Hi!!!!!!!

Hello!  How’ve you been?  It’s been SO long.  Three and a half weeks of my near death experience dealing with asthma complications called for drastic measures!

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Yes, that’s right!  VACATION!!!!  It was magnificent and I’ll tell you more about it tomorrow.  Along with a LIST of books I need to share before I forget (I blame the alcohol).  For now, I just wanted to say hello.  I’m off to bake lemon bars and continue my journey down the river Denial about having to work this week….

Ciao! xo

Crawling back to life….

So, people, how are you????  I’ve SO much to catch up on.  Been sidelined over here as my body decides every decade or so to remind me that I have asthma and it really is a big deal.  Big inconvenience is more like it!  I’m breathing again which is most excellent.  I still have this pesky, pesky cough thing going on though.  May I just say I AM THE WORST PATIENT EVER?!?!  I’ve got stuff to do!  Get on with yourself already.

I’ve not cooked or baked very much.  I’m in need of some inspiration.  And a normal appetite.  Yesterday, all I wanted to eat was pepperoni pizza!  And cookies.  (Hey, at least the cookies part is normal, right?)  I’m thinking this is not the kind of diet I should stay on given that the pool opens in a couple of weeks.

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Oh, yeah, that’s what I’m talking about!  Thin, crispy, chocolate chip cookies  a la Tate’s Bake Shop.  (I made them chocolate chunk cause I was feeling all kinds of spunky!)  Now, you could do it the easy way and go grab a bag from the market.  But why?

Chocolate Chip Cookies a la Tate’s Bake Shop

  • 2c flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cut butter (I use salted butter in these)
  • 3/4c sugar
  • 3/4c brown sugar
  • 1 tsp water
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2c semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Butter or spray a couple of cookie sheets.

Stir together the flour, baking soda and salt.  In another bowl, cream together the butter and sugars.  Then mix in the water and vanilla.  Add the flour mixture, mix until just combined.  Fold in the chocolate chips until just combined.

Now, I baked mine using a big cookie scoop, about 2 inches apart for about 12 minutes.  I’m pretty sure I prefer these using a smaller scoop and baking for about 9 minutes.  This may be because they’re thin and crispy and if I eat a dozen small cookies it seems better than eating a dozen GIANT cookies.  You’re not thinking of telling me to eat less cookies are you???

Okay, fine, I’m working my way back to the treadmill.  So far, no luck there, it just makes me cough more.  Yoga maybe?  Hmm, something to think about.

Books.  I’ve read some.  I’m currently reading a couple that I cannot put down even though they are both totally creeping me out.  But, that’s for another day.

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I read this one a while ago.  I’m still trying to decide what I think of it.  It was interesting and well written, mostly.  It was also a bit confusing, at times a bit boring.  Then, it would turn around and become interesting again.  I didn’t put it down.  For a first novel, it didn’t blow me out of the water but I’d read the author again.  That’s no help, is it?  Sorry.  Sometimes, you read a book just to read something different.  Maybe something you wouldn’t ordinarily.  Sometimes it’s an amazing experience, sometimes not.  Still, I like to think it’s worthwhile, if only because it expands our experiences.

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Now, perhaps it was the timing, coming on the heels of the other book, but I really enjoyed this one.  RACED right through it – which is saying something given that I’ve gone to bed every night for the last three weeks by 8:30 (and some nights even that was late!  the power of the drugs, people!).  I would read and read until I practically fell over from the exhaustion.  Quick, fun, alpha male, little bit of mystery, little bit of romance.  Um, yeah, sign me up.  Every time.  The end.

Okay, I’m off.  I hope to be able to check in on a more normal kind of schedule.  Of course, I’m also hoping this cough will go away and that I will wake up tomorrow as my true self…..a tall, leggy supermodel.  It could happen.

Happy Weekend!