Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Great Mocha Shortbread Recipe

These are so good!

Mocha Shortbread Cookies Ingredients

1 ts Nescafe Classic instant 3/4 c Butter; softened
1 ts Boiling water 1 c All-purpose flour
1 pk (12-oz) Nestle Toll House 1/3 ts Salt

Instructions for Mocha Shortbread Cookies
Preheat oven to 250 degrees. In cup, dissolve Nescafe Classic instant coffee in boiling water; set aside. Melt over hot (not boiling) water, 1 cup Nestle Toll House semi-sweet chocolate morsels; stir until smooth. Remove from heat; set aside. In large bowl, combine butter, confectioners sugar and coffee; beat until smooth. Gradually blend in flour and salt. Stir in melted morsels. Roll dough between two pieces of waxed paper to 3/16-inch thickness. Remove top sheet; cut out cookies using 2-1/2 inch cookie cutter. Remove from waxed paper and place on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake at 250 degrees for 25 minutes. Cool completely on wire racks. Melt over hot (not boiling) water, remaining 1 cup Nestle Toll House semi-sweet chocolate morsels; stir until smooth. Spread slightly rounded teaspoonful of melted chocolate on flat side of cookie; top with second cookie. Repeat with remaining cookies. Chill until set. Let stand at room temperature 15 minutes before serving. Makes about 1-1/2 dozen 2-1/2 inch cookies.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

I love this video, maybe it's just the cute British accent. I love his little expression when he realizes Charlie isn't going to let go. I'm also amazed at big brother's restraint. My son would have tossed his sister on the floor!

Monday, February 18, 2008

2 a.m. Phone call

I'm sure that I'm not the only one who bolts straight up when you hear the phone ring at 2 a.m. and think "Oh crap, who died?!?" Well, recently my phone rang at 2 a.m. and my husband answered it.

hub: Hello
caller: Hey, can I speak to Jodie
hub: And who are you? (the hub said he could hear music & laughing)
caller: This is Kenny, HER BOYFRIEND. Has she never mentioned me to you?
Hub: I think it is time for all 14 year old boys should be in bed. Click

I ask what the call was about and he tells me apparently I have a middle school admirer.

Okay, I do work in a school AND have a middle and high school daughter but, what happened to calling and asking if your refrigerator is running? Seriously, my husband has a sense of humor but it is NOT cool to pick someone out of the directory and tell their spouse that you are their boyfriend. YIKES~

My husband looked at me weird ALL WEEKEND!!!

Saturday, February 16, 2008

My Night at the Caucus

I meant to blog this last week and just got busy. I helped at a Kansas Caucus site and the site normally has about 250 voters, we had over 2000 turn up at our site in the freezing rain. I helped several people fill out change of party paperwork but I have to share this conversation I had with the spunkiest old gal I have meet in ages.
Me: Can I help you?
SOG(spunky old gal): I can't read my drivers lic. number for this form.
Me: I'd be glad to help, are you changing parties tonight?
SOG: You bet your bottom!
ME: Well, now you are going to have to tell me the story!
SOG: My husband was a Republican, so I was a Republican. He passed away last year and I have been "paying attention". My daughter is a teacher and they have ruined education with No Child Left Behind. My grandson is in the Military, and we have become the Bully's and I don't like that. She pauses, "My husband was a bully".
She winked at me and said, "I don't miss him" and I sure as heck won't miss George W.

Then she laughed like she was Mrs. Claus!!!

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Jane Austin Anyone?

I am a huge Jane Austin book fan and am really enjoying Masterpiece Theatre's series

I had never read North Hanger Abbey and it was really good, this week it will be Pride and Prejudice (the version with Colin Firth). I love him as Mr. Darcy : )

My oldest daughter and I love to watch these movies and my husband & son run screaming "CHICK FLICK" let's go find another t.v. with ESPN!!!

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Why Men Hate Valentine's Day

Someone emailed me this yesterday and I didn't think much of it until today. made a delivery to my office today and I looked at my co-worker and said, "I wonder who got those, I hate her!" I was just joking as a nearly 40 married forever does when the single gals get roses. My co-worker delivered the flowers and when she got back she said, "You'll never believe what she said!" The pretty, single gal looked at the package and said, "IT ISN'T THE RIGHT DAY!" and she was NOT happy. How much of a PRINCESS complex does this girl have that she wasn't excited? My co-worker and I laughed and said this is a perfect example of why this gal is STILL SINGLE. Then I re-read this email and I really liked it.

Poor guy!

Are you a woman living with a man suffering from AVD (Anti-Valentine Day-itis)? He hates Valentine's Day and refuses to have anything to do with it. And, no matter how hard you try to make him see things your way, he won't change. Well, don't fret. You're not alone.

Women everywhere live with men suffering from AVD. It's a common disease that is triggered in men after they enter a long-term relationship and get comfortable. The original cause is not clear, but it's rumored to have something to do with an excess of cheese, sports and deep psychological fears.

Below are a few of these fears. They are common reasons why your man may not like Valentine's Day. If' he's in touch with his feelings and is not too afraid to tell you, he'll give you one of them as way to let you know that you're not getting anything on Valentine's Day. If he's a little closed with his emotions, he'll keep it to himself. However, his true feelings fall somewhere within this list. Read it and find out what's really going on with him.

1. He's afraid to walk into a mall.

2. The perfume girl at Macy's intimidates him.

3. The last time he bought a woman a gift, she turned it into a pretty cozy.

4. The sight of cupid makes him feel uncomfortable about their sexuality.

5. It requires thought to buy a gift.

6. Valentine's Day forces him to face his deepest fears - his emotions.

7. Last year, you cried for two hours after receiving his Valentine's Day gift.

8. The thought of eating another one of those cheap chocolates makes him queasy.

9. His mother never celebrated Valentine's Day.

10. Jesus never talks about Valentine's Day in the bible.

11. He's broke and only has enough money for necessities like a new boat.

12. He bought you a great Christmas gift and this should last you for the next twelve months.

13. No action packed, violent movies - that you'll watch with him - can be associated with Valentine's Day.

14. Valentine's Day doesn't involve cars.

15. None of his friends acknowledge the day.

16. He thinks it's too commercialized unlike other national events such as the Super Bowl.

17. It usually doesn't involve pizza or beer.

18. He has to buy a gift.

19. He has to buy a gift.

20. He has to buy a gift.

Now that you've read this list, understand that there is no cure for AVD. Female scientists everywhere have been working on remedies, but nothing seems to work for more than a year. The best way to cure this disease is through self help.

On Valentine's Day, instead of waiting for him to buy you something. Take his wallet. Grab a credit card or a few dollars and get something for yourself. It'll help you live comfortably with his disease and not hold unto any hard feelings