80s pop gems

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).

MOONLIGHT DESIRES

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

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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):

Shiro plums:

(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.)

Corn!

Foof, cornfields are so photogenic!!

This is how I’ve been spending most of my afternoons…

Breathing deeply and looking up!

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One thought on “80s pop gems

  1. i still like to think most good things came from the 80’s… i mean, how can one hate it! I’m impressed with how thick and ‘fat’ your zucchini loaf is, clearly a sign of an excellent baker!! And those cookies- don’t even get me started on how good those look! omg oatmeal raisin are my favorite!!! geez, i need to come over haha ❤

    xoxo

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