Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Why? Why? Why?

Why? Is there a more annoying question? For parents with little ones, there is not. Sometimes I heard “why?” so much I swear it was a conspiracy. Those kids didn’t even care why, they just wanted to see me sweat. Why? Why? Why?

“I don’t know. Here, have a cookie.”

Maybe THAT’S why I started baking.

Of course I don’t have little ones any more. Not that older kids don’t ask some pretty difficult “why” questions too. I’ve spent way too much time lately trying to explain why marijuana’s illegal here but drinking is legal. Oy. And, sadly, they’re no longer distracted by a cookie. I think they’re on to me.

Distraction, though. It worked before, I just need to up my game. Turn around is fair play, isn’t that how the saying goes? So now every time they ask a “why”, I ask one of my own. And guess what? I get it. It’s fun.

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So boys:

*Why is water clear but snow is white?

*Why do necklace chains tie themselves in knots while sitting inside my jewelry box?

*Why do we draw hearts heart-shaped instead of in the shape of a heart?

*Why is Nancy Grace still on TV?

*Why does cookie end in “ie” instead of “y”.

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Giant Fudgy Flourless Cookies

*Why does wool itch me but not itch the sheep? 

*Why do we use the same word, bark, for the silent outer coating of a tree and the loud yapping of a dog?

*Why does “i” come before “e” except after “c” or when sounding like “a” as in “neighbor” and “weigh”?

*Why does the garage door only break when it’s winter?

*Why are spiders silent? Shouldn’t we get some kind of warning?

I have to admit that they answered every single one. And not with a cookie either. More with their most epic eye roll and a “stop asking stupid questions”. Now WHY didn’t I think of that?

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PS: I have been selected as one of the 100 nominees in Dedicated2Life's Passionate People of 2015 awards. If you'd like to vote for me, you can do that HERE.

Giant Fudgy Flourless Cookies
Printable Recipe
3 egg whites, room temperature
Dash salt
½ tsp vanilla
½ cup sugar
¼ cup baking cocoa powder
1/4 cup white chocolate chips
1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
*Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
*Beat egg whites with salt and vanilla just until foamy. Add the sugar a little at a time and continue beating until soft peaks form.
*Sprinkle the cocoa powder over the top and beat until stiff peaks form.
*Fold in the chocolate chips.
*Drop by rounded teaspoon onto baking sheets. Leave plenty of room between them as they spread.
*Bake for 30 minutes. Turn oven off but leave the cookies inside for 20 minutes to allow them to dry out for a bit.
*Remove to counter to cool completely.


  1. YEAH! I voted for you -- keep us posted. Loved the list and yes, answered them as I was going through. I still ask WHY a lot. I always want to know the answers and don't stop until I get them. Great interviewing tool!

    1. Yes, "why" really is about a thirst for knowledge, isn't it? And thank you for the vote!

  2. I voted for you too :)
    WHY did you have to share such a delicious recipe that I feel like I have to bake RIGHT now?

  3. OMG!! The WHYS!!!!! I am going to take your advice and start asking questions of my own!!! LOL
    And really, why is Nancy Grace still on???? ARGH!!!

    I voted for you!!! Congratulations!!! SO exciting!!

    1. LOL, let me know how that goes for you. And thanks for the vote!

  4. I love the why questions you posted! I have asked some of the same myself but I love these cookies more. YUM
    Now, off to vote :)

  5. Why are bananas bent? Because how else would they fit into the peel?
    May I have one of those cookies now?

  6. I voted for you babe!!!! Good luck! Looks like you're rocking it.

    OMG the whys!!!! I try my best to be nice and answer them all, I want Dino to keep asking questions and be inquisitive, but I draw the line at asking the same exact questions and repeating the answers over and over, I answered it now move on boy!

    1. I hear ya, nothing like having to constantly repeat ourselves.
      Thanks for the vote!

  7. Oh how I hated the why question, I also hated that my daughters wouldn't like taking because I said so as an answer.

    1. Very true. My kids are grown and I still keep trying "because I said so" as an answer and they still don't accept it.

  8. Me too, I hate that why question. I voted for you, looks like you are doing pretty well with that. Good luck, I hope you win!

  9. Why do I keep going to the gym? Giant Fudgy Flourless Cookies that's why!

    1. Ha ha, asked and answered all at once, those are the best "why"s!

  10. Amen on the spiders!!

    I voted - you're well ahead in the poll. :)

  11. Why IS she still on TV? That's a good question. Thank goodness my kids don't ask me that. It would be like asking why some of those idiots are senators. Although the answer to that is likely they weren't smart enough to be anything else...


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