Thursday, November 20

Quick with the Kisses

I don't know exactly when it started, but for some time now Alexis has been partaking in a little self-service chocolate indulgence. Whenever she figured out how to open our fridge, she figured out that if she opens the vegetable drawer and peeks under the bags of carrots and lettuce, she'll find an ancient bag of Hershey Kisses. Once or twice a week she will veer from her usual alien diet of Lima beans and raspberries and head for the drawer, select exactly one Hershey Kiss, carefully unwrap it over top of the trash can, and continue on with life with a happy mouth full of chocolate. Nobody forces her to take only one. It's a self-imposed rule, and one that keeps me from even caring that she does it.

I took note of this bit of self-sufficiency and immediately realized that I? totally can benefit from this skill. One of my must-have cookie concoctions at Christmas is Peanut Butter Kiss cookies. I lurve them, but I hate unwrapping all the Kisses. A few years ago I managed to find bags of them not in wrappers, but I guess I'm the only one that considers unwrapping 100 pieces of candy a form of torture, because I haven't seen them since.

This Saturday a bunch of Pittsburgh moms who blog are getting together for a little cookie swap, so tonight I set out to make six dozen of those little buggers. It took all of two seconds to get Alexis to volunteer to help me, so I stuck her up on a stool and set her to work unwrapping Kisses. All the while, I was smiling to myself because I AM an evil genius. An evil genius who had found a way to not have to unwrap Kisses.

Alexis deliberately unwrapped and unwrapped, carefully placing the Kisses in a bowl as she was done with them. As I rolled the dough in sugar, I helped her count her progress and she was all sorts of excited. She made slow progress, but eventually made it to ten. I glanced down to scoop another spoonful of dough then glanced up.

The bowl was empty.

There were no unwrapped Kisses anywhere.

I may be an evil genius, but I didn't take into account that self-imposed rules get kicked to the curb once a kid figures out she can fit ten Kisses in her mouth at one time.

36 comments:

  1. Ohmy. That's so cute and precious. I would look at you funny if you actually expected me to unwrap a bunch of the best chocolates ever made and place them in a bowl. So not happening. Unless that bowl is my mouth. Mmm hersheys.

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  2. She's a girl after my own heart.

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  3. I guess you are back to upwrapping them yourself. That stinks.

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  4. atta girl! :-) That picture is priceless.

    You knew it was too good to last, right? :-)

    Love 'kiss' cookies. nummy

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  5. HA! So, you ended up having to unwrap those kisses after all, huh? I LOVE that type of cookie - it's probably better that I'm not coming, because I have NO will power.

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  6. Oh, and can you email me your address? I need to send you a thank you card.

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  7. It's your own fault ... you have to be more dilegent when the kiddies are helping in the kitchen...NEVER EVER leave the chocolate within reach. I made that mistake once then had to open another bag of chips because there wasn't enough left in the bag. The girlys are QUICK, QUICK, QUICK I tell ya...it's wonderful to have the help but it can be more work than it's worth sometimes...

    But it is so much fun!

    Great pictures.

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  8. In a minute I'm going to write a post about what your little beautiful girl did to my girlys last night ... THEY ARE COMPLETELY SMITTEN with HER! Maybe one of these days we can do a get together with kiddies - maybe like a family picnic with the burgh moms? Think on it.

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  9. ahahahahahaa I guess she figured if she did the work she should reap the benefits! LOL

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  10. @I am a Tornado--We've done TWO family things and attendance was awful!

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  11. What Karen said, LOL

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  12. Too funny! My boys wait until I'VE done all of the unwrapping, then they swoop in.

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  13. I was waiting for that. Exactly what I would do too. :)

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  14. Oh I was waiting on that to happen!

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  15. She is so sly! And seriously? Did you think you were going to get away with that? :-)

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  16. That is TOO priceless. And how late were you up that night? :)

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  17. First post to make me LOL today!!! It's like Pinky and the Brain...your brilliant, genious plan always gets blindsided by one more clever!

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  18. I think it's a female trait, like two X chromosomes, to find ways to eat as much chocolate as possible. Your little girl is growing up so fast!

    P.S. I'm trying to figure out how to crash your cookie swap, but so far I haven't found a way.

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  19. @Mme. Trois-Rivieres--Next time you are home, you need to let us know. Seriously.

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  20. She is learning. Good girl :)

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  21. Gotta admit, I woulda done the same thing. You were swindled! ; )

    Cute!

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  22. muwawhahaha! Good girl ;) hehe

    Dan is going to be SO excited that I'll be coming home with some Hershey kiss cookies. woohoo!

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  23. While reading this I was thinking, wow, Alyssa would just eat the ones she unwrapped.

    Clearly that's a toddlerwide phenomenon.

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  24. You're little one is a smart cookie!

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  25. Hahaha.. she looks like me after my kids go to bed! Anyhow, sorry I have been MIA for a couple of days... sick kids + husband not home = busy and tired mama.

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  26. Please book her a flight on the next plane to Denver - I loathe opening chocolate kisses, and am still furious with Hershey's for taunting me with the unwrapped bag one year and then never making them again!

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  27. @Fishsticks and Fireflies--I was starting to think I imagined the bags of unwrapped Kisses. So glad I'm not crazy! And DUDE Hershey needs to bring those back. BAD.

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  28. I effing love those peanut butter cookies and I effing loathe unwrapping all the kisses.

    That is all for now.

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  29. i believe alexis and i were separated at birth.

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  30. Those are some serious chipmunk cheeks. Kudos to the choco-holic. And, I thought of another dog name: Basil. GMD.

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  31. I think your helper just went union on you.

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  32. LOL... she just couldn't resist, could she!!!!!

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  33. That is one smart little kiss there! A woman after my own heart!

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  34. Love those cookies! And am again wishing I lived closer to the Burgh. But you have inspired me to see if DC area people will do a cookie swap!

    As for you being an evil genius, it's true. But your daughter? A super evil genius!

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