Sometimes, I wish I could live in a book.
The cool thing would be that, even though I was the main character in the book, it was still a fictionalized life I’d be living. So if the author made me like, some major drug addict or a body builder or a waifish supermodel, I would know it’d all be fiction.
Unless they kill me off from the get-go. But hello, that’d be super rude. I doubt that’d happen. I make a good fictional main character, if I do say so myself.
I also think I’d make a superb cartoon character. I mean, I already dress like one.
When I’m in public wearing a dress with pterodactyls flying all over the blue silk, bright red tights and boots with ruffles on the back and a man says “you look like you’re ready to go to some kind of prom!”, I know my look has been achieved. Or if, say, I look like I should be drawn into The Simpsons or something. Helllooooo, I would be a perfect Simpsons character. I already know half of the lines from the shows. And I wouldn’t mind dyeing my hair blue to match my character
Or if I lived in a Dr. Seuss book, you know there’d be no shortage of interesting, goofy fun. I wonder how he thought of all of the wacky content, but then again, my parents probably look at me and wonder how I think of all the wacky things I say and do, like how I apply two different kinds of deodorant because I’m convinced the first one won’t work properly without the second, or how I can smell certain words or taste colors. But they’re probably just jealous. #denial
One of my favorite days as a kid was Dr. Seuss Day at school on March 2. Everyone dressed up and we had an extra-long recess/break because all the teachers would take the students out onto the blacktop to read Dr. Seuss books. And a bunch of kids would dress up in Cat in the Hat-style striped hats or bright blue wigs or stars emblazoned on their chests. I always got so excited to pack my backpack full of books (my favorite, Ten Apples Up on Top and Fox in Socks) and wear my funky hat.
I really think the workplace needs to bring in Dr. Seuss day. Everyone gets an extra-long lunch so they can read One Fish, Two Fish. I’m *pretty sure* that’s what Dr. Seuss would have wanted.
Oh, and can you believe as a kid I didn’t like Thing 1 and Thing 2? They were SUCH troublemakers and it drove me CRAZZZZZAAYYY. Maybe because I’m too freakin’ OCD for my own good, even as a child who had to have a certain, specific bedtime routine or I’d force my parents to restart from the beginning if certain lullabies weren’t sung in the proper order. I found my child self sympathizing with that poor fish because dangit, those Things were so pesky! It drove me batty.
But now that I’m older (and much more OCD) I get less-upset when I see the Things, but I still have resentment towards them. Couldn’t they have fun without making such a mess? I mean, isn’t that rude to be in someone’s home and like, throw crap everywhere? And why was the fish the mature one in this case? Fish are supposed to have memories that last 3 seconds, but I’m pretty convinced that fish was a genius or something. He probably grew up to be a professor of philosophy. Or a doctor specializing in obsessive-compulsive disorders.
ANYWHOOO, Dr. Seuss Day is coming up on March 2, and I know the perfect treat to celebrate that brilliant man and his kooky characters. These Thing 1 & Thing 2 Push Up Pops are easy to make and look SO cute. Plus, they play homage to those troublemaking creatures in a tasty way: with red vanilla cake and cotton candy icing.
Even the fish would approve.
1 box white cake mix, prepared according to package directions
1 small bottle red food coloring
1 stick butter, softened
1/2 cup marshmallow creme
1 tsp vanilla extract
About 3 cups powdered sugar
1 pkt Duncan Hines Cotton Candy Frosting Creations
Blue raspberry cotton candy
Push-up pops (I found mine at Michael’s! Google search ‘Michael’s coupons’ and get a 50% off one!)
1. First, preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Liberally grease a jelly-roll cake pan with cooking spray. Add the red food coloring to the cake batter and stir to combine. Pour the red vanilla batter into the pan, spread evenly, and bake until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean, approx. 15 minutes. Do not overbake. Remove from oven and cool completely.
2. Using the actual push-up pop, cut circles out of the cake; set aside. Meanwhile, in the bowl of a stand mixer, prepare your frosting: cream together the butter, mallow creme, and vanilla. Gradually add the powdered sugar, until light and fluffy. Add the Cotton Candy packet to combine. Gently pour the frosting into a piping bag–you don’t even need to attach it with a tip; just snip the end off.
3. Place a red cake circle into the bottom of the pop; pipe with a generous Tablespoon or so of frosting, then sprinkle with white non-pareils. Add another cake circle, frost, and repeat once more. Frost the tops and add a tuft of cotton candy to create the crazy hair.
4. Serve immediately, or cover with the included lids. Note that the cotton candy won’t last very long on the cake pops and will begin to melt, so adorn them with the cotton candy before serving. This makes about 6-8 push-up pops.
I LOVE these! To make them more authentic, I purchased those round white stickers from the stationary store and wrote “Thing 1″ and “Thing 2″ in a fine-point Sharpie and gently attached it to the push-up pop container. The sticker will easily remove if you don’t press it hard onto the surface. And I love the mix of the bright red vanilla cake and the super sweet cotton candy frosting. Your kids will love assembling and eating these!!
Still feeling Seussical? Check out the Cat in the Hat Cupcakes I made last year:
Or these superbical treats from other Seussy fans: