I am done with my hard finals! The rest of the week is a breeze.... as far as finals go. I still have to pack up my room though!!! :( Lots to do, lots to do. I'm kind of sad to be leaving. I am going to miss it so much! All my friends, people, my apartment, my room.... almost everything. But the show must go on.
Just a thought: I think that this teeny tiny baby sized water bottle is great for kids. But NOT FOR ADULTS. I seriously guzzled 3/4 of it in like one swig. I was slightly frustrated.
Next: Look at our mini Christmas tree!! It's adorable. AND it has candy canes on it. Peppermint is the flavor that completes the Christmas season.
So, last week was COOKIE week. I made 3 different kinds of cookies on 3 different days, and then my roommate made cookies twice as well. I learned a few very important lesson last week. 1. Don't make so many cookies in one week. 2. Don't commit to making cookies for every social gathering 3. (MOST IMPORTANT) DON'T ACCIDENTALLY MIX TWO RECIPES. When I was making cookies on Monday, somewhere, somehow, I mixed two different recipes. Normally, this wouldn't be a problem, and the cookies would be salvageable. However, I made a bad move and combined two very bold flavors: peanut butter and pumpkin. The final product: Peanut Butter Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies. They were very.... interesting. Everybody who tried them said they weren't BAD, but they were interesting. I would agree 100%. They were unique. Don't do it. I did find one person who really really liked them though. Although, I'm pretty sure he just said that and took the whole bag on "inedibles" with him because he has a little crush on me. Ya, pretty sure that's it. After he told me he liked them, he proceeded to act like he knew a lot about cooking and flavors etc and said he discovered the missing ingredient: nutmeg. All I could do to prevent myself from laughing in his face was smile. Returned missionaries will always be a little bit more awkward for the rest of their lives. But I'm ok with it, because he made me feel a little better.
In an effort to redeem myself, I made snickerdoodles (how can you go wrong with Snickerdoodles?) for the volleyball assistant coaches (finally had our banquet). Those turned out great. Then I made the soft pumpkin cookies for the ugly sweater party... BY REQUEST! Do you know what that means? That means that I am now known for my delish pumpkin cookies. It made me so happy. PLUS, the party was fun fun fun.
Needless to say, I haven't made cookies since. BUT, I'm going to make more today - - Our art final is pot luck-ish, and I would never pass up such an opportunity to make something for such an occasion. :)
My HOTT sweater. and Yes, I'm bringing it home with me.
The snickerdoodles recipe is amazing. Here it is, if you're interested. I searched forever for one perfect for my liking: no cream of tartar, less than 2 sticks of butter, and a sweet twist: maple syrup! Found it.
• 2 C flour
• 2 t baking powder
• ½ t salt
• ½ C butter – room temperature
• Slightly less than 1 C brown sugar
• ¼ C Maple Syrup
• 1 egg
• 2 t white sugar
• 1 t brown sugar
• 2 t ground cinnamon
Blend flour, baking powder, and salt together. In a separate bowl, cream butter and brown sugar together until creamy. Add the egg and maple syrup and mix. Then add the flour mixture in mini batches, mixing just until the flour is mixed in.
Make the sugar-cinnamon mixture in a little bowl (you may need more). Coat SMALL balls of the dough in the mixture. In a 350 F oven, bake for 6 minutes. If you like them cakey (they won’t look done when you take them out). Cook for 8 minutes for crunchier cookies. Let the cookies sit on the cookie sheet for 5 minutes to cool, then move them to a cooling rack.