Category Archives: FFFF

the BEST cookies ever. just ask my kids…

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i love girl scout season.

those little girls are so sweet.  so cute.  i actually like them outside the stores.  i appreciate when kids have to actually sell something face to face to reach their goal.  nobody wants to do that anymore.  yes, i’m old school.  and proud of it.

in order to make them all happy, I buy a box of Thin Mints from each visit and store in my freezer so I can make these cookies all year long.

IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR COOKIE

1 c. butter, softened

1 small pkg Instant Vanilla Pudding mix

3/4 c. brown sugar

1 tsp. vanilla

2 large eggs

2 1/4 (although i use close to 2 1/2) c. flour

1 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. salt

1 sleeve Girl Scout Thin Mint cookies (about 16 cookies), lightly crushed

– mix butter and dry pudding mix.  add vanilla and brown sugar.  add eggs one at a time.  mix until fluffy.  mix in flour, baking soda and salt.  Mix well.  Lightly fold in Thin Mints.  Roll into balls.  Bake in preheated 375 oven for 9-10 minutes.  EAT!

when my kids see the girl scouts… they yell, “mom, did you see?  girl scout cookies!  can you make your cookies?”

and i do.

happy monday.

-tracy



happy birthday, tara…

 

feb12

today would have been my little sister’s 46th birthday.

i wanted to make a cake to celebrate her.

and who doesn’t love oreos.

after seeing this awesome cake on pinterest, I realized I was missing a few things.

i didn’t have a fancy silver cake stand (on my wish list now), cookies, sparklers or champagne.

i did, however, have a yellow cake mix and a tub of whipped cream cheese frosting.

and i had sprinkles.  i always have sprinkles.

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happy birthday tara.

i miss you.

-tracy


a day in seattle with only 40 cents…

jan29

90 minute drive in rush hour to seattle.

a beautiful, sunny day.

what could possibly go wrong?

i tried parking and notice one slight problem…

i left my purse at home.

no!!!!!!!!!

yes, i drove all the way to seattle and did not realize my purse was back home until i needed to pay for parking.  i normally keep $5-7 in my glove box (don’t tell anyone) for emergencies.  apparently i had an emergency the other day and needed a latte and used the money.  all of it, except 40 cents.

what’s a girl to do???

keep calm.  no need to panic myself… or my daughter; who was the reason we were there and why we rushed out of the house so quickly, forgetting the all important purse.

so…

i dropped off brooke at her shoot.  22nd story of some crazy, cool, i-want-to-live-there building.  told her i’d be right back.  and drove to her agency.  at this point i looked at my gas level.  of course… 1/4 of a tank.  and then i looked down at my cel phone… 40% battery.  are you kidding me?

so, i prayed.  prayed hard.

blessings started to come in various ways.  kristy, at SMG (www.smgmodels.com) was there to loan me a 20 dollar bill and 2 dollars in quarters.  thank you kristy!!!  if for some crazy reason you are reading this, i put $22 in an envelope and mailed it to you this afternoon.

i drove to starbucks because they had free parking.  and i had to go to the bathroom.  and i needed a place to sit for an hour since the downtown parking is only good for 2 hours and she was going to be there 3 hours total.   i asked the barista for the cheapest drink that was a meal.  believe it or not, she gave me an extra shot as a gift from her.  who does that?  thanks starbucks!  I love you.  spent $3 on coffee.

then i waited, and sipped my extremely strong drink, and woke up.  and headed to downtown.  oh, that’s right… gas… need gas!  had to ask a guy at a stop light where in the heck was there a gas station in downtown seattle.  the only time in my life when i wished i had an electric car..haha.  spent $8 on gas.

drove around and actually found a spot.  spent $4 on the meter.  good thing i had the quarters from kristy and asked starbucks for some of my change in quarters.  otherwise, how would i have parked?  i didn’t have any form of payment.  and don’t think i didn’t contemplate going to my bank and trying to convince them to give me money… but without any ID i figured that would just be a waste of my time… and limited gas.

now i had 5 one dollar bills and 8 quarters left.

could i do it?  of course.

i went and watched her shoot.  she is amazing.  i am so proud of our girl.  after being sick for 2 weeks she knocked it out of the park.  she modeled 45 skirts in 3 hours flat!  and on top of it made $450.00 and was asked to come back for another shoot.  you go girl!!  i don’t get to brag about her anywhere else.  social media is too judgmental.  i am just so happy for her.  and this is where I can shout it out to the world.

she only let me take a photo or two on my old phone.  and it happened to be with a black tutu.  oh well, mom’s take what they can get.  the skirt line was adorable.  she will most likely post her professional photos on her site.

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after the shoot we had 15 minutes left on the parking meter.  and we were starving.  we found a little deli and bought a bagel with cream cheese and turkey to share.  we so badly wanted a biscuit from The Biscuit Bitch.  but not enough money.  i do have to say though, the bagel hit the spot!

and home we went, just in time to catch mason’s basketball game.  okay, he’s just the manager… of the girls 8th grade team.  loved it.  loved my day.  love my kids.  love that everything worked out when all i thought was “oh no, i only have 40 cents”.

happy thursday.

-tracy



comfort food…

jan21banana bread

mmmmmmm. banana bread.

comfort food to the fisher family.

i made 4 loaves yesterday (two batches) per the request of my gang.

one big one (topped with green and blue m&m’s… which the kids ate quickly… before i got a photo). and three little ones (one given to my sick mom and one given to the owner of the baseball park where mason practices).

only one left for today.  this one will be gone as soon as i pick up my boy from his new sport (manager of the 13 and 14 girls basketball team at school… hmmm… is this a sport?).

enjoy!

BANANA BREAD

1/2 c. shortening

1 c. sugar

2 eggs

3 ripe bananas, smashed

3 Tblsp. buttermilk

2 c. flour

1 tsp. baking soda

a few blue and green m&m’s to sprinkle over the top if you are a SEAHAWK FAN.

mix shortening and sugar.  add eggs.  add bananas and buttermilk.  mix well, until fluffy.  add flour and baking soda.  mix.  pour into greased loaf pan (1 large or 3 small) and bake at 325 for 45 min (small) to 1 hr (large). 

feel free to add your own ingredients to this recipe.  i love walnuts and mini chocolate chips.  mason likes mini reeses pbutter cups mixed in.  brooke likes m&m’s on top only.  greg will eat anything i make.

happy wednesday.

-tracy


welcome back…

jan20surf

oh boy.

that flu knocked me out.

and just when i thought i was better…

my husband got it.

hahahahahahahahaha, not! (if you have a husband, you know what i’m talking about)

over one week later we are back.  in full force.  healthy.  good to roll.

and yes, if i had a surfboard (and lived near some warm water) i would go surf today.  ’cause that’s how good i feel.

welcome back me.

happy tuesday.

-tracy

 


this COUG will cheer on the DUCKS tonight…

 

jan11

okay. okay. if i have to pick a team tonight… it’s the DUCKS.

for my cousin.  for my neighbor.  for our pac 12.

go get em OREGON!!!

but don’t forget i am a WSU COUG GIRL at heart.

forever and always.

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so is my daughter.

until she chooses a college of her own.

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and so will my grandkids.

we will all be cougars.

just sayin.

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but for tonight…

GO DUCKS!

happy monday.

-tracy

*note… tshirts were designed by T.FISHER a few years back.  I miss those days. 



i took a CHANCE…

jan9kitten

“come on mom… take a chance.”

“we’ve never had a REAL pet… gold fish and hermit crabs don’t count as real pets.”

“cats are easy.”

“you always tell us we should become more responsible.”

“you won’t have to do anything.  we will do it all.”

hahahahahahahaha (on the last statement).

so, guess what i’m doing tomorrow?

spending the day with our new kitten!

his name is chance. Chance The Rapper according to our kids.  please note that i do not agree with a lot of the rappers lyrics.  although i love the beat!

i took a chance.  i let them get the cat.  they waited 8 weeks for it to come home.  they paid for all of the kitty toys, bed, carrier, litter box, etc etc etc themselves.  i can’t believe they actually went out and bought it all.  then i had brooke take it immediately to a vet friend.  she has to get a stool sample by next tuesday…hahahaha.  lots of laughing by me.

but truly, he is so darn adorable.

and loving.

and truth be told… I already love this little kitty.

I took a chance.

welcome to the fisher family, chance (the rapper).

happy thursday.

-tracy