Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Cat's Meow: Stand Off

It's been a really long time since I've done one of these posts. Like over a year ago, really long time. Don't ask why I stopped. I'll blame Instagram.

Regardless, I wanted to share this photo of Callie, Cruz, and Periwinkle all in the same room:

You'll notice a couple things. We've moved Callie's initial litter box out of the office and into the hallway to force her to be in the same living spaces as the other two. (We did the same to her food/water, but they aren't pictured.) You can come to the conclusion that all of our cats still have their claws based on the fact that they've turned our couches into a scratching post. And you could assume that they still aren't getting along based on their distance and their posture.

We call this the "stand off." They all see each other. They all tense up. And they all growl/hiss at one another. It's rather entertaining. Unless it's past midnight and you're trying to go to sleep....

Monday, January 6, 2014

Reese's Peanut Butter Cookies

I'm not one who normally watches the Food Network, but I've fallen in love with this show called The Pioneer Woman. Maybe you've heard of it? Or maybe you've read her blog? Anyways, what I love about her recipes are that they require common ingredients, are simple to follow, and are really tasty!

The other day I was watching her show and she made these tiny little peanut butter cookies with Reese cups plopped on top of them. I knew my chocolate and peanut butter loving husband would drool over them. The only problem? I didn't own a mini muffin pan which was required for the cookies. Then, miraculously, I was gifted two pans for Christmas. (Hmm.... I wonder if the gifter had an ulterior  motive?) And since the recipe only required 2 ingredients, it was easy to add them to our shopping list and wouldn't break the bank - especially when I picked up the chocolates in the 50% off Christmas section.

I'm not going to go into how to make the cookies (you can head over to Ree's blog for the recipe), but I still wanted to share photos of making them.

That's a lot of wrappers!

The photos were taken when I made the second batch. I think the first batch turned out much better, although I'm not sure what I did different. The second batch didn't come out as soft as the first - maybe I left them in too long? I may have cut the slices too thin too, which effects the puffiness of the cookies. 

Softness and puffiness aside, they were still delicious! We made this batch to take to our friends house to watch the Fiesta Bowl (Go Knights!!) and made an extra batch to leave with them for a certain someone's birthday (my friend's husband is as much a peanut butter and chocolate lover as my husband!). It was a big hit! Definitely think this is going to become a go-to recipe.

Have you tried any new recipes out lately? Did you find them through Pinterest (where I typically find mine) or on TV? I love finding new recipes to test out!

Friday, January 3, 2014

Friday Favorites

Every Most weeks I share things from around the internet that put a smile on my face in the hopes that they will put a smile on your face too. So, without further ado....

today is my brother-in-law's birthday, so I posted this on his Facebook timeline

this guy's recreating weird internet photos with his friends at a party

this elementary teacher's contingency plan if she has a heart attack during class

a list of 21 things that inevitably happen when you work in an office
(I told my sister she had to do #15 the next time her coworker takes a day off)

the smiles on this couple's face holding their twin babies is contagious

this DIY wood rack makes me want our own home with a yesterday


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