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6 eggs, separated
1 cup sugar*
1 cup flour**
2 tsp. lemon extract (or extract of choice)
1 lemon, zested

1) Bowl #1: 6 egg whites whipped to peaks. Add 1/2 cup sugar and whip until incorporated.
2) Bowl #2: 6 egg yolks whipped until creamy and pale yellow. Add 1/2 cup sugar, extract, and lemon zest and whip until incorporated.
3) Combine the two bowls.
4) Sift in 1 cup flour and fold together gently.
5) Pour into pan lined with parchment paper.
6) Bake at 350F for 30 minutes.

Usually served with homemade whipped cream and fruit.

*Normal sugar is fine, can use superfine for easier dissolving. Can make superfine sugar by putting table sugar in a blender or chopper.
**Normal flour is fine, cake flour is sometimes used. My mom said she doesn't see a big difference but if you happen to have cake flour, go for it.
***My mom used an 8" x 12" springform tart pan, but some people use cake pans.
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Seriously, just trust me on the matcha & white chocolate combo. It's the equivalent of peanut butter & chocolate. Also this makes kind of a small batch so don't be afraid to double it if you're sharing.

7 tbsp. unsalted butter
1/4 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 pinch salt
1 egg
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
1 1/2 tbsp. matcha powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
2/3 cup white chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
2. Sift flour, matcha and baking soda together.
3. Microwave butter until fully melted. Combine butter, sugar, egg, vanilla extract, and salt. Mix.
4. Add dry ingredients to wet mixture with spatula. Mix. Add white chocolate chips and fold in.
5. Drop dough in rounded tablespoonfuls onto parchment paper on baking sheets. Leave space between them.
6. Bake about 10 minutes. You may need more or less depending on your oven, so make sure to babysit the last couple minutes. Mine usually take around 12 minutes.
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Computer rehab. We all need it. You're a living human being in the 21st century, which means it's practically a guarantee you have neck, shoulder, and wrist pain or stiffness at least on occasion. If you do the following sequence of stretches on a regular basis, you should see noticeable improvement in those symptoms.

A word about stretching first-- the point of a stretch is not to push yourself to the point of pain. Discomfort is okay; that means you're having an effect. But discomfort is the only edge you should ride, not pain. Duration, not intensity, is the key here. Hold each stretch for a minimum of 30 seconds, upwards of a full minute if you feel you'd benefit from it. Do the stretches that target your problem areas at least three times a week, preferably every day. If it's persistent wrist pain, do the wrist stretch multiple times each day. Set an alarm on your phone if you have to.

For major rehab, apply heat or ice thoroughly for 20 minutes before beginning. I recommend heat on the neck and ice on the wrist muscles, which actually live up near your elbow (we'll get to that later).

If you keep this up for a couple weeks, you'll probably agree with me that it was worth it. And remember: breathe.

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This is a tutorial for getting your tags to automatically label themselves as you receive them. Thanks goes to this tutorial back on LJ that taught me how to do it initially. I've updated it for DW and included instructions on making game tags.

I don't know how to get game tags to work on journal-based games, but if anyone else does, feel free to tell me and I'll include it! I also don't know how to do this with any service that isn't Gmail, so you're on your own if you're trying to do it elsewhere.

Now, onward.

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