Friday, October 22, 2010

Feelin' the love...or the mocking.

So I appreciate all of you who were so encouraging to me regarding my suffering.

You complete me.

The rest of you...hmmm...I'm on the fence. It's amazing to me that my most unsympathetic comments came from my family. Especially my snarky brother, Bryan. I wonder why that is? I guess when you live on the beach in Southern California, don't even NEED air conditioning (except for one random weekend last month - totally heading you off at the pass, dude), and can freakin' kill a man with your bare hands, it's pretty easy to throw stones.



To the rest of you - I have a gift...

Last week, the kids had to sell some discount cards for school and as an added incentive, we baked some cookies to go along with the cards. You're never too young to learn about upselling are you, Sadie?

Anyway, they're pretty stinkin' delicious and really easy to make and I'm going to share the recipe because I'd like to memorize it in case I'm ever stranded on a desert island without cookbooks but somehow still have an oven and all the ingredients to make cookies. Typing it out totally helps me remember.

Peanut Butter, Oatmeal, Chocolate Chip Cookies for all of you except Bryan...

1 Cup Butter (please use butter and not the fake stuff. I beg you.)
1 Cup Sugar
2/3 Cup packed brown sugar
1 Cup peanut butter
1 t. vanilla extract
2 eggs
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 t. baking soda
1/2 t. salt
1 cup rolled oats (not the quick oats but the regular oats)
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl, cream together the butter, and both sugars until smooth. Mix in the peanut butter, vanilla, and eggs until well blended. Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt; stir into the batter until just moistened. Mix in the oats and chocolate chips until evenly distributed. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto cookie sheets.

Bake for 10 - 12 minutes until the edges start to brown. Cool on cookie sheets for a minute before transferring to wire racks to cool.

Then, roll the extra dough you don't cook into balls, stick on a cookie sheet and put in the freezer for about 15 minutes. Then, once their pretty frozen, toss into a freezer bag to keep on hand in case your husband doesn't let you turn on the AC and you need a cold, delicious snack. Stand in front of freezer nekkid and eat about eight. Chase with a giant glass of milk and then go check your blog to see if anyone has written any sympathetic comments. If not, walk back to freezer and repeat.

And now, a reading from last nights thermostat...

And Bryan, um, yeah, totally kidding about the whole bike thing. You know that, right? You're awesome...please don't hurt me.


Henley on the Horn said...

It is HOT in your house. We'r enot far behind you!

emily said...

83? That I bet feels more like 103 indoors.......does it officially end Nov 1st?

You failed to mention sniper expert in your description, I bet he can sniper from really long distances too. :) Surely he knows you are kidding. Surely.

The Hidalgo Family said...

How about "lovingly mocking" you? But simply turn the other cheek and offer up a delicious cookie recipe. You just a giver. Now with it 83 in the house, why didn't you make 'no-bake' cookies? I'm just saying....

Dina said...

I just saw that it is going to be 90 on Monday! Surely the air can come on for 90.

Maybe invite company over and Trey will put the air on for them!

Lea said...

Ok, NOW will he turn it back on? It's been 3 minutes since they WON!!!! Or at the very, very least, down a tad from EIGHTY THREE hot degrees????? The Rangers' first-ever victory--isn't that a fabulous enough reason to celebrate with some cool, yummy, indoor fall-feeling air? I think yes. Go, Trey, go. :)

Becca said...

Those cookies sound fantastic. And WHY does typing things out help us remember? I always did that to my notes in college :-)

ps - 83? That's just ridiculous!

Karin Katherine said...

For the love of God, WHY are you BAKING when you have no a/c? Don't you know there are (air-conditioned) places that sell baked goods?

; 0 )

Maxine said...

Any dummy knows that if you turn your oven on it heats up the house! I'll bet even Betty Crocker, waits until it's cool to bake cookies or heads over to Fry's or Safeway for fabulous 'squishy' cookies... no sympathy from the AZ Desert!

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Grateful for Grace said...

Our air conditioning went out yesterday and I've been fussing at and blaming Trey. I thought that was appropriate.

Anonymous said...

Ya know...I'm sorry. I guess I should've been a bit more empathetic. It got to 83 one day last month and it WAS hot. Luckily, I had some soothing music from your Walkman playing to get me through it. Did you make up the word "Snarky?" Love, B.