Idle hands make cookies

6 Feb

“There’s nothing to do when you’re locked into vacancy”–John Bender, The Breakfast Club

This weekend, the mid-Atlantic has been pummeled by what President Obama laughingly referred to as “Snowmaggedon”. He wasn’t kidding. There is nothing less than 20″ of snow covering my house. My state has declared a state of emergency which means I can’t go anywhere, even if I could get my car out of my neighborhood (just want to give a big shout out to Mike: thank you for your snowblower!). My house is clean (enough), today is my day off  from both my full-time job and part-time job and there’s nothing good on TV. So what’s a girl to do?

Well, if you’re a girl like me,  you bake cookies. And not just one kind. You bake 3 kinds. What kinds, you ask? Well, I made peanut butter cookies, sugar cookies and cinnamon sugar cookies. I wanted to make oatmeal raisin cookies and chocolate chip cookies, but I’m out of raisins and chocolate chips. So I just made the three.  And here’s how some of them look (and I apologize in advance for the way they look. My cooking is not very pretty):

Needless to say, my husband and daughter love the fact that when I’m bored, I bake. They get tasty treats and I get to keep busy, which means they also get to make a huge mess without me noticing. Everyone wins!

And lest you think I only feed my family cookies, I did also make noodle soup (like chicken noodle soup only without the chicken. I am a vegetarian) and lentil stew. I don’t just ply my family with sugar. Especially when we can’t go outside to burn it off!


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