Nothing says warm weather like baking! Well, okay, maybe that’s not entirely true, but I decided to try a new cookie recipe today. You can find it here.
If you’re not a recipe-reading type, then I will give you the basics: whole wheat flour, oats, granulated and brown sugar, vanilla, egg, baking powder, salt, butter, and canola oil. Oh – and chocolate chips. I substituted apple sauce for the oil because that’s what I had on hand, and I like that it is naturally sweet. Also, the recipe calls for you to blend the oats, but I opted to keep them…oatish. I prefer them that way.
One thing I liked about this recipe is that it calls for you to whip the butter first, and I think that made a difference.
Point of interest: for some reason, I keep forgetting that I bought a cheap hand mixer at the dollar store one day when I was in Arkansas. I remember today, thanks to the recipe calling for one, and I used it. Boy was it easier. I didn’t use it for the dry ingredient mixing because, well, I don’t want my kitchen covered in flour.
The other thing I did different this time was that, as I added each ingredient, I put it away. Usually I do the mixing and then put everything away when I’m done. But I found I kept better track of what I’d used, and the clean up during bake time was easier. I always clean my dishes while my goodies are baking. Let’s call it “earning the calories I’m amount to consume”.
Final verdict: delicious. These are just what I needed. I kept fighting the urge to bake cookies because I thought the craving would pass. But then I ended up eating half of the semi-sweet morsels that I had leftover from the brownies I made last. When I went food shopping today, I had to buy more, so I just caved and baked. I’m so glad I did.
As for a TARDIS update: I have the plans pretty much done, though I will have to modify them a bit. Just a point of clarification that I am modifying the plans ahead of time, in a sober and clear-headed fashion. This is not like the path to failure…yet. I did not buy any of the supplies today, but I did spend about an hour browsing.
I am finding it hard to get the exact sizes that I wanted – I mean, unless I order them specifically from a supply store or something. So I am having to be flexible.
Today I found a square jewelry box that I can dismantle, add some new, taller wooden sides, and then glue the top back onto the then extended box. The problem is the door(s). The TARDIS has one small door, which, to be accurate, would require two separate panels on the front. But, for the life of me, I cannot find the correct size panels. My way around this, then, is to simply buy 4 large wood pieces, and add some strips to make it look like two panels.
This makes no sense, does it? Sorry!
Oh, and for those of you unfamiliar with the TARDIS, here is what it is supposed to look like: