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Friday Funny: 13 Ways My Life Would be Different If It Were a Soap Opera
I don't have time to watch soaps but I've always been a General Hospital fan. My college roommate and suitemate turned me onto the show back when Stone was alive and he and Robin were an item. Before that, when I was in high-school I watched Another World (no longer on). And way, way, back, I'll admit to watching Santa Barbara (also no longer in existence). Although it is fun to get wrapped up in the story lines and drama, when you stop to think about it, some of the plot and characters can be so ridiculous. I came up with a list, of 13 Ways My Life Would be Different If It Were a Soap Opera: (cue the theme music)

1. I would be on my third marriage. My first husband would be dead from a tragic accident like careening over a cliff in a car with sabotaged brakes and my second and I would be divorced and fighting over rental property on "the docks".

2. My children would have longer, fancier, names like Jamison Matthew Beauford something or other the III.

3. I would live at "The Mansion".

4. I would have a wacky cook/maid/butler named Sabrina.

5. My wardrobe would be comprised of over-sized, tacky, jewelry and many, flowing, dresses that I'd wear just around the house.

6. If I wanted to go anywhere, I'd ask Sabrina to tell my driver to pull the Bentley around.

7. In my living room, there'd always be a tray that had glasses and a full pitcher of water or orange juice.

8. Whenever I ate out at a restaurant there'd be a huge scene as I got into a fight with one of my husband's ex-wives, or my ex-husband. Inevitably someone would have a drink thrown in their face and I'd have to be dragged out.

9. I'd have several long, lost siblings & half siblings who suddenly come forward. Offspring of affairs my mother and father each had "years ago" & pregnancies that no one knew about.

10. My kids would stay babies forever, whisked away and cared for by our nanny, and then one day appear grown up and 10.

11. I would have experienced and overcome many tragic events like being trapped in the basement of a burning house, stuck in an elevator with my arch enemy after a building explosion, a terrible car crash that left me in a coma for weeks, and a near drowning while trying to save my ex-husband's sister because I am a good person even though he doesn't think so. But I survive!

12. I would wake up in the morning everyday with perfect make-up & hair. And never have morning breath either.

13. Every time my husband and I made love (in front of a fireplace) there would be a hundred candles lit everywhere and rose petals all over our floor and bed.

What am I missing? How would your life be different if you lived in a soap opera?

What Color Are You?
Who else is a sucker for these random internet quizzes that are supposed to tell you what you are like? I'm always amazed when they are dead on correct-and when are wrong, of course, it's some internet quiz some random person made up! I love taking them though. 

I took this quiz back in 2008 and surprisingly, my results are exactly the same as when I took it back then. What color are you?

you are steelblue

Your dominant hues are cyan and blue. You like people and enjoy making friends. You're conservative and like to make sure things make sense before you step into them, especially in relationships. You are curious but respected for your opinions by people who you sometimes wouldn't even suspect.

Your saturation level is medium - You're not the most decisive go-getter, but you can get a job done when it's required of you. You probably don't think the world can change for you and don't want to spend too much effort trying to force it.

Your outlook on life is brighter than most people's. You like the idea of influencing things for the better and find hope in situations where others might give up. You're not exactly a bouncy sunshine but things in your world generally look up.
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Vegan (or not) Chocolate Chip Cookies
For some reason, I've been thinking a lot about chocolate chip cookie dough. I really wanted to make the healthy cookie dough dip that uses chick peas (CLICK HERE) but I didn't have any peas on hand. My go to chocolate chip cookie recipe is the one that is included with the Crisco butter flavor shortening package. It always comes out great! But, I did not have enough "butter". Glancing at my cookbook shelf, I saw my Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar book. I've made many recipes from this book, but chocolate chip is not one of them. I scanned the ingredients and had everything on hand. The author, Isa Chandra Moskowitz, also shares this recipe on her Post Punk Kitchen website. I recommend you read this through before baking to take notice of the extra notes I included.

Here is what you need:

Chocolate Chip Cookies
Makes two dozen two inch cookies or about 16 three inch cookies

1/2 brown sugar
1/4 white sugar
2/3 cup canola oil*
1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk (or your favorite non-dairy milk)*
1 tablespoon tapioca flour*
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour*
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cups chocolate chips (or white!)

*A few notes about the ingredients. You could substitute regular milk into this recipe-but then it will not be Vegan. You can also change what type of oil. I used olive oil but vegetable oil would be fine. Also, I do not keep tapioca flour on hand. You can use cornstarch as a substitute as the tapioca flour works as a binder. If you want to make a "healthier" cookie-you can substitute wheat flour for 1/2 the white. Do not substitute wheat for all the flour-it will not work.

-Preheat oven to 350 F. Lightly grease two large light metal baking sheets.
-Mix together sugars, oil, milk and tapioca flour (cornstarch) in a mixing bowl. Use a strong fork and mix really well, for about 2 minutes, until the texture resembles smooth caramel. Because I am lazy, I used an inversion blending stick to get the consistency right. Mix in the vanilla.
-Add 1 cup of the flour, the baking soda and salt. Mix well. Mix in the rest of the flour. Fold in the chocolate chips. I found that it was better to use my hands to mix in the chocolate chips because they didn't stick to the dough very well using the fork.

One great perk about Vegan cookie making is that you can sample from the bowl and not worry about consuming raw eggs.

For baking, Isa recommends:
-For 3 inch cookies, roll the dough into about ping pong ball size balls. Flatten them out in your hands to about 2 1/2 inches. They will spread just a bit. Place on a baking sheet and bake for about 8 minutes ? no more than 9 ? until they are just a little browned around the edges.You can usually get 16 out of these so bake two rounds of eight cookies.
-For 2 dozen two inch cookies roll dough into walnut sized balls and flatten to about 1 1/2 inches and bake for only six minutes.
-Let cool on the baking sheet for about 5 minutes then transfer to a cooling rack.

I have a "medium" OXO cookie scoop. It holds 1.5 tablespoons of cookie dough and I found that if I scooped the dough, and scraped against the edge of the bowl to make the bottom flat so that the scoop was filled, this made a perfect cookie size. I baked 12 at a time on a sheet. Instead of flattening with my hands, I put the dough on the cookie sheet and then used the back of a measuring cup to slightly flatten the cookie. My oven gave them the slightly browned edges at 9 minutes.

When I was through mixing up the dough, I was a little nervous as it seemed excessively oily and Isa at one point described the dough as "dry". I used olive oil and when I tasted the raw dough, its flavor was strong. However, after baking and cooling, the cookies were delicious! No olive flavor. Also when I made them, I doubled the recipe with no problems.

Give these a try! They taste great and can be allergy friendly depending on the ingredients you use.

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