Friday, September 18, 2009

Uber Good Chocolate Chip Cookies & Cameras

I know I'm old when I had to consult the user manual for my camera to learn how to put my camera in macro mode. Additionally, I had to call my mom and ask if I should look for "micro" or "macro," but to my defense photography has always been her thing and not mine.
But on to better things...I made Chocolate Chip Cookies last night! And boy were they (as usual) scrumpcious. In fact they were so scrumpcious, the one pictured the right was the last one left.
I had my first uber proud moment as a "baker" tonight at dinner. Hubby and I went to our favorite spot for sushi tonight and when the waitress asked if we wanted dinner, we graciously declined and I said, "nope, I made chocolate chip cookies last night and they are waiting for us." Then we went on to have a discussion about how she always burns them and I asked what type of oven she has and how long she cooked them for when she said that she has an electrical oven and she goes by smell. I proudly told her that 10 minutes is a good average time too cook them, however depending upon your batter if it is runny you'll want to shorten the cook time where as if it is thick you may want to cook them a touch longer.
Uber Good Chocolate Chip Cookies
2 1/4 C All Purpose Flour
1 tsp Baking Soda
1 tsp Salt
1 C Butter
3/4 C Granulated Sugar
1 C Brown Sugar
1 tsp Madagascar Vanilla Extract
2 Eggs
2 C Chocolate Chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla extract in mixer. Sift together flour, baking soda, and salt till well combined. Slowly mix dry ingredients into wet ingredients. Once combined, mix in chocolate chips. Bake for approximately 10 minutes on cookie sheets.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Damn I'm Clumsy

So I was extremely lazy today and decided not to make my lunch, but to purchase. And instead of dining at the homage de fake Mexican or to crappy greasy American (although fabulous for the hangover) I went to the Nugget. Now for those of you (and Dad I mean you because I think you are the only person that reads this or my 2 posts I should say) that don't have a Nugget Market, Nugget is a cross between Safeway and Whole Foods. It is a unique blend of the dying to be healthy trendy type and the frozen chicken wings and tatertots variety. So I ventured in to the faux barn where I perused the salads, as much as I want to want them I just can't bring myself to eat something for $5.00 that would have cost me maybe a buck to make at home. So I got my usual spicy tuna sushi rolls. I paid and settled in to the one of the outdoor tables in the lovely sunshine and began to eat and read, a fabulous combination that everyone should partake in daily. And then I struck, I moved my plastic carton closer to my book and the edge of the table so I would drip soy sauce all over me, when I moved and knocked 1/3 of my luch onto the icky-30-second-rule does not apply concrete and soy sauce all down my front. And now, like a badge of honor, I have to wear a streak of soy sauce all down my right side. It almost looks like I'm lactating soy sauce if I didn't know better.

I concluded my meal with a delightful Jasmine Green Honest Tea, 16 fluid ounces of anti-oxidant rich colored/flavored water capped with a rather insightful/motivating quote,

"You must be the change you wish to see in the world." -Mahatma Gandhi

Aside from being an activist and standing for silent protest and all sorts of other human rights issues, he made a good qote every now and then. Under normal circumstances I read these bottle cap qotes and just as quickly toss them into the recycle bin, however, today I think I'll keep this one. Maybe it's because I just started reading Julie & Julia the book, or shoot, it could just be that today is Tuesday, but today I will keep this bottle cap quote and put it up in my brand spankin' new cubicle.

Tonight, to further motivate myself toward my culinary expertise, I will clean (revolutionary I know). I have to clean from my mess I created this weekend in making a friends baby shower cake. Pictures to come or so I always say and never actually download them from the camera to put up for others to delight in...and so it continues another day another slave to the dollar.