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I'm just going to say it--nothing makes your bad day look infinitely better than watching the first episode of season six BtVS. I mean *nothing*. Anytime your consciousness *doesn't* start with clawing your way out of your own grave already loses for Bad Days.

And--just from curiosity--am I the only one that *loved* season six as possbily my favorite season ever? This has multiple reasonings behind it, not the least of which is the general misery of everyone. It kept *acting* like things were getting better, then they didn't, then got *worse*, then lightened--no, wait. Worse again. It's not just the angstwhore in me. It's that sometimes, you don't have bad days or even bad weeks, but bad *years*.

Though I have yet to see season seven, so maybe I'll like that better. Hmm.

And nothing on earth cheers me up as much as the musical. I originally saw this using an *antenna* wrapped with foil that I was *holding* the entire time. It brings back blissful memories of pre-sattelite days. You know, when Rabbit Ears were The Thing.

Rural life does not have a lot of compensations for that one, I have to tell you.

Anyway, stayed home from work today and yesterday. There was this--thing. Session where we aired our problems and complaints, and I started giggling during the middle of this recitation of problems in our office. So. Monday will be bad, but Monday is very far away. And I am armed with a new suede skirt that day.

So. This is a general question. Comfort Christmas Cookies. The book I have is *really bad*. Me and my mother both tend to make notes in cookbooks of what works for us and what doesn't, and looking, I found maybe three recipes that we both liked. So, right now I have Peanut Blossoms, Divinity, and those things that are stiff egg whites mixed with chocolate chips and baked hard, which are *really good*. Any favorites anyone wants to share? I was thinking Christmas Candy this year but then I remembered The Year of the Fondant and the Fire Alarms and so, no, not so much with that. So. Chocolate, almond, mint, go for it. Tell me what deliciousness I should perpetrate on my family this year.

Anyone?


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*vague hands* Hmmm... I don't think S6 was my favourite, although I didn't hate it as much as a lot of people seem to. (I like Dawn. I actually do.)

My favourite season is probably S3 for Faith. And oh-so-wimpy Wes. And Cordy! And Oz. (Although I'd kinda miss Tara. A lot.) And the general cuteness that was the high-school scoobie gang.

But the musical ep? Best episode that season, and... oh, pretty damn close to one of the best episodes ever. Of any show. Everybody singing and emoting, and managing to be really entertaining while also dealing with the underlying deceit of their lives? What's not to love?

*vague hands* Hmmm... I don't think S6 was my favourite, although I didn't hate it as much as a lot of people seem to. (I like Dawn. I actually do.)

Dawn only bothered me during the beginning of season five. She still annoys me, but at the same level practially any character does at some point. Plus, I like her melodrama. It's cute. Xander is the one I always had problems with. Which is something I try never, ever to admit in mixed company, because, *man*.

*happy sigh* I always love Buffy, though. Love, love, love.

My favourite season is probably S3 for Faith. And oh-so-wimpy Wes. And Cordy! And Oz. (Although I'd kinda miss Tara. A lot.) And the general cuteness that was the high-school scoobie gangg

*nod* I miss Oz and Tara both, desperately.

I--didn't like Faith until Angel, I don't think. I mean, I didn't hate her, but she didn't click for me as a *person* until she started being a sociopath and then started reforming from that. I'm still utterly enraptured with the ep where Wesley goes to tell her in prison about Angel reverting and she just breaks out. Just wow.

But the musical ep? Best episode that season, and... oh, pretty damn close to one of the best episodes ever. Of any show. Everybody singing and emoting, and managing to be really entertaining while also dealing with the underlying deceit of their lives? What's not to love?

Oh God yes. There is *nothing* I don't love about that episode, start to finish, which is more than I can say for just about anything ever written for television. It just never stops being funny or heartbreaking or intense or cool all the way through. It's the only ep I can watch over and over and not get tired of.

Plus, nothing makes me giggle faster than that guy outside, singing how they got the mustard out of his shirt. *happy place*

Sorry me and hyper links are never friends when it comes to comments... http://www.livejournal.com/~issaro/128103.html

*boucnes* I am *hungry* for these now.

I really liked Season 6. I didn't like what they tried to do to Spike, but on the whole the angst of the season was heartbreaking and breathtaking.

The musical, though - I will never grow tired of it! We got a new bulb for our projector the other night, and that was the first thing I told the SO to put in for us to watch. I just think that episode was brilliantly put together. They covered so many very important, deep topics that probably would have made for a real downer of an episode. But they were able to keep it funny and happy and gorgeous along with the pain. I really don't think there could have been a more effective way to bring out all of the secrets everyone was harboring at that time.

Besides, I still remember my full-on squee at the end when Buffy and Spike kissed! Hee!!

I really liked Season 6. I didn't like what they tried to do to Spike, but on the whole the angst of the season was heartbreaking and breathtaking.

*nods*

The thing with Spike--confused me. A lot. I think I need to see season seven straight through to see if they were doing what I think they were.

The musical, though - I will never grow tired of it! We got a new bulb for our projector the other night, and that was the first thing I told the SO to put in for us to watch. I just think that episode was brilliantly put together. They covered so many very important, deep topics that probably would have made for a real downer of an episode. But they were able to keep it funny and happy and gorgeous along with the pain. I really don't think there could have been a more effective way to bring out all of the secrets everyone was harboring at that time.

God, yes. Exactly. They did it *gorgeously*, and so much fun.

Besides, I still remember my full-on squee at the end when Buffy and Spike kissed! Hee!!

I couldn't believe it. Literally. I sat there, staring, thinking, I will never try to predict Joss again. I will never even *try*, because he never does anything like anyone else.

Of course, then there was Smashed, and I still think of that moment we all heard teh zipper go down, thinking, he is NOT. He is NOT. OMG he is! They are! Right there!

Cause I am just that kind of fangirl. My God.

Anytime your consciousness *doesn't* start with clawing your way out of your own grave already loses for Bad Days.

And really, that's a good point. I should remind myself of that more often.

OMG! BEST SEASON EVER. 7 was good, but so final. That part was sad.

stiff egg whites mixed with chocolate chips and baked hard, which are *really good*
Chocolate merengue?

-Silverkyst

And really, that's a good point. I should remind myself of that more often.

I'm telling you, it put my entire life in perspective Wednesday night. That was just a *bad day*.

stiff egg whites mixed with chocolate chips and baked hard, which are *really good*
Chocolate merengue?


Not exactly. Teh chips stay chips on teh inside of the white. I cannot remember *what* it is called, but it is so good.

So Dawn's in trouble. Must be Tuesday.

I have cookie recipes. *thoughtful* I also have pizzele recipes. I think you'd enjoy those a *lot*. My kitchen size is not conducive to the making of the pizzeles, but I think I'd be entertained seeing you try.

And I loved Season Six. I have Anya's song downloaded and I have been known to dance around singing "Mrs. Anya lame-ass, made up maiden name-Harris" and twirling about some. And I really liked Season Seven. Especially at the beginning. It's utterly violent and depressing and then Faith comes back and--yeah. I think you'd like it. A lot.

Also, I quit my job yesterday? Twice and Mary said no, I'm not allowed. How does that *work*, man? How does that *work*? *clings*

Re: So Dawn's in trouble. Must be Tuesday.

What is pizzele? And you'd be *entertained*?

*eyes you*

And I loved Season Six. I have Anya's song downloaded and I have been known to dance around singing "Mrs. Anya lame-ass, made up maiden name-Harris" and twirling about some. And I really liked Season Seven. Especially at the beginning. It's utterly violent and depressing and then Faith comes back and--yeah. I think you'd like it. A lot.

Ooh! Faith comes back? I never saw anything after ep one of season seven. relatively speaking, I'm unspoiled. OOh, I haev to get it!

*bounces*

Also, I quit my job yesterday? Twice and Mary said no, I'm not allowed. How does that *work*, man? How does that *work*? *clings*

Their Force is more powerful than yours?

Just be careful. If you tyr to stay home to show your quittingness--they might come and *pick you up*.

*nods* Scary.


Easiest and best EVAH cookie recipe I made with devil food cake mix. I'm in packing hell right now but IIRC it was cake mix 1/3 cup oil, 1 egg and either white chocolate chips or macadamia nut (or both). Mix, bake.

I'll try and google to see if that's correct. It makes the chocolat-i-ess cookies.

mmmmmm Must get milk.

*blinks* That sounds so decadent and *tasty* and *chocolatey*....

*swoons*

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*starts blacking out* Dear *God*.

That is *chocolate*.

*hopes desperately for this recipe*

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I loved season 6. I *hated* season 7.

*grins* You are all making me so curious about season seven now.

I used to make my poor mother hold a roll of tinfoil around one rabbit ear and a pliers on the other so I could watch Star Trek the Original series. :)

*dies laughing* TV is *important*. I so totally understand.

My favorite recipe makes what my Momma calls Shot Glass Cookies.

Thought that might grab your attention.

Basically, they're little cookie puffs that you sandwich together when, cooled, with tinted buttercream frosting. You use a shotglass to cut them out. They're decadent and full of sugar, butter, and all those good things that make cookies good. If you'd like the recipe, I'll email it on Monday. Let me know. (I'm sure they'd be great with chocolate buttercream, too...maybe a ganache?)

As to Buffy, et al: I liked S6, but I think I was always a bit disappointed because it changed homes (UPN vs WB) and tone. But I heart The Musical. All the random secondary songs/dancing/acting going on in the background is always so much fun to watch! The drycleaning chorus always cracks me up.

My first apartment had rabbit ears, and I had to move the antennas every time I wanted to change channels. I am a huge fan of cable now that I can afford it!

*grins* Okay, I love the name immensely.

Basically, they're little cookie puffs that you sandwich together when, cooled, with tinted buttercream frosting. You use a shotglass to cut them out. They're decadent and full of sugar, butter, and all those good things that make cookies good. If you'd like the recipe, I'll email it on Monday. Let me know. (I'm sure they'd be great with chocolate buttercream, too...maybe a ganache?)

Please God yes. Please.

As to Buffy, et al: I liked S6, but I think I was always a bit disappointed because it changed homes (UPN vs WB) and tone. But I heart The Musical. All the random secondary songs/dancing/acting going on in the background is always so much fun to watch! The drycleaning chorus always cracks me up.

they gotttt
the mus-tard
outtttt.....

*laughs and laughs* So much *fun*.

My first apartment had rabbit ears, and I had to move the antennas every time I wanted to change channels. I am a huge fan of cable now that I can afford it!

No *joke*. Best invention of society *ever*. Well, that, TIVO, and DVDs.



Somewhere (probably in Betty Crocker) Mom found a recipe for bon-bon cookies that are basically a shell of dough formed around the center of your choice -- the recipe suggested nuts or cherries or some such, we tended to use Hershey's Kisses (and Hugs, when those came out) and then dip the tops of the baked cookies into glazes. When I made them I color-coded the dough and glaze so people could tell what flavor of center they had.

Hmm. Those sound good. Betty Crocker?

am I the only one that *loved* season six as possbily my favorite season ever?

I thought I was the only one!!! Angst squared! Or maybe cubed. I really loved Buffy when she was suicidally depressed, and Willow when she was homicidally depressed, and Dawn when she was criminally depressed, and Anya when she was demonically depressed and....OK I'll stop. Plus Spike and Buffy have stunningly violent, abusive sex (yum!). There's my all time favorite 2 ep sequence in Buffy: Once More With Feeling and Tabula Rasa. Best moment: when Giles cracks up after hearing that Buffy is sleeping with Spike. Hated the nerd trio, but otherwise a perfect season.

And yay for suede skirt. Hopefully with kickass boots!


I thought I was the only one!!! Angst squared! Or maybe cubed. I really loved Buffy when she was suicidally depressed, and Willow when she was homicidally depressed, and Dawn when she was criminally depressed, and Anya when she was demonically depressed and....OK I'll stop. Plus Spike and Buffy have stunningly violent, abusive sex (yum!). There's my all time favorite 2 ep sequence in Buffy: Once More With Feeling and Tabula Rasa. Best moment: when Giles cracks up after hearing that Buffy is sleeping with Spike. Hated the nerd trio, but otherwise a perfect season.

Agreed on all. That was just--everyne's *worst year ever*. I loved it.

And hated the nerds. So. Much.

And yay for suede skirt. Hopefully with kickass boots!

*determined look* Oh yes. Those or my suede heels. One or the other. Teh Skirt of Courage, you might say.

Let's see if this can hold a recipe.

Zen Cookies (adapted from Will Shetterly's Finest-Kind Cookies)

¾ cup butter, softened
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
½ cup honey
1 egg
2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon guava nectar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon coconut extract
3 cups uncooked rolled oats
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
¼ teaspoon ground cloves
¼ teaspoon dried orange peel
¼ teaspoon dried lemon peel
½ cup coconut
6 ounces each semi-sweet chocolate, milk chocolate and butterscotch chips
1 cup chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 350 F. Beat the butter, brown sugar, honey, egg, juice, and extracts together until creamy. Add the oats, flour, and seasonings until well blended. Add the remaining ingredients and mix well. Shape dough into 1- inch balls and place on ungreased cookie sheet. (You may need to wash your hands frequently during this step as the dough is rather sticky.) Bake for 10 to 12 minutes and remove immediately to a wire rack to cool. Makes about 8 dozen.

The name is *very attractive*.

Mmmm. thse sound wonderful. Especially teh chocolate part. *hugs you*

season 6 definitely has a special place in my heart, although that very well could be owed to the hawt hawt sex the pathos of Spike, which never gets old for me. um.

*grins*

Agreed completely. On both.

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