Baking Birthday Cookies for Mommy
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Did you Hear That? oh no, she might come in! -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 98 mm — 1/400 sec, f/3.5, ISO 6400 — full exif
Did you Hear That?
oh no, she might come in!

It was Fumie's birthday the other day, and Anthony had the idea to bake cookies for her. I thought it'd be a great project for them to do together, but he wanted to do it as a surprise for her, so it fell to me. This meant, as a start, that I had to investigate whether we had an oven.

It turns out that our microwave oven doubles as a heat convection oven, so that was set. Armed with a recipe in hand, we went to the store and got flour, yeast, sugar, etc., and came home to mix it all up.

Should be Tasty! -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 105 mm — 1/250 sec, f/3.5, ISO 4000 — full exif
Should be Tasty!
Attention to Detail -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 82 mm — 1/250 sec, f/5, ISO 6400 — full exif
Attention to Detail

He wanted to pair the cookies up with some fresh-squeezed orange juice (well, tangerine juice), so while the cookies cooked, he went next door to Fumie's folks to make it....

Fresh Squeezed, With Love -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Fresh Squeezed, With Love

You can see in the lower-left of the picture above a pinkish box. While we were shopping for ingredients, he was excited to find this set of chocolate figurines... a bunny, one that says “happy birthday”, etc. To his delight, he found that it also included a chocolate pen. He wanted to write something on Mommy's cookie, but I suggested that he practice first on his cookie. Of course, he liked the idea. 🙂

You can sort of see a heart shape on his practice cookie...

Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 55 mm — 1/125 sec, f/8, ISO 4500 — full exif

Stupidly, I neglected to get a picture of Mommy's cookie presentation, but you can sort of see it in the background of this shot of Anthony passing out cookies to others...

Cookies for All -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Cookies for All
handmade is Satisfying -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 52 mm — 1/125 sec, f/8, ISO 3200 — full exif
handmade is
Satisfying

After he was done with his cookies, he was still hungry, so thought to eat his own hand. Of course, it had to be prepared appropriately....

Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 70 mm — 1/125 sec, f/5, ISO 2200 — full exif
変な Henna ( that's just a little linguistic pun there, 'cause I'm so witty ) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 70 mm — 1/125 sec, f/5, ISO 1600 — full exif
変な Henna
( that's just a little linguistic pun there, 'cause I'm so witty )
Yowza, I'm Tasty! -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 70 mm — 1/125 sec, f/5, ISO 2000 — full exif
Yowza, I'm Tasty!

All 3 comments so far, oldest first...

“as a start, that I had to investigate whether we had an oven.”

Why are these lines so much funnier when you’ve just taken a drink of something? I hate trying to dry off Diet Coke from my computer screen and keyboard – much less the inside of my nose. Sigh.

Those cookies looked tasty! Now if you felt it absolutely necessary to send Josh a birthday present, a nice, quiet cookie would have been perfect.

— comment by Marcina on March 27th, 2009 at 10:34pm JST (8 years, 9 months ago) comment permalink

Jeff,

Can you explain the linguistic pun on Henna ? Sorry, I can’t read the japanese portion.
–b
The Japanese part means “strange” or “odd”, and is pronounced roughly the same as “henna”. It’s funny if you have the mental experience of a preschooler, but roll-your-eyes groan to anyone else 🙂 —Jeffrey

— comment by Brian Acton on March 28th, 2009 at 5:59am JST (8 years, 9 months ago) comment permalink

My wife always rolls her eyes when I make the cross-linguistic puns with a soft sigh of “mata kudaranai joke suru no.”

Welll, you’re still not as bad as my situation. When I do it, my wife tries to look as if she just happens to be sitting near me, and that we’re not related. It’s a bit better now, though, because if Anthony is around, he’ll laugh at my jokes. That might last until he’s, oh, nine or so, then he too will grow out of them. 🙂 —Jeffrey

— comment by Sam on May 12th, 2009 at 10:21am JST (8 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink
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