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It was so cold and windy today that even with the windows closed I could still feel the wind! These are insulated windows, too. In Glendale, California, where we live, the wind sometimes whips up a storm as it comes across the valley. and then gets caught in our little bowl surrounded by Griffith Park in the west, Eaglerock in the south, the San Gabriels in the east, and the Verdugo Mountains in the north. As the wind squeezes itself out to Pasadena, it can start howling and really whirl itself into a frenzy.
That’s okay! It means that the oven can go on and have something to do. I know I’ve talked about this in the past, and I’ll say it again. I just don’t feel right lighting a heater on the wall when it does nothing but heat the room and dry out the air. At least an oven produces something for its efforts.
I wanted something a little healthy, and we have dried cranberries, organic chocolate and Blueberry Muesli from Trader Joe’s. I thought using that for cookies would a) make them better for you, and b) taste/feel similar to oatmeal cookies. I don’t like oatmeal, so I never have it on hand. I wouldn’t even have the little packets around, as those are GMO. Yes, you heard it right, Quaker Oats from General Mills are genetically modified. I think if that nice Quaker gentleman on the box knew about that he’d jump straight off the container.
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The other day, I had a hankering for chocolate chip cookies, but I wanted something a little different. Looking in my pantry, I spied a jar of Jiff Creamy Peanut Butter. Yes, I am a choosy mother, and I do choose Jiff. Believe it or not, with as much baking as I have done, I’ve never made peanut butter cookies, so I had to go on Big Oven and find a recipe. I found one that looked like what I wanted to make, got Spane, and got started.
Now that we have a Nook HD tablet, I take it into the kitchen with me so I can look at my recipe without having to lug the computer in there. All I do is put the Nook in a clear plastic bag, and set it up against the wall. I think this is much better than paying over $300.00 for a dedicated kitchen tablet, my Nook was under $200.00. I can swipe the Nook through the plastic, and when I was making Christmas dinner, and trying to inject a turkey, then liquid exploded and got all over Spane and the Nook. Neither Spane nor the Nook were injured in any way.
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I have been on an Asian kick lately, so when I made fried rice last night, I had extra ginger. I also bought carrots yesterday, hey, they’re good for your eyes, right? I also have a jar almost full of sesame seeds. Sounds like Carrot Ginger Sesame Drop Cookies, yes?
Today, Spane and I are going to Mass on the Grass at our local Catholic church, Holy Family in Glendale, California. Everyone has been asked to bring a dish, whether it be a side, or dessert. Even though it is still hot, I could not resist turning on my oven for cookies.
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Ah, the first day back at school! This year, not only does Spane get a new teacher for 5th grade, the school also gets a new Principal. I think it’s important to make a good impression. Spane is a good student, but it never hurts to grease a few palms with an appreciative gift. I already made Trinket Boxes, and special Scrunchy Bows for the gift bag, but I wanted to put something else inside. I was wrestling with myself over this, and then I remembered I had a bag of butterscotch chips that I had gotten on sale at the local supermarket. Everyone likes cookies, and if they don’t they can give them to someone who does.
These Mocha Butterscotch Cashew Cookies will be rich, so I will also be giving a plate of cookies to the front office, some to my neighbor who gives me figs and apples, some to Spane’s Lemonade Stand co-worker, and still be able to have some for Spane and I.
Cookies for the Principal, the Front Office and the Teacher
I love going to the resale shops, finding bargains, and occasionally finding something old that comes back home with me for a new life. I have a friend who had this interesting jar with a top that you would push down on and she would use it for chopping onions. I always wanted one of those, and I was lucky enough to find one recently. I also found out that they were used for chopping nuts. Well, they do a great job at both!
Glazed painted hearts with colored sugar
When I wanted to make cookies for Spane’s classroom for Valentines Day, I had the cookie bags
completed, and just needed to make the cookies. Usually, I use the Rollout Cookie
recipe, which calls for 2 cups of granulated sugar. Horror of horrors, I did not have enough granulated sugar! But, I did
have a lot of powdered sugar. People will tell you that you cannot make cookies with powdered sugar. Well, I’m here to tell you they are wrong! You can make nice crisp, melt in your mouth sugar cookies with powdered sugar!
I don’t bother making a glaze. I just buy the vanilla cream frosting in a can. Yes, I know, everything fresh, but the canned frosting is perfect for glazing. Mind you, I would never use it to frost a cake!
Peppermint Cookies with Cherry Center
I really like giving stuff I made in my kitchen to my friends, neighbors, and Spane’s school. So, this year I decided that I was going to give out some of the fudge and cookies that the kids made at the Kid’s Christmas Party on Saturday.
Life has been hectic since then, and Spane really wanted to help me to decorate the Roll Out Cookies. Today was also the last day of school before the winter break, a perfect opportunity to give his teacher and the front office some nice treats.