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The Cookie S’More: Camping’s New Best Friend.

the cookie s'more

I’m not sure when I first heard about the cookie s’more or if it was just a flittering whisper of genius in my brain one day, but it’s our new favorite camping recipe that you guys all need to know about.

The truth is: There is nothing complicated about making a s’more – it’s a tried and true recipe. So why change it?

“Ugh, all the graham crackers got smashed up in the box! I’ve got one whole one here and three angled chunks here… Hold on, let me see if I can perch these two together, no they don’t match…”

I got the wrong size chocolate bars – these are way too big for the graham crackers and they don’t have that little break off line… Does anybody have a knife on them?”

“The graham crackers got all randomly crumbly (her face seemed crumbling like pastries? what? Get out of my blog post, Ed Sheeran!) – hurry up and shove this burning hot s’more in your mouth before it falls in the dirt!”

It’s 900 degrees outside and all the chocolate is melted. Maybe we can just smear it onto the graham crackers? Oh, damn, they are broken, too. S’more parfait anyone?”

What? None of you have ever had any of these problems with s’mores before? Maybe I’m just inept at basic camp cooking (or dorm room cooking, I won’t lie) – but either way, once I discovered the cookie s’more there was no going back. The flavors, they are so heavenly – the assembly is so easy your three year old could do it (ack! fire! pointy sticks! Nevermind, I’ll assemble!) and plus, cookies.

The Cookie S’More Recipe

Cook Time: however long it takes to roast your marshmallow

Assembly Time: a few seconds

Serves: 1

Ingredients

  • 2 cookies of your choosing, I prefer chocolate chip (Pepperidge Farms Soft Baked are fantastic)
  • 1 or 2 marshmallows depending on size and preference

Directions

  1. Roast marshmallows via method of your choosing. Stab them with a skewer and throw them over an open flame (if you are using a grill, remove the grate thingy first – you’re welcome). If you’ve never roasted a marshmallow, please enjoy this handy video from the yootoobs – or just wing it. It’s kind of hard to go wrong here.
  2. Once your marshmallow is browned to perfection, place it on top of a cookie and use the other cookie to sandwich it into place, carefully removing your skewer.
  3. If you can stand it, wait a few seconds before biting in – that marshmallow is hot!

The results, will be ooey and gooey with that perfect blend of chocolate, marshmallow and cookie flavor. Make some for the other people in your camping group or keep it your little secret and laugh ruthlessly, watching them make their own Old Fashioned, Sad and Pathetic S’Mores.

Don’t have an open flame handy? Place those cookies on a microwave safe plate, top one with a marshmallow and microwave for a few seconds until the marshmallow starts to expand – then top with the other cookie. Keep a close eye on the marshmallow though, nobody wants to clean exploded marshmallow out of a microwave.

What’s your favorite camping recipe? Your This is So Easy it Almost Doesn’t Deserve It’s Own Post Except It’s Genius Recipe?

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St Pattys Day Project #2: Spring Cookies To Share

speaking of cookies... on 365 Project

After lunch the kids and I made sugar cookies with light green frosting and some pretty, Spring colored sprinkles. Okay, if we’re going to be honest, this wasn’t my shining moment in Baking With the Kids, but they did come out pretty and MM did help with some pouring, frosting and sprinkling in between me yelling at him to get out of my kitchen… Oh well, I tried.

This was one of those projects where I improvised from beginning to end. I’d been hoping to find some kind of “kit” in the store that was all St Patrick’s Day Spiffy without being cut and cook cookies loaded with MSG. I ended up buying sugar cookie mix, frosting and green food coloring (that are probably loaded with MSG, but at least I had to mix my ingredients). Then I thought the sprinkles would look like pretty spring flowers. They are probably more Easter appropriate than Saint Patrick’s Day, but still a fun Spring project and delicious.

Not wanting to have too many sweets in the house, we decided to plate up four cookies and bring them across the hall to some neighbors that we’ve never taken the time to really get to know. I can still remember when our other neighbors did that around Christmas and it was such a clever way to say hello and truly started a great friendship. I decided to take a page from her book and be That Awesome Neighbor. Remind me to do the same thing when we move because it’s such a good idea and I actually know more about our neighbor now from ten minutes chatting than from two years living across the hall from each other! Another reminder to reach out more and say hello to the people you see every day!

Hope you guys are having a fantastic Saint Patrick’s Day! And if you want to steal my “Hello Neighbors” cookie idea – well, DO it! Then come tell me how it went! Let’s start a Cookies to Share revolution!

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The Easiest, Most Delicious Cookie Recipe In The Universe… I Swear!

This post was originally published in January 2009. I’m republishing it for anyone who hasn’t read it yet because I made these cookies tonight and they are so delicious, I needed to share the love with all of you – because everybody needs to devour these cookies at least once, but preferably often.

perfect, moist, delicious chocolate cake cookies

My friends and family can attest – these cookies are delicious. I’ve been making them for a few years now and I don’t think I’ve ever made a bad batch. Seriously, this recipe is quick, easy, delicious and in my opinion, fool-proof. But I am a Cookie Goddess (I’m not bragging, it’s just the truth – some people have green thumbs, mine is covered in cookie dough). Regardless, I know anyone can make these cookies, they are that easy. And delicious…

This recipe was not my brain child, so it seems fitting that I share my good fortune with all of you. TEMDCRITUIS comes courtesy of the Half Baked Gourmet DESSERTS Cookbook by Tamara Holt. I bought it in a spur of the moment, thinking semi-home made and dessert was right up my alley. A lot of the recipes in here are good ones, I haven’t tried all of them – but this recipe people – this recipe was worth the small price of the book (I probably paid $7 for it – you can get it on Amazon for less than a dollar now – seriously). Anyway, enough fanfare – here it is, my not-so-secret recipe that dozens of friends and family have asked me for over the years, Tamara Holt calls it the Inside Out Chocolate Chip Cookie – I call it delicious, easy, and a million other wonderful adjectives. Try them for yourself and please let me know how you like them!

The Easiest, Most Delicious Cookie Recipe In The Universe… I Swear!

Prep Time: 10 minutes * Bake Time: 10 minutes * Makes: About 24 cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 package (1 pound 2.25 ounces) devils food cake mix (I’ve tried several kinds of chocolate cake mix, all are good – you can really do any cake mix, funfetti is fun, but the chocolate cake mixes come out better for me, so I stick to them)
  • 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/3 cups white chocolate chips (Truthfully, I’ve only measured once – I pour them in until it’s enough, and again you can use ANY kind of chocolate chip – chocolate, white chocolate, peanut butter, swirled – go nuts)

Directions:

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. In a medium bowl, combine cake mix, butter and egg. Beat with an electric mixer on low speed for 2 minutes (you can hand mix it, too, just use your judgement and stop mixing when it starts to look like cookie dough), scraping down sides of bowl as necessary. Stir in chocolate chunks of your preference.
  2. Shape the dough into 1 1/2 inch balls and place them 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet (I don’t know how big my balls are (my google search engine results are going to go crazy now, thanks recipe gods). They typically fit in the palm of my hand with room to spare, I suspect they are larger than the recipe calls for, because I never get 40 cookies out of the batch. And really – does it matter?).
  3. Bake until cookies are set, about 10 minutes (am I the only one who bakes cookies until I can smell them from another room – this seriously works for me and I don’t know if I’m delusional. I probably under cook my cookies a tiny bit, but at the same time – my cookies are typically moist and delicious for their entire lifespan, unlike other people’s cookies that get stale and crumbly – mine do not. So there.). Cool for 1 minute on a pan (so they don’t fall apart), then remove them with a spatula and place on a wire rack to cool completely (snagging one cookie on your way out of the kitchen because they are delicious right out of the oven and you don’t really care if this one falls apart in your hand on the way to your mouth do you?).

You’re welcome.

Want to know how many calories are in each cookie? Here’s a handy tip – if you go to this calorie counting website you can hover over the tab that says FOODS and click on New Recipe. Enter all the ingredients and then how many cookies (or servings) are in the batch and it will tell you how many calories are in each cookie. Brilliant, no? For example, if I plug in this recipe and put 24 servings (assuming I make 24 cookies in my batch) then each cookie has 198 calories. Make smaller cookies, they’ll have less calories per.

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Tonight I added a little peppermint extract to my cookie mix and they were awesome. And the kitchen smells like Christmas now – it is glorious. I only used about 1/4 teaspoon and it was plenty – a little goes a long way when it comes to peppermint extract! Point is, this is a very versatile cookie recipe that you NEED to have in your baking arsenal.

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Christmas Cookie Exchange: Mistletoe Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

You can go to Jan’s blog to find more delicious recipes in the
Christmas Cookie Recipe Exchange!

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This recipe is one I remember seeing year after year at my grandmother’s house growing up and it’s very simple. Just make basic peanut butter cookies but instead of pressing it with a fork, keep it rolled in a ball, then when finished, immediately press half a peanut butter cup into the cookie so that it looks like a flower pot.

I like the peanut butter cookie recipe from Better Homes and Gardens:

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour

Directions

1. In a large mixing bowl beat peanut butter and butter with electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add granulated sugar and brown sugar, baking soda, and salt. Beat until combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Beat in egg and vanilla until combined. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Stir in any remaining flour. Cover and refrigerate dough about 1 hour or until easy to handle.

2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Shape dough in 1-inch balls. Place balls 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake about 8 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.

NOW, BEFORE COOLING, immediately press the halved peanut butter cups in the center of each cookie so that the cut side is pressed into the cookie and no longer visible.

Transfer to wire racks. Cool.

Makes about 3 dozen cookies.

Now to decorate – You can do this a couple of ways, we typically use green frosting and red hots cinnamon candies, but you can also use green frosting and red frosting or any other variation you like, but basically you want to squirt some green frosting on top of the peanut butter cup “flower pot” to resemble leaves and then add the red candies or frosting to make little round berries. Voila – Mistletoe Peanut Butter Cup Cookies.

I don’t have any pictures handy and couldn’t find any online, which means this idea must be fairly original. But I think you can use your imagination to combine this:

and this:

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Dear Diet, I'm Just Not That Into You

I know I should be working out right now to the pilates DVD that just came in the mail, but I’m so excited because I just found out that I won the anti-diet from Carol @ Siswick Construction Zone! We’re talking 2,855 yummy delicious calories in the form of new ultra healthy-ish Cadbury Chocolate Bars. Perhaps the cranberries and apricots thrown into that yummy chocolatey mix will make up for the aforementioned yummy chocolate? Still, how can I think about trivial things like waist lines and my health when I know this will be coming in the mail for me soon:

In an effort to not go completely crazy, I am now drinking my second glass of water for the day. I know that isn’t remotely impressive but it’s better than having the  glass of Egg Nog that I really want or the peanut butter cookies we made yesterday which came out sooooooo good! No, instead, I’m only having a glass of water. But when that prize comes in the mail, I can’t promise to continue in my good behavior. Sorry.

And THANKS Carol!

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In Other News…

  • I really want to bake peanut butter cookies but I’m worried that would be the epitome of further sabotaging my diet. But I saw this great recipe in Parents Magazine which only needs peanut butter, sugar & an egg – I have all those things! And don’t you think my adorable two year old would enjoy making cookies with his momma… I know I could give some cookies away, but that involves going out, which I’m hoping not to do until the weekend. By then they’ll be long gone.
  • I just ordered our Christmas cards from Walmart’s photo website. I am not always the biggest Walmart fan but I do love their photo products and their prices seriously cannot be beat. I made our 2008 calendar there and it came out great! I’m using my iMac to make next year’s calendar, because it means I can use iPhoto which is just easier and only a few dollars more expensive. Holiday cards really aren’t cost effective via iPhoto though so thank god for Walmart! I say the same thing, btw, when I need new clothes. Apparently only Walmart understands my body type. I’m not sure what that says about me… Do you guys like Walmart or are you strictly Target Types? Or other?
  • I’ve had four glasses of water today (the big TALL glasses) and had trail mix for a snack with MM – so even though I haven’t exercised today I’m still feeling pretty proud of myself and super healthy – I lost 3 pounds last week doing nothing so maybe doing a teeny tiny something this week will help the trend to continue?
  • I also organized MM’s toys while he was napping, trying to instead of stashing things in two huge crates and rotating, keep all the crates out at once and organize the toys so that stuffed animals are here, cars and trucks and planes are here, etc. So far I think it’s working well but we’ll see. I really don’t want to have to get rid of toys but Christmas is fast approaching. Still I think we’ll see what kind of loot we get before we go hastily getting rid of (although to be fair, none of his old toys are gone, they are just in boxes in our bedroom, which would prefer we not bring more boxes into).
  • The Halloween costume is ALMOST time. I bought dh a new sewing machine this weekend (apparently our old one only did ONE stitch, how lame is that? The new one only does 16, but he says that’s a world of difference and that it does all these other cool things, too. Please don’t tell him I’m betraying his manliness again by telling you all of this, but I love it. If he gets really good at this sewing thing he can teach me how to do some of it. But you know he’ll just do a better job. Meanwhile … I blog like nobody’s business? I’m sure I’m good at something. So he does the sewing, makes homemade breads, pizzas and anything else he puts his mind to and he’s a genius. I’m… good at spell checking. Usually.
  • This may or may not be the only random bullet points post I ever make. Usually I try to reign it in and make one topic per post, but I wanted to just talk for awhile, like in a diary or something and just get it out a bit. Without continuing to cry about my dead hamster and lack of pregnancy. You understand right?
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Looking Fine 2009: Week 8

Sorry I bailed on you guys last week and totally neglected posting. If you must know I lost .5 pounds last week – which is absurd because like 4 or 5 of those days prior involved me walking, for various reasons, for so long and so far that I should have lost 50 pounds just as a thank you to my legs.

LAST week I decided diets were for losers and that exercise was for skinny people. Last week I broke every rule in the book. I baked and ate like a ton of cookies. I had dh buy my favorite potato chips. There was ice cream and soda and FUN times basically. I don’t know how much water I drank because I didn’t care. And I didn’t exercise once. It was awesome.

Now, to be fair, last week I got my period. Which means last week I found out I still wasn’t pregnant. And last week my hamster died. Last week I had to babysit SB 4 days in a row, 3 of those days from noonish until 9ish. And I couldn’t exercise any of those days because naptime (when I normally work out now to avoid being laughed at by a two year old – it’s not really an incentive so much as a way of making you want to hide under the covers that aren’t there because it’s not bedtime) now involved a three year old kid “sleeping” in the living room who I could wake up with my antics of jiggling. Not that they napped, because apparently they’ve both decided naptime is for lame-os. I know, it’s a cop out – but, did I mention my hamster dying or the period?

Are you ready for the best part? I lost three pounds. Not dieting rocks. The potato chips were delicious. The cookies? I might make some more. Now before you go yelling at me, I’m back to my water rations and the potato chips are gone (and I won’t be buying more) and as soon as Netflix recieves the movies I returned they should be sending out a Pilates DVD and any day I don’t have a second kid around I’ll be working out. Just as soon as my period is gone. Because I’m pretty sure lightning doesn’t strike twice in the same place. Or something.

Anybody else lose any weight for no apparent reason? Or did way better than lame-o me? Or worse? Can we play the game of whose life sucks more, cause that’s always fun! I’m all ears…..

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Thursday 13: Making My List, Checking It Twice

I won’t tell you if I’ve been naughty or nice, but I will tell you the thirteen things I wouldn’t kick out of my Christmas stocking this year…

  1. My reasons for wanting a DS are so eco-savvy that you really can’t judge – no, I don’t just want to play video games, I want to save unnecessary paper waste by only filling out Sudoku puzzles and crossword puzzles on my DS – I know I could use my computer, too, but a DS is portable! And I can play games on it! And the proceeds of this one go towards Breast Cancer research so I can feel all proud and charitable while I use it.
  2. I know it might seem like a bit much to be asking for a Wii and a DS, but I’m considering it a one or the other deal, and a Wii has the added advantage of being kind of like an at home gym. Of course I’ll be needing a Wii fit to go with this, but that’s kind of a given at this point, right? Plus, everyone I know at this point seems to have a Wii, and if I don’t get one soon, my grandmother will probably beat me to it. Seriously.
  3. But you know with all that video game playing, I think it will be important to not get too lost in the virtual world and a new great board game would help with that. Balderdash is a classic. My best friend has it, which always makes me insanely jealous and I think it would be the perfect addition to our board game collection. We can use it to teach my two year old to lie. It would get put to good use, I swear.
  4. Every night my husband and I play this game where we trick the other person into giving up the one comfortable seat in the apartment. It isn’t our couch. If you bought us this couch for Christmas, maybe we could sit together like those cute couples who cuddle instead of saying things like, “Honey, could you get me a glass of water…….. sucker!!!” You’d be doing a service to our marriage is what I’m saying.
  5. Did you know Jack Johnson has a new CD out? I mean I think it’s been out for awhile, but I don’t own it, which makes it awfully new, don’t you think? I just love the Jack Johnson CD that we do have, but it’s rotation is permanently engraved in my mind, and I’m thinking it’d be fun to hear some of his new songs before my son starts humming “Banana Pancakes” in his sleep.
  6. What? A new car isn’t on your wish list? I know that the odds of someone getting me a vehicle on here are slim, but you never know if someone from Honda is out there reading people’s blogs wondering, “Who can I give a free CRV to today?” Mr. Honda Guy, that would be me. My poor little Corolla needs a rest and my poor husband and I need a trunk and <—- that trunk, looks perfect.
  7. If you won’t get me a Wii, will you at least get me an ellipitical machine – this one by Schwinn is going for under $500 which probably makes it the deal of century, don’t you think? And it features 12 workout programs with 8 computer-controlled magnetic resistance levels – which makes it awesome. If I had this, I wouldn’t need to diet, because I could use it as a kitchen table and eat while using it. Revolutionary? I think so.
  8. I had to put at least one book on this list and I think that book really aught to be Julie Andrew’s new autobiography. I think I’ve mentioned it before? I bet Julie Andrews has had an amazing life and I’d much rather read about it here than in a tabloid magazine – feels less snoopy and invasive that way. Who is this woman who can be Mary Poppins and Mia Thermopalis’s grandmother?
  9. This Kitchen Aid Mixer is actually on sale right now, but unfortunately, even on sale I’m unlikely to get it any time soon. But I swear, if I had one, I’d make my husband his favorite chocolate chip cookies all the time, and other yummy baked goods, too. With a Kitchen Aid, I’m pretty sure nothing could stop me. What kitchen appliance would make your life easier?
  10. I’d love a beautiful, everything matches dinner wear set someday and this one from IKEA looks beautiful (has anybody else noticed yet that I have a small IKEA obsession?). Isn’t it pretty? I just got gorgeous new drinking glasses from BJs so I really just want some matching bowls, plates, etc. Those striped ones are a must!
  11. We have the electronic version of LIFE and we love it – along with the many changes to the gameplay, the electronic “credit card” banking system is wonderful. Whenever I play Monopoly I almost always end up playing the banker, but not because I like it. It’s because NOBODY likes being the banker (as far as I can tell). Doing it electronically would mean more fun for everyone – nobody would be forced to be the banker and we could all get back to doing what we do best – buying every property we can find, hoping to get Park Place before the next person does, and pretending we have a strategy.
  12. Now that I’ve  gotten used to my husband’s Nikon D40, I sometimes wish I had a gorgeous camera like that of my own, so we wouldn’t have to take turns. And at the end of the day, I’m a Canon kind of girl, so I think if I were going to pick out something comparable to his D40 it would probably be this Rebel. What aspiring photographer girl doesn’t want a Rebel, I ask you? And this one is purty. It kind of looks like if my own lower end Canon Power Shot grew up, it might be this Rebel someday… I could have a Canon collection. It would be awesome.
  13. I saw a commercial for the iPod touch yesterday for the first time – I mean, I’ve maybe seen it before, but I wasn’t paying attention. Anyway, yesterday I paid attention and my jaw dropped… and there might have been drool. It was love at first sight. At second sight, I saw the price, which is why it’s on this imaginary wish list and not in my Amazon wishlist instead. Isn’t it beautiful though?

That’s all folks. For more Thursday 13 participants just click here.

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T13: The Letter of the Day is C

Header Image by Amy @ Tales from Creekistan

The Letter of the Day is “C”

1. Curious George – was one of my favorite kid’s PBS shows before MM even garnered an interest in the cute curious monkey that is now one of his two (2) favorite “celebrities” (Elmo being the other obvious favorite). I wonder sometimes if I forced this favorite upon him, but I’m going with the whole “the nut doesn’t fall far from the tree” theory instead. I have since bought him a C.G. storybook and now every night he asks me to read him “George” which really just means read him a bedtime story in general, but he calls them all George…

2. Chocolate – Is my undoing – any diet sounds well and fine until you mention me cutting back on chocolate – seriously? Isn’t pretty much any meal improved with the introduction of chocolate in some form? Except maybe corn on the cob, but seriously other than that, why torture me?

3. Corolla – my main mode of transportation is my trusty green Toyota (my husband drives a marginally trustworthy red Toyota Camry that is pretty much on it’s last leg so to speak) Corolla – it got me through the second half of college and has continued with us since – it doesn’t look as pretty now that three slobs practically live in it (that includes me, but I’m not as bad as MM or DH) – I like my car a lot, but it’s getting a bit cramped already – when Baby #2 is born it might need to hit the road jack…

4. CR-V – by Honda is ironically one of my next choices (if not, then a Toyota Matrix, but that doesn’t begin with a C so it’s not really relevant) – we’re not sure which we’ll go with for out next vehicle – depends on cost of gas, size of family, etc. but we are digging on the CR-V in many many ways.

5. cheesecake – Not being much of a cake person, I frequently have cheesecake on my birthday instead – my wedding cake was a baklava cheesecake – delicious and so me. I’m kind of picky about my cheesecake but that doesn’t necessarily mean I want a high end cheesecake – and I don’t have a problem with things being cheesecake flavored, etc. – it just has to taste good – maybe that doesn’t mean picky, maybe it just means I don’t like crap… hmmm…

6. Crossword puzzles – I love word puzzles, like crossword, but I’m not always great at them – in fact, I’m usually the opposite of great and I have a tendency of cheating and looking up words I’m struggling with, justifying that I’m still enhancing my vocabulary which is kind of the whole point, right? Right??

7. Church – I was baptized a Protestant and even went to a Sunday school preschool – but that’s mostly because it was a good form of “daycare” – my family is not overly religious – it’s not something we’ve ever stressed. But growing up I saw how important religion was to others and constantly felt a need to have a part of that – to find my religion, whatever it was. I tried on Catholicism for awhile, toyed with the idea of Baptists, and then came to a strange truth – I don’t believe in organized religion – I don’t see any way of having complete certainty one way or another and I think ostracizing others for not following your beliefs is silly and wrong. I think spirituality should always be a personal thing, because in a lot of ways we’re just fantasizing – we all have our own unique way of seeing things and that’s great – why start killing and fighting over the differences when the differences are what make us human? I don’t know what waits for me in the afterlife, but I’m pretty sure this is the only life I’m getting and that I should appreciate it and live it in every way I’m capable of. Be good to others, all that jazz.

8. Christmas – I always seem to do Christmas wrong – I either wait too late and feel stressed, or start too early and burn myself out before I get there. I have a love hate relationship with Christmas music and the commercialism of the holiday and I’m not sure what I want out of Christmas ultimately – where I want to go, how much or how little I want to do. I love Christmas, adored it as a child despite being born on Christmas Eve and having every right to loathe it – but I’m still getting to know it, inside of my new family. Part of me still wants to believe in Santa, despite several proven points to the contrary.

9. Cookies – I am a cookie baking master. It’s like that one thing I excel at – I am baffled by how poorly other people make cookies. I’ll admit, I don’t necessarily cook it from scratch and I don’t make many varieties as I tend to only bake cookies I like to eat, but when I make them, they’re good. I have an excellent track record. So I may not be a world class chef, but I do have my certain areas I kick ass in.

10. Creative Writing – I call myself a writer, some days, when I feel the need to define who I am and how I exist outside of motherhood, although the truth is I am far more a mother than a writer. I don’t write much these days, outside of this blog, but I do love to write. Poetry is probably my favorite, but I write sad love poetry the best and being married, don’t have much ammunition. I would love to write fiction but have a problem with follow through – I have more half started stories than I care to think about, and may not ever finish any of them. But I still love to write almost as much as I love to read.

11. Classical Music – has never been my thing, but not because I’m not cultured or whatever – for one, I really like words – I’m a writer, guys, a lack of words is like a lack of the whole point for me. My husband is the exact opposite – if the music isn’t really good, it doesn’t matter how good the lyrics are, he probably wasn’t listening to them anyway. This baffles me – I have no musical background and outside of personal preference wouldn’t recognize good music if it fluted me up the – my point is, it’s all about the lyrics for me – I love clever little details in a song – unique ways of saying something, even if it’s only unique vocally, I dig it. I get excited about music and musicians. But I don’t think I’ve ever gotten excited about classical music.

12. Cutting my bread at Subway – Okay, I’m stretching here, but gosh sometimes 13 is a big number – so if any of you are old school Subway veterans I think you know what I’m getting at here – a few years back they started cutting their bread straight down the middle, rather than carving out a top and bottom – does that make sense? Well for all you cold cut sandwich people this might not have seemed like a big deal – but my favorite sub is the meatball – which is now crazy messy and ridiculous to eat thanks to their lazy cutting methods of late. For awhile I could get by, asking them to cut it “the old way” and the guys behind the counter would nod and smile and confide they prefer the old way also. We had a camaraderie, it was good. But these new subway employees have no brains – they were born yesterday and clearly never ate at Subway before gaining employment there – or I’m really that old and nobody remembers the old way anymore, but ugh. Even the service went downhill from here – and I’m a stickler for good customer service – I dated a Subway employee once because he had such great work ethic, new my orders by heart, cut my bread the old way, and okay so he probably had a crush on me and did all this on purpose, but REALLY – have I mentioned it was my husband’s work ethic that also first attracted me to him? Seriously?

13. Customer Service – and because I can’t change the subject when I’ve beat it into the ground in a bloody pulp – seriously? What is with poor customer service? Don’t stand there looking bored and complaining about oh woe is you – this is your job people – it’s how you earn your living – take some pride in it! I don’t care if you flip burgers – at least make an attempt to flip the best damned burgers in the place – that is how you rise above, people, it’s how you get a raise, a promotion – it’s how you go from Christmas help to Children’s Manager at the local bookstore. I should know. I’ve worked in retail on and off for nine (9) years and I’m serious – customer service is the bread and butter and I have no respect for people with a sloppy work ethic – if you don’t like your job, get another one – stop wasting my time – stop pouting and grow up.

So – who’s still planning to read my blog in the future? haha Sorry if I went off the deep end on what was supposed to be a light hearted, care free T13 meme of the Thursday. I promise to be nicer tomorrow. 🙂

To join in on the T13 fun, create an entry on your own blog, then head over to the Thursday Thirteen blog and add a link to your adobe. And if you have the time, be sure to check out other T13 contestants – cause making new bloggy friends is pretty much the whole point of these little bloggy blogfest memes.