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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Cookie recipes have been flying in as a result of a little, global cookie contest. Tasters have voted. Here is what they said:

‘Tis the season of sharing. So here is my recipe, y’all:

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.)

Enjoy! Peace out,


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. :-)

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.

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