Friday, November 28, 2014


First off, I hope everyone had a good day yesterday - whether you celebrate Thanksgiving or not.  Second, if you did celebrate Turkey Day, I hope you didn't eat so much that you're sick of food, because I decided to post a recipe today. 

With the holidays approaching and junk, I thought I'd give you all a really super simple recipe for cookies that I enjoy making:

No Bake Cookies

1/3 cup baking cocoa
1/2 cup butter or margarine
3 cups sugar
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups rolled oats

Combine cocoa, butter, sugar and milk in a medium saucepan.  Heat on low until the butter melts, then turn up the heat to medium high until the mixture comes to a rolling boil.  Stirring constantly, boil one minute EXACTLY.  (More means hard, gritty cookies.  Less means glop.)  Remove from heat and immediately add in peanut butter and vanilla.  Stir until smooth.  Add oats and stir until well blended.  Drop by rounded spoonfuls onto aluminum foil or wax paper.  Cool completely and store in a tightly sealed container.  (A big baggie works for me.)

The batch I made last weekend produced 40 cookies, but your mileage may vary based on cookie size. 

Use extreme caution when stirring the boiling mixture as it can tend to splash hot sugar up at you. Hot sugar HURTS.  Trust me.


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

What books are YOU thankful for?

Recently I recommended that a friend read PRESUMED INNOCENT by Scott Turow.  I LOVED this book when it came out…the movie, not so much…I suspect because I knew the twist.

I started thinking about what books I recommend most, those I'm most thankful for because I enjoyed them so much. Here's a terribly incomplete list, in no particular order (and as you can tell, all weren't chosen because I loved them as an adult, lol)

Where the Wild Things Are
Are You There God?  It's me Margaret
The Outsiders
To Kill a Mockingbird
Charlotte's Web
Patriot Games
The Eagle Has Landed
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
The 87th Precinct Mysteries
The Spenser Novels
The Spellman Files series
The Laura Ingalls Wilder series
Little Women
Most of the Harry Potter series
The Wizard of Oz Books
A Time to Kill

and on, and on, and on.

Tell me Killer Friends, what books are YOU thankful for?

WE are thankful that you stop by the blog. For those that celebrate, we wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Shopping Reminder Day

We know you've probably missed all of the gazillion ads urging you to shop, so we thought it important  to recognize the bizarre holiday Shopping Reminder Day.

What kind of shopper are you?

B.E.: I used to shop for holiday gifts so that I'd be pretty much done a week or two ahead of time, but now that the Kid's all growed up and on her own, I write a check to her and make sure I mail it with plenty of time to arrive so she can buy herself stuff.  I also order stuff online for the Moms. 

JB: I shop early…but I wrap late because I HATE wrapping.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Dialogue Thoughts

I’ve been watching a lot of movies while I recuperate from surgery. The Bourne Series is one of my favs. But just in case you think I’m being a complete slacker I’m also writing down lines of dialogue that inspire me. I like to think I’m channel all these bits and snippets I take note of when I get back to writing.

Dialogue should simply be a sound among other sounds, just something that comes out of the mouths of people whose eyes tell the story in visual terms.  Alfred Hitchcock
I love this bit of dialogue from the Bourne Identity. A great way to impart a lot of information while keeping it interesting.

I can tell you the license plate numbers of all six cars outside. I can tell you that our waitress is left-handed and the guy sitting up at the counter weighs two hundred fifteen pounds and knows how to handle himself. I know the best place to look for a gun is the cab of the gray truck outside, and at this altitude, I can run flat out for a half mile before my hands start shaking. Now why would I know that? How can I know that and not know who I am?

Action and adventure is my favourite category on Netflix. What kinds of movies take your mind off life?

Friday, November 21, 2014

The Wisdom of Eeyore

On the corner of my desk sits a tiny plastic figure of Eeyore.  He's flat on his butt, looking forlorn, and holding his tail - which as fallen off. Again.  (And he was incredibly dusty until I picked him up to write this post - but hey, I'll leave my poor housekeeping skills to another day.) 

Eeyore is my favorite Winnie the Pooh character.  Long, long ago, I was attracted to his whole dour, 'woe is me', pessimist schtick, and while I'm a much more positive person, I still love the dude.

In fact, I have some quotes from my old pal Eeyore to share with you today.

"This writing business. Pencils and what-not. Over-rated, if you ask me. Silly stuff. Nothing in it."

"When stuck in the river, it is best to dive and swim to the bank yourself before someone drops a large stone on your chest in an attempt to hoosh you there."

"They haven't got Brains, any of them, only grey fluff that's blown into their heads by mistake, and they don't Think."

Heh.  That Eeyore.  He kills me.  So wise. 

Who's your favorite Winnie the Pooh character? 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

I miss him most first thing in the morning

Last week, I had to make the painful decision to put my little guy, Teddy, to sleep.

I shed a ridiculous amount of tears as I wrestled with making the choice, but the act of actually doing it felt right, and I'll always treasure the last, sweet moments we shared.

I miss him terribly, but it's the early mornings that are the worst.

I'm not a morning person and I hadn't realized just how reliant I'd become on his bouncy, sunny nature to start my days off right.

Every morning he'd jump up and greet me with unabashed joy.  He'd run to the door and look back at me with his bright eyes and perpetual grin, as if to say, "Let's go! It's a great day!"

It was his enthusiasm for life that pulled me through some of the darkest days of my own, and I miss his light.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

False Confessions!

The 21st is False Confession Day. Make one here (just don't say something that could end up hurting you or others):

JB: I LOVE brussel sprouts, and lima beans, and people who take up more than one parking space, and people who conduct loud cell phone conversations while in public places, and jello!

B.E.:  I'm actually a dude.