Snow Have You Stranded? Make Cookies

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Snow And Ice On Trees In South Hills | Photo by Tim Chuey

I was excited for the weekend and all the fun things that go with it!  A chance of snow they said… I woke up on Friday morning, barely awake as I stumbled to my kitchen, one eye opened and headed for the coffee pot when the one eye that was awake noticed something out of the ordinary.  Everything was white!

First Snow of The Season
First Snow of The Season

Much to my amazement, my other eye shot open and now there was excitement in the air.  I was wide awake all of a sudden!  No coffee required at this point.  I ran to the window like a little kid on Christmas morning and looked in wonder at the trees and road and driveway that were covered in a white fluffy substance called snow.

The beauty that comes with snow is astounding.  The once drab gray colors of winter become cheerful, people become happier, especially the children, hoping for a “snow day”.  The white fluffy stuff has the ability to cushion things, to soften things up and to quiet them.

I made my coffee and sat on my couch as I waited in silence as it perked, the ticking of the clock the only other sound on this beautiful Friday morning.  Once my coffee was done, I filled my cup and grabbed my cat Saphira.  Her and I watched in wonder as the snowflakes carpeted our front yard.

I thought I would see what everyone was doing so I jumped on Facebook and it was lit up like a christmas tree!  People were posting photographs of their neighborhoods.  You could hear joy in their typed words.  The flakes started to get bigger and fluffier as time went by. I could hear the children playing in the streets, excitement in their youthful voices because yes; the school districts had canceled school for the first time this year and they were free for the day!  Oh, to be a child again with no worries at all.

First Snow of The Season
First Snow of The Season

The snow kept accumulating and before long people were slowly coming down from their happiness.  They began to wonder if it was going to stop, this white fluffy stuff falling from the sky that was blanketing all that it landed upon.

The beauty of the fluffy white stuff lasts for a very limited time until the people decide they want it to stop.  They can’t help themselves because their lives are changing with each snowflake that hits the ground.  People forget the roads are slippery or are in too big of a hurry to slow down, put chains on or simply stay home.

I chose the latter.  I am not going to try to kid anyone.  I do not drive in the snow.  I am from Alaska (I know, right.  I should know how to do this).  But I don’t.  I think it is in everyones best interest if I stay off the roads when they are white.  I really have no problem with it to be honest.  My cupboards are full (kind of) my freezer is stocked (if I could only remember to take something out) and my heat bill is paid for the month so it’s okay if I am home for a few days.  No problem.

I had to make a trip to the post office (thank goodness it is only a mile away) so I bundled up, packages and camera in tow and headed out my front door on foot.  The sun was out, the sky was blue and life was good.  I didn’t check the outside temp prior to heading out but how much damage could be done in a mile?  I had a lovely walk until I had to come back.  I had to walk into the wind and by the time I got home I couldn’t feel my face or legs!  Turns out it was only 25 degrees out (without factoring in the wind chill).

I do wish I had a fireplace, my world would be nearly perfect but the forced air will suffice until this winter wonderland  goes away.  I snuggled down into my bed Friday evening, happy as a clam and in the morning was even more surprised at how much snow had fallen during the night.

Weather Map Photo Courtesy of The Weather Channel
Weather Map Photo Courtesy of The Weather Channel

I checked the temperature and had to rub my eyes and look again, surely I was mistaken…  -6 degrees it read~!  Holy cow… My first instinct was to hop online and see for sure.  As it turns out, my phone was right! (My phone!  Ha!  Who would have ever thought my phone would be able to tell me the temperature?  Now if it could just get it to make my coffee).

I make gloves and sell them around the world and the orders have been coming in like crazy from the East coast!  Black and purple are the most popular color this year and I am out!  I’m stranded and can’t make it to the store right now.  So what’s a girl to do?

When all else fails, make cookies!  I searched the web for my favorite cookie recipe.  Shortbread! I found a few recipes but when one sticks out, you just gotta do it, right?   So I pulled out two sticks of butter and kept an eye on them while they came to room temperature, testing them every once in a while to see if they had softened up.  I can tell you its like a watch pot never boils kind of a thing so you are better off to go make a snowman and just let it be for a bit.

I was making cookies at 9 p.m. Saturday night.  Yeah, I know… cookies, late night… total carb city but you know what?  It’s in our nature to put weight on during the winter months (it really is a fact) so I threw caution to the wind and made them.  I wanted to share the recipe with you because it’s only three ingredients and they rock!

2 Sticks of butter

1/2 C. sugar

2.5 C. flour

Mix butter and sugar together (I swore after this batch I am investing in a hand mixer!)  Once the two are incorporated well, add 1/2 cup of flour at a time (especially if you are doing this by hand.  I will warn you now, you will get tired and wonder if it is worth it and it is) until well blended and all flour has been used.

*Dough may get a little stiff during mixing.  It may be easier to mix by rolling up your sleeves and digging in!  You will be tempted to bite the ingredients off your fingers and that’s okay because you can and it’s yummy.

Make 1 inch balls and place on a baking sheet lined with wax paper and indent with (shhhh…) your finger.  Place into the refrigerator for 10 – 15 minutes to chill (I read somewhere that this is the secret to flakey layers).  Just before placing in oven, put a little bit of your favorite jam (I used my homemade blackberry jam) into the divot you created with your finger.

** No need to stick your finger in the cookie if you don’t want to fill it.  (I really didn’t care for it to be honest so I only made one batch with jam).

Bake at 300 for about 25 minutes.  You can adjust cooking time according to your oven.  Yields about 4 dozen cookies.

Note:  Cool cookies completely before eating if you decide to fill the cookie as the jam will be extremely hot!

Shortbread Cookies
When all Else Fails Make Shortbread Cookies

Cookies may be frozen up to a week.  I ended up tossing them in the freezer to get them away from me.  I lose all self control when it comes to shortbread.  These cookies are simple and delicious! Enjoy.

Needless to say, I didn’t make it to town for some fun things to do in Eugene this week due to the snow, but that’s okay.  I found an awesome recipe to share and had some bonding time with my cat.

While at the post office today (I checked the temperature (25 again) bundled up and wore not only my gloves that I make but my neck warmer too and I was as snug as a bug) I heard someone say it may snow tonight or we may have freezing rain.  I spoke with a woman who was visiting from Ohio.  She said she was excited to come to Oregon to get away from this kind of weather!  I assured her this was not typical, poor thing.  I don’t know, but I am ready for this craziness to be over.  How about you?

Hope to see you out there once the roads clear.  Be safe and take extra care when driving.

 

 

 

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