Nothing cheers me up quite like listening to the radio-friendly pop music of my youth (ok I only lived in the 80s for six months, but I have a strong affection for the tunes of that decade).
ALIVE AND KICKING
DANCING IN THE DARK
I WANNA BE YOUR SLEDGEHAMMER!
Now, some sugary goods from the past couple of weeks to go along with that syrupy sweet music:
The ushe oatmeal cookies with innumerable mix-ins (not really). I think these had raisins, walnuts, unsweetened shredded coconut, sesame seeds, and choc chips.
Yet another zucchini loaf (there are zucs aplenty on the farm these days!):
A somewhat-successful batch of chocolate chip-walnut-craisin cookies, made with honey (I actually used butter and white sugar for these!!):
Unfortunately I underbaked them and they stuck together! Oops I guess that means you have to eat several at a time…hah hah.
Recipe, adapted from Baking Bites:
Honeyed Chocolate Chip Cookies
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/8 cup white sugar
1/8 cup honey
1 large egg
1 1/8 cups all purpose flour
1/4 tsp baking soda
Pinch of salt
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup toasted walnuts
1/2 cup dried cranberries
- Preheat oven to 325F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in honey and egg.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Gradually incorporate flour mixture into honey mixture, stirring slowly. Stir in chocolate chips, walnuts, and craisins.
- Shape cookie dough into balls and place onto prepared baking sheet, leaving about 2 inches between each cookie to allow for the dough to spread.
- Bake for 15 minutes, until cookies are golden brown. Cool for 3-4 minutes on the baking sheet, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
Makes about 16 large cookies
Since I’m helping to write the weekly CSA newsletter, I took some photos of the produce being featured. First off, amazing, juicy heirloom tomatoes (I’m not sure of the particular varieties…will have to ask):
Peach plums (PEACH PLUM PEAR – side note, I had no idea Joanna Newsom is dating Andy Samberg…or was at some point…love it):
(Please ignore the greasy-looking finger: I have been applying salve to it very liberally since it is super dry/scabby/cracking and refuses to heal.)
Foof, cornfields are so photogenic!!
This is how I’ve been spending most of my afternoons…
Breathing deeply and looking up!