Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Yummy Mummy Cookies

A co-worker made one of the most scrumptious little Halloween treats (no trick) that I simply must share. You all know that I looooove Halloween...and can sniff out a great carb within a 100 mile radius...so trust me when I say that this is a recipe that you'll want to enjoy!


1 cup butter of margarine, softened

3/4 cup sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla

1 egg

3 cups all-purpose flour

64 miniature chocolate chips (about 1 teaspoon)

1 cup white vanilla baking chips

  1. In a large bowl, beat butter, sugar, vanilla and egg with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add flour; beat on low speed until dough forms. Roll dough into a ball. Cover with plastic wrap, refrigerate 30 to 45 minutes for easier handling.
  2. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Divide dough into 8 equal pieces. On lightly floured surface, roll each piece into rope 14 inches long. Cut each rope into 4 (3-inch) and 4 (1/2 inch) lengths of dough. Roll the 4 (1/2 inch) pieces into balls and attach to 4 (3-inch) pieces as heads. On ungreased cookie sheet, place 1 inch apart. Press 2 chocolate chips, point side down, in each mummy head for eyes.
  3. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until very light golden brown and tops are set. Immediately remove from cookie sheets to cooling racks. Cool completely, about 15 minutes.
  4. In small resealable freezer plastic bag, place vanilla chips; seal bag. Microwave on high 40 - 60 seconds or until softened. Gently squeeze bag until chips are smooth; cut off tiny corner of bag. Squeeze bag to drizzle frosting in a crisscross pattern over cookies to look like mummy bandage. Let stand until set, about 20 minutes.

High altitude (3500-6500 FT): Bake 10 - 12 minutes

These cookies can be made ahead and frozen. After they set up, they can easily be stacked. Cover tightly before freezing.

TIP: Prop these cute cookies up in a glass using orange and black jelly beans.


Saturday, October 25, 2008

Life Worth Living

Well...I didn't come away with a pink scooter but even without it, I still had one of the best birthdays of my life!

My special day started with this delivery to work...

and included dinner at my favorite restaurant (forget what I said about PF Changs - Mr. Thompson is from Texas!)...
where I "saddled up" (literally) in the spotlight and blew out my birthday candles amid claps and whoops of Yee Haw (way better than the Great Wall of Chocolate!)...

then was whisked away to The Cliff Lodge and Spa at Snowbird for a weekend of rest and relaxation... ...where I got another flower for my hair (not to mention the 5 star restaurant which was beyond anything I've ever experienced before)!

I sure love birthdays but I love Mr. Thompson more. He makes life worth living.

Maybe a pink scooter for Christmas?...

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Mr. Thompson, Please Don't Forget...

Birthday Wish #1
(The Pink Vespa...I promise I'll drive it responsibly!)

Birthday Wish #2
(A repeat of last year's birthday massage at the spa day...don't you like the flower in my hair?!)

Birthday Wish #3
(PF Changs for dinner...something we can both enjoy!)

Birthday Wish #4
(The Great Wall of Chocolate birthday cake...something else we both can enjoy!)

Friday, October 17, 2008

Joe the Plumber...This One's For You!

I promised my mother after my Pitbulls, Pigs and Lipstick post that I wouldn't upset or embarass my Republican family anymore....so in keeping with my Oprah promise to be non poli-tickle (because like Oprah you know my opinions anyway)...I'll simply post this great pic of the de-bate for my peeps and E-BFF's instead. If a picture had a thousand words...what would this one say?

For me it says...Ack! Grampy McCain had a lizard face seizure!! Sad - Mr. Thompson had one of those as he was getting into bed last night! And Brock looks way mad or sad - I can certainly relate to that!

Conflict is the WORST and I like it way mo' betta when people laugh and don't take themselves too serious. Can't everyone just win like they did at last night's charity roast? After that...I like em' both! Grampy McCain had some way funny zingers bout himself and Brock...and Brock had some serious funnies out himself and Grampy McCain.

Things are better when we can lighten up, laugh and just get along. Everyone wins. That's why I like this pic. I can relate to it.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Snow Day

You may be wondering how "The Walk" went. Well....it didn't. Who would have thought that it would snow 6 inches in Salt Lake City on October 11th! Unfortunately, the worst of it was happening at Larkin Lawn at 1:00pm so the walk was cancelled.

That didn't slow the Thompsons down. Instead...we put on our parkas and went to the pumpkin patch. You all know how I love October... come snow or shine...so instead of walking around the cemetery and releasing balloons...we spent the afternoon walking around the best pumpkin patch in Utah (under the only ray of sunshine in the valley I might add) looking for the perfect pumpkins to release. Mr Thompson and Little A perused around the pumpkin hut at the patch entrance while I headed for the far reaches of the field where few have wandered before. Boy did I hit the mother load!

Before getting out of the car Mr Thompson gave me a limit of two pumpkins. Silly Mr Thompson! I must give him credit for not saying a word and simply doling out the cash when I came back with a wheelbarrow full. I guess he realizes how much I love October.

Then we came home...carved our pumpkins....carmeled our apples...and watched the baseball playoffs. It can't get better than that! All in all...it was the perfect day. I smiled more than once as I watch Mr Thompson and Little A giggle over their pumpkin "Bob".

I'm still smiling.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Walk for Remembrance & Hope

When our Colton came into the world, our hearts were forever changed. Because of support from each of you, we were able to get through some of the most difficult times of our lives. We were given permission to love our baby boy unconditionally and find ways of honoring his short life with us.

This Saturday, October 11th Share will be hosting the 7th annual Share Walk for Remembrance & Hope, a walk and memorial for bereaved parents, family members, and caregivers to share, heal and renew. I look forward to sharing a hopeful and healing experience together with those who have been touched by the loss of a baby from all around the nation. It is difficult to understand the depths of sadness a parent feels when their baby dies, but knowing you are not alone in the journey makes a world of difference.

Thank you for remembering with me and honoring our baby's short life...

Date: Saturday, October 11th
Time: 1:00pm
Location: Larkin Lawn; 2350 East 1300 South, Salt Lake City, UT
Event Schedule: 1:00pm program and balloon release; 1:30pm walk/run

Dust off your New Balance shoes and let me know if you are interested in participating. We'd love to have you with us for this leg of our journey...

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Introducing...The Oban Literature Society

Pyzam Bubble Maker Toy

I love my mother. I love my sisters. I love Oban, Scotland. I most especially love the new Oban Literature Society...founded by the women from the Wilson Clan. Society members include: me mum, me sisters Angela, Lynda, Becky and meself.

Aren't we cleaver? Lynda is just excited that she finally belongs to a literature society (even of our own making)... but the rest of us think that a story is always better if you have someone to share it with. What could be better than sharing it with a group of intellectuals who have read it, too?

(yes Aaron...if we can create our own literature society in Scotland then we can certainly dub ourselves as intellectuals, too!)

My mom (or me mum) picked this month's Recovering Charles, a novel by Jason F. Wright. Pick up a copy and check out our blog at http://obanlitsociety.blogspot.com/. Trust me, Oban is a dream so this is a literary society you'll want to join!

This is going to be so much fun...

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Dear Me...

My Mr. Thompson's reply:

"If you look like this...you can have one of these..."

I'm still holding out hope.

P.S. I still love you!

P.S.S. I'll love you even more when I'm driving my pink scooter.