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Bookkeeper, tax preparer, cat lady, blogger, organizer, mystery writer.


I've finally decided that I am a writer - all the other things I do just pay the bills. Someone eloquent once said that if you do what you love, the money will follow. Well, let's just see about that.

RIP Aggie

RIP Aggie
Aggie was my fifteen-year-old cairn terrier - or maybe I should say I was her 55-year-old person! She was my faithful companion, spoiled rotten and I am still trying to figure out what to do without her.

Peter the Cat...

Peter the Cat...
This is Peter the gingersnap tabby! He's seven years old and has just been promoted to Peter the Very, Very Good. He is working his way up to Peter the Great...

Bee - the Cat Who Came From Somewhere Else...

Bee - the Cat Who Came From Somewhere Else...
Bee is Peter's buddy. He's eight years old and has made himself right at home. I guess cats really do come in pairs or sets of three!

And Jasper makes three!

And Jasper makes three!
Jasper is our new guy - the Cat From Another Place. He's four years old and we think he likes it here - so far, so good!

Buzz about...

Thursday, October 14, 2010

If only I still had my Kitchen-Aid mixer...

I would make these wonderful Hoot Owl Cookies...
Instead, I'll share the recipe that the lady who first made them for me was kind enough to share with me.  Apparently these neat fall cookies were created by a young girl who was the youngest winner ever of the Pillsbury Bake-Off.
How cool is that?

Hoot Owl Cookies 

1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg
3/4 cup butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoons baking powder
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup white sugar
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
chocolate chips for eyes
cashews for beaks

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Add baking powder and salt. Beat well. Add flour and mix until blended. Remove 2/3 of dough. Roll or pat dough out to form two 10 x 4 inch rectangles.  Add cocoa to remaining 1/3 of dough. Mix until blended. Shape half of chocolate dough into a 10 inch long roll. Place on rectangle and roll plain dough to cover chocolate dough completely, not including ends. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill at least 2 hours. Repeat with other half of dough.  Cut dough into 1/8 inch slices with a sharp knife. Place two slices side by side on a cookie sheet to resemble an owl's face. Pinch upper "corners" to resemble ears. Put chocolate chips in each dark circle for eyes and a cashew in the center for the beak . Bake 8 to 12 minutes or until light golden brown.  Makes 2 dozen incredibly cool cookies.


  1. Well, I DO have my kitchen aid mixer.....heavy duty bakers version! I am making these cookies this afternoon! Wish I were there to drop a few off for YOU! My sister in law and her husband are in Clearwater, FL visiting their daughter now. The last recipe I tried of yours was a HUGE success so I am expecting these will be a hit with my grandchildren tomorrow when I take them over there! THANKS!

  2. So cute. What a great idea for cookies.
    I just got a Kitchen Aid for my birthday this year. I love it.
    ♥ Joy

  3. These are too cute! I see a little chore in my Kitchen Aid mixer's future...