New blog!!

Because this blog uses my old last name, I feel inclined to have a new blog.

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Indulge Brownies

So, I made the brownies. The most delicious brownies ever. I would post the picture, but I am on my iPhone and can’t figure out how. But oh, how they were fudgy and chewy and rich and just crispy on top and perfect. I had to restrain myself from eating a third one.

Want to know the recipe? Sure you do. Make these tonight, for your own pleasure, or save them for your yuckiest PMS day. Or make them to share, and become instantly popular.

Indulge Brownies

-3/4 cup cocoa
-3/4 cup, and 4 Tbsp butter, separate
-1 1/2 cup sugar
-3 eggs
-1/2 Tbsp Vanilla
-1 cup flour
-scant Tbsp instant coffee
-sea salt, for sprinkling

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Place cocoa and 4 Tbsp butter in a glass mixing bowl. Microwave for 20 seconds or until the butter melts. Mix well, until all cocoa is incorporated into the butter.
In a separate pan, brown the 3/4 cup butter. You can do this on the stovetop, continuously swirling the melted butter until it is brown and has a rich, nutty smell, or you can place the pan in the preheating oven and taking it out when the butter is brown. Each produce the same result*.
Pour the browned butter over the cocoa mixture, and beat until smooth and glossy.
Stir in the sugar, mix well.
Beat in eggs and vanilla.
Stir in flour and instant coffee, mix well.
Pour the batter into a greased 9×13 baking dish. Sprinkle with sea salt. Bake for about 30 minutes.

This will not let you down.

*something I just thought of, is that you could increase the amount of browned butter, and brown it in the baking dish that you will later pour the batter into. That way, you have one less dish to clean, and your pan will be greased automatically.

Let me know if you try these, and how you like them!



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Girls crave chocolate. I don’t know why, but it’s science. Especially around the same time each month.

Well, today is my day. My, “owch, that hurts, I thought a cycle was supposed to be 28 days, not 21, salt&sugar deficient” day.

So when I get off work in 30 minutes, nothing (not even you, Jillian Michaels) is going to stop me from baking the most indulgent brownies ever.

They will include:
-brown butter
-sea salt
-pure, unadulterated cocoa
-sugar, but not that much

These are going to be dark, rich, bittersweet, and they are going to kill me.

And I am going to pretty much wing it on the recipe, so they might really suck.

Maybe I will document it. Maybe I will actually get some comments on this ragamuffin blog if I do.

Hugs and Kisses (the Hershey kind),

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Shredded- Day 2

Last night I was at a sewing class until 9, and then I needed to clean house, so I didn’t work out.

Instead, I woke up at 6 am to do it this morning. My muscles were tired and sore, but I pushed through. Oddly enough, I had more time than usual to get ready.

And victory of victories, I weighed in at 139. I know that 1 pound in 1 day is just water weight, but it is enough to keep me motivated.

Different note: I have discovered the secret to smooth hair in East Tex. Since I moved here, my normal stylings have ended up frizzy and wavy immediately after stepping outside. But here is what works: after I wash my hair, I put in serum (aveda) and mousse (garnier), and blow it dry with a ceramic round brush. Then, I give my whole head o’ hair a good spritz with a light hairspray (kenra), comb my fingers through it, and then style with a curling iron. It is magic. I know magic. Smooth hair all day, even with the humidity index through the roof.

I ate fat free cottage cheese and a pear for breakfast. I will spend the rest of my day dreaming of Noodle Kugel, German Spaetzel, and bittersweet brownies.

Goodbye Fat. Your enemy,

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30 Day Shred

I am going to be really honest, no matter how much my pride hates it.

Yesterday, Luke and I bought a bathroom scale. Very scary.

I weighed in at an all time high of 140 pounds.

Now, some of you are going to stop reading this sob story because maybe you’re heavier than me for whatever reason. But don’t stop. My body was not made for 140 pounds, and it got there through an intense combination of junk food, constant eating out, and laziness. Every body has a healthy weight, and mine is not 140.

The problem: Beyond my lowered self esteem, I also cannot fit into my jeans, and I simply don’t have the money to buy bigger ones. I also don’t want to have any of the heart problems that I know come with extra stomach fat.

Deeper issue: sometimes, after I eat something greasy, I lie in bed afraid that I will die in my sleep because of the fat clogging my veins.

Anyway, none of this is desirable.

So last night I finally got off my couch, put down the boneless wings and worked out. I put Jillian Michaels’ 30 Day Shred and did the lowest workout. I have done it before, with no problems, but this time was different.

I couldn’t finish the push ups.

I didn’t wear a shirt, and was furious with my stomach’s appearance during the crunches.

My feet went numb during the lunges.

And my flexibility during the cool down was nothing short of pathetic.

So I am going to stick to it– the whole 30 days. After 10 days, I will move up to level 2, and after 20, level 3.

Although I would love to show you pictures of my progress, I would actually hate to do that, so I won’t.

Jillian, I trust you. Let’s make a change. (cue man in the mirror, instrumental version).

Maybe later I will show you how I made the yummiest meatballs and smashed potatoes ever, and they are actually healthy.



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Wow, it’s finally Fall. And just in time, I bought the adorable tweed Tucker for Target jacket.

But I like that I am in Texas, where sandals are practically a year round accessory, because trousers and wide leg pants don’t look good with closed toed flats. It’s a fact.

In the Fall, while every cooking blog is buzzing about the return of pumpkin, I am dreaming of biting into fresh, crisp apples. Yum. But don’t even think about asking me to bob for some, because I am not dreaming of contracting any saliva transmitted diseases.

Probably the best part of everyday life in Fall is Andrew Peterson’s Behold The Lamb of God. That cd does not leave my player; it is hands down the best Christmas album. And I am already planning which stop on the tour that I will attend.

Oh, tonight I am starting a sewing class with my awesome friend, Katie. Cheers to homemade clothes that don’t fall apart while I am wearing them!

Kelsey May

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This weekend, Luke’s brother is getting married. Yay!!! Weddings are fun. This will be my first wedding to attend while married. Very cool.

Here’s my only question: is it tacky for me to attend this wedding wearing:
1. An extra bridesmaid dress from my wedding that I bought
2. The necklace I wore in my wedding
3. The bracelet I wore in my wedding
4. The hair clip I wore in my wedding
5. A veil (just kidding)

They are all pretty understated and not at all “bridal.” And not white. And I am belting and cardiganing the dress.

Hmmm. I guess we will see if I get any “you’re so tacky” looks from people who attended both events.

K. May.

PS. the wedding coordinator wore a white dress to my rehearsal. I will always wonder if she realized what she was doing.

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