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WO: Weekly Obsessions

After one of the best long weekends I’ve ever had, it’s safe to say my motivation for anything is long gone. That won’t really do, though, when you have 300+ work emails, four freelance assignments and a blog to upkeep! Wah, woe is me.

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  1. Typhoon Relief: Take a moment to support the American Red Cross and its efforts to aid the thousands affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. It’s the least we can do, but it’s a little something to show support to those in need.
  2. Bill de Blasio: My first election season here was nothing if not memorable. Voters selected de Blasio, the first Democratic NYC mayor in 24 years, and I look forward to seeing what craziness will come.
  3. S’mores: First you take the graham; you stick the chocolate on the graham. Then you roast the ‘mallow. When the ‘mallow’s flaming, you stick it on the chocolate. Is there anything better than this childhood classic? My recent food choices would say, NO.
  4. “Applause” – Lady Gaga: I really didn’t want to like this song, but the reigning queen of quirky just pumps out those earwigs. Of course, the ridiculous Kia Soul commercial helps, too.

Images courtesy of: Today Online, The GuardianLittle Kitchen Big Bites, Billboard

Pumped for Pumpkin

I don’t allow myself to get excited for any holiday until a week (maybe two) prior. It’s the nature of my job — planning content for the winter while suffering through July’s sweltering heat makes me grinchy. I’d rather stab Santa than read one more article about how to have a holly, jolly holiday.

But this year, something changed. I’m genuinely excited for the coming weeks, and it all begins with what used to be my least-favorite celebration: Thanksgiving. Try one of these Turkey Day recipes — some I’ve tested, others I’ve tasted. Enjoy!

  1. Pumpkin Whoopie Pie by Dreamy Desserts
  2. Bourbon Pumpkin Tart with Streusel Topping by Smells Like Home
  3. Thankful Rolls by The Girl Who Ate Everything
  4. Turkey Cupcakes by Spoonful
  5. Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread by Fever Avenue
  6. Pumpkin Pie White Hot Chocolate by Closet Cooking
  7. TV Dinner Cupcakes by Black & Eiffel
  8. Pumpkin Cream Cheese Bread by Sunday Baker

Clearly, I have a sweet tooth. It’s only a problem if you make it one.

Valentine’s Treats for Your Sweet

Two posts in one day, can you believe it? I’m such a giver; I know. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, here’s a super simple and delicious recipe for Red Velvet Cookies — yes, you read that correctly: Red. Velvet. Cookies.

I first tried these during an office cookie swap, but I modified them a bit because cookies are always better with frosting! I serve them for the holidays and birthdays, and now I have another excuse to make them.

In less than 30 minutes, you can make a batch of these for your Valentine (even if your Valentine is Jim Beam — only God can judge me).

Red Velvet Cookies

Original recipe at Duncan Hines

MAKES: 24–30 cookies

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 box Duncan Hines Red Velvet cake mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 can Pillsbury Creamy Supreme® Cream Cheese frosting
  • 1 piping bag or gallon-size resealable plastic bag
  • Colored sprinkles (optional)

Seriously — that’s all it takes to create a little piece of heaven.

 DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Combine one (1) box of Duncan Hines Red Velvet cake mix, two (2) eggs and one-third (1/3) cup vegetable oil using a hand blender or wire whisk.
  3. Form teaspoon-size balls and place on a lightly greased cookie sheet or baking pan about one inch (1″) apart. Slightly pat down the top of each ball.
  4. Cook for 8–10 minutes (the top of the cookie will crack).
  5. While cookies cool (about 10 minutes), prepare a piping bag* with frosting.
  6. Pipe swirls of frosting onto cooled cookies. Top with sprinkles (as desired), and store in an airtight container.

Soldiers lined up for battle.

Baked and almost ready for mah belly.

NOTES

  • Don’t purchase what the cake mix calls for on its box — you only need the above ingredients. Using less oil and mixing without water gives it a cookie-dough texture.
  • *You can make your own piping bag using a gallon-size resealable plastic bag. Turn bag inside out, and form it over your hand. Scoop frosting by the handful and seal bag. Snip a small opening off the corner for piping.

Lefties are all right!

These are guaranteed to be a new favorite treat for Jim (or Jack or Johnnie or Jose).

BOOM. Baking, son.