Martha Stewart Meets MacGyver

Went over to Sheila’s today, for a little change of scenery. After watching the food network for a couple of hours, we were inspired to bake something new and exciting. “That gorgeous lemon raspberry tart the little French chef with the atrocious grammar just made looks good. Let’s do it!” we proclaimed. So we got our ingredients. Well, except for the raspberries. We got blackberries instead because the raspberries looked a little wrinkly and out of season. Triumphantly returned to the kitchen only to find that, um, so we’re missing a few things. Like… a mixer. And a rolling pin. …

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Everything looks better with a cup of boba in front of you. Maybe just because I like to play with my beverages. How can you not like a straw the size of your thumb? Does anybody outside of this area of Southern California have the slightest clue what I’m referring to? I’m really curious to know.

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Diet Sabotage

At the bidding of the lovely Chiller, here’s the recipe for snickerdoodles (cinnamon sugar cookies) that I’ve been using for the last few years as bribes and gifts. You’ll need… (for the cookies) 1/2 cup butter 1/2 cup vegetable shortening 1 1/2 cups white sugar 2 eggs 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons cream of tartar 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon salt (for the coating) 2 tablespoons white sugar 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F or 205 degrees C. 2. Cream together softened butter, shortening, 1 1/2 cups sugar, …

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