Are You Serving #Cookies or #Dookies? Click to not break your guests’ hearts.


Nothing kills holiday cheer faster than when someone offers you Christmas cookies; you gleefully accept and are presented with a tray covered in little jelly-filled things, lemon bars, and crap with nuts or coconuts all over it.

“Cookies” implies deliciousness, like chocolate chip, Hershey’s Kiss or Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup cookies, peanut butter cookies (fork-pressed cross-hatches with no chunks of nuts), Rice Krispies treats (in any iteration including chocolate and peanut butter shenanigans), Christmas wreaths, or even lady-locks or lady-fingers (or whatever you call them).  I’ll even give you buckeyes.

“Cookies” does not include anything with jelly in the middle, anything with nuts on or in it, lemon squares, Fig Newtons, anything with coconut shavings or flavoring.  These are (in a term coined by my friend Saurav I believe) in fact “Dookies.”

Cookies vs. Dookies

Sugar cookies and shortbread are barely passable as cookies. (Sorry, Eat n’ Park.)

Pizelles can be tricky.  Some of them are delicious, and some taste like what I imagine licking the inside of a dumpster in August would be like.  If you use a spice called annis that sounds almost like anus, you get what you deserve.

Chocolate covered pretzels, Oreos, peanut butter crackers, etc. are acceptable.

Red licorice is OK, black licorice is not.

Thumbprints can be tricky too.  If they have chocolate icing, usually only the icing is edible.  The rest is tasteless powder formed into a cup of lies.

Do we need someone to make a flow chart?  Are you getting this?  Don’t ruin someone’s Christmas by offering cookies when you’re presenting dookies.

Please, sort it out in the comments.

Those Other Stuffed Peppers


So, tonight for dinner I made a new (to me) one.  The wife has made it several times and it’s always a hit with the kids.  I think her original recipe was entitled Santa Fe Stuffed Peppers.  This takes out a bit of the spice and she’s not a huge fan of black beans (which I would have included).  Everything here came from Aldi, except the slices of white American cheese.  We just had that on hand, and no shredded cheese.  It worked well.

Our 3 year old daughter wolfed down about a pepper and a half worth of filling, skipping the outer pepper for some reason.  (She would possibly eat it all, or just the reverse tomorrow.)  She said that we should have it every night for dinner.  I noted that she really likes these, and her mom’s homemade Manwich-like sloppy joes, and that we should start a food truck that specializes in ground meat and call it “Ground Around Town.”  She said we have to paint it pink.  I asked if she wanted to cook or wash dishes.  She chose cooking.

Out of all the stuff you think kids might be picky about, they gobble this up.  (3 yo & 18mo).  I like these better than the more traditional meatball w/ rice stuffed in a green pepper & covered in spaghetti sauce or tomato soup.  For some reason, I can dig the rice & ground meat mixed… but I do not like rice in meatballs.  The red, yellow, & orange peppers are very sweet too.  I like them more than the green ones.  Also, if you mention that you like your peppers stuffed with sausage, you can just close this tab and move on.

These were really easy to make…

All I did was…

Cook the rice & set it aside.  I used the liquid from the can of tomatoes & a beef bullion cube in the water.

Cut the tops off of the peppers, pull out seeds & weird white stuff off of the inside.  (Bethany parboils them first, I didn’t.  I liked them a bit crunchier.)

Brown the ground beef, season to taste.  I added onion powder, garlic powder, & seasoned-salt.  (We have also used ground turkey for this.  It’s delicious.)

Mix the fire-roasted diced tomatoes into the ground meat after draining the fat off.

Mix the rice & beef/tomatoes together.

Put the peppers in a glass baking dish.  Pack the peppers with the tasty rice & beef goodness.  Two didn’t stand up well on their own, so I made little foil stands.

I cooked them in a preheated oven at 375° for 20 minutes, then added the slices of cheese for 5 minutes.

Like I said, Bethany parboils the peppers so they’re a bit softer, so she cooks it at 325° for 20-25 minutes.

Next time, if I make this, I may cook the rice in tomato paste or other tomato flavoring, and add the black beans.  Not sure what the kids would think.  Maybe a little bit of heat would be nice too?  This reminds me of Spanish rice in a pepper.

 

 

Do you make anything similar?  Do you do stuffed peppers a different way?  Do you stuff acorn squash like this?  Do you do different seasonings?  Make ’em meatless?  (Toasted garbanzo beans & black beans might be really good in this!)  Let me know in the comments!

Approach Arc Alter [Maze]


BIC® 4-Color™ Retractable Ballpoint Pen

I did this one with a ball point pen.  Well, not just any ball point pen… I used one of those cool Bic 4 color pens.  I don’t think I’ll be drawing any more mazes with that pen.  I’ll stick with the fine Sharpie pen that I was using for the other mazes, or some other higher-quality non-smearing fast-drying consistent pen.

This one’s called Approach Arc Alter because it seems like an A sort of day.  So why not use a few?  Some solutions have come in.  Do you have what it takes to finish this one?  If you do, post a link to your solution here in the comments, or email me a photo or scan: world.and.lunar.domination@gmail.com

Approach Arc Alter

Good luck!

Bewildering Byway [Maze]


Welcome to the Bewildering Byway.  Care to try to solve this one (or any of my other mazes)A few have stepped up to the plate.  Are you up to the task?  If you are, I urge you to post a solution in the comments below.  You can link to a photo or a scan.  If you’re unsure how to do that, you can email the solution to me at world.and.lunar.domination@gmail.com.

Bewildering Byway [Maze]

Bewildering Byway

Twist and Shout [Maze]


I call this one “Twist and Shout” for no apparent reason.  I’m hoping I don’t run out of creative names, as I don’t feel that I’m running out of mazes any time soon.  Are you one of the brave & the bold that have tried a solution?  If not, I suggest you try.  I hear it’s fun & relaxing.

Once you’ve solved it, send me a photo or scan, or post a link to one in the comments.  How do you send me a solution, you ask?  It’s simple.  You send it via email at world.and.lunar.domination@gmail.com.

Twist and Shout [Maze]

Twist and Shout

The End is the Beginning is the End [Maze]


This one starts & stops in the same place.  None of my other mazes (so far) have done that.  I decided to call it “The End is the Beginning is the End”.  That’s a Smashing Pumpkins song from Batman & Robin.

As usual, if you’re adventurous enough to print & solve the maze, please post a link to your solution in the comments, or email it to me at world.and.lunar.domination@gmail.com and I can do the posting for you.  I’ve had solutions come in from two different challengers so far, perhaps they’ll try again or there are others out there willing to join their ranks.

Click the pic for the larger resolution one…

The End is the Beginning is the End [Maze]

The End is the Beginning is the End

Maybe you can listen to this while you solve the maze…

It might take a few repeats.  You could try this one too…

Furcate Estate [Maze]


Have you seen the other mazes?  I’ve drawn a few before.  No one has sent a solution to any of them yet, although I have some claims that some have been solved.  If you dare, print it, solve it, and send me the solution.  You can leave it (or a link to it) in the comments section.  If you’re lost on how to accomplish that… simply email a photo, cell phone photo, or a scan of it to me at world.and.lunar.domination@gmail.com and I’ll take care of posting it for you.  I may have to issue some sort of challenge or think of some kind of prize(s).  What kind of reward would you suggest?

Furcate Estate [Maze]

Furcate Estate