January 4, 2016

Goals for January 2016

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , — Yukino @ 7:42 PM

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Happy New Year, visitors!

In an effort to set small yet achievable monthly goals in order to help motivate me, I’ve decided that at the start of each month I’m going to share those goals and update them as I a) knock them out, or b) hit the end of the month. Besides, maybe this will help me clear up my backlogs instead of spending way too much time looting every damn container in Fallout 4. (more…)

January 15, 2013

To Overcome Fear

Filed under: Writer — Tags: , , , , — Yukino @ 12:45 PM

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Some people have a fear of failure.

As a child, I did not have this fear. I did well in school, read at a grade 6 level when I was in grade 2 (thus devouring every non-reference book in the school library and having to get a public library card early on), I played street hockey in an era where no one wore helmets or padding. The only time I was really ever scared was when riding my bike down steep hills after an accident one summer had me chewed up by some thorny bushes. I mostly got over that, with the exception being that lone hill.

My formative years as a teen were relatively fear-free. Hell, I chopped off all of my hair knowing full well that my mother was going to blow her top off about it. It was her fault though; she forced me to get an atrocious box perm which fell out in chunks. No one wants to walk around town looking like that. (more…)

March 30, 2012

When I can’t write something, I bake

Filed under: Writer — Tags: , , — Yukino @ 6:46 PM

So this morning I got up, ready to tackle my list of things to write about but I just couldn’t get the words down. So I let myself be distracted by the things that usually distract me in the morning: Sims Social and PixelJunk Monsters on Facebook, looking for new Japanese dramas I might want to check out, and watching my snails eat.

But all I wanted to do was make banana bread. So I did.

I probably shouldn’t have made any, being as we just started a new meal plan two weeks back. The dietitian didn’t say I couldn’t bake anymore, just to watch how often I do and to limit my intake of sweets. But today’s a long day at home alone while my husband’s at work and then out bowling with his development team. So I figured a little treat to perk me up would be a good thing.

As an added bonus, I noticed three very ripe bananas on the counter this morning. Probably what planted the whole banana bread thing in my brain when I stumbled through there for breakfast.

Then I had a debate with myself about adding chocolate chips. I probably shouldn’t have but what the hell, it’s a treat. At least I put in less than I would have a few years ago.

Not that baking something easy like banana bread takes up a lot of time or anything. But Tweeting about it and texting a friend taunting them with it sure will keep a girl too busy to remember to write. 😉

Mmmmm Banomnom Bread!

Ingredients:

1/2 cup softened butter
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
3 ripe bananas, smashed up
1 3/4 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup chocolate chips (I used milk choco)

Directions:

In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth. Add in eggs & mix well. Mix in banana and set aside. In a smaller bowl, stir together remaining ingredients, then add to banana mixture. Pour into a greased loaf pan (9x5x3 inch) and bake for 50-60 minutes at 350F, or until a toothpick comes out relatively clean. Then let it cool for a bit so you don’t burn your taste buds off. =)

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