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C is for Cookies! - Tina Marie's Ramblings
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C is for Cookies!

Originally uploaded by SkyWhisperer

I'm thinking of replacing my light bulbs in the kitchen. There's never enough light to take pictures, and if I add light with another source, they always come out blue.

I'm thinking of going up a size on the wattage, and going to a "warm" shade. And maybe a couple of those stick-on lights for under the counters, except I think a lot of my problem is that the temperature of the light is different depending on the source, which means I can never get the white balance right.

You can really see the blue here, and that's after I tweaked it a bit in iPhoto to warm it up:

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arthur_sc_king From: arthur_sc_king Date: February 5th, 2010 07:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
I can tell by the beater in the first pic that you have a KitchenAid, too. Aren't they wonderful?

Except the coating on our beater always wears off. I think I'm going to buy me a stainless-steel replacement. And a bowl cover (we bought one of the lower-end models without one, with the result that that corner of the counter is constantly flour-dusted).
skywhisperer From: skywhisperer Date: February 5th, 2010 08:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
My beater's starting to get battered. I've already worn out one of the ones with the little silicon flanges on the side. I wish someone made one that really worked.

Mine came with a bowl cover, but I almost never use it. I'll flop a dish towel over the top if I think it's going to be close to full, but that's about it. My bowl cover is a pain to put on and off, so it's not usually worth the hassle.
arthur_sc_king From: arthur_sc_king Date: February 5th, 2010 08:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
We regularly make big batches of chocolate chip cookies that damn near overflow the bowl, so for that alone, it'd be dead useful. (2 c yellow sugar [light brown sugar], 1 c white granulated sugar, 2 c shortening, 4 eggs, 4 t vanilla, 4 c flour, 2 t salt, 2 t baking powder, 2 c chocolate chips, 375°F for 8-10 minutes, makes about a gross.)

I saw those beaters with the silicon flanges, but I wondered how long they'd last. I think I'll stick with just occasionally stopping it and scraping now and then.
wobblerlorri From: wobblerlorri Date: February 6th, 2010 03:27 am (UTC) (Link)
I've got one, had it a year so far, and it's held up well. But I don't think I use it quite as often as you and TM might...
capybyra From: capybyra Date: February 5th, 2010 08:05 pm (UTC) (Link)

I make extensive use of a "1 socket to 4 socket" rig for CFL's

There's a prehistoric appearing gadget that screws in a standard light bulb socket to make 4 bulbs fit one socket. I found some at a flea market ages ago. Basically it's a way to turn a three hole ceiling fan lampholder into 12 CFL's. Each socket is rated for 100W- the whole fixture seems thus rated @300 W. 4 23W cfl in each 1-4 is a bit under the 100w each arm of those 3 is rated for. Except? the lumens equiv of the new bulb farm is thence 12X60? watts light. Calling a bit under 700w is a stretch or is it? and they DO come in color warmths you can enjoy..
skywhisperer From: skywhisperer Date: February 5th, 2010 08:06 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: I make extensive use of a "1 socket to 4 socket" rig for CFL's

That's an interesting idea. I wouldn't want it all the time, but it might be worth keeping in the cupboard.
wobblerlorri From: wobblerlorri Date: February 6th, 2010 03:30 am (UTC) (Link)
Under cabinet lighting: don't get individual lights, do it right and either get a fluorescent fixture the length of the cabinet, or get one of those flexible halogen light things you can put under there. If you put in separate light bulbs, you'll still have weird dark areas. You can get fluorescent bulbs in different temperatures so you can get the warmth you're looking for.

Your cookie scoop: I have one of those, I used it to make cookies this past Christmas, but got complaints from the peanut gallery because the cookies were too small. Went back to using two teaspoons to drop the cookies. Much rejoicing was had by all.
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