Let the Girl’s Weekend Begin…

November 26, 2016 at 12:14 pm | Posted in All Things Doodle, Caityisms, Christmas, Daddy-O, Family Ties, Food, Movies, Recipes, Sisters, Toeses and Noses | Leave a comment
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Alex is disappearing for most of the weekend since it’s Grey Cup time again.  The girls and I have the weekend planned.  We’re going to make Chocolate  Crunchy Shortbread Cookies, have an indoor picnic complete with Pizza and “Home Alone” tonight, and tomorrow we’re going to the movies with Grandma to see “Moana“.  Should be a great weekend, me and my big-little ones 🙂

Last year I found a copy of my Mom’s Shortbread recipe around the house somewhere.  I was so happy that I finally found a copy of the most incredible Christmas Shortbread that I had been searching for, forever.  My Mom can no longer bake or cook, or for that matter, even hold a coherent conversation any longer.  She can’t tell me her recipes because she doesn’t remember them.  Somehow, after I found the recipe I misplaced it, and it made me very sad – sad to the point of tears, over a stupid recipe.

So I searched the internet and stumbled upon the ‘Robin Hood Flour’ version of “Melt in Your Mouth” Shortbread Cookie. The ingredients, from what I could remember, were similar.  Damn they were good.  I cut up pieces of Dairy Milk with Crunchy (available at Walmart in the British Food aisle) and put them in the mix.  The cookies lasted until Tuesday. Except for the chocolate, they were my Mom’s recipe.  Mom used to shape the cookies into crescent moon shapes and after they were baked, she dipped half in melted chocolate.  Mom also sometimes added finely ground almonds to the dough.

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Ingredients:

2 cups (500 ml) Unsalted Butter

1 scant cup Sugar

3 1/4 cups flour

1/2 cup Cornstarch

4 oz chopped Chocolate (if using) or more

“Preheat oven to 300°F (150°C). Line baking sheets with parchment paper.

Take your butter out of the refrigerator about an hour before baking so it will be nice and soft. This will make it easier for the sugar to mix in with the butter or shortening.

Cream butter in a large bowl with an electric mixer on medium-high speed until very light in texture, about 5 minutes.

Creaming butter with sugar adds air to the batter, increasing volume to help better mix the flour into the butter mixture.

Add sugar and continue beating until sugar is completely combined, about 2 to 3 minutes.

Combine flour and cornstarch in a separate large bowl. Add to butter mixture and mix with an electric mixer on low speed until just combined.

Flour straight from the bag may be compacted. To loosen it, scoop it out of the bag with another container or spoon before pouring it into your measuring cup. This will help you get a more accurate measurement. Level it off with a knife to make sure you have just the right amount.”

Chop the Chocolate Bar into smallish pieces and mix them into the dough.

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“Place ball of dough by heaping  tbsp (15 mL) on prepared baking sheets 2” (5 cm) apart.  Press down with a fork.

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Place your cookies about 2” (5cm) apart to allow for spreading

Bake in preheated oven 20 to 25 minutes or until bottoms are lightly golden.  Remove cookies from baking sheet and cool on wire racks.”

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Keep the dough in the fridge between baking and use a second cookie sheet – let the first one cool off completely before you use it again (put it in the fridge), this will help prevent spreading.  Take the cookies out a minute or two before the time they’re done to avoid brown edges.

You can either scoop out balls of dough, round them, flatten them with a fork or roll the entire batch into two logs and slice when chilled (this method is easier for decorating).  You can pre-cut chilled logs, wrap well and freeze for 2-3 months – you can have cookies whenever you want 🙂

I rolled two logs, put them in the fridge and let them chill for an hour then cut them when ready and prepared the next tray while the first was in the oven.  The prepared tray was put into the fridge until ready to bake.  This greatly reduced the spread.

Makes about 45 cookies.

Should be a good weekend 🙂

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What to Do When Dad Goes Out With the Boys? Girls Night In, Making Cookies!

November 28, 2015 at 8:08 pm | Posted in Christmas, Daddy-O, Family Ties, Food, Movies, My Kid is a Donut, Recipes, Sisters, Toeses and Noses | Leave a comment
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Toblerone Shortbread Cookies to be exact…

Alex is off for his usual boys weekend involving much drinking, debauchery and Football, so I decided to make cookies with the girls and watch a Christmas movie (Santa Claus is Coming to Town) while drinking Hot Chocolate.  I dunno, but that sounds like a pretty good night to me …

Back to the cookies … I had a copy of my Mom’s Shortbread recipe around the house somewhere.  I found it after we moved my Mom from her Apartment to her Long-Term Facility this Summer.  I was so happy that I finally found a copy of the most incredible Christmas Shortbread that I had been searching for, forever.  Somehow, between then and now, I’ve misplaced the recipe and it made me very sad – sad to the point of tears, over a stupid recipe.

Last weekend I decided to try the Robin Hood Flour “Melt in Your Mouth” version because the ingredients, from what I could remember, were similar.  Damn they were good.  I cut up pieces of Dairy Milk with Crunchy (available at Walmart in the British Food aisle) and put them in the mix.  The cookies lasted until Tuesday. Except for the chocolate, they were my Mom’s recipe.  Mom used to shape the cookies into crecent moon shapes and  after they were baked, she dipped half in melted chocolate.  Mom also sometimes added finely ground almonds to the dough.

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Ingredients:

2 cups (500 ml) Unsalted Butter

1 scant cup Sugar

3 1/4 cups flour

1/2 cup Cornstarch

4 oz chopped Chocolate (if using) or more

“Preheat oven to 300°F (150°C). Line baking sheets with parchment paper.

Take your butter out of the refrigerator about an hour before baking so it will be nice and soft. This will make it easier for the sugar to mix in with the butter or shortening.

Cream butter in a large bowl with an electric mixer on medium-high speed until very light in texture, about 5 minutes.

Creaming butter with sugar adds air to the batter, increasing volume to help better mix the flour into the butter mixture.

Add sugar and continue beating until sugar is completely combined, about 2 to 3 minutes.

Combine flour and cornstarch in a separate large bowl. Add to butter mixture and mix with an electric mixer on low speed until just combined.

Flour straight from the bag may be compacted. To loosen it, scoop it out of the bag with another container or spoon before pouring it into your measuring cup. This will help you get a more accurate measurement. Level it off with a knife to make sure you have just the right amount.”

Chop one and a half of the regular sized Toblerone Bars into smallish pieces and mix them into the dough.

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“Place ball of dough by heaping  tbsp (15 mL) on prepared baking sheets 2” (5 cm) apart.  Press down with a fork.

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Place your cookies about 2” (5cm) apart to allow for spreading

Bake in preheated oven 20 to 25 minutes or until bottoms are lightly golden.  Remove cookies from baking sheet and cool on wire racks.”

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cookies

Should be a good night 🙂

We might save some for Daddy when he gets home … maybe …

Last year we made a batch for the girls to take to their School’s Christmas party.   They didn’t contain either of the chocolate types because of potential allergies. After baking, the girls frosted them.  They were a big hit.

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Conversing With a Donut

April 28, 2014 at 8:20 pm | Posted in Caityisms, Miscellaneous Crap, Movies, My Kid is a Donut | Leave a comment
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We took the girls to see “The Muppets Most Wanted” yesterday.  It was a better movie than we thought it would be and the girls were happy to finally see it.

At one pivotal plot point, where Miss Piggy is about to marry “Kermit”, Caity got all excited and turned to me, “Mama, do you see that guy with the blonde hair?”

“Yes…?”

“That’s Ross Lynch!”

“Who’s Ross Lynch?”

“The guy with the flowers…” She said, getting impatient with me.

“But who is it, Cait?”

“Mama, that’s ROSS LYNCH!”, she said as if saying it louder will make me understand.

“Caity, who’s Ross Lynch??”

Caity sighed… “The guy with the flowers…”

I could hear my 7 year old do a mental head slap as I tried to follow her line of reasoning…

Dear Disney Movie Rewards…

December 11, 2012 at 3:14 pm | Posted in Miscellaneous Crap, Movies | Leave a comment
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@Disney_DMR … Thank you for allowing me in your club.  Apparently you are not very selective and will let anyone in.  I would like to point out that your customer service department … well… sucks.

Your program is very much geared to the American consumer.

I am not American.

Contrary to popular belief, America is not the centre of the Universe…

Trying to get an answer from your Customer Relations Team is like banging one’s head against the wall … not only do you get nowhere, but you get a big headache as well.  Providing a generic response to a specific question … is not helpful.

Telling me the problem could be one of four things … is not helpful.

What would be helpful is actually looking into the problem and providing a specific answer … that is to say, which one of the four things caused the tickets to be rejected, so that it can be corrected and resolved … or am I speaking too fast for you?

I’m really glad that I personally helped contribute to the Disney megacorporation’s bottom line by taking my kids to see both Frankenweenie and Wreck It Ralph, neither of which were exceptionally good.  I am however, miffed at not receiving the points for the movie tickets as offered on your website.  Simply marking my account “rejected” without any explanation thrills me to no end.  I followed the requirements of the website – and yet somehow you have seen fit not to award the points.  It’s not like I could order anything of any worth from your site with those few points, it’s the principle of the matter.  Of course that also assumes there’s anything worth ordering from your site in the first place… Perhaps if they had dvds of movies made after 1985, there might be something worth getting … seriously, the “Shaggy DA”?  It wasn’t that good of a movie when I was a kid and it hasn’t redeemed itself in the years afterward…

It would be nice if your team could come up with a solution instead of exacerbating the problem …

Can’t Wait…

October 23, 2010 at 12:15 pm | Posted in Family Ties, Movies | Leave a comment
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I can’t wait for this movie.

Rapunzel.  She’s beyond cute.  Looks like a fabulous movie and it’s in 3D!  The girls and I just watched the trailers and we’re hyped.  Great cast (Mandy Moore:  Rapunzel; Zachary Levi:  Flynn Ryder; Donna Murphy: Mother Gothel, plus many other, well known actors), excellent animation.  I love Disney movies.  This is sure to be a hit.

Can’t wait!!  I’m kvelling…!

Happy Birthday Fred

September 30, 2010 at 3:25 pm | Posted in Family Ties, Miscellaneous Crap, Movies, Toeses and Noses, TV Season | 4 Comments
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Anyone who knows me, knows that I love the Flintstones.  I feel remarkably aged now that The Flintstones have turned 50.  Wilma still looks good, even after all these years.  Must be all those pre-historic mud masks …

I loved The Flintstones as a child.  I still love them today – the original wonder and delight of watching the episodes hasn’t waned over time.  If I know they are on, I’ll tune in.  My favourite episodes always were the ones with a guest celebrity – “Ann Margrock” being my favourite.  Stony Curtis, Cary Granite, Samantha and Darrin Stephens are among the top.  I loved the Great Gazoo and all the mayhem that ensued when watching GG try to get Fred out of one jam or another.

I used to race home from school for lunch (school was just across the street, so it never took long), turn on the TV the second I walked in the door and ate lunch while watching the Flintstones and Uncle Bobby.  Many episodes I know word-for-word.  I still watch their Christmas movie, the one where Fred replaces Santa.  A Man Called Flintstone was also fabulous.

It wasn’t the same when, in later years, the voices (the actors) changed in the movie roles.  Fred and Barney must have had colds…  It’s like watching newer episodes of Bugs Bunny – without Mel Blanc, it’s just not the same.  We won’t discuss the live-action movies.  They don’t exist, so there’s no point.

I don’t know what cartoons, if any, my kids will hold dear when they too become adults.  I can’t see Spongebob Squarepants holding the same appeal.  I’ve tried to share my love of the Flintstones with them and so far, they’ve only given them a passing glance.  Do you have a favourite Flintstones episode?

If anyone’s looking for a Christmas present for me, I’d love the Flintstones DVD collection … http://www.amazon.ca/Flintstones-Seasons-1-6-Complete/dp/B000K7UEP4  *looks lovingly in her Husband’s general direction*.

Anyway, Happy Birthday Fred, you look great for your age!

Open Mouth, Insert Foot

May 29, 2010 at 12:57 pm | Posted in All Things Doodle, Caityisms, Daddy-O, Family Ties, Miscellaneous Crap, Movies, Sisters, Toeses and Noses | Leave a comment
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Before I explain the title, I’ll tell you about the conversation I had with Lexy when she was in the bath this morning…

She’s splashing around, playing with her toys and she asks, “Mom, when was soap invented?”

Not really paying attention I replied “A long time ago…”

“Oh,” she said.  “1996?”

I just looked at her.  “Um .. no, before that.” 

“1993?”

*sigh*

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So apparently Hand Foot and Mouth Disease is running rampant in the schools in Durham and more specifically, in my Daycare.  Two of the little ones at Daycare have it.  I was away for three days in Montreal at a conference earlier this week so I didn’t know anything about it.  Alex had been picking up the kids and I guess he wasn’t told either.  My sitter told me Thursday to watch for fever in the kids.  Great.  I ‘googled’ the disease and found out it’s not contagious to adults, except those with a weakened immune system … like my husband.  Great.  Some cases can develop into meningitis or encephalitis.  Great.

Caity developed a slight fever yesterday.  She cooled off overnight but didn’t get much sleep.  She was cranky as a bear with sore bits this morning and I gave her some more Motrin and put her to bed for a nap.  We have a birthday party this afternoon and are supposed to go see the new Shrek movie.  Lexy and I will go, Caity we’ll have to see how she is.  So far there’s no spots but she was moaning in her sleep last night and said her mouth hurt.  Great.

Apparently some kids get the HFM Disease really bad.  The sores in their mouths are very painful.  The one kid at Daycare wouldn’t eat because everything hurt and he’d end up screaming in pain. 

Can we please catch a break some day?

Why You Miserable Cork-Sorker!

May 19, 2010 at 8:51 pm | Posted in All Things Doodle, Caityisms, Daddy-O, Family Ties, Kidney Disease, Miscellaneous Crap, Movies, Sisters, Toeses and Noses, Transplant | Leave a comment
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I loved the movie Johnny Dangerously.  It is silly.  It is at times, stupid.  It’s full of floating gags that run the entire length of the movie… “You shouldn’t grab me, Johnny. My mother grabbed me once… ONCE!”.  The movie stars Michael Keaton and takes place in the roaring thirties.  Actually the entire world is in this movie:  Marilu Henner, Joe Piscopo, Maureen Stapleton, Peter Boyle, Dom Deluise, etc., etc…

“I would like to direct this to the distinguished members of the panel: You lousy cork-soakers. You have violated my farging rights. Dis somanumbatching country was founded so that the liberties of common patriotic citizens like me could not be taken away by a bunch of fargin iceholes… like yourselves.”

“Dames are put on this earth to weaken us, drain our energy, laugh at us when they see us naked.”

Seriously, how could you not laugh at someone whose last name is an adverb?  The stereotypes are endless and I can’t wait for it to arrive on my doorstep.  Yes, I didn’t have much of a life in 1984.  I don’t have much of a life nearly 26 years later, but this movie endured.  I answer surveys online and for some reason sometimes the companies that send out the surveys actually want my opinion, sometimes they’ll even pay me for it.  One company has already handed over $100 US for my opinion on various things.  Mind you it took about six months to ‘earn’ that much.  I’m not saying I’m going to get rich any day now or anything, but I like to think I’m making a difference in the way yogurt is prepared.  Another survey company pays me in Amazon gift certificates.  After a year, I finally earned enough to get two movies, with a penny to spare .. oh wait, forgot about taxes… and shipping.  So the first one I picked was Johnny Dangerously.  It’s one of those movies that I might not actually buy if I had to spend my own money, but free money?? I’m all over that.

Isn’t it amazing how much drinking beer makes you have to pee?

It’ll likely arrive when I’m away in la Belle Provence next week shaking hands and kissing babies.  I’ll miss my kids and Husband.  Lexy says she misses her Dad because he’s working nights and doesn’t get to see him except for the weekend.  I know she’ll miss me.  Caity’s finally pooping on the toilet! *yay*  I hope she’ll be good while Mom’s gone.

I plan on ordering room service.

I plan on drinking … more.

My fourth Wedding Anniversary is next Thursday.  I’m hoping for something less eventful than last year’s.  Friday will be one year since Alex went by screaming ambulance to the hospital and I thought my life was ending.  A part of me did I think that day.

A perfect day...

I’m messed up, I know it.  I’m dealing with it.  Trying to anyway.

Maybe the movie will help.

Maybe more alcohol will.

Heading back under my rock now.  I might resurface at some point.

<— don’t we make a cute couple? 😉

Man it was hot that day … first hot day of the year.  The sun came out, just for us …

I Don’t Get It…

April 13, 2010 at 9:19 pm | Posted in All Things Doodle, Caityisms, Family Ties, Movies, Sisters, TV Season | Leave a comment
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Why is “The Napping House” so popular?  Yes, I know it’s a really great book (not being sarcastic, I actually really mean it), but I’m not sure why it’s so popular lately.  I wrote a post about Lexy’s ability to memorize the book when she was three or four and now I’m getting page views whenever someone looks the book up on the interwebs … hey, it’s traffic…

Let’s see (search term): 

“the napping house” 140 hits

“napping house” 24 hits

“the napping house pictures” 21 hits

“napping house pictures” 3 hits

I know it’s not a lot of hits compared to some of you expert bloggers out there, but it’s a lot to me.  The biggest draw was the search for “Adam Lambert” a whopping 4,676 hits. 

“Jane Seymour toes” for some reason received 4 hits, but ewww.  Not quite sure why that one brought them to me – possibly from my oogling over Jonathan Rhys-Meyers’ beautifulness and his soon to be ended BBC show (d’oh!), The Tudors (speaking of which, can we have Season 4 soon please??).  Joely Richardson is in the cast this year as Henry’s last wife, Catherine Parr.  Joely is the sister of the late Natasha Richardson (wife of Liam Neeson) who died after a fall on a Quebec Ski Hill last year.  Natasha was a fabulous actor and so beautiful and elegant, a classy lady – it was such a shame to have lost her so young.   Natasha and Joely have an impressive pedigree, daughters of Tony Richardson and Vanessa Redgrave, nieces of Lynne and Corin Redgrave (who just died a few days ago), granddaughters of Michael Redgrave and Rachel Kempson … acting royalty, really.

My throat’s sore and my head hurts.  My nose is snuffled and I feel like kaa-kaa.  Lexy’s sick too and I think Alex is coming down with it too (great…the last cold he had lasted a month).  The only one who’s not sick, ironically, is Caity.  Caity woke up screaming last night near midnight – she was having nightmares.  She continued to squeak during the night and woke me up several times.  I’ll see how I am in the morning and decide then if I’m going in.  I’m so tired I could use some time to get re-aquainted with my couch.

Gonna watch “Glee” for a bit to see what all the fuss is about.

Going to take some Nyquil and hopefully lapse into a coma.  Good night Irene.

Disney He** (a.k.a. The Last Straw)

April 5, 2010 at 8:02 pm | Posted in All Things Doodle, Miscellaneous Crap, Movies, Toeses and Noses | Leave a comment
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Nevermind.  I got in.  *sigh*, but not until they sent me a proper link that reset my primary account.  This would have been helpful at the very beginning…

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First of all before my rant goes further, I Love (with a capital “L”) Disney cartoons.  I have just about every one of the full length movies released on either DVD (newer ones on BluRay) or VHS.  I started collecting them for myself because I loved them (or never grew up) and now my children are enjoying the wonderful stories.  I used to watch every. single. Sunday night, the “Wonderful World of Disney“.  That’s where I spent my youth.  The artists of old, the “nine old men” are childhood heros of mine.  I wanted to work for Disney when I was younger so bad – I just wanted to paint the cels, I would have worked for free.  They don’t make them like that anymore .. each second of film painstaking drawn in such beautiful detail only to be replaced by computers.  There was an innocence about them, they were magical. 

However. 

I’m not a happy camper with the DisneyMovieRewards.com website.  

A couple of months ago, I joined their site because I was able to collect points from all the Disney movies I had purchased over the years.  I thought it was a great club as they had some really neat stuff to “earn”.  The old site was a bit painful to use, but you could get there from here.  

Then about a week ago they overhauled their site.  New and Improved!  Yeah, whatever.  

Facebook was inundated with complaints that people could no longer log in to their site – or worse, when they did, their points were gone.  

I, however, couldn’t even log in.  

Every. Single. Time. I. Tried – it would send me to the “join” page.  Um, hello? I’m already a member, and furthermore, I have collected and entered into their system approximately 1800 points.  

I sent an email to their help support.  

They told me to enter either my email address (I did) or my user name (yup, did this too) and my password.  It asked me to join.  

I sent another email to their help support.  

They told me to go to the page and change my password.  I followed their instructions, including waiting for the link to click on to change my password that they told me to click.  OK!  I did!  

I tried to log in and was sent to the “join” page.  

Click to join!

 *thunk* <—— that is the sound of my forehead hitting my keyboard.  

I sent yet another email to their help support explaining that nothing is working and I’m beyond frustrated with their new site.  

I even cleared my cookies (mmm …cookies) because that’s usually what my help desk tells me to do and it never fixes the problems for them either …  

Their reply consisted of this:  “You may also contact them at https://register.go.com/go/goFAQForm as they can access your complete Disney Online account information and provide further assistance.”  

Bull.  

I spent about 5 minutes composing exactly what was happening and what I was doing and clicking and emailing so they would know exactly what was going on every step of the way.  

I hit the ‘send’ button on the form and …  

“Cannot find server – jmailer starwave”  

WTF??

*thunk thunk thunk* <—— that is the sound of my forehead hitting my keyboard… repeatedly.  

WHAT THE …??  Because this is a Disney site, I’m trying really hard not to drop the F-bomb and you have no idea how badly I want to.  

So I sent yet another email and nicely told them what they could do with their site.  

I’ve missed out on a lot of bonus points because I can’t log in.  Today they sent another newsletter email with some bonus points and I couldn’t get them.  They sent one last week that I couldn’t get. 

I was saving the points to get the girls something unique from the site, likely for Lexy’s birthday in July.  

Judging from the Facebook page, it hasn’t gotten any better either.  

Let’s see, 61 comments, 64 comments, 71 comments received complaining about the new site – great job guys, looks like I’m not the only one!  

et tu Brute?

Why can’t people just leave things well enough alone.  

I hope Walt’s rolling around over this one.

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