Thursday, October 25, 2007

Projects for a Dreary Day

The rain has finally come to our neck of the woods. We've had several dreary damp days but I don't think anyone is complaining. I think we've had over nine inches but spread out over several days and the parched ground absorbed most of it.
Today I've been working on my Christmas quilt. I've completed piecing the body and now I'm working on the twenty-four appliqued blocks that go around the outside. Speedy quilting or piecing is not my thing. I read some other quilter's blogs and it seems like they can get projects together so fast. Maybe I'm not organized enough, or maybe I get side-tracked or most probably a combination of the two! I guess I've got too many interests. Here's a photo of what I do have done. I hope I can get this done before Christmas!

Another project for the day - Chocolate Chip Cookies. I felt like baking today too. This recipe was given to me by a friend in Wisconsin. Somehow they never taste as good as hers but of course I always have to vary the recipe a little and that always doesn't work out. These turned out okay and my theory is that anything with chocolate is successful.
Here's my version of SPOONBREAKER CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES
CREAM TOGETHER
1 cup butter (not margarine or shortening)
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
ADD
2 eggs
1 t. vanilla
MIX TOGETHER THEN ADD
1 3/4 cups flour
1 1/2 cups oat flour
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
3 T. ground flax seed
1/2 t. salt
1 t. baking soda
1 t. baking powder
THIS MAKES A THICK DOUGH
ADD
16 oz. chocolate (I used a combination of chopped semi-sweet chocolate and white chocolate bars and milk chocolate chips)
1-1 1/2 cups chopped nuts
BAKE AT 375 FOR 9-10 MINUTES OR TIL GOLDEN BROWN
These seemed to not spread out as much as I thought they should so it works better if you flatten with the bottom of a glass before baking. I think the additon of the whole wheat flour must have something to do with that. The oat flour though makes gives them an interesting crispy texture. The batter is really thick and made me glad that I used my new Kitchenaid Artisan Mixer. Let me know if you try this version and how they turn out.

Halloween is next week and I decided it was time to decorate one of my pumpkins with this cute black cat that I've had for a couple of weeks. Much easier than making jack'o lanterns.
Well, here I am side-tracked on another project. Guess I should get back to the first one! But I'll probably multi-task and watch The Office too. I even might try to read a chapter or two of Garden Spells during commercials! (I'm loving this book!)
Until next time! Thanks for reading.

1 comment:

sarah said...

happy halloween!