Francis welcomes a guest

My friend Jen just left; she was my best friend in junior high and we have not seen each other since probably 10th grade. We found each other again on Facebook, and she came to stay on her way to Florida.

Jen

Naturally, I forced her to make dinner.

No, no. We went to that cravings party last night and she wanted to bring something, too, so she made chocolate cupcakes with homemade frosting. Did you even know you could make your own frosting?

Jen lives in New York and is in her third year of medical school. I know! She just up and went to medical school!

Can you think of a better combination than me and my hypochondria and someone who is (a) in medical school, (b) is really interested in all diseases and (c) always has a little computer attached to herself where she can look anything up for me? Oh! I have so many new ailments. It was fabulous.

With all my Googling and so forth, I often knew most of what she was telling me about my various medical woes, it was just when she got into the technical body parts that I no longer knew stuff. So I practically have an MD myself. I have an M. Or an MG: a medical Google degree.

Lunjen

Tallulah took a big shine to her, too, which is saying something, because between you and me, Tallulah is kind of aloof with people. But she was constantly trying to get up in Jen's lap ("She THINKS she's a lap dog!" Barf.), and she tried to sleep with her last night, too. Look how Pit Bully she looks here. The dog, not Jen.

Also, Jen was solidly on Team Francis. She was fascinated by his cranky self, as most of you are, and took pictures of him and kept remarking on his handsomeness. Francis glared at her. I kept pleading with her not to touch him, and of course she did, and of course Francis said, "MOW" and acted like he was about to bite out her jugular. God, he's pleasant.

Anyway, it was good to see her and we said this morning it was a relief we liked each other, still, because we were stuck together all day. I said had we hated each other I was planning to suggest we go to a movie.

We did not see a movie. We also did not go to a convenience store and ask an adult to buy beer for us and then go see Grease, so all in all the day was a novelty.

The party was good, and there was all sorts of cravings food. I have no idea why I do not have a big bolt of lightning in my head right now, because what migraine-inducing food? There was my own macaroni and cheese, with both Parmesan and cheddar; there were Jen's chocolate cupcakes; some devil Satan Beelzebub pusher man made chocolate-covered Ritz crackers, and why did no one tell me that was the most delicious combination known to mankind? There was also a lot of spicy food such as sausage and peppers and so forth.

Anyway somehow I got away with it and all I want to do it eat 2937852485 chocolate-covered Ritz crackers. And be able to drink more than 3/4 of a cup of coffee. 

Perhaps I will have some delicious lettuce now. Or maybe a piece of, I don't know, chicken! Sigh.

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Author: June

At one point, I was sort of hot, in a "she's 27 and probably a 7" kind of a way. Now I'm old and have to develop a charming personality. Guess how that's going.

30 thoughts on “Francis welcomes a guest”

  1. It was lovely to see you from afar. Perhaps next time we will gossip a bit more. I understand that Mr. made up for me though. I hope that Jen was not intimidated and had a wonderful time. It would be lovely if she came back – AND made her cupcakes again. Yum!

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  2. Mmmm. Chocolate-covered Ritz crackers. I ADORE chocolate-covered pretzels so I can only imagine the yumminess of the Ritz. I think it’s the chocolate + salt combo.
    My cat (the dearly-departed) Oregano was very similar to Francis in demeanor. Nasty shit. But oh how I adored him. Now I have two suck-ups. Well, one; Simon clamors for attention, while Ed just kind of looks at you like, Eh, whatever. But there isn’t any threatened blood-letting.

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  3. Mmmm. Chocolate-covered Ritz crackers. I ADORE chocolate-covered pretzels so I can only imagine the yumminess of the Ritz. I think it’s the chocolate + salt combo.
    My cat (the dearly-departed) Oregano was very similar to Francis in demeanor. Nasty shit. But oh how I adored him. Now I have two suck-ups. Well, one; Simon clamors for attention, while Ed just kind of looks at you like, Eh, whatever. But there isn’t any threatened blood-letting.

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  4. Mmmm. Chocolate-covered Ritz crackers. I ADORE chocolate-covered pretzels so I can only imagine the yumminess of the Ritz. I think it’s the chocolate + salt combo.
    My cat (the dearly-departed) Oregano was very similar to Francis in demeanor. Nasty shit. But oh how I adored him. Now I have two suck-ups. Well, one; Simon clamors for attention, while Ed just kind of looks at you like, Eh, whatever. But there isn’t any threatened blood-letting.

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  5. Whadda do you mean…Ritz & chocolate? DETAILS please please.

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  6. You know what’s better than chocolate-covered Ritz? Make a sandwich of Ritz crackers and peanut butter and cover it with chocolate. We usually only make them at Christmas but we should definitely start making them all year.

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  7. Speaking of salty and chocolate together, I completely forgot about this particular treat until June mentioned the chocolate-covered Ritz. Until we get that recipe, enjoy this one. My husband calls these “Pretz-Choc-Ums”:
    – Window pane pretzels (they may technically be called butter snap)
    – Hershey kisses
    – M&Ms
    Heat oven to 200. Place pretzels on baking sheet, and top each one with a Hershey kiss. Bake in the oven for about 6 minutes, until the kiss is soft, but not melty.
    Remove from the oven and push an M&M into the middle of each kiss. Make sure you push the M&M all the way down so the whole thing adheres to the pretzel.
    Chill in the fridge about 10 minutes (or until you want to serve them). I prefer them cold from the fridge; husband likes them room temp.
    Seriously addictive, great for bringing to summer BBQs.
    And I am so definitely going to try Jessica’s peanut butter/Ritz/chocolate treats. My mouth actually watered when I read that.

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  8. Ritz crackers are crack. They just are that crazy good. I have no idea how to make them. I just eat them.
    Oh June, you have made my day with your MG title. Can I have one of those degrees, too? Because I can find my way back to Ebola every time I have a sniffle through my expert use of Google.
    Oh, and I am all ensconced in my bed, checking on blogs, while get this, “MY FAMILY IS CLEANING THE HOUSE!” I know and the sky is falling down later.
    We’re off to the beach later for some sunset watching and wine drinking and that, my friends, is a freakin’ great Mother’s Day.

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  9. Hi! Joann said you have an awesome blog so I thought I would stop by. You do have an awesome blog!
    I laughed about the frosting because I do make my own and when people find out they just look at me in amazement!
    I also have a 72 pound German Shepherd LAP dog. It cracks me up all 22 times a day he sits ON me!!!
    And I could not ever have a friend with a medical degree I would drive them nuts? WHy do I have this pain here and here? What is this mole?
    Anyway, I am looking forward to following you!

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  10. and for those who swing the other way — you can also do the Ritz peanut butter sandwich and dip it in melted WHITE chocolate.
    which isn’t really chocolate at all, but whatevah.

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  11. I want to sorta hijack Diane’s pretzel-Hershey Kiss-M&M recipe with my own variation.
    Rolo Pretzel Cookies
    50 tiny twist pretzels
    50 Rolos
    50 almonds
    Unwrap all candy. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray baking sheet with cooking spray. Arrange pretzels in single layer on sheet.
    Bake for 2 minutes. Place a Rolo on each pretzel. Bake for 2 minutes. Press an almond on top of each Rolo, just hard enough to make it stick. Yummy!
    As for making your own icing, it’s supposed to be pretty easy, except that I’ve never gotten around to doing it myself. I have my grandma’s recipe and from a taste standpoint, it’s awesome!
    4 c. powdered sugar
    1/4 c. egg whites
    1 tsp. vanilla
    1/8 tsp. salt
    1 T. water
    1/3 c. Crisco
    Combine all ingredients in mixer bowl. Blend at low speed, then beat at high speed until smooth and fluffy (about 5 minutes). If too stiff, beat in a few drops of water. Spread over cake.

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  12. How nice getting together with your friend from high school.
    And. That you still liked each other is great news. 😉
    You mentioned in one of your previous posts that you have a sensitive brain. I think “junk” food has a way of ailing us all in one way or another. I have a “sensitive” stomach, and I can’t eat anything that you mentioned, as well- especially not coffee. Maybe those foods are just not good for anybody. You know? Not that I don’t still eat all the stuff that I’m not supposed to… like cheese. Gah. I don’t think I can ever give that up.
    Coffee does terrible thinks for my stomach, too.
    This is off topic, but I thought of you when I posted this story on my blog a few weeks ago (’cause of that Tallulah story you told me a few weeks ago; remember? Well, you have to read the post first…) I’ve been meaning to tell you about it. 🙂 You can click on my name and it will direct you to the post.

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  13. Hello, Girl Next Door Who Is Growing Up, welcome to a really really fun bloggie spot. Looking forward to getting to know you. Any friend of Joann’s has got to be good. I don’t post here very often because I can never hope to top these crazy people. So I just spend my time giggling and then cleaning off my monitor. BTW, it is never a good idea to be eating or drinking while reading BBP. Junie’s posting is bad enough, but buckle your seat belt while reading the comments cause it is going to be wild. *trotting off to check your blog out*

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  14. THE BEST home-made chocolate icing recipe EVER is on the Hershey’s Cocoa box. I’ve made the cake and the icing on that box – it is simply divine. And not hard to make. And ALWAYS turns out great. It’s good for those with a serious chocolate addiction like mine. Seriously.

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  15. I am not a chocolate person, and that’s true, I’m not a person made out of chocolate, anywho, that frosting on the Hershey Cocoa container is OUT.OF.THIS.WORLD. wantsomenow!
    Happy momma day to all the human/critter moms out there ;*) and welcome girlnextdoor!

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  16. Oh. No pictures of Fran dissin the friend? I have officially had this cold crap one week. And when I think I might be getting better it turns another notch up. Oh, how I wish I could have been with you and Jen this weekend getting all diagnosed. But then again, I think you may have shunned my sick self? blah.

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  17. My night owl musician husband was on some kind of crazy snack kick a few months ago. He would come home from Walmart at 2 a.m. with Pringles that tasted like cheeseburgers and other fabulous and completely natural foods. But the night he discovered the chocolate covered Ritz crackers was one I will never forget. Most delicious food, ever, if you don’t count cheese. Our Walmart is not fancy, it is your run of the mill, madness-inducing, street-fair-in-Beirut-resembling crazy-ville, but I will risk life and limb for the chocolate covered Ritz. I’m just saying, you should look into it.

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  18. Observation: You sure have some nice cookware not to cook. I’m just saying. I couldn’t help but notice when your friend was there working at the stove.

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  19. Good thing you’re so tiny. Otherwise you might bang your delicate brain on the pots and pans…

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