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4 hours ago, Weird-O said:

I have never baked from scratch in my life. I have a craving for a good banana nut bread or muffin. Should I leap right in, or work my way up to it?


3 hours ago, redambrosia said:


As long as you follow the directions, it should be easy. 

Oh, and make sure you have all your ingredients before you start.


Red is right. Have all the ingredients, and follow the directions. Some recipes are easier than others, but in general baking is a game of knowing a recipe and following it. You can tweak and modify them later.


I'd start by making drop-type cookies (like chocolate chip) or brownies. Almost all bags of chocolate chips have the recipe for cookies on the back, and they're good recipes. Tasty and easy to follow. Easier if you have an electric hand-mixer, but they can be done manually with a big wooden spoon too.

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4 hours ago, Pezler the Polychromatic said:

What you really need is the new recipe book, Cooking With Fireball!



I don't see how that's gonna help....::D:




(Yes, I know someone already made the joke. It was in my head, so I made it again anyway.::P:)

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I had to take the car in for an oil change today.

I usually have it done at a local Wal-Mart Super Store as they do a good job for a reasonable price and while they are working on the car I can check off some of the items on my shopping lists.

Today's excursion saw me bring a new friend home.

He tells me his name is Lionel and he is a Red/Gold Dragon with big blue eyes.

He's a full head Halloween Mask.


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I went 0-2 on the “new and different” restaurant attempt. Drove around the parking lot of Target #1 three times before giving up. There was another target down the road. Target #2 was closed with a sign saying to visit their new location. Okaaay... but where? Google had the old address, as did their Facebook and their own website!!!


With two strikes already, in unfamiliar territory, and a splitting headache pounding my temples, I went for the forced walk to the restaurant next to the hotel. It’s a national chain, but not one I have around me, so close enough. 

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1 hour ago, Chaoswolf said:

Bummer, man. I hope tomorrow works out better for you.


It’s funny you say that...


I went to go finish the movie from the airplane (missed the last 15 minutes because of stupidly having to land), but it wasn’t on demand thru my cable company. Usually they’d have something like that. Oh well, I will just go watch one of those digital movies via Vudu that I “own”. Wrong. My tablet browser is too old, and the tablet itself is old and barely supported any more. So I may just go to sleep instead. 

Or, you know, the hobby stuff I packed. 

But maybe you’re right. Tomorrow might be better. 

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Game taking a break at the moment - Andrew needs to rethink some things.


He set up a Kings of War battle to determine how our retreat is going - his forces of the Faithful outnumbering us 4 to 3.


Megan and I wiped his entire army off of the table in five rounds


Jamie did well on her flank, but was slowly losing a battle of attrition against his biggest block of troops - a Horde of foot knights. (He had Kingdoms of Men with Basilean allies we had Kingdoms of Men with Forces of Nature allies.).


And then Megan hit his rear while I hit his flank on turn 3, and got to roll 64 dice for Megan, 30 dice for me... he needed us to roll snake eyes to survive, but he didn't get it.


He was not planning on losing the battle, let alone getting completely routed - it was to see how much damage we took before the retreat - and the answer was 'Not much' - mostly Jamie's forces, and she was still above two thirds when we brought the hammer down - Megan even got some Heal on Jamie's forces, so she was better when the battle was over than before we hit Andrew's flanks - Jamie was our exposed flank. She took all the real damage for a turn before we closed the trap.


And his Pontifex (wizard) was on the field - so his church forces have lost the equivalent of a Cardinal or Arch Bishop. He turned out to be pretty squishy - and was taken out by harpies.


Now Winter is setting in - giving us a full season to prepare for the retreat through the faerie gates. For now, one of the towns has been retaken.


We will see what happens, post-pizza.


I do not know why Andrew thought it was going to be an easy win - we used to play WH40K against each other - and he never, ever won against me.


The Auld Grump

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Hey everyone, just managed to finally kick a two day migraine into submission. Only took a scary amount of over the counter meds, keeping myself cold(it helps) and a lot of sleep <_< 


My only achievement in the past two days was watching going out for a short walk before the real pain began and watching Reaper Live, so at least I've got my priorities straight, eh?


Hope everyone is doing well, I'll catch up on the thread tomorrow. It's 2.30am here, so I think I'll crawl back into bed and get up nice and early for some painting


Night all

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1 hour ago, TheAuldGrump said:

I do not know why Andrew thought it was going to be an easy win - we used to play WH40K against each other - and he never, ever won against me.

You know next time he's going to stack the odds more than 4-3.   It will be 2-1, or 3-1. ^_^

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13 hours ago, redambrosia said:

Sadly, yes.


As long as you follow the directions, it should be easy. 

Oh, and make sure you have all your ingredients before you start.

Quick breads are a great way to start learning to bake from scratch and are so versatile.  Just follow the direction and make sure you have the right leavening (baking powder vs baking soda) read the directions and follow them and in sure it will come out well


Well one other suggestion:  untill you know your oven, rotate the bread 90 degrees about halfway through the cook time or make sure you let your oven come to temperature and sit there for another 10 to 15 minutes before starting to bake to ensure even heating. Older ovens can have some interesting hot spots.

13 hours ago, Zink said:

Oldest son was supposed to go for his driver's test today. Last week the air bag light came on and this morning was the first chance the mechanic had to look at it. Not huge problem but no fixing it in time for the test so that's delayed for 2 weeks. Plus there's a huge stone chip right in front of the driver's face that they may not allow so looking at a new windshield as well.


The wife wants me to only let him drive our 2006 Escape and I've had a running fight going for months over him driving the 2016 Grand Caravan. Now she wants me to fix all the things wrong on the Escape so he won't drive "her" Caravan anymore. Keep telling her I'd rather spend the money keeping our main family vehicle in top shape than on one that could start having issues anytime. Like to fix both but never have the money in hand to repair everything the way I'd like so we juggle constantly. Once he gets his license he can drive the well used and slightly banged up but still mechanically sound Escape. For the test he needs to show up in a vehicle in ideal condition which isn't easy with our crappy highways and modern vehicle electronics. She asked me if I could borrow someone else's car just for today. I told her every vehicle I know of has some warning light on and a cracked windshield. Plus taking your test in a vehicle you've never driven before just isn't a good idea

With my older son, we paid for 2 lessons with a driving school and they let him use that car for the test.  He was familiar with the car and so was the testing inspector making everyone more comfortable.  Just a suggestion...


15 hours ago, redambrosia said:

No stove. No sink. And side that’s supposed to be countertops, has no countertop. 

Oh, and no dishwasher either.

And you're trying to keep a little one fed?  I hope your lot improves Red.  Life with a little one can be trying in the best of situations.  I really admire your positive outlook in life!  When we had our first child my wife made it very clear SHE had a dishwasher... me!

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On 10/21/2019 at 10:32 AM, Kangaroorex said:


Dragons are a multiholiday decoration.  my black dragon goes up just before halloween, he gets a pilgrims hat for thanks giving and then a santa hat for christmas when he is joined by my christmas dragon and the christmas lights.


See good for 2 months at least!


I'd say it would be a good all year round decoration... there is no need to have a reason to decorate surely :)

On 10/22/2019 at 5:28 AM, Unruly said:

Oh, how I long for the day when I get a normal work week on day shift. My doctor has actually told me that being on night shift is slowly killing me because of how it causes all sorts of health problems, some of which I already have. But day shift is a dream that's at least 10 years away...


Anyway, congrats on the hopefully newly stable job, @Darsc Zacal!


Time to look for a new job (in an area that has day shifts?)

On 10/22/2019 at 5:19 AM, Darsc Zacal said:

I haven’t talked about it here, but work hasn’t been going well for me the past few years.

When my office position was eliminated across the company a few years ago, I was forced into a commissions sales position.

Unfortunately sales have been getting worse each year, and the last couple of years have been especially bad and stressful.


The good thing for me is that I’m liked and well thought of by the management team, and they have been keeping an eye out for a better position for me. One recently came up at our companies logistics center as an office administrator and I was offered the position this past Friday. I start in 3 weeks.


Financially, it’s not as much an increase as I had expected or hoped for, but it is more than I’ve been making the past few years and more importantly it’s a regular pay check, days are Monday-Friday so for the first time in years I’ll have weekends off. Regular hours too, 6am-2pm, so as a night owl that’ll be a bit of a change for me.


There may be a temporary disruption in my paycheck, so I may have to lower My Bones V pledge for now.

Good news is that I should be able to add more than I had originally planned for what I want later in the pledge manager.



Grats on the new job!

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15 hours ago, Weird-O said:

I have never baked from scratch in my life. I have a craving for a good banana nut bread or muffin. Should I leap right in, or work my way up to it?


Banana bread is easy.  Just get a recipe that has good reviews - and make sure its from your country because different countries have different sized cups and spoons etc.

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