Monthly Archives: November 2010

November Lessons Learned

Alright, so I skipped October, but read previous months’ lessons learned here.

This month I learned that one should be careful not to get too zealous when shredding their spaghetti squash and let it going flying everywhere. Apparently dogs will eat anything else off the floor except spaghetti squash.

You should eat all holiday/seasonal candy at the appropriate holiday/season in order to avoid putting Fall-themed Hershey Kisses in a Christmas candy dish.

I cannot make hash browns to save my life. Just ask Mister E. He’ll tell you how I’ve tried many a times to pass potato mash off as hash browns. I just CAN’T figure out those little crispy spuds!

Prince likes snow.

At her last check-up, the vet mentioned that Kaylie might want to think about shedding some pounds. Kaylie does not do well on a diet. And by diet, I mean she comes close to dying in those 45 minutes that I let her food dish go empty.

The jury is still out on whether it’s weird or not that I make my cat eat of a bowl with her face on it. But the verdict is in that Kaylie is lovable at any size.

Shallots make you cry just as much as onions. If not more.

There is so much to be thankful for in life. <3

What are some of your recent lessons learned?

Perhaps the Greatest Combo Ever

First of all, thank you so much for sharing all of your cookie monster stories! I’m glad I’m not the only one that can demolish a batch of baked goodies by myself!

Ok, so I don’t want to make any grand claims or anything… but, I think I might have stumbled upon the best combination of flavors since peanut butter and jelly!

Pumpkin butter, cream cheese, and bananas!

The other day, I had the thought to use up some of my pumpkin butter on my Western Alternative Cinnamon Bagels. I heard that pumpkin butter and cream cheese compliment each other well, so I threw the creamy spread into the mix as well. But a bagel with cream cheese and pumpkin butter just didn’t seem like the most nutritious breakfast ever, so I decided to add a banana to “healthify” it a bit.

Holy deliciousness! Some people may think that having pumpkin coffee along with pumpkin butter might be a pumpkin overkill, but I say, the more the better!

Unfortunately, I used my last cinnamon bagel up for this breakfast. :-( So when I was craving it again today, I took a different approach and used toasted whole grain bread and just sprinkled cinnamon on top of the finished product. :-)

Not too shabby!

And hey, look at that… the first food picture I’ve been able to take in natural light (albeit, gray) in probably over a month!

You might have been able to predict this….

Another pumpkin-lover in the household! He got it from his mama! :-D

Question: What are some of your favorite flavor combinations?

And… how many of you are starting to prepare for the next holiday season?

And… did anyone score some awesome Black Friday deals?

I busted out the Christmas songs today and have plans to start going through holiday cookie recipes this weekend – should be fun! And all I have to say about Black Friday is Gap and 50% off. Enough said!

How I Ate 36 Cookies in 7 Days

Sometimes, a girl just needs a cookie.

The other week my hormones got the best of me and I turned into a not-so-fun to be around person. I knew that the only possible way to salvage my mood was through a chocolate chip cookie and a viewing of the latest episode of Glee. So, I made myself a batch of cookies, calmly showed restraint by only eating two, and stuck the rest in my freezer.

Then there are other times that a girl doesn’t need a cookie. She doesn’t even want a cookie. But somehow, the girl still ends up eating an entire batch of cookies.

I had the best intentions of making pumpkin chocolate chip cookies to bring into my coworkers. With a bit of research, I found a pretty amazing sounding recipe (which I’m afraid I can’t share with you at this time since I didn’t bookmark the website that I found it on). To my delight, the recipe ended up making THREE dozen medium-sized cookies. As I removed each batch from the oven, I let them cool before stacking them on a plate. And then to my horror, I realized that these cookies were too moist and soft and had started to stick together, and clearly, stacking them was a huge mistake. As I tried to lift a cookie off the top of the pile, the top of the cookie underneath came with it.

In the words of Winnie-the-Pooh, “Oh, bother”.

Now, I might do some questionable things that people don’t agree with (like letting Mister E eat chicken that had accidentally been dropped on the floor), but giving clumped-together cookies to coworkers is just not one of them. I’d rather be tagged in dozens of embarrassing photos online than serve someone cookies that I wasn’t proud of.

I think you can clearly see my predicament here.

Three dozen cookies.

Amazingly delicious.

Clumped together in one giant cookie ball.

A stubborn baker who won’t serve them.

And thus, that is how it came to be that I ate three dozen cookies by myself over the course of a week.

And I didn’t even want one to begin with.

But they were the most amazing cookies I have ever tasted.

I debated sharing this story with you, but I figured if ever there was a time to talk openly about gluttony, Thanksgiving would be the day.

Speaking of Thanksgiving, this year I am thankful for a wonderful family that loves me for being me, a boyfriend that puts a smile on my face every single day, a dog and a cat that seem to always love me unconditionally, friends that are always a phone call away when I need them most, and all of you. This blog has been a huge source of comfort to me these past six months and I’m so thankful to all of the wonderful people who support me in it. <3

And superficially speaking… I’m also thankful for flavored coffee, yoga pants, pumpkin cookies, Modern Family, and ear warmers.

Frolicking in the Snow

Sometimes I question your motives for coming to my blog. Is it really to read what I have to say? Or are you just interested in the Prince photos?

Either way, I hope this video warms your heart.

And because I’m paranoid that my very first video won’t play right, here’s the link if the above video doesn’t work.

Today

Today is my brother’s 17th birthday. You would never guess it since he looks my age, if not older. I still see him as the eight year old cutie pie with the mushroom-top haircut and Harry Potter glasses.

Today, I was preoccupied with trying to figure out what to get Mister E for Christmas while preparing my breakfast. Somehow I ended up pouring my oatmeal into my coffee.

Today, my knuckles are still white from the death grip that I had on my steering wheel while driving into work on the ice.

Today, it is 21 degrees out but feels like 7 degrees.

Today, Prince was able to unleash his inner three month old puppy-self in the snow and watching him frolic about warmed my heart. Unfortunately, it did nothing for warming my toes.

Today, Mister E wanted me to point out to you all that my post, ‘Boyfriends, Airplanes, and Cactus… Oh My!‘, incorrectly had a plural on boyfriend. It should have been properly titled, ‘Boyfriend, Airplanes, and Cactus… Oh My!’. One boyfriend is enough for me to deal with, thank you very much.

Today, I’m giving thanks early for Western Bagels’ Alternative Bagels. You would never guess that these doughy babes only pack 110 calories each. In fact, I still feel like Western Bagels is lying to me about the calories. They’re too good to have so few calories! These totally blow Thomas’ Bagel Thins out of the water. Sorry Thomas, but you better step your game up!

I discovered these bagels in Florida, and out of fear of not being able to find them in Washington, I bought five packs to bring home with me. I wonder what the TSA people thought of my carry-on filled with bagels, oatmeal, and coffee? (Don’t worry, the oatmeal wasn’t in the coffee this time!) As it turns out, Western Bagels are sold in Washington, so there was no need for me to declare a national crisis and pack my freezer full of bagels. But… for those of you that run into the tragedy of not being able to find a location near you, never fear, for Western Bagels has an online shop!

I have found that the Sweet Wheat is perfect for my new favorite breakfast sandwich.

And the Cinnamon Spice is everything nice when topped with cranberry orange cream cheese.

Speaking of cranberry orange cream cheese…

Today, I’m thankful that such a cream cheese exists. Why is this a seasonal item? I’m lobbying for it to be a year-round delicacy.

Today, I’m looking forward to tomorrow when it will warm up and be in the 30s.

Today, I feel as if my universe has been turned upside because I just used warm and 30s in the same sentence. Someone please save me from this madness!

What’s happening in your world today?