Mega Walnut Cookie Recipe

A recipe for those who like walnuts. A lot.

Combine wet ingredients in mixer:

2 eggs
1c Brown Sugar
1c White Sugar (unbleached)
1 stick kerrygold butter just warm enough to blend (8oz, or two normal sticks)
1/2 tsp almond extract
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Blend until creamy. Thoroughly mix the following dry ingredients and then add to the mixer:

4c walnuts coarsely chopped (food processor works best)
3c all purpose flour
2c chocolate chips
1c oats
1/2 tsp baking soda|
1/2 tsp baking powder

425F in a toaster oven, middle rack, about 8 minutes for ice cream scoop sized cookies. Yield is about two dozen cookies of that size.

 

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Organizing Photos by Date on the Linux Command Line

phototreeMy family has collected over sixteen years worth of digital photos, videos and so on at this point, and I needed a good way to get them organized. After trying digikam, shotwell, f-spot and others, I realized that what I really wanted was to just sort out everything on a timeline, by date, in a folder on my network storage server itself, without involving a GUI if possible.

That, perhaps inevitably, led me to exiftool: an example of a programmer gone wild in a frenzy of feature fixation. Continue reading

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Chia Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies ala Grand Central

oatmeal cookies grand central
Fresh Cookies out of the Oven and Smelling Great

I started with a recipe for Grand Central Baking Company’s incomparable oatmeal cookies, and made a few brief modifications.

The peanut butter can be replaced with a second 4oz stick of butter. Chia seeds are a healthy treat that also go well in puddings, but if you don’t like them, you can easily leave them out! Continue reading

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A Five Gallon Batch of Raspberry Kombucha for Under $20

Finished Product

Kombucha is a fermented sweet tea drink. It’s a little sour, a little sweet, and usually effervescent. It is a probiotic beverage, which means it contains lots of living microorganisms which are really good for your digestion and overall health. It also costs quite a bit if you buy it at the store, and you can save a fortune by brewing your own. Following my directions, you can very affordably brew around 40 bottles of Kombucha for around 10% of the cost of store-bought. And you’ll know exactly what is in it! Continue reading

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