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Board Games and Little Boys

 

Can I just mention that this is the first New Year’s Day that I didn’t have to be at work at 5:45 a.m. in YEARS?

It’s amazing. I’m just sayin.

Our New Year’s Eve was pretty low key. Chad and I parked ourselves on the living room floor with a bottle of sparkly wine and about 150 board games while various pop stars sounded like they ACTUALLY sound (whoa.) on the t.v. in the background. The little boys like to watch the ball drop in New York City on the Rockin New Year’s Eve Special. Also I caught the local news and learned a few facts:

  • In Raleigh, North Carolina, they drop a giant acorn.
  • In Mobile, Alabama, they drop an enormous Moon Pie.
  • My kids don’t like Moon Pies.
  • In Brasstown, North Carolina, they drop a possum from the roof of a convenience store (okay they don’t drop it; they very slowly and carefully lower it, and then they set it free… but that’s really weird, right?)
  • Last time I checked we don’t live in Brasstown, but I feel certain this practice must have originated in my zip code…

 

Anyway, back to the board games.

My little guy, Evan, LOVES a board game. He really loves Monopoly. NO ONE ELSE LOVES MONOPOLY. So we negotiate other games to play while I discreetly shove Monopoly under the couch. Evan also really loves to win board games. He is not a gracious loser. Last night we played Phase 10 Twist. In this game each “phase” is like a hand of cards. I accidentally won one too many phases and Evan made the ugly crying face.

 

Me: “Evan, you realize this is just a game, right? There are no prizes.”

Evan (in the squeaky hysterical I’m totally overreacting right now voice) : “Shut uuuuup!!!!”

Me, Chad, and Andrew: can’t stop laughing

Evan: storms into his room and slams the door

Me, Chad, and Andrew: can’t stop laughing

Me (still giggling): “Evan, are you gonna come out now?”

Evan (through the still closed bedroom door): “Not until you guys stop being mean to me!!!”

Me: “We aren’t being mean to you, we’re just laughing at you.”

Me, Chad, and Andrew: can’t stop laughing still

Evan: “Grrrr. Stop laughing at me!”

Evan’s competitive nature returned him to the living room, more determined than ever to beat Phase 10 Twist. This is serious business.

Then I took a picture of Evan’s mad face.

 

Not enough light to really appreciate this picture, but I got a lot of, “Stop it, Mommy!!!!” He really hates it when I take mad face pictures. But then he laughs everytime. It’s a sure fire way to get your kid to realize they’re being ridiculous.

Evan recovered from his temporary board game insanity, but did not recover his loss because at 2:15 a.m. I won!!!

Oh right… no prizes. Why was I excited again?

Well, anyhow, Happy New Year! And have a cookie.

 

Andes Creme de Menthe Cookies
 
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Serves: 4 dozen cookies
Ingredients
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • ¾ cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 (10 ounce) package Andes Creme de Menthe Chips
  • 2⅔ cups all purpose flour, sifted
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl beat together the butter and sugars until fluffy. Add the baking soda, baking powder, vanilla, and eggs. Beat until just combined.
  2. Stir in the Andes chips and the sifted flour.
  3. Stir until combined.
  4. Wrap the dough tightly and chill for at least 1 hour (cold dough makes fatter fluffier cookies!!)
  5. Pre-heat the oven to 350.
  6. Portion the cold dough out into 1" balls spaced about 2" apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Flatten them just slightly.
  7. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Let the cookies cool slightly before moving to wire racks to cool completely.

I cannot take credit for this recipe. Some genius at Tootsie Roll Industries wrote it. You will find it here:

Andes Creme de Menthe Cookies

They are chewy and chocolatey and minty delicious. Also that link is dangerous… you may need to buy a treadmill after perusing it.

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