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It’s the Most Wonderful Time of Year…To Be in the Kitchen

The last week and half I’ve been spending a lot of time in the kitchen barefoot and pregnant.

That’s a lie. I’m not pregnant. And it’s too cold to go barefoot, so I’m wearing socks.

That only leaves spending a lot of time in the kitchen. Which is true.

I’ve also been brushing up on my artistic skills. Artists generally start with simple things like painting a bowl of fruit. Here’s my version:

My lunch. Seriously. Ok, ok, I had 2 cookies.

What? Apple. Banana. Orange Creamsicle Cookie. The orange extract makes that cookie a fruit. That’s my 3 fruit servings for the day in one meal.

I wish I could send all of you some of the yummy cookies I’ve made, but let’s face it: That’s too many stamps. So I’m posting the recipes so you can make your own cookies (and get at least one fruit serving in your day).

Orange Creamsicle Cookies*

  • 1 pouch of sugar cookie mix
  • 4 tbsp melted butter
  • 1.5 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1.5 tsp orange extract
  • 1 egg
  • white chocolate chips
  • 5 drops of yellow food coloring, 2 drops of red food coloring

Mix everything together (chips last), roll into balls, and bake 9-10 minutes at 350.

Smores Cookie Bars*

  • 1 pouch of sugar cookie mix
  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 cup melted butter
  • 3 cups chocolate chips
  • 1 bag of miniature marshmallows

Mix the cookie mix, butter, and graham crackers. Press it into a 13×9 pan. Bake 18-20 minutes at 375.

Remove from oven. Pour chocolate chips over the crust. In a few minutes, they’ll melt. Spread the chocolate evenly over the crust.

Pour the marshmallows over the chocolate. Set the oven to Broil and place in the oven for about 30 seconds. Watch it so your mallows don’t burn.

I also tested a new blueberry muffin recipe for #13 on my 35 Before 35 list, but they were only ok, so I’m not posting it.

Be on the lookout for a new cookie recipe that I got from Princess’s sister. They may be the best cookies ever. Stay tuned.

And contrary to popular opinion, I do eat things that don’t have sugar in them. I also baked Kim’s macaroni and cheese this weekend. Mmmm….

*The use of crack is optional in both of these recipes. They’re really tasty without it.


#27. See The Addams Family

I may have given the impression that my NYC trip was all about the candy. It wasn’t. The primary purpose of the trip was to see The Addams Family and cross it off my 35 Before 35 list.

They’re creepy and they’re kooky, mysterious, and spooky….

This pic would be so much cooler if I hadn't cut off the "Starring Brooke Shields" part of the sign.

When we got to the theater, I was pleasantly surprised to find out that Brooke Shields was playing Morticia. I’ve seen a lot of shows on Broadway but never with someone famous in it.

The show itself was…ok. Parts of it were hilarious. The actors who played Gomez and Lurch were amazing. The set was interesting, but I was a little disappointed in the technical side of the show.

With a spooky house like that, I was hoping for amazing special effects. That said, I’m a little biased. I’d be totally happy with a musical that had an awful storyline as long as the music and special effects were good.

What musicals have you seen? What show should I see next?


Skate the East: Broadway Bomb

You know what I love about New York? There’s always something going on. I went up to see The Addams Family and have some girly time, and as an added bonus, I got to see Broadway Bomb.

First, I saw this…

That seems unsafe....

Then I saw this…

There's more!

Then I saw an old guy take his life into his own hands….

Look both ways before crossing the street!

Then I saw this…

What’s in the old guy’s bag?

Then I thought, Oh my god…what do the skateboarders know that I don’t? I should start running. Maybe the Statue of Liberty is about to fall on me, and I’m just standing here snapping pics.

But nothing bad happened.

Over 1,000 skateboarders skated down Broadway on October 8. Now I wanna do it. Who knows how to skateboard?


The Truth Behind Your Knight in Shining Armor

Sometimes your knight in shining armor is just a guy in tin foil.

Stupid tin foil…so distracting. Why am I always drawn to shiny things?

I went to my friend Princess’s house the other day, so she could dye my hair. (In case you’re wondering, it’s now red. Indoors it looks normal. Outdoors my hair looks like it is on fire.)

Her sister and mom were there as well. Her mom gave us all some general advice. It went something like this:

You girls…Why do you always need to fix someone? There are plenty of nice men out there who don’t need fixin’.

Was I trying to fix Kiefer? I didn’t realize he was broken. Do commitment issues count as something to fix? Since I want to get married, yes, that’s an issue…for me.

She also said…

Figure out what it is you want, and if he can’t give it to you, find someone who can.

So I thought…what did I want from Kiefer?

I wanted to share my life with him. I wanted to be married and have a family with him, Boo, and Radley.

I waited over 3 years for Kiefer to “be ready” and be “all in.” And he couldn’t give me any of it. I even asked him: “Give me something.” I needed something from him, and he offered nothing.

So now I’m taking comfort in words from The Hipster:

You deserve and will have the person who gets to know you and knows deep down inside himself with no hesitation that he is absolutely destined to spend the rest of his life with this beautiful, smart, funny, fabulous woman, and her tampon-smoking cat.

Thing 1 and Thing 2 Do the Zoo

Recently, I had visitors…Canadians…little ones…two of them.

These things will not bite you.

They want to have fun.

So without further ado, meet Thing 2 and Thing 1!

Have fun? Bah! Work first! I immediately put them to work helping me pack. Esme supervised.

Obviously, Esme’s parenting skills are similar to my own with The Jolie (Remember when I almost killed The Jolie…like 50 gazillion times?) because I found Thing 1 and Thing 2 in the wine glasses. (Shhhh…don’t tell Leanne.)

Thing 1 said it was Thing 2’s idea, and then Thing 2 said it was Thing 1’s idea.

 And that made me realize I may not be cut out to handle these two by myself. And that a cat (with or without a hat) is not a reliable babysitter.

So after the packing was complete, I rewarded them with a trip to the National Zoo in Washington, DC. My friend Princess came along to help keep an eye on them.

Because I don’t have any child car seats, we took the Metro. Safety first.

Thing 1 and Thing 2 posing in the "O"


I didn’t know if Thing 1 and Thing 2 could swim, and I’m not a lifeguard, so I let them pose with the fake otters instead of real ones.

The gorillas seemed calmer, but I didn’t let Thing 1 and Thing 2 get too close.

The meerkat Timon was particularly interested in Thing 1 and Thing 2. Scurry…Sniff…Flinch! (If you haven’t seen Lion King 1 and 1/2, that last joke will be lost on you. Sorry.)

Then I looked away for one second (a mere second I tell you!), and they were hopping into a carnivore’s mouth.

Never fear, Leanne! The zoo was a very educational experience for Thing 1 and Thing 2. They weren’t eaten by any animals, and they’re now on their way to their next host.