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Monday, September 21, 2009

Being Busy Baking

Our 4-H group starts off each year with having a cookie contest for the first meeting. The kids make the cookies and then judge but there are 2 divisions, 12 and under and 13 and up. Then for snack they have the cookies. Can you say "sugar high"?

Daisy made her cookies with almost no help - I got stuff off of high shelves for her and put them in and out of the oven but that is all I did. She did Cowgirl cookies that I found on Bakerella's website (I would directly link to the cookies but the site is down right now for maintenance). They were a bit too dry and crunchy that night but the next day they were really good.

Junior made Pumpkin Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies. Have you ever heard of them? They are the perfect fall chocolate chip cookie! Yummmm! We really weren't sure how good they would be because really, pumpkin and chocolate. together. But we loved these. Again, I got the recipe from Bakerella although we did not frost ours. Because I was tired. and it was hot. and I wanted to sit down, not frost some cookies and then have to figure out how to get them there without getting frosting everywhere.

Sorry, I am ok now.

And then, because I am slightly crazy, I thought I would make Pioneer Woman's cinnamon rolls for our Bible study class Sunday morning.

I did sort of follow her recipe, although I cut the butter way back (like 1/2 - 1/3). And I didn't do her frosting recipe because I didn't want to make coffee just for the frosting and I didn't have any maple. Anyway the "Browned Butter Maple Frosting" that went with the pumpkin pecan chocolate chip cookies sounded really good. So I mostly followed it except I still had no maple so it was "Browned Butter Vanilla Frosting."

I made the full recipe which was way too much (the other couple in our class bringing refreshments also brought cinnamon rolls although I think theirs was canned) so now I am going to see how well they freeze.

But I can hear one of the pans calling my name. Can you hear it?

Must. Be. Strong.

Really, making them wouldn't have been too bad except I tend to underestimate how long something will take in the kitchen. And I procrastinated starting. So at 2:30 AM I was still in the kitchen working on those cinnamon rolls. And again at 7 AM. So that is about 4 1/2 hours of sleep.

I mostly stayed awake during church. At least I wasn't doing the head bobbing thing, that is miserable. And I don't think I was incredibly coherent during Bible study.

I am planning on posting another recipe soon but I think Daisy is going to make it for 4-H Food & Nutrition contest so I hate to post it yet.

But it is really good. And healthy. And one of the few things that my kids have wanted to eat the left-overs. That says alot.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Chicken noodle soup

Ok, I have to be honest this is more of a method than a recipe. The nice thing about soup is it is really difficult to ruin it - unless you burn it and there is no rescue that I can find for scorched soup. If you know of one, let me know please.

Anyway, since the whole family wanted to come down with (or fight) some sort of respiratory illness (kids had "the crud", Hubby has sinus issues, and I am trying to come down with the crud) I thought it was the perfect opportunity for Chicken Noodle Soup.

Junior thought it was a horrible idea until I let him help me decide what to put in it.

So here is what we did: