How to bake cookies…


I’m always looking to for ways to relax. I came across this amazing Youtube Channel recently that combines two of my favorite. Peaceful Cuisine is a cooking channel that is shot beautifully and features a young man, who is so mindful with his cooking that it puts in a trance-like state when I watch. It also inspires me to try some of his recipes.

I decided to try my hand at his Earl Grey cookie recipe.DSC_0105.JPG

I tweaked a bit of his original recipe and I’m plan on trying the exact recipe very soon. Also, he uses the metric system so that stressed me a bit. Luckily I found this handy converter here.


1 cup pastry flour

1/2 cup cane sugar

1/4 coconut oil

1/4 coconut milk

1 tbsp Earl Grey tea leaves

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 tsp baking powder

  1. mix ingredients.
  2. let dough chill in freezer for 30 mins.
  3. bake @ 350 degrees for 15 mins.





DSC_0111.JPGMy cookies are soft and less crumbly than the original recipe. I enjoyed them, I like my cookies soft and chewy. I can’t wait to try the crumbly version.


How to be a Super Hero

I was super excited to find out that my sort of doppelgänger, Lunella Lafayette was the smartest super hero in the Marvel Universe. Then I found out that the latest incarnation of Iron Man, was going to be a 15 year old MIT genius named Riri Williams. Riri is a black girl with giant afro. This made my heart sing.


Inclusion is such a blessing and its nice to see a monolith like Marvel jumping into the diversity pool. This NPR article from a few months back made me fall deeply and madly in love with Marvel again. They are planning special edition covers to promote girls in STEAM fields. The covers will feature the fly girls of Marvel,  Riri, Lunella and Gwenpool. I’m gonna be spending a lot of money on comic books.


How to learn AWS:revisited

When I first started my AWS journey, I wanted some additional learning resources. I initially subscribed to Cloud Academy because of their bomb student discount. I loved most of the content, particularly the labs and most of the lectures. I liked how all the content was categorized and you could choose your learning path. Some of the lectures were confusing and the quizzes left me feeling super lost. I was already looking for another resource but one day I logged on and quite a bit of the content had been labeled outdated.

I came across A Cloud Guru in one of the AWS sub-reddits and decided to give it a try. They were offering the complete Solutions Architect course for $29, so I went ahead and bought it. I pretty happy with it so far. I’m not sure if the information is easier to digest because I’m familiar with it or if the course content is just explained better. Either way, the lessons and labs are easy for me to follow and I’m really feeling like my knowledge is progressing.

How to get the keys…


I’ve been neglecting my AWS studies a bit. I got sidetracked with other hobbies and the start of the new semester. My cloud computing class with the ITEM has started again also, and everything makes sense this time around. Like, so much more sense. The things that I’d been struggling with have gotten a lot easier.


I can now create and connect to an instance with my eyes closed. Not really, but you what I’m saying. I’m finally feeling confident about using the command line. Knowing my key paths and directories and just how to navigate them, definitely a major key.

Speaking of keys, I opened up my inbox and saw this article from Quincy Larson.

Upgrading to macOS Sierra will break your SSH keys and lock you out of your own servers.

-Quincy Larson

I was like 0.0

Not only had a JUST upgraded to Sierra, but I had just started to understand the keys now now they would be all jacked up and my breakthrough would have been for nothing. Luckily, I took a deep breath and followed Quincy’s mini tutorial to make sure my keys were all good.

Also, Amazon has finally published an official AWS Solutions Architect study guide. It seems a little overpriced to me, $57 for the paperback $60 for the kindle version. I’m getting a copy for sure and will probably do a review here. It won’t be released until October 17, so I’m wondering if the price will drop after that. I guess we’ll see…aws_certified_solutions_architect_official_study_guide_cover_image