It's Cookie Monster Day

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Waited a bit late this year - but today is 'cookie day'.


shortbread - sugar cookies - oatmeal lace cookies - ...so far. Headed to the store now for emergency cookie supplies (did not plan ahead well this year)....My cookie monster 'partner' will be here next week from the Air Force for a few days - we'll hold off on making 'buckeyes' till he can help. Those are his 'thing'.


Trying to get done and kitchen cleaned today before family gets back from a major shopping trip - and starts asking for MORE cookie varieties.....
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  • Profile picture of the author tagiscom
    Cookie Day, ok, but be careful of which dough you use.

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  • Profile picture of the author Kay King
    That looks painful.


    I'm finished - and next year I'm buying cookies!
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    • Profile picture of the author Jeffery
      Originally Posted by Kay King View Post

      That looks painful.

      I'm finished - and next year I'm buying cookies!
      LOL, thats funny.

      Little know secret about me. I like to bake cookies and cakes.

      Back in the day, being the only jarhead with his own billet afforded me a grand lifestyle. Had my own field oven and a real ice machine won in a poker game.

      It was a real surprise to the platoon. I guess it did look odd to them when they saw me in a homemade apron made out of an old poncho.

      Despite the jibes and jeers the men would stand in line for those cookies. God save their soul if they got out of line, lol. Admittedly, there were better at the mess, but the mess did not serve beer, lol.

      Christmas with them brings back lots of good memories.
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      • Profile picture of the author lanfear63
        Originally Posted by Jeffery View Post

        LOL, thats funny.

        Little know secret about me. I like to bake cookies and cakes.

        Back in the day, being the only jarhead with his own billet afforded me a grand lifestyle. Had my own field oven and a real ice machine won in a poker game.

        It was a real surprise to the platoon. I guess it did look odd to them when they saw me in a homemade apron made out of an old poncho.

        Despite the jibes and jeers the men would stand in line for those cookies. God save their soul if they got out of line, lol. Admittedly, there were better at the mess, but the mess did not serve beer, lol.

        Christmas with them brings back lots of good memories.
        "Little know secret about me. I like to bake cookies and cakes"

        No wonder you like Claude, your a match made in heaven, he loves eating them..
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        • Profile picture of the author Jeffery
          Originally Posted by lanfear63 View Post

          "Little know secret about me. I like to bake cookies and cakes"

          No wonder you like Claude, your a match made in heaven, he loves eating them..
          I'm gonna be sick
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      • Originally Posted by Jeffery View Post

        I like to bake cookies and cakes.
        For sure I would so love to possess that talent, but for all my joie de vivre I am a srs carbonizer in that kinda area.

        tbh recipe books fear my approach.

        Jamie Oliveure is real sweet when he says ima GUARTANTEED to knock out culinary excellence in 20 minutes flat usin' only TRAD KITCHEN STAPLES an' mebbe half a frickin' kumquat -- but I guess the guy knows nuthin' 'bout nature totally shackled to nurture kinda KLUTZO in the food preparation department as manifested offa my lamebrain tits.

        To figure how most recipe books feel when opened by Moi, we gotta wonder what mighta happened if the guy sketchin' out Disney's pictures for Snow White had scrunched 'em all up an' thrown 'em in the trash.

        For sure, Disney woulda still made out as an entreprenoor in the end -- like we coulda got to The Lion King a few years sooner -- but much as I wish to mix metaphors an' analogies, that don't stop nuthin' I cook tastin' like I am a secret conduit for sum weird kinda torture evry time I throw on an apron.

        Tellya, if'n ima evah write a cookbook, it gonna be called

        HERE'S HEALTHY INSTANT CHEAPO STORE CRAPOLA

        AIN'T GONNA KILLYA
        Your Ultimate Guide To Slacker Nourishment Solootions

        My preface would mebbe run thusliciously ...

        Who needs gourmet cuisine when you're like mortal?

        For sure, you can fix up SRS FACIAL HAGGARDNESS an' weary TROOLY TIME-DEPENDENT MUSCLES by choppin' up carrots into star shapes an' massagin' 'em for 24 hours in THE WEIRDSYEST JUS EVAH -- like they a DYIN' PET you gotta SLEEP NEXT TO in their ACTSCHWL BED before the Reaper makes with alla that TERMINAL REAPER SHIT ...

        but your local store KNOWS BETTER.


        It has all the sustenance you could evah need ... all laid out in signposted aisles anywan could figure even if they a frickin' MORON.


        All you gotta do is pack a few dollars an' max out all skillful at pushin' a trolley round the place without fallin' on your ass.

        SOUNDS EASY -- BUT THERE'S A HITCH

        Aw yeah, for sure -- this is way too easy.

        See, cos that so-called Sicilian Pizza over there in the ONLY 27c (Bring Your Own Baseball Bat) DUMPSTER is 98% frickin' MERCURY.

        Slap your fingers on THAT baby without no expert advice on WHERE TO SLAP YOUR FINGERS ... an' you are srsly f*ckoed, tellya.

        Ain't it times like these whenya are out lookin' for real neat bargains to kiss sweet on both BUDGET an' NOT LIKE DYIN' that you could mebbe use sum real practical advice 'bout THE ULTIMATE SLACKER STORE CRUISER MENU?

        Yanno, like easy picks from the shelf don't figure no tumors later in life?

        That's why I wrote out this cornucopia of microwaved exotica, an' why YOU -- O yummiest evah Sweetiepoppet -- can trust it to deliver always on evrythin' you'd expect from an EXPERT NON-GOURMET PERSON (ie Moi ... but plz don't applaud bcs hoobris an' parentheses don't mix too good) who happens also (by miraculous coincidence far as this $17.75 Here's Healthy Instant Cheapo Store Crapola Ain't Gonna Killya purchase you jus' made is concerned) to not actschwlly be dead yet from offa her own wise counsel.


        *winnah*

        Scrumiliciously Yours,

        Princess Balestra
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Mayo
    Did someone say COOKIES?
    My wife has baked cookies for the last two weeks and yesterday she started on pies...lol I'm going to be so fat by the end of this week, I hope all the new clothes I've gotten fit.
    MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU ALL.

    Have a Great Day!
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  • Profile picture of the author Kay King
    One full day of cookies is my limit - my Domestic Goddess moments come and go and seldom last for more than a day at a time.


    I DID finally buy a TV. Fi-Optics was wired up last week so was watching for a great sale. Found a sale at MicroCenter for 65" Samsung Qled - so we drove down there with the full intention of buying THAT TV - but right next to it was a one day sale on a 70" Sony 4k....for several hundred dollars less. The pix on the QLED is amazing - but I am, at heart, a rather practical person and I LOVE my new Sony.
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    • Profile picture of the author lanfear63
      Originally Posted by Kay King View Post

      One full day of cookies is my limit - my Domestic Goddess moments come and go and seldom last for more than a day at a time.


      I DID finally buy a TV. Fi-Optics was wired up last week so was watching for a great sale. Found a sale at MicroCenter for 65" Samsung Qled - so we drove down there with the full intention of buying THAT TV - but right next to it was a one day sale on a 70" Sony 4k....for several hundred dollars less. The pix on the QLED is amazing - but I am, at heart, a rather practical person and I LOVE my new Sony.
      I am outraged, you went for a miniscule difference in screen size over quality of picture. Must have been a good offer. At least you saw them side by side and know full well what you are missing out on.

      I admit though, I do favour the Sony brand over Samsung, they seem more durable. At least you will see a big improvement over your old one. Enhanced HD and more colors. And when you do get to see some 4k stuff such as Amazon Prime or Netflix does, you will see the difference. If you have a Youtube App, seek out 4k demo's, there are many. The 4k Chess demo has some breathtaking moments. Anything with gold in it looks incredible. Pluto TV has a 4k channel

      If you have a standard HD Firestick or Roku, you must update to the ones that output in 4k, not expensive to do.

      Would be interested to hear how much you paid and the model number.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kay King
    am outraged, you went for a miniscule difference in screen size over quality of picture. Must have been a good offer. At least you saw them side by side and know full well what you are missing out on.

    Yup - and the QLED is amazing but the SONY brand is a go to for us because we've had such great produts from SONY - the TV I replaced is a 60" Sony - 12 yrs old - no problems with it...just older.



    The QLED is at the link below - the sale Monday was at $1297 ...



    https://www.microcenter.com/product/...-smart-qled-tv


    The Sony (don't hit me) is (I think) a 2017 model - the 4k is KILLER - the picture is excellent and I'm familiar with Sony controls so easy to adapt to - was on sale that one day for $800 - but the box had a 6 inch tear in one end (just on the outer flap) - so I paid $750...


    Sony KD70X690E 70" Class (69.5" Diag.) 4K Ultra HD HDR Smart LED TV



    Keep in mind - I'm not a geek, not a gamer - just want to stream movies and watch some shows.......and I do like a good deal.
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    • Profile picture of the author lanfear63
      Originally Posted by Kay King View Post

      Yup - and the QLED is amazing but the SONY brand is a go to for us because we've had such great produts from SONY - the TV I replaced is a 60" Sony - 12 yrs old - no problems with it...just older.



      The QLED is at the link below - the sale Monday was at $1297 ...



      https://www.microcenter.com/product/...-smart-qled-tv


      The Sony (don't hit me) is (I think) a 2017 model - the 4k is KILLER - the picture is excellent and I'm familiar with Sony controls so easy to adapt to - was on sale that one day for $800 - but the box had a 6 inch tear in one end (just on the outer flap) - so I paid $750...


      Sony KD70X690E 70" Class (69.5" Diag.) 4K Ultra HD HDR Smart LED TV



      Keep in mind - I'm not a geek, not a gamer - just want to stream movies and watch some shows.......and I do like a good deal.
      Read some reviews, generally ok. Here's one.

      https://www.rtings.com/tv/reviews/sony/x690e

      $750.00 for a 70" 4k HDR is a pretty dam good price despite it being a 2017 model and the box a bit torn (as long as it was undamaged),

      You are like me, best bang for your buck. I see it has a central pillar stand so no need to buy an extra wide. cabinet. Most other brands have 2 feet, widely spaced.

      Find and have a play with the motion smoothing (called motionflow XR), set it on maximum, see if you can get on with the soap opera effect. I find it quite interesting and gives an almost 3d effect. People and objects seem to stand out with more sharp relief. not everyone likes it though.

      10 years ago we got an HD Sony Brava 55". for $1000.00 (still going strong). Now you get one 15" inches bigger with 4 times the resolution for $750.00. Can't be bad.
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    Disregard Mark and turn off motion smoothing. It's an abomination.
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    • Profile picture of the author lanfear63
      Originally Posted by Dan Riffle View Post

      Disregard Mark and turn off motion smoothing. It's a *******ization.
      Who asked you? Try it just for the hell of it Kay

      Note: It's not worth having motion smoothing on when watching Whitacre videos on youtube on your TV...he just doesn't move fast enough.

      Not that you would anyway.
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        Originally Posted by lanfear63 View Post

        Who asked you? Try it just for the hell of it Kay
        Go ahead, Kay. Just remember: your TV isn't broken. You can turn the effect off.
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  • Profile picture of the author tagiscom
    Here is my old, relic CRT Sony Trinitron tv, Kay...



    This is from Google images, but the tv is exactly the same to my one, and has a 68 inch screen, and a remote control,...that is about it, and it has surround simulated sound. At least 10 years old tech, and still going strong, (well the on/off remote button is hard to press, but my Sony DVD player also has it), (you can use the DVD for the volume and on/off for the tv).

    And as for recording programs, state of the art, lol.



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  • Profile picture of the author lanfear63
    Take note Dan, I think Shane is looking for a trade with your Oled. It may well be a Pal TV though, a bit of a hurdle and you will have to get your floors reinforced. Delivery will of course need to by crane.
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    Shane -


    Somehow missed the TV image you posted above. That is quite similar to the Sony I replaced - mine was 60" screen and probably 10-12 years old. I rememer it was quite expensive when new.


    We kept that old TV - may use it in a new outbuilding that might end being storage - party space...the TV is too good to toss - picture is still great.


    The picture on my new Sony is excellent....though the tech stuff on the new fi-optics gave me a fit for a while. I still cannot use 'search' on it and have it work right. Great to finally have streaming from netflix and amazon (those are what we use so far)...


    My one disappointment has been that I didn't understand 'streaming options' from netflix. silly me thought every film they had would be available and actually the selection is quite thin in my opinion... For that reason I readded my netflix dvd option to the package - can get newer releases with that.
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      Originally Posted by Kay King View Post

      My one disappointment has been that I didn't understand 'streaming options' from netflix. silly me thought every film they had would be available and actually the selection is quite thin in my opinion... For that reason I readded my netflix dvd option to the package - can get newer releases with that.
      If I may, you have to approach Netflix through a different lens. I subscribe to Netflix for the original programming and am happy to pay $12 a month for it. Everything else is just cherries on top.
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    I'm just getting into some of the netflix originals - some good stuff there. My disappointment was mostly not understanding how the streaming stuff works. Lots of stuff through amazon prime, too.
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    • Profile picture of the author Dan Riffle
      Originally Posted by Kay King View Post

      I'm just getting into some of the netflix originals - some good stuff there. My disappointment was mostly not understanding how the streaming stuff works. Lots of stuff through amazon prime, too.
      Could you expand on "thought every film they had would be available"?

      Do you mean you thought that every movie available on disc would be available to steam?

      The content houses have different rules for different mediums. Physical media is available sooner, as are digital purchases. If you think about it, it makes perfect sense.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kay King
    Not everything, of course...was surprised there were not more new releases available - in fact not many new releases at all. Doesn't matter as long as I keep the dvd option, too. From what I've read, the options rotate so there are different options every month or so?



    When I consider I can plop on my couch with Gracie (pooch) push a few buttons and have so many choices....it's all good.
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  • Profile picture of the author tagiscom
    Originally Posted by lanfear63 View Post

    Take note Dan, I think Shane is looking for a trade with your Oled. It may well be a Pal TV though, a bit of a hurdle and you will have to get your floors reinforced. Delivery will of course need to by crane.
    You are evil, but l still like you, and l hear that windows 10 is going up a trice and adopting a new overall look, of the new Windows 10, black and white squares.

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    Shane -

    Somehow missed the TV image you posted above. That is quite similar to the Sony I replaced - mine was 60" screen and probably 10-12 years old. I rememer it was quite expensive when new.

    We kept that old TV - may use it in a new outbuilding that might end being storage - party space...the TV is too good to toss - picture is still great.

    The picture on my new Sony is excellent....though the tech stuff on the new fi-optics gave me a fit for a while. I still cannot use 'search' on it and have it work right. Great to finally have streaming from netflix and amazon (those are what we use so far)...

    My one disappointment has been that I didn't understand 'streaming options' from netflix. silly me thought every film they had would be available and actually the selection is quite thin in my opinion... For that reason I readded my netflix dvd option to the package - can get newer releases with that.
    Yes, we have a similar thing in AU, but l tend to stay with Netflix as l can access it pretty much everywhere.

    And a word of warning, Never, try to reset back to default settings if an update messes up station search, as it typically deletes program search or the screen images showing up and sets it back to a basic one. Sony cannot help you install the one you liked, (l have talked to a tech, expert about this, as my Mothers Sony Bravia had this issue) and can only advise that you wait for an update again to fix it or buy a new one, and grin and bear it if it updates to a less appealing one.

    So in a nutshell if you do a program search with screen images for the stations and the next day, something has changed for the worse, best to take it on the chin, since reverting back to factory settings will be unrecoverable, (also tried that and it wasn't fun).

    Originally Posted by Dan Riffle View Post

    If I may, you have to approach Netflix through a different lens. I subscribe to Netflix for the original programming and am happy to pay $12 a month for it. Everything else is just cherries on top.
    Yes, if l miss my next installment of Claudette - zombie Mania, l will be a mess.

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