Friday, October 25, 2013

Scaring Mom

There are two kinds of scary. There’s the kind I talk about here: Scariest Thing Ever where you can’t stop shaking and will probably never shower again. Then there’s the other kind, where you know you have to look but you’re not going to like what you see. Everyone has experienced the first type of being scared, but the one I’m talking about today, that’s a special kind of scary frequently reserved for parents. You know what I’m talking about, like when you realize your toddlers have been quiet for too long. You know you have to look, but you’re scared. That.

It’s well established that I have teens. So having the house quiet for too long no longer bothers me, it just means headphones are in use. But that doesn’t mean I’m safe. Not by a long shot.

What scares me?

Hearing this:
“No, I didn’t spend all the money in my checking account.”
And knowing I could see this:


Available Balance - Bakinginatornado.com



Saying this:
“Please don’t stick anything onto your bedroom door.”
And knowing I could see this:

Stickers on Door - bakinginatornado.com



Hearing this:
“The lawn doesn’t need mowing, I’ll do it next week.”
And knowing I could see this:


Tall Grass - bakinginatornado.com



Saying this:
“Yes, you can take my car, but please leave me some gas.”
And knowing I could see this:


Out of  Gas - bakinginatornado.com


Hearing this:
“I didn’t tell you to put cookies on the shopping list because I didn’t finish them.”
And knowing I could see this:


Last Cookie - Bakinginatornado.com

Good thing I made these:




Mint Frankenstein Cookie - bakinginatornado.com
Mint Frankenstein Cookies

Bakinginatornado.com


Mint Frankenstein Cookies
                                         ©www.BakingInATornado.com
 
Printable Recipe
 
Ingredients:
1 stick butter, softened
1 stick margarine, softened
1/4 cup brown sugar
½ cup sugar
1 egg
1 1/4 tsp mint extract
2 1/4 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
40 candy corns
80 mini M&Ms for the eyes
Twizzler peel-and-eat peeled and broken into small pieces
Black or red writing gel for scar
Any color writing gel for the hair
 
Directions:
*Cream butter, margarine and sugar.
*Beat in egg and mint extract.
*Mix in flour, baking soda and salt.
*Divide the dough in half, wrap in platic wrap and refrigerate for 1 1/2 hours.
*Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper.
*Break each dough half into 20 equal pieces. Roll each, then flatten with your palm and place onto parchment. Reshape them a little so the top is flat and below that is oval.
*Bake, 20 at a time, for about 10 to 12 minutes. They should just be starting to brown.
*Immediately, while they’re still hot, gently press a candy corn, tip side first, into one side of the cookie towards the bottom. Let the flat end stick out. Put a small piece of the twizzler onto the cookie for a mouth and two mini M&Ms on for eyes.
*Cool 2 to 3 minutes on the cookie sheet before removing.
*Once completely cool, use black or red writing gel to make scar shapes onto the face and colored writing gel to make the hairline.

30 comments:

  1. OMGahh... I remember the day that my dad (have I mentioned that he was a raging alcoholic?) hopped in his car to go to work, only to find that my brother had left him just enough gas in the tank to make it down the driveway and to the stop sign at the end of the street. Now THAT was scary!

    Your cookies put a fun spin on scary goodness :)

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  2. Yes mate. There is a special kind of scary, and when that happens, it's not funny.

    I can't even fathom how someone would feel if they were to come into their childs bedroom and they were not there. Your stomach would turn over 10 times before you'd panic. Scary, scary thought. I don't think parents ever stop worrying about their kids, unless they don't care.

    As for the bank account being reduced to nil. I'd need some very quick answers mate. I'd have to stop the whole bank operating so they could deal with my query, ha ha ha.

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    1. There's all kinds of scary. I've been very lucky not to have faced any of the true ones.

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  3. LOL..you always make my day with your posts...I'c caught between a rock an a hard place with a 5 yo and a 19 yo( his BD was yesterday)
    Little one too quite, he is up to something For Sure (cat is covered with an entire brand new box of Go Diego Go band aids), non talkative teen, as a norm, Wants to Talk (Oh Gosh, not the G word!!!! but Thank Goodness...Can I borrow some $$$ to buy a new Amp for the guitar?) pheeww..lol...Oh I know scary alright!!!! LOL...Hugs and yummy cookies so cute!

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    1. I don't think I could survive a 5 year old and a teen, but then I'm not doing all that great with 2 teens either.

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  4. Love this! And those cookies look delicious, by the way! What's scary is how many of them I could eat!!

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    1. That's the beauty of baking for teenagers, they don't leave you any!

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  5. Karen! YOU buy store-bought cookies? I'm shocked!

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    1. LOL, I do, Jenn, and tons of them. Just to supplement, of course, but I'm just a Mom who bakes to relieve stress, hardly a "real" baker!

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  6. Oh man ... talk about too quiet ...

    Many, many years ago, two of my boys were in the basement playing. It got too quiet and I went down to check. It appears that they were playing hide and seek and Jon couldn't find Jeff. Well, neither could I. After playful searching for a few minutes, I started to get more frantic. Upon hearing some muffled thumping, I finally found Jeff in a mini-refrigerator type cooler with a tight rubberized seal. My husband had been watching football with buddies the night before and didn't want to climb up and down the stairs for refills, so had filled (and emptied) the cooler with beer, but didn't put it away at the end of the night.

    It appears that after Jeff had gotten into the fridge, Jon had turned the lock. Jeff was already sweating and his lips were turning blue. Luckily it all ended okay and all the boys are in their 30s now ... but I think my 6th sense saved his life that day.

    Love those cookies!

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    1. Cathy, that is absolutely terrifying. You're right, something in you knew your son needed you. And it's a good thing.

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  7. How cute the cookies are! Those are scares that I get on occasion too. My son though, don't drive so at least one less headache at this point.
    I guess if we all sat together, we would have so many stories to tell about sons. smiles.
    Thanks for your visit.

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    1. Yes, these are the stories we do tell, hard to imagine all the ones we could tell.

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  8. I wasn't scared at all, but if I make those cookies I am scared I will not share!

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    1. With a house full of teens I'm lucky if I get one!

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  9. OMG so funny! Cannot wait to have two teenagers - ugh!!! Love the cookies - very cool mama.

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    1. From the feedback I'm starting to feel as though my teens aren't so different from most others.

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  11. LOL! Oh too funny! Our two boys give us enough trouble now! My husband and I just shake our heads at what we KNOW we're in for when they're teens.....oh, holy lord help us!!!!
    The cookies are SO CUTE!!! You're so creative, Karen!

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    1. Baking definitely helps with all the stress. And it helps feed all the kids hanging around too. Highly recommend it.

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  12. LOL... I gotta say: The stories you provide us via the Kids are priceless!!! Major Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!! factor, but funny nonetheless. Thanks for the smile.

    And I must say... your Halloween 'creativity' in the kitchen is amazing. Always enjoy. Have a Great Day, Slu

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    1. Thanks, Slu. The baking and the venting via a blog definitely help with the Grrrrrr factor!

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  13. Ohhh the stickers on the door...GRRRR. My first son did that when he got into skateboarding. DOZENS of skate board stickers! Now the youngest boy is into diving, and I have dive symbols all over the closet door. He's going to have a lot of fun scraping those off and repainting the door the day he moves out....

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    1. Yes, the vast majority of those on my son's door are skateboard stickers. Recognize any?

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  14. I was laughing and nodding my head when I was looking at those pictures...I have two teens and one that will be there next spring. Haven't hit the gas thing yet, because my son seems to be in no hurry to actually get his license...what's up with that?! I wanted mine as soon as I could get it! I know it's coming though...

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    1. Your son is in no hurry to get his license? Why didn't I get one of those? One got his license and the other his learner's permit on the same day, and the day they were eligible I had to drive them to the DMV in an ice storm!

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  15. These are scary funny predicaments! I think I did some of those to my mom when I was a kid!

    Great looking Frankenstein cookies!

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    1. Oh, I can just tell you probably did most of them, Phil!

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