Wicked Stepmother Cookies

I love spicy food. My kids joke that I put hot sauce on everything, and it’s kind of true. I found Tabasco potato chips the other day at the store and was in heaven. I’ve been working on adapting cookie recipes to make the ultimate spicy chocolate cookie and I’m at version three right now. They’re not quite there yet, but they kind of kick ass. Bonus: your kids won’t eat them.


  • Buy a bag of Nestle Tollhouse chocolate chips and follow the recipe up to the addition of chocolate chips.
  • Use only 1 cup chocolate chips & add the following:
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa (you may want to reduce the flour a little if you like thinner or crispier cookies)
  • 1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 tsp ancho chili powder
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper

Bake according to package directions while snacking on remaining chocolate chips.

For those of you that have been asking (and I thank you) #5 is improving, and we are now in our longest streak of not being sick since October. He has better color and more energy to annoy his sisters, but his relationship with bacon has become rather complicated. We have faith he will move past that.

The Single Cell won the caption contest way back when that I never announced. She even let me eat her prize. It’s pretty tasty. She’s all smart and stuff, so you should check out her blog.

I’ve been out and about a few places recently:

The lighter side of Holiday Traditions in Blended Families on Family Circle’s Momster

When you’re maxed out as a step-parent and the shit hits the fan, you need a plan: What’s in Your Battle Box on Family Fusion Community

Last Word Shortbread Cookies on Family Fusion Community

And now, an attack from the Puggles:


One Momster Sunday

Here in the Northeast, we have three more weeks of summer vacation left. School doesn’t start until September 9. This may be incomprehensible to many of you who have had your kids back in school for weeks but rest assured, we get out at the very ass-end of June. By the time your kids are sick of the town pool, mine haven’t even taken finals yet.

Over on Family Circle’s Momster blog, I wrote a post about subversive tactics to use with your kids in the fight against summer sloth. There’s nothing quite as satisfying as tricking your kids into thinking.

The Puggles were supposed to tell you about the post, which came out a while back, but they totally dropped the ball. Their two favorite people in the whole world–CC and #4– went out of town at the same time.

They were beside themselves.

Needy Puggles paint an ugly picture. I’m pretty sure they got drunk.

It certainly would explain that battery of late-night texts they sent from my phone that were full of poor grammar and spelling and looked as though they were typed by someone not in the possession of thumbs. Not to mention the pictures I found there.

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Anyway, I’m totally counting that as one of the links today, so go check it out: Picking Your Battles in the Fight Against Summer Sloth on Family Circle’s Momster.

Maybe you don’t have kids; maybe you’re single and dating. Maybe you do have kids and you’re dating. Maybe you want to be reminded of why you don’t date anymore, or how glad you are you got married if solely for the get-out-of-dating-free pass it gives you. Regardless, go check out Amy Neswald’s guest post on Psychology Today. She gives us Five Awkward First Dates You Probably Want to Avoid.

The best damn recipe for strawberry frosted cupcakes ever, on Marge Perry’s A Sweet and Savory Life… and if you don’t tear up a little at the story, you may be Satan.

Here’s a great resource I found on Twitter: 13 Inspirational TED Talks for Writers from Aerogramme Writers’ Studio.

And finally, if you’re a man who is planning on skinny dipping in Scandanavia, Beware the Pacu. It’s a fish. That’s all I’m going to say about it.


Oh, come on, you at least have to click through and see the picture.

Happy Sunday.