springtime

We have completed the first grass-mowing of the season. Meaning it’s Spring! Well, actually, I’m not sure Florida really has a Spring. It kind of went from cloudy and less warm to humid and really warm. I guess Spring is what happens until the weather where I feel my skin boiling when I walk outside. Spring is also an excuse for a field trip to our favorite store:

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Yes! Let the yard work day commence! I spread mulch in Chuck and Welly’s area and they ate it. We also reinforced their fence but they dug under it again in 5 seconds. Husband put weed killer on the grass, watered it, and gave it sufficient time to settle before letting the dog children loose but they proceeded to purposely dig it up to eat. Now they’re puking. (Don’t worry – they’re fine. Just stupid.) So much for yard work day. Time for a cookie break, I think.

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Nothing says Springtime more than fruit and citrus. As with all things I love, I put it in a cookie. Cookies have no rules. Neither do cupcakes which is why I also love them. Shoes are another one of my favorites. You can’t get too fat for shoes. But I digress. The point is that I put fruit in some cookies. And they weren’t terrible. Either that or Husband is lying to me and I’m going to poison everyone when I take them to work on Monday.

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blueberry citrus cheesecake cookies

makes 3 dozen cookies
1 C shortening
6 tsp water
1/2 C pure cane white sugar
1/2 C pure cane brown sugar
zest of 1 lemon + a little juice
2 tbsp fresh orange juice
2 eggs
3 C flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 C fresh blueberries
3/4 C white baking chips
1/2 pkg 1/3-fat cream cheese

1. Preheat oven to 350
2. Blend shortening, water, and sugars until creamy. Add lemon zest and orange juice.
3. Beat in eggs one at a time.
4. Gradually add in dry ingredients.
5. Gently fold in blueberries and baking chips. Chill dough for a couple of hours. Or freeze for 15 minutes if you’re impatient. I don’t know anyone who would do that though…
6. Roll dough into balls, about the size of a golf ball. Press 1/2 tsp of cream cheese into middle of dough and re-form ball. This is impossibly messy no matter how many ways I tried it. Embrace the mess and move on. But come back to it later or Husband will get upset at the amount of dishes in the sink and will wonder how on earth there are blueberries on the ceiling. Of the office.
7. Bake at 350 for 12 minutes. Move to wire rack to cool.

Husband says he likes them but they’re…different. Since he didn’t say “hella delicious” like usual, naturally I panicked and had a life-crisis moment. I knocked on all of the neighbor’s doors to force-feed them cookies so I could get more reviews. They all gave two thumbs up. But maybe they just said that so I would leave. Uhoh…How about you try them and tell me what you think? But only if they’re awesome. I don’t take criticism well…

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