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On The "I Dare You" Chickpea-Peanut-Butter-and-Honey-Dark-Chocolate-Chip Cookies

@stonefruit I made these today! With almond butter! (the creamy kind that gets oil on top that you need to stir). They are definitely a little health foody in both taste and texture, but still better than most gluten free cookies I've tasted. Mine came out a little dry & crumbly; I'd maybe add some more olive oil next time?? But there will be a next time. And the raw batter is DELICIOUS.

I used canned chickpeas that were kinda salty, so I xtraxtra rinsed them but ended up still adding a pinch of salt, and they're definitely not too salty. I would also use regular semisweet chocolate chips next time (I used fancy 70% chips that were too bitter). Oh and follow the directions and puree the chickpeas before adding other ingredients (oops! but it seemed really smooth). AND LET THEM COOL BEFORE EATING. They're much better when not Hot.

Posted on May 15, 2013 at 6:00 pm 0

On An E-Mail Announcement From the Proud New Mommy

@Um, WTF Interrobang No, you're fine. It's only a push present if you're the kind of person who calls it that. Which is really heartbreaking when you're amazing big brother gestures to his wife's $3000 handbag and sweetly, sorta-humbly mumbles that it was her push present, and expects you to be so proud of him for being such an awesome guy, and all you can do is take a breath and smile at him because you realize you've lost him forever.

Also, I need to just accept I've lost the war on "baby bump" too, right? We can't let them also sneak push present into our vernacular without a fight.

Posted on May 14, 2013 at 10:03 am 2

On Farewell, Jane

I love this outpouring of love for Jane.

It's crazy that I share this imaginary best friend with so many other people. Why the hell isn't she household name famous??

Jane, I'm not kidding, when I raise my own daughter, you will be a goalpost. You're the perfect kind of perfect. You'll be missed. Thank you, good luck, be happy, and come back.

Posted on March 7, 2013 at 3:09 pm 2

On Beauty Q&A: Do You Smell What I Smell?

@Pygmalion it's never too young to start worrying about aging! (Kidding!) (No I'm not). But what does the eyeliner have to do with wrinkles? Pulling at your eyelid? There's lots of ways to pull without stretching your skin. I think you may be doing it wrong.

Posted on December 14, 2012 at 6:41 pm 0

On Beauty Q&A: Do You Smell What I Smell?

@HitchedUpKids I'm so sorry to tell you this, but I promise you, you stink and people make gagging faces behind your back as soon as you pass. Sorry. It's true. You're friends won't tell you, but you do. Even if you keep the window open, wash your hands and chew gum, you still stank. But it's totally within your power to change this, and in a few weeks you'll have enough $ to dry clean everything, hire a thorough cleaning service for your apartment, and buy yourself some seriously fancy perfume. See posts about the Easy Way to Quit book by Allen Carr below. Stinky. (said with love)

Posted on December 14, 2012 at 6:36 pm 2

On Beauty Q&A: Do You Smell What I Smell?

@aphrabean i think trish mcevoy is responsible for introducing this to the masses. their eyeliner brush (#11?) is made for this (i do it with dark brown eyeshadow). i'm sure they or youtube has tutorials. You lift up your lid a bit, look up, and place the brush on your water line then sort of rub it into your lash roots. Sorry, does that make sense? I just had a glass of wine and my dog is barking at the wall.

Posted on December 13, 2012 at 6:44 pm 3

On Beauty Q&A: Do You Smell What I Smell?

@tamarab It's true! The whole time you're reading it, you're kind of laughing and wondering if it was written by a 7th grader. But it works!

Posted on December 13, 2012 at 5:40 pm 0

On Beauty Q&A: Do You Smell What I Smell?

@MissMushkila i just bought Chanel's evanescence that looks exactly like that (if you add a bit of gloss, the lipstick is on the matte side).

Posted on December 13, 2012 at 5:38 pm 0

On Beauty Q&A: Do You Smell What I Smell?

re quitting smoking: THE. EASY. WAY. I can't evangelicize this enough. I started smoking at 13 and smoked 1.5 (2+) packs/day when I quit at 32 yrs old (5 yrs ago). I tried all the methods (for the love of god, do not EVER EVER even think about Chantix). One very hungover Saturday, I read a book that my friend gave me months earlier, and that afternoon, I didn't smoke anymore. I didn't have to quit, or try to quit, or gain weight or have withdrawl. I just didn't smoke anymore. I had a 1/2 pack in my apartment forever afterwards just to test it. Never wanted one. I tried a cigarette just to test it a few weeks after and almost threw up. Couldn't even inhale it. I don't smoke. My nose is better than a bloodhound's now. I can tell you every ingredient in every dish. I know who hasn't washed their hair or made their bed. But I don't smoke!! I can't believe anyone still does. So, the book is called the Easy Way to Quit Smoking. Even if you're not ready, just buy it now to have around for reading one day when you need an excuse to lay in bed all day. It's been around for 30+ years and relies on word of mouth. All you have to lose is $12. Please quit now, though.

I'm also an expert on dry shampoo! Klorane is the best, and they have a non-aerosol verion too. Batiste is sold in drugstores and has the best fragrances (Floral = Michael Kors, but here are plenty others if you jam different). TreSemme smells worse than cilantro; kind of like you spent the night in a port authority bathroom and went to work without brushing your teeth. But it's still better than smelling like a smoker!!

http://www.amazon.com/The-Easy-Way-Stop-Smoking/dp/1402771630/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1355433183&sr=8-2&keywords=the+easy+way+to+stop+smoking+by+allen+carr

Posted on December 13, 2012 at 4:11 pm 0

On Ask a Clean Person: Laundry School — Hard Water, Soft Fabric, and Babies, Oh My!

@mlle.gateau I'm so confused about BORAX! you say it kills fleas, Jolie says it's gentle. I went through a teenage phase where I washed my (blonde) hair with it, because my Mom said that's what her grandma used to do. But I imagine that's because they didn't have hair dye back then? So I've been worried for years about the awful cancer and hair damage I may have caused myself.

@Jolie: what do you think about washing your hair with Borax (the bar version)?

Posted on May 24, 2012 at 10:43 pm 0