a farewell to Bisquick

Growing up, and up until now in my adult life–I’ve been a big fan of America’s favorite Pancake Mix. I can’t remember a time when I couldn’t find the bright yellow box nestled in the pantry. But recently…*sigh* Bisquick betrayed me.

My mom gave me her extra box of Bisquick, and then after ruining my chicken n’ dumplings, and 2 batches of pancakes I realized finally that I wasn’t screwing it up. The Bisquick didn’t have any baking soda in this box.

So. Betrayed.


But, it forced me to admit that I was using Bisquick as a crutch, not a cheat like when I use cake mixes in a box. I admit that that’s a cheat, but I like to doctor them up and do have good recipes for special occasions. Don’t ever use a box mix for a 3d cake, they’re too soft.

But Bisquick was my crutch for pancakes, waffles, banana bread, dumplings, and biscuits. Everyone else claims to be doing these from scratch, and I’m cheating.

So I pulled out the single most trusted cookbook I’ve ever used. The Betty Crocker Cookbook. Seriously, 90% of my recipes have started from this book. Before I share them with others I change them p here and there, but her recipes and tips always get me to the right spot. That’s because the Betty Crocker Brand love simplicity, and so do I.

So far I’ve made delicious pancakes from scratch, and banana bread that wasn’t as great. I think I’ve got some changes to make to that recipe before I make it as delicious as I like it.


Why “Rugrats” is Terrifying.


If you’re like me, chances are you grew up watching shows like Hey Arnold!, Rugrats, Codename! Kids Next Door, ect.

I’ve got a 4-year-old niece, she’s adorable and energetic, and loves Rugrats. So when I babysit her, chances are Rugrats is on the TV.

And I’ve noticed some things.

We’ll come back to the horrifying child neglect/endangerment issues in a few minutes because I want to start with this picture:

That's a g'damned skeleton in a show about babies.

Tommy almost falls down into that. Into a room with a body that has completely decomposed into a skeleton and nobody noticed. And this is the first season of the show. This is from 1990!

Also, when scouring google looking for that picture I came across this one:

And oh dear—what is that? I don’t even remember this and I really don’t think I want to. Ever. Ever.

Ever ever again.

Except I’m a self-destructive pile of stubborn “MUST KNOW…

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Greener Grasses

I’ve noticed that I tend to be a “other grass” kind of person. Not necessarily in the way of “if I could just achieve this thing I’d never be unhappy again”–I’m not that dumb.

It’s mostly about the weather. The solstice was the 20th of June, and since then, since true summer began I became truly obsessed with winter. Seriously, the holidays are just now coming up and I have been planning since JUNE people.

Since. June.

And I know once the glow of the holidays wears off after the second of January, I’m going to start pining again for summer. Really, about the second week of January, I start buying up seeds and planting them in egg shells and trying to make it be Summer in my home again.

Grass to me is always greenest in the spring and the fall…and by green I mean mud, and I’m fine with that.

How to get yourself blacklisted

This guy’s biggest mistake was giving names to the agents. It’s easy to excuse venting when you’re not actively attacking people.

In the Inbox

A man named David Benjamin was unhappy an agent rejected him. He wrote a bitter blog post.

I’m providing this because I want you to know that people like this exist. Agents frequently have to protect themselves from this kind of abuse. The industry is small and agents pass this kind of thing on to each other. Note that this is not his first bitter post about an agent who rejected him.

I’ve provided the 3 screen-caps of his short blog post and 3 screen caps of the 6 comments, taken at 11am, July 27, 2016.

A link to his original post is provided at the bottom of this post.

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Original post is on his blog here.

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This ‘Harry Potter’ Fan Theory Might Explain Exactly Why The Dursleys Hated Harry So Much



I know this is just a fan theory, but after reading it, you’ll have to wonder if this is what was in J.K. Rowling’s head when she wrote Harry Potter. As most of us know, Harry’s foster family, his Uncle Vernon, Aunt Petunia, and cousin Dudley, were more than a little miserable to their charge over the entire time they had him in their custody. In fact, they were downright abusive, and seemingly for no reason other than maybe Petunia’s resentment that her sister, Lily (Harry’s mother) was murdered and Harry survived. But one fan proposed a theory on Tumblr that might explain everything, and it’s pretty damn good.

Hold on to your Sorting Hats, this is a doozy, like when we learned that Ariel from The Little Mermaidtotally could have written letters to Prince Eric explaining her conundrum the whole time she was mute.

Harry was a

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365 Things to do with Potatoes, Episode One

Little throwback to nearly 2 years ago when my project began. Now look! I’m…on episode 12…At least I haven’t given up.


When you get a potato, what is the first and simplest thing to do with it?

Bake it.


Seriously, nothing is easier to do with a potato than *bake it*.

Pull a good sized potato out, wash it off a little, just knock the dirt off and pick off any eyes if they’re there. It’s not gone bad if it’s got the eyes growing on it. If you’ve got a little one though with a lot of eyes go ahead and stick it in a pot! It might grow. I have no idea, I have never done it before. (Considering I have twenty pounds of potatoes I might give it a shot.)

Once it’s been in a 350-450 Degree (F) oven for 40 or so minutes (stick a fork through it, if it feels crunchy at all in the center, it’s not done and let it go some more.)…

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