Drawing and designing Tattoos


March 11, 2023

Brandon is finally back drawing and designing tattoos. I've always thought he needed to pursue a career that incorporates his talent with drawing.

When he was a senior I suggested he should become a tattoo artist...nope. Guess what he is working his way towards now...yep, a tattoo artist!

He did start back as a CNA to earn money to open his own shop in the next year in Grand Forks. I'm excited...free tattoos! Although several years ago he told me I had enough tattoos. I did remind him of this and he now tells me he will tattoo my whole body. How times change...haha!

Texas Sheet Cake Cookies


1/2 cup butter, room temperature

1/3 cup sugar

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted

1/2 cup butter

2 tbsp cocoa powder

3 tbsp milk

2 1/2 cups powdered sugar


Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, or a silicone mat and preheat the oven to 350°F

Beat together the butter and sugar in a stand mixer until light. Be sure to scrape the sides down frequently.

Mix in the egg and vanilla. Once mixed add the baking powder and salt.

Slowly mix in the flour on low speed. The dough will be thick.

Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave. Heat for 30 second increments, stirring in- between, until melted. Add the melted chocolate into the cookie dough and mix.

Use a cookie scoop to drop the dough onto the baking sheet. Bake for 8-9 minutes for smaller cookies and 9-11 minutes for larger cookies. Be sure you do not overcook. The top should be dry to the touch, but soft and moist in the middle.

Chocolate icing: Using a medium saucepan stir together the butter, cocoa powder, and milk over medium heat. Whisk until the butter is melted and ingredients are combined. Remove from the heat and stir in the powdered sugar.

Once the cookies have been baked DO NOT remove them from the pan.

Use a spoon to cover each hot cookie with the icing. The cookies will get good and chocolatey! Allow the icing to set.

Once set and the cookies have cooled, carefully remove the cookies from the pan.

Joke of the Week

A barman tells three regulars that he has a magic slide in the beer garden. Incredulous they demand to see it for themselves.

When they get into the garden they see the slide is significantly taller than they were expecting, towering almost 40 feet into the air.

"How did we not see this from the street outside?" asked one of the regulars. "It's a magic slide dumb ass," replied the barman.

"So it's just really big? That doesn't seem that magical," said another of the regulars.

"I got it from an Irishman," replied the barman. "He said it's home to a leprechaun who will grant you a wish as you go down it. All you need to do is to shout what you wish for when you are halfway down the slide, and then at the end of the slide you'll land in a big pot full of whatever you wished for."

The regulars are incredulous, but they decide to call the barman's bluff and try it for themselves.

It's a long climb to the top of the slide, and the three of them arrive sweating and gasping for breath. Being British, they form an orderly queue and the first one sits down and sets off down the slide.

Within seconds he's travelling at a tremendous speed and thoroughly enjoying himself. When he judges himself to be roughly halfway down the slide he yells out "Money" and when he reaches the bottom he lands in a big pot filled with £50 notes. Triumphant, he raises his arms and waves up at the two regulars still at the top of the slide.

The second sits down and sets off down the slide, gathering speed and waving his arms above his head with exhilaration. As he gets halfway down the slide he shouts out "Gold" and when he reaches the bottom he lands in a big pot filled with gold coins, miraculously managing to not break his legs.

The third sits down and sets off down the slide. He's seen the other two have so much fun that by the time he gets started he's really excited about going down this massive slide and has totally forgotten about making a wish. As he gets halfway down the slide he joyously exclaims "Weeeeeeeeeeeee" and when he reaches the bottom he lands with a big yellow splash.


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