Gingerbread dinosaurs!

The holiday party at work was today which means that I spent my weekend doing some baking…  I adore the gingerbread recipe from the Moosewood Book of Desserts – so yummy – I really like my gingerbread or molasses cookies to be really spicy and these?

Are. That’s a ton of ginger, allspice, nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon, and…cayenne! Yum! And, after completely disassembling my kitchen to find them (honestly, how is it possible to lose something in there – it can’t be much bigger than I am!), I finally got to use my dinosaur cookie cutters:

There is a Tyrannosaurus Rex, a Stegosaurus, a Triceratops, a Pterdactyl (or Pteranodon – I can’t remember the difference…), a Brachiosaurus (or Apatosaurus, again I don’t remember how to tell them apart), and a little Anklyosaurus. I love them!

They weren’t too big of a hit at the party – my Borders friends spoiled me with their enthusiasm toward my mad baking skillz – so I’m a little sad, but it means I have leftovers for me now!

The State of the Union…

So. I was at the Post Office yesterday, attempting to mail a package to South Africa (heads up, Debby!) and had the following conversation with the clerk:

Me: I’d like to pay for this envelope and then to send it to South Africa.

Clerk: (looking in computer) Okay, what country is it going to?

Me: (thinking she can’t see the country because it’s on the edge of the package and pointing to it to clarify) Oh, it’s South Africa.

Clerk: That’s not a country.

Me: (stunned silence)

Clerk: I really need to know what country it’s going to.

Me: Uh…

Clerk: Hey, Bob! What country’s Johannesburg in?

Bob: South Africa.

Clerk: No, it doesn’t come up in the computer.

Me: Uh, I’m pretty sure it’s a country.

Bob: It’s in South Africa.

Clerk: Oh, here it is. It came up. It’s a country.

Me: (to myself) *headdesk*