January 5

Willie Cindy Jim and Sandy 1959

62 wonderful years ago, my Grandma gave birth to my mother. (She is the one in the back in the striped shirt)

Happy Birthday Ma!

I hope you have a fabulous day!

sweater

In other news, I was watching the Red Baron over the weekend and this sweater was on the screen most of the time.   I want to knit it.

 

Badly.

 

Does anyone know where I could find a pattern for it???

 

 

January 4

sugar butter chocolate

As far back as I can remember, I have been one to try to find the most efficient way to do things.

If I can find a quicker, more gas efficient route to drive, that is the route I take.
dark cocoa

If I can find a way to take less steps to get somewhere I’ll go that particular way.

dough

If I can find an easier way to make something I will.

scooped

And that is exactly what I do with a good bit of Dorie’s recipes.

Today’s was no exception.

Dorie loves to heat her chocolate up over a double boiler. I find that you can accomplish the same task by nuking it for 1 minute on high, stir, 30 more seconds…stir and voila…melted, non-burnt, non-separated chocolate.

Today’s recipe says to divide the dough in half, refrigerate, scoop, roll into balls, and bake.

The ladies, however, were having problems because the dough became brick like rather quickly.

So!

I scooped them out first, refrigerated them and then baked them.

I didn’t even bother to roll them into wee balls.

baked

And as you can see, they look just like they are supposed to.

It has been 3 years since the ladies and gentlemen at TWD have been doing their “thing”.

I have been doing it for 2+.

For the anniversary post, Laurie picked today’s recipe.  Midnight Crackles.   You’ll find it at our TWD blog.

Thank you Laurie for starting this.   I have met so many wonderful people though this fabulous blog, and I am so grateful for each and every one of you.

January 3

It is Monday Internets!

 

And….

 

I’m nosy.

 

Do you have a vent hood or a microwave above your stove?

 

We have a microwave and last night I was fumbling around in the dark looking for the light button on it, when my hand came in contact with the underneath of the microwave.

 

Ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwww…..

 

My hand came back a sticky greasy mess.   It hasn’t been cleaned since last summer.

 

Gross.

 

So, my question for you is how often do you clean your vent hood/underneath of your microwave?

 

Obviously my answer is once a year.

January 2

Happy New Year Internets!

 

Today I am thankful.

 

I am thankful for…

 

♥ Jiffy Mix Blueberry Muffins

 

♥ Superman~~who is willing to do crazy things to save money even though he doesn’t want to

 

♥ The warm weather that we had over the weekend.

 

What are you thankful for on this first Sunday of the new year?