Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Week 45 : Nov 4 - Nov 10


Nov 4 - the coffee station

 Happy Birthday to my husband 
(the grumpy one)

 Nov 5 - hanging at the winery

 Nov 6 - working on Christmas crafts

Nov 7 - the moon on the way home (while driving!)

Nov 9 - My YD at the hospital

Nov 10 - welcome baby!!


Sunday, November 6, 2022

Cookies # 4 - Salted Peanut Butter - Pretzel - Chocolate Chip Cookies

Cookie #4 is the Salted Peanut Butter - Pretzel - Chocolate Chip Cookie.


    1 1/4 cups flour
    1 cup quick oats
    1 t. baking soda
    1/4 t. salt
    12 T. butter
    1 1/4 cups light brown sugar
    2/3 cups crunchy peanut butter
    1 large egg
    1 t vanilla
    1 cup bittersweet chocolate chips
    2/3 cups pretzel sticks, crushed
    Flake sea salt

I followed the instructions in the cookbook -- basically.  The recipe called for cooking the cookies for 11-13 minutes -- I only cooked the cookies for 10-11 minutes -- probably should have cut it down to 9 minutes.  My YL said this was almost as good as our faves (cookie 1.5).



 Here's the picture from the book.

My cookies.
and Nevada's cookies.

Week 44 : Oct 28 - Nov 3


Oct 28 - decorating cookies 


Oct 29 - spiderman??

Oct 30 - Turkeys

Oct 31 - lights for Halloween

Nov 2 - the cookies for this week

Nov 3 - the first frost of the year

Sunday, October 30, 2022

Week 43 : Oct 21 - 27


Oct 22 - the pumpkin patch 

Oct 23 - snickerdoodles

Oct 26 - selfie :)

Oct 27 - sick baby


Sunday, October 23, 2022

Cookies #3 - Snickerdoodles

 Cookie #3 is the snickerdoodle.  I'm not sure I have ever eaten a snickerdoodle before, so I'm not 100% sure about how they taste. However, I think they turned out.

Picture from the book.

My cookies (I decided I should try and re-create the photo from the book):

Nevada's cookies 


2 1/2 c. flour
2 t. cream of tartar
1 t. baking soda
1/2 t. salt
8 T. butter (softened)
8 T. shortening
1 1/2 c. sugar
2 large eggs

1/4 c. sugar
1 T. cinammon

After preparing the dough, I put the it in the fridge to keep it cold while I was baking the other cookies.  I cut the cook time a few minutes. I also used less dough than the recipe called for because the bigger cookies seemed to flatten out more.


Cookies #2 - Coffee Toffee

Last week's cookie, that I didn't make until this week, was the Coffee Toffee -- below is the picture of the cookies in the book.

2 cups all purpose flour 
1/4 t. baking soda
1/2 t. salt
2 T. instant espresso powder
1 T. hot water
10 T. unsalted butter, melted
1 1/4 c. sugar
2 large eggs
1 t. vanilla extract
3/4 c. toffee bits


The cookies turned out pretty good.


However, again, the cookies were a little flat.  And again -- not sure the issue. I'm still not sure my oven temperature is right or that my butter was the right temperature.  Nevada says the butter is the issue -- she's probably right.  Still working it out.

These cookies were pretty good. They stayed soft, probably because I cooked them five minutes less than the recipe called for.

Thursday, October 20, 2022

Cookies #1.5 - Brown Butter and Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies

Our cookie for last week was the Coffee Toffee cookie.  Because these cookies had toffee and one of my favorite cookie also has toffee, I was going to make them both: the first on Friday night and the second on Saturday.  I went to the grocery store Friday after work and bought what I needed for both cookies.  However, when I went to make the Coffee Toffee cookies on Friday, I realized that I had forgotten a main ingredient -- the instant espresso mix.  So I didn't do any baking on Friday.  

Saturday, I went to the store, again, to find the instant espresso but couldn't find it.  I then went to Home Goods (no luck there) and then Target -- and hooray, they had it.

and it was super cheap - $.99 per package of six.

Anyway, by this time I had already decided to make the other cookies (my YD and SIL's favorite). So I did.  Recipe can be found here.  Here is the picture from the website.

this is what my cookies looked like:

Anyway, these cookies are divine.

Week 42 : Oct 14 - 20

Oct 14 - lunch at the office for Diwali

Oct 15 - cookies .. but the wrong ones

Oct 16 - idea for fall decorations ...


Oct 17 - hanging out
Oct 19 - Cookies

Oct 20 - quilt blocks

Monday, October 17, 2022

Goals & Updates - 10.17.22

 My goals for the coming week are:

1.    Vaccuum -- I thought this was an easy one last week, but somehow it didn't happen. Oops.

2.    Make cookies -- I did make cookies last week, but not the right ones.  This week I'll make the cookies I should have made last week. 

3.  Finish making blocks for Mackenzie's quilt.  I don't have that many more.

4.  Hang 2 pictures.  (If I keep putting it on here, I'll have to do it, right??)

5.  Work on scanning / spreadsheet. 

Last week's update:

1. Make cookies - this week's cookie is a Toffee Coffee.  I didn't make the Toffee Coffee (my excuse is that I didn't have the instant espresso needed).  However, I made these chocolate chip toffee cookies.  Super yummy.  

2. Five more quilt blocks for Mackenzie's quilt -- done (pictures to be added later).

3. Vacuum (hardly worthy of putting on the list, but hopefully this will be an easy one) - FAIL

4. Continue scanning -- create spreadsheet. I didn't do any scanning but I did make progress on the spreadsheet.

5.  Hang some pictures - FAIL

Friday, October 14, 2022

Week 41 : Oct 7 to Oct 13

Oct 7 - flat cookies

 Oct 8 - up-do

Oct 9 - bottomless mimosas

Oct 10 - drive to work

Oct 11 - new neighbor & old

Oct 12 - New Neighbor

Oct 13 - Charlie


Week 45 : Nov 4 - Nov 10

    Nov 4 - the coffee station    Happy Birthday to my husband  (the grumpy one)    Nov 5 - hanging at the winery    Nov 6 - working on Chri...