Starting 5/31, all four books of the Echo series will be FREE for five days! — Dirty Sci-Fi Buddha

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Starting 5/31, all four books of the Echo series will be FREE for five days! — Dirty Sci-Fi Buddha

Blog Sharing : Knitting With Chopsticks

Blocking for Knitting and Crochet: Everything you Need to Know

I couldn’t copy and paste the above post because that would be very wrong. I did however, link to it because I found it so very helpful. Hortense is the person behind the blog, and she’s not only a blogger, she’s a designer. She makes patterns for both knit and crochet, and I am so thrilled to be subscribed to her blog and newsletter because I learn so much from her.

She also offers free patterns, free tips and tricks, and she’s a part of a lot of bundle sales and group giveaways. It’s well worth it to subscribe to her if you’re a crafter.

She has things for all experience levels as well so never feel intimidated trying to do something new.

Check her out and let her know what you think about the above post! I know she’d be thrilled to hear from you, good or bad!

If you have blocking tips/suggestions she doesn’t share please, feel free to share them in the comments below! I’d love to talk to you about them!

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!

DIY Wood Working Project

https://diywoodproject.com/

This site is perfect for anyone interested in working with wood, from the beginner to the expert. In addition to having lots of things to make, this blog also discussing all things wood related including pests like termites. jobs in the wood working industry and where to find plans for projects not on the blog.

I am not a wood worker myself, but my son is. He found the site very informative and interesting. If you’re into working with wood, or you want to check into, I suggest checking out this blog to see what it has to offer you.

Let me know what you think of it as I’d really like to know, and be sure to let the blogger know as well!

Before I go, I’d like to remind everyone I have a raffle going on to help me pay for Mimi’s vet bills. I took her to the vet today for a check up and while she is doing better, the bills aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. I could really use the help paying for them. For more information about the raffle, check out the lower portion of the post below and if you want to get less than $5 worth of entries, please, use the Custom button:

https://wordpress.com/post/bkgriffinsnest.com/1480

Mimi and I greatly appreciate any help you can give us!

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!

Blog Sharing Saturday: Crystalized Designs

This blog is owned and run by Crystal. She’s a fantastic designer who shares a ton of free patterns on her blog! She also has a lovely website and a shop where she sells even more patterns! Each pattern is wonderful made and fully tested before being presented to the public.

I enjoy the emails I get from her, and she doesn’t overload me with them either which is a relief.

One of the first patterns I ever saw of her was the Gnome Wall Hanging, and it’s the cutest thing ever!

How adorbs are these guys!!

They look like they might be complicated but after reading over the pattern, I don’t think they’ll be all that hard to make. When I’m done with my long list of projects, this is going on the new one. Try it out today:

Gnome Wall Hanging

Post pictures if you make one or all of them!! I’d love to see them!

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!

Blog Sharing Saturday: Love Traveling Blog

If you like traveling and want/need inspiration on where to go, this blog is for you!! I had tried to reblog their post on their first day in Cornwall, but it wouldn’t let me. If you’re interested in this, and the rest of the trip as well, you can start at the link below:

Day 1: Visiting Tauton ….

I want, more than ever, to go to the UK to visit all the different places this blog talks about! The pictures on here are mega as well!! They’re so beautiful and so well done!! The traveling advice on where to stay and what to see is great too!!

Don’t take my word for it, check out the blog for yourself. They have travel diaries from all over the world, not just the UK so you can build your bucket list just reading the different posts! Let me know what you think!

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!

Blog Sharing: The Artist’s Studio

I read this blog post recently, and it touched me. I know a lot of people who have mental issues they struggle with every day, and if I can offer them yet one more way they might find helpful in that struggle, I am happy to share. The author of this post was kind enough to share a bit of their own struggle with the world and offer yet another way to try to make it through. I would have simply reblogged the post, but the page didn’t have the option for that. I won’t be presumptuous and rude enough to copy and paste it to this page. Instead, I’m going to post the link and hope you will read the post yourself.

How Pottery Helped My PTSD

The post is well worth the read, but you don’t have to take my work for it. Please, let him know what you think of his post and his work, I’m sure he’d love the feedback.

I’ll see you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!

Art, Writing, and the Pursuit of Expression

Another interesting blog to share!

Adam west

Death would have been better…

If only for a fleeting span…

Clouded, blind, and flailing.

Moments, like days, can trip near any foot. Toe-catchers we’ll call them. There is something unique about moments, they lie beyond measured time, they endure minutes. The painting above has something to do with that, in an obscure, far-off, and unexplained way…

There are moments that bend toward a drawn out stuckness, a mire of trapping, that elusive span of time can grab hold and dwell. Some should be held. Others still, hold darker lingerings.

Why do I write? Or paint?

It’s because of these very moments… the ones that threaten who we wish to be, those breaths where everything seems to snatch away… and sometimes do. When we are left with only ourselves.

I write for the notion of expression. For the harried moments that breathe life into a heart-wrecked soul.

This painting is…

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Blog Sharing: The Gastronomy Gal

I t’ried to reblog this, but I had to cut and paste because I couldn’t get more than the title to come up. I love this blog!

Blackout Mochi Brownies with Raspberry Filling (GF + Oil-Free)

BY JAMIE LIN ON  • ( 30 COMMENTS )      41 Votesn’

These gluten and oil-free mochi brownies stuffed with raspberry chocolate take brownies to the next level!

If you have followed my website for a while, you must know that I love anything that is mochi (sweet rice flour) related. From my coconut matcha butter bars to mochi baked donuts to red bean and mochi manju, the possibilities are endless! You can catch me experimenting with mochi in all sorts of dishes, so I decided to make brownies with sweet rice flour instead of all-purpose flour because why not? I went a bit above and beyond and did more than just a typical brownie… I made a blackout mochi brownie, stuffed with raspberry chocolate. Whew! That’s a long name, so let me break down each component of the dessert for you.

  • Blackout brownies are brownies made with black cocoa powder which has a smooth, non-bitter and less chocolatey taste. I got inspired by the blackout brownies from a cafe in Singapore called Bundt by Backyard Bakers.
  • Mochi brownies are brownies made with sweet rice flour instead of all-purpose flour. The best thing about these brownies are that they’re gluten and oil free! Perfect for anyone who has some sort of gluten intolerance or allergy. These turned out way better than I expected and I think I may prefer mochi brownies over regular ones.
  • I made my own raspberry chocolate to pipe into these brownies and the flavor combination is spot-on. The brownies are slightly sweet and the raspberry chocolate is a bit sour which complements the sweetness of the brownie so well! My homemade chocolate consists of white chocolate chips, raspberry powder, and a bit of cream. You can also consider using ruby chocolate, a naturally pink chocolate with a fruity taste.

I chose to use black cocoa powder instead of regular cocoa powder for this recipe since I wanted the dark black to contrast more with the pink chocolate. The common Dutch-processed cocoa powder is brown rather than black.

What is black cocoa powder?

Black cocoa powder, as it sounds, is literally pitch black. It is cocoa powder that has been processed with alkaline and yields a less bitter and less chocolatey taste. I do like it because the flavor isn’t as dense. The most popular use of black cocoa powder is in Oreos. Black cocoa powder is responsible for Oreo’s signature black, not brown, color. I had difficulty finding black cocoa powder in person so I ordered The Cocoa Trader black cocoa powder online.

What is mochi (sweet rice flour)?

Mochi or sweet rice flour is flour high in starch, made from short-grain glutinous rice. It is commonly used in East and Southeast Asian cuisines to make desserts and entrees. The flour produces a chewy and elastic product and is usually used in a dessert, although it can be used in savory dishes as well. Sweet rice flour should not be confused with other flours such as glutinous rice flour or tapioca starch. The most common sweet rice flour is Mochiko, which can commonly be found in the International aisle and Asian grocery stores. Bob’s Red Mill also sells sweet rice flour.

How do you make the raspberry chocolate filling?

The raspberry chocolate filling is simply made with white chocolate, raspberry powder, and a bit of heavy cream. You can microwave the mixture or melt over a double broiler (recommended) to prevent scorching. I use Food to Live raspberry powder, which is made from freeze-dried raspberries and is slightly sweet and sour. The filling is viscous rather than solid since you want the filling to ooze out when the brownie is cut open. If you don’t have raspberry powder, you can also use ruby chocolate, naturally pink chocolate made from pink cocoa beans. It has a sour and fruity taste, making it a good alternative for raspberry chocolate.


Blackout Mochi Brownies with Raspberry Filling

yield: 9 brownies (8 x 8 pan)

total cook time: 1 hr. 30 min.

Ingredients:

For brownies:

  • 2 large eggs
  • 185 g. or 1 c. minus 1 tbsp. granulated sugar
  • 4 g. or 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 360 g. or 1 1/2 c. whole milk
  • 260 g. or 1 1/2 c. + 1 tbsp. sweet rice flour (such as Mochiko or Bob’s Red Mill)
  • 40 g. or 1/2 c. black cocoa powder (I use The Cocoa Trader black cocoa powder)
  • 2 g. or 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 6 g. or 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 45 g. or 1/4 c. chocolate chips, optional

For filling:

  • 120 g. or 2/3 c. white chocolate chips
  • 15 g. or 1 tbsp. heavy cream
  • 20 g. or 1 1/2 tbsp. raspberry powder (I use Food to Live raspberry powder)
  • Additional raspberry powder to dust the top.

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, sugar, and vanilla extract.
  2. Add in the sweet rice flour, cocoa power, baking soda, and salt and whisk until combined. Fold in the chocolate chips, if using. Pour mixture into an 8 x 8 in. baking pan linked with parchment paper and bake at 350 F for 55-60 min.
  3. In the meantime, use a double broiler to melt white chocolate chips. In a small bowl, mix together the raspberry powder and heavy cream until a pink thick paste forms. One the white chocolate chips have melted, add in the pink paste and stir until combined. Remove the chocolate from the heat and allow to cool to room temperature and chill for 20 min. The mixture will thicken but not solidify.
  4. Once the brownies have baked, remove the pan from the oven immediately and let the brownies cool in the pan for 10 min. Then place on a cooling rack to cool for 30 min. Cut the brownies into 9 squares.
  5. Once the raspberry filling has thickened, place into a piping bag attached with a narrow piping tip. Use a small knife to core the inside of the brownie from the side and pipe some raspberry filling into the brownie brownie. Cover the raspberry filling with the cored brownie. OR, if you choose not to cover the cored brownie, you will have the filling exposed which looks great as well. Repeat for the rest of the brownies and then sift some raspberry powder on top of the brownie and enjoy!

Storage notes: The brownies should be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. I recommend microwaving the brownie for about 10-20 seconds. The chocolate filling may melt a little which is fine.

*Nutrition facts are estimates.

Blog Sharing Saturday: My (mis?)adventures with yarn

This was one of the first blogs I started following when I joined WordPress.com ages ago. It’s run by the wonderfully multi-talented Anita. Thanks to her, I have also joined the Mystery Stitch A Long she wrote about just recently.

She writes mostly about projects she’s either crocheting or knitting, and I love reading about it. If she ever does a video series, and I find out, I’ll be subscribing and watching each one!

Don’t take my word for it though, click on the link below and find out more about the lovely Anita!!

My (mis?)adventures with yarn

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!

Blog Sharing Saturday: The Writing on the Padded Wall

Jack Canfora is the author of this fantastic blog, and I am amazed by him. He’s not just a blogger, he’s also a playwright. An Award Winning playwright!!! I was floored when I read that about him because his posts are just so straightforward and simple. There’s no hubris, no beating his chest and demanding attention – none of that.

What’s more, he has the same issues a lot of other people have, not just writers and playwrights. I guess it makes him more relatable to me. I care about the things he writes about. I highly recommend you check out his blog and see what he’s all about. He’s begun a new project involving theatre you can find out more about in his blog.

The Writing on the Padded Wall

I hope you enjoy reading his blog as much as I did.

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!