Thursday, March 22, 2012


This will be a sort of blog post continuum... where I link to a post that links to my post that links to a post.  I am also a dork.

Anyway.  If you didn't know.


See here:  Cooking with Friends: Kickerdoodles


It's like the most amazing post about kickdoodles that puts my post to bordom and shame. Though mostly just bordom. :D

Penga is amaaazingly creative and so very entertaining.

Visit her post for to view the entire story of Penga-Tamama and Alvina-Chomp making kickerdoodles!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

spring fashion

Spring is definitely here!  Or maybe pleasant, non-humid summer!  :)  It was 72 degrees yesterday, it'll be 77 tomorrow and 82 on Thursday!!!  This sure has been a crazy weather year!  Piddly snow twice this winter and gorgeous weather in March!  WHAT is going on?!

I don't have much any fashion sense but these lovely spring things have caught my eye and I shall impose them on you now.  :)

Tazo Tea Tumbler

I seem to really like them double wall things!  :)  But isn't the mesh-spout-part-you-drink-from such a pretty pattern?  I think the flowers and green are a perfect spring design!

Tropical Floral Skirt from Loft

I probably wouldn't look good in it but I love love love this skirt.  Tonight at least.  :)  I  may have to give it a try next time I'm in the store anyway.  :]

Polished Denim Blazer

So classy.  :)  I like that it's got a different, modern-y cut to it.

Cinched Neck Twill jacket from Loft 

Can't decide which color I like better.  :)  The neutral would go with everything.  The orange is more exciting (and my favorite color!)  Though I think the jacket I wore today looked... just like this one.  haha.  Except in blue!  :)

Zoya polish in Bevin 

This minty seafoam greenness.... I don't know if I could pull off on my nails.  Feet maybe.  I have yet to be so adventurous as to deviate from pinks/reds and cream/golds... but I like this color.  :)

Now that I've acquired way too many sweaters... it is no longer winter!  >_<  I don't need anything and I don't know if I'll get anything mentioned above, but I think I could use some more blousy things for work.  And maybe a spring jacket... with long sleeves.  I seem to have a few pieces with three-quarter sleeves.  o_O

Have yet to recap my training/conference trip to LA and short family trip up to San Francisco a couple weeks back!  I accidently picked up a lovely Tommy Hilfiger blazer there for a steal.  An absolute steal.  :D  AND!  It's wonderfully machine washable.  WHOOHOO.  :)

Thursday, March 15, 2012


It's been sooooo long!  >_<  Lots to blog about but I never seem to find the time to!  But today I decided to get a post in on my new wrangled idea.  :D

So it was our turn to bring snacks to Bible study and I decided to make maple snickerdoodles.  They were recommended by my friend Abby and from Lovin' the Oven!  This is a FANTASTIC recipe.  I've gotten rave reviews about it.

A few months ago, I tried another snickerdoodle recipe from Lovin' the Oven and randomly (possibly with Tim's help) got the idea while rolling the dough in cinnamon and sugar, to roll some in cinnamon and sugar + cayenne pepper!  They had a bit of a kick, so I came to name them KICKERDOODLES.

This shall be patented/copyrighted/licensed soon!  :oP

The Kickerdoodle
(It basically looks like a snickedoodle with some red dots)

I made half the batch normal for my office and half the batch kickerdoodles for my collesague/friend who likes all things hot and spicy, and she loved them!  She thought they were only a little tingly, so for the hot and spicy lovin' folks, you might have to kick it up a few notches to compensate for their burnt, shot out, over spiced tongues.  :oP

I made them exactly like the maple snickerdoodle recipe but in addition to the two parts sugar to one part cinnamon, I added one part cayenne pepper.  You can of course add less or more.  Though if you don't add enough, you probably won't be able to taste it (unless you're super sensitive to spicy things).  It's very, very easy extra step at the end to pack a punch.  And cayenne pepper in a cookie is kinda fun, zany idea.  :)  [thinkoutsidethebox]

KICKERDOODLES  (Adapted from Maple Snickerdoodles by Lovin' the Oven)

•2 cups all-purpose flour
•1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
•1/4 teaspoon baking soda
•1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
•1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
•1/2 cup salted butter (or you can use unsalted and add about 1/4 tsp salt)
•1 cup granulated sugar
•3 tablespoon real maple syrup
•1 egg
•2 parts sugar to 1 part cinnamon and 1 part cayenne pepper

1. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, cream of tartar, and salt.

2. In a large bowl, cream the butter and 1 cup sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the maple syrup and egg until combined. Add dry ingredients. Beat until just mixed.

3. Refrigerate dough for 30 minutes to an hour (the longer the better)

4. Preheat oven to 350F.

5. Roll dough into 1 inch balls. Roll each ball in the sugar/cinnamon/cayenne pepper mixture. Arrange balls on cookie sheets, 2 inches apart.

6. Bake until tops are crackly, about 9-12 minutes. Remove from oven and leave cookies on sheets to cool slightly, about 2 minutes. Transfer cookies to wire rack to cool completely.

If you make 'em, lemme know how you like them!
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