While as a doctor I don’t find hearing loss funny, it can lead to some hilarious stories.
My mother is deaf in one ear from having her eardrum blown out when I was a kid (she’ll tell you that it’s quite painful). Because of this, we’ve always had to make sure to speak up and talk on her “good side.”
We also need to make sure that we speak clearly.
We were driving to a church ice cream social when we were younger, and we were all listing off what kind of ice cream we wanted to have.
Me: I want Mackinac Island Fudge.
Dad (while pulling into the church parking lot): I just want ice cream!
Brother #1: I want cookies and cream!
Mom (whipping her head around and yelling in a stern voice): How DARE you say that??? We’re at church!!!
The rest of my family exchanged confused looks.
Dad: Honey, why is it bad that he wants cookies and cream ice cream?
My mother then burst out laughing and it was a few minutes later before she caught her breath enough to tell us…(while we all still looked on confused)…
“Oh goodness, I thought he said herpes and cream! You can’t talk about herpes at church!”
To this day, cookies and cream has never been known by its actual name…nor has anyone in my family eaten it since.
No Mistakes Chocolate Cutouts
perfect if you decide to combine with cream…for ice cream sandwiches
2 sticks butter, softened
- 1 c brown sugar
- 1/2 c white sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 eggs
- 2/3 c cocoa powder
- 3 c flour, plus additional for rolling
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- Cream together butter and sugars in a stand mixture. Add in vanilla. Add eggs one at a time, mixing until combined after each one.
- In a separate bowl, mix together cocoa powder, flour, salt, and baking powder. With mixer on, slowly add in dry ingredients until well combined.
- Refridgerate dough at least 1 hour (overnight is best).
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Flour surface and rolling pin. Using a ruler (this helps, I promise!), roll out dough until 1/4 in thick and use a cookie cutter to cut into shapes.
- Place cookies into greased cookie sheets. Bake for 8-9 minutes (it’s really easy to overcook these, so it’s best to undershoot and then try them after they cool for about 5 minutes to see if they’re at your desired softness…personally I don’t like my cutout cookies too hard!).