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Singing in the Kitchen

I listened to the Guys & Dolls  not too long ago, so that kind of music has been in my head even though it’s not my favorite genre. I’ve been dancing around the kitchen humming and writing this song in anticipation of tomorrow night’s dinner, which I don’t have to cook.


Some girl’s babies make them swoon and crawl
Wind ’em round their finger till they drop their drawers
And once they’re done
They’re on the run
Because they had their cake
But my baby, he just makes me steak.

Some girl’s babies buy them fancy things
Cars and clothes and sparkling little diamond rings
Until they see
That the love ain’t free
And they’re rudely shocked awake
But my baby, he just makes me steak.

Some girl’s babies have just one thing on their mind
A family name, some kittens, and the daily grind
But my boy and me
We let each other free
‘Cause a ring’d be a mistake
That’s why my baby, he just makes me steak.


Write Snacks – Mug Cookie Recipe That Works!

I have two elder siblings by blood, and a younger one by… well… I broke his nose once.

We had a big long argument about what my blog should be, and he won. Raiders and Gentlefolk, welcome to the premier of the Writehack/Lifehack category!

Sometimes when I’m writing, I want a snack NOW. Cooking is fun, cooking is a social activity; but it’s also a huge time-suck. I’d rather get up, get a snack, and eat it in the time it takes to find the perfect synonym for ‘slammed.’

Before I found this recipe, my microwave mug-cakes were eggy abominations. Whenever you’re trying a new recipe, make sure you have all the ingredients on hand before you begin. I like to lay everything out on the table before I start, and then put each ingredient away after I’ve used it.

I subbed chopped walnuts for chocolate chips because that’s what I had on hand.

This fills half a standard US coffee mug. Want more cookie? Double the recipe and microwave until solid. Baking is the mad science of tasty ratios.

1 Tablespoon unsalted butter
1 Tablespoon granulated sugar
1 Tablespoon brown sugar, firmly packed
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon (pinch) salt
1 egg yolk
3 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
1-2 Tablespoons chocolate chips

  • Microwave butter in a mug until melted, 30 seconds to 1 minute.
  • With a spoon, mix in sugars, vanilla extract and salt until well-combined. Mix in egg yolk until no traces of the yolk are seen.
  • Mix in flour.
  • Fold in chocolate chips.
  • Microwave on high for 40 seconds, or a maximum of 50 seconds. (I nuked mine for 80 seconds because I’m hardcore like that.)
  • Serve warm, maybe with ice cream.