Posted on: February 9, 2008 1:51 pm

What Now?

It's a terrible weekend for me, honestly and it doesn't look like it's going to get any better.  The withdrawals are getting bad.  My hands shake, I'm irritable and just lack energy.  Prone to fits of crying, when asked what's wrong, all I can do is sob....there's no footballlllllll !!!!  My husband can only hold me and suggest that I seek therapy and my daughter (who happened to have come home once again to do her laundry and hit me up for money) is wishing she's back at school right now. 

So as I stumble around the house, trying to figure out just what to do (no, I haven't gotten desperate enough to clean that garage just yet), I hear the family whispering "don't worry"..."there's the Pro Bowl"...I yell out..."It won't be the same, Hines won't be in the endzone dancing the hula this year".  They were shocked, they didn't think I could hear them.  They'd be amazed at what I can hear now with my hearing aid in.  (Don't let me forget to remind my daughter that it may not be a wise idea to tell her friends that Mom's feeble, at least on the phone at the house)

Alright, so I've walked off my excessive energy, as well as submitted myself to the torture of Tae Bo.  I've browsed the sports news.  I could get into Penguin hockey, they're doing well this year and I can keep an eye on the Pirates, they did make it to the playoffs last year, didn't they?  I'll admit, I'm a die hard football fan.  When it comes to hockey and baseball I'm strictly a Penguins and Pirates fan when they're winning (yeah I'll admit it, I'm one of THOSE types of fans for those sports).  Apparently I'm not even good at being THAT type of fan, since I guess both teams have had a few good years in the past. 

Okay, so now I'm bored.  I did happen to mention that me being bored is a very dangerous thing.  Now my daughters eyes are wide open with fear and her voice trembles ... "Mom, how about baking cookies..."  Guess I know what I'm doing this weekend. 

Guess ya'll figured out by now that I'm leading up to my weekly recipe.  This weeks recipe is my husbands favorite cookie.

                                                                         Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies

                                                                                 (nope, not a typo)

                                                                          1 c. packed brown sugar

                                                                           1 c. butter, softened

                                                                           1 tsp vanilla

                                                                           2 eggs

                                                                           2 c all purpose flour

                                                                            1/2 c baking cocoa

                                                                            1 tsp baking soda

                                                                             1/4 tsp salt

                                                                             1/2  bag (1 cups) white chocolate chips

                                                                             1/2 bag (1 cup) milk chocolate chips

1.  Heat oven to 325 degrees.  Beat brown sugar, butter, vanilla and eggs in a large bowl with electric mixer on medium until creamy.  Stir in flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt.  Stir in chips.

2.  Drop 1 tablespoon dough onto ungreased cookie sheet. 

3.  Bake 13 to 16 minutes or until cookies are set and dry.  Cool 1 minute; remove from cookie sheet to wire rack.









Category: General
Tags: Cookies, Recipes
Posted on: February 1, 2008 4:30 am

Promise them Cookies

I can honestly say that there's not much that will make me speechless.  Throw a sexual innuendo at me and I'll find some smart comment to come back with, tell me I suck and I'll engage you in a witty conversation, throw a topic at me that I have no clue on and I'll google it just because I have to be the one to get the last word in and want to look semi-intelligent when I do.  Within the past couple of weeks though, I've had comments and questions that left me grasping for something to respond back with.  At the risk of sounding arrogant or conceited, I'll continue on, because I've finally found the answers to those questions.

The questions and comments that leave me baffled are those that refer to my supposed popularity on the sportsboards.  Again, today I was asked just how I did it, how I've become popular.  I told them that when I figured it out, I'd let them know.  In all honesty, I really never thought of myself as being popular but since I keep being asked, of course I had to find the answer.  So having fallen asleep last night with that question on my mind, it would come of no surprise that I bolted upright at 2am this morning, with the answer. 

No, it was actually my husband ranting to someone that actually woke me up and being the insomniac that I am, couldn't go back to sleep.  But, since I do have the answer to the question, knowing my failing memory, it was best that I write it up before I forget it completely.  So before I revert into a stage where they start wiping the drool from my chin, this is what I found out in my soul searching.

At first I thought it was my charming personality or my madonna-like (no not the singer) reputation.  I knew right off the bat that I was fooling myself on both of those, so I had to search deeper.  It isn't my sense of humility - I'm the first that gets extremely jealous that Tom Brady's hair is always perfect and that he dresses better then I do.  Yes, I plot daily on how I can out do him in those areas.  However, I know now that it's pointless, because I'll never be as good as he is under center.  Could it be my quiet ... okay I'm not even going there, we all know that if I have the chance, I'll make myself be heard.  Maybe it's the sense of peace and tranquility that I bring...umm, scratch that, I can cause enough drama that would put me in competition for the best actress in dramatic role Oscar. 

Okay so having scratched all those out, I've determined it is one thing.  It's the cookies.  Yep the cookies.  Let's face it, we're all children at heart and not many can resist a good cookie.  So when you mention cookies, it should come as no surprise that there would be a pavlovian response.  So after all this soul searching, the answer is simple...I promise them cookies.

Speaking of cookies, as requested, here is a favorite cookie recipe of mine.  I took liberties with the original Toll House Cookie recipe, and I have to say, this is my favorite.

                                                                                                Chocolate Chip Cookies

                                                                                                 2 1/4 c. all purpose flour

                                                                                                 1 tsp baking soda

                                                                                                  1 tsp salt

                                                                                                  1/2 c. butter, softened

                                                                                                  1/2 c. butter flavored crisco

                                                                                                  3/4 c granulated sugar

                                                                                                   3/4 c packed brown sugar

                                                                                                   1 tsp vanilla butter and nut flavoring

                                                                                                   2 lg eggs

                                                                                                   2 c. (12-oz pkg) Nestle Semi Sweet Morsels

                                                                                                   1 c  white chocolate morsels

                                                                                                    1 c chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 375.

Combine flour, baking soda and salt in a small bowl.  Beat butter, shortening, sugars and extract/flavoring in large mixer bowl until creamy.  Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.  Gradually beat in flour mixture.  Stir in morsels and nuts.  Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheet.

Bake for 9 to 11 mnutes or until golden brown.  Coll on baking sheets for 2 minutes, remove to wire racks to cool completely.

Makes about 5 dozen cookies.






Category: General
Tags: Cookies, Recipes
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