1. A cookie butter update: I want to burrow inside the jar and live there forever. OMG.

2. Contrary to popular belief, this was not my turkey on Thanksgiving.

3. I’ve been the victim of some disgusting illness the last 8 days, but am hopefully turning the corner. If the cookies I just scarfed are any indicator, I should be well by this evening.

4. Thankfully, I have my priorities straight and was able to manage an all day shopping extravaganza on Friday with my mom. When I dropped her off, my dad attempted to cure me with pancakes. At 11pm.

5. Today is St. Nicholas’ Day! My entire life, I woke up to gold “chocolate” coins in my shoes. Now I wake up to… nothing. I hate being a grown up.

6. Considering I’m such a cliche, it’s totally normal that I’m obsessed with the sock bun.

7. And I’m dying to try this with my hair. Pretty sure I can easily find the, uh… supplies.

8. I’m about 5 seconds away from driving myself to the nearest theater to see that stupid Twilight movie, even though I’ve never read the books and and loathe all things Twilight related. Somebody stop me!

9. I’m praying Santa brings me a maid this year. A live-in one. Who is free. And specializes in dishes.

10. Bella is huge. I hate it.

10. 20 points + a gold star to whoever can bring me one of these immediately. My throat is begging you.

11. I need your best Christmas gift suggestions for men who have EVERYTHING. Go!

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121 Responses to “Tuesday Things.”

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    Lisa @ Life in Green — December 6, 2011 @ 10:12 pm

    I have this same problem every year with my dad. Last year I did Keen slippers which apparently are some damn good slippers, cause he asked for a second pair this year to keep at his woodshop. Also did a Netflix gift certificate…

    Shopping for men is sooo hard.

    I so wished I hated Twilight…do you know how it feels to sit in a theater with oogly-eyed teen girls? It stinks, but I confess I love vampires.


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    Susan Stonick — December 6, 2011 @ 10:41 pm

    My husband also has everything. Every year he tells me he does not need anything or want anything. Or he will actually see something he shows interest in, but buys it before you even get the chance to get it as a gift. So this year I tried something a little different. We have two dogs that we both absolutely love. A Bernese Mountain Dog named Tess and a Newfoundland named Bear. One of my husbands clients is an artist. The most incredible painter. I emailed her a couple pictures of the dogs and she is going to do a painting for me to give to hiim as a Christmas present. Maybe a painting of Bella? She has a facebook page for her art work. Let me kmow if your interested and I can give to you. Also she lives is in the south hills of Pittsburgh. PS Hope you feel better!


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    Becki's Whole Life — December 6, 2011 @ 10:44 pm

    I looked for the cookie butter at TJ’s when I was there last weekend, but they didn’t have it…so sad, but probably for the best:-)


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    Joelle (On A Pink Typewriter) — December 6, 2011 @ 10:44 pm

    My family is very traditional, but I’ve never heard about a St. Nicholas Day’s tradition! I feel like I got jipped as a kid. And pancakes at 11p? Your dad sounds like a smart cookie.


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    Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen — December 6, 2011 @ 10:54 pm

    Oh my goodness. I must try that with my hair. I drink about 80,000 diet cokes a day, so I’d just do it in the name of recycling.

    As for gifts, all my boyfriend wants is a Best Buy giftcard. So lame. How about tickets to some kind of sporting event? I bought my bf hockey tickets last year and he was pretty excited about those.


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    Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy — December 6, 2011 @ 11:30 pm

    I need Christmas gift suggestions too! I have no idea what to get my fiance…guys always buy everything for themselves!


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    Alexandra — December 6, 2011 @ 11:39 pm
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    Katie P — December 6, 2011 @ 11:54 pm

    What about the Sony Dash? It’s an alarm clock/tablet hybrid…I’ve been eyeing one for my hubby for a while


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    Katie — December 6, 2011 @ 11:59 pm

    Gah, hope you are feeling better soon! When you feel better, lets get together and roll our hair up with beer cans together…of course we’ll have to take down a lot of beer first. Wait, I don’t like beer that much…can we add sprinkles to it?


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    Zesty Cook — December 7, 2011 @ 12:45 am

    I can’t believe that’s Bella! It seems like yesterday she was only a tiny pup! Is she getting a gift this year? I think she deserves a tasty stocking stuffer :)


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    Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn — December 7, 2011 @ 12:48 am

    Well duh, your throat needs sangria. Anddddd I think you should get him a headlamp! Or a construction hat. Cause duh, that can be functional AND fun.


    • Julia — December 7th, 2011 @ 3:39 pm

      As my dad stated on Christmas morning last year after my boyfriend and brother in law opened a stocking stuffer (headlamp)…”don’t use that under the covers, they don’t like that.” awkkkward.


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    Ari @ Ari's Menu — December 7, 2011 @ 12:54 am

    #9 times 100.


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    Camilla — December 7, 2011 @ 1:22 am

    I still live at home and totally woke up to chocolates in my shoes this morning! My dad is all about tradition!


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    JulieD — December 7, 2011 @ 1:49 am

    Awww, Bella is huge! I know exactly what you mean…gosh it’s so hard to see them get so big and you have memories of them being small. Cherish the time! My Charley’s 8 now…can’t believe it!!


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    Mel G — December 7, 2011 @ 1:50 am

    Do yourself a favour and read the Twilight books. Seriously, they’re really well written and will sucker you in, I promise! I hadn’t got into the whole Twilight thing when it first came out, then my sister lent me her books. By chapter 3 I was hooked. There are 4 books and I read them cover to cover in a little under 5 days (and long nights lol) flat….that’s how good they are.

    I dare you! :)


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    Lynne @ 365 Days of Baking — December 7, 2011 @ 2:30 am

    Oh my goodness!!! Miss Bella has gotten SO big!!!! I was just thinking about her the other day and was wanting to see an updated picture – you read my mind!!
    I hate being all growed up, too. I loved when St. Nick came to visit and always left my shoes outide the door.
    Now. Nothin’
    As for the guy gift? I have no suggestions. Mine never wants anything, except this year he does need a new wallet.
    Good luck, Jessica! Hope you’re feeling better!!


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    Ashleigh@ashleighskitchen — December 7, 2011 @ 3:30 am

    I have the same exact feeling about Twilight! I want to see it, but I don’t. I MAY be able to wait until it comes on on dvd but we will see!


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    Celestine — December 7, 2011 @ 8:18 am

    Make him a photo book or calendar on picaboo.com If I can do it, you can do it. I don’t have a crafty cell in my body. I made a book for my fiance on a Monday and recieved it in the mail on Friday.


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    Cynthia Foresman — December 7, 2011 @ 8:32 am

    Photo books are a great idea. I gave my husband a ride on a small airplane for his birthday gift at our local airport. I took photos of him outside the plane and getting into the plane and then gave him the camera …he took photos from the air. As he landed I took photos with my cell phone. I put them all together into a small book that he leaves on his desk to share with others. He liked the plane ride (no more costly than a nice shirt) and has the book as a keepsake!


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    Sandy — December 7, 2011 @ 8:48 am

    Have you heard of the magazine Mental Floss? This magazine is really neat and covers so many neat topics. You will defintitely leave each issue learning something and it is something to talk about with anyone. Topics: Brilliant Tips from Successsful Outlaws, 25 Most Powerful Songs in the Past 25 Years, The End of the World Cookbook, How Baseball Cards Shaped American Business, How Beer Built the Pyramids, What a Monkey Can Teach You About Money. Some articles are pages long and others are just 1/4 page long. All ages like the magazines (there are some articles that a youunger child shouldn’t read in some issues) but it is a great magazine. Check out their website- Where Knowledge Junkies Get Their Fix:: Feel Smart Again::


  21. #
    Cindy Coniglio — December 7, 2011 @ 8:56 am

    You are so funny! I miss you!!


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    Patti — December 7, 2011 @ 9:30 am

    Getting your emails each day is like getting a big bag of happy delivered to me. And I can wear pajamas. Win.


    • Cristy — December 7th, 2011 @ 12:25 pm



      • Debi — December 7th, 2011 @ 10:34 pm

        Double ditto :)

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    Sherrie — December 7, 2011 @ 9:35 am

    After falling off my husband’s antitque short ladder (because the leg was so warped) then seeing him use the tall wobbly ladder the other day, I decided it is time for THE LITTLE GIANT LADDER!!! He is going to LOVE this gift, promise! He loves tools (what guy isn’t), and it’s so useful. This ladder actually splits into two smaller ladders! Watch the video, really… you will be impressed! I am not a QVC junkie, but they do have a great deal going now with easy payments to make an expensive ladder more reasonable. I figure it to be a great investment for only $200! http://www.qvc.com/qic/qvcapp.aspx/view.2/app.detail/params.item.V31277.desc.Little-Giant-24in1-17-Ladder-System


    • Sherrie — December 7th, 2011 @ 9:38 am

      Did I mention that they carry these at your local Home Depot, probably Lowes too, and they have many different choices and prices to choose from? By now you might think I’m the rep for Little Giant, nope, I’m not. I only know a good thing when I see it, thus my reason for reading this blog. Thank you Jessica for another year of great recipes and pure entertainment! :)


      • Tara — December 8th, 2011 @ 1:11 pm

        Yes, I agree! I got one for the hubby last year, and he has used it sooo many times. Inside, outside, its great!!!!
        I got it at Lowes.

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    stephanie @cookinfanatic — December 7, 2011 @ 9:36 am

    Hahaha that hair do is unreal. I bet if I was back in college I totally would have tried this one time or another (but really…) ;)


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    Jessica @ Stylish Stealthy and Healthy — December 7, 2011 @ 9:50 am

    True story: I tried to finagle the sock bun a few weeks ago and I spend the entire day paranoid that people could tell there was a sock in my hair. And if by “maid” you mean a sort of sister-wife type who gets to eat your food, drink wine and watch Friends reruns, I just may be your gal. Also Brandon is super handy, so it’s like a 2-for-one!


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    katelyn — December 7, 2011 @ 9:56 am

    I suggest going to go see the Twilight movie if you just want to sit and laugh in the theater all by yourself. I have read all the books (which I thought were pretty good) and seen all of the movies (which were all terrible). So unlike any other Twilight movie, some of my friends and I went to go see it all excited, they were talking it up like it was going to be good like Harry Potter (Twilight can’t touch Harry. ps.) and we literally sat and laughed at how incredibly stupid the whole thing was. The acting was terrible! Oh my goodness, we laughed so hard. We made the entire theater angry. Like tears down our faces laughing. If you need a mood lifter, go see it.


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    Libby — December 7, 2011 @ 10:43 am

    Bella looks like my Alex. He’s a year and 1 month now. I keep looking at the pictures of him when we first got him and I cry.


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    Jenna — December 7, 2011 @ 10:53 am

    For #11…try to think of non-material items, because if these men have “everything” then the last thing they need is more stuff. Gift certificates to restaurants or museums, something edible, money towards a trip, or a donation in their name (something like: http://www.arborday.org/shopping/tictim/TICSample.cfm). Perrrsonally, I’m really into non-material Christmases…and trying to spread the word.


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    Katie @ ohshineon.wordpress.com/ — December 7, 2011 @ 10:56 am

    1. Trader Joe’s has more fans than the Twilight movies (see part 7).
    2. I’m just as shocked as every other reader.
    3. Yup, cookies should do it.
    4. I wish my daddy would make me pancakes.
    5. See part 11.
    6. I don’t get it.
    7. Looks like a magic trick.
    8. Don’t do it. Put that $9 to better use… say, a new pair of shoes?
    9. I wish there was some way we could stop puppies from getting bigger. We do it with people… why not with dogs? They’re much cuter anyways.
    10. I’m not 21, sorry.
    11. I mean, I think this is pretty cool. {http://www.urbandaddy.com/bos/gear/15587/The_Bean_Bag_Sled_Careening_Down_a_Hill_on_a_Bean_Bag_Boston_BOS_Product
    Who says you have to grow up? Not me. I say no such things!


  30. #
    Liz — December 7, 2011 @ 11:05 am

    Best Hubs gift – this year I got mine a membership to Gourmet Monthly (or some other place – I truly forget the name) for a Beer of the Month Club. Every month he gets 12 little-known beers from different places in the US to try out. They get shipped right to our door. He might be hammered a few days a month, but it’s worth it because men are HARD to shop for!


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    Simon — December 7, 2011 @ 11:12 am

    That is exactly the same as my dog, and yeah when they grow up you just want them to puppies again! I saw Twilight yesterday..dont do it!

    Maybe a ‘manly’ powertool?


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    Karen T. — December 7, 2011 @ 12:14 pm

    My baby pomeranian Fiona (or Fifi for short) turned 1 today. It’s not fair! She was just this tiny little baby back in Feb. But thankfully she is still on the smaller side (8lbs) and still has super soft fluffy fur. I still don’t get how to do the sock bun but I will figure it out. Your dad sounds awesome! Wish my parents would cook something for me! My mother-in-law and I WILL be trying the spiced white wine sangria sometime soon.


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    diane stanley — December 7, 2011 @ 1:30 pm

    you can ask your mom and she’ll probably agree with me…but setting your hair on coke cans (or beer cans) is so 1960’s! I did it late 60’s in high school.


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    Kelly — December 7, 2011 @ 2:50 pm

    I have a question about the cookie butter (so delish) – I just bought a jar and am contemplating using the butter to replace peanut butter in a cookie recipe – do you think it would turn out well? I’ve done a little googling and having found much, so just wondered what you thought/if you’ve seen a good recipe out there. Thanks!


    • Jessica — December 7th, 2011 @ 2:57 pm

      I definitely think it would work! If you try it let me know.


      • Kelly — December 12th, 2011 @ 12:04 am

        Update – I used the cookie butter to make cookies this weekend, and as Jackie said below, IT IS AMAZING!!!!!! It is a must-try. I used an America’s Test Kitchen peanut butter cookie recipe as a starter (the one titled “Big, Super-Nutty Peanut Butter Cookies”) and just replaced the cookie butter for the peanut butter (and obviously didn’t include any additional peanuts.) The cookie basically tastes like a sugar cookie on crack. Crispy on the outside, chewy on the inside. It’s funny watching people eat them because they know it’s different from a regular sugar cookie but they can’t figure out how…and then they just keep eating because they’re so delicious :) Anyway, give it a try!

    • Jackie — December 8th, 2011 @ 12:44 am

      Oh it works! You can also sub it for PB in fudge and buttercream. The results are tasty!


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    Leslie — December 7, 2011 @ 2:52 pm

    Bella is adorable! And thank you for the site with the hair ideas. I showed my daughter. She has one picked out for prom. :)


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    Allison — December 7, 2011 @ 3:33 pm

    If the guy you’re shopping for is a baseball fan and you don’t mind shelling out more cash than I can spend on my hubby, check this out. http://www.gifts.com/search/product/Stadium-Infield-Dirt-From-All-30-Ballparks-in-Collectors-Box?prodID=489911 It’s a collection of in-field stadium dirt from all 30 MLB ballparks.


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    Paige — December 7, 2011 @ 4:45 pm

    cute stocking stuffer


    • Nancy B. — December 9th, 2011 @ 11:07 am

      I have had the bacon popcorn and it is uh-mazing!


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    Amy — December 7, 2011 @ 6:41 pm

    I have similar issues with my boyfriend and gifts. He recently became interested in microbrewery-type beers so I bought him an assortment and made a beer boquet.


  39. #
    Sonnet Gal — December 7, 2011 @ 10:24 pm

    #5…sigh…I hate being grown up, too.


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    Jules — December 7, 2011 @ 10:55 pm

    Wow you are the second person I have heard that put the saint nick stuff in the shoes!!! We grew up in Wisconsin (1/2 hr from Green Bay) and our St Nick stuff was in stockings! You always ran down stairs excitted to see what you got! I love the hair sock! If I do it, I do it after I wash my hair later afternoon, put a little moose in it, roll it up and sleep on it. I have stick straight hair and when I do this I have CURLS!!!! Love it! If you guy golfs, they always like a new putter and maybe a gift certf. for golfing!


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    Jamey MacLeod — December 8, 2011 @ 2:03 am

    I bought the Cookie Butter and I am waiting for you to put it in a recipe! Also, I am 40 and I read Twilight and loved it. She just really has an amazing way of writing. Read it. Don’t see the movie first. The movies are only good if you have read the book. They are low quality and have crappy acting. But I love them because I read the books. Just sayin ;)


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    Yammie @ Yammie's Noshery — December 8, 2011 @ 8:58 am

    I cannot get the sock bun to work. I feel like I’m missing something. But I do do that headband thing every single night. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aYxS1ohz4Ao&feature=player_embedded


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    Becca from It's Yummilicious — December 8, 2011 @ 9:21 am

    Boo hiss to #5…. Being a grown-up SUCKS GUMBALLS!

    As for a wonderful gift for the guy who has everything…. *clearing throat*…. have you and Mr. How Sweet been formally introduced to THIS yet?! http://www.thepignextdoor.com/ *sigh* The Bacon of the Month Club… *drool*


  44. #
    Emily — December 8, 2011 @ 12:03 pm

    Your dog is just too cute!!!


  45. #
    TB — December 8, 2011 @ 7:19 pm

    I am officially obsessed with Tuesday Things. I find myself sitting at work saying.. OH it’s Tuesday! LOL. It is because of things like this I am starting my own blog, although it won’t hold a candle to your wittiness!

    Thanks !!


  46. #
    Lindsay — December 8, 2011 @ 8:44 pm

    My hubby is getting an Apple TV. Guess it does some cool stuff…?


  47. #
    Marlina — December 8, 2011 @ 10:48 pm

    oh. my. gosh. Bacon of the month club. Just saw it on tv and knew it could be the perfect gift… and I couldn’t think of anyone who would love it more than you. A gift that makes the wife happy is a great gift for any man, right ? Right!


  48. #
    Naomi(onefitfoodie) — December 8, 2011 @ 11:22 pm

    BACON FLOSS :) well id get that for you :)


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    wendyb964 — December 9, 2011 @ 9:10 am

    I, too, would like #9 in the first list as well as love your entire post about the mushies! It’s 0500 but you sure gave me the giggles this morning. Hmmm, think I have most/all of the ingredients….might be my meal for the day.


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    Miq — December 9, 2011 @ 11:13 am

    Please don’t see Twilight…I like you just the way you are, a non-Twilight watching/reading semi-sane person. Isn’t it enough that I have to endure my 14 year old nieces constant musings about werewolves and baby vampires?



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