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The Willits Rotary Club holds their annual Crab Sale on two winter morning weekends. Through my job as a photographer and writer for our local newspaper, I went over and took some photos of the festivities.

Coming from a vegetarian, it was pretty gross.

Coming from a photographer, there were a bunch of great shots 🙂

Here’s a few below, and you can check out all of them here

a cooked crab smiles at the camera

Bill Jack of the Willits Rotary quickly hauls freshly cooked crabs to the washing station

Willits Rotary members pose with the sea of crabs

More goofy crab moments 🙂

the sea of crabs

It’s officially my birthday 🙂

Not only is this the day of my official existence, but it is also the date of the December Daring Bakers Challenge post and i decided that as it was to be done on my birthday, christmas and the holiday hooplah took over the month of December and 1,000,000 other things were happening, i would take creative liberty with the “gingerbread house” theme hoping that the DB’ers would see that it was fate with the birthday date to let me go at it my way and make gingerbread people standing in front of a template house and call that gravy for this month’s challenge 🙂

Here are some of the many people (including a skeleton! 🙂 created by my efforts (and the template that i was planning to use on the gingerbread house until time surpassed practicality)

that's my little frenchman in the foreground! notice his moustache!?

the house template looms behind!

a cutout chimney closeup!

sorry the house never made it – i hope that this counts enough – the thought was there – i promise! time just ran out! 😦  Merry late christmas to everyone regardless – and i hope you all have a great new years too!!! 🙂

Mom and I finally had a successful year making these mint meringues – something that rarely happens – and attempts are only made at my constant pleading every christmas.

this year, it was not raining, which, YES MOM – MAY HAVE BEEN A FACTOR – but, this year i also took…creative(? 🙂 ) liberty with how much i felt like following the directions which i think was more the thing that worked. and, of course i showed them the love. they know mom doesnt like them and assumes theyll fail before the whites are even whipped – but no – i WILLED them to work – and for the first year in MANY – they made it out of the shell/mixer/oven and into a ziplock bag.  i am enjoying one as we speak.

(trying to write a coherent intro is hard when snoop dog is on martha stewart and she thinks he’s referring to the brownies that they are making should be “green brownies”  – she thinks he means chocolate brownies with green sprinkles and cant seem to understand why he would want to use GREEN sprinkles on chocolate. snoop keeps cracking up that martha isnt getting it and the inuendos keep getting stonger. its hilarious!)

HA! Look at the sprinkles!! 🙂

ANYWAY – here’s the recipe:

2 egg whites – room temperature
1/2 c sugar
1/2 tsp mint extract
1 tooth picking of green gel (paste) coloring
6 oz chocolate chips

preheat oven to 200*F.

Use a metal bowl – or glass – NO PLASTIC – and metal beaters – make sure all equipment used is TOTALLY CLEAN – any amount of grease at all will ruin the batter. I wiped the clean bowl with a fresh paper towel very carefully just to be sure!!

Beat the egg whites in a kitchen aid til foamy (45 sec – 1 min? just til they’re frothy) and then add sugar on high speed VERY slowly until whites hold a stiff, glossy peak – (about 5-7 min? – it will keep its ribbon-ey/elephant nosey (?) texture from the beaters in the rest of the meringue left in the bowl – like a medium-whipped whipped cream )

add extract and food coloring – beat another minute or so, fold in chocolate chips.

drop tablespoons onto parchment lined cookie sheet- NO BUTTER – one inch apart – bake at 200 degrees for 1 hour until outside is dry – BUT NOT BROWN. cool on sheet for five minutes before removing.

DO NOT open oven while baking. then, the best part: DEVOUR WITH GLEE AND BLISS!! 🙂

Let me know how it goes – success?!

are these?!

Marshmallow witches from Taste of Home!

Just in time for Halloween!

And most appropriate for the blog, no? 🙂