from my bookshelf.

February 17, 2011 § 4 Comments

I used to read novels every day.

When I was young, I spent much of my time reading. I tended to be withdrawn, had few distractions, and plenty of time. I read for hours on end. Sometimes, if the book was short enough, I read until it was finished.

Being in the middle of a good book is one of the best feelings. Waking up and knowing that you can go back to whatever story your reading is thrilling.

I moved back-and-forth several times in high school. Being able to take my favorite books with me helped me find familiarity in a new place. If I was ever homesick, I’d pick up my worn-out paperback Mara, Daughter of the Nile or Jane Eyre and escape there for awhile. I had a collection of about five favorite books that I re-read countless times.

I don’t read nearly enough these days. I usually tell myself that if I have time to read, I should do the required reading for school. But that’s just an excuse. There are too many distractions. Like the time-sucking internet.

I wish I could get back into the habit of falling asleep to a randomly plucked book from my bookshelf.

Maybe I will.



I may actually like valentine’s day.

February 15, 2011 § Leave a comment

it is a holiday involving chocolate, after all.

yeah, Hershey’s has my heart.


birthday week.

February 13, 2011 § 3 Comments

It’s not a party without cake and ice cream, obviously.

For Alex’s birthday, I made Funfetti cake and bought his favorite ice cream. I officially love Superman ice cream. Apparently it’s a Midwest/Michigan thing. Which makes me love it more.

Superman ice cream (or SuperScoop, depending on the brand) is a mix of vanilla, blue moon, and black cherry swirls. Alex insists that all the swirls taste the same, but I made him give me a blind-taste test to prove him wrong. He’s still strangely sticking to his opinion.

I don’t think his taste buds have changed since childhood. That’s okay, I love kid-food, too.

For my birthday, Alex bought concert tickets for both Gungor and Cold War Kids. March is going to give February some competition.

[Hang Me Up To Dry by Cold War Kids]


the super bowl is for snacks.

February 7, 2011 § Leave a comment

So, the Super Bowl was last night. I don’t think I even watched two minutes of the game, but I did make some snacks!

I decided to go with the Disappearing Marshmallow Blondies that I first saw on Baked Perfection. I’ve made these blondies thrice now. They’re simple to make and I think they taste better than chocolate brownies! Of course, I doubled the butterscotch chips (because I don’t trust myself with leftover butterscotch chips), and um, added more butter. They ended up perfectly rich and chewy with a deliciously crunchy butterscotch crust.

I don’t know if they’re called Disappearing Marshmallow Blondies because you don’t really notice the marshmallows or because they get eaten so quickly. Both are true.

There’s only three bars left…

I also made Buffalo Chicken Dip that I recently saw on Jenna’s blog. I think it’s an ugly dip, so I refrained from even trying to photograph it. However, it tastes pretty delicious. Alex just had it for dinner tonight, as well. But what isn’t delicious with Franks Buffalo Wing Sauce? I seriously put that on everything.

In other news, it’s Birthday Week. Funfetti cake may be in my future.



blizzards & brownies.

February 5, 2011 § Leave a comment

Amid the SnowFest 2011 that hit The Midwest this past week, I was able to rearrange my bedroom furniture, vacuum the entire upstairs, do laundry, and bake brownies with whatever scant ingredients I had on hand. My car was surrounded by several feet of stupid snow,  so I couldn’t make it to the store in order to make anything particularly imaginative. Thus, I relied on a trusty brownie recipe and dressed it up with peanut butter filling.

I wasn’t too excited by these brownies, but I think my brother Josh loved them. He probably ate 85% of the pan. The three cups of sugar and one whole cup of cocoa make them extremely rich. I’m not going to lie, I did eat several hundred slivers.

While this wasn’t my favorite thing to make, I’m definitely excited about baking for the Super Bowl tomorrow. I don’t love the sport, and I’m definitely not one of those “Super Bowl Commericals!!!!” kind of people, but I do enjoy baking for the occasion!


chocolate chip cookie covered oreos.

February 1, 2011 § 7 Comments

I was forced to make these cookies. A couple of weeks ago my brother posted a link to this cookie recipe on my Facebook wall, asking me if I could please make them, and soon. He would provide the Oreos. Of course, I couldn’t say no. What’s better than something delicious, stuffed with something delicious?! I finally got around to making these tonight (although I went with a modified version of my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe). Obviously, they taste awesome.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Covered Oreos
inspired by Becky Bakes

  • 3/4 cup shortening
  • 1 1/4 cups firmly packed brown sugar
  • 2 T milk
  • 1 T vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
  • 1 package Oreos (I used original)

Preheat oven to 375. Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt and set aside. Blend together wet ingredients. Slowly add the flour mixture to the wet mixture just until combined. Add the chocolate chips. Refrigerate for 30 minutes (optional, but it makes the dough easier to manage). Take a good sized chunk of dough (enough to cover the majority of the Oreo) and roll into a ball. Place the dough ball on Oreo,  gently pressing the mixture over the sides of the cookie. Take a slightly smaller ball of dough and flatten it to cover the bottom of the Oreo. Place the dough covered cookies on a parchment lined cookie sheet. Bake for about 11-13 minutes, until cookies are light brown.

Enjoy while still warm. Dip them in milk. Eat them on a non-full stomach, because they are nearly the size of Hot Pockets.


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