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I was listening to the radio today, and became nostalgic over a song, The Rolling Stones’ Gimme Shelter, which reminded me of a whole slew of other songs that at at some point, for different reasons, were important, and trigger memories.

I don’t always think of them, but when I hear them, a series of memories and emotions all come at once. Only certain songs have this power, and often times it happens with songs I have not heard in years. Other songs I listen to regularly because I know the effect they have on me.

I am leaving a lot out, but here is a (very short) compilation of some of the most emotional charged songs for me (the second one down almost makes me cry each time):

14 Things

Since every other blogger is making lists of things they are grateful for, here is mine. When reading this, keep in mind that this is not to say I am not grateful for my friends, and family, and all of the wonderful opportunities I have gotten. I am. But everyone already knows this. There are so many small things each day, that I don’t always stop to acknowledge, for which I am also grateful. And here are fourteen of them.

1. I am thankful that my children don’t yet know how to tell time, so bed time is whenever I am too tired to continue the day.
2. I am grateful that my friends haven’t yet figured out that I don’t know what I am doing half the time, or if they have, that they have kindly kept it to themselves.
3. Dry shampoo. Very grateful.
4. I am thankful my daughter obviously inherited my genes and now owns over a dozen pairs of shoes (which, for a three year old, is very impressive).
5. I am thankful for just about anything with caffeine in it.
6. I am grateful to the make-up companies that created 16-hour everlasting beauty products because it makes me feel like I am not the only person who actually has days that last long enough to require these types of products.
7. I am thankful for the people at Smirnoff. They do good work.
8. I am thankful for writers, who shall remain nameless, and who created works so purposefully difficult and practically unintelligible, that, should I ever wish to torment my students, would more than serve the purpose.
9. I am thankful that my children are at the age where my biggest problem is that they can’t find their juice bottles.

10. I am grateful that none of my kids or cats have thrown up on me in the last week. Small victories.

11. I am thankful to whoever invented cake frosting in a can. I cannot thank you enough.

12. I am thankful for BeBe, a brand that has been clothing me for over a decade, and makes dresses so tight that even if I were to gain weight, you couldn’t tell.

13. I am thankful for friends who will be honest enough to one day tell me to stop wearing skanky dresses.

14. I am grateful for my bed, that I don’t see as often as I should, but which I think about and miss every waking moment.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Bake All The Things

This isn’t really a post, but more of a list, and mainly for my own reference.

I am extremely excited about my holiday baking this year! I think it will be the best turn out yet, and I have finalized the recipes I will be creating for friends and family.

The above is a partial picture of what my dining table looked like last year after I was done. I am very serious with my baking.

According to the reviews I got for last year’s batches, I kept some of the recipes, and added some new ones that I hope everyone likes.

Did I mention how excited I am about making these??

In no particular order, here they are:

Amaretti Crisps

Gingersnap Palmiers


Dark Chocolate Cookies with Sour Cherries (made these last year too)

Chocolate Charms (made these last year too)

Mexican Wedding Cookies (made these last year too)

Pecan Logs

Maple Pecan Shortbread

Buttered Rum Meltaways (made these last year too)

Cranberry Pistachio Cornmeal Biscotti

Rum Balls (make these every year)

Chocolate Thumbprints (make these every year)

Pecan Bars (made these last year too)