Cookies and plans gone awry
I really need to get in the spirit of my UFO Challenge. I currently have two projects on the needles, a baby blanket and a pair of toddler mittens. All I want to do is buy new yarn and start new projects (a French Press coffee cozy, 3 different sweaters, a cute hate or two, a pair of knitted baby pants, a beginners lace shawl, etc etc). Must. Work. On. UFOs.
Today I hoped to work on both of them while watching Grey's Anatomy (disc 1 of season 2 from Netflix). Instead I spent the day doing errands that always take me too long. I almost bought a few skeins of yarn (violating my promise to myself that I wouldn't do so until finishing a yarn project). I almost bought fabric (violating my promise to myself that I wouldn't do so until finishing a sewing project, namely curtains). I spent an hour in the craft store not buying yarn and fabric. Then I hit another store in search of the re-released Lion Brand cotton-ease (I haven't seen it in a store yet). Then Lowe's where I picked up a laser level (oh I've wanted one for a while), a tape measure (this will be my third construction type tape, I can't find the other two though I suspect they are in my parent's garage 2K miles away), some pictures hangers and a digital lamp timer for a sleeping/waking experiment. Then to JoAnn's where I picked up thread and needles needed to complete sewing projects (well I supposed I didn't need the glasshead straight pins but they are much easier to find if they drop on carpet) and to Michael's to buy picture frames on sale. This all took 4 hours. 4 hours, what is wrong with me? And I forgot to fax some paperwork, I meant to do that first.
I did manage to make my soup and salad for dinner (zucchini bisque, kickass salad with lots of goodies including blue cheese crumbles and finish the par-baked bread from TJs). And I did manage to make chocolate chip cookies.
I've baked 3 dozen cookies tonight and plan on freezing the rest of the dough. I will scoop them into individual cookies, freeze, then transfer to a ziplock. I think I read about doing that in some Martha Stewart publication. I never seem to get chocolate chip cookies to turn out the same way twice. My aunt, she makes amazing chocolate chip cookies with zero effort, I on the other hand can't get them quite how I want. I think I might need to play with the flour I use (but first I need to read up on that, Rose Levy Beranbaum here I come) or maybe my oils (this batch used all butter). I also added a teaspoon and half of instant espresso powder. I think that is what they do at Bailey's Chocolate Bar, and I could have swore that the recipe was published in Sauce at some point but I simply couldn't find it when I searched Sauce online. Oh how I miss the yummy drinks at the Chocolate Bar.