Chocolate Space Invaders

I’ve been playing with making chocolate things recently… I’ve made chocolate-covered mint oreos, chocolate Lego bricks with a graham cracker and peanut butter center, and most recently, I got a Space Invaders mold and made Space Invaders chocolate:

Each one has an espresso bean in the center.

Chocolate Rain

I’ve been playing around with chocolate recently, making chocolate-covered oreos, graham crackers, etc. I’ve been using a Lego ice cube tray to make some, which has worked out well.

I wanted some more molds to play with, so I looked around, at a bunch of kitchen supply places, but… no luck. So I tried Amazon, and ordered a whole bunch for like $2-$3 each. They arrived yesterday, now I have all sorts of new shapes to try!

binaural beats

Got a binaural beats app for my iPhone. Not sure if it works, exactly, but after listening to it for 3 or 4 hours, I definitely felt… something.

The theory behind binaural beats, in a nutshell, is that by using phased frequencies in your left and right ears, your brain’s frequency can be influenced.

I went to lunch after coding for the morning with binaural beats playing behind some new-age-y music, and going through the lunch line, things seemed a little… off. Hard to put my finger on, just that reality was a little disconnected feeling. After an hour or so the feeling faded. Who knows, maybe my head was just stuffed up from the cold I’ve had the last few days.

Warrants further investigation, anyway.

Peanut Butter Muffins

Sarah said on her FaceBook status this morning that she was “eating peanut butter puffins” – her friend Melissa misread it as “peanut butter muffins” and expressed envy.

So Sarah looked up a recipe, and we made peanut butter MUFFINS a reality tonight.

They turned out really dry though, and not as peanut-buttery as hoped.

Spreading peanut butter on them helps, but sort of misses the point.

Coffee Experiment

I drink a sort of “cappuccino” mix stuff at work. Sometimes I buy it in the cafeteria, which is $1.31 for a small, and sometimes I make it at my desk, which is considerably cheaper. Yesterday the mix at my desk ran out, and I wondered, could I make my own “cappuccino” mix?

So today I bought instant coffee, french vanilla flavored non-dairy creamer, and Nesquick.


Test 1.
2 teaspoons coffee
2 teaspoons non-dairy creamer
2 teaspoons Nesquick


Not bad. A little strong on the coffee, perhaps if I doubled the non-dairy creamer, or added a bit of sugar to the mix. I know, I know, the non-dairy creamer and Nesquick both already have sugar in them, but I have a sweet tooth, ok?


Test 2.
1 teaspoon coffee
2 teaspoons non-dairy creamer
1 teaspoon Nesquick
1/2 teaspoon sugar


I’ll probably keep playing with the mixture, but it’s plenty passable now.