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Four Ingredient Red Velvet Cookies

28 Nov

They whispered from the Panera display case, showing just a flash of their red-velvety interior from under crinkled powdered-sugar crinolines.

“We are delicious. Buy us now.”

I waved to them wistfully.

“I can’t,” I sighed, hot tears springing to my eyes. “I am only here for breakfast. It wouldn’t be right.”

The girl at the register rolled her eyes.

“Are you going to order?”

I stammered out my request for a sensible bagel, still eyeing the red velvet temptresses.

Then decided, I would show them. I would make my own.  And because I am super nice, I will tell you how to do it, too.

Red Velvet Cookies

Avert your eyes if you bake everything from scratch and eschew processed ingredients.

Four Ingredient Red Velvet Cookies

  • 1 box red velvet cake mix
  • 8-ounce tub of Cool Whip
  • 1 egg
  • about 1/2 cup powdered sugar (for rolling cookies)

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Mix the dry cake mix, Cool Whip and egg until well-blended. It will be sticky and your kitchen will look a little like a crime scene. Chill it for an hour if you want the dough to be easier to handle, or just dive right in. Drop rounded tablespoonfuls of the dough into the powdered sugar and roll them around. Put them on a greased cookie sheet (or one lined with parchment if you’re fancy). Bake 10-12 minutes. Let them cool. Eat them.

You could sass them up with some mini-chocolate chips in the batter if you wanted. But then they would be 5-ingredient Red Velvet Cookies and that is too complicated for Pinterest users. So make life easier on yourself and just pin mine.

Rainbow Bright

9 Sep

My lovely girl turns 14 this weekend.

Sunday. September 11.

She turned 4 the day terrorists attacked our country, and every year since her celebrations have been under the cloud of the horrible events of that day.

When she started school, the morning routine was for every birthday child to be called to the principal’s office and get a special birthday pencil. Except on September 11, when opted for a moment of silence instead.

Certainly these remembrances are important and appropriate.  But it still kind of sucks to be a kindergartener waiting for your big birthday pencil moment that never comes.

So this weekend, as the 10-year tributes blanket the country, we are headed out to the coast to camp on the beach. We’ll hunt shells instead of watch TV, build sand castles instead of seeing towers fall. It’s not that we don’t care, but we will honor those lost by seeking peace and joy.

But before we head out, we are eating some birthday cake, and celebrating the girl who brings color and joy to our lives every single day.  Even on September 11.


My rainbow cake rendition is a little lopsided the leaning tower of Cake-za. But the surprise when she cut into it was awesome. I hope this weekend, you and yours are also surprised by rainbows in the middle of storms

 If you want to make the cake, you can see a way better version of it here at Whisk Kid

The Tragic (and Tasty) Tale of Butternut Squash

27 Aug

Yes, I draw on my squash.

For days, the butternut squash had watched warily from the kitchen counter as one by one, the other vegetables met tragic ends. The stress finally felled one of them, but the other three held out hope. Continue reading

Ode to a Shallot

26 Aug

Shallot I compare thee to an onion today?
Thou are smaller, and more garlicky.
Tough skins may your preparation time delay,
and fruit inside be all too short for me.

Continue reading

Going Greenling

25 Aug

We started an experiment at our house this week, and ordered a local produce box from a company called Greenling. Here’s how that works. Every week, they drop off a box of in-season, local produce that is either organic or sustainably grown.

I know in my heart that all those things are important, but you wouldn’t know that from our usual eating habits around here, as evidenced by the Sonic Route 44 cups filling our trash can. We needed an intervention. So, I signed up.

The box was apparently delivered by a ninja, since I was home and didn’t even know it had arrived until I nearly fell over it running out the door to an appointment. Fortunately, my reflexes also feature cat-like reaction time, so I did not take a face plant on the front walk. Score one for the new healthy lifestyle. Continue reading

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