I Licked The Bowl and I Liked It

28 Oct

Ok, so today has been a long one. With training, getting last-minute Halloween stuff, baking cookies (many of you know I am NOT a baker) and of yeah, living, it’s been busy. Let’s do some highlights of the past couple of days

*Mexican Pizza

*Giant Chocolate Toffee Cookies

I saw Shelby’s post where she made Giant Chocolate Toffee Cookies and knew automatically that I had to make them. I am a chocolate person but not so much a chocolate cookie or cake girl, it’s just too rich for me. But I am going to a party tomorrow night and wanted to bring something different and nothing goes better with beer and football than chocolate cookies right? Also, I wanted to make some tonight so I could taste test on co-workers. Ok, that’s a lie. I was only bringing them in so they like me more.

So I went to the store and got all the goodies and was ready to bake tonight since I didn’t want to rush myself after work tomorrow. With a frantic text to Mo regarding the shelf life of the batter (thanks again for replying so quick!!), I was ready to go.

Funkadelic, looks promising

Nothing but chocolate, again promising.

I had to take a taste or five ….don’t worry, I used five different spoons and now have to wash all my spoons. And I licked the bowl and I liked it. Then I started singing that to Katy Perry’s “I Kissed a Girl”, kill me for that song is really annoying. That paired with having the Bieber in my head all today, I just want silence.

Back to the cookies……

I was watching Community and I could smell them baking. I started to get all kinds of happy since good aroma means they are going to be beautiful and tasty, right?


I don’t know what I did wrong and that made me sad. A) They were burnt B) They weren’t as fluffy and pretty as Shelby’s. But I manage to salvage one and it was damn tasty.

The rest had a new home

 Having extra batter on hand, I gave it another go

Better but why are they so flat?

Thinking that I am not a quitter, I decided to try one more then I was throwing in my apron

Big, flat babies-wtf? Someone help.

These were tasty with the combination of chocolate, walnuts and toffee but don’t know where I went wrong. I urge someone (Amy? I’m looking at you since I’ve tasted your cookies. Hmm, that kinda sounds dirty hehe) to try these and let me know what’s up. Anyways, thanks Shelby for posting—they tasted good but am just not the baker I thought I was.

*Tropical Chewy Lemonheads

When did this happen? I am so tempted to try a box.

*Purple Monsters

*Pepperoni Rolls from West Virginia

*The company I work for

Supposedly, we get a debit card each year with $600 to spend on health care related expenses. I’ve been with the company for five years but was never made aware about this. Ok, I probably was but ignored it but was talking with one of my teammates about it today and she said they are doing away with it next year but I can still get a card and the balance will carry over. I called our benefits team about this today and I have $1900 available to me!!! WTF?! I can get LASIK with this or use it to pay for my tattoo removal and more. The possibilities are a plenty of things I can spend this on and I am stoked I finally found out about it. Maybe I don’t work for such an evil empire after all

*Not a highlight but for some reason Taylor Swift really bothers me. She reminds me of the bunny in Donnie Darko and I think she is an evil bunny rabit. The fact her and I share the same birthday is not kosher in my book.

*Companies that take your opinion into consideration

I wrote Hain Celestial who makes Terra Chips regarding a bad bag of chips I had a few weeks ago. It was the Mediterranean flavor but the chips were completely stale when I had just bought them a month before. Seeing they are $4 a bag, I was not happy so I went to their website and let them know and they sent me some coupons for sharing with them—thanks Hain!!

This is going to be a busy weekend-I don’t even feel like I have a weekend!

I leave you with some Lincoln love

Why does it look like he’s saying “Bitch, please”??

13 Responses to “I Licked The Bowl and I Liked It”

  1. April October 29, 2010 at 6:17 am #

    So now I have that darn Katy Perry song in my head.

    I vote Lasik! I’m going on year 7 and it’s the BEST invention ever..besides the ponytail holder.

  2. Amy @ Second City Randomness October 29, 2010 at 7:02 am #

    Hmmm… I was already trying to figure it out- then realized you called me out on it so now I feel the pressure! lol

    From the pictures, it seems that maybe the batter was too runny? Maybe the butter/chocolate mixture could have cooled more? Or you could have refrigerated the batter longer before using it (I’ve started to swear by this discover now!). Or a little more flour could have been used to thicken it… I hate messing with baking recipes, but sometimes you’ve gotta do what you’ve gotta do….

  3. christina October 29, 2010 at 11:16 am #

    ok #1 – if i ever come to charlotte, im coming to your house and you are making me mexican pizza. and i will make you cookies. deal?
    #2 – SO JEALOUS of your debit card money! i want my tattoo removed on my company’s expense! shoot!
    #3 – lincoln is a bad ass.

  4. shelby October 29, 2010 at 7:49 pm #

    Oh no, I’m so sorry they were a flop! I’m going to agree with Amy and guess that maybe the batter needed to chill more? I think the recipe says 45 mins but last time I made them, they chilled for over an hour. The batter was very firm – almost difficult to scoop out – when I finally started putting it onto the cookie sheets.

    Regardless, I feel terrible. 😦 Next time I am over on your side of the state I’ll bring you a batch to make up for it! And I’m sure you’re a great baker, we all have our failures once in a while.

  5. thehungryscholar October 29, 2010 at 8:28 pm #

    I hate when recipes fail me. I wish I had advice, but I screw up more than you. So my advice would most likely lead to fire.

  6. Kelly Olexa October 29, 2010 at 10:06 pm #

    LOLOLOLOLO on the Bitch Please??

    hehehehe Girl every time I am here I end up hungry and I want to visit you so you can cook for me. How can we make this happen?? It must.

  7. Mari October 29, 2010 at 11:34 pm #

    OMG I am cracking up at your Donnie Darko sentence! Yup she bugs me too…she is always calling out her ex boyfriends in her songs…she needs therapy haha

    • simplyshaka November 1, 2010 at 9:20 pm #

      I know right?? I kinda want to hear her new cd (umm I dont even like country!) just to hear this John Mayer stuff!

  8. Lily @ Lily's Health Pad October 30, 2010 at 10:21 am #

    I thought I’d tried every lemonhead variety known to mankind, but somewhere along the way, these tropical one slipped my grasp.

    Every time I see Linx I think about his crappy past owners. How could they not want to keep him??

    • simplyshaka November 1, 2010 at 9:20 pm #

      I think the same thing 😦 How could you give up someone so sweet? It’s especially cute moments like right now when he is sitting on my shoulder like a parakeet.

  9. Jen October 31, 2010 at 6:17 am #

    Bummer on the cookies 😦 I am so not a baker, nothing I make ever turns out right. I now leave baking to the professionals.

    But your mexican pizza?! YUMMMM!!!!!


  10. Ashleigh October 31, 2010 at 12:22 pm #

    Yeah I can’t bake either! Everything I make always comes out wrong… probably because I can’t follow directions. Oh well, I like to cook more anyway!

    $1900 reimbursement? That is AWESOME! You better get spending!


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