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I Mustache You A Question

18 Feb

I don’t know if you’re aware, but there is a mustache craze going on right now. Between products like these and the popularity of Movember, I think the mustache trend is here to stay. Personally, I became obsessed with mustaches because of this little lady:

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One glance and I was hooked. And incidentally today is Sally and my one-year anniversary! Yes, I am celebrating my anniversary with my kitty-kat. I used to think these “kinds” of people were, ahem, a little weird, but I can proudly say I am now one of them. Before I get to the recipe {there is one, promise} let me tell you a story of a kitty that needed a home and a girl that needed a kitty…

When I moved to Boston, I really wanted a cat. Desperately. I grew up with cats all my life–when I moved to the East Coast, I left these babies at home:

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My fluffy cat, Kalypso

My dad's cat {and replacement for his children, ahem} Mr. Cat

My dad’s cat {and replacement for his children, ahem} Mr. Cat

I knew getting a cat in Boston was not the smartest idea, since I had no idea if I would be staying in Boston after I graduated. So I waited. And waited. And then grad school was over! And the bf and I decided hey, let’s stay in Boston! So off to the shelter I went.

The first round of shelter-visiting was not good. We went to a Petco adoption day, which apparently only existed on the Internet. Sigh. We visited another in-store adoption, but alas, no matches. Double sigh. The next weekend, we decided to go to the Boston MSPCA. I picked a cat online via Petfinder that I liked {he had six toes! I mean, come on!} but he was sick and not ready for adoption. As I walked into the cat room/area, I thought that this was the end, I would never find a kitty to love.

But then, at the end of the room, in a cage all to herself, was my Sally. Back then, she was called Callie {for calico}. And Foliage. She has two names because she was–and still is–bad-ass. I opened the door to pet her and BAM. Instant connection. You can ask Elise about it, she saw. Sally immediately nuzzled up to my hand and started purring. I grabbed her info sheet off the door and ran to the front desk and said “THIS IS MY CAT”. Luckily, Sally was already spayed and microchipped, so I got to take her home that day! It was fate.

Sally's first photo

Sally’s first photo

Sally gave birth to four little babies when in foster care {I threw away the picture of her and the babies when I moved, why?} and when they were brought to the shelter, the babies got snatched up, but no one wanted the mama. That’s ok, because I did! We did the paperwork, payment, checked with the landlord and roommates to make sure they would even let me have a cat, and then we ventured home. I take pride in the fact that my Sally turned my non-cat loving friends into {conditional} cat lovers.

Oh, and that whole part about getting a cat in Boston because I would stay in Boston? Yea that didn’t last. In April, I decided to move back to California. And so started the trans-America move with cat in-tow. Hence the leash video and pictures like these:

Torture

Torture

If you follow me on Instagram you know that I am obsessed with Sally. Like,crazy-stalker obsessed. Luckily, when John and Sally met, it was love at first sight. He is also obsessed, as seen here:

Sally and John

And here:

John petting Sally

The moral of this story is: I love my kitty, my boyfriend loves my our kitty, adopt kitties from the shelter because they are the best! Use Petfinder.com to find pets in local shelters! {not a sponsored post, btw}

And with that, I give you these awesome mustache sugar cookies! These cookie cutters were a gift from said boyfriend. He found them at Target!

Sally’s Mustache Sugar Cookies

Ingredients:

Sugar cookie dough {either from scratch or from a pre-made mix}

2 tbsp cocoa powder

Directions:

Pre-heat oven to 350

Prepare dough per directions

Add two tbsp cocoa powder

Mix well

Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface, about 1/4 inch thick

Rollin' the dough

Cut out dough with cookie cutters {they are cutters on one side, and a stamp on the other!}

Mustache cookie dough

Place cookies on an ungreased baking sheet {I put mine on parchment paper, worked great!}

Bake for 5-7 minutes and let cool

Take funny pictures

Mustache Sally

Mustache Sally

Happy anniversary my Sally cat! You are the weirdest, funniest, sweetest kitty ever and we are lucky that you are ours :) It’s true when they ask…do you rescue pets, or do they rescue you? xoxo

Weirdo

Weirdo

That’s The Way The Cookie Crumbles

5 Feb

Chocolate chip cookies are a classic–and might I add, delicious–dessert. This is my favorite thing to make because it’s quick, easy, and always a hit. I am a classic stress baker: when I have a big test coming up, when I’m homesick, or when I just have too much homework that I want to avoid, I usually whip up a batch of gooey chocolate chip cookies. The urge to bake hit a few weeks ago during the first week back at school when I was trying, and ultimately failing, to get back into homework mode after a five-week break. At 10:30 pm, I stumbled into my kitchen with a mission: bake cookies. The problem was, I was out of some staple baking ingredients, eggs, butter and chocolate chips. It was certainly too late to run out the grocery store, so I improvised with what I had–egg substitute, butter spread, and lots of left-over Christmas chocolate. The result: low-cholesterol, yet still tasty, chocolate chip cookies.

If you’re like me, you try to eat healthy (or healthy-ish) as much as you can. I usually don’t have butter in my fridge. Instead, I buy the buttery spread, like Smart Balance or I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter. I also have elevated cholesterol (thanks Dad!) so I either buy pure egg-whites, or an egg substitute for my morning meals. Both of these ingredients can be easily inserted into a recipe for great tasting desserts.

For my chocolate chip cookies, I use the original Nestle Toll House recipe, which can be found on the back of any chocolate chip package, or by clicking here. But for this low-cholesterol recipe, I’ll add in my own ingredients so you can have mouth-watering cookies, without (some of) the guilt. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt (Tip: instead of measuring the salt in a measuring spoon, cup your hand and fill the deepest part of your palm with salt. Not everything in baking needs to be exact!)
1 cup butter spread
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup egg substitute
2 cups (12 oz package) of chocolate chips, or any chopped chocolate
1 cup chopped nuts (if desired)

Directions
Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees
Combine flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl.
Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy. Add egg substitute slowly, beating well after each addition.

(Mmm. Love me some cookie dough!)

Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in morsels and nuts. Use a spoon to drop rounds of cookie dough onto slightly greased baking sheets (Tip: the original recipe calls for un-greased baking sheets, however I find it extremely helpful to spray baking sheets with a cooking spray, and then wipe off the excess. Those cookies will come right off!)

(Into the oven they go)

Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until golden brown–the time will depend on your oven. Let cool.

(Nom nom nom)

Enjoy with a cold glass of milk. Have fun baking! And remember–it’s a cake walk!

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