Friday, March 25, 2016

Good Friday, Bugs, Bowling,

Happy Easter to you all. I hope you enjoy it and it relaxes you for a day or two.

Matt and I will be munching on Hot Cross Buns for breakfast today. Then there are some Lindt gold bunnies hiding somewhere. Normally we only have one each of course, but this year there was a shopping goof. I am not complaining.

Thursday I had an email from a friend in the building about something different. However, she added a paragraph which is so very apt. I thought I would share it with you and maybe with our realtors next week. With regard to the bed bug situation, both pest control and Schiketanz need to realize that many seniors do not have the stamina it takes to prepare an apartment for treatment. Also, some of us don't have the resources or family nearby to help us with any heavy work. It's unfortunate they don't understand that people slow down as they age and most of us do the best we can. It would probably save Schiketanz a lot of money if they hired someone to do both the prep work and the pest control for those who aren't able. I think they should make that investment for Joe (the neighbour where it started, for us anyway) and you and in my mind, that's the only solution that makes any sense. Stamina was a good word for her to use and one which didn't occur to me. It is also true that Matt and I do not have any family to help us as others do nor the finances to pay professionals to help us.

Bowling was useless today. I managed to get past the 100 every time, but that was about it. Matt bowled better than I but even he didn't bowl terribly well.  I was blaming it on my hip and said Matt could plead his chin which looks a right mess at the moment. He is telling everyone I beat him up. He certainly has more bruising than he did for his previous basel cell op. He does look like someone has been using him as a punching bag.

I couldn't resist sharing this recipe when I found it Thursday morning. Bit late for Easter but you could shop and make on Saturday if you were sufficiently keen I guess.

Bunny-Bottom Pudding Cookies

Kraft Kitchens

2 cups flour
1 pkg (3.4 oz.) JELL-O Lemon Flavor Instant Pudding
3/4 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 cup butter or margarine, softened, divided
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg
2 tsp vanilla
4 oz (1/2 of 8-oz. pkg.) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
3/4 cup powdered sugar
4-1/2 tsp milk
few drops red food coloring
12 large JET-PUFFED Marshmallows
24 JET-PUFFED Miniature Marshmallows

1. Heat oven to 375°F.

2. Combine flour, dry pudding mix, baking soda and salt. Beat 3/4 cup butter and brown sugar in large bowl with mixer until light and fluffy. Blend in egg, then vanilla. Gradually add flour mixture, beating well after each addition.

3. Roll dough into 24 balls, each about 1-1/2 inches in diameter. Place, 2 inches apart, on baking sheets; flatten with bottom of cup.

4. Bake 10 to 12 min. or until lightly browned. Cool on baking sheet 3 min. Remove to wire racks; cool completely.

5. Beat cream cheese, remaining butter, powdered sugar and milk with mixer until blended. Reserve 2 Tbsp. cream cheese frosting; spread remaining frosting onto cookies. Mix reserved frosting and food coloring until blended.

6. Use kitchen shears to cut each large marshmallow crosswise into 4 pieces. Top cookies with marshmallows as shown in photo. Spoon tinted frosting into small resealable plastic bag; cut small piece off one bottom corner of bag. Use to decorate marshmallow pieces as shown.

Servings: 24 - 1 cookie each

Have a great Easter.


  1. Oh my gosh, how cute are those bunny bums. Too cute.

    That's a great thing she wrote.

    Love that you have extra chocolates hiding. Good stuff indeed.

    1. They are cute Ivy.

      Yup, I was delighted with what she said.

      Looking forward to the bunnies.

  2. Ditto on cute bunny buns. Made me smile, and I'm sure the kids would love them.
    Enjoy your weekend, Jo. I'm glad to hear someone has some sense in your building. Hope all turns out well. Feel better, both of you!

    1. Thanks Yolanda. I guess it will all get sorted out eventually. Hope you enjoy the weekend too.

  3. Hi Jo - the bed bug - building management situation needs some serious attention - so I sure hope the 'push' works ...

    Those cookies look fun ... and I can imagine the laughter emanating from many a kitchen with kids happily cooking and eating these ...

    Enjoy your breakfast today ... Happy Easter - cheers Hilary

    1. We will see next week Hilary.

      They are cute cookies aren't they. Have a great weekend.

  4. Happy Easter Jo! Enjoy those chokkies! What a fun recipe!

  5. Have a great Easter. I have picked up another 'bug' and think I have bronchitis again, so I am debating whether or not I can go ahead with dinner.

    1. I'm sorry to hear that Denise. Do get better soon. I'm pleased t say I haven't had bronchitis since I quit smoking 20 years ago. I hope you can manage dinner.

  6. Bunny buns are so adorable!!!!!!!!!!

  7. Your friend had a good point about stamina.
    Not sure I'd want to eat a bunny's butt.

    1. She certainly did Alex.

      Oh go on, I bet they are delicious.

  8. My son is an entomologist (bug), consults with large companies. Bed bugs are horrendous in care facilities and he has given many seminars to staffs on how to recognize symptoms, etc.
    Just reading your recipes make me drool.

    1. Susan, do me a favour, ask your son about diatomaceous earth, I would like to know his opinion. It seems to be working for us although the pest control people said it was useless!!

      Gonna make some bunny bums then?

  9. The bunny is cute and something sweet in more ways than one:) your neighbour hits the nail on the head because one not only slows down but, as you know, many have aches and pains and can't get it all ready. The sad thing is they just don't get that.

    1. It is cute isn't it? I guess we didn't either when we were younger Birgit.