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« on: July 26, 2017, 11:18:23 AM »
I'm always happy to help work the booth, both me and Rob really enjoyed the opportunity at East.
I'd also be honored to do a hospital visit, I have some experience on that front as I use to do a lot of nursing home and hospital visits with the girl scouts and some volunteer groups. As Happendy said, it definitely has both its ups and downs, it can be emotionally trying but its always worth it. Some of my best childhood memories are at the nursing home and just seeing the light come into the eyes of someone who has so many stories to tell and is just overjoyed that someone is truly interested. Or seeing just a little bit of stress leave a mother's shoulders in a hospital when you sit down for 20 minutes and play Candyland with her other kid and she gets just a few brief moments to step away and take off the strong mask she keeps on for their sake.
Mary Wheeler & Rob Pennylegion
Based in Springfield, VA, right outside of Washington, DC. We're happy to drive and most places in MD, VA and DC are not a long drive.[email protected]
« on: March 08, 2017, 01:38:26 AM »
Okay I think I've got the vegetarian version of this perfected.
40 oz creamy peanut butter
2 cups sugar
2 over ripe bananas with black spots
Cream all items together in a bowl until smooth.
Place in freezer for 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 350
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
Roll the chilled dough into 1.5 inch balls.
Place balls on cookie sheet and press with cool/damp fork.
Bake for 11-13 minutes. You'll know they're done because the edges will darken.
Remove from oven and let cool for a few minutes before moving to a cooling rack. Let cool until stiff. They will stay somewhat soft.
« on: November 15, 2016, 02:27:15 PM »
Yeah the website is in pretty desperate need of some love the template we're currently on has aged very badly and some of the tools are sorely out of date. SMF is suppose to have a new version "soon" but not date on it either.
I agree with pretty much everything here, and some additional items I have on my list, right now my hope is I can burn some time over Thanksgiving and Christmas break to do a revamp/update/overhaul. We're missing a lot of content we need now given the Brigade has transformed into a full fledged organization itself and I really want to put together a more robust platform for donations that isn't just event specific.
Are you up for helping?
« on: July 06, 2016, 10:47:02 AM »
The host has let me know that we're schedule for a OS upgrade today. It should have little to no impact on the site but there will likely be a window of 15-60 minutes of downtime while they do the actual upgrade.
« on: May 24, 2016, 05:15:56 PM »
I believe Kintrye was looking into this.
« on: April 01, 2016, 12:58:52 PM »
I will be performing site maintenance this evening for some necessary updates to the platform, not expecting any extended downtime.[/size]Maintenance will be from 2000-0000 Eastern Time.
« on: February 01, 2016, 02:49:25 PM »
Site will be down for a bit in the evening for some necessary updates to the platform, not expecting any extended downtime.
Maintenance will be from 2300-0000 Eastern Time.
« on: May 20, 2014, 09:37:40 PM »
Long story short, our host was experiencing serious storage issues, my server corrupted at some point and the only restore point they had was from a month and a half ago.
The site has been moved to a new host with redundant backup. Once I have some time, and finish moving my other websites, I will post more information here.
« on: March 07, 2014, 05:19:15 PM »
And the response from Child's Play:
For those of you who don't click the link: "Not at this time."
Yep sorry forgot to follow up here. The Dogecoin guys are interested in seeing if we could do something like was done for the Bobsled team, their foundation takes the donations and converts it to USD before giving it to Child's Play.
If we get a lot of requests for this I can set up a wallet and convert it to USD to send to Child's Play, but I think until we can get something official set up or the Dogecoin Foundation can work something out with Child's Play it might be best to advise people to use paypal to send it electronically via the donation widget.
« on: March 05, 2014, 02:48:09 PM »
I just realized this recipe wasn't on the site anywhere, so I'm going to include it so I have a link for the cards.
Credit for this goes to Punzie and LexiconGrrl.
Adapating from lexi's bacon wrapped stuffed oreos and a few other variations. Punzie if this needs corrections let me know!
Oreo Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies
8 oz unsalted butter (room temp)
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp baking soda
10-12 oz bag semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 pkg Double Stuf Oreo Cookies
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Add butter and sugars to the bowl, beat until fluffy then add the eggs and vanilla and beat until combined.
In a large bowl, combine the flour, salt, and baking soda with a wire whisk. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the mix until combined then add the chocolate chips.
Use an ice cream scoop to place a scoop of cookie dough on top of an Oreo. Place another scoop on the bottom of the Oreo. Seal the edges by pressing and cupping the dough in hand until the Oreo is completely enclosed. Shape into a thick patty. Repeat with remaining cookies and dough.
Place the stuffed cookies on the prepared baking sheet a couple of inches apart and bake for 11-15 minutes, until the cookies are cooked through.
Let cool for 5 minutes and transfer to a cooling rack
« on: March 04, 2014, 12:06:30 PM »
Hey I'm not sure if this is tactful, but you guys be willing to accept Dogecoin at PAX this year as donations for the delicious cookies that you guys provide? I would be willing to help you guys setup the necessary items required to accept Dogecoin. Some of the advantages of accepting Dogecoin would be that you guys wouldn't need to carry as much cash, and wouldn't have to worry about small transactions made by credit cards (I don't know if you guys take credit/debit donations) in which that take a significant portion in fees.
If you have any questions head on over to /r/dogecoin on reddit also my username is the same on reddit so feel free to PM me.
The brigade takes any currency that is accepted by Child's Play. Typically at PAX itself it's physical currency, largely because of how the brigade operates, we hand out the cookies for free and take donations, we don't sell the cookies or have a static location generally. We do not take credit card donations because of the logistics involved, though we have recently added a widget, provided to us by Child's Play, to our website for any non-physical donations, the widget uses Paypal directly. http://www.cookiebrigade.org/wp/donate/
Now all of that aside, I'd be happy to add a Dogecoin widget to our donation page tied to the Child's Play wallet. It will be linked on our info cards and mentioned to people who want to donate and don't have cash on hand. We would need to contact Child's Play so they can set up a wallet, or provide us with the wallet information. I know that the humble bundle takes bitcoin*
, so its possible they already have one, though its also likely that humble bundle converts it before sending it to Child's Play.* I will fully admit here that I don't personally know if dogecoin and bitcoin are interchangable. I'd guess no but if they have a bitcoin wallet they'd likely be open to setting up one for dogecoin.
« on: March 02, 2014, 03:53:45 PM »
So I'm not sure if we'll have the lapel pins for East this year, but I'd love to use one of these designs for the official PAX East 2014 Cookie Brigade buttoneering button.
We typically get the 1.5" round buttons, I order them from here:
If you want to design a full on button based around the designs here you're welcome too. I got 200 last year of the brigade pin for brigadiers to have for pin traders.
This was the east button last year: http://buttoneering.org/buttons/635
Id love to design a button pin - I made a button pin design today, what do you think?
Can you sign it somewhere subtle? I want to make sure you get credit for it. If not I can add it into the rim text.
« on: February 13, 2014, 10:34:32 AM »
I've actually been contemplating a plague doctor costume given its a pretty easy costume to do.