3D Animal Crackers

A couple of weeks ago, when I was in San Francisco, I visited a dollar-fifty store in Japantown. Where, you guessed it, everything cost $1.50 and was Japanese. Since everything inside was Japanese, their kitchen aisle was full of amazing Japanese cooking and baking tools.

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I found a pair of cookie cutters (well, technically they were labelled as carrot or daikon cutters) that made 3D animals. I had seen 3D cookie cutters online before, but this was a perfect opportunity to finally try them (and it only cost me a couple of dollar-fifty’s).

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Homemade S’mores

Well, it’s officially fall. I’m not a big fan of the time between fall and summer. In summer, it’s nice and warm. In fall, there are pretty leaves everywhere (let’s just say for the sake of argument that you don’t have to pick them up). However, between the two, it’s cold and disappointing. The leaves are green but it’s still too cold to walk around outside in a t-shirt. When it finally gets a bit warmer later in the day, it starts to rain. Then it’s cold again. It’s cold and it rains. In winter, at least, it snows. Simply put, boooooo.

Homemade s'mores with a fresh, homemade vanilla marshmallow, freshly baked cinnamon graham crackers, and rich, dark chocolate

There is a solution though to my woes. It’s homemade “s’mores” (abbreviation of “some mores”) made out of freshly baked cinnamon graham crackers, fluffy vanilla marshmallows, and rich, dark chocolate. Alright, hear me out. I understand that this might seem at first to be a jump in logic since s’mores don’t really have anything to do with the seasons or anything date-related, but they really are the solution.

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Mallow Cookies

Mallow cookies are shortbread cookies topped with marshmallow cream and dipped in chocolate. They’re also called mallowmares – and this is the homemade version. This is part of my collection of at-home copycats, like cheddar bay biscuits, funnel cake, and the best chocolate chip cookies ever.

Mallows: snickerdoodle cookies topped with fresh marshmallows and dipped in dark chocolate

I probably ate about a dozen of these while watching the opening ceremonies earlier this week. I make a pretty big deal out of the Olympics whenever they’re on. Ever since I can remember (which actually isn’t that far) I’ve watched the Olympics. It’s pretty neat to see hundreds of countries join together to celebrate sport. Even though I’m not the biggest fan of physical activity (instead opting for sleeping) it’s still amazing to watch other people, who are so good at what they do, do it. Especially interesting are the shot-putters, like Canadian Dylan Armstrong. it amazes me how they’re able to spin so quickly, with such grace, to throw a metal ball. I’ve tried that. It’s not easy. In elementary school they made us do “shot-put” with a tennis ball and then a real shot-put ball. Those balls are heavy. It just amazes me what years of training can do. It almost makes me want to be an Olympian.

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