Monday, December 15, 2008

Oh, Hi there. Remember me?

I used to blog here. Not so much any more, apparently.

We've been busy around here as usual what with all the virus-recovering and tree decorating and cookie baking and Christmas partying. In fact, I've got a date tonight with my husband to go to his office party, and I'm pitifully overexcited about it. I don't get out much, I guess. Later this week, I'll go to my office party, which will be lunch at a restaurant, and even more pitifully, I am THRILLED! to have LUNCH! at a RESTAURANT! with PEOPLE! and no KIDS! Woo Hoo!

In other news, I have baked about a bajillion cookies and have given almost ALL of them away, leaving very few for my poor pitiful underfed family. We made goody bags for all of the Sunday school teachers, school teachers, teacher assistants, not to mention trays for each and every party we're attending and good Lord I never want to make another cookie again as long as I live. My friend commented at our neighborhood party last night that I had been hiding my Betty Crockerness all year, and had let it all out at Christmas.

That is only partially true. I am a good cook, and I like to cook, it's just that I only like to cook when I don't HAVE to. So you know, those three times a day that my family expects to have food stuffed into their faces? No, I do not enjoy that. But I will gladly spend the day wrecking my kitchen and letting the laundry and housework pile up while I create cookie goodness.

Speaking of cookie goodness, I will now once again break my no-recipes-on-the-blog-rule and share with you the world's easiest Christmas cookies. Well, they're not cookies, but whatever.

This one was stolen off someone's blog last year that I forgot to bookmark, so if it's yours, speak up:

Get 'butter snap' pretzels (they're waffle-shaped) and place them on a cookie sheet lined with parchment. Place a Rolo candy on them and put them in the oven for 3 minutes, until melted. Take out, place another pretzel on top to make a sandwich, squish. Refrigerate. Eat. Be merry.

My four year old made these the other day. She spent a good twenty minutes unwrapping a bag of Rolos and putting them on the pretzels, and it was wonderful for me. Also, they have no name, and no one in my house could come up with one that pleased me. Give it a shot, if you like.

The next recipe is one of my mom's and people ask me for it every year. It's SO easy.

Rocky Road squares:
Melt 1 bag of chocolate chips, one can of sweetened condensed milk, and 3 tbsp butter in a pan. In a bowl, place a bag of mini marshmallows and a cup of chopped pecans (we always leave the pecans out because no one likes them but me.) Pour chocolate onto marshmallows and stir, adding 1 tsp of vanilla. Spread into wax paper lined 9 x 12 pan, refrigerate, cut into squares. Bask in the praise of everyone you know.

I'm hoping that these recipes will change your life. I don't think that's too much to hope for. The last (and only) time I shared a recipe it was for bananadillas, and the effects were far-reaching. My cousin Tracee and her friend Kelli introduced Arizona to the phenomenon, and my friend Jody fed them to her children for an after-school snack in Georgia. So, you know, that's like TWO states where they eat bananadillas now, thanks to this humble blog. I promise not to let the power go to my head.


  1. Mmmm, rocky road squares...I haven't had those in a looong time, I think. I might have to make them next week while I'm not working. :-D

  2. Mmm. That sounds so tasty! And it kind of reminds me how I haven't made s'mores (the chocolate and marshmallows reminded me of them) bars in a loooonnnnggg time.

  3. Yummy. I just made Rocky Road Candy a few days ago. I was driving home from work and had an epiphany - "hey, didn't my grandma used to make Rocky Road Candy?" And there you have it. I used a mini scoop to scoop out the Rocky Road into bitesize pieces and now I'm wrapping them up for Teacher Presents. :) Also, you can do the same thing with the Rolo's and Pretzels except put a Pecan on the top of the ROlo and "squish" it down. Then let it toast for another few seconds. It's so yummy because it toasts the Pecan too. :) I can't wait to see you guys!

  4. Yay! Kelli was so excited we made the blog! What an adventure this month has been!


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