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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A Magical Brew Come True: Heath’s Honey Heather Gruit #recipe

My guest today is E. Chris Garrison, a dear friend and one of my favorite writers. Also: brews beer and stuff. So total wins.

Now let’s hear about this magical brew!

…Greg [Heath] is a scholar of historical brews, many of which were
supposed to have healing or inspirational properties.
Now, if a fairy King gave him tips, that’d be something
worth trying. “So have you got anything around using his
advice?”

Greg brightened. “As a matter of fact, I’ve got some
special Heather Gruit ale for you to sample. It’s not on the menu.
I only made five gallons.”

The above passage from Chapter 8 of Blue Spirit introduces Greg Heath, brewmaster of his own pub on the Circle in downtown Indianapolis, and also the magical brew he gives to Skye MacLeod, our heroine who can only interact with the fairy world if she’s a little tipsy.

Skye describes the brew like this:

We each picked up a little glass of deep brown beer. I
sniffed it, and found that it smelled earthy and spicy. I sipped,
and the sweetness reminded me of gingerbread. It was bread-like
and complex and had a hint of flowers about it.

“Wow what’s in this?” said Annabelle, swirling the
remaining half of her brew around her tasting glass and sniffing
at it again.

Mona Lisa would be jealous of the mysterious smile
Greg gave her. “Trade secret, ma’am, but I’ll say that the name
gives away the heather honey and heather flowers I used, among
other things.”

I found that my tasting glass was empty. Not only that,
but I felt…different somehow. Everyone around me had taken on
a glow. Annabelle had a soft yellow-orange aura surrounding
her, while Greg’s was a rich amber glow. Our server walked by,
and he shined a bright lavender color. An elderly couple a few
booths over seemed to share a dim aura of sea green.

The fairy recipe Heath uses, courtesy of The Transit King, enhances Skye’s powers. She not only sees into the fairy realm, but she gains a bit of insight on those around her, by seeing fairies. And it doesn’t take quite as much of this brew, so her judgment’s not quite as impaired as it would otherwise be. She uses this to great effect later in the story, at the Danse Macabre.

After reading Blue Spirit, my friend Red Tash (author of Troll or Derby, Troll or Park, and This Brilliant Darkness), suggested that since I am a homebrewer myself, I should try to duplicate Heath’s magical beer.

So I did. In February 2012, I formulated this 5 gallon recipe:

3 lbs Briess Golden Light dry malt extract
2 lbs local Indiana honey
1/2 lb Belgian Special B malt
1/2 lb Briess Caramel Malt (40L)
1.7 oz homegrown Cascade hops
1 oz Heather flower tips
Cooper’s dry brewing yeast

First, I steeped the specialty grains (Special B, Caramel) in 160F water for 20 minutes.
Next, I strained out the grains and added more water, about 4 gallons total, in my stainless steel stock pot. I brought this up to near boiling and cut the heat to stir in the honey and dry malt extract.

Once everything dissolved, I turned the heat back up and waited for it to boil. At boiling, I lowered it to a simmer (gotta be careful about boil-overs!) and added the hop flowers and stirred.
I boiled this wort (pre-beer) for about 45 minutes, and then added the heather tips for the last 15 minutes.

At this point, the floral scent mingled with the sweet and roasty scent of the wort, along with the citrusy hops, and I knew this was going to be a wonderful beer.

At an hour, I took it off the heat, used a wort chiller to get it below 80F, transferred to my brewing bucket, topped off with water to 5 gallons, added the yeast, and sealed it up to ferment. In a month or so, I bottled the beer and waited another couple of weeks to try it.

The result didn’t have the gingerbread notes that Skye mentioned, but it did have a similar faint astringency, with a definite sweet floral aroma from the heather tips and honey. It was also more coppery in color than brown.

I have to say, it was one of the best beers I’ve ever made, and I made a point of having some at times while writing Blue Spirit’s sequel, Restless Spirit, which will also be coming out through Seventh Star Press, hopefully before the end of the year.

E. Chris Garrison’s Blue Spirit Virtual Tour

 EChrisGarrisonBlueSpiritTourBadge

ECGarrisonAuthorPhotoAbout the Author: E. Chris Garrison (who also writes as Eric Garrison) is active in the writing community in Indianapolis, Indiana. She lives in the Circle City with her wife, step-daughter and a cabal of cats. She also enjoys gaming, home brewing beer, and finding innovative uses for duct tape.

Chris’ novel, Reality Check, is a science fiction adventure released by Hydra Publications. Reality Check reached #1 in Science Fiction on Amazon.com during a promotion in July 2013.

Seventh Star Press is the home of Chris’ supernatural fantasy series, Road Ghosts, including Four ‘til Late, Sinking Down, and Me and the Devil.

 

BlueSpirit_cover_1200X800Book Synopsis for Blue Spirit: Gamer girl Skye MacLeod can see fairies, but only when she’s tipsy. More Grimm than enchanting, some of these fairies are out to ruin her life, wreaking havoc with her job, her home, and her relationships.

With the help of her tiny fairy friend Minnie, Skye has to protect her vampire wannabe gamer friends from all-too-real supernatural threats only she can see. Can she keep it together and hold fast against a wicked fairy Queen’s plot?

Blue Spirit is the first book of A Tipsy Fairy Tale series!

 

Author Links:

website:

http://www.sillyhatbooks.com

Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/EricGarrisonAuthor

Twitter:

@ecgarrison

Tour Schedule and Activities

8/24 Obsessive Book Nerd Review
8/24 Darkling Delights Guest Post
8/24 Reading Away the Days Author Interview
8/24 Shells Interviews Guest Post
8/25 Marian Allen, Author Lady Guest Post
8/25 Deal Sharing Aunt Author Interview
8/27 The Southern Belle from Hell Author Interview
8/28 Jorie Loves a Story Review
8/29 Coffintree Hill Guest Post
8/29 Bee’s Knees Reviews Review
8/30 A Work in Progress Guest Post
8/30 Armand Rosamilia, Author Guest Post

Links for Blue Spirit

Print:

Blue Spirit in print at Amazon

Kindle:

Blue Spirit for Kindle

Barnes and Noble Link:

Blue Spirit at B&N

MA here: It’s Tuesday, so I’m posting today at Fatal Foodies about vegan sugar. What? Why?

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: What kind of beer does your main character like? If your character doesn’t drink, what kind would they like if somebody slipped them some and told them it was a refreshing fruit drink or something? Dark? Light? Fruity? Smokey? Bitter? Mild?

MA

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Multiple POV — Ur Doin It Rite #amwriting

multiplepovLast week, I talked about a book with two points of view that began well but lost distinction.

This week, I want to talk about two books that do multiple pov and do it outstandingly.

Taking them chronologically, the first is Wilkie Collins’ THE MOONSTONE. It was written in 1868 and, even if you find the plot outlandish or the pace slow (I didn’t — I loved every second of it and was sorry when it was done), you have to admire Collins’ handling of multiple points of view. You have to. No, I’m sorry, you don’t have a choice. Yes, I know it’s a free country, but this is not negotiable.

Each section of the book is told from the point of view of one of the participants in the mystery, telling only what he or she did, saw, knew, thought, or understood during the events related. Since they’re all part of the same event, they talk about one another as well as their personal memories of the same conversations and happenings. Each voice is as distinct as sugar and salt.

The second book is HAINTS, by Clint McCown. Published in 2012, it’s a dark comedy about a small town half-leveled by a tornado. Small town = interlocking stories. Each chapter is from the third-person point of view of a different resident of town, with the narrators of past or future chapters weaving in and out of the current one. This man is trapped in the open by the tornado with this woman, this woman is the daughter of this doctor, this doctor is married to this woman who is the sister of this newspaperman…. By the end of the book, you not only have an interlocking story of the events during and immediately after the tornado, but of the past that haunts the town’s present. And the voices, though having some similarities because the characters all grew up together in the same place, are individual.

Charlie didn’t care for HAINTS as much as I did, because some of the plot points were pretty wild, but this kind of intricate jigsaw — when successfully accomplished — makes me absurdly happy.

Besides, the cover is GORGEOUS!

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: Write about two people from each one’s point of view, each one misunderstanding who the other really is inside.

MA

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