Thursday Things


It rained for 5 days straight here.  No joke.  Nonstop rain.  In Phoenix.

THEN, when I got into my car today there was ice on the windshield.  ICE!!!  I live in the desert, WHY IS THERE ICE ON MY WINDSHIELD!?

At least it finally stopped raining…

Despite the ice, I got all warm and fuzzy when I got to the office and saw that Serious Eats featured my picture on their game day treats lineup!  You can check out their game day treats slide show or go straight to my recipe for M&M-stuffed cookies – For game day, fill them with your favorite team’s colors.

Or, fill them with the opposing team’s colors and pretend that you are crushing them with every bite! ( Insert evil laugh )

game day sweets

If you’re still looking for other game-day recipes, hopefully you caught my round-up of stress-free Super Bowl recipes.

In case you were concerned that my obsession with hilarious cats was waning, don’t worry, it’s still going strong.  In fact, I just realized I never told you about my newest instagram cat obsession: Colonel Meow.


Majestic, right?


Get that poor cat a brush!!! You can follow him on instagram or check out his facebook page!

And poor Sophie is still trying to catch that rascally mouse.  She likes to try to outsmart him by sticking her hand under the iPad or looking around behind it.  Poor thing just can’t resist.  Look at how sad she is.


In other, non-cat-related news (if there is such a thing), I learned that I’m not crazy.  Well, at least not for always googling terms like “perfect temperature for white bread” when I’m baking.  According to this article on the Kitchn, checking your breads temperature is the secret to perfect bread and rolls!

COINCIDENTALLY, that thermometer is identical to mine!

Oh, and the BF got me the best erasers ever.  This is actually old news (they were a stocking stuffer) but I finally remembered to bring them to work and show them off.  Too bad I will never be able to use them because they’re too cute.


Oh, and Trader Joe’s has a new candy bar.  It’s called PB&J bar, but it actually tastes like a PB&J Sandwich.

No, like ACTUALLY.

pbj bar

I know what you’re thinking, “Duh, Natalie.  It’s called PB&J Bar” but NO!  It’s weird.  Good, but super weird.  It doesn’t taste like a chocolate bar filled with peanut butter and jelly, IT TASTES LIKE A PB&J SANDWICH!  You’ll have to try it for yourself to understand.

Last, but certainly not least, did you know that there is A WHOLE SUBREDDIT ABOUT RED PANDAS??  The BF showed it to me last night and I can’t stop looking at it.


red panda

So if you feel like you need to overdose on cuteness today (which I will need to do to make myself stop crying after the VERY LAST EPISODE OF 30 ROCK EVER airs tonight), please do check it out.  Freaking red pandas… WHY ARE YOU SO CUTE???