thumbprint cookies by Jennifer Switzer

What are you up to this weekend? Ten-year-old Toby, who always loves a good tradition, came up with the idea of creating afternoon “hot chocolate bars,” where we make cups of hot chocolate and top them with whipped cream, marshmallows and crushed candy canes. We’ve all gotten pretty into it, ha! Hope you have a good one, and here are a few links from around the web…

My favorite new evening ritual.

How would your life be different if you could do it all over? (The New Yorker)

Are you baking cookies with children or starring in a gritty crime procedural? Hahaha.

The vampire test for who you should be friends with. “Here is the test: You have spent some time with this person, either you have a drink or go for dinner or you go to a ball game. It doesn’t matter very much but at the end of that time you observe whether you are more energized or less energized. Whether you are tired or whether you are exhilarated. If you are more tired then you have been poisoned. If you have more energy you have been nourished. The test is almost infallible and I suggest that you use it for the rest of your life.”

Running a marathon around the block.

Can we do twice as many vaccinations as we thought?

“On Pointe” looks compelling, fellow ballet lovers. (New York Times)

Is cacio e pepe lasagna the ultimate comfort food?

Seven great ‘This American Life’ episodes. Separated at Birth is bananas. (New York Times)

The prettiest kitchen backsplash, of all things.

Why I’m using Dr. from here on out.”

Plus, two reader comments:

Says Dee on what TV character do you relate to: “I’m Tina from Bob’s Burgers. And I even look like her. I dressed up as her for Halloween one year and people kept coming up to ask me if it was my real hair. Yes! ‘I’m no hero, I put my bra on one boob at a time like everyone else.'”

Says Margaret Barrett on my dorky new hobby:
“For such a long time did I pine
For community and content online
Then I found this here blog
Soon my heart was agog
For to witness such hearts, lives and minds!”
[Ed. note: I feel the exact same way about CoJ readers! xoxoxoxoxo]

(Peanut butter cookies photo by Jennifer Switzer.)

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