Vigorstrengthvitality are all adjectives not used to describe me these past few months. Instead, lethargicweak, and bruised seem to be more common. My body has been preparing for a quickly approaching birthday milestone (40) by falling completely apart.  Not the usual growing pains that come with age, but the kind that require multiple doctors and medications. Luckily, a prescription change has proven to give a much needed respite from a  bad reaction that had been making matters worse.

I have finally regained a bit of  pep back into my step!  I decided to celebrate by going on a baking binge a couple of Saturdays ago.

A recipe for Reese's Stuffed Peanut Butter Cookies popped up on my Facebook feed. They had my peanut-butter enthusiast hubby's name all over them.  It felt nice to be doing something for him, for a change.  Plus it would be the perfect opportunity for me to finally christen my Kitchen Aid stand mixer!

While I was out procuring ingredients for my cookies, I decided to grab a cake mix and s frosting.  The hubby and I were planning on taking his mom out to dinner for her birthday that night.  I thought it would be cute to throw together a quick Darth Vader cake for dessert.

So to recap:

  1. It's the first day in months I felt anywhere close to not dying.
  2. I was going to scratch bake cookies
  3. I was going to bake and decorate a cake

I smell a baking fail on the horizon.

To avoid disaster I made a plan.  I would:

  1. Start the cookie dough first.
  2. While the dough chilled, I would bake the cake.
  3. While the cake cooled, I would bake the cookies.
  4. While the cookies cooled I would frost and decorate the cake.

My plan mostly worked.  Things fell apart in between steps 3 & 4. It was here where my favorite owl mitts decided to give way while holding the piping hot cookie sheet.  It's kind of hard to ice and decorate a cake with one hand on ice.    It's certainly not the first time I had a FUBAR cake, lol, won't be the last.

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Source: http://sallysbakingaddiction.com/2013/12/21/reeses-stuffed-peanut-butter-cookies/
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