Archive for December 21st, 2010

We’ve become public enemies.
We walk away like strangers in the street



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Whenever my friends and I celebrate birthdays we always make a giant cake, with too much frosting and we all end up feeling rather ill after the indulgence.

Enter the solution, cupcake cookies.

Okay so I can’t take credit for this recipe. My mom has been making these for years for Christmas (not a clue where she got the recipe) but they’re easy, tasty, and portion controlled. Also, my family named them cupcake cookies, I’m sure there’s a real name out there for these!

Mine look pretty similar to these


Anyway, I made these for my friend’s birthday last week and I also made them for the holiday dinner tonight. I may have just snuck one of tonight’s as a little pre-festive snack. 🙂  

What you need:

  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 pkg. (8 oz. ) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/4 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 pkg. cake mix (any kind works)


  1. Preheat oven to 375*.
  2. Cream butter and cream cheese.
  3. Blend in egg yolk and vanilla.
  4. Add dry cake mix 1/3 at a time, mixing well after each addition. If mixer is used, add last third of cake mix by hand.
  5. Cover and chill for 1 hour (I can never wait this long)
  6. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheet. Bake for 8-12 minutes, or until light golden brown.

They may seem rather soft and doughy when they come out but they’ll cook another minute or so after pulling them out.

For icing, I either use a store-bought frosting (yup, I do!) or I make a confectionary sugar/lime juice/milk/vanilla concoction.

Warning, they are addicting.

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It made me so happy to walk home last night in the fresh snow. The first snow is always so silent and beautiful. I LOVE it!

I’m happy that while I had my last boxing session last night (which was one of the best sessions so far) for 2.5 weeks I fully plan on buying another pack of session when I’m back.

I’m happy that tonight, myself and 7 girlfriends will be gathering together for a nice long potluck Holiday dinner together. Wine, copious amounts of food, and the girls = IDEAL.

I’m so happy that Thursday night I’ll be going home, relaxing in my childhood home, playing with my cat, sleeping in the morning Christmas eve, being with my family, and eating. And watching Elf! I’ve never seen it so my family has decided it’s time for an Elf intervention.

I’m happy, and beyond excited that in one week I will be flying to Bariloche, Argentina. I will start a 10 day, once in a lifetime, northern Patagonia exploring trip with my work friend. (I’ll also be away from work for almost two full weeks, woohoo!)

It’s a strange feeling to wake up happy and realize it’s 100% without B. I guess it’s been a year in the making, but it still is this weird recognition where I almost catch myself and think but wait, B and I left things in such a bad place, how can I be happy? Who knows what will happen in the future. All I can do is focus on now, and I know that right now I feel like maybe I am finally, finally, letting myself move forward.

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