February Daring Baker Challenge: French Bread
Friday 29 February 2008, 4:52 PM
Filed under: bread

My first challenge… that took forever and a day! Here is the original recipe. The bread came out really good, despite it’s ugly appearance. It had the consistency of bagels, but that’s okay because I love bagels. Also, the whole time issue really got me cranky, but it was all good fun.



Hitherto – Pens
Friday 29 February 2008, 6:36 AM
Filed under: art, pens

Left to Right:

Wonder Woman 01: This is when I just started to try draw “American” style. There’s a lot of Jim Lee influence as you’ll soon find out. Anyway, I was trying to work fast with just a Sharpie. Not bad.

Wonder Woman 02: More Sharpie studies. And yeah, I think WW should be paired off with Superman, hence the cape.

Random Woman: Another Sharpie/profile sketch.

Rogue 01: This one I do NOT like. You can tell this was the very first time I was working with pens… I’m surprised I haven’t thrown it out. It must be a reminder, haha.

Catwoman: This after I got myself a decent pen set (5 piece set from Copic) and I tried to figure out how to use them effectively with this drawing. Not bad. Took me forever and day.

Poison Ivy: Ah, getting more comfortable with pens! I dished out for the big marker set from Prismacolor (such a huge dent in the wallet) and it was worth it.

Wonder Woman 03: I like this one a lot. I don’t particularly like Wonder Woman the character, but I enjoy drawing her. I think it’s the hair. I do like to draw hair.

Doodles: A test page. The black and white image is my favorite of this page. Wonder Woman was a guinea pig for my markers.

Rogue 02: Ah, looking better than her predecessor…

Couple: Still rough with the stroke marks, but it’s getting there… I like the look of the guy. Everything up to this picture was drawn from about six months to a year ago.

Rogue 03: Start of the most recent batch of pen drawings I’ve done. This was drawn during the week of 24 February and I am VERY pleased with this drawing of Rogue. This pretty much captured how I’ve come to see her – a good natured lady (who suck you dry…).

Wonder Woman 04: Again, the hair… haha. I like the expression I got on her face.

Black Canary: Not as good as my pencil drawing of her, but it is okay for not having any pencil outline to follow. I tried to experiment with gray tones and see what kind of shadows I can produce since we’re always focusing on that in figure drawing class. Eh, not a bad attempt. I’m also trying to work in simple backgrounds to make the image look more ‘complete.’

Gambit: This is after the good Gambit pencil drawing. It started off as a doodle, but then I guess I got into some kind of groove because it ended up looking all right. Still not quiiiiiite what I wanted, but a good enough attempt. I like my little circles in the background – I picked that up from watching Oliver Nome (thank you Mr. Nome)!

Hitherto – Stencils
Friday 29 February 2008, 6:01 AM
Filed under: art, stencils


Left to Right:

Fight Club: My second stencil (the first being a very simple Batman one) inspired by Brad Pitt’s abs. :)

Erg: My third stencil. This scale is pretty small (around 11″ wide), so getting the small details was hard. Also, overspray is quite apparent.

T-Rex: This one’s big (almost 36″ x 48″) and I had fun with it. This is also when I discovered the genius product called adhesive spray.

Lolita: Upped the ante on this one by going for two layers. It was partly successful (I wish I could have made the base of the lollipop white rather than black). Still, I’m quite pleased with her expression.

Corn Muffins
Friday 29 February 2008, 1:03 AM
Filed under: muffins/scones

Muffin liners have prompted me to bake these babies. Yields around 16 muffins.


  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Combine flour, sugar, cornmeal, baking powder and salt.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine eggs, milk, oil, and butter.
  4. Add dry ingredients to wet.
  5. Spoon batter into paper lined muffin tins.
  6. Bake for 18-20 minutes.


  • I used fat free milk rather than whole.

After Thoughts

Don’t be an idiot like me and forget to put in the sugar…

I’ve made this recipe before as just plain cornbread and both are really good – very moist and sweet. Anyway, thumbs up.

Coconut Macademia Nut Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies
Thursday 28 February 2008, 9:16 AM
Filed under: cookies/bars

Baking with chocolate continues. These are for a friend. I found the original recipe from Epicurious and decided to give it a go with some changes. Yields around 4-5 dozen cookies.


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons white sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 1/4 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1 1/2 cup unsweetened, finely shredded coconut
  • 12 ounces semi-sweet mini chocolate chips
  • 10 ounces chopped macademia nuts


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Beat butter and sugar together.
  3. Add eggs and vanilla.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and salt.
  5. Add flour mixture to wet ingredients.
  6. Stir in oats, coconut, chocolate chips, and nuts.
  7. Place rounded tablespoonfuls of dough on greased baking sheets.
  8. Bake for 10 minutes.


  • Uh… you can compare to the original recipe to see what changes I made (not that many). Yeah, I’m being lazy.

After Thoughts

I didn’t try these cookies, but they smelled really good. My friend (aka guinea pig) tried them out and approved immensely. He said they weren’t too sweet at all which is a plus. My roommate says they are not crispy or doughy, but they are dense. Also, she said the macademia nuts (versus another nut) make the cookies much richer. Of course you can use any other nut, but this is a nice change from the usual. So my roommates have approved as well as the recipient of these cookies; thus, my baking is justified, haha.

Peanut Butter Cup Cookies
Wednesday 27 February 2008, 1:39 AM
Filed under: cookies/bars

I had the urge to bake, but since I need to cut, I came up with a foolproof plan: bake with chocolate. This is a tried and true recipe from All Recipes. Yields around 44 cookies.


  • 1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 44 peanut butter cup candies (more or less, depending)


  1. Preheat oven 375 F.
  2. Mix flour, salt, and baking soda.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine butter, peanut butter, white sugar, and brown sugar.
  4. Add egg, vanilla, and milk.
  5. Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients.
  6. Place round balls of dough (about a tablespooful) into an ungreased mini muffin pan.
  7. Bake for about 8 minutes.
  8. Remove from oven and immediately place peanut butter cup candies in the center of each ball of dough.


  • I’ve always used whole milk in this recipe, but I only had fat free on hand today. I don’t think it made that much of a difference.
  • I used Reeses candy… my friend tried making this recipe with a generic brand and the result was not good.
  • I topped them off with sprinkles for fun.

After Thoughts

These are good. Rich, dense, filling, and oh so wonderful. At least, I remember them like that, haha, but my roommate confirmed their deliciousness.

Raspberry Oatmeal Bars
Friday 22 February 2008, 3:37 PM
Filed under: cookies/bars, fruit

I’ve always wanted to bake this, so I finally had the chance yesterday night. The recipe is from Joy of Baking. Yields around 16 2″ squares.


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups old fashioned rolled oats – divided
  • 1 cup raspberry preserves


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Cream together butter and sugar.
  3. Add egg and vanilla.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and salt.
  5. Add flour mixture to butter/sugar mixture.
  6. Stir in 1 3/4 cups of oats.
  7. Take 2/3 of the batter and press firmly onto the bottom of a greased 9″x9″ pan.
  8. Spread the preserves on top of the first layer.
  9. Stir in remaining 1/2 cup of oats into the leftover batter and crumble on top of preserves.
  10. Bake for 25 – 30 minutes.


  • I chopped up a cup of walnuts and spread it on top.
  • I like oatmeal so I added more than 2 cups.

After Thoughts

I suspected these bars would be too sweet after I spread the preserves and I was right. The bars aren’t terrible tasting, but they’re very dense and very sweet (one keeps you full for awhile). They were chewy, which is good, but I wanted it to be more oatmeal-y. The added nuts were all right; I thought they took away from the sweetness, but my roommate thought there were a little too many of them, haha. Oh wells.

I might try a different recipe next time, or increase the amount of oats even more in this recipe. Also, I would not use a whole cup of preserves.