nights of the best acts anyone’s ever heard of, plus a few bogus ones. I think I saw over 35 shows, which is good, because I don’t want to blink and miss my youth, yeah?

I just figured there are only so many years one can attend a music festival before it becomes inappropriate and inconvenient. I mean, you just don’t see many adults with fabulous music taste walking around in 90s-era crop tops, taking off a whole week from work to wreck themselves sleeping on the ground, surviving on beef jerky and peanut butter cups and scrubbing last night’s mascara out of their armpits in a janky car door reflection.

I did see some kids there, and a few old people. I don’t know man, I don’t know. Anyway, enjoy these shots of Sasquatch. It was quite a ride. Mostly the only quality pics are from our campsite, as I wasn’t about to take my DSLR into the venue, lest it be burned, stolen or otherwise wrecked, which is why there are less music shots/more vanity shots.

So basically, I discovered gradient layers in CS4, and now I can’t stop. It’s actually embarrassing how many pictures I had to cut from this post because I edited so many with an added noise filter. There are just endless options.

Incidentally, this type of editing is just perfect for my trip out to Washington, as  it was full of sun, cows and people who may or may not have been sober.

Ever your,

L

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Pipe Dream #196: To Wordsmith Unromantically – Coconut Oat Chocolate Chip Cookies

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I couldn’t help it. I threw everything in my heart and cupboard into these cookies, and then I underbaked these by a mile. And I would do so again in an instant without regret. Because they were so happily fattily satisfying. Happily fattily, happily fattily. New favorite phrase. Just try it. You’ll like it. It reminds me of this song. Caroling, caroling.

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If I did these again, I would have included more coconut and oats, which got lost, texturally-speaking. You could try doubling the amounts below on them. I also used Ghiradelli milk chocolate chips. Normally, I don’t fuss about using high quality chocolate, but oh my, these chips are fat and taste so much better than cheap chips. Cheap chips, cheap chips.

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Since I’m clearly into word-smithing today, I spent a few minutes rooting around for a baking-inspired poem to share with you, but, as with many poems I have read, I was too gagged-out by all the waxing on about failed relationships, so I couldn’t find anything really profound or great. Who knew that the search term “poems about baking” would yield such sappy drivel? A total misuse of all baking words ever.

Instead, I give you this short piece about cookies. Pay particular attention to the end of the first stanza. “Homemade is boss.” A great thinker of our time?

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Happily fattily,

L

Coconut Oat Chocolate Chip Cookies

Inspired by averie cooks

Makes about 18 cookies

1 cup brown sugar, packed

1/2 cup coconut oil, softened in the microwave for 8 seconds

1 egg

1 tablespoon vanilla

1 1/2 cups flour

2 teaspoons cornstarch

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup quick oats

1/2 cup flaked coconut

1/2 cup milk chocolate chips

Cream together the sugar, oil and egg in a stand mixer for about three minutes. Scrape down the bowl, then beat in the vanilla. Add the flour, cornstarch, baking soda and salt, and mix until just combined, then stir in the oats, coconut and chocolate chips.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Form the dough into a ball, wrap in cling film and stick in the freezer while the oven preheats. Using a medium cookie scoop, scoop out 18 cookies, baking about 9 at a time on a parchment lined sheet. Bake for 7-10 minutes (I left mine on the softer side at 7.). Remove from the oven and let cool on the sheets for a few minutes, then transfer to a rack to cool completely. Best served in rhyme.

Favorite Shots: Scroll

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I love it when we stop scrolling and start scrolling.

L


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