Check out the Zadge’s sous chef:
Perhaps more accurately, sous baker. The Zadge picked Lizzie up from school on Monday and they spent the afternoon baking cookies and doing homework. Doesn’t she look cute in her school uniform and baking apron?
Lizzie was in charge and she did a great job, from slowly sounding out all the hard words in the recipe, to doing the math on how to get a cup and a half of flour just with a half-cup measuring cup, to mixing the dough and forming the cookies.
The Girlz had a great time and the Zadge even said, “Lizzie, I wish you could live with me all the time,” to which Lizzie responded, “Well, I can.” When the Zadge replied that she had no one to take care of her while the Zadge was slaving away at the Top Secret Day Job, Lizzie simply said, “Well, just hire a baby sitter.”
Oh to be able to think as simply as a child again.
The Girlz also had a serious discussion. A local 10-year old girl disappeared on Friday morning as she walked to school. It’s been all over the local and national news. Lizzie had heard about it. They found the missing girl’s backpack in a field six miles from where she was last seen. Not good.
Anyhoo, since both of Lizzie’s parents are in prison and not exactly available to give her good advice, the Zadge decided to have the “safety” talk with her.
So the Zadge said all the standard things, like don’t talk to any strangers, never get in a car with anyone that’s not your family, don’t pet kittens and puppies held by strangers, don’t take candy or, in her case, burritos, if someone comes near you, don’t be afraid to run and to scream.
Lizzie sat solemnly on the kitchen stool listening to the Zadge. When the Zadge finished her little talk, Lizzie looked at the Zadge and said, without an ounce of fear, “Oh, I’ll just kick him in the nuts.”
And that is why the Zadge loves that tough little cookie.
For your eating pleasure, here is the recipe for the cookies the Two Tough Cookies baked while discussing kicking child molesters in the balls. Trust the Zadge on this one – these cookies are phenomenal. She brought a bunch into the Top Secret Day Job today and they were a huge hit.
MOOMSKERS’ CRAISIN COOKIES (or, as Lizzie dubbed them, Crazy Cookies)
(oatmeal white chocolate chunk cranberry cookies)
2/3 cup butter, softened (don’t even think about using gross margarine)
2/3 cup brown sugar (and sing “Brown Sugar” while thanking god for Keef)
2 large eggs
1 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats (none of those modern, slutty oats)
1 1/2 cup flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 6 oz. package of Craisins (dried, sweetened cranberries)
2/3 cup white chocolate chips or chunks from bar (no, not hunks from a bar)
(chopped pecans are optional) (put them in only for your nutty friends)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. (Pour yourself a big ole glass of wine. Julia C. always did.)
Beat butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
Add eggs and mix well.
Combine oats, flour, baking soda and salt in a separate mixing bowl. (Oh, this is where Moomkers wrote a little note on the recipe card that she “uses a sheet of wax paper to save dirtying another bowl” – followed by a smiley face!)
Add flour mixture to butter mixture in several additions, mixing well with each addition.
Stir in Craisins and white chocolate chunks. (If you also happen to have some hunks from a bar, please send them the Zadge’s way.)
Drop by rounded teaspoons onto ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake for 10 -12 minutes until golden brown, like the color of George Hamilton’s skin.
Cool on wire rack while you pour yourself another glass of wine.
Makes approximately 2 1/2 dozen of the yummiest things ever!!