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They Found the Kite Man!!

Two and a half years ago I wrote a post about a local Pacific Power public service television commercial I remember seeing as a child (read the post “Kite Man” here for reference). Today, I am incredibly pleased to announce that the video, after being lost for years, is finally on the internet!  Thanks, Jason Rouse, and thanks to Rob for letting us know where to find it!  Here it is:

The Kite Man

Over the last couple of years I’ve realized that I’m not the only one who wanted to see this again and show it to the next generation.  It is one of the most read posts on my blog, and there are numerous Facebook pages about the subject, including this one: Search For the Kite Man

How many of you hear the word “frogs” and still automatically respond “I like frogs.”? Open-mouthed smile

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More Tea, Please

As I was searching for pictures to use for my new blog décor, I found the following interesting tea-related things.

Hidden Animal Teacups!

Hidden Animal Teacups

(My parents have this mug, which used to belong to my grandparents.  It is one of my favorite things ever.  EVER.  The way Mr. Froggie peeks up out of your unsuspecting guest’s coffee is just perfect!)

Frog Cup

And behold, the Green Tea KitKat!

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Have any of you had one of these?  I can’t imagine what it would taste like.   If the KitKat article on Wikipedia is correct, they also come in “Cantaloupe” in Japan.  And “Blueberry”.  And…er…”Apple Vinegar”.  Hmm, I’m thinking stocking stuffers for the person who has everything…

Look at this tea cupcake from Zalita’s Cupcake D’Lights!  Remarkable.  Hand-painted teapot and cup!  Tiny cupcake and jelly roll!  And don’t miss her tea table cake HERE – tiny sandwiches!  And tablecloths!

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This one is for Mom:

Tiny Shoe cupcake

TINY SHOES!!!

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COOOOKIEEE!

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I FINALLY have a chocolate chip cookie recipe that bakes properly in my obviously-factory-second oven!!  The recipe is called “Best Big, Fat, Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie” and you can find it here, if you like.  I decided to look online because frankly, I couldn’t remember which of the 37 recipes I had tried had failed before.  My son expressed great interest in chocolate chip cookies when I announced I was going to bake snickerdoodles.

Here is a photo of one of the actual cookies I made:

 

This is the first time since we have lived in this house that I have been able to make a chocolate chip cookie with the proper texture.  I’m not sure what’s wrong with the oven.  Usually the cookies are too puffy, or they spread out and end up wafer-thin and crunchy.  Melted butter is used for this recipe instead of just softened butter, which may be the secret.  Also, the whole batch came out the same instead of the usual way:  first cookies out of the oven = nice; last cookies out of the oven = huh?!

I didn’t make the cookies as big as the recipe suggested (1/4 cup of dough for each cookie) because I didn’t read the recipe carefully at first.  Obviously, though they turned out well a larger-size cookie (or any dessert) is always preferable, and they would have been bigger and fatter and chewier if I had used more dough per cookie. 

The cookies are Yummy.  But, they do give me heartburn a little…I’m sure it’s just from all the sugar and butter and stuff, and nothing serious.  I recommend this recipe!