Friday, August 31, 2012

Use your Powers



When Older Son was in kindergarten, the tops of his school papers stopped carrying just his name, and started looking like this:


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The teacher eventually asked me what this was all about and I was forced to explain that I made the mistake of letting him know that I didn’t like divulging my age.  He had decided to devote himself to announcing my age… publicly… constantly.  Glad she thought it was funny.  I have to admit, though, that despite having been so young, he had to have put some serious brain power into just the right way to torture me. This was the first time I can remember saying to him “if only you would use your powers for good instead of evil.”

 When the boys were in Elementary School, I wanted them to learn to play a musical instrument.  They really weren’t interested in Orchestral instruments, but I thought it important that they be exposed.  There were a few instrument choices available that the school would lend us, making it easier.  What did my kids play?  The String Bass.  That thing is huge.  I’m short, but I am a grown adult and that thing was just about as tall as I am.  So every day my kids walked up to the school with their neighborhood friends.  And twice a week I drove the Bass.  “If only you would use your powers for good instead of evil”.


 Picture posted with permission:  http://www.funnysigns.net

You certainly can’t say that the boys aren’t smart. From an early age they showed that they think things through and even approach issues from unconventional angles when motivated.  Now they are young adults, and the thought they give to accomplishing their goals makes what they did when they were younger look like…well, child’s play.  Unfortunately those goals seem to be the constant.  They were and still seem to revolve around how best to torture me.  Sometimes I feel like we’re plummeting to earth and these boys have the power to pull the parachute cord.  I hope they will choose to use their powers for good instead of evil.  Maybe if I bribe them…





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Strawberry Peek-a-Boos



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Strawberry Peek-a-Boos
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Printable Recipe

Ingredients, Cookies:                                                     
1 stick butter, softened                                
1 cup sugar                                                
1 egg                                                           
1 tsp vanilla                                                  
1 1/3 cups flour                                            
1/3 cup baking cocoa                                    
¾ tsp baking soda                                        
¼ tsp salt

Ingredients, Filling: 
½ stick butter, softened
½ stick margarine, softened
2 tsp milk
1 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp strawberry extract
¼ cup Strawberry Nesquick (25% less sugar)
½ cup fluff (marshmallow crème)

Directions, Cookie: 
*Beat butter just till smooth.  Beat sugar, egg and vanilla. Mix in flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt.
* Roll into 2 logs. Refrigerate for at least an hour.
*Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Slice logs into cookies and bake on ungreased cookie sheet for 8 minutes.
*While still hot, make a small hole in half of the cookies (if you don’t have a small round cookie cutter, I used an apple corer).  You can make baby sandwich cookies with the center portion you’ve removed.
*Cool completely before filling.
Directions, Filling:  
*Beat butter, margarine and Nesquick. Beat in the fluff, powdered sugar, strawberry extract and milk.
*Pipe about a Tbsp worth of strawberry filling onto the center of a cookie without a hole in it. Gently cover with an equal size cookie with a hole in it, so the filling shows through the hole.
*Opt: stick a chocolate chip onto the chocolate filling in the hole.
*Opt: can put a small amount of strawberry filling between 2 of the “holes” removed from the bigger cookies.





29 comments:

  1. AHAHAHA! I love it! And it sounds like the same stuff that Princess Nagger does - so I'm guessing I have even more 'powers' to look forward to as she gets older, eh? ;)


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    1. Oh, I hated that glimpse into the future when my kids were younger. I used to cover my ears and say "if there's worse coming, don't tell me, just let me get through now"! Sorry, LOL!

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  2. Kids are like that all over the world, it seems. Their perception of what is good and what is evil doesn't agree with ours. Believe me in their 'world' and minds they ARE 'using their powers' to do good. See it from their point of view, if at their age pulling pranks, making jokes and indulging in the attention they're getting(negative or positive doesn't matter)...isn't 'for good" then what is? Let's not be so much adults! Let's not forget what it was like when we were their age. Plus....you know what we say in Greece?..."We only torture the ones we love!"

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    1. Thanks for the perspective, Vicky. Still laughing..."we only torture the ones we love", next time my son is torturing me I'm going to say that to him, that should push him right over the edge!

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  3. I am sure that as your boys get older things will change. It seems that the older my kids get the closer I get to them.
    Strawberry-Peek-a-Boos sounds so yummy. The filling sounds so delicious.

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    1. Getting closer as they get older, there's something to look forward to...if they let me live that long...

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  4. Oh Karen, Kids are nine kinds of fun, aren't they? Thinking of you having to drive an instrument to school twice a week makes me smile. That's why my children play.....um....the computer. Actually the middle child plays the clarinet, but I've yet to see it this year.....THe cookies look great!

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    1. Well, they're nine kinds of something... My younger son actually did move on to the clarinet so I only had to drive the Bass to and home from school for 2 YEARS!!!

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  5. guess that is life, huh?! but they do grow and get smarter...and when that happens, suddenly you become smarter to them!!
    I am your newest follower..pls follow back if you can.

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    1. Can't wait till I start to look smarter to them, so far that day's nowhere in sight!

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  6. I love your blog, I look forward to seeing more from you. Do you run any other sites? thanks

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    1. More? I'm barely able to handle this one!

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  7. My kids will be thrilled with this cookies. Especially the filling...

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    1. Yes, add a little fluff and a chocolate cookie and watch the kids come running (at least at my house)!

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  8. This look delicious! Anything with sugar is a big hit in our house! Thanks for sharing and have a great day!

    -Amanda

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    1. Yes, I've got a few sugar lovers living in my house, and quite a few sugar lovers who visit...regularly.

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  9. Karen, Oh gosh, your boys' choice of instruments brought back such memories! One of my twins played the cello, and though it wasn't an upright bass, we drove that thing around, too! Now, Nick, the cellist, plays guitar, and his twin, Rory, who played the viola is a bassist; they are in a blues-infused psychedelic grunge band called BearKnuckle. Last summer, I surprised Rory with his own string bass, and yes, that thing towers over both of us! I go to their shows every chance I get. Hurray for you for encouraging your kids to play music! I'll bet those Strawberry PeekaBoos don't last long around your house! :-) Kris

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    1. I envy you being able to go watch your boys play in a band. Like with anything I require of them, the minute my boys could walk away they did. I got the younger son to actually try the clarinet for a year, the teacher was impressed and encouraged my son to continue playing, but no such luck.

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  10. Those close to you always know what buttons to push for a reaction. My father used to say he was 96 whenever we asked him and for years we believed him. Have a great week.

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    1. Yes, and what joy they get from pushing those buttons!

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  11. Hi Karen! My Mom had me when she was 38. My brothers are all much older. Her parents and Dad's parents had all died before I was born, but I used to hear cool stories of Grandma and Grandpa. I felt I was missing out, and one day, took well considered steps to rectify the situation. In the middle of the grocery store (I remember this vividly - I was about 5) I hung back, so my Mom was almost an entire aisle's lenth ahead of me. Then I started trotting after her, calling "Grandma! Grandma!" I saw so many people turn to me with such fond smiles as I passed... I'll bet you can guess my Mom's reaction when I caught up and tugged on her skirt saying with obvious delight "Grandma!"
    I still maintain that I was a delight. My Mom seems to remember things differently...

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    1. You must somehow be related, my kids must have learned just how to torture me from someone! Your poor Mom, I can feel her pain!

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    2. Hmmmm... And here I thought you and I were kindred spirits! I'll just contact your boys, and make sure they are covering ALL the bases! :)

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  12. That's what I say about my three year old son, that he would use his destruction and dinosaur powers for good, LOL.great recipe. Found you on tea on Tuesday social hop and subscribing to your blog. Going to follow your twitter and facebook too.

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    1. Glad you found me, we actually have a lot in common!

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  13. That's hilarious. Boys of any age always use their powers for no good.

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    1. Oh no, now that you point it out, I guess that's true. So there's no hope for me!

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  14. Do you remember being in grade school or middle school ( I know I barely do either) but when boys liked you they would tease you or hit you or throw something at you. They did this because...well because boys are boys who don't always know how to express themselves. At any rate this post was really funny and I think those two boys of yours love you tremendously if they didn't they wouldn't want to torture you they just wouldn't want to bother with you at all. It's love mama! ;)

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    1. Yeah, they love me. We'll go with that, LOL.

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