Posts Tagged ‘cookies’

Snow Storm Baking

January 27, 2011 3 comments

There’s something magical about a snow storm.

Maybe because the drifting piles of snow resemble sifted sugar…

It makes me want to bake (and I have a feeling I’m not alone).

Getting home early yesterday (thank GOD we closed at 2 and no later) I began dreaming of cookies and breads.

I love chocolate chip cookies, but more for the cookie and not so much for the chocolate (call me crazy), so my first quest was to find a cookie recipe. I found a basic one and ta da! Had all the ingredients on hand. Now, because I’m super lazy, I didn’t want to think about making trays and trays of cookies. I took the easy way out and did cookie bars. YUM!

My next idea was great at the time…use up all the ripe bananas in my freezer. Defrosted and mashed it was about 3 cups worth. 3 cups = 4 times the usual recipe. But I thought psssh. My kitchenaid can handle it! (It barely did)

I mixed it, poured it out into two giant pans, and set about to bake it for 45 minutes to an hour. 45 minutes later…still liquid in the middle. And hour later…not quite done.


The power went out. I was pretty certain the bread wasn’t done, so I dared not open the oven and just left it in over night hoping the residual heat might finish baking the runny bread.

As you can see…it did not. Now I have two giant containers of something that more closely resembles banana bread pudding instead of actual bread. (It still tastes quite yummy though!)

I do not regret baking though. When I went to bed last night, my thermostat read 71. I was scared how much it would drop. By morning…61. Not too shabby! I’m sure having a hot oven helped a little bit in keeping me warm!

At least the cookie bars look pretty 🙂


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Tasty Tuesday – And What Lima Beans Taught me about Being a Good Aunt

July 20, 2010 2 comments

As a kid, one of our favorite places to spend a day or two when Mom needed time to herself was with Giggie, my great-aunt.

Giggie spoiled us rotten, but hardly ever had a dime to her name. She lived simply and didn’t even have a driver’s license, but anything she could give to us she did.

Now as an aunt of 10, I’m forever thankful for her influence. She taught me to

1. Always wear beads around babies. You’ll never have to fumble for a toy or teething ring if there are

beads around your neck that babies and little kids can play with. And they’re more likely to wrap their little arms around you if they’re looking for the end to the “toy” they’re playing with!

2. Even nickels and pennies can seem like incredible treasure to little kids.

3. Sometimes, the best presents aren’t the bought ones. It’s the things that people you love dearly make with their own hands and pass on to you. Some of my favorite belongings are worth little or no money. They’re the baby blanket Giggie made me (only in the 70s and 80s would it be cute to sew a baby sleeping under a giant mushroom) and the afghans she sewed later in life. And the amazing needlework she made that hangs in my living room now.

One Cookie Won't Ruin the Child!

4. Mom and Dad aren’t *always* right. When my oldest nephew was put in time out once for sneaking a cookie before Christmas dinner…Giggie went and got him a cookie and took it to him as he was being reprimanded. Why? The baby wanted a cookie. And would one cookie really hurt?? 🙂

5. A little bit of sugar goes a long way.

I never liked many vegetables…especially lima beans. But Giggie’s lima beans were SO good! They were perfectly cooked and never too crunchy. And there was just something about them that made them tasty…

It wasn’t until after she died that I found out from my grandmother…it was a touch of sugar.

Giggie’s lima beans, like everything that Giggie touched, were made just a little bit sweeter than anyone else’s.