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.
ONCE, WHEN YOU WEREN'T HOME, I BORROWED YOUR RACING BIKE AND RODE IT TO HOLLY'S AND WE JUMPED SAND TRAPS ON THE GOLF COURSE WITH IT! HA! IN YOUR FACE!!!
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 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.