Spend All Day Listening To This #FridayRecommends

A-to-ZA friend hooked me on these guys, and now it’s my turn to share. This is Vocal Sampling. It’s billed as an acapella group, but that’s misleading, since they use their voices to replicate instruments. This one is stellar. You’re welcome.

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: A character gets into a place and can’t get out.

MA

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Why I Love This Crazy Place #ThrowbackThursday

One day, I was driving in the country — more in the country than even my house, I mean — and I saw this guy. Naturally, I stopped and snappied a picture.

Howdy, Neighbor! Y'all right?

Howdy, Neighbor! Y’all right?

#1 Daughter, who lives next to us, says she saw one of these guys strolling across her back yard some years ago. We’ve had flocks of wild turkey migrating by foot (although they can fly) and once we had a bevy of Guinea fowl spend a couple of days, possibly on a brief vacation from their real home.

Off the topic of birds, some of our neighbors keep goats, one keeps several pot-bellied pigs, and one used to have bison and then long-horned cattle. We passed them on the way to town.

The folks down the street used to keep a mule. Our dog Jack couldn’t stay away from it, even after he got a couple of mule-shoe tattoos on his noggin.

I expected to see cows and chickens around the joint when we moved to the country, but Corydon doesn’t seem to do anything by half measures.

It’s kind of a blast.

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: A character goes somewhere and encounters a creature they don’t expect.

MA

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Chocolate Chip Cookie #recipes #Minecraft and Mine

Here’s how you make a chocolate chip cookie in Minecraft:

cookie

I am a Minecraft cookie. I’m supposed to be pixilated.

With your BARE HAND, beat the shit out of a tree. Make a crafting table. Use that to make some sticks and then a wooden pickaxe. Use the wooden pickaxe to break some stone. Use a stick and some stone to make a stone pickaxe and use more stone to make an oven. Mine a bunch of stone until you find some with pale brown bits. That’s iron ore. Break that to bits. Also, look for stone with black bits; that’s coal; also break that to bits and take it all back to your oven. Use the iron ore and coal to make iron ingots. Use iron ingots and a stick to make an iron pickaxe and, if you’re doing monsters, a sword. But mostly make a hoe.

Take the hoe and tap a bunch of grass. It’ll give up seed. Plant the seed in the hoed-up ground. Go do something else for a couple of hours.

Oh, I know! Go beat the shit out of some red flowers and some yellow flowers, and then swim out to sea and beat the shit out of some squid and take their ink sacs.

Go back to your planted seeds and see if it’s turned dark yellow with dark brown tips. If it has, that’s wheat. With your bare hand, beat the shit out of it and collect the wheat and seed and plant the seed.

Okay.

On your crafting table, make the red flowers into red dye and the yellow flowers into yellow dye. Make the red and yellow dye into orange dye.

Combine the orange dye and the squid ink sacs into cocoa beans. I am not making this up.

Wheat plus cocoa beans make a chocolate chip cookie.

Mmmm.

Here’s mine:

Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated (regular) sugar
  • 1 cup butter or margarine,softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 12 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped nuts

Preheat oven to 375F. Combine flour, salt, and baking soda. Combine sugars, butter or margarine, and vanilla, and beat until creamy. Add eggs and beat. Add dry ingredients and mix well. Stir in chocolate chips and nuts. Drop mixture by rounded teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 5 to 10 minutes.

Yeah, I got the recipe off the back of the chocolate chip bag, what of it? That’s the recipe I use. No squids were harmed in the making of this recipe.

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: What is (or was) your main character’s favorite cookie?

MA

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