Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Warcraft Cookie Christmas Exchange!

Disciplinary Action hosted and arranged a cookie recipe exchange amoungst the Warcraft blogging community.  I love both Warcraft and cookies, but my blogging is meh at best - but that didn't stop me from putting my name in!

(Go here to see all the cookies we made! http://disciplinaryaction.wordpress.com/2011/12/13/warcookie-christmas-exchange-the-cookies/)

Just before she doled out the recipes via email I made a comment in twitter:


Crossing my fingers for a raisinless recipe in the . Raisins: ruining recipes and Christmases since time immemorial.

Then I checked my inbox and there is was:

Rum Raisin Sour Cream Cookies.

I had to chuckle at my luck.  Oh RNG gods - you so crazy!  Then I read on and the submitter acknowledged that raisins weren't to everyone's taste so they put in another recipe, Peppermint Munchies.

That is the best name for a cookie ever!

It's true that I don't like raisins and I would never purposely add them to anything. However, since I made a bit of a stink on Twitter regarding raisins I thought that I should at least give them a try.  Besides, my husband likes raisins and I like him a lot.

Just to give you proof that I actually bought raisins

I need to invest in more baking pans, and work on my "drop spoonfuls of dough" skill.
The dough tasted really good, by the way. 

These did taste very yummy.  It was a nice cakey and soft cookie and the raisins did carry the rum flavour throughout.   I will definitely keep this recipe on hand to make and maybe cut the amount of raisins in half and add some nuts or dried cranberries.

The next cookie was Peppermint Munchies. These are a nice sugar cookie with a cream cheese peppermint filling.

To make the cookies carry the Warcraft theme I set up a little WoW tree.  I even put in the Alliance, because well, it's Christmas.  Plus I know that they love cookies too.  And I secretly want them all to get super fat so they are too tired to destroy my butt in PvP.

Cookies, Warcraft and Hello Kitty - what else does a gal need?

I also renamed them! Rumsey Rum Raisin and Undercity Peppermint Munchies. (There is really a lack of things peppery and/or minty in WoW - all I could find were the Hallows End mints).  The recipe didn't call for the extra chocolate drizzle or candy sprinkles, but I felt they needed a little dressing up.

Many thanks to @Sebyth for sending me a pic her her Night Elf Rogue.  I've included the recipes below in case you would like to make them.

Rum Raisin Sour Cream Cookies
Sometimes the simplest cookies are the most delicious. These soft, plain cookies have a slightly crunchy, sugary coating and are wonderful dunked in hot chocolate.

-1/4 cup stick margarine or butter, softened
-3/4 cup sugar
-1 large egg
-1 tsp vanilla
-1/2 cup low-fat sour cream
-1 1/2 cups flour
-1/2 tsp baking soda
-1/4 tsp salt
-1 cup raisins
-1/4 cup rum

1. Combine one cup of raisins with 1/4 cup each water and rum in a small saucepan. Simmer until raisins are plump and liquid has evaporated. Cool completely.
2. Preheat oven to 350°F.
3. In a large bowl, beat margarine and sugar until well combined - it will have the consistence of wet sand. Beat in egg and vanilla until smooth.
4. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and salt. Add half the flour mixture to the sugar mixture, stirring just until combined. Gently stir in the sour cream and cooled raisins, and then the remaining flour mixture, stirring just until blended.
5. Drop spoonfuls of dough 2" apart onto a cookie sheet that has been sprayed with nonstick spray.
6. Bake for 12-15 minutes, until set but not yet golden. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

Makes 2 dozen cookies.

Peppermint Munchies

Sugar cookies with a creamy peppermint center.

Prep: 35 mins Chill: 30 minutes Bake: 12 mins per batch Oven: 375


-Peppermint Filling (see below)

-3/4 cup butter, softened

-1 cup granulated sugar

-1 tsp baking powder

-1 egg

-1 tbsp milk

-1 tsp vanilla

-2 cups all-purpose flour

-2 tbsp coarse white and/or red sugar (for decorating)

Peppermint Filling

-3 oz softened cream cheese (I use light)

-2 tbsps powdered sugar

-2 tbsps finely crushed peppermint candies or candy canes

-1/4 tsp peppermint extract

1. Combine ingredients for peppermint filling in a bowl. Beat with an electric mixer on low speed until smooth. Cover and chill for 30 minutes. (Clean the beaters of your mixer because you'll need them soon!)

2. Preheat oven to 375°F. In a bowl, beat butter with an electric mixer on medium speed for 30 seconds. Add sugar and baking powder. Beat until combined, scraping bowl. Beat in egg, milk, and vanilla until combined. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Stir in remaining flour.

3. Shape dough into 1-1/4 inch balls. Make an indentation in the center of each ball; place 1/2 teaspoon of the Peppermint Filling in each indentation. Shape dough around filling to enclose; roll dough in hands until smooth. Place balls 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Dip the bottom of a glass in coarse sugar; flatten balls until 1/2 inch thick. (NB Baker's note: The recipe says to do this but it didn't work for me; so I flatten with just the glass and then sprinkle a bit of sugar on top of each.) Bake for 9-12 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on cookie sheet for 1 minute. Transfer to a wire rack; cool. Makes about 32 cookies.

To store: Layer cookies between sheets of waxed paper in an airtight container; cover. Store at room temperature for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Favourite Blizzcon Moments

Blizzcon was an impulse buy.  With The Wayward Initiative besties doing guild chat live updates I wanted in on the action.  It proved to be one of the best things I did all weekend!  Live streaming at home meant no lines, no one walking in front of the screens or blocking views and, more importantly, I did the whole thing without pants! 

So here are my highlights of the weekend in no particular order:

Mists of Pandaria: After watching the panel on the new expansion and seeing the concept art and new changes I'm not worried.  Who doesn't love cuddly pandas? I've said it a million times this weekend but I just want to poke their chubby bellies and squish their faces!  Kung Fu Panda similarities aside it's obvious that Blizzard is excited for it and has put a lot of time and thought into it.  However, it doesn't mean that I'm not not going to make fun of it. /bangs gong.

WoW Annual subscription.  Okay - we all know about it, but I got a little teary eyed with excitement as Mike Morhaime made the announcement.  It's dorky I know, but I felt like we were getting something for our continued patronage.  A free game, a beta key and a mount - it's a lot for what most of us are already paying for on a yearly basis.

Jay Mohr! Jay Mohr was on my "List" in university and I like that we're both fat now.

Jazzed historian: Shawn Copeland! Mostly an inside joke but every time he was on stage it felt like he was trying to motivate us about how awesome his job is.  He wanted us to be as jazzed as was and jazz us in the face.

Geeking out over Christie Golden.  She wrote Lord of the Clans in 6 weeks.  SIX WEEKS!  That is very impressive for such a great book.

Dude in the paladin costume.  This appeals to the RPer inside of me: HAWT!

Live Raid: Come on! It was probably the most thrilling event of the Con to watch.  I have never seen those boss fights and pitting Horde against Alliance really appeals to the competitor in me.  I felt that Blood Legion was fighting for my love and for the honour of the Horde. With the race so close I was glued to my seat!  Even more impressive was just seeing what hardcore raiding is like.  They did in an hour what our guild can do in about two expansions. Grats to Blood Legion! FOR THE HORDE!

The FooFighters show and Dave Grolh signing those fab tits.  Hey - a girl can be appreciative of them too.

Probably one of the best discoveries about Blizzard was finding out that Cory Stockton was the most adorable WoW developer ever! (call me!)

Live streaming Blizzcon was a lot of fun. I'm sure that it would have been sweet to experience it first hand but it was great to be able to switch back and forth between panels.   It was cool to be able to watch along with all the tweeters at home and especially fun to make catty commentary with Chawa and Regis.  We're currently rewatching the Lore Q&A from yesterday as I type this and showing these nerds NO MERCY.
Now that it's over and I've identified the cute boys, I'll leave it up to the real blogs to give actual content from Blizzcon but I can't leave without sharing a rainbow! Here's a bonus shot from the Diablo III/Auction House panel!  I don't know anything about Diablo, but it's got my attention...!

See you next year Blizzcon!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Expansion Wish List

Thought I would offer my little thoughts and hopes for what I would like to see the next expansion what ever it might be.
Turalyon and Alleria! Despite my dedication to the Horde as it is now, I loved how these two fought against the possessed horde as well as their feelings for each other. We last see them follow Ner'zhul through a portal but they never materialize.  If they came back to the game I would probably level an alliance toon just to see them.
Thrall:  Thrall needs to come back and depose Garrosh as Warchief.  I only consider him now to be a substitute Warchief.  Probably why I never listen to him, talk through his speeches and throw paper airplanes over his head.  I suspect that we will see Garrosh act selfishly to save the Horde just like his father and die in an act of heroism which will make me feel bad about how much I hate him now.
New faction: I would like to have a third faction which was neutral to Horde and Alliance.  That way I could enter into the cities and not be pummelled by guards and players.  I just want to take a look around and see how the other side lives.  And sometimes while playing battlegrounds I wish I could shiv, stunk or spank some of my fellow players for being jackasses.
More mail dresses for hunters! 
and um...more achievements?
Of course there are tons more but I'm trying to get this up as fast as I can before they announce the actual expansion and the Diablo III date and all this becomes mooooot.
Happy Blizzcon weekend! 
Hello Tauren

Monday, October 17, 2011

Friday, October 14, 2011

Oh Blog, I could never quit you.

It's been so long that I've posted here regularly that I've stopped drafting "Farewell and thanks for reading/Turn out the lights on your way out" posts. This blog has served its purpose of being the place I can spread the happiness my guild, The Zug Initiative, has given me on to you: my dear, faithful readers and fellow Warcraft blog addicts. I thought I would just let it exist in its own little way and visit from time to time to reflect on my journeys through Azeroth.


It would appear that my rainbow bucket is near full again and I can't not share with you all the happy times I have in the game. With all the guild drama, bitching, and awful PuGs out there sometimes you need a little unicorn chaser to balance things out.

So let's play a little bit of catch up.

The summer did not yield too much raiding, if any. We did do some old timey achievements such as a full Naxx clear as well as killing our server's namesake, Kael'Thas (fiiiinally). The mount even dropped and [Enhancement Shaman] won the roll! It was one of those I'm really happy you got it but I wish it was meeeeeee moments.

There has been some PvP. Oh yes. PvP right in my face. I hadn’t entered a BG for about a year and when Regis/Chawa asked if I would like to join them it was like awakening a monster inside of me. I'm sorry Alliance, I know that there are nice players behind the faction but I cannot get enough of killing you. I've also come around from scowling at the BG call outs such as "OMG U SUCK" and "dis is why ally win" etc to finding it hilarious. Picturing them sitting in their room just seething as they violently mash out their frustrations for lack of defence or killing healers- well it makes me chuckle.

In other alt news I levelled a warrior solely through questing as a spin off project from Dechion's LFD only levelling experiment and rerolled a troll rogue which I'm having a lot of fun with. She just dinged 60! Maybe I’ll write more on her later and levelling through Eastern Kingdoms vs. Kalimdor (because one was faster than the other).

Okay, that's enough to go on for today. It's Friday and I think that we're going to the Firelands tonight/Sunday! Hooray!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Hello Tauren: Squee Edition

You know when something is so awesome that you can't stop looking at it? Well hold onto your wizard hats because I'm about to share with you something very special....

We have this guild member, see? And she's a really great artist, see? And she's very, very, very cool, see?

It was during guild chat that the subject of rainbow-barfing unicorns came about ('natch). Which turned into a rainbow-barfing Tauren which turned into riding unicorns and shooting rainbows in general. I half jokingly asked if Sebyr would take a simple request of a Tauren riding a unicorn shooting a rainbow from a bow. More specifically my Tauren.

You know, the usual type of thing. Oh, and could he be wearing a dress too? Pacheco loves dresses.


Ask and ye shall receive....

Behold! Pacheco, the Tauren Hunter on a unicorn mount shooting a rainbow from his new PvP bow, wearing a red dress! Just look at him! LOOOOOOOOOOOK!!!!!!

The fabulousness and awesomeness and utter fantasticness of this work of art I could have never imagined. She captured him perfectly! The hair, the ring, the bow, the dress! THE FLOWERS!!!!! Those kill me! I have been staring at this photo for the last few days now and every time it fills me with sunny beams and sparkles!

So I want to give huge thanks to Sebyr for working so hard on my request. It's now my desktop as well as a framed photo on my nightstand, (sorry Archie - consider your ginger mug replaced)! I am in awe of your talent and I hope we see more of your art in the future! /hug!

/Hello Tauren is forever on a unicorn, shooting a rainbow and filled with happiness

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Lighting the Raid Fires (but not standing in them)

There has been some chatter amongst The Zug Initiative for a desire to raid again. I couldn't be happier. Going through Ice Crown Citadel with our bunch of yahoos was always a good time: the aggravation of almost getting a boss, the hilarious and inconvenient wipes and the absolute thrill of working together to get a boss. Love it! (Plus, sometimes there's loot.)

We've always had two main problems when it comes to raiding:

1. LF1M/LF1M(to stay behind)

It has always seemed like we're either short on numbers by 1 or 2 or conversely we have 1 or 2 people who would like to raid but there aren't enough spots. We have enough toons to make up quite a few raids, but we only have about 8 or 9 actual players. On the first part we combat this by either scraping the raid or by doing lower content. There are always alts (and sometimes mains) that need achievements and sometimes it just feels good to pew-pew something really quick.

The second part needs a bit more delicacy to deal with. The fact is that everyone wants a chance to see content and everyone should get that chance. Generally people will offer to sit out, but sometimes that is at the cost of a tank, healer or my incredible DPS*. However, I love seeing raids for the first time and am very happy to give someone else that chance. I might be sore about it for a moment or two, but there are lot of opportunities. Why not let the very casual players have the experience this time around? Sometimes just getting in the door can be thrilling enough.

2. Time Zones

Oh my Earth Mother! Why are we so split up across the universe? Our raid times are usually 7/7:30 server time. However, that's 9:30 local and means that I only have a few hours before I get bleary eyed and belligerent. Some folks have kids and also like a little rest. The Wayward Initiative is just getting in the door from a long day at work and our New Zealand office is just waking up. Scheduling a good time for everyone to get together is just as hard as organizing a bunch of executives for a board meeting (read: annoyingly hard). It means that everyone is inconvenienced just a little but for the good of the raid we make those sacrifices.

When the stars align and we end up with 10 actual people online at the same time it's a small victory already. We summon, we buff, we dance, we summon Archmage Vargoth and we wait for /readycheck. Sometimes it's fun to kill dragons, but it's always fun to kill dragons together.

/Hello Tauren is ready to raid!

*My blog – my imaginary dps numbers.