We’re still under kitchen construction but coming to the point where money is going out at a steady pace. It was to be expected that during this “open wallet” period that something else should come up. What would that be? The dryer of course!
It was cold outside with no clothes line nor a place to hang wet wash without it touching the ground or getting dusty. The next best thing, since it wasn’t dripping wet, was around the top of the stairs. No very pretty but it sure made the house smell nice. We hope the service charge and the new heating element will be a minimal expense otherwise it’s going to be a $600 or more expense added on to all the others at this point. Mum and Dad! Please send money! …. don’t we wish it were THAT easy
As for fun things on this Memorial Day, I started my day early with both dogs. We went for an easy 6 mile run in the parks, then I managed to do a 40 minute leg, abs, and back workout while Ted slept in then went to work on getting some gunk off the roof. We’ll take advantage of the gorgeous sunshine and get ourselves in the garden for clean up.
How are you celebrating this Memorial Day?
Need cookies for a picnic?
There isn’t an easier cookie to make than these popular Utica Whiskey cookies posted by Rainie Piccione, recipe from Rose Marie Peo. Page 211 of our book A Taste of Utica.
You’ll see a long list of ingredients but it’s a simple one bowl mix, drop and bake. Nothing could be more simple and the result is a super flavorful chocolate cookie.
Makes 4 dozen cookies
- 2 cups flour
- 3/4 cups sugar
- 1/3 cup cocoa
- 1/4 cup butter – room temperature
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- dash black pepper
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp cloves
- 1/3 cup whiskey
- 1/3 cup milk
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup nuts – your choice
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips
- 1 lb confectioners sugar
- 1/2 TBS cocoa
- 8 TBS water
Preheat the oven to 350 F. Mix all the cookie ingredients in a bowl.
Line baking sheets with a light coating of non stick spray or parchment. Drop by teaspoons and bake for 10 – 12 minutes.
Mix all the frosting ingredients together then dip the cookies while still warm into the frosting and allow to set and cool on wax paper.
We all need a bit of chocolate during a holiday.