3 Things for Yesterday- Snickerdoodle Cake Cookies, Love to and from Boston, and Crazy Awesome Staircases

by - Saturday, April 20, 2013

1. Making cookies from cake mix- Ok, I have a strange position, because yesterday we were pumped about these snickerdoodle cookies and are proud of ourselves for trying something new (and simple). Plus, we made our own snickerdoodle ice cream sandwiches, which we thought was awesome. This morning by the cold light of day, these cookies were hard as rocks and chalky. So maybe only a partial win, but this is the recipe:

One box white cake mix (you don't have to use all of it, and now I am thinking we used too much)
One egg
1/2 cup of butter
2 Tablespoons sugar
A bunch of cinnamon

Preheat the oven to 350. Mix the egg butter and cake mix together until it is doughy. Mix the sugar and cinammon. Roll the dough into 1 inch balls and then roll it in the sugar cinammon mix. Bake. See? So simple that I can describe it without looking! Don't bake them too long or they will get hard. My chocolate chip cookies also seem hard to me, so maybe I am doing my cookies wrong? How do people get their cookies to stay soft??

From http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/19/from-kabul-to-boston-with-love_n_3116885.html
2.The positivity that has been sent toward Boston as they went through something really scary and horrific. Huffington Post and one of my facebook friends have been displaying these kinds of images (some of which rightly point out that in other countries they face these kind of trials on a daily basis). From the Patton Oswalt essay that has been passed around, to some of the late night show responses, to these pictures, to the statements officials in Boston have made (Mayor Menino: “I have never loved this city & its people more than I do today. Nothing can defeat the heart of this city .. nothing."), it is hard not to appreciate the beauty and positivity that has come out of this horrible situation. Also, I haven't watched any news about the whole thing, though I was reading about it all the time, and I think it changed my perspective. Things like this seem better learned about without 24 hour news channels (except for Anderson and his tight black t-shirts of course).

Also, I am glad they caught the second guy alive(though I feel very weird about them not mirandizing him), and I hope they get some answers, though it is hard to imagine he will be forthcoming.

From Contemporist.com
3.  This house- I need this staircase in my life. Just the cutest, coolest thing ever. I want to be the kids who get to grow up in this house!

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