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So as we all know, last year was the year of the selfie. See the following from the Oxford Dictionary:



  • a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website: occasional selfies are acceptable, but posting a new picture of yourself every day isn’t necessary


early 21st century: from self + -ie.

I just want to know why now? I mean, I have proof that people have been taking selfies for at least nine years now. It may not have been taken with a smart phone, but I present to you the vintage selfie:

vintage selfie

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I will now offer the soundest advice for deciding between two brownie recipes: Make both.

That’s what I did this weekend.

Recipe 1: Moosewood Fudge Brownies, from Mollie Katzen’s Moosewood Cookbook

Recipe 2: Amazing Black Bean Brownies

And the adventure begins!


Cast of characters for Recipe 1. Please note the strong coffee on the right.

yep. them be beans.

Decidedly more disheveled cast of characters for Recipe 2.

(brownie batter. stay tuned for the baked details.)

Recipe 1 has come out of the oven!

kitchen explosion

Recipe 2 comes out of the oven and compounds the mess that has already exploded all over the kitchen.

in which Hannah washes the dishes like a boss

Behold! A cleaned kitchen!

secretly I baked a batch of marble in the oven.

Marbley Recipe 2 brownies ready to cut.

I made dem dere brownies.

Proof that these brownies were crafted by myself.

brownies on vacation, basking in the sunlight

Brownie Recipes 1 (front) and 2 (back), in all their supremely edible glory. A unbiased panel of five taste-testers was selected precisely because of the convenience of their availability. Their judgments are as follows:

Corinne eats the brownies with a side of gleefulness

Corinne: Recipe 1 was not typical; a fluffy texture but a dense flavor. Although the flavor was amazing, this recipe makes a better cake than a brownie. When Recipe 2 was warm (and not cooked long enough), the beans were too noticeable. Overall, however, the dark chocolate meshed well with the coffee flavor, and as far as brownies go, this one was the best. “I like that a lot. They really are quite marvelous.”

Becca eats the brownies with a side of amazement

Becca: Recipe 1 is not quite like a brownie, and a bit dry. However, the cinnamon gives the dessert a rounded, full-bodied flavor. The smooth coffee flavor of Recipe 2 is excellent; the chocolatey goodness went down smoothly and, although intense, was not overwhelming. Recipe 2 improves much after baking a bit longer and refrigerating.

Hannah eats the brownies with a side of skepticism

Hannah: Recipe 1 has amazing flavor, but an odd texture; somehow fluffy and dense at the same time. Before baking, the batter was the most heavenly substance. Recipe 2 is intense and decadent, rather amazing after baking longer.

Jaime eats brownies with a side of haircut

Jaime: Both brownies tasted excellent, but Recipe 2 won out because of its fudginess and the intensity of the chocolate and coffee.

Jessie eats brownies with a side of snarkJessie: Recipe 1 had a sub-excellent texture. Recipe 2 was quite good, and similar to an Italian espresso chocolate. It was “better than one would have expected from a brownie,” more like a bar of chocolate.

brownies of glory and hallelujah choirs

Recipe 1 Verdict: Good flavor, but lacking in browniness. I’d like to play around with the recipe to either make an excellent chocolate mousse or a more fudgy brownie.

winner brownies (all you other brownies, get out the way)

Recipe 2 Verdict: Pretty amazing (and gluten free!). The only con to this recipe was the effort involved; for a brownie it’s a pretty complicated recipe. But for a result of over 40 excellent brownies? I’d say it’s worth it.

Some overall comments:

“I like how they are both decadent, but not cloyingly so.” – Corinne

“One is quite small and the other is rather large.” – Jessie

“It’s like no cheese I’ve ever tasted!” – Wallace


It’s a shame more people don’t use film nowadays.

Not just for the fantastic fun film photography is.

But for the film canisters.

They hold lovely amounts of lovely things.

Poor unused film canisters.

I still love them.



find joy…


I’m so happy. I can’t help it.

Part of it’s opening windows and welcoming the weather, inexpressibly happy, full of adrenaline, unable to listen to songs with minor chords in them.

Part of it’s having tea with Jessie Riley for two hours on the deck behind Randall, turning clouds into unicorns, enjoying PG Tipps and the sun shining on my back, exchanging book and movie suggestions, relishing life.

Part of it’s squishing 8 people in a Ford Taurus and getting pizza at midnight.

Part of it’s reading Faust whilst walking around campus barefoot, balancing on the curb, wearing a skirt, being told I looked poetic, hearing “Jai Ho” streaming out of a Swallow window.

Part of it’s marveling how a simple cup from Goodwill can look when the sun hits it just so.

It’s friends. It’s experience. It’s life.

and I love it.

another scarf!

This one was for Peter …. his Christmas present. And he got it February 27. Oh well. At least he got it.

I sort of made up the pattern. The following is the pattern for the ribbing:
Cast on 28 stitches
Row 1: K2, P2, (K4, P4)x2, K4, P2, K2
Row 2: P2, K2, (P4, K4)x2, P4, K2, P2
Repeat until desired length

And then this is the pattern for the stripeys (similar to the hat my mom made for him for Christmas):
28 rows: Color A

2 rows: Color B
2 rows: Color A
4 rows: Color B
2 rows: Color A
2 rows: Color B
Repeat until desired length. End with 28 rows of Color A.

I believe I repeated the pattern 11 times. Here’s a couple more pictures:

Oh yes, for the yarn, I used navy and white “I love this Yarn” from Hobby Lobby.

I spent like 10 minutes in a photo shoot with this scarf, ha.

And then here’s the boy proudly wearing said scarf:

Meandering Rib Scarf

I finished my knitting! Huzzah! Here’s the finished product:

This was my first knitting project, and my attempt at Lion Brand’s Meandering Rib Scarf. I used one skein (I would have liked to have used both skeins I bought, but I had Christmas time constraints) of Caron’s Simply Soft Eco acrylic yarn, Ocean color (cheap soft yarn from Wal-Mart! Yay!). I repeated the pattern 13 times, I believe.
The reason it’s flared out is two-fold … on the left side of the picture, it’s flared out because I had just started to knit and didn’t quite know what I was doing. I wanted the other side to match, so I just knit looser. In retrospect, I could have just added stitches. Ah well. It was late at night.
Close up on the texture:

Mom and Peter seemed to both like the scarf!