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The Time I Lost To A Bowl Of Fruity Pebbles

When Scott and I were dating long-distance, the weekends we spent together were drenched in romance.  I’d leave work early, pick him up at the train station in three-inch heels, and whisk him off to a Manhattan lunch of white wine and oysters.  Then we’d smooch by the Hudson River.

Now that we live in Alabama, my largest source of income is my tax refund and my feet are so swollen from mosquito bites that I can barely wear flip flops.  Scott has a great job, but if someone handed me a plate of oysters, I’d probably try to resell them and use the cash to buy flour.

And folks, I worry that the romance portion of this relationship has officially ended.

Scott and I were milling about the kitchen this morning and I turned to give him a hug.

While we were hugging, he freed his hands and continued eating a bowl of Fruity Pebbles behind my head. 

Would you like to see what a “2” on the 1-10 romance scale looks like? (with “10” being my dream of ice dancing with Javier Bardem.)

It looks like this:

How many bowls of cereal get eaten behind your head before you start sleeping in different bedrooms, right?

So in a passive-aggressive attempt to fix the problem, I threw away the box of cereal.

Then I remembered that a bowl of Fruity Pebbles costs $8.25 in Manhattan, so I fished it out and ate the rest.

Scott was so proud to see me eating junk food that he gave me a high five, and I daresay we’re back up to a 3.



In other news, it’s almost Easter!  Whether you’re celebrating the occasion or just planning on having a lovely day, I hope it’s a good one.  Here’s what I’ve made so far:

This is not your typical chewy oatmeal raisin deal (not that there’s anything wrong with those).  This is more of a light, textured shortbread or Russian tea cake that melts in your mouth.  I like that the dough isn’t very sweet, because once you dip them in icing the balance is perfect.

This recipe is from the lovely Cheryl, who is the mother of Gini, my best friend from childhood.  I would basically go over to Gini’s house, locate Cheryl’s stash of these cookies, call my parents to ask if I could spend the night, and commence downing oatmeal logs.

I didn’t make my icing thick enough, so the colors in the first photo aren’t as brilliant as they should be.  I’ve corrected that in the instructions below.  These would also be great in December with red and green icing, or in February with different shades of pink and red.

Cheryl’s Rainbow Iced Oatmeal Logs {Download & Print Recipe}


For the cookies:

1 c. butter

1/2 c. confectioner’s sugar

2 tsp. vanilla

1 1/2 c. flour

1/2 tsp. salt

1 c. rolled oats (not instant)

1 c. raisins, dried cranberries or chopped dried cherries, etc. (optional)

For the glaze (optional):

For each color:

6 tbsp. confectioner’s sugar

1 tbsp. milk

a drop or two of food coloring


Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.  Beat the butter until creamy.  Add the confectioner’s sugar and beat until fluffy.  Add the vanilla.  Beat in the flour and the salt.  Stir in the oats.  The dough will be stiff.  Add the raisins or dried fruits if desired.

Shape the batter into logs about 2 inches long.  Place on ungreased cookie sheets and bake for 20-25 minutes.  Remove cookies to a wire rack to cool.

To make the glaze, mix the confectioner’s sugar and the milk in a bowl with a whisk until it’s smooth.  Add a drop of two of food coloring.  Repeat in other bowls for other colors.

Move the wire rack to a surface that can get the glaze on it, or put newspaper under the wire rack to catch drips of glaze.  Glaze the cookies by dipping them in the icing and placing them back on the wire rack.  Let the initial coating harden and dip the cookies again, if desired, for a stronger glaze.


Speaking of mixing sugar with things, do you remember Scott’s “science experiment”?  It worked!

Homemade rock candy is easy to make, apparently.

We heated 3 cups sugar and 1 cup water in a sauce pan until the sugar had dissolved.  Then we threw in some food coloring (it’s subtle, but there’s some green in there).  Then we put that pot in an ice bath (a larger pot with ice water in it).   We balanced lollipop sticks in the sugar water.  You have to make sure the sticks don’t touch each other (see what we rigged up here).   About two weeks later, we had our first rock candies!  We took a few out and left the others to grow larger crystals.


And now for the weekly dose of Thunder.

Technically, we should probably mow the back yard, but Thunder loves it the way it is–with lots of tall grasses she can stake a claim to.

Lots of shady places where she can laugh at her own jokes.

And lots of cool spots where she can take a nap.

42 Comments Post a comment
  1. MJ #

    I knew the romance was over when R nicknamed my tummy pooch. (George, after the Bugs Bunny abominable snowman cartoon, in case you were wondering.) Have a happy Easter.

    April 7, 2012
    • RESPECT, MJ. I hope you named something less-than-magazine-perfect on R right back!

      April 10, 2012
      • MJ #

        Ha, dude has got Eyebrows, so I have an easy target…

        April 10, 2012
  2. Okay, I LOVE your blog. I’m want to read the whole thing backwards, like, to the beginning. But would you ****please**** consider resizing your photos to web/display-quality and just linking to the full sized files? Every page takes forEVah to load.

    Please accept this suggestion in the spirit in which I submit it — wanting to make your material more accessible to more people, because I think you’re fabulous and hilarious! And I love Thunder. 🙂

    April 7, 2012
    • Jess, hello! Thank you so much for the kind comment, and it is so, so helpful to get the feedback about the images. I went to a blogging conference recently where I heard the size of the photo can be an issue, but I didn’t learn how to deal with it. I will figure that out asap and start doing that. I’m grateful to you for the suggestion.


      April 7, 2012
      • If you are using a Mac, open all the photos in the folder you are wanting to upload in Preview and then select them all. Under Tools, click on Adjust Size. Under Custom, I usually choose 640X480, which works well. My problem was slow internet in Cairo, Egypt and my photos were taking forever to load to my blog. I have the same problem as Jess, getting yours to open.

        If you are using a pc, Picture Manager has the same ability but I no longer remember the sequence.

        Good luck and I, too, love your blog!


        April 8, 2012
        • Oh, and don’t forget to save the changes!

          April 8, 2012
        • Awesome, thanks to you, too, Stacy. This is so helpful. Scott has a mac an I have a PC so if I can’t figure it out on mine, I’ll just do it on his until I know what I’m doing. Cheers!

          April 10, 2012
  3. Hilarious! One of my friends said she knew the romance was gone when her husband tried to seduce her by saying, “Oh, come on–it’ll only take 5 minutes!” Very sad but true. And… they’re still together.

    April 7, 2012
  4. We still have romance, but /shrug..she just nicknamed my stomach ‘Pudgie’ but in compromise she let me get a pet spider though she is scared to death of them. It’s all about having someone by your side, especially in the bad times. I love Thunder, still the coolest dog in the world.

    April 7, 2012
    • Keith, that sounds like a decent trade. A pet spider sounds intense–is it a tarantula? I lived with a snake for one summer. I didn’t care for the snake but I did like the fact that there was a box of chirping crickets in the hallway (to feed him)– it was nice to listen to as I fell asleep.

      April 10, 2012
  5. Laughed out loud twice and love the phone book pages for the food styling…looks purdy. Thanks again for another delightful post…

    April 7, 2012
    • Thanks, lady! They delivered that phone book recently and I was like “what the heck am I supposed to do with this? I’m never going to use it!” And within 48 hours it came in handy.

      April 10, 2012
  6. never seen anything like those (oatmeal logs)! they are adorable..

    ps – great paint skill 🙂

    April 7, 2012
    • Ha! If you ever find a good tutorial or how-to guide for drawing in MS Paint, can you let me know? I obviously have NO IDEA what I’m doing. 🙂

      April 10, 2012
  7. Haha! If you’ve never read The Egg and I you should –your life and your writing remind me her (Betty McDonald).

    April 7, 2012
    • Oh cool, thanks Linda. I just read the wikipedia page for the book and it sounds awesome. Thanks for the recommendation– it’s perfect because I want to learn about humor writing by reading books by funny people. Thanks!

      April 10, 2012
      • You welcome. It was written in the 40’s so it’s a bit politcaly incorrect in that she doesn’t like the local indians, but it is still really good.

        April 10, 2012
  8. Those little oatmeal log thingies are super cute! I love the pastel icing. The rock candy is also super cute. I’m glad Mr. Romantic has a little something sweet up his sleeve…

    April 8, 2012
    • I have to admit, the rock candy IS pretty cool. It’s so pretty sitting on the counter because it catches the light in interesting ways. Thanks, Brooke!

      April 10, 2012
  9. What a lovely thing to share! Thank you. What a great and charming visual you created. It’s such a universal Language this thing called long time marriages and the way we speak to one another.My husband and I are celebrating 42 yrs together this month. The sweetest part is that we still like each others company and I would choose to spend my time with him first and fore most/

    I have to say too that I cannot say I’d blame Thunder for digging (no pun intended) the grass being longer than norm, the forest for which to play upon. How fun!

    April 8, 2012
    • Hello Barefoot Baroness! How are you? Wow– 42 years. My goodness, congratulations!! I hope you have a wonderful anniversary. It IS such a great feeling to realize that you and someone else can entertain each other for a long, long time, and that you still get excited to be in the other’s company. Very special. Thanks for the warm thoughts– cheers!

      April 10, 2012
  10. juanitascocina #

    How in the world have I been deprived an oatmeal log my entire life? I blame the Easter bunny…since it’s Easter and all.

    April 8, 2012
    • Agreed! I like oatmeal. I like logs. And yet, I’ve never heard of an oatmeal log. Maybe it’s because I grew up in a village. Villages are very small and cut off from the rest of the world. Thus, no exposure to worldly treasures like oatmeal logs. Or newly released movies.

      April 9, 2012
      • Movita, I am guessing that you haven’t heard about oatmeal logs because you were deprived of cookies for a while after you RUINED the village production of The Farmer In The Dell. And you know. . . maybe you STILL don’t deserve an oatmeal log. That’s for the spectators to decide.

        Jen, I don’t know what your excuse is. Did you, too, grow up in a hamlet or something?


        April 10, 2012
  11. Hot indeed! Another hilarious post, thank you! The oatmeal logs look beta. I can imagine everyone would just have to try one to satisfy their curiosity about what that is! And I’m totally intrigued by the rock candy…

    April 8, 2012
    • Hey there! Yeah, the rock candy is just pure sugar, so it’s good served with a coffee, so people can stir it in like a swizzle stick! Or maybe tart lemonade. That would be pretty. Scott just stands by the counter and chomps on them.

      April 10, 2012
  12. Well, my husband once told me that I’m not the most beautiful woman in the world. We’d been married about three months at the time.

    ALSO! I just nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. Congrats! Come on by my blog for the award and details.

    April 8, 2012
    • Thank you so much! That is just so exciting for me that you read the blog in the first place, let alone like it enough to give it a special mention like that. Thanks again!

      And as for not being the most beautiful women in the world, that’s why Javier Bardem and his kind exist–so our mens aren’t perfect either. 🙂

      April 10, 2012
  13. Is it weird that I want to roll around in your yard with your dog? I hope you take that as awesomely as I mean it.

    What made you move to Alabama? My boyfriend and I want to live somewhere that isn’t California, but we are trying to figure out where o where to go.

    April 8, 2012
    • Not weird at all. Thunder likes to roll around in tall reeds, if that’s okay with you. She’d also roll around with you in other, non-reedy, areas of the yard but I just want you to have the maximum rolling experience so you should probably wear long pants and douse yourself in bug spray.

      As for why we moved to Alabama– Scott and I were in your position, it sounds like. We wanted to move somewhere together and tried to figure out where to go. I thought about Seattle and I lined up a work possibility out there, but for a variety of reasons decided not to do it. Scott moved to Alabama for work a year before I moved down here from NY. We had the attitude that we wanted an adventure, and eventually we realized that we didn’t have to look far– we didn’t have to go abroad, for example– to treat this as something new. The Deep South has character and its own sense of foreignness to me, and it’s economical.

      In the end, we decided I’d move here because it was a good place for at least one of us to have a great job (Scott loves his job. He’s a scientist and Huntsville is a big science/engineering town). It was also a good place for the other one (me) who was considering taking time off from work for a while, because things here are cheap. So I guess the factors we considered were: how long we wanted to live in the place, cost of living– in particular, what kind of place you can rent for a given amount of money–likelihood of making friends (we’ve made some great friends, but the social scene here is not awesome), commuting (some places have terrible traffic but Scott’s drive to work here is easy), ability to hop on a plane and see our families, etc.

      Do you guys have ideas of where you’re looking? That’s so exciting!

      April 10, 2012
  14. a #

    Priorities are important, you know…

    The oatmeal logs look delicious!

    April 8, 2012
    • Thanks, A! The oatmeal logs are addictive. So addictive. I made them a few times, too, because I wanted to make them lighter so I was playing around with the amount of flour. And each batch makes a lot of cookies. It got a little out of control.

      April 10, 2012
  15. giftsofserendipity #

    Sweet and salty – just the way I like it with a heathy puppy snort thrown into the mix to make it pure heaven.

    Happy days to all in the Eggton abode.

    April 9, 2012
    • Why thank you so much. She does snort, now that you mention it. Sometimes she has wee snorting fits when she gets too much pollen or eats too many leaves while chasing her ball. It’s pretty funny. Happy days to you too over there!

      April 10, 2012
  16. One part of me is really happy that Scott’s rock candy experiment worked out. The other part of me is like, damn, two weeks is a long, long time to wait for candy. Which might explain the Fruity Pebbles incident – dude just needed a wee, sugary snack to tide him over…

    April 9, 2012
  17. I saw whip out a pair of heels anyway (wedges are good) – cook up one of your amazing feasts – set a picnic blanket in that backyard – instant romance and no fruity pebbles get hurt >8)

    April 9, 2012
  18. craftytammie #

    we’re celebrating 10 years of wedded bliss this month. safe to say, high fives are HOT. there is actual physical contact involved there and everything. and is there something wrong with having the bed all to yourself? we enjoy our separate bedrooms, thank you very much 😀

    April 9, 2012
  19. Aww Thunder! I’ve saved the oatmeal log thingy, sounds good! Thanks 🙂

    April 9, 2012
  20. Thank you for bringing this delectable treat to my attention. I love shortbread, but it has no nutritional value so I have relegated it to the nasty list. With the oatmeal, maybe I can upgrade it to the occasional list. 😉

    April 10, 2012
  21. This recipe is intriguing. I am easily swayed by pretty colors. Also, I love the picture of Thunder laughing at her own jokes, made me chuckle.

    April 15, 2012

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