Jaime is working on reconstructing the blog. It's really in need of something more appealing, now that the template designer can be used. Expect it to look a little--errmmm--out of place and strange for a while!

Monday, September 29, 2008

Double Wires: The Best Flash Game Ever

If you've never heard of the Double Wires game, you're about to be enlightened. Double Wires, in my opinion, is the best flash game in the world. What you basically do is use the mouse button to click to various blots of paint to use your wires to latch on which will help keep the stick man up. You keep the stick man up as long as you possibly can and keep trying to beat your record. I love this game. It's really fun competing against friends and family members to see who can get the best score. It's simple and yet fun. Check it out below!

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Winter and Summer (Poem)

Winter and Summer

Winter is cold and dreary.
It makes us feel so weary.
Yet in summer we wish for it
And want to have a fire lit
And can't wait to get away from the heat.

Summer is hot like an oven.
We feel regret for not lovin'
The winter that's cool
Instead of the pool
That we use to cool down in the summer.

-Jaime Robinson-

Chocolate Critters

Ever heard of people making chocolate ants for treats? How about chocolate meal worms? Crickets? Grossed out yet? Just tonight after we'd all finished eating our dinner, the subject of chocolate ants came up. Mom then decided to look it up and found some pretty gruesome stuff about it on the internet. Here's a picture of packaged chocolate crickets and meal worms. Yuck!

If you're interested, these can be purchased at InsectCandy.com for only $4.50! What a deal! Kidding.

Below I'm going to list some pretty buggy recipes, so if your totally grossed out already, you might want to stop reading.

Mealworm Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup mealworm flour

Cream butter well, then mix in sugar, egg, vanilla flour, salt, baking soda, chocolate chips, oats, and mealworm flour. Drop batter by the teaspoonful on a greased cookie sheet. Bake for 10 minutes at 375 degrees farenheit. This recipe doesn't have much in the way of palpable insect content, but is an excellent way to introduce others (or yourself!) to entomophagy. Even many rather squeamish people will try mealworm cookies, since the cookie format doesn't look "gross" to most people, and since it is rather difficult to actually taste the mealworms, though they enrich the cookie with a somewhat nutty flavor and extra protein.

To make insect flour:

Spread your cleaned insects out on a lightly greased cookie sheet. Set your oven 200 degrees and dry insects for approximately 1-3 hours. When the insects are done, they should be fairly brittle and crush easily. Take your dried insects and put them into a blender or coffee grinder, and grind them till they are about consistency of wheat germ. Use in practically any recipe! Try sprinkling insect flour on salads, add it to soups, your favorite bread recipe, on a boat, with a goat, etc.

Chocolate Covered Crickets

  • 25 adult crickets
  • Several squares of semisweet chocolate

Prepare the crickets as described above. Bake at 250 degrees until crunchy (the time needed varies from oven to oven). Heat the squares of semi sweet chocolate in a double boiler until melted. Dip the dry roasted crickets in the melted chocolate one by one, and then set the chocolate covered crickets out to dry on a piece of wax paper. Enjoy! This is a little time consuming to make, but definitely worth it...the crickets are deliciously crunchy!

Ant Brood Tacos

  • 2 tablespoons butter or peanut oil
  • ?
  • 1/2 pound ant larvae and pupae
  • 3 serrano chilies, raw, finely chopped
  • 1 tomato, finely chopped
  • Pepper, to taste
  • Cumin, to taste
  • Oregano, to taste
  • 1 handful cilantro, chopped
  • Taco shells, to serve

Heat the butter or oil in a frying pan and fry the larvae or pupae. Add the chopped onions, chilies, and tomato, and season with salt. Sprinkle with ground pepper, cumin, and oregano, to taste. Serve in tacos and garnish with cilantro. (Not living in an area exceptionally prolific with ants, I have never been able to try this recipe. But it sounds perfectly delicious! I found it in 'Creepy Crawly Cuisine', an excellent recipe book.)

"Natural Style"

  • As many mealworms as you can sanely eat

Open mouth. Insert live mealworms. Chew. Swallow.

You can eat almost every kind of edible insect raw; however, this method of eating insects should only be performed on insects that you keep yourself or know are free from pesticides. Do not snag passing cockroaches, ants, or termites in an urban area unless you have developed a natural immunity to pesticides. And don't forget to wash your insects before eating them!

What do you think? You ready to crunch down on some chocolate cockroaches, mealworms, or crickets? How 'bout an ant larvae taco? I know I'm not! And I'm definitely not trying the "natural style." How gross!


Wednesday, September 17, 2008

August Camping Trip

Last month, which was August, we Robinsons took a camping trip to -errrr- Bear Creek Lake State Park. It was a pretty small place but it was still really nice there. I think we got site "A-7" but I'm not exactly sure......maybe it was "C-7" or...........I don't know....

As soon as we got there, which was around 2:00 or 3:00 pm, we set up our camp: moving the table, pitching the tent, etc. After that we walked down to the beach-there was a trail leading down to it-and we kids ran around in the sand, playing tag.

Pretty soon we, or rather everyone besides me, got hungry, and so we headed back up that long steep trail and made dinner. You can probably guess what dinner was..........hamburgers and hotdogs.

Later that night Dad built a fire and we roasted marshmallows. Both Will and Jaime attempted to roast their marshmallows until they were slightly brown, but they didn't always turn out the way they wanted them to. Jaime held her marshmallows way too close to the fire so sometimes they would start to burn and she, being extremely disappointed in her marshmallow, would give it to Mom to eat.

I, on the other hand, love my marshmallows burnt! I don't care for the burned outside really, but I love how the inside turns all gooey; it tastes so delicious! Besides, you can't really taste the outside when you're thinking about the inside. =P

We went swimming the next day. That was pretty cool. I remember floating on my back and closing my eyes for a short while, and when I opened my eyes again I was alot farther out than I thought. (Guess that's how sin works, huh? People think, I won't go that far into sin. I'll never do this, this, or this. I just want to do this little sin. Well, one sin leads to another, and pretty soon they're at a place in their lives, they never thought they'd be at. Sorry, just thinking.)

We kids also went to the sand later that day when noone was there. It was nearly dark, but still some daylight. We all buried each other in the sand one after the other. Once the person being buried was completely buried, he/she/or it (in my case. ;)) would break through and try to tag one of the other two. Whoever got tagged was next to be buried. It was great!

I almost forgot, I brought the sailboat I carved sometime earlier. It was pretty neat watching it sail. Just had to make sure you didn't get the (paper) sail wet, or it would throw the weight off and tip. O.o

You know what was cool?!? We, the family, got to go on one of those (funny-looking) paddle boats. We went around the lake. It was sure fun, but really tiring! We learned you should always keep the weight towards the front if you want to go anywhere. ;)


Courtney's Playlist

I haven't posted in a while so I thought I'd just post my playlist.........

Here are a few of the songs I like that are on this playlist: Broken (Lifehouse), Foreverandever (David Crowder), Testify to Love (Avalon), Prayer for a Friend (Casting Crowns), Held (Natalie Grant), Everything (Lifehouse), Belly of a Whale (Newsboys), In Christ Alone (Newsboys), Mystery (Phil Wickham), Stay Strong (Newsboys). If you get the chance maybe you could take a look at these; they're pretty nice songs.