Tuesday, December 29, 2015

A Year in Review: Will She or Won't She

It cannot possibly be the end of December again. 2015 is just about in the hopper and, although I'm not all that thrilled about being a year older, there are many aspects of this year that I am very happy are in my rear view mirror.

So I've decided that rather than making New Year's resolutions that I then have to pretend I don't remember having made, I'm just going to do a quick recap. Remind myself of the good, the bad and the ugly.

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Here are 10 things I did this past year that I would not do again:

1) Cut my own hair.

2) Almost have a stroke at a car estimate before getting a second opinion. Turns out there's a huge difference between a $3500 new transmission and a $80 replacement switch on my {{perfectly fine, thank you}} current transmission.

3) Ask "what do you want for dinner?" when there is more than one person in the room.

4) Tell College Boy he could move back home for a semester (how many years, exactly, IS a semester?)

5) Brag about the fact that neither of my kids have ever broken a bone.

6) Pressure my PurDude to tell me how he REALLY broke his leg.

7) Follow up someone else's "thank you" with "any time" when what I really mean is "never ever, in my entire lifetime will I break my ass doing that again".

8) Ask Hubs to help me out by pushing the cart in a grocery store that has a liquor section. Unless, of course, I'm looking to get some extra exercise . . . find an item, walk back to the liquor aisle to put it in the cart, go back to the food aisles, find another item, go back to the liquor aisle to put it in the cart, walk to the front of the store and get my own frikken cart, go back to the food aisles . . .

9) Answer "fine thanks, how are you?" unless I feel like spending an hour of my life hearing about the cashier's near miss with herpes.

10) Put myself in a position of having to explain why all those candles are lit when the electricity isn't out. Duh.

11) Hide the remote when I want peace and quiet. On a side note, did you know that some cell phones can work as TV remotes? I do now.

12) Buy a liquor cabinet without a lock.

Yes, I'm aware that's 12. Seems there were a lot of lessons learned in 2015.

Toffee Butterfinger Crunch Cookies: A chocolate cookie with the crunch of toffee and butterfingers | Recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #recipe #cookies #chocolate

Toffee Butterfinger Crunch Cookies
Toffee Butterfinger Crunch Cookies: A chocolate cookie with the crunch of toffee and butterfingers | Recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #recipe #cookies #chocolate

And just to end the year on a positive note, ten things I did in 2015 that I actually would do again:

1) Tell the truth but NOT the whole truth about the ingredients in that new recipe.

2) Be "forgetful" on laundry day when someone wants to wear a certain pair of jeans. Seems it's possible to get the whole family's clothes washed without lifting a finger.

3) Hide half of the jello shots. A recipe only makes 5 shots. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

4) Ask College Boy for suggestions when I'm stuck on a dessert recipe. That kid has always had a great imagination. And he knows his sweets. Wonder where he got that from.

5) When I need something done on the computer, ask PurDude to explain each step slowly and meticulously. He'll just roll his eyes and do it for me. Done!

6) Nap.

7) Bake 12 dozen cookies for the food drive volunteers. People in our community need help. And those who answer the call deserve, at the very least, cookies.

8) Dance while I bake. Even if it does make the boys ugly-cry. Find your joy wherever it presents itself.

9) Pop every bit of bubble wrap that comes into my house. I don't care if it was in a package for me or for someone else, if it enters my house, I'm popping it. Once again I say, find your joy wherever it presents itself.

10) Thank every one of you for reading, commenting, sharing my posts and making this blogging journey fun. Thank you.

PS: I wish you all a very happy, healthy, safe and prosperous new year. And when that prosperous thing happens, don't forget your friend out here in the blogosphere.

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Toffee Butterfinger Crunch Cookies

Printable Recipe
1 stick butter, softened
1 stick margarine, softened
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 egg
2 tsp vanilla
2 cups flour
3/4 cup baking cocoa
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup toffee baking chips
1/2 cup butterfingers baking chips (or crushed butterfingers bars)

*Cream butter, margarine, both sugars, egg and vanilla until smooth.
*Carefully, starting at the lowest setting, beat in the flour, baking cocoa, baking soda and salt.
*Mix in the toffee chips and butterfingers pieces. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least an hour.
*Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cover baking sheets with parchment paper.
*Roll the dough into approximately 4 dozen 1 inch balls.
*Bake for approximately 12 minutes. Allow to cool on cookie sheets for 2 minutes before removing to finish cooling.



  1. Sounds like despite the number of "wouldn't do again" things that you had a great year overall.

    And these cookies look AMAZING! Happy New Year to you, Karen!

  2. Now I want to know... how, exactly, did PurDude break his leg? Did it involve those missing Jello shots? :)

    1. Nope, those missing jello shots were all me.
      Not telling the broken leg story, it's too stressful to even think about. But if you ever do guess it, I'll tell you.

  3. Love your lists. There are a lot on both lists that I can relate to. (Love the lit candles one.)
    Your cookie recipe is going to be the next one I try after coming out of the Christmas cookie-coma I'm currently in.)
    Wishing you the best, K. May 2016 leave you with an extra-long "Things I will do again" list.

    1. Wishing the best to you and your beautiful family in 2016, Michele.

  4. I swear I can never read you in the evening because sure enough I'm going to come out with a barrel laugh and cause hubby to jump straight up out of bed! I loved this. Once again Happy New Year!

    1. Thank you, Rena. Happy New Year to you and all of your family.

  5. Oh, how I like the second part of your list! Find joy, and bubble wrap is a great way to do so! About the jello shots: a recipe that makes 5? Hahahahaha!
    Excellent move on laundry and computer stuff. I am reading and learning here...

    1. Yeah, the whole psychology of parenting sure does change when they reach those teenage years!


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