Introducing Mr. Monkers

Good morning and happy Thursday. This post will be brief because I am feeling very tired again today and I have been running late with everything this morning. I even forgot to bring lunch and snacks with me to work today, so it should be interesting to see how I cope when hunger strikes.

BTW, before I forget – check out my most recent Examiner.com article: Give the Gift of Healthy Cooking .

Breakfast yesterday was oatmeal with banana and agave and a side of orange juice. Nothing crazy, but the banana and agave made this delish.

Lunch was lazy – I didn’t have any leftovers on hand, so I popped out to pick up a salad. Romaine lettuce, cheddar cheese, walnuts, carrots, cranberries and chic peas.

Snacks for the afternoon were Greek yogurt (strawberry flavor) with granola and a small bags of walnuts and raisins.

I left work and headed home to finish up the cookies I started the night before. Here is the final result!

And here is the recipe:

Saucepan Fudge Cookies

 Ingredients
1/4 cup butter
3 squares (1 oz. each) unsweetened chocolate
1 cup sugar  –  plus 3 tablespoons, divided
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 chopped nuts
1 cup flour mixed with 1 teaspoon baking powder and 1/4 teaspoon salt

Directions
In a 3 quart saucepan over low heat, stir butter and chocolate until melted and smooth (turn off burner but leave saucepan there to get a little of the residual heat) and stir in 1 cup sugar, the eggs, vanilla and nuts  til blended.  Stir in flour mixture til well blended.  Cover and chill 1 1/2 to 2 hrs. until dough is firm enough to shape.  Roll into 1″ balls, roll balls in remaining 3 tablespoons of sugar (add more sugar if needed).  Place on cookie sheet and bake in preheated 300 oven for 20 minutes.  Remove to rack to cool.  The cookies can be frozen.

They came out a little flatter than what I’m used to, but tasted good. I did discover, however, that the bottom rack of our oven is much much hotter than the top, so when I bake, I really need to use the top shelf rather than the bottom. The cookie sheet I placed on the bottom rack had some tougher cookies than what they should have been. I noticed this before, but this reconfirmed my suspicion. Annoying.

Does your kitchen have any quirks for you to contend with?

Bill decided to make us dinner last night. He is a HUGE fish fan. He loves it. I don’t really like am not such a huge fish fan. Last night he made haddock and that is one type I can tolerate. I do hate how it stinks up our apartment though – yuck.

Are you a fish eater? If yes, what’s your favorite kind?

Apparently, Bill also ordered a bunch of “holiday” movies from Netflix and they started rolling in yesterday. So we watched “Four Christmases” last night. Can you believe that I made him come see this with me in the movie theater when it came out last year? I really like Vince Vaughn, but I also kind of have a girl-crush on Reese Witherspoon (Natalie Portman is my other girl-crush). Reese been one of my favorites since I first saw her in: The Man in the Moon, way back in 1991.

Sorry to hear that she and Jake Gyllenhaal are dunzo. Oh well – I’m sure another gorgeous man will be falling at her heels in no time.

You probably think Hubby and I are movie-obsessed, but seriously these phases happen every now and then. It’ll probably fade out soon.

Final thought and photo from the night: Hubby did this to Murphy.

How unamused does he look? Actually he looks downright mad. That’s his buddy Mr. Monkers. He’s had that stuffed monkey since he was a few months old and it goes everywhere with us. He also bathes it like its his child and then attacks it and beats the heck out of it. Sometimes I think Murphy needs a little brother or sister…but our apartment is too small. So Mr. Monkers will have to be it for now.

Murphy seems to show up quite a bit on my blog – sorry about that! Sometimes I think he’s just too cute. I’ll try to control my Murphy picture-taking and posting from now on.

Happy Thursday!

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7 responses to “Introducing Mr. Monkers

  1. Those cookies look really good!

    I used to be a fish eat… I liked sushi a lot. I rarely eat it now because my boyfriend is allergic. I do eat seafood occasionally (shrimp, calamari, scallops) though because he can eat those!

  2. Sorry posted twice! It look like my first one didn’t go through!

  3. I watched Four Christmases the other day too! I love Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon : )

  4. I haven’t seen Four Christmases yet…. so hard to keep up with the hold favs and add in the new ones, it is also hard to know what new ones are good too.

  5. LOVE fish! but like you, mostly white fish… haddock, scrod, tilapia… i think orange roughie is my favorite! bob and i actually made salmon last night but we undercooked it… he loved it b/c its like eating meat rare or sushi or something… but i didn’t love it. and i do like sushi, this was just too much… and then our house smelled very fishy all night. bleh!

  6. HAHAHAHAHAHA Mr. Monkers. What a sweet friend Murphy has! Murphy is so cute, keep the pictures coming! I am jealous, I would love a pet but Rob is allergic. I loved Reese Witherspoon ever since Fear!

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