Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Home Sweet Future Home


I’m building a  home. Yes, in my mind, but I’m still building it, right on my current lot because I love backing up to the woods. And this thing has all the bells and whistles. Because seriously, who would build an imaginary home without all the bells and whistles. My new home will serve as the benchmark by which all future homes are judged.

I can tell you right now, one thing my home will not have is any future gadget designed to bake for you. I bake to relieve stress. I’ve got quite a lot of it. All baking will be done by me. Always.


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Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Cups

My future kitchen: Have you ever seen those car turntables that exceedingly rich people who don’t know what to do with their money have in their garages? Apparently backing up is for the less fortunate. These people drive in onto a giant turntable on the floor, a lot like the ones used for records (yes, I remember those), which spins the car around to face out. Well, my kitchen is going to have one, right in front of the pantry. Any time a kid comes looking for a snack it will just slowly turn him around and send him on his way. Arguments in the home will be cut in half.

Trash: I have a trash compactor in my current kitchen. It does a great job of smashing the trash to smithereens. But when the daily trash nugget gets moved to the larger can in the garage, that place smells. Who wants a brand new house where you walk out into a smelly garage every time you leave? Not me. So my new house will have a chute going right from the trash compacter to a hidden underground storage bunker where it will stay until trash day. The bunker may have accidentally been carved down under my neighbor’s yard. No, I have no idea why they have a raccoon problem.

My laundry room: My laundry room will have an iron-(ro)bot to iron all shirts. I cannot tell you how much time I waste ironing creases into shirts (yes, I’m that bad). In my new home, the iron-bot will actually iron them out. Bosses will be so impressed once my husband doesn’t look like he slept in his shirts that they might give him a promotion, and a raise, and a bonus. That iron-bot will pay for itself.

Elevator:  Every multi-floor house should have an elevator, right? My current home has 3 floors but no elevator. My new home will have a very special elevator. It’ll work like a normal elevator except for one feature known only to me. This elevator can be controlled by a secret remote control. In case of emergency I can press a button and the person in the elevator will disappear for whatever amount of time the remote is set for. An hour, a day, a week, throughout the teenage years. . .


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Kids’ room cameras:  I try to give my kids privacy. It’s not so much for them as it is for me. I’m afraid that if I knew what they were really doing up there my head would explode. So these are very special cameras. They activate only when the occupant claims that he is doing homework. They may actually be tied to an electric unit in their chair that gives them a little jolt if they’re not, but if that were true I certainly wouldn’t admit it.

Finally, the piece-de-resistence: Believe it or not, my favorite feature is not even in the house. It’s the lawn. It was designed out of necessity because of my next door neighbor, who trained his dog to poo on my lawn instead of his own. This lawn is dog proof. Any time a dog tries to poo on my new lawn the yard itself rejects the poo and teleports it onto the head of the dog owner (giving new meaning to the term “doody-head).

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I am a happy woman.


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Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Cups
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Ingredients:  
24 Ginger Snap Cookies (these need to be approximately the same size as the bottom of a cupcake tin)
2 (8 oz) package of cream cheese, softenend
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 egg yolk
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup mini chocolate chips

Directions:
*Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
*Line 24 cupcake tins with cupcake papers.
*Put one cookie, rounded side down, into each cupcake paper. Gently push as far as it'll go to sort of wedge it in, without breaking it.
*Beat cream cheese and brown sugar.
*Beat in eggs, egg yolk and vanilla.
*Mix in chocolate chips.
*Divide cream cheese mixture amongst all 24 cupcake tins.
*Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until set.
*Cool completely. Store in refrigerator.



47 comments:

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    1. I'll see if we can order another one!

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  2. Oh my gracious, I love this! And I need this! Hysterical, start to finish :)
    "giving new meaning to the term 'doody-head'" HAHAHAHA!!

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    1. So glad you laughed. But oh, would I love this not to be a joke!

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  3. Geeze...nice neighbor. You need to get a parrot and train it to poop on them when they do any grilling or visiting in their yard ;)

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    1. Great idea, I think I need to get right on that . . .

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  4. Karen this is friggin' AWESOME!!!! I love your ideas and oh man do I need that turntable to keep my 17 yr. old OUT of the fridge 24/7. Chocolate chips and cheese cake? Two of my favorites--I think--no, I KNOW I love you!!!

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    1. I knew another Mom of a teenager would get that turntable thing! XO

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  5. Trash hiding spot is the best! Can you build me a dream house to with an entire wing for Reagan when she is in a mood?? That would be great!

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    www.raising-reagan.com

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    1. There are times when I'd like to build a dream house with a wing for my kids that's actually in another country. I'll let you know if I figure that one out.

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  6. It's a beautiful dream, Karen. A beautiful dream.

    The car turntable thing? Is that for real? Do people really do that???

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    1. Oh yeah, that car turntable thing is real. I don't have one, but I've seen them. Turning your car around yourself or backing out is for us less fortunate people.

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  7. Dear Heavens, Where do I start? Chocolate Chip Cheesecake? Um, Yes please!
    If people can't figure out which way they want to park their cars, they don't deserve the fancy turntables. I like your idea better. I might need a turntable for my children. They can get on one before and after a shower. Perhaps they'll actually be able to undress and put their towels IN the laundry chute!
    I saw a prototype for an ironing board that splits in two (yes, my life is sad). When you open it up, you can put both legs of pant on it to iron. You can also do arms of shirts. I say we just invent clothes that NEVER need to be ironed...
    I love the elevator idea too. It totally beats the "Stair Chair" Mark keeps threatening to install :)
    Kid's room cameras= YES!
    Dog poop teleporter=Double YES
    The only thing missing? Friend tele porter! We need to visit! :)

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    1. Darn, friend teleporter, I didn't think of that. I wonder if the elevator can be reconfigured somehow. . .

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  8. oh my god, everone needs to build an imaginary home! I literally LOL'd when it came to the dog part! I love all of your inventions! I think I need to do some of my own building now :)

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    1. I bet you'd come up with some pretty great inventions yourself, Jenny!

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  9. LOL!!! I definitely need the robot!!! I so hate ironing!

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    1. I may need to send those things out as gifts at holiday time.

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  10. Haha I love it. I love the garbage under the neighbors house.

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    1. Hey, we all gotta do what we gotta do!

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  11. You should program your robot to poop in your neighbors lawn. Damn, robots dont poop do they? I really like the pantry idea!

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    1. A robot that poops on the neighbor's lawn, I love it. I'm thinking I should have gotten feedback from my friends BEFORE posting this, such great ideas.

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  12. I want a house like that, and i'll take the cheesecake cups too. I can't look at your blog without getting hungry.

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    1. It's kind of looking like instead of building a house I may need to be building a whole community of houses. Should I put you on the list?

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  13. Building a home in your mind? What a brilliant idea - I think I'm going to partake in that too! I need a robot and as usual - you are killing me with that awesome recipe - I just want to stuff my face. I can't stop actually! xx -monica

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    1. Ooh, I hope you do. Can't wait to see what little gadgets you come up with!

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  14. ROFLOL!! I want a fantasy house just like your fantasy house!!!! LOL
    And I want some of that cheesecake! OMGOSH!!!!!

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    1. I'll put in an order for one for you too!

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  15. Ha! Love this. I live in a small Manhattan apartment with a "galley kitchen" that barely fits one person in it. Don't think I can evern fit a record tirntable into it!

    Funny post!

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    1. My food disappearing problems would be solved in a one person kitchen. As long as I was willing to stand in it . . . permanently.

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  16. I need that elevator! And the turntable, but I want one in every room to spin kids out of my hair. Haha! Loved this.

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    1. One in every room? Why didn't I think of that?

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  17. Funny. I was just thinking about how much I miss my old house today, how much I hate my current house, and what I would do if I had unlimited funds. I like your elevator idea, especially for those teenage years coming up. Also, I'd have to pass on the kid-cam. I really don't want to know what goes on in there. Ever. Your sweets look AMAZING! Yum!!! I think I just gained 5 pounds on my eyeballs just looking at them.

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    1. If we can gain weight in our eyeballs, I'm in really big trouble. I may need to find a way to ban weight gain in my new house.

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  18. Hey Karen- I've heard so much about your blog. I must admit, I DO NOT cook, I do try but it never works out the way I think it should. I'm hoping I can learn a few things from you. Wish me luck, I will definitely need it!

    http://badwordmama.blogspot.com/

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    1. If you're looking for help with cooking or baking, you may have taken a wrong turn somewhere . . .

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    2. It's got to better than half cooked corn dogs and soggy french fries. LOL

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  19. lmao! lawn teleporter! that sounds fab! owning two dogs I wish i could own that too for those dog owners that are so irresponsible and makes the rest of us look bad! hahahaha i've been building a dream home in my head for years...can't wait till that day where we can say we "own" and it's all mine....one day i suppose...i'd prefer no forest...i'm afraid of all critters and bugs =p hahaha elevator sounds awesome! ...i really wished i lived next to you ...all ur recipes sounds amazing!

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    1. I'm sure we can build our imaginary houses next door to each other. Maybe we could move my neighbor with the dog out into the woods. . .

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  20. Oh, my these sound fantastic! Pinning on Pinterest!

    Lori
    Whoneedsacape.com
    Not Your Average Super Moms!

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  21. Thanks for sharing at Two Cup Tuesday at Pint Sized Baker. I've pinned it!

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    1. Thanks for your hospitality, and for pinning!

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  22. I want my new home to be just like yours!!! Great recipe going to try it ;)

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    1. I hope we both get a home like that!

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  23. Nice new home you're designing ;-) Will there also be a clutter- and dust-repelling feature?

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