Monday
Apr212014

chocolate wafer cookies

Life has been crazy busy lately.  Work by its self has been over the top.  I come home, and there is much to do because we have been camping two weekends in a row.  It will be a bit quieter until mid May now.  Maybe.  I have to put the maybe in there because who knows what tomorrow will bring.

Through this craziness, I have wanted a chocolate wafer cookie.  Not too sweet chocolate cookie.  Something that will go well with tea.  I have been reading Short and Sweet by Dan Lepard.  He has a chocolate mint sandwich cookie that sounded like it would fit the bill.  I would just use what was in my kitchen, since I have not shopped enough, and leave out the frosting.  These were exactly what I wanted.  I might make them a bit thinner next time.  I may not.

chocolate wafer cookies

Note:  adapted from Dan Lepard Mint Cream Chocolate cookies

5 tablespoons butter, room temperature

1/3 cup dark brown sugar

1/3 ounces milk chocolate, melted (I would have used semi-sweet but this is what I had)

1 cup flour

1 tablespoons cocoa powder

1/8 teaspoon baking soda

1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  Cover two baking sheets with silpat or parchment paper.

Cream butter and sugar together.  Mix in the chocolate.  Mix in the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and cream of tartar.

Roll a bit of dough into a ball.  Smash under a glass until about 1/4 inch thick.  You will make about 24 cookies.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes.

Let cool a bit and then take off the baking sheets.  Raggedy edged but so lovely.

Friday
Apr182014

limeade

At MotoGp, food and drink were interesting.  I am not a soda person.  Water works well or tea.  We were carrying our own water but tea was hard to find.  I really do not like bottled tea.  We did happen upon limeade.  My Beloved wished to try so I said why not.  I do not care for lemonade but I did like the limeade.  Especially when it is hot, it just tastes more refreshing then water.  

We have been making it since we have been back.  I like it after my bicycle ride home from work.  It is nice how easy it is.  A lime, agave, filtered or bubbly water.  A bit of ice.  Life is good.

limeade

juice from one lime

1 to 3 tablespoons agave, to taste

flat filtered water or sparkling water

ice

Squeeze the lime into a glass, filtering out the seeds.  Add agave to taste.  Add ice.  Fill with the water of your choice.

So nice.

Tuesday
Apr152014

for the young lady I buy chocolate croissants from

When I go to the farmer's market on Saturday morning, I usually buy myself a chocolate croissant.  One of the young ladies there loves my shawls.  I had an extra few skeins of yarn that did not have a home, so I made her own blue shawl.

She did say blue was her favorite.  It has been my work project.  A bit of yarn at work that helps to keep me sane.  This week, I still needed to be working on this shawl because that is the type of week it has been.  One of those weeks on Tuesday where you are laughing because otherwise you would be crying.  I brought the race sweater in with me because I do not have any more yarn spun for the sweater that is at work.  And I bring it home every evening.  That is just not normal. 

Yes, I spin the yarn to make my sweaters at this point of my life.  Works for me!

Monday
Apr142014

off to the races

It was a weekend in the tent house because we went to the races.  MotoGP that is.  My Beloved and the Small Mister like their motorbikes so I bought them a Christmas present.  But Small Mister could not join my Beloved so I went to the races with him.

I admit that I took a new project with me because most of my projects are not in a very carry size stage.  

I was surprised how much I enjoyed myself.  Now, I did know some of the people and had an idea of what was happening because I have listened to a lot of races as the boyos have watched them.  I even will ask questions because that is how much I have listened too.  I like the physics of it all.

I started a new sweater in crochet that is a knit pattern.  May I say, sitting on a hill watching motorbike races is probably not the best time to convert a pattern.

This is what I had this morning but I have ripped much of it out.  I really needed a flat spot to measure.  And able to see the pattern better on my phone.  Maybe next time I will remember to print it out first!  This sweater is going to be so soft and I will probably have more spinning to do for it before it is all over.

Not a bad way to spend the weekend.  This next weekend we will be in the tent house again with family.  I am hoping to get some junk shop shopping in.  Never know what you will find.

Wednesday
Apr092014

silk dress

After our trip to Cocoa Beach, Florida last year, I had picked up some flower print fabrics to make myself dresses for the beach.  Or bicycling.  Or skateboarding.  Or ......  It will not work very well for snow boarding.  It just is a little light.  I had gotten one done using a the pattern from a dress I had picked up in Cocoa Beach.  This is using the a-line pattern I have been using for most of my dresses recently.

I finished it today after work.  I had to put it on and try out my newest skateboard.  The one with the blue totem animals.  I like how it flutters around my knees even though it is a bit long.  I could shorten it an inch or two.  I might.  I might not.

The leaves in the fabric match my helmet and socks.  I did not try to do that at all but it did make me smile.

I admit that my concentration is basically shot.  Between the pain in my shoulders and missing Small Mister, my attention span once I get home from work is very small.  I use it up all at work.  I am doing things in very small steps and my hands seem to want to be in yarn.  That is okay.

The skateboarding makes me smile too!