February 8, 2011

Making Happy

I don't think I've posted recently about how much I love Red Pepper Jelly. It's unbelieveable, wonderful, delicious perfection in a cute little jar. Red Pepper Jelly has a taste that is similar to sweet and sour sauce, only without the artificial ickyness. I've had it plain, I've had it with chili flakes, I've had it with extra heat, with cracked black pepper bits, and I've even made it myself (a rediculously sticky endevour which I probably won't be repeating any time soon, despite the nummy results). It's just a thing that I love.

Yesterday, I made casserole bread from the Clueless Baker by Evelyn Raab. This is a dense, thick bread that isn't some light and fluffy white wonder-bread. It's a hearty, rustic, eat-me-with-soup bread that made me feel domestic and wonderful. Dudes, I made my own bread!*

Follow that with stupidly easy, make 'em in minutes, totally horrible for you but SOOOOO good peanut butter chocolate chip cookies they're STUPIDLY easy:

2 cups peanut butter
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
Chocolate Chips (I have never found a reason to actually put chocolate chips in a measuring cup... they're best straight from the bag).

Heat your oven to 325 Degrees. Mix everything together. Roll the dough into balls that are about an inch and a half across. Put them on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Seriously, you can get Parchment Paper for a dollar a roll at the buck store, it stops anything from sticking to your cookie sheet, and it has a million other uses. It's worth it. Bake your cookies for 12-15 minutes, and BOOM, you have about 48 little bits of heaven that melt in your mouth.

And, while your munching on your snackies, check out my new favorite website: MochiMochi Land. Whether you're a knitter, a lover of Japanese culture (there's a lot of kawaii influence here), or just a fan of all things cute, you'll enjoy this site, because it's freaking AORABLE!

Right then, I'm off to fill my life with more happy things... specifically, I'll be casting on the mate to my Malabrigo sock, which I've dubbed "Black Cherry".

One of these days, I've gotta start taking pictures again...

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