Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Addiction of the Senses

Dove Peppermint Bark
A week ago I bought a bag thinking
"mmmm, that looks tasty"
I was definitely right.
The bag is now gone.

I freaking love these things!
The noise cancellation feature is top notch.
I can't even hear myself singing along.
I accidentally left them in my sisters car last Tuesday and since I knew
I wouldn't be able to survive an entire week without my iPod
I bought a cheap pair of earphones.
Not only are they incredibly uncomfortable but they don't have
the noise cancellation feature. Which is a total bummer because,
as it turns out, I do not sound like any of the following people:
Robert Plant
Taylor Swift
Sarah Brightman
Brian Johnson
I am extremely happy to have my earbuds back.

The Vampire Diaries
I don't care how juvenile or girly this show is.
I love it!
I might even read the books.
Hopefully they will also be a treat for my eyes. :)

Bath Salts
One of my favorite things to do is take a bath.
Especially when it's cold outside and I just want to get warm.
I often put Bath Salts in with the water.
They just complete the whole relaxing package.
The other day my friend, Josh, brought his roommates over for a visit.
One of the roomies found my huge jar of Bath Salts and asked
"What the heck is this for, do you rub it on your back?"
I wanted to respond "Yes, roomie, it makes your skin taste yummy."
Sometimes boys can be really silly.

Really, truly, a delightful smell.
Lately, I've been using Gain to make other things in my home smell good.
I know it's weird, but I just don't care.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Talent Show

The other day my niece, Jaycee, called and asked me for some advice. It's her "Star" week in class and she needed to come up with a talent that she could share with the whole class. All of the other kids decided to sing or dance for their star weeks, but I just couldn't picture Jaycee doing either of those things. Don't get me wrong, the girl can sing and she most certainly can dance, but we wanted to come up with something a little more original than that.

One of the things that Jaycee and I love to do together is cook. I told her we could make cookies or brownies to share with the class and that can be her talent. After all, cooking is most certainly a talent. Just then my sister and Jaycee's mom, Amy, interrupted - they won't let you bring homemade treats for the kids. Apparently schools are afraid of allergies, drugs or poison. Pffff! Remember the good old days when your mom could bring a huge Texas Sheetcake for your school birthday party and no-one was afraid to eat it? Man, I loved those days!

We got back to thinking about a new talent Jaycee could share when sheer brilliance struck my brain like a lightning bolt right out of the sky. Play Dough! You still have to cook it and, as previously mentioned, cooking is a talent. But the kids don't ingest it, therefore, making it a fun, safe, homemade option that the whole class can enjoy. Seriously, brilliant!

Last night I went over to Jaycee's house to show her how to make Play Dough. I made her do all the measuring and I did the stirring. I thought I had the easy job until after heating it for about a minute it became extremely hard to stir. I really don't know how my Mom did it all those times. I think I went through 4 different spoons before I grabbed the heavy duty spatula. It was the only thing strong enough to turn the dough. Seriously Mom, how did you do it?

After letting the dough cool down, we split it into a bunch of balls, so we could make each one a different color. Jaycee had a great time picking out the colors and adding the right amount of dye to each ball. She also had a great time watching me spend almost 2 hours kneading the color into each ball. The 14 different colors she picked out turned out great though.

If you have the desire to make play dough, you can find the recipe here.

Thursday, November 5, 2009


For weeks now I've been super excited for Ree Drummond to come to Salt Lake for her book signing.

Last Wednesday I bought this in anticipation:

But what did I do after waiting in line for almost 3 hours with no end in sight?

That's right, I gave up.

I so badly wanted to post about how awesome it was to meet The Pioneer Woman and I was going to take a picture of her autograph in my cookbook.

But no, I'm a big, fat loser!

So there you go.