Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Dear readers, if you're reading, a few things: One, if you ever commented and I never replied, it seems I don't have notifications set for getting that! (!) So I'm really sorry! Some of you made cool comments (like YAY passing dissertation defenses!) and I wish I had known they were there! Two, I think I may move my blog. I'm not sure yet, but I have a twitter account (that I hope to use more) at knit1read1, and I think I may want to have my blogger use the same name. Because, well, it's cool. And I don't really talk too much about tech anywhere! In any case, feel free to check in soon, as I think I will make up my mind at some point, and then make a post on COOL THINGS TO READ ABOUT EARLY MODERN BRITISH POPULAR CULTURE! Three, ? Four, profit? No wait... I mean, have fun, and let me know what you think about the blog move if you're still tuned in!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Better cookie post

Take these, take out the coconut, use unsalted butter, add more lime! and these are pretty awesome. Or, you know, if you like salt and coconut, just add more lime.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

As promised, a cookie post

So I stupidly baked a GIANT AMOUNT of cookies, and it took all day. I thought I'd tell you guys what recipes I used. Except that sugar cookie recipe, because I would have to go get it and type it in. It's named "Kentucky Sugar Cookies" or something like that - it's a no-freeze recipe.

Please note, when you're doing this many cookies, it doesn't matter if something requires freezing.

Peanut Butter Munchies were a must-make. I made them last year, and Sarah loved them, and the July party is always right at her (and her husband's and my husband's) birthday(s - they're all on separate days in the same week), so I had to. Please note that the only way I can get my portions even is to split things. For the chocolate ones, I tend to split it into 64ths (split in half, split that in half for fourths, split that in fourths for sixteenths, split that in fourths for 64ths), and split my peanut butter into 32nds (just like the chocolate part, but instead of splitting sixteenths into fourths, just split them in half). This is because I flatten two chocolate 64ths and stick a peanut butter 32nd in-between - it's easier than trying to reshape a chocolate 32nd around it.

S'mores Cookies were made because my MIL bought s'mores supplies for the 4th, and then spent the week complaining about her weight (she gained 2 pounds! of water weight really, from sodium and watermelon). Similar to the Peanut Butter Munchies conundrum: I don't have a cookie scoop, and it was sort of easier in my mind to scoop this out in 1-tablespoon increments for easier forming. Instead of mini marshmallows, I cut jumbo marshmallows in half (you need 18 for one batch then) and froze them by throwing them in a freezer ziploc in the freezer. I also had regular graham crackers, and Hershey bars (I think five chopped up were enough for one batch; I did two, so I mixed Hershey bars and chocolate chips), so it was a little different. Also - if you do the 1-tablespoon scoop, it might be slightly difficult to seal your cookie around the marshmallow because of the graham crackers. Don't worry about it. Your cookies will not die. Though they may "volcano" if you reheat them in the microwave later. Not badly, though, or so I'm told.

Finally, we come to the genius part of this section: Almost Thin Mints that don't melt. I pretty much added 3/4 tsp of mint extract when I added the vanilla in this Top Secret Chocolate Cookies recipe (dear Food Network: how is it secret when it gets to your site?). I didn't bother to top it with sugar at the end. This made a thin cookie for me (my MIL has a weird oven, and remember that we're pretty close to sea level), but it might not for you. If it's not thin mint enough (i.e. Where's the chocolate coating?!), then I would add the Dark Chocolate Coating from this Thin Mint recipe online. Looking back, that Thin Mint recipe isn't terribly different from what I did, but whatever. I FELT GENIUS, I TELL YOU.

(psst, this was cross-posted in a Ravelry group as well)

Thursday, July 14, 2011

In case the foodies are still watching

So! If you're following, you may remember that this blog started as part of a class about Technology in the Classroom. We did a few group projects; my group called itself "The Foodies" because, well, I was the only one that doesn't do food blogging.

Well, not today.

Dear foodies:
I am in the middle of mixing four batches of cookies. I will be back with recipes. I promise.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

For my knittas

So while I am updating, something for my stitches:

I'm nearly done with the Koolhaas.

Which means it's time for me to get antsy, ignore weaving in ends on the shawl that I super need to be done weaving ends in and blocking before next Friday (not this one), and start staring at sweaters not on THE LIST.

So I'm exercising restraint and starting over an old UFO/swatch. (Ravelry Link to Project Page)

Blackboard 9, you so fine

Okay, so after messing with Blackboard 9 for my course, I think I would really enjoy actually creating a course in it.

Instead of splitting your Build, Teach, and Student View between three pages, it's all in one. Build and Teach tools are on side bars, and you switch between building and student view by clicking on the "edit mode" to toggle the editing on or off.

What I like besides the streamlining is the fact that you can totally manipulate the course menu (a sidebar with links to content and tools, which is available for you and the students). My favorite thing is the Content Areas - you can have a Content Area for each section of your course (each book, or each chapter of your textbook, or each concept) or you can have a Content Area for each type of content instead (Course Information, Web Links, Lesson Plans, Discussion Boards, etc.).

Another neat thing is the improvement to Group formation. You can still manually add people to groups, but there is also the option to create self-enrollment groups. Signups for topics could be really easy that way - you could do it all online, and let them sign-up. You have the option to allow them to see who is already in the group (or not), and to limit the sign-up numbers.

The Grade Center is also interesting, as it has a few ways to look at assessments. One is the Full Grade Center, with everything worth a grade, whether or not you've graded it. Needs grading is for ungraded submissions, and can be sorted to narrow the list. Or you can look at just Assignments or just Tests.

I will say that it has a "healthy-sized" learning curve. Some of the things I learned, I learned because I messed around with it for a long time. Some of the things I learned, I learned by watching video tutorials (which I couldn't pause). I'm sure I didn't figure out everything - after all, sometimes it's best when you have a real course to create, and you have students, or even a demo student, to try out the student side of things. I was able to figure out some things on Blackboard Vista by using the demo student (like, "how do I grade their discussion submission?").

I also realize that, like other learning systems, Blackboard Learn won't always work perfectly. But I am really excited about it anyway.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

A further thought on this Blackboard grading thing

I am seriously thinking I need a dual-monitor set up. I have found that I can have the grading system open in multiple tabs or windows. This means that, with enough monitor space, I could have the grading open in one spot while having the discussion submissions open in another. Side-by-side. This would also make grading the comments easier, as I have to create grading columns for them in Blackboard (for the blogs, it's set up while you're setting up the blogs, and the gradebook column will thus pull up submissions in the blog forum).

Sigh.

I've been thinking about this since last semester, when I used my netbook to type papers on, and my office desktop for the internet (browsing, using google book search to find page numbers, etc.). I think it's about time.