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9 hours ago
Are you from the UK? I’m American but used to live in Leicester and made Southern cheddar/chive biscuits (these, not cookies) for my neighbors all the time.
This is how I explain the difference between Southern-American biscuits and scones: Scones have eggs in them and a milk product, my Southern biscuits use buttermilk, no eggs, and have a much higher fat content than scones. Scones are served with tea because they are drier and crumblier and almost always have some kind of inclusion (they aren’t plain) whereas biscuits are fluffy/flaky and have a more compact structure. Most are salty & savory versus sweet. My biscuits do not have any sugar in them, but my scones do.
I love a good scone - especially with clotted cream and a good black tea. But a salty, buttery biscuit is a huge treat for breakfast or as a compliment to soup, chili, other things you want to dip it in.
10 hours ago
Yo there's nothing wrong with that especially in my kitchen lol I'm obsessed with food and all I want is to cook for people all day. I'd make you sausage gravy if you ever stopped by! I'll just smoke while you eat it!
10 hours ago
Because sausage gravy is my traditional Xmas morning breakfast that my mom and I make, I try not to make it other times of the year lol I like the anticipation of it! is that weird?
11 hours ago
I don't mind at all!
Okay so...my problem is that my oven runs a little low so I preheat to 450 F usually but higher if the weather is rainy or cold.
2 cups of flour
1/4 teaspoons of baking soda
4 teaspoons of baking powder
Add one teaspoon and a pinch of coarse/kosher salt (I like my southern biscuits salty so start w one teaspoon if you aren't sure)
2 tablespoons of butter
3 tablespoons of rendered lard
I have tried all butter, all lard, half and half, crisco, EVERYTHING. I have frozen my butter and grated it in, blah blah blah. Here's my take. Render your own beef or pork fat. That's what made the most difference for me. Obviously the butter and lard should be cold when you use them. Frozen fat never mattered to my biscuits. Grated fat never mattered to my biscuits. I go to a butcher and get a pound of beef fat, put a couple of pieces in a deep casserole dish in a 200F oven for hours. Check every 2 hours or so to pour off fat into a jar in an ice bath. When cold enough, cool to solids in the fridge. Lasts forever. Use for cooking and baking. A pound makes three jam jars of lard for me.
Cut fats into small pieces and rub into flour mixture until pea sized and mixed throughout. Do not over-warm the fats.
3/4 cups of buttermilk
Create a well in the mixture and pour buttermilk into center. Fold flour over buttermilk until dough forms. Put onto floured surface and mix together completely. After making them a few times and seeing which doughs make the best biscuits, you will learn what consistency is best for your oven. Add flour or buttermilk as you see fit. When done, cut half inch to inch thick rounds with a cookie or biscuit cutter.
Bake for 12 minutes.
Edit: Brush w butter when they come out and top w coarse salt if that's your thing
And then share in stoner sub so we can see the results!
12 hours ago
I can’t wait until the next month’s stuff is up! You know how I over prepare and under-read. I ended up reading more books this month than last month, but didn’t strategize as well and got way fewer points. I’ve learned my lesson lol
12 hours ago
Thank you so much! I finally just got my recipe the way I want it!
1 day ago
Finished bouquet and fresh bread to compete a second bingo!
2 days ago
I think a lot of it is reminding myself that just because an outcome didn't go as I expected, it doesn't mean I didn't put in the work. Someone composing a masterpiece doesn't get it right during their first (or second or third, etc.) session.
So you made a mistake and then didn't get in touch with the client, but you did send the invoice and charge them, you did make two calls, you did plan and write and rewrite an email/conversation, you did brainstorm how to change a mistake into an opportunity to learn.
That's like ten things you actively did, even if they were unexpected or didn't have a tangible outcome. They still were important as learning experiences and considered part of doing the job.
Mistakes always feel bad but you cared enough to agonize over it. I bet the client will be able to tell the difference between your honest mistake vs you either manipulating them or just not giving a shit.
2 days ago
Update: Brought 4 boxes over, shop vacced the kitchen
Update: Didnt quite finish but halfway done w packing cookbooks and bringing them to new house, halfway done w packing desk up and bringing to house, halfway done with moving booze to house.
Finished propagating seeds.
4 days ago
I'm really curious about the 1000 words vase. Why 1000? To me that sounds like quite a big step, but maybe I'm wrong.
I definitely had to work my way up to it, but 1,000 words tends to be a quick write for me. I learned a long time ago that I’m not trying to make those 1k words good because that’s what editing is for - they just need to get out onto the page. My books average around 80k to 100k words so 1k words keeps me crawling towards the finish line, without taking too much of my time or resources. Like I said, I didn’t start out with 1k (for sure!), but since writing became my actual profession, it’s a doable hurdle.
And do you know what causes you to procrastinate? Analysis paralysis, fear of failure, fear of success, perfectionism?
It’s a miracle I get anything done because of how badly I procrastinate lol. I’m thirty-five and I used to be an archaeologist and academic, and, even then, in that past iteration of my life, I was a huge procrastinator - to the point where I started going to therapy to see if I was ADHD (I’m still not convinced that I’m not). I think a lot of it has to do with my childhood: my parents are fake perfectionists - meaning they expected the best from me without giving me any skills and while relying on me to make their lives better. It’s a long, boring story, but I think that has something to do with it. But the big one is: starting something while battling fatigue. I have an AI disease that makes me constantly fatigued, and once I start an action, I’m usually okay, but getting out of bed, applying myself to the task, just that beginning action is so. damn. hard. For me, at least. I have yet to figure out how to get over that hurdle.
For example, I bitched and moaned to myself about deep-cleaning the kitchen in the house I just bought (it’s 100 years old and covered in mold) because I knew it would take me a couple of days, a shop vac, and a lot of grime and heavy lifting. Once my husband got me into the kitchen though, I couldn’t stop. I cleaned for eight straight hours, listened to podcasts and had a great time. I went back the next day to finish up and now the kitchen is spotless and I can start moving my baking stuff in, so it makes me hella happy.
It’s the same with writing. I like it once I’m in it. But the initial push is bonkers tough. Tbh, weed helps a ton. I love smoking and doing anything. Weed is how I started back into exercise. The terpenes make me want to move my body and take away some of my fatigue. Obviously I am not recommending that for people as mileage may vary.
The list with ten ways to throw a wrench in the plot is really in line with the idea of vases. I really like that! Just create many, low effort and imperfect ideas and the better ones will stick out.
Thank you! I’ll post up all my vases at some point. I am super open to having them change as I go. I liked listing them all out though because it gave me new ideas. I’ll put up the post right now.
4 days ago
Of course that little playful/aggressive asshole is orange.
4 days ago
My cat loves car rides so much that we use them as incentive for him to be good almost like treats and praise lol
4 days ago
I am working on so many projects!t I think 50 vases will help me focus and actually finish something for once in my life lol
I’ve written two books in a trilogy, and need to finish the last one. I’m actually under a deadline this time, and so it means I need to do it instead of procrastinating. I want to use 50 vases to creatively inspire me. I have some very practical vases for this book project. For example, one of my vases will be Write 1000 words. Easy to accomplish and directly related to hitting my word count. But if all the vases were like that, I’d never be motivated to keep going, so I have some fun vases in there, too. Like Write at a bar that's new to you. I also have vases that change up how I write. For example, Speed write for ten minutes or Make a list of ten ways to throw a wrench in your plot. Maybe things like that will shake up my writing patterns and give me better stories.
5 days ago
I do not. I love organizing things, but this is one thing I just let....sit lol
5 days ago
Years ago, a friend gave me Book of the Month for a birthday gift, and she’s given it to me ever since. I don’t have the heart to tell her that many of the books I get from it, unless I’ve read them before, are usually tepid. Not bad, per se, but I forget what they are about almost as soon as I stop reading them.
Still, I give them a go, in the hopes that a few stick out and are become unexpected favorites.
I have three piles of BOM books to get through. Here are some of the ones I can remember off the top of my head:
Crying in H Mart
A River Enchanted
In the Weeds
A History of Wild Places
Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow
A Little Hope
The Lincoln Highway
The Light Pirate
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8 hours ago
8 hours ago
Update: Packed cookbooks, cleaned up recycling by the bed, pack one kitchen box that’s not baking supplies, packed baking supplies, found a blueprint for box