Thursday, October 23, 2008

Just what the doctor ordered

This has been the week from h-e-double-hockey-sticks. I mean I've had worse, but this one was a doozy. It was a little bit weird, a little bit sad, a little bit humbling, a little bit frustrating and now, like the cherry on top of this crap sundae, a little bit sick.

What did I do to deserve such a week?!
And more importantly, how could I be getting sick AGAIN? I've been sick more in the last three months than in the last three years. And for no good reason. I've been eating well (if you ignore that bag of Cinnamon Bears I devoured yesterday). I've been working out (this week anyway). I wash my hands like thirty hundred times (and purify them another forty hundred times). So how am I getting sick again? Seriously, can anyone explain this to me?
I think it's my hand weights. After a cold, I typically clean everything...except those weights. Perhaps I keep reinfecting myself every time I work out. How's that for irony? I finally get around to exercising and it ends up making me sick so I can't exercise. Okay, I can but I won't.
If in doubt, blame exercise. That's my motto.

I'm downing Cold-Eeze every hour per the package instructions in a preemptive strike. Here's hoping this sore throat fizzles quickly and the dragon doesn't take up residency.

Now that I'm done whining (for the moment anyway), here's a happy thought, er...picture.

Tomorrow I'm making these Chocolate Peppermint Patty Cupcakes to bring to a dinner party on Saturday.

Dark chocolate cupcake with peppermint buttercream and...there's a Peppermint Patty INSIDE! Are you drooling like I am?

The last time we had dinner with this group of friends, I threw together brownies from a box and fancied them up using my sister's trick of melting Jr. Mints on top. But something went horribly wrong and they never turned cakey. They were more like a pool of chocolate goo on top of an impossibly hard, sticky crust. (Not that it stopped me from scarfing down the edible parts. Aren't you proud Mom & Dad?) Regardless, I'm determined to redeem my culinary reputation with these cupcakes. They're the furthest thing from vegan, sugar-free or healthy. And they're the perfect cure to a rough week.

Note: 1) Sickness has settled in. Ugh. 2) The cupcakes got rave reviews. I used the America's Test Kitchen dark chocolate cupcake and easy peppermint buttercream recipes. Just fill papers 1/4 full, place a peppermint patty on top and cover with more batter. But don't fill the papers more than 1/2 full though - I learned this one the hard way. Also, the centers of the cupcakes didn't rise leaving a crater for more frosting. I'm not complaining as I think of cake as merely a conduit for frosting anyway.


The Tucson Gang October 23, 2008 at 7:00 PM  

Man, you are sick a lot sista! Alhtough I must admit...I am sick this week too. :-( Being sick stinks! I was trying to figure it out too - since so far the kiddos aren't why am I?!? We were at the pedi's office last week for Ryan's 5yr well visit - and so were you...but I was careful to hand sanitize like 20 times during and after the visit...but maybe something slipped through?!!? You were there too - weren't you!?!

Hang in up...get well soon! And those brownies look AWESOME!!!!! Sheesh..I definitely need the recipe! Nothin' better than chocolate and mint!!!


Beth October 23, 2008 at 7:59 PM  

Bummer you are not feeling well. I have been home with Miriam who has been sick all week. Lost my voice yesterday, but it is getting better. I feel fine and refuse to admit I might also be getting the bug. I have also been downing Vit C and all other possible helpful things (including chocolate).

You have definately made me drool looking at those pictures! I am sure the doctor ordered them for you :)

Emily October 23, 2008 at 9:38 PM  

I feel for you - I've been sick this week too. Was totally fine Sunday when I went to bed but somehow woke up Monday with a cold. It seems I just got recovered from my last cold so I was bummed to get it again. Just hoping this is not a sign to what winter will be like. I hate being sick.

Oh my goodness those cupcakes look yummy. I don't know what it is about being sick but I've had a serious sweet tooth all of a sudden. I probably ate more chocolate today than I have in months. I know, real healthy.

Get well wishes!

LCM October 24, 2008 at 7:55 AM  

I love peppermint patties! As to the sick thing, you should head on over here to play wii with Buttercup. She's home sick again too! It is just that season I guess. I will be hunting down that cupcake recipe.

heather October 24, 2008 at 6:25 PM  

Okay...this may sound strange...but it falls under one of my "best finds." I used to have upper respiratory infections all of the time (working in the schools). When I feel one even slightly coming on (throat, nose, or sinus) I use NeilMed Sinus rinse packets mixed in a sinus rinse bottle. Seriously, kind of gross to begin with, but gets those germs washed out almost every single time. I even use it on the 5 year old. Cheap. At the drugstore. (hope you feel better)

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