Monday, November 24, 2008

I Have No Creative Title for This Post

If anyone even reads this anymore (I wouldn't know, since my new format did away with my Statcounter and I'm too inept to figure out how to get it back into my new template), you may have noticed that I don't blog much lately. There are two reasons for this - (1) my life is impressively boring. I'm unemployed, giving me a lot of free time, but I have no money (and I mean, like, none), so I have nothing to do with said free time, and (2) I noticed that I was mostly using the blog to vent, and while I've been a bit cranky (I was not cut out for poverty), I generally try to hide that part of myself from people. This is probably why I've occasionally been called easygoing by those that are easily deceived. Or those who exceptionally charitable. Either way, my long-suffering boyfriend would probably beg to differ.

Anyways, I still don't have much in the way of news, but thought I'd check in. (The only noteworthy occurence has been the prospect of moving to D.C. I say prospect because I'm apparently much more gung-ho than the boyfriend. Granted, I don't want to move again either, but I have friends in D.C., and there are many more listings for open positions.) So, in an effort to stave off boredom, and because feeding people makes me happy and thus staves off the cranky, I've been baking an inordinate amount. For example:
The Obama cupcakes. Yes, I know this makes me the biggest nerd in existence, but I was supporting the campaign effort in one of the only ways I know how, which is to say, feeding the volunteers. I did some volunteering myself, but on my off days I dropped off a lot of baked goods.

I also recently decided to try my hand at bagels. Turns out they're not as scary as I thought they might be. True, they require a lot of rising time, but that's a matter of patience more than anything else and doesn't actually add much to the work load, except in the way of timing. Other than that, there's some shaping and some boiling, and in the end they turned out pretty well (except the cinnamon sugar, which did not form a "tasty crust" as promised by the recipe, but stayed saturated with butter and kind of wet. Oh well, they tasted good anyway).
See? They look like real bagels! Smaller than the store-bought kind, but just as good. I was a little proud of myself, I'm not gonna lie.

Anyway, that ends this installment of Baking with Liza. Hopefully I'll have good things to report on the job front soon. Until then, happy Thanksgiving!

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