Salted peanut butter cookies

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Big, fluffy, peanut butter clouds. Peanut butter clouds with a sprinkling of salt. Few other foods can so easily kill the ugliness of the hangry person or cure you of your sugar jones…Actually, a lot of things could, but few could be made so quickly and easily from scratch in your own kitchen. Now that is satisfying. Continue reading “Salted peanut butter cookies”

Hasselnötsflarn – Hazelnut crisps

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These cookies are the baked goods version of, “What, this old thing?” They’re good. They’re simple to make. You look good in them. I’m not totally sure about that last one, but one recipe yields so many cookies, you might be able to make a dress or something out of them. And if you did, yes – you’d look delicious. Continue reading “Hasselnötsflarn – Hazelnut crisps”

Sugar Cookies

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Two days and counting until one of the top five class parties of the school year! As middle and high schoolers walk around with helium balloons, flowers, candy and stuffed animals, their elementary school compatriots will be storming the playgrounds with red and pink food coloring staining their lips and fingers, racing after each other and nothing in order to work off the rush they don’t even realize they have. I am not sorry to be missing this classroom extravaganza celebrating sugar and more sugar (with maybe a few mandarin oranges thrown in for good measure). Valentine’s Day at elementary schools is also one of the top five unofficial Pintrest-Parent-How-Can-I-Outdo-All-the-Other-Parents events of the academic year as well. There will be googly eyes. God bless our teachers and custodians. For them, February 14 is a day where they must show their mettle. Continue reading “Sugar Cookies”

Erika Brownies

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The last school I worked at as a teacher moved three times in the four years I was there, almost shut down once, and started out with a principal who would literally hide or leave campus when he wanted to avoid certain people. It was a small school with giant problems. I did, though, make some lifelong friends there (hey guys!), and as part of the leadership team, I got to eat more than my fair share of Erika brownies. Once I left, every teacher I ever coached got the gift of Erika brownies at one time or another. A 2×2 sweet to help take a little of the edge off, because you can’t (and shouldn’t) drink liquor in your classroom. Or get a massage there (as a teacher you may not be able to afford that). So let’s face it, emotional eating is the way to go for stress relief if your life is ruled by the bell, or even if you’ve just heard about bells. That’s enough. You’re in. Have one. Continue reading “Erika Brownies”

Sweet potato cake with marshmallow topping

On October 1 I went to a nearby store on a butter run. When I walked in, there were pumpkins everywhere. There were fake spiders almost everywhere. The place looked so different, I was a little disoriented. Should I be wearing something different? Am I invited to whatever is happening here? Wait, what am I doing here again? Where’s the eggnog? If October 1 is the official beginning of the holiday decoration rush, I can sure deal with that. Frankly, I was relieved not to see anyone wearing reindeer ear headbands and jingle bells on satin strings around their necks just yet. I guess everyone is taking their time this year. Continue reading “Sweet potato cake with marshmallow topping”

Blueberry cream scones: You CAN make these yourself!

You go to a café or a bakery because you want to treat yourself to something sweet, or maybe you’re hungry and cranky and need a little something to tide you over until you get home and make dinner because you have to make (insert dish here) already because everything you bought to make it is going to go bad if you don’t just get to it already. And then you take that first bite. And then… Continue reading “Blueberry cream scones: You CAN make these yourself!”