Just A Little More Time Please

For the last few months I’ve been working on a project that I really want to finish.

I’m frustrated with myself, because I was supposed to be done in March.

i love to draw

Back to the drawing board.

Oh, I’ve got a bunch of excuses reasons why I’m not done. For one, this project is pushing at the limits of my technological skills.

I took a Photoshop class this spring, but I still have some boundary stretching to do in the tech department.

 

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A Grand Illusion

I’d say, don’t try this at home, but you can if you’ve got Photoshop!

Anyway, I’m not done. But all around me things are finishing.

Today was my baby’s son’s last day of high school. It was also my last official day as a parent volunteer at his school.

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I sold school t-shirts, but they never made me wear the dragon costume. ūüôā

Two days ago I made the 4,449th cheese sandwich (approximately) to go in my kid’s lunch box.

For the last time.

Because a Lunch Box Provided By Your Mom is not one of the choices for his college meal plan (I checked).

For the last nine months, there’s been his last cross country meet, last all district (and this year all state) chorus concerts, last music awards picnic, last piano lesson and recital, last prom, and lots of senior events that continue the You’re Finished theme.

But I’m not finished.

Not yet.

I just need a little more time.

 

Are you checking stuff off your To Do List? Tell me, I’d love some inspiration. Or a hug. Or a donut. And speaking of donuts…

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Happy National Donut Day!!

xo

 

 

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The Holiday Cookie Jar: A Sprinky Dink Bakes (& Sprinkles)

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This weekend I baked.

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Cream cheese cookie dough

 

 

Chocolate dipped cream cheese cookies decked out for a Chanukah party.

 I remember my  mom making Cream Cheese Leaves for me to bring to a Girl Scout meeting way back when.  She dipped them in semi-sweet chocolate and then  nestled them in a wax paper lined coffee can.

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This is my mom’s recipe.

 

I think they are now her official Christmas cookie.  My mom says she called them Cream Cheese Leaves because of the way the dough rolled off the spoons when she first made them.  She pinched each and every one to make them look more leaf like.

My mom has great patience when baking.

Sometimes I do.  But not this weekend. I used my handy-dandy cookie scoop to make precise dough balls.

Besides I was too occupied being a moving target.

 

My apron.   

And I wasn’t stopping at my mom’s cookies. ¬†I needed to try some new ideas for a cookie exchange party.

Next up, Compost Cookies!

 

Makes great dirt–not cookies.¬†

These cookies have a funny name, but they are super easy. ¬†You start with your favorite chocolate chip cookie dough recipe. ¬†It can be vegan, gluten-free, whole grain–whatever you like . . .

 

It doesn’t have to be homemade. ¬†This works too–just let it soften at room temperature first.

 

Then mix and match 1 cup of your favorite add ins:

 

Candy bars, nuts, cereal, butterscotch chips, dried fruit, pretzels–whatever you want. ¬†Even leftover cookies, although that seems a tad¬†cannibalistic.

Then drop and bake according to your recipe.

 

 

Up next, A Sprinkle of Fortune Cookie.

You take a basic sugar cookie dough (again, your tried and true favorite) and add in some freshly grated orange zest.  After baking and cooling, dip them in melted white chocolate.

Then you can sprinkle crushed fortune cookies and colored sugar on top.

 

If you like extra sprinkles, then you’re a SPRINKY DINK, according to Urban Dictionary.

 

 

What is your favorite cookie?  Are you a Sprinky Dink?

And to all those celebrating this week, warm wishes for a Happy Chanukah!

 

 

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Carry Weapons of Minimal Destruction and Other Motherly Advice

 

When your mother asks, “Do you want a piece of advice?” it’s a mere formality. ¬†It doesn’t matter if you answer yes or no.

You’re going to get it anyway.

‚Äē Erma Bombeck

 

Growing up I got great advice from my mom. ¬†I’m sure of it.

However at the moment, all I can think about is the time she told me to always carry a hat pin when riding a city bus.  You know, in case of unsavory strangers deciding to get a little too close.

It was advice she dispensed for my safety. ¬†You see once I hit the 7th grade, I liked to go to the mall. ¬†A lot. ¬†I didn’t ride a bus there and I’d never owned a hat pin, but maybe my mom was worried about me going without her. ¬†So she offered up a quick tidbit from the stores of her own immigrant mother’s wisdom stash. ¬†The hat pin was a reflex.

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 Hat pins, weapons of minimal destruction.

 

She quickly amended the advice to this:

Stay away from strangers a.k.a. unsavory sorts.  If need be, act a little crazy to encourage them to stay away.

Or at least that’s how I remember it. ¬†The mistakes in this advice are all mine, but you get the gist–she wanted me to be safe.

Because that’s what moms do.

They advise you:

¬†“Do not eat chips out of a communal bowl.¬† You might as well stick your hand in a toilet.”

~Lorelai Gilmore, Gilmore Girls

 

They love you:

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“I know you’re afraid. I know the world feels like a hard place, sometimes. But you’ve got people who love you. Your dad and I, we have all the faith in the world in you. We’ll always be with you. You have got a world of strength in your heart. I know you do. You just have to find it again. Believe in yourself.”

~Mrs. Summers to Buffy, Buffy the Vampire Slayer

 They teach you (and maybe humble you):

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¬†“Jealousy is a very ugly thing, Dorothy. And so are you, in anything backless.”

~Sophia Petrillo, Golden Girls

 

And okay sometimes they confuse you:

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“Don’t play with the food! When I was your age, we didn’t have food!”

~Maria Portokalas, My Big Fat Greek Wedding

 

But it’s wisdom from a (longer) life lived. ¬†And it’s meant to be a good thing.

Because they want you to be happy.

Oh and that reminds me of another pearl to share. ¬†Here’s the first stanza of the song my mom used to sing to pull a smile out of us when we were having the mopes:

Nobody Likes Me (Guess I’ll Go Eat Worms)¬†

Nobody likes me, everybody hates me,
I think I’ll go eat worms!
Big fat juicy ones,
Eensie weensy squeensy ones,
See how they wiggle and squirm!

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Happy Mother’s Day!

What is your favorite bit of motherly wisdom?