Saturday, October 15, 2011

is this the real life? is this just fantasy?

can't you just tell today is going to be a beautiful day?
it's fall, there isn't any snow yet (knock of wood), i slept in, i'm going to ride my bike to d.i. today, and watch football, and make FALAFEL! i don't know if it really can get any better...

we started the weekend yesterday with a date. (yes, i actually did get a date... if it is only the one date that i get of the semester, i will consider my dating life a success!)
here's the crew:
and yes, it was a masquerade.
aren't those guys studly?

can you believe we got those at walmart?
they have reaffirmed my belief that they really do carry everything.

for dinner, we had fajitas - which we absolutely amazing. and that was followed by what we lovingly refer to as a "cookie monster"... which i have seen other places called a "pizookie." 

they were the cutest things that i've ever seen!
we each got out own individual cookie that was in a skillet that was about the size of the top of a mason jar. oh my lanta - i think i died and went to heaven!
(and it even came with the cute little hot pad for the handle!!!)

i want.

and when i do get some... cuz i shall!
this is what i'm going to be making. 
and then it is going to go for a very looooooong swim in an ice cream bath.
right before it all ends up in my tummy.
oh happy day!

2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
1 egg
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 3/4 cups chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 10″ cast iron skillet lightly with vegetable oil. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt.
In another medium bowl, cream together the butter and sugars. Beat about 2 minutes.
Add in the egg and vanilla. Beat 2 minutes longer.
Gradually add the flour mixture to the butter mixture until well-combined. Stir in the chocolate chips.
Press the dough into the skillet as evenly as you can.
Bake about 40 minutes or until the edges are lightly browned.
Transfer the skillet to a wire rack to cool. When ready to serve, cut into wedges. Add a scoop of your favorite ice cream on top while it’s still warm!

if i might quote my idol, rachel ray...

do you ever feel like your cookie-cutters are under-utilized? 
i mean, the poor things get to shine only once a year when you decide to make sugar cookies!!! it is a sad, sad existence if you ask me. 

so i think it is time to let the cute little cookie cutters out of their stereotypical role as a "cookie" cutter (here and here
i think that would make an interesting movie plot...
"the cookie cutter that wouldn't cut cookies."
i mean, they've got to run out of ideas for movies eventually...

today i love:
sweats after wearing a dress all night long
showers - since i ran out of time yesterday... (and yet my hair doesn't look that bad!)
farmer's markets. i caved and bought a honey bear. (my last one suffered a very horrible death in the microwave.)
writing. stuff. (no you don't get to see it yet!)
food. i'm currently soaking chickpeas for falafel for a picnic this afternoon!
going to school. and not having to worry about real life. yet.

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