Isn't it funny how childhood friendship (gone missing in action) can pick-up right where it was left off?
Michelle and I planned a baking day-date (or should I call it a play date?). We go way back in our friendship to young childhood.
Our parents were very good friends (Spike, Mary Lee, Butch (suds), and Beth (nubs)) and we hopped back and forth from each other's houses for a very long time. Michelle and I were hard-core Barbie players. We took our Barbie's everywhere we went, even on the camping outings that our parents planned. Back then the parents were always trying to find ways to entertain us kids (I think to keep us out of their hair more than anything). Our parents made home-made mini bikes, go-carts, and they even tried a swimming pool, which was destroyed (by the parents) the same night it was assembled. We had no idea our parents could ever act that way. Now why in the world would parents spend the evening throwing each other in a child's kiddie-pool? Needless to say, we only got to use the pool one day. I have come to believe that the parents had every intention of using that pool for their own entertainment. What do you think?
When Michelle arrived yesterday, with picnic basket in hand (full of baking supplies and surprises), we just couldn't talk fast enough. I'm sure you know how it is when you haven't seen a friend for a long time?
We rushed into baking talk, of course, spending a half hour telling each other what we have made over the years and how good the outcome was. Then all of a sudden we realized that we hadn't even given each other a hug.
As you can see, we were both dressed for the occasion. Michelle in her sweats and me in pajamas, no make-up, and hair pinned up. Yup, baking is all about comfort ability.
As we eased our way into the baking for the day, our talk turned into catching up, reminiscing, and our future plans, with the baking processes coming naturally. I love being able to bake, chat, and reminisce. The finished products taste so much better when they are mixed with friendship.
Michelle showed up with this book in hand (in her picnic basket). If you are a serious blogger and have not yet read this book, you are truly missing out. This is Ree Drummond (when you go to the Web site click on "cooking" and it will take you directly to her blog), and she has created a cookbook that looks exactly like a blog. AMAZING!!
I had no idea that this woman even existed (thanks to Michelle I have been truly awakened).
Michelle threw this book in my face (not really, but she introduced me to Ree's cookbook), and Michelle said, "You remind me so much of this lady (Ree)." Michelle said that I use the same technique with my blog as Ree Drummond does with her own. That is so cool! I have no explanation as to why my blog would be even the slightest bit similar. I guess we (Ree and I) have the same thought process without even knowing it, and they say that no two people think alike. Ha, I think that has just been proven wrong.
With Michelle being the sweet person that she is, she gave me this book. I can't wait to sit down and read this cookbook from cover to cover.
Thank you, thank you, thank you Michelle. What a great person (friend) you are.
Ree lives on a ranch in Oklahoma with her husband and four children. The story of how she got there is absolutely amazing.
You have got to get this book!
These are the creations that Michelle and I produced. Cut-out sugar cookies, double-chocolate heath bar cookies, and tomato bread.
Yes, that is tomato bread, my best kept secret (now yours Michelle if you have a good memory), SSHHHH....don't tell my little secret.
The double-chocolate heath bar cookies are so good. I'm sure Michelle won't mind sharing. This is the cookie dough she had tucked under her arm when she arrived.
Michelle also introduced me to Pampered Chef's cookie dough scoops (by thumping me right in the middle of the forehead. Wake up lady!). Just kidding.... she has no idea how I have managed without them. I am now on a mission.
Double-Chocolate Heath Bar Cookies
1/2 c. butter, softened
1 c. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 c. flour
1/2 c. baking cocoa powder
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
3/4 tsp. salt
1 - 12 oz. bag chocolate chips
12 oz. bag caramel bits
6 heath bars, coarsely chopped
In a large bowl beat together softened butter and sugar. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Stir together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt; add to butter mixture and beat until combined. Beat in chocolate chips, caramel bits and chopped heath bars. Cover and chill in refrigerator about fifteen minutes or until dough is firm enough to handle.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Using a TBS of dough for each cookie, roll into balls. Place 2 inches apart onto lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake for 12 minutes. Cool 5 minutes before eating. Makes about 3 dozen cookies.
Thank you for the great day yesterday Michelle.
Good Luck~Happy Eating~Enjoy