Wednesday, September 14, 2016

The World's Best Cookies - DIYDayze

So we've all heard of Pinterest, right?

I have a lovely habit of tending to pin things that I then promptly forget about doing. It's a sickness that leaves me feeling productive but yet I have nothing to show for it. 

So I decided to change that! 

I found this pin for "The World's Best Cookies" and decided I was going to surprise Jonathan and his coworkers with some of them. I love to bake and cook so I figured this would be easy-peasy.


Welp. I was half-right!

The website and video tutorial were pretty simple. I've made cookies plenty of times as well so the actual creating of the cookies was easy.

 However the baking time on the website was weird. The website insisted to bake the cookies for 9-11 minutes. Now, if you bake cookies from a prepackaged kit, they tend to take 11-15 minutes. Baking cookies from scratch usually will take slightly longer or in the range of that time frame. But, I decided to let the cookie recipe guide me.

This is how they looked.

She insisted they were supposed to be almost raw-looking and they would slowly drop and be yummy. I left mine for the 30 minutes she suggested and came back to them. 



It was awful and sickeningly sweet from the raw dough. I finally just shut off the browser and went to work at rebaking the cookies. I ended up baking them for another 16 minutes and, what do ya know? They turned out fabulous!

Jonathan's coworkers loved them and begged me to make more soon so I felt so much better in my ability. I'm currently working on some Pumpkin bread for them (and us) to celebrate the Autumn season 

Moral of the story: Sometimes it is best to trust your gut. And raw cookie dough is not yummy!  

Let me know about your Pinterest fails or wins in the comments below! Also if you'd like to follow me on Pinterest, you can find me here! 

Always, Raineedayze

Monday, September 12, 2016

Captain's Log #8: Get into the Groove

Hey there guys! I'm hoping you're having a great day!

This weekend I finally finished Life is Strange and, oh my gosh, was it intense! 


I had to take my headphones out and play the game next to Jonathan at the end because it got very creepy! However, it was a fabulous game and now I am suffering from a game hangover.
Because of my obsession with Doctor Who, I thought I would be good at time-travel but this game made me question everything. And now I'm just..


I highly recommend it if you haven't played it, but it will drive you mad.

Other than that, I spent most of this week just sleeping or watching anime and Regular Show. I needed a relaxation break because this past week kicked me in the gut at every opportunity. It was just a huge stress and I refuse to let this upcoming week do the same. 

Right now to get ready for the week, I'm working on my to-do list and making some pumpkin bread for Jonathan to take to work and to have here at home.  I love fall so much and I love having the opportunity to go pumpkin crazy this season!! I already got my PSL game on and am just awaiting more pumpkin themed treats in the grocery stores so I can go insane! And it's almost Halloween!!


So before I turn this into a fall appreciation post, let's talk about the Log!


The Secret History of Wonder Woman by Jill Lepore. I picked up this book at Half-Price Books the other day and I'm eager to finally start it. I'm a huge Wonder Woman fan and I love reading about her backstory and creation because the complexity is rarely discussed. I can't wait to find out more things about the creation of my hero.

Kasumi (Vol. 2) by Surt Lim and Hirofumi Sugimoto. I'm extremely excited by this purchase because I've been looking for this manga for YEARS! I picked the first volume up a few years ago and was never able to find part two. The storyline is so good and I'm a sucker for a magical romantic manga. Plus, the artwork is fantastic. I can't wait to start reading this later this week.

Marvel TsumTsum (Android). This is my first venture into the TsumTsum craze and I'm absolutely loving it. I had seen a lot of my fellow nerdy ladies get into TsumTsums and after I saw Desiree tweet that a Marvel version was available, I decided to download it and see what all the talk was about. I got insanely addicted and then downloaded the regular Disney version as well. Jonathan jokes that I've become obsessed, but I can't put it down! It's so cute and fun! Check it out in case you haven't yet.

Regular Show (Hulu). When I heard this show was getting cancelled, I knew I had to catch back up with it. Regular Show has been one of my favorite shows since it came out and I adore the humor and artwork. I love stoner comedies and that kind of grunge humor (Daria, Beavis and Butthead, Ren and Stimpy, etc) and Regular Show has been able to fill my 90's loving heart. I'm going to miss it but am enjoying rewatching it with Jonathan.


That's all I have for this week! Let me know what you're up to this week in the comments! Let's chat!

Always, Raineedayze

Saturday, September 3, 2016

First Week of School

I'm back!!!

In case you haven't noticed, I've been pretty MIA lately. We didn't even have a Captain's Log this week! Don't worry, it was for a good reason.

I started my first week of school this week!

This semester, I'm taking three courses which all have labs with them so between that and work, I'm pretty much swamped all the time! It's also the first semester that I am driving myself and now that I've gotten into a daily routine at home, it's a lot to manage. I'm still slowly adjusting, but I'm certain I'll be able to incorporate all I need into my schedule efficiently. ^.^


I'm really excited about this semester as far as classes go. I'm taking microbiology, environmental toxicology, and ecology. I'm also in class with Becca for all of them! How fun is that? 

Work is.....well, it's work. I don't have much to say about it but I am happy that I was able to cut some of my hours down to fit more time in for school and my duties at home. The downside is that we will be losing a little bit of money. Luckily, we are pretty good at living on a budget thanks to eating at home and entertaining ourselves with dollar movies and free games. But if you guys have any budgeting suggestions, I'd love to hear them!!

At home, things are going pretty smoothly. Luckily, I'm blessed with the sweetest boyfriend in existence. The first few days this week, I would come home EXHAUSTED and just fall asleep on the couch. I'm ashamed to say I got absolutely nothing done those days. I didn't even get dinner on the table! Jon, knowing I was still adjusting and full of stress from other things, was so patient about it and even surprised me with ordering dinner for us on Thursday. I adore him so much!

As of right now, I'm getting back into my routine. I realized how much I rely on to-do lists! Once I wrote down what I needed, I've been so much more motivated to actually get shiz done! Also, I've been watching a lot of She's In Her Apron on Youtube. Her videos are so wonderful and she is so fun and positive! Plus she has great recipes and tips. I watch a lot of organizing, cleaning, and homemaking videos on Youtube while I clean to keep my motivation up and it really works when I feel kind of bleh.

I also have some really fun stuff coming up in the next posts for you guys including a very.....interesting cookie experience. I just wanted to update you on why I was away and what's going on here at the Raineedayze Residence. <3

Love you guys and can't wait to chat with yall soon!

Always, Raineedayze