One-Liner Food Groups

“I sipped my own coffee, heavy on the sugar and cream, trying to make up for the late work the night before. Caffeine and sugar, the two basic food groups.” ~Laurell K. Hamilton in Cerulean Sins~ The MJM cookie baking extravaganza is over. I’m recovering from the quality control sugar high that comes with this difficult task…along with the additional coffee and tea I was forced to drink because what goes better with quality control cookies than a hot cupRead more

#WATWB: Tradition

This is going to be a short post for the November’s We are the World Blogfest (WATWB). It is the Thanksgiving weekend here in the U.S. and between cooking, feeding my face on Thanksgiving Day, and engaging in my own holiday tradition, I’m going to be a tad busy for a few days. Instead of focusing on a particular person, I thought we could focus on holiday or family traditions. Or create new ones from the possibilities in the followingRead more

Melange-O-Rama

Did you know that the meaning of melange is “hodgepodge” or “assortment?” I named my blog Mary J. Melange because I planned on writing a variety of content rather than singularly about cats or bicycles or poetry. It is today that I’m sharing a chaotic hodgepodge of stuff would have been called mish-mash were it not for Dan’s recent post at No Facilities. Great minds think alike, but I may have to outdo his assortment. Just because I can. IRead more

Chocolate Love & Baking Science

“Nine out of ten people like chocolate, the tenth person always lies.” ~John Tullius~ I never lie. And I don’t simply “like” chocolate, I love it. The dark chocolate kind. The kind that tastes like chocolate and not sugar. My apologies to the milk chocolate fans out there (I used to be one myself), but I no longer want dairy or a lot of sugar in my chocolate. It’s an acquired taste, but once you get there, you don’t goRead more

SoCS: Mix it Up!

M mmm… A blueberry muffin R ight up there ^ Y ou can have one too J ust get out the ingredients M ix it up E nvelope the ingredients as one L ick the bowl A nd wait, let it bake N ineteen, twenty, twenty-five minutes G ood stuff out of the oven E at up, enjoy! Stream of Consciousness Saturday is the brainchild of author Linda G. Hill. Every Friday, Linda provides her followers with an inspiring blogger’sRead more

Eat Good Cookies

This is a great motto for December. Beginning Thursday, I will be engrossed in Cookie Baking Extravaganza 2016 for a minimum of three days. This is an annual rite of Christmas when I open Pandora’s Box and summon the evil super duper sugar gods into my kitchen. With their help and the totality of delicious ingredients (flour, eggs, peanut butter, spices, chocolate, nuts, lemon, dates, sugar, etc.), I work with the determination of Iron Chef Zeus to create several tins ofRead more

Eye Spy: The Start of an Annual Tradition

This day, if you were a fly on the wall or a CIA spy, you might know that I began an annual tradition around 9:00 am CST. At this moment, the blogging community can see it with their own two eyes. I don’t remember the exact year it started (at least eight years ago) – I take a few days off work and bake cookies to give as Christmas presents to family and friends. This year, there will be aRead more

It’s Cookie Baking Time!

Originally posted on Mary J Melange:
Today begins Cookie Baking Extravaganza week! WooHoo! I have started baking Christmas cookies for my friends and family (and a few for myself). Today’s blog post is merely a break in the action (my back needs a rest). It’s an annual event that I start in early December so that I have time to get the cookie varieties packaged in tins and a couple of boxes sent to my brother and his girlfriend. Today,…

It’s Cookie Baking Time!

Today begins Cookie Baking Extravaganza week! WooHoo! I have started baking Christmas cookies for my friends and family (and a few for myself). Today’s blog post is merely a break in the action (my back needs a rest). It’s an annual event that I start in early December so that I have time to get the cookie varieties packaged in tins and a couple of boxes sent to my brother and his girlfriend. Today, I passed on church in favorRead more