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Ninjabread Men

There are a lot of ninjas in my life to varying degrees of severity — by which I mean martial-artists and survivalists; not marketing-ninjas, accounting-ninjas or social-media-ninjas.

It’s not that strange to get a phone call from a buddy, chat about old ‘family photos,’ and find out someone still has that weapon in the trunk.

What IS strange, are the cuddly ninjas that keep cropping up in my day-to-day.

This little guy you may recognize from my banner. He comes with me whenever I travel.

I got a bit of a giggle out of this martial arts and crafts t-shirt.

The next step of cuddly are these cookie cutters my dad sent me for Winter Solstice last year.

Then, this showed up in the mail from my aunt today.

I must figure out a way to take the ginger out of gingerbread men. I think that’s why I don’t like them. Somewhere on some lonely mountain, or deep in the pulsing heart of the greatest citadel — a kitchen-ninja can teach me how to manipulate spices instead of knives…

…to transmute ginger into cardamom…

With my mind.


Write Snacks – Mug Cookie Recipe That Works!

I have two elder siblings by blood, and a younger one by… well… I broke his nose once.

We had a big long argument about what my blog should be, and he won. Raiders and Gentlefolk, welcome to the premier of the Writehack/Lifehack category!

Sometimes when I’m writing, I want a snack NOW. Cooking is fun, cooking is a social activity; but it’s also a huge time-suck. I’d rather get up, get a snack, and eat it in the time it takes to find the perfect synonym for ‘slammed.’

Before I found this recipe, my microwave mug-cakes were eggy abominations. Whenever you’re trying a new recipe, make sure you have all the ingredients on hand before you begin. I like to lay everything out on the table before I start, and then put each ingredient away after I’ve used it.

I subbed chopped walnuts for chocolate chips because that’s what I had on hand.

This fills half a standard US coffee mug. Want more cookie? Double the recipe and microwave until solid. Baking is the mad science of tasty ratios.

1 Tablespoon unsalted butter
1 Tablespoon granulated sugar
1 Tablespoon brown sugar, firmly packed
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon (pinch) salt
1 egg yolk
3 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
1-2 Tablespoons chocolate chips

  • Microwave butter in a mug until melted, 30 seconds to 1 minute.
  • With a spoon, mix in sugars, vanilla extract and salt until well-combined. Mix in egg yolk until no traces of the yolk are seen.
  • Mix in flour.
  • Fold in chocolate chips.
  • Microwave on high for 40 seconds, or a maximum of 50 seconds. (I nuked mine for 80 seconds because I’m hardcore like that.)
  • Serve warm, maybe with ice cream.