The Best in the World


Posted by peskypippi | Posted in Childrearing, Children, Contest, Encouragement, Mothers and Daughters, Mothers and Sons, Sports | Posted on 19-08-2016

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I have been actively watching the Olympics each night. Actively, I say, because I yell on the sidelines sofalines. I cheer and yell loudly. My enthusiasm makes the swimmers stroke longer and the sprinters run faster.


They can. They do. And they win.

My eleven-year-old had a track meet this spring, where all fifth graders from all five elementary schools in our town gathered and competed. It’s a ritual that’s been going on for decades. They perform all of the traditional track and field events. Except pole vaulting. Oh, and the discus is a frisbee. But whatever.

But the sprints? Sheer speed. It’s a nail-biter to see who the fastest fifth grader is in town.

My son competed in the 75-meter sprint. The gun went off and he flew. I couldn’t contain my cheering: GO! YOU’VE GOT THIS!

He went. And he got it. A blue ribbon. And a huge smile.

He is the best in the my world.

When it comes to sports, do we love our children more when they win? Or do we love that our children are healthy? Or do we love that our children are becoming independent and confident?

Healthy. Independent. Confident. As a mother, I want my children to be winners on the inside. But a blue ribbon from time to time doesn’t hurt. ūüôā

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Do You Like My Hat?


Posted by peskypippi | Posted in Art, Attitude, Children, Children's Books, Confidence, Contest, Crafts, Encouragement, Life Lessons, Memories, Mothering, Mothers and Daughters | Posted on 16-10-2014

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It’s OK if you don’t. Because I love it!

Do you remember the children’s book, Go Dog Go!? One dog keeps asking the other dog, “Do you like my hat?” He’s a total dick¬†and always says no, he does not. She continues to try¬†so hard to seek his approval and validation.

Until the last hat, which is over-the-top amazing! And, he likes it. Finally.

My daughter and I made some over-the-top hats. Our plan was to wear them at opening day at the horse races.

We started working on the hats a month ago. On one of our trips to our favorite antique store, we scored my daughter a red hat. And lots of bags of junk treasure. We spent that whole afternoon, with glue guns in hand, decorating. That evening, she told me that she had the best day. Yeah, me too.

She transformed her hat into a half-fall-half-winter scene. It is amazing and joyful! But she already knows this.

Mine was half toys¬†and 100 percent¬†full of memories. I rummaged¬†through my children’s toy bins. Plastic horses with no tails. Gold coins from St. Patrick’s Day. Legos. An army guy from a 4th of July parachute.¬†Fake rotten teeth my youngest son loves to wear. A pink barrette my daughter wore when she was three. A Nerf gun bullet. A rubber frog. An alien prize from no cavities at the dentist. A few stray McDonald’s Happy Meal toys. A refrigerator alphabet magnet. A Polly Pocket. A monkey pencil topper. The wrestler that my oldest son played with when he was two. He’s 15 now. The wrestler lost his legs in a battle, so he now anchors the front of my hat. It’s his medal of honor, I guess.

So many wonderful, funny, happy memories are now all glued to my hat.

On opening day, my daughter and I confidently paraded around the horse races with the biggest grins and giggled the whole time. What silliness! What fun!

We entered the “best hat” contest.

We didn’t win. Not even third place. Not sure why we entered. We certainly don’t need external approval and validation to remind us that we are both winners.

Because we already know this.

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Two ladies wearing hats at the horse races.

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Posted by peskypippi | Posted in Attitude, Boys, Celebrations, Childhood, Childrearing, Children, Confidence, Contest, Life, Life Lessons, Memories | Posted on 09-08-2013

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Ah, carnival games.

My son looks at the prizes in awe. He has been talking about winning these games for days, in anticipation of our annual visit to the county fair.

Me: Those games are fixed. No one ever wins. 

To a child, carnival games are within reach. Whether it’s popping balloons with a dart, shooting hoops, tossing rings, or spraying water into a clown’s mouth. The games look so fun. The prizes look so enticing. Winning looks so easy.

But they are so rigged.

I usually support my children. You can doooo it! Go for it! I believe in you!

But carnival games are a different story.¬†Me: It’s a waste of money.¬†However.¬†With $20 burning a hole in his pocket–the money was a gift from Nana–my eight-year-old son set out to win.

Me: OK. Take your money from Nana and spend it how you want.

Five dollars for two darts to pop two balloons. That son of mine, held that dart tightly, pursed his lips, and threw it hard. Pop!

His face lit up like a firecracker. I did it! My face lit up like a firecracker. He did it!

Second dart. Grip, throw, and pop! He did it again!

He won a giant gold medal, camouflaged as little stuffed orange dog. He unwadded another $5 bill. Two more darts. Well whaddya know? Two more balloons: popped!

A pair of stuffed dogs, with their cheap fabric and stitching, they may not last through Summer. But they will last forever in my son’s memory as proof.

Proof that on that glorious day at the county fair, he proved me wrong, but more importantly, he proved that he could win on his own.

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Best-Chocolate-Chip-Cookies-On-Earth Recipe


Posted by peskypippi | Posted in Contest, Cookies, Recipes | Posted on 24-12-2011

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After a mega, global cookie contest, tasters have voted. Here is what they said:

‘Tis the season of sharing. So here is my recipe:

Pesky-Pippi’s-Best-Chocolate-Chip-Cookies-on-Earth Recipe

  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt
  • 2 1/2 sticks (1 1/4 cups) unsalted butter
  • 1 1/4 cups (10 ounces) brown sugar
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons natural vanilla extract
  • 3 cups chocolate chips (I like half semi-sweet, half milk chocolate…then you can use the rest of the bags for nibbling.)
  • sea salt
  1. 1. Sift together dry ingredients and set aside.
  2. 2. Cream butter and sugars together for 5 minutes.
  3. Add eggs and vanilla.
  4. Add dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
  5. Mix in chocolate chips.
  6. Drop onto parchment paper-lined baking sheet in a preheated 350 degree oven.
  7. Sprinkle lightly with sea salt and bake until golden brown. (I like mine chewy and a little undercooked. I also like raw dough, so there you go.)



Got Kick-Ass Cookie Recipe?


Posted by peskypippi | Posted in Contest, Cookies, Food, Ideas, Recipes | Posted on 08-12-2011

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Do you have a kick-ass chocolate chip cookie recipe? But is your cookie the best chocolate chip cookie on Earth? We’ll just see about that. ūüôā

My buddy Bernie all the way in Australia–check her on Twitter @TheBernieBrand–and I, from the United States of America, are co-hosting a global contest of sorts. No legal fine print, just roll with it.

We are searching out the word’s best chocolate chip cookie recipe. Barring a taste test, we are evaluating cookies based exclusively on looks. Kinda like a fashion show for chocolate chip cookies.

Email your recipe and photo of your cookie to peskypippi@gmail or message me on Twitter @PeskyPippi. No stock photos: I am no chump. Deadline: Sunday, December 11. I will feature the YOU and your cookie in an upcoming blog. Imagine the bragging rights in your last-minute Christmas letter.

Yeah, quick deadline, but win-win for everyone. Imagine all the baking going on around the globe this weekend.