I thought this was really good. My very picky husband, however, did not. When I asked him specifically what it is that he didn’t like, he said, “The potatoes were too soft, I don’t like celery, and you know how I feel about mushrooms.” Waa waa waa, that’s all I heard.
Yeah, so if you feel the same way as Mayor Pickypants, you’re probably not going to like this. If you’re a normal person and do like celery, mushrooms and smooth potatoes, you’ll love it, like I did :). Had it again for lunch the next day. Just as good the second time around!
In my head I was doing my best Elvis impression. I also did the lip thing for emphasis.
Anyhoo….much to my surprise I was awarded the Stylish Blogger Award this past weekend. Thanks Rachel @ The Avid Appetite for the props :)!
1. Make a post and link back to the person who awarded you this award
2. Share 7 things about yourself
3. Award 15 recently discovered great bloggers so we can share the love
4. Contact these bloggers and tell them they've won!
Okay, so 7 things about little ole me….. let’s see…….
1. I am addicted to reality TV. What’s worse, is that my top reality tv addiction is probably Celebrity Rehab. I often feel as though I may need to check myself in to rehab for my addiction to Celebrity Rehab. I’m not the only one, right? I don’t know what it is about the whole reality tv thing, but I’m a sucker for it. It actually annoys me that I’m one of those people. I like regular stuff, like The Amazing Race and Top Chef, but I also like dumb stuff, like Big Brother and Bridalplasty. I’m sorry, BRIDALPLASTY? come on…. it’s sad, I know, but there ya have it. I’m a reality tv junkie. Please don’t love me less.
This February, my husband and I will celebrate our 1 year wedding anniversary. We will also be celebrating our 10 year “together” anniversary. In our household, it is referred to as “10/1". It’s a very big deal. We dated for 9 years before he asked me to marry him. We got married on our anniversary, ‘cause after 9 years of having that as our anniversary, it just made sense. We went to France on our Honeymoon. We spent a week in Paris, then rented a car and drove around France for another week. We also got stuck in a snow storm. It was awesome.
3. I love the East Coast. I live in California now, but I grew up on the East Coast. New York to be exact. I love seasons. I yearn for changing seasons again. I know I should love 70 and sunny, but I love snow. I love fall foliage. I love getting to dig in the back of my closet for clothes appropriate for the new season.
My family, my husband’s family and all of our closest friends live in New York, so I feel a little like I’m missing out being so far away from them.
Let me help you understand what I’m missing out on. These are my two baby sisters. They’re not really babies anymore. Abigail is going to college next year (yikes, that makes me old), and Becca is nearly done with high school as well. This is how I want to remember them at least:
We’ll move back one day. Until then, I’ll have to suffer through the sunny and 70. Rough life, I know. Waa waa waa.
4. I am obsessed with all things Christmas. I start listening to Christmas music around September every year. I watch the same Christmas movies and love them like it’s the first time I’m seeing them. I love scoping out the neighborhood for houses “over-decorated” and secretly wishing I could have the guts to decorate mine like that.
I love buying presents, wrapping presents, and seeing them under the tree. It fills my heart with happiness. I love getting the Christmas decorations out of the garage and putting them out around the house. I love reminiscing over ornaments and sipping hot cider and nibbling on sugar cookies. I love the anticipation of Christmas morning.
I love Christmas Eve, ‘cause that’s when my husband proposed to me.
5. I bite my nails. Well, like 50% of the time. I go through phases. It all started when I was a little girl. I’d bite my nails so much that my mom bought this nasty nail polish that tasted so awful you wouldn’t bite your nails. In theory, I think it’s a great idea. In actuality, if you want to bite your nails, you’re gonna. No nasty nail polish is going to stop you. I go through phases where I can’t seem to keep myself from biting them. I find myself doing it and force myself to stop. As of right now, my nails are long and pretty. I haven’t been biting them for a while. Mazel Tov to me. I will again though, I always do.
It’s a gross habit. When I think about all of the things I touch during the day, I get really grossed out thinking about putting them into my mouth. For some reason, it takes my brain too long and before I can stop it, I’m biting away.
6. I’m a nanny. I love being a nanny. It is definitely my most favorite job. I’ve been a waitress, and a receptionist. I’ve worked in department stores, and been a cashier at the supermarket. I love being a nanny the best.
I’ve been babysitting for years. Years and years and years. I also have 3 younger siblings. I know how to do my job well, which is nice. It’s nice to be really good at your job and have people recognize that. I think that’s why I like it so much. Also, my sweet Cosette makes it easy.
Now for the fun part, I get to award 15 other bloggers with this award. These are blogs I follow religiously, you should too. They’re awesome.
Annie’s Eats. Annie just seems like the sweetest girl in the whole wide world. The kind of friend you can always count on to bring you homemade chicken soup if she knows you’re not feeling well. I want to be her neighbor. I want to help sample cookie recipes with her. Her blog (which was recently revamped and super fun to peruse) is filled with recipes upon recipes. She has archived a lot of time in her kitchen. Check her blog out asap.
Baking = Love. I love Nessie because she’s in New Zealand so when I’m sweating, she’s freezing. Also, she makes really beautiful food. She pays very close attention to detail as well, which I can appreciate.
Butter Sweet Melody. Amalia is 17 years old and has more talent in her pinky than most have in their wildest dreams. She makes really delicious food and takes awesome photos. She’s very creative and her writing style is beautiful.
Handle the Heat. Tessa is all about variety. One day she’s making classic chocolate chip cookies, the next an Asian inspired dinner. Always something new, always something delicious.
How Sweet It Is. I don’t know how Jessica stays so gorgeously thin. Her recipes make Paula Deens look like diet friendly food. Her recipes are crazy good. Let me give you a quick example…she has a recipe called Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip. A dip literally made of cookie dough. You dip cookies in it. Yeah, you heard me right.
Indigo’s Sugar Spectrum. I love Jennifer’s blog because you get the feeling like she’s cooking with you, not at you. I feel like I’m right there in the kitchen with her when she’s listing off ingredients. It feels like home. I don’t really know how to explain it, you’ll have to discover it for yourself.
Janae Monir. Janae has a beautiful style that I envy. She takes photos I will always drool over, and makes recipes that make you swoon.
Know Whey. Sue lives in Vermont and makes cheese. Should I repeat that? She lives in Vermont and makes cheese, she’s awesome, please go check out her blog. She’s kind of my idol.
Like Mother Like Daughters. Three women making delicious food. A mother and her two daughters cooking together. It makes me happy. Their photographs are also the kind that make you wish your computer had scratch and sniff.
My Baking Addiction. Jamie’s blog will make you want to go in your kitchen and cook. I love feeling inspired by a blog. I feel this way when I peruse the pages of My Baking Addiction.
Simply Scratch. Laurie made a commitment to cook her meals from scratch. She uses fresh ingredients. I love that she offers inspiration. Inspiration to steer clear from prepackaged yucky. I’m all for it!
Sprinkle Bakes. Heather should work for a food magazine. Yes her recipes are delicious, but her photography skills well, they make me super jealous. Every photo looks like it’s straight out of a magazine. Her food is one thing (delicious), but her photos are something else (crazy awesome).
Sweet Pea’s Kitchen. Christina offers a really tasty variety of foods. She makes everything from sweet potato biscuits to chicken tikka masala. Everything is yummy and there’s always something new to try.
The Busty Baker. Danae makes practical desserts. And I mean that in a really good way. Her recipes don’t make you scratch your head and think “How do I pronounce that?” I love that. She makes sweet treats that you can whip up that day and enjoy that night.
The Comfort of Cooking. Georgia makes food you want to eat. She also makes food you can cook. It’s not crazy off the wall recipes, it’s delicious, simple food with gorgeous photos to prove it.
Whoa, did you just hear a choir of angels singing the Hallelujah Chorus? I did. That’s awesome news for lazy/impatient people, like me. I hate having to wait 30 minutes to an hour to get my cookies in the oven. In 30 minutes to an hour I want to be eating them!
Oh, and you don’t even need room temperature butter, the recipe actually calls for COLD BUTTER!
I know, you just fell of your chair then did a dance of joy. I know, I did too.
Thank you Bridget for giving the world this ridiculously easy and delicious recipe. We heart you.
Makes, a lot. Depends on what cookie cutter you’re using. I usually get about 2 dozen cookies out of it.
Adapted from Bake at 350
3 cups unbleached, all-purpose flour (I use bleached, tastes ok to me)
2 tsp baking powder
1 cups white sugar
2 sticks (salted) butter, cold
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
Preheat your oven to 350.
Combine the flour and baking powder, set aside.
Cream the sugar and butter. Add the egg and extracts and mix. Gradually add the flour mixture and beat just until combined, scraping down the bowl, especially the bottom.
The dough will be crumbly, so knead it together with your hands as you scoop it out of the bowl for rolling.
Roll onto a floured surface and cut into shapes. Place on parchment lined baking sheets, better yet use a silpat, and bake for 10-12 minutes. Let sit a few minutes on the sheet, then transfer to a cooling rack.
Yes, I was too lazy to go downstairs and get actual cookie cutters. Don’t judge me.