bluespirit: (Supernatural ~ Dean/Sam what's up)
It's been a busy week or so. We've had some sad RL news, which I won't dwell on, but fortunately a few nice things, too.
We went down to London for a couple of days last week.  We visited the Sherlock exhibition at the Museum of London, saw Mamma Mia! at the Novello & the Poppy installation at the Tower of London.  It was a brilliant visit - we had such an amazing time.

Hmmm, this seems familiar...

... )

Ceramic poppies in the moat of the Tower - one poppy for every British & Commonwealth soldier who died during the First World War. There'll be over 888,000 when they're all planted.  It was incredibly moving.

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And we went to Coalbrookdale at the weekend & did a lovely walk up in the fields & hills there.  Bud loved it - especially mooching in the brooks & streams. :)

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more of the Budlington... )

There's no new Spn this week but the trailer for next week looks awesome!

And how cute were the boys in their Halloween costumes? LOL

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I love that Misha is doing 'Dean's' bow legs! And Jensen is making that Sam face!
Love it! \o/

I hope that everyone is happy & well!
*hugs*
bluespirit: (Supernatural ~ J2 Jared on Jen's shoulde)
Even if you're not particularly into Spn, [personal profile] stir_of_echoes' fabulous pic spam will definitely give you a smile!
And if you're like me then it will reduce you to a grinning, giggling puddle of happy fangirlish squee! ♥

A taster - check out [personal profile] stir_of_echoes' adorkable post for more...

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bluespirit: (Supernatural ~ Dean approved)
We went to Worcester for lunch yesterday & while there, we called into the Lakeland shop.
As he held the door for me, Mr B said, 'Go on, get your bake on'! LOL
Oh my goodness - I was in bake!geek heaven!

I got a fabulous 3-tier cooling rack (with a small kitchen, counter space is at a premium) & two amazing non-stick cookie sheets, plus a few other things like a mini-muffin tin, etc.
And when I say the cookie sheets are non-stick, they really are! I didn't even have to grease them - just put the cookie mixture straight on there & the baked cookies lifted off perfectly! Um, because yeah - I've had to test them out & have baked cookies this afternoon; milk choc chip & white choc chip (Mr B loves white chocolate.)

Here are a few pics:

cookies!! )
+ mmmm, cookies!
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Here's the recipe I used. I got the original here, but I've played around with the quantities, etc a little & have found that this works perfectly.

Big chewy choc chip cookies

makes approx 12-14

250g plain flour
1/2 tsp bicarb of soda
1/2 tsp salt
170g unsalted butter - melted
150g soft brown sugar
75g caster sugar
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1 egg
1 egg yolk
160g choc chips

1. Preheat the oven to 170C/gas mark 3. Grease baking trays or line with parchment (or do neither if you have super-duper new cookie sheets! *g*)
2. Sift together the flour, bicarb & salt; set aside.
3. Cream together the melted butter, brown sugar & caster sugar until well blended (I use an electric hand mixer.) Beat in the vanilla, egg & egg yolk until light & creamy. (Again I use the electric mixer.)
4. Stir in the sifted ingredients by hand until just blended.
5. Stir in the choc chips by hand. (I split the dough into two & mix 80g of white choc chips into one half, & 80g of milk choc into the other)
6. Drop the cookie dough onto the baking sheet, with each cookie made of 2 tablespoons of dough. Do not flatten the dough. The cookies should be about 8 cm apart.
7. Bake for 12-17 minutes in preheated oven or until the edges are lightly toasted. (Take them out sooner rather than later - when they're still soft in the centre - as they harden slightly on cooling.)
8. Cool on baking trays for a few minutes before transferring to cooling racks to cool completely.

Then scoff! *g*

Oh, [personal profile] sgamadison  - reading some of the comments with the original recipe, it looks like this works well with GF flour, too. \o/

ETA:  These cookies freeze really well.  Just wrap in clingfilm & then pop into a ziplock bag. :)


As there was no new Spn this week (sob!), I think I'll drown my sorrows with a cookie & a good story. :)

Here's to a great weekend, everyone!

j2
bluespirit: (Supernatural ~ J2 baby makes 3)
<-- This icon has nothing to do with the post - it's just so cute & I wanted to use it. *g*

Thank you so much for the advice on my 'help-my-muffins-have-gone-soggy' problem. Heh - that sounds way too dirty. ;)
I've had a couple of good tips & am investigating.

However, the muffins I made yesterday didn't get chance to be a part of the experiment as they were practically all eaten in one go! I tried my first savoury muffin recipe - cheddar & leek - & we ate them freshly baked with a fresh tomato & basil soup. I have to say that they were rather yummy (though I think next time I'll use extra mature cheddar rather than just mature as I do love cheese.)
Mr B enjoyed them so much that he's taken the last remaining ones to work with some soup for lunch!

It was a nice, simple recipe that I got out of The Times. If anyone's interested, do say & I'll type it up.

ETA:  here it is! :)

Leek & Cheddar muffins
(makes 12)

275g self-raising flour
125g cheddar, grated
2 small leeks, thinly sliced
2 eggs
80g melted butter
175ml milk
2 tbsp plain yoghurt (I used low fat natural)

1.  Combine flour, most of cheese & most of leeks.  Season.  Beat together eggs, butter, milk & yoghurt, & stir into dry ingredients until just combined.
2.  Line muffin tin with paper cases & fill with mixture.  Scatter with remaining cheese & leeks.
3.  Bake at 190C/Gas 5 for 25-30 minutes until golden.

4.  Scoff & enjoy! *g*

---

And just because - that awesome, awesome scene from the end of this week's ep in gif form c/o of the wonderful [livejournal.com profile] fiercelynormal.

boys! )
bluespirit: (Supernatural ~ J2 baby makes 3)
<-- This icon has nothing to do with the post - it's just so cute & I wanted to use it. *g*

Thank you so much for the advice on my 'help-my-muffins-have-gone-soggy' problem. Heh - that sounds way too dirty. ;)
I've had a couple of good tips & am investigating.

However, the muffins I made yesterday didn't get chance to be a part of the experiment as they were practically all eaten in one go! I tried my first savoury muffin recipe - cheddar & leek - & we ate them freshly baked with a fresh tomato & basil soup. I have to say that they were rather yummy (though I think next time I'll use extra mature cheddar rather than just mature as I do love cheese.)
Mr B enjoyed them so much that he's taken the last remaining ones to work with some soup for lunch!

It was a nice, simple recipe that I got out of The Times. If anyone's interested, do say & I'll type it up.

And just because - that awesome, awesome scene from the end of this week's ep in gif form c/o of the wonderful [personal profile] fiercelynormal.

boys! )

*loves so much*
♥ ♥ ♥
bluespirit: (Supernatural ~ Dean/Sam what's up)
So, I managed to get my header banner back (oops - actually that was my fault, not LJ's this time! *g*)
While I was at it (& as I can't seem to get my rotating banners to work anymore) I decided to give my LJ a bit of a makeover as I'd had that layout for a few years.
The style is still the same but I've gone for a Spn theme & a new colour scheme.  I love it! <3

Credits: the original gifs in my sidebar are from[personal profile] fiercelynormal[personal profile] raloria  (I resized them to fit).  The animated mood theme is from dana_duchovny, & thanks to data_nali for her list of spn mood themes that helped me track this down.

Speaking of gifs.  Does anyone know where I can get one of a barechested!Sam doing pull-ups in ep 6.03 The Third Man?
You know the scene I mean... ;)

Sam...guh!
 
(Not sure where I got this. Sorry. I'll add credit if anyone can tell me.)

bluespirit: (Supernatural ~ WTF?Sam)
So, my LJ banner has now completely vanished.  I have no idea why - I'd removed the rotate thingy & was just settled with one banner but now that's gone, too.
<--- Sam is summarising my mood quite well.  (Thank you, Sammy. ♥)
I really hope this is just an LJ glitch because I love having a banner.
*sniffles*
If anyone can offer any advice, I'd be very grateful please.

On a much brighter note: SPN does the Harlem Shake! LOL

I don't really get this craze (old fogey dinosaur, blah, blah, blah *g*), but seeing Jensen shaking those gorgeous hips is hardly a hardship. *g*


Apparently, the whole thing was Jensen's idea. *g*
Once everyone piles in, Jensen is the one wearing a blue/white hockey jersey, Jared is next to him wearing a ski parka & waving a big red hand, & Gen is the one with the dogs!
Oh, & Osric Chau (Kevin) is the one in the body bag! LOL

The fabulous [personal profile] fiercelynormal  has giffed those smooth hips for posterity!

Jensen shaking those hips!


Mmm-mmmm...
My day feels brighter already!

bluespirit: (Supernatural ~ Dean/Sam anim hug)
Here's wishing my angel, [personal profile] lantean_drift, a fabulous birthday! ♥
*hugs*









Credit for gifs: [personal profile] fiercelynormal, belle_favrielle & [personal profile] crysothemis
bluespirit: (Supernatural ~ J2 joy)
I think today is going to be 'sunny'. :)

I'm celebrating with adorkable, pretty boys...



 
Gif by repro images.
bluespirit: (Supernatural ~ Dean thoughtful)
Does anyone know where I can get a larger, cleaner version of this pic please?

Is there an equivalent of AOL Rocks in Spn fandom?

Boys!

bluespirit: (Supernatural ~ J2 laughing)
So, David Hewlett is over here in good old Blighty! *g*

Ah England, land of Pickled Onion flavored Monster Munch...is all this cold, grey rain just for us? How sweet of you!

And Joe is wishing a certain someone a happy birthday!

Happy Bday! And get well soon!

How sweet is that?! (And how sweet is [livejournal.com profile] melodysparks to ask him?)

And then there's this:

Joe Flanigan @JoeFlanigan

Alone with my 3 boys this week. Deciding whether to ride motorcycles, clean out shotguns, have a knife throwing contest, or do homework. Hmm

LOL Oh, Joe! *g*

At Fedon 2010


In other news, I've just started a rewatch of Supernatural. I've gone right back to s1 & am going to work my way up to date.
I have rewatched each season (as the DVDs were released) but this is the first time I've done a complete show rewatch.
*glee*
So, I've just watched the pilot & absolutely loved it (all over again!)  But I can't believe how young the boys look! LOL

I started watching Spn when it first aired back in whenever it was (2005?) & have always absolutely loved the show.  I did read a little bit of fic back in the day but then I got overwhelmed by my McSheppy love & all my insane creative writing/arting-constantly-for-years-on-end madness & so, didn't really do the fandom side of Spn at all.  I've always said that it's a show that I'm completely in love with, but not one I'm in a fandom place with. 
Yeah, well.  It looks like that's changed. *g*  I don't know at this point if I'll actually write/make art^ but I am reading fic like it's going out of fashion. *g*  I'm a Dean&hisSammy girl - hey, I'm an old school Lotripper, so I'm hardly going to baulk at a little Wincest *g* - but I may dip my toe in the J-squared waters, too.

Of course, the good thing is that I have years (& years) of fic & art & vids to catch up on! Yay!

And in conclusion!  Happy Tuesday, folks!

Boys!
*hearts in my eyes*

^Just to clarify.  I haven't left SGA fandom or abandoned the boys, & I do still have stories I plan to write (plus I'm modding & taking part in [livejournal.com profile] sga_art_santa as usual.)  I probably won't be writing any more H5-0 (for the foreseeable future anyway) although I am watching & really enjoying the current season. (Speaking of which - new ep to watch tonight!)  If anyone is unhappy with this, then I'm sorry, but I'd really prefer not to have a repeat of the passive-aggressive stuff that happened when I started branching out from SGA to 5-0.  It was pretty upsetting.

So...

10 Nov 2012 05:31 pm
bluespirit: (Supernatural ~ Dean/Sam hugs)
I do love me some Dean&Sam, but, if pressed, I'd say that I'm more of a Dean girl. (But I still love Sam dearly!)
Anyway - there's something about Dean that is just so very, very, very pretty.


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Honestly, I watch an ep & it's like every frame is just one gorgeous screen cap after another.


evidence )

But, I don't know, this season Sam has really caught my eye. I mean, yes, I knew that he was gorgeous but oh my goodness, now he's even more so!

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more evidence )

Sooo...  I'm obviously not making any deep, philosophical statements here (& this is really just an excuse for a gratuitous pic spam) but...hot damn these boys are pretty! (And even prettier together. *g*)

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caps by midnight_road
bluespirit: (Supernatural ~ WTF?Sam)
I may have got mildly addicted to Swiss Miss Milk Chocolate cocoa while on holiday in the US, & today I used the last of the sachets that I brought home with me.
*sob*
After checking online, I found a couple of websites in the UK that stock it but... for the price they want for a 10 sachet box, I could buy a 50 sachet box at Walmart!


Aaagh!  Next year, I obviously need to take one suitcase purely for stocking up on creamy, chocolately, cocoa-y goodness. *g*

Gif by [livejournal.com profile] fiercelynormal.
bluespirit: (Supernatural ~ WTF?Sam)
I may have got mildly addicted to Swiss Miss Milk Chocolate cocoa while on holiday in the US, & today I used the last of the sachets that I brought home with me.
*sob*
After checking online, I found a couple of websites in the UK that stock it but... for the price they want for a 10 sachet box, I could buy a 50 sachet box at Walmart!


Aaagh!  Next year, I obviously need to take one suitcase purely for stocking up on creamy, chocolately, cocoa-y goodness. *g*

Gif by [livejournal.com profile] fiercelynormal.
bluespirit: (Supernatural)
I had a really great time at the con (despite having a stinking cold, yuck!) - much slashy gossip, laughter & squeeing went on.
*loves on [livejournal.com profile] lantean_drift*
We watched loads of song vids, swapped ideas & recs for fave stories & generally drooled over the lads - a variety of lads as this was more of a mixed con, though in our little corner it was mainly all about McShep & Wincest. ♥
Oh, & bizarrely, our team won the quiz on the Sat evening! We usually come last. It was obviously due to there being more multifandom questions & not just Pros ones that helped us out. ;-)
Huge thanks, again to S & everyone involved in running the con.
*hugs*

~*~

I finally managed to watch 'All Hell Breaks Loose Parts 1 & 2' last night.

cut for non specific spoilers but just to be safe )

Does anyone want iPod versions of these eps? Let me know & I'll upload them, as I converted them this morning.
bluespirit: (Supernatural)
I had a really great time at the con (despite having a stinking cold, yuck!) - much slashy gossip, laughter & squeeing went on.
*loves on [livejournal.com profile] lantean_drift*
We watched loads of song vids, swapped ideas & recs for fave stories & generally drooled over the lads - a variety of lads as this was more of a mixed con, though in our little corner it was mainly all about McShep & Wincest. ♥
Oh, & bizarrely, our team won the quiz on the Sat evening! We usually come last. It was obviously due to there being more multifandom questions & not just Pros ones that helped us out. ;-)
Huge thanks, again to S & everyone involved in running the con.
*hugs*

~*~

I finally managed to watch 'All Hell Breaks Loose Parts 1 & 2' last night.

cut for non specific spoilers but just to be safe )

Does anyone want iPod versions of these eps? Let me know & I'll upload them, as I converted them this morning.
bluespirit: (Supernatural ~ sunset)
We watched What is and What Should Never Be last night.

cut for spoilers )

pretty screen caps & fangirly squee )

Any post-ep fics recs please? (Wincest only please because, you know, I'm a big, old slasher!)

Btw - I haven't seen 'All Hell Breaks Loose 1' yet - I've decided to wait for the 2nd part & watch them together. So please - no spoilery comments, thanks!
bluespirit: (Supernatural ~ sunset)
We watched What is and What Should Never Be last night.

cut for spoilers )

pretty screen caps & fangirly squee )

Any post-ep fics recs please? (Wincest only please because, you know, I'm a big, old slasher!)

Btw - I haven't seen 'All Hell Breaks Loose 1' yet - I've decided to wait for the 2nd part & watch them together. So please - no spoilery comments, thanks!

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