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13 April 2009 @ 10:57 am
I'm so glamorous, I sweat glitter.  
So due to the big snow we had a few weeks ago, the boys didn't get today off from school. Aaron, in particular was very disgruntled about that, and as I lay in bed with them and cuddled for a minute (the preferred method of waking them over shouting up the stairs to GET DRESSED, ALREADY), Aaron proclaimed that it was, "just so... Monday."

I had to agree.

Ethan however, took it a step further and said, "It makes my joints hurt."

Carrie. It makes your joints hurt?

Ethan. Yes.

Carrie. (amused) Monday makes your joints hurt.

Ethan. (looks up at me with an expression that wonders if perhaps I need a hearing aid) Yes.

Carrie. Monday gives you arthritis?

Ethan. No. I'm still all smooth.

Carrie. (pauses) What do you think arthritis is?

Ethan. (pokes at my hands) When your hands are all wrinkled.


Seriously. Seven a.m. on a Monday morning is too early to be told you're old, arthritic and wrinkly. For those of you concerned with his education on the matter, I cleared up any misconceptions he might have. And then I smacked him around a little for calling me old. (Not really. :))

And for Nicole, who drooled so sweetly when I posted about the food porn, I give you the step-by step for Chocolate Peanut Butter Dream Bars.

1. Heat oven to 350°F. I love it when reipes tell you to do this ahead of time.  It helps me out, because I always forget, and then I end up waiting around, twiddling my thumbs, and inevitable get distracted and mess something up in the time the oven is heating.  So here you go.  Turn on the oven.  :D

Get out all your stuff.

In large bowl, stir cookie base ingredients until soft dough forms. Spread dough in bottom of ungreased 13x9-inch pan.

Cookie Base
1    pouch (1 lb 1.5 oz) Betty Crocker® double chocolate chunk cookie mix
1/4    cup vegetable oil
2    tablespoons cold strong brewed coffee or water
1    egg

Then get out the bag of these.

Bake 12 to 15 minutes or just until set. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.

One of these days I'll get a new cake pan, and quit using the ratty old one in the pictures.  But today is not that day.


Chop them, all the while still resisting.

1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup sugar
1 container (8 oz) frozen whipped topping, thawed
1 bag (9 oz) miniature chocolate-covered peanut butter cup candies, chopped

2. In large bowl, beat cream cheese and 1/4 cup sugar with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Fold in whipped topping and candies. Spread over cooled cookie base.

1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1/4 cup milk
2 tablespoons sugar

3. In small microwavable bowl, beat peanut butter, milk and 2 tablespoons sugar with wire whisk until smooth. Microwave uncovered on High 30 to 60 seconds, stirring after 30 seconds, to thin for drizzling. Drizzle mixture over filling.

Mine didn't drizzle.  It clumped.  So I got out a chopstick and sort of smeared it around.

 Like so.

3 oz bittersweet baking chocolate, melted
1 cup unsalted dry-roasted peanuts

I'm fairly certain I added some butter to the chocolate, because it wasn't very drizzly, either.  But the chopstick got the job done.

 Drizzle with melted chocolate. Sprinkle with peanuts. Refrigerate about 1 hour or until set. For bars, cut into 6 rows by 4 rows. Store covered in refrigerator. 

We didn't have any peanuts.  Because SOMEONE who is 6'3" and likes peanuts on his sundae ate them all.

My college roommate Alyson and her daughter Abby.


1994 - I'm pretty sure this was my 21st birthday.

Bangs should be illegal, is all I have to say.  And I think that I've gotten whiter over the years.  Who even knew that was possible?
I hear:: Here it Comes Again - Please
Lauradream_mancer on April 13th, 2009 04:12 pm (UTC)
Wow. I got a sugar rush from just staring at the pictures. I hardly ever make desserts. I'm more of an appetizer/main course girl. Keep the sweets coming!
Carrie Leigh: My cupcakes bring all the boyscarrie_leigh on April 13th, 2009 04:14 pm (UTC)
And these were SWEET. Sort of like an ice cream sundae in cookie bar form. The kids really liked them. :)
Lauradream_mancer on April 13th, 2009 04:18 pm (UTC)
And I have two hours before my lunch break. I'm getting mucho hungry! You're also getting me in the mood to cook!
Sharlenemynuet on April 13th, 2009 04:15 pm (UTC)
Every once in a while, I give myself bangs and then spend months cursing as I remember why I hate them so, so much.
Carrie Leigh: pretty ginnycarrie_leigh on April 13th, 2009 04:18 pm (UTC)
My bangs are chin length right now. Thank goodness.
nbaeker: sam watching pornnbaeker on April 13th, 2009 04:18 pm (UTC)
oh good lord.


ETA: icon so very very relevant

Edited at 2009-04-13 04:18 pm (UTC)
Carrie Leigh: Carrie Ooopsy Daisycarrie_leigh on April 13th, 2009 04:19 pm (UTC)

You crack me up.
nbaeker: sam shrugnbaeker on April 13th, 2009 04:32 pm (UTC)
I do my best to give satisfaction. *grin*
Carrie Leigh: Dean scorecarrie_leigh on April 13th, 2009 04:34 pm (UTC)
Sam's so darn cute.
O Demanding One: Express: Holy Crap!  Poohheyurs on April 13th, 2009 05:08 pm (UTC)

OH MY GOODNESS! You always make everything look SO yummy!

Little boys are precious. *g*

maureenmaureen on April 13th, 2009 05:41 pm (UTC)
I didn't have time to eat breakfast today and lunch isn't for at least an hour. It was a VERY BAD IDEA to look at all that yummy sweetness. You make it all look so freaking easy!

Also, you are NOT old. I would've smacked the kid around too!
idreamofdracoidreamofdraco on April 13th, 2009 07:03 pm (UTC)
My goodness that looks so delicious. And fattening... But no one cares about that part. Haha.

You guys look so 90's. :D
Elle Blessingwayelle_blessing on April 13th, 2009 07:11 pm (UTC)
Srsly. SRSLY. My mouth is watering. That could be because it's lunchtime, but I digress. That Reesey thing looks delicious. Not that I'll ever make it (time? can I has it?)
flymageflymage on April 13th, 2009 07:27 pm (UTC)
It's good see another face from Rubber Chicken Theatre. Please tell Alyson I said hi (if she remembers me).
(Anonymous) on April 13th, 2009 09:21 pm (UTC)
It worked! Hi, Daniel! Nice to see you, too! Or a picture of you anyway. ;) Find me on FB. I will no longer lurk, Carrie. -Alyson
Carrie Leigh: Choose your weapon cookingcarrie_leigh on April 13th, 2009 09:24 pm (UTC)

Promises, promises.
flymageflymage on April 15th, 2009 07:51 pm (UTC)
Alyson, I tried finding you on FB. Not sure which is you - every photo I saw was either obviously not you or couldn't be sure.

I FB on a regular basis. Please either help me find you or find me - I'm pretty sure I'm the only T. Daniel Sheppeard there. (note weird spelling).
slitherhither: barechested_boydslitherhither on April 13th, 2009 10:43 pm (UTC)
(okay--this is my third attempt to post this reply! arrgh!)

Of course it's possible to go paler! Real blondes redheads don't tan. Even when they try. (Also, remember that paleness used to be desired. *sigh* Born at the wrong time, I guess.)

Also: yum!!! Your cooking posts are wonderful! Keep them coming, please!

Also also, sounds like your boy is maybe having growing pains, eh? I'm glad you straightened him out about arthritis. *snickers* Reminds me of when my son announced that one of his favorite rock stars was "biosexual". *snort* Smothering the laughter to patiently explain something is sometimes the hardest part of parenting! :D
leave you speechless, without no diction: Where The Wild Things Arexalexandriam on April 13th, 2009 11:43 pm (UTC)
Oh, those bars look positively sinful. I've been meaning to bake something before the end of the school year, and these bars might be the thing I bake. :)

And I feel the exact same way that Aaron does about Mondays, minus the bit about achy joints.
dragonsangel68: TW - Rob Hawtdragonsangel68 on April 14th, 2009 01:07 am (UTC)
Boys are so delightful with their timing when letting us know their observations *giggles*

You don't look as though you've aged at all *g*
goeungurl: hugsgoeungurl on April 14th, 2009 03:52 am (UTC)
You boys make me lol. Without fail. Everytime.

I had to scroll quickly through the food porn b/c it looked too too tempting. I will *not* eat past midnight. I will *not* eat past midnight.

And again, you're so pretty. Then and now.
rupert_talley: Cupcakes for bdrupert_talley on April 15th, 2009 06:49 am (UTC)
Oh man. Bad post to view when I'm trying to be good. Best part was all the crumbled up peanut butter cups. YUMMY! Anywho, you have the best (seriously) kid stories. But I concur, not fun to get up on Mondays but especially when it was suppose to have been a day off. Oh and meant to say thanks for the heads up on the Rupert Grint trailer. I appreciated that very much. *hugs*
Carrie Leigh: applausecarrie_leigh on April 15th, 2009 08:17 pm (UTC)
You're welcome!