cord ninja & a ssc

03May10

I’ve developed this crazy aversion to out of control cords…

I think it started while I worked at CB2, part-timing it while in grad school.  We had this one designer who transformed me into this cord ninja.  My job was to hide (or do my best at hiding) or disguise cords in the window displays.  It was actually kinda fun figuring out different ways to make it happen.

Well, last week this is what my make-shift desk area looked like.

It made you cringe, didn’t it?

Well, I embarked on a mission to control that mess.  I walked over to the Container Store thinking they would have a nice device that would somehow make the cords disappear.  I quickly realized they had a limited selection of products related to cords, so I had to resort to some creativity.  I found myself in front of this magazine file and decided to give it a chance.  It was cheap, simple, and had 2 conveniently placed holes.

I bought it.  $9 for 2, which isn’t too bad of a price for the following…

Ahh… I can work in peace.  :)

And now the SSC… short shameful confession (credit goes to mike k. for introducing me to this acronym)

I LOVE  STARBUCKS’ MAPLE OAT SCONES.  There, I said it.  I actually love all 440 calories and 18 fat grams (11 of which are saturated) of it.  Can you believe it?  That’s the equivalent of one of those fast food burgers/sandwiches.  Disgusting.

I needed to find a substitute fast, or I would be on my way to the Biggest Loser Season 10.  I found a replica recipe on  http://www.recipezaar.com/recipe/Maple-Oat-Nut-Scones-Starbucks-157241 and made the following adjustments to the recipe: 1/5 less butter, 1/2 tablespoon less sugar, 1/4 cups less flour, 1/4 more oats.  The result was fab!

Yep, they taste pretty good!

Here’s a side-by-side comparison.  Recipezaar’s nutritional facts on the left.  Starbucks’ on the right.

My recipe would be even fewer calories, fat grams, and carbohydrates than Recipezaar… AND I was able to make 10 scones, compared to their 8.  I’m guestimating here, but I believe each one of mine would be abut 315 calories.  Not the healthiest thing in the world, but it is almost 1/3 less calories than Starbucks’.

Whew, that was long post!  Happy May!

m

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