Ok Creeper

When it rains, it pours.

For whatever reason, the last few days I’ve been flooded with new messages both from OkCupid and POF. Maybe people are feeling the pressure of bringing someone home to mom for the holidays? Whatever the reason, there have been some real doozies.

There are no words to describe some of these messages. But there are screenshots. And here are a few of my favorites

This guy creeped me out right off the bat

disney creeper

The first link was a link to a picture of his movie collection (actually quite impressive) and the second one is his pinterest account. Creepy.

This guy decided to word vomit his interests on me

far away

Why do I live so far away? Really? It shows you my location. Don’t message me if distance is going to be an issue


This guy thought he’d give it another shot. But I think he should’ve stopped after the first one…

movie date

Nope. Just nope.


This one was REAL weird. This was the most random POF message I’ve ever gotten



And I’ll save the best for last. Points given for persistence, but didn’t you get the hint after I didn’t answer the first time? Or the second time?!



I took this screenshot this morning. So he’s been trying to contact me for almost 2 months. Just give up already….


Okey Dokey Yummy Gnocchi!

This week, I unleashed my inner Italian and made gnocchi.

I must admit, I was pretty impressed with myself.

This all came along because we had leftover mashed potatoes from our Thanksgiving feast and I wanted to find a way to use them that wasn’t just mashed potatoes with interesting toppings. Google came to the rescue. Who knew googling “repurpose mashed potatoes” would give me so many results?!

I settled on this gnocchi recipe because it sounded fancy and was really easy. Like, the gnocchi itself was only 4 ingredients easy. I wanted to do something other than your typical pasta sauce so another google search (gnocchi sauce) gave me this tasty recipe. The sauce recipe called for sage – we didn’t have any. I used Italian seasoning instead (it has sage in it so that counts…right?) and I thought it was delicious!


Making the actual gnocchi was super quick and easy. They look so cute!


But the sauce didn’t turn out so great the first time. My pan was too hot and this particular pan seems to burn everything really quickly. My butter and garlic instantly turned into an charred, stinky mess.


The second pan was much better


This recipe is a definite keeper, especially when you want a hot meal with little prep – perfect for weeknights after school when I don’t feel like doing a darn thing.


Buon appetito!

Thanksgiving and…threesomes?!

Thanksgiving came early at our house – my little sister flew from Utah to Omaha to meet my brother (living in Lincoln, Nebraska) to drive back home and surprise my parents! Neither of them can be here for Thanksgiving because of work so we decided to celebrate early


It was great! And it gave me an opportunity to bake these beauties


Black bottomed mini caramel pumpkin cheesecakes.

pumpkin cheesecake collage

Oh yes.

I doubled the recipe because my brother eats EVERYTHING and grandma wanted to try them so I needed to make sure I had leftovers.

But I have to admit – they didn’t turn out exactly as planned. Since I doubled the recipe, I needed 2 muffin tins. The cheesecakes in the new pan turned out beautifully. The cheesecakes in the old pan ended up turning into this


Despite my generous use of cooking spray, these little buggers stuck to the bottom of the tin AND ended up slightly overcooked. Boo! But instead of trashing it, I scraped them out and dumped it all together.

Hey, I’m not about to waste dessert!

By now I’m sure you’re wondering where the threesome comment comes in to play. No. I did not participate in one. No thank you. But this fine gentleman is offering:

I did NOT swipe right…

And I’ll also leave you with this. Maybe you’ll be as confused as I was…

lost in translation

Snow day sweets

November 10th. Snow day. Yikes.

It just so happens that I stopped at the grocery store yesterday because they were having a really good sale on butter.

So naturally I bought 6 pounds.

I am SO ready for the holiday baking season!

Since driving anywhere today was totally out of the question, it was a great day to stay in and bake.

My mom bought 25 bananas to hand out for Halloween (yes…she’s that mom. But she also handed out full size candy bars and chocolate milk. Not too shabby!) We had 8 trick or treaters. I can only eat so many bananas before a) I get sick of them and b) they get overripe. But overripe bananas = banana bread.

I used my great aunt Lillian’s recipe. She was an awesome baker! I was pretty young when she died, but I remember vividly what a sweet woman she was – and how delicious all of her food was. And this banana bread recipe is bomb

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banana bread collage


The finished product. Can you just smell it? And the best part –


Buttered banana bread butt. Best. Thing. Ever.

After making banana bread, I was still in the baking mood. I found this really easy recipe for homemade brownies and I’ve seen on Pinterest people who bake brownies in cupcake tins and fill the middle with peanut butter. Peanut butter and chocolate? I’m in!

brownie collage

I knew these were going to be tasty because the batter alone was freaking delicious! I may never use boxed brownie mix again.

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I baked mine for 15 minutes and they were perfectly chewy on the outside, but maybe a little underdone in the middle. The recipe warned about overbaking so I was a little cautious about them drying out. But I don’t mind my brownies a little soft. I also learned you should let them cool completely (or pop them in the freezer if you’re impatient like me) before trying to take them out – or else you end up with a crumbly, melty peanut buttery [delicious] mess.

Now, if I only I can find a man who loves doing dishes. Then I’d be set for life!

Interstellar movie…not a stellar date

Thursday night I got a really random Tinder message from someone henceforth known as gingerbread cookie.


I was intrigued. We matched a month ago but have never had a conversation. Any time a guy actually puts forth some type of effort instead of just a “hey” or “what’s up” I’ll respond. Bonus points for putting some thought into it! So I messaged back. We chatted for a little bit, nothing too spectacular. Then he asked what I was doing this weekend (I didn’t have much planned), which turned into this…


I figured, why the heck not? I hadn’t even heard of Interstellar (apparently it’s kind of a big deal? He was pretty shocked I hadn’t heard of it) but my Friday plans at that point consisted of sweatpants and Moose Tracks ice cream.

We met at the theater and he had already bought tickets online. Movies aren’t exactly conducive for first date conversation, but we did make some small talk before the movie started. I wasn’t too impressed. Maybe I’m a little old fashioned or too conservative, but I think when you first meet someone swear words should be out of your vocabulary. Don’t get me wrong – I can have quite the potty mouth. But when it’s your first encounter, I don’t think dropping the f bomb makes the best first impression.

The movie was pretty good but so long! The start time was 7:40 (with a million previews beforehand) and we didn’t get out of there until 10:45!

When we got out of the theater, he realized he didn’t have his wallet. He panicked and quickly turned around heading back to the theater – leaving me behind. I had to literally start jogging to keep up with him (he was taller than me so he has longer legs). I understand that terrible panicky feeling when you’ve lost something, especially your wallet, but he totally forgot about me in the process! He started looking in the third row – I was pretty sure we sat in the second row (and I told him that too). I calmly got out my phone and turned on the flashlight. Sure enough, second row, on the floor – I found it. He said “I knew I should’ve listened to you. Women are always right.”

Best thing he said all night.

He asked if I wanted to grab a drink after. Honestly, I wasn’t really feeling it and I was so tired, but I didn’t want to be a jerk since we didn’t really talk that much. So we went to a bar next to the theater. We were there almost an hour. Bad conversation? No. But nothing stellar (pun intended). Gingerbread cookie was nice, funny, but seemed really immature. He recently graduated and is currently looking for a job, but he didn’t seem to serious about it. He talked about how great partying was in college. Eh…not for me.

As we parted ways at the end of the night, he said “we should do this again sometime!” I gave a noncommittal “Um, yeah! We’ll see” and left it at that. I’m really hoping he doesn’t ask me out again…

Cupcakes and Coffee Dates

Happy Halloween!! We get to dress up at school so I went as Supergirl! Here’s my costume

The girls were a big fan of my tutu and shiny shoes. There was a lot of foot petting happening while I was reading story…

A couple weeks ago I was shopping with my mom at the dollar store and they had the most ADORABLE mini pumpkin cupcake liners. Of course I had to buy them and find an excuse to use them. I decided to make my chamber choir cupcakes and we had a mini Halloween party with our mini cupcakes. They turned out pretty good if I do say so myself

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spider webs!

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I cheated and used boxed chocolate cake mix (so much easier) and my grandma’s buttercream frosting recipe. The ghosts were piles of frosting with mini chocolate chips for eyes and regular chocolate chips for the mouth. For the spiders, I just melted chocolate chips, put it in a plastic baggie (super fancy), and piped it onto wax paper. After a few minutes in the freezer I could peel them off and put them on the cupcakes.

While those desserts were successful, my date dessert was not.

Pecan pie. A non internet date – a set up from a friend of mine. She has been telling for a while about him, but I’ve always been with other desserts. She didn’t know much about him – he lives alone, he’s taller than me (bonus!) and he’s super nice. I figured why not? Worth a shot right? So she gave him my number and we planned to meet for coffee this morning. I had suggested a coffee shop out of town near a state park so we could go for a walk if we wanted. He’s a big outdoorsman so he was game for that.

We got our coffee and started walking. Let’s just say I can tell he lives and works alone. Conversation didn’t exactly flow between the two of us – it was pretty awkward and choppy. He’s definitely more into nature than I am – at one point he said he would love to buy a piece of land and live off the grid. Um, no thanks. I like nature, but not that much. Nice guy? Most definitely. My type? Most definitely not.

I won’t be going for seconds of pecan pie.