Just Baked

May 17, 2010

Shortbread Cookies

I ate so many of these shortbread cookies when I first made them that I promptly got a belly ache and had to go lay down for a little while. They're so buttery and light, they just melt away in your mouth, and before you know it, you've eaten 8 or 9 of them. Dangerous.

This recipe came from my grandmother's sister, my great aunt Syd. She had some of the best "old lady hair" I've ever seen: naturally snow white and a bit fluffy. Aunt Syd would call my gram on the phone every single night at the same time, just like clockwork. Back before cell phones and caller ID, gram could answer the phone and know exactly who was on the other end of the line - at least when it was 8 PM, anyway.

One of the ingredients in these cookies left me temporarily confused. It calls for "4x sugar," which, it turns out, is just a type of confectioner's sugar. Most stores just seem to carry 10x sugar, which worked out just fine for these cookies.

May 08, 2010

Peanut Butter Squares

Those chocolate peanut butter cookies I had at the Picnik Party on Saturday really set me off on a peanut butter binge. I finished off the remains of a jar I had in the cupboard, and when I was at the grocery store ended up buying 2 fresh jars - I couldn't decide between a jar with just ground peanuts or one with peanuts and a little bit of sugar. In the end, I decided that it would be best to stock up.

These squares seemed like a good place to start using up my peanut butter stockpile. They're really just a peanuty variation of a rice krispy treat, with peanut butter and karo syrup taking the place of the butter and marshmallows, and I'm fine with that. They took practically no time to make, and are quite tasty. Next time, I might have to spread a little nutella on them though!

A Picnik Party!

This past Saturday I had a little adventure*!

Casey, from TasteStopping, organized a "Picnik Party" for local food bloggers. Not only was it a fun chance to meet a few other local bloggers, but also play around with "Picnik," which is a website that allows you to edit photos online. Picnik is like Photoshop meets a Japanese photobooth - you can adjust the exposure and color settings of an image, or add in butterflies, hearts and facial hair - or do a bit of both!

Of course, we didn't spend the whole time staring at a computer monitor. There was also time to sit around and chat - and of course, to snack! Casey, who also is the woman behind Kitchen Witch, baked up several varieties of yummy cookies for us to munch on while we chatted. They were all great, but I have to say that my favorite were her peanut butter cup cookies. I'm such a sucker for the chocolate/peanut butter combo.

Anyway, it was a fun way to spend a Saturday afternoon, and it was great to meet Jennifer and Wendy. I look forward to reading both of their blogs in the future. I'm so glad Casey organized the "picnik"!

* I say adventure because I somehow managed to get myself totally lost while driving to Home Cooked to meet up with everyone. I hit traffic, my phone/GPS died when I was only a few miles and a couple of highway exits away, the car charger I ran in to Best Buy to quickly charge my phone didn't work properly... Honestly, I don't know how I manage to make so many things go wrong when I'm trying to go someplace new. Anyway, I managed to get the phone on long enough to find out the last couple of turns I needed to make, and I arrived so late that it was certainly past the point of making a stylish entrance. Oops. At least I showed up in the end, and everyone was very nice to me, even though I was so very, very late.
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