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Gah. Ever have one of those days that should be good but things just go wrong? Went over to friends' houses this morning, and as we were making our way back (after arguing with Toby if he was going to ride his bike or not), hubby stopped as he drove out of the development. "You have your keys, right?" he asked.

"Yup," I said, jangling my keychain.

About 100 yards from home, Trevor tripped and skinned his knee. Great. So he's howling, Toby wants off his bike, Toby is soaked from playing with a hose with his buddies, and it's getting really hot. I pull out my keys... only to discover that I'd left the house key tied to my shoes when I went running last night.

In a word, shit.

Went next door to the neighbor's and ring the bell, because the Mister's car is in the driveway. Either he doesn't hear me or thinks I'm a salesman or whatever, but I figure I'll go to the other side. Try two more neighbors, no one is home. Go back to the original, because I know they have a copy of our key after I locked myself out of the house five months pregnant wearing only robe and relying on my forgotten Chinese to get back in. However, the Mister doesn't even know we have a key, and can't find it. All does end well- I called hubby and he hadn't gotten too far as he was eating lunch at the local Wegman's (where, amusingly enough, he ran into the Missus from next door), and he came home and let us in. But this entire time Trevor his howling because his knee hurts and won't let me put him down and Toby is asking question after question and my back is KILLING me and my head is killing me.... AND I made the mistake of mentioning going out for lunch, so Trevor is dying to go to McDonald's. (I swear- that kid and McDonald's....)

So this afternoon, after the kids finish naps/upstairs time, we make cupcakes. Usually, this is a fun activity. But it's getting less fun now that they're old enough to fight over whose turn it is. And they keep asking me if they can lick the beaters yet. I finally DO give them the beaters... and it's ever so much fun because Trevor is in that stage where he can't bear to get anything on his hands. One drop and it's "SPILL! SPILL! SPILL!!! NAPKIN!! NAPKIN!! NAPKIN!!" Grow out of this already, please. (Also, kiddo, if you don't like the feeling of hair in your mouth, maybe you shouldn't put your snow leopard's tail in there, huh??? I'm just saying....)

Anyway, the cupcakes should be good. I really like this recipe. It is the one cupcake recipe I've ever made where I truly think that it does not require frosting. This makes it ideal for two reasons: 1.) it's a quick dessert, and 2.) the kids are not allowed to bring anything with frosting as a snack for preschool. (The logic is 2 teachers + 18 kids + frosting = a bigger mess than they feel like cleaning up. I understand this logic.) But I am a frosting LOVER, and I made these once with frosting, and we all thought they tasted better without. They really do taste a lot like chocolate chip cookies, but with a lighter texture. (They aren't quite cupcake texture, though. They're neat.)

So, Chocolate Chunk Cookie Cupcakes )
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Been a nice weekend. I've gotten three runs in- seven miles on Saturday, three yesterday, and three today. The Saturday one was the best- I went around noon today, and HOT. Wow. We also had company last night, which was really nice. Today we're going to my in-laws for a BBQ, so I need to finish making dessert.

Speaking of dessert, I have been on a real kick this weekend. Two of the desserts are from this cookbook: Chocolate Days. I made a bundt cake that promised you did not need frosting. For once, the promise was fulfilled (and this is from me, who will dip chocolate into chocolate ganache, okay?) The cake was super-moist and super rich and very tasty. I also am making a tri-chocolate pie, although it's really more like a cheesecake. It's got a chocolate cookie crust, milk chocolate cheesecake, and a white chocolate cheesecake mousse crown. And for last night, I made white chocolate and lemon mousse parfaits with strawberries. The lemon mousse is very strong and kind of overwhelms the white chocolate one, but aside from that, this dessert is amazing. I also think you could stretch this recipe to 10-12 servings by adding more berries, and think it would be delectable with blueberries or raspberries. (I wouldn't use a mix- I think it would be too many flavors, unless you just make one mousse.) If anyone wants the recipes for either chocolate dessert, let me know.

TV meme!

Day 16: Your guilty pleasure show

The Big Bang Theory. This is the closest I've got to a guilty pleasure show. I say that because I've seen many people point out various issues about the show that they don't like on a deeper level than "I just don't think it's funny." Personally, I'm not bothered by the show and I adore it, but I have become very, very aware (especially after sticking my foot in my mouth) that other people are, and that can make me feel awkward about confessing my love for it. So, yeah, it's the closest I've got to a guilty pleasure, I guess.

And because they're the ones going around my list right now:

Mini-DVD Meme: Pick a paragraph or any passage less than 500 words from any fanfic I've written, and comment to this post with that selection. I will then give you a DVD commentary on that snippet of what I was thinking when I wrote it, why I wrote it, what's going on in the character's heads, why I chose certain words, what this moment means in the context of the fic, and anything else you'd expect to find on a DVD commentary track.

Icon meme: Pick one of my icons and I'll write you a ficlet based on said icon. (Although not my boys or the Dixie Chicks, please.)

Hope everyone has a good Memorial Day!


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