can't get out of bed very well unassisted
sick of grey skies
not inspired to get business cards made for my photography, or do any of the 29 billion organizey things I should be doing
not inspired to clean my closet
apparently I have major allergies to either 1) our cats, or 2) our heating system, or 3) WINTER.
I'm trying to eat a lot of fish (which maybe isn't a good idea if it's Pacific fish but that's another discussion) and upping my vitamins (I don't really take vitamins, so taking any vitamins at all is upping them) and I've been telling myself it's ok, and I have a warm house to live in and it's all ok.
Julia and I have been watching a lot of 'Frozen' song videos, and Idina Menzel 'Defying Gravity' videos, and I used what was left of my Amazon gift certificate from my mom-in-law to buy the 'Frozen' CD soundtrack.
Oh and we saw 'Frozen' again. SO AWESOME!!!
Andrew was like, 'is that a thing?', and I was like, 'It is now, my friend.'
And I made Nigel Slater's Winter Spice Cookies. These are them, what you see here, interspersed with my rambling. That's some whopping good English I just used there.
Also, I think I made these cookies wrong, I think I was supposed to roll out the dough really thin, so that the cookies would be more crisp. Mine came out more soft and biscuity. Don't think you can leave out the rolling in the sugar part, because then they would be really biscuity, and not sweet enough. That's what I think anyway.
These are have-with-tea cookies, or cider or hot chocolate. You need a drink of some kind, because like I said, they are kind of biscuity. I'm not selling these very well. Julia and I really liked them! And they kept in perfect condition for a good week in a cooky tin.
WINTER SPICE COOKIES ~ via 'Ripe' by Nigel Slater
5 tablespoons butter (i used unsalted)
1/3 packed cup of light brown or muscovado sugar
2 heaping tablespoons dark molasses or black treacle
8 cardamom pods, crush the seeds (i used about a heaping half teaspoon of ground cardamom)
2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 egg yolk
3-4 tablespoons milk
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream butter and sugar with an electric mixer or stand mixer until light and fluffy, then add treacle or molasses. Break cardamom pods and crush the seeds finely. (or use ground cardamom like I did) Add them to the mixture with the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, and egg yolk. Beat in a couple tablespoons of milk, then slowly add more until you reach a point where the dough is soft enough to roll.
Bring the dough together, then roll out on a floured surface like pastry. Cut into rounds, moons, and stars. Lay on a lightly buttered baking sheet and bake 12-14 minutes. Remove and cool on a wire rack, then toss in confectioners' sugar.
~can't remember the yield, makes around 15 or 20? depends on the size you choose to cut them out.
Is it spring yet????? oh and here's Idina in full green Wicked Witch mode. SO FAB. I'm obsessed.