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Mom and the Special Gift: White Chocolate Blondies

Updated on May 15, 2013
"Blonde Week" Dinah Shore Show
"Blonde Week" Dinah Shore Show | Source

Early Birthday Gift

Mom is a true brunette. She was a brunette from the day I was born. Well, that is until my 15th birthday. That’s when mom left the building and bride of Chucky took over!

Mom had the greatest news delivered to our mailbox one afternoon. She was so excited that she almost broke our “teenager/parent” agreement and picked me up from school. Luckily, she refrained as that could have turned the “happy announcement” into a sudden death.

I walked into the house and there she was standing in the living room waving in the air what appeared to be two tickets.

“I have your birthday gift!”, she said with the biggest smile on her face.

“Really? It’s not my birthday yet.” I answered.

“I know; we are going to celebrate part of it early.”, still waving the tickets.

Mom requested and received two guest tickets to the hottest talk show at that time, the Dinah Shore Show! That’s right; we were going to the “DINAH SHORE SHOW!!!”

I screamed with delight! We were going to see real life movie stars on T.V.!!!!

The letter that accompanied the tickets had the entire outline of the show.

It was “Blonde Week” and our day to attend was the upcoming Tuesday. The guests scheduled for that particular taping were Carol Channing, Debbie Reynolds, Phyllis Diller, and Jill Ireland.

WOW! I was so excited. All those stars in one place!


The Special Gift

The letter went on to explain that because of “Blonde Week”, every woman attending with blonde hair would be getting a special gift! A special gift!!? Holy cow, what could that be? This was just too much to handle!

However, mom quickly realized that we wouldn’t be getting any special gift as we were both brunette’s.

“No special gift? Well that just isn’t fair,” said mom. “I want the “Special Gift”, and I’m going to get the “Special Gift!” she further stated, completely forgetting that this whole “going to the Dinah Shore Show” was for my birthday and not to get the “Special Gift!”

With 2 days until the show, mom decided that she was going to color her hair blonde so she could be the recipient of the “Special Gift.”

Mom never dyed her hair before, so this was going to prove to be very interesting, to say the least.

"Pepe Le Pew"~ "Cruella DeVille"~ "Zippy the Zebra"
"Pepe Le Pew"~ "Cruella DeVille"~ "Zippy the Zebra"
"Loni Anderson" ~ "Farrah Fawcett" ~ "Marilyn Monroe"
"Loni Anderson" ~ "Farrah Fawcett" ~ "Marilyn Monroe"

"Does She or Doesn't She?"

Me: Do you know how to color your hair?

Mom (with confidence): Oh sure, I’ve seen it done on the Clairol commercials!

The next day, mom purchased a box of hair color. I believe the color was “BORN BLONDE.”

Her plan was to color her hair that night and be all ready for the show the next morning.

Mom followed the instructions exactly as stated on the box: Apply color, let stand for ½ hour, rinse, condition, and style as desired.

However, after the second step, she noticed that her hair was still brown. Lighter, but still brown.

Mom (with less confidence): What did I do wrong?

Me (with no confidence whatsoever): Did you leave it in long enough?

Mom (not appreciating my doubt): Exactly 25 minutes like it said to do!

Me: Well, maybe you should have left it longer.

Mom: I need to start over and do it again!

Mom runs to the store to buy more hair color, only this time, she buys 5 more boxes to make sure she doesn’t run out.

9:00 pm and mom attempts to color her hair for the second time. She decides to leave the color in 10 minutes longer than the first time. This should do the trick! *huh Huh*

Mom rinses out the hair color for the second time.

“Oh NO!” was the cry I heard from the other room.

I ran into her bathroom to find Pepe Le Pew staring back at me.

There she was… a little lighter on both sides (still not blonde though) and a dark brown streak going down the middle of her head! I just stood there with a jaw-dropping stare.

Mom (with irritation): Close your mouth Lisa!

Blinking myself out of the stare, I began to laugh.

Me (as supportive as I could be): How the heck did you manage to miss the middle?

Mom (Irritation elevating): How should I know? I did exactly what it told me to do! Just like the last time!

Me (Problem solver voice): Well it’s a good thing you bought five boxes. Looks like you’re gonna have to do it again!

Mom (irritation with sarcasm): Gee, do you think?

I walked out of her room busting a gut, leaving mom to her “Colorama Festival!”

Another 45 minutes goes by and mom comes to my room with a towel wrapped around her head.

As if a deer caught in headlights, mom looks at me and says, “One more time should do it!” then heads off to conquer dye job #3!

Around 11:15pm, I realized that I hadn’t seen nor heard from the color queen for awhile, so I decided to go check on her.

As I approached her room, I heard what appeared to be swearing coming from the bathroom.

Me (with sympathy): Are you ok?

Mom (Ready to give up the “Special Gift”): No! Why isn’t it working?

Poor Mom, poor Pepe, poor Cruella, poor Zippy the Zebra!

Me (with astute observation): What are you going to do? Half of you is brown and the other half is not so brown!

Mom (in cheerleader voice): Doing it again!

Forty-five minutes later, another unveiling takes place. This time there is hope. Her hair is now showing signs of a “BORN BLONDE” coming to fruition!

With encouragement, mom opens box #4 and proceeds to “do it again!”

Awakened by a squeal of delight, I run back to her room to see how her hair came out. Mom walks out of the bathroom with a huge smile on her face!

Mom (as if she pulled a rabbit out of a hat): Ta Da!!!! I did it. I’m Blonde! I’m not sure I like it! But now I will get the “Special Gift” tomorrow at the show!

There she was, my mother; no more Cruella, no more Pepe or Zippy! Instead, I saw Farrah, Marilyn, or Loni!

Yay for mom! I knew she could do it! *ahem*

70's hair color ads - Clairol
70's hair color ads - Clairol

Dinah gives the "Special Gift"

The next morning, we arrived at the studio for the 8am taping. We were so excited. Mom was even more excited as she was going to get the “Special Gift!”

Dinah Shore comes out, the audience cheers; the guests come out one by one for their segment. First it was Carol Channing, followed by Jill Ireland, then Phyllis Diller and last was Debbie Reynolds.

Miss Reynolds sang her song up into the audience and stood right next to my mom!

We were on TV! Both of us! Me and Farrah!

After the final segment, Dinah thanked the audience for coming to Blonde week and that she had a “Special Gift” for all those who were blonde that attended today’s taping. My mother was so proud and happy to be blonde! Dinah had all those who were blonde stand up to receive their “Special Gift”…….

A box of Clairol “BORN BLONDE” hair color!

"White Chocolate Blondies"
"White Chocolate Blondies"

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Wonderful White Chocolate Brownies

  • 8 ozs white chocolate, (chopped)
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour (purpose)
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup white sugar white sugar
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Prep and Baking Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 25 min
Ready in: 40 min
Yields: Servings


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x9 inch baking pan. Melt white chocolate and butter in the top of a double boiler, over barely simmering water. Stir occasionally until smooth. Set aside to cool.
  2. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat eggs until foamy. With the mixer still running, gradually add the sugar and vanilla. Drizzle in the melted white chocolate mixture. Combine the flour and salt; fold into the white chocolate mixture using a rubber spatula or wooden spoon. Fold in chocolate chips. Spread the batter evenly into the prepared pan.
  3. Bake for 25 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Cool pan on a wire rack before cutting into bars.
Elizabeth Rayen
Elizabeth Rayen | Source

About the Author

Lisa has directed and acted in musical theatre for nearly 30 years. Her musical upbringing allowed her to pursue her career in teaching and directing and continues to direct shows today. As the owner of 2 online Home Décor sites, Lisa’s passion for Rustic Living all begins with her love for the home, outdoors, and her many hobbies. Lisa loves to laugh, and she share’s that love through her comedic hubs centered on her MOM. Lisa’s passions include writing, directing, acting, photography, singing, cooking, crafts, gardening, and home improvement, including decorating. Lisa also writes under her penned name, Elizabeth Rayen.

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      LOL Pavlo. I'm so happy you enjoyed it! :)

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      Pavlo Badovskyi 5 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine

      It is so difficult to make a present to mother. Your hub is funny!

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      LOL Thanks Dianna.. I don't think Mom cared as long as she got her Blonde look..hehehe ♥

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Too funny! I can't imagine dying hair that much. What a great read!

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      lol Daisy... mom disown me?? Never.. I got too much to blackmail her with! LOL Thanks a bunch! ♥

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      LOL Austinstar.. I remember that story very well! oh I could just imagine the experiments you had to endure! hehhe♥

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      OMG, Lisa!

      I was shaking with laughter as I read this. Why Mom has't disowned you by now, I'll never know!

      What a funny, funny story! Great job!

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      Lela 5 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

      Too funny. Reminds me of the short story where the lady cuts her long hair and sells it to buy her husband a watch fob. In the meantime, he sells his watch for some special hair combs to decorate her long hair.

      Having been a 'strawberry blonde' my whole life with a mom that was a cosmetologist, I had to endure many hair experiments. I always wanted black hair like Cher, but that would have looked ridiculous on me.

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      Thanks so much Sharkye11! I love telling stories about my mom and her "antics." Can you imagine growing up with someone like her?? Never a dull moment! LOL... I think what would have been funnier is if they would have handed out a box of hair color to all the blondes to go BROWN. lol Thanks for your comment! ♥

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      Jayme Kinsey 5 years ago from Oklahoma

      Haha! That was a great read! I love how you tell your mom stories, and this was the best so far! Another box of Clairol! That would have been hilarious!

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      Thank you so much Cosmic Bus! :)

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      Cosmic Bus 5 years ago from Maryland

      Great writing! I love your "Mom" stories.

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      LOL JamaGenee. She wears wigs today. LOL j/k I agree, back then I don't think we knew any better! lol

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      Joanna McKenna 5 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      OMG! Toooo funnny! That said, coloring her hair so many times in such a short time, I'm surprised your mom's hair didn't turn into clown frizz. Or fall out!

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      Elizabeth Rayen 6 years ago from California

      Actually I think her scalp was fine. Didn't get to meet Farrah.. I was referring to my mother as being her instead of Pepe Le Pew..LOL I love cybil. She was so beautiful and has aged so wonderfully. Thanks T :)

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      Elizabeth Rayen 6 years ago from California

      LOL. She and her hair survived! However, I was a nervous wreck! just kidding. It was the funniest thing and when she got her "Special gift" I just about died with laughter! Thanks for the vote:-)

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      Tammy 6 years ago from North Carolina

      This is hilarious! I am sure her scalp hurt. You got to meet Farrah Fawcett? That is awesome. I liked the photo of Cybil Sheppard. I forgot she was a model. Well done!!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 6 years ago from Western NC

      ANOTHER box of Clairol? Hehehe, this made me laugh. I can't believe your mom actually did that to her hair...over and over again. Did her hair survive? :D Voted up and funny!

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      Elizabeth Rayen 6 years ago from California

      Thank you Stephanie! Well hey.. anything for the "Special Gift!" SHe's a nut, but I love her. When I wrote the hub Mom and Split Pea Soup, iIt opened up a big can of Mom-worms.The stories are just flowing. LOL Glad you enjoyed! :)

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      Stephanie Henkel 6 years ago from USA

      This was so funny! Your Mom took quite a chance - somehow I expected her to come out with green hair, or, worse yet, no hair at all! Love the recipe at the end, too!

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      Elizabeth Rayen 6 years ago from California

      Trust me. Ya can't make this stuff up! It was sooo funny! LOL

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      Linda Bilyeu 6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      This can't be for real!??! LOL! I'm dying here!!! LOL!