Some days are more prolific than others. I don’t know if it is the energy in the air. The fact that I have been sick a couple of days and now am coming into my own, or the oncoming storm (so they say).
It seems like we get a lot of really big storms hitting this area. I blame the Gulf disaster. Whatever we did in the gulf after the oil disaster did something to the Gulf Stream and changed the ocean pattern which controls the weather patterns. Thats my conspiracy theory anyway.
More snow and cold. Darnit. I just just turned off the heated birdbath and put away the cords! Heck if I am going to drag them back out! Birds should do some sleeping, like I will probably do? Doubt it. Snow energizes me! I don’t know if it is all the reflected light in the air or what, but it seems to give me energy!
Trying WordPress’s app for iPad. Not sure I like any program that translates to iPad with less features. It drives me nuts! How do I post my photos? Pooh! By the way, “Pooh” is my favorite new word. I think it is much more sillier and slightly more disturbing than the S word. LOL. Cuss words hardly mean anything anymore. They are just a bunch of filler for people who can’t think of an intelligent argument. If you really want to shock someone, say something completely unexpected. Pooh!
I made the worlds best oatmeal cookies. How did this happen? I took a recipe and tweaked it. This gamble paid off. I ate half of them straight out of the oven. Each cookie felt like a meal. Add milk and I didn’t feel like eating for a week. Well, that’s what my head told me.
Said recipe goes like this:
1/2 cup (1 stick, 4 ounces, or 115 grams) butter, softened
1 cup (125 grams) brown sugar lightly packed
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup (95 grams) all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon French sea salt
1 1/2 cups (120 grams) rolled oats
1 package of Very Berry Fruit Mix (actually 7 ounces) golden raisins, currants, cranberries, dark raisins, blueberries, tart and bing cherries or you can just use 1 cup of raisins.
1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds (65 grams)
In a large bowl, cream together the butter, brown sugar, egg and vanilla until smooth. In a separate bowl, whisk the flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt together. Stir this into the butter/sugar mixture. Stir in the oats, raisins and sunflower seeds.
Heat oven to 350°F (175°C) before you scoop the cookies, so that it’s fully heated when you’re ready to put them in. Cookies are done when you can smell them and they are no longer “soft”. Mine took 25 minutes. I went with the original 12 minutes but the cookies were so darn thick, they took a long time (or maybe it’s my oven). They came out perfect is all I have to say. This made 15 cookies for me or a large cookie sheet. You can make smaller or larger. Honestly, these were so hearty that my normally ravenous appetite was satisfied with just a few.
You might want to make two batches. One to eat, and one to freeze for later. After I made the cookies the local Girl Scout delivered our four boxes… Vaughn took one bite of their cookies, and one bite of my cookies and told me to throw the box cookies out. We normally eat a box each, but three cookies each was enough to fill both our cravings.
I should have taken photos during the whole process. My hands were SO sticky with the dough it was impossible. It is not like regular cookie dough. They don’t scoop well, and they tend to fall apart. Be patient and do you best, they are worth it! The berry mix costs 2.99 from ShopRite.
I might make these again tonight and take some photos to post later. Hopefully, I remembered this recipe correctly. I always change things as I go.
Tonight I plan on baking salmon, cooking sweet potatoes and winter squash in the crock pot, baking cauliflower and making eggplant chips. I need an assistant to take photos as I do all this.
Sent away for some orchid cactus cuttings and plant. After one false shipping, I finally got two leaves. I thought they were coming UPS. Unfortunately since I was sick and didn’t want to go out, Penzi didn’t get her normal long walks and I didn’t make it down to the mailbox. My leaves were sitting in the freezing temps over night. Who knows. They might live. If you know anything about Orchid Cactus, they are mildly hearty, and put up with a lot. Beautiful plant! Can’t wait to get mine going and see if I can keep them going for years to come.
A friend of mine used to grow a Night Blooming Cereus (or something of that spelling). He would throw a cocktail party one of the nights, during the one week it would bloom in the year. They are similar to Christmas cactus, but they only bloom one week instead of a whole month (or so). Usually pleasantly scented, they are really an unusual beauty to behold!
The two varieties I got are Dolly Madison and Norma Cantifo – one is yellow, the other orange. We will see if they survive at all. I am suppose to dry them out until they are almost dead before planting. And not water them, just mist them. Very tricky!