home sweet home

I’m back, y’all!

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Hallelujah. I wish I could promise that I will now have a regular schedule of amazing recipes and stories, but my life just doesn’t work like that. I occasionally wish it did but that would take all of the excitement out of knowing if I’m going to get to sleep in my own bed with my own husband at night. That sounded weird. I don’t sleep with anyone else’s husband. Sometimes I sleep with a teddy bear named Wallace (no judging) but that’s about it. Wow. That was more than I meant to share. I need to get out of this rabbit hole quickly but it just keeps getting worse. Help. I guess this is why computers have delete buttons but I’ve never been a big fan of those. Kind of like how I refuse to backtrack when driving. I would rather go 5 miles out of my way and see something new than turn around. Why go somewhere you’ve already been where there are possibilities to see something new? U-turns never did make sense to me. I prefer re-routes. You eventually wind up on the same track, just in a more exciting manner.

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I have no idea where I was going with that. Just that I am once again living in my own cozy house with my own cozy family and am quite enjoying it. It’s kind of a disaster right now as we’ve sacrificed my office for the baby and my things currently reside everywhere, but that’s okay. I’ve also been eating mostly fish sticks and wearing sweatpants but I think that’s okay too.

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The important part is that my life feels mostly intact for the time being and here’s a picture of Ranger to prove it. He has a serious attachment to this rubber pig and refuses to be more than 3 inches away from it at any given time. Husband hid it from him for 20 minutes once and the poor guy just about had a seizure.

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In addition to spending some quality family time, I managed to make it into the kitchen once this week. (applause, please) I got a new apron (isn’t it cute?!) that was begging to get dirty and cookies that needed to be baked.

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I found this recipe for French toast cookies and couldn’t resist. Husband loves French toast so I figured this would be a great way to say thanks for not killing any zoo members (there was a close call with Chuck the duck) while I was gone. The original recipe called for a plain frosting but cream cheese is so much more exciting. I tried both and recommend them equally but Husband liked the cream cheese version better. Mine are nowhere near as cute as the originals (probably because I’m quite a bit more lazy) but I’m fairly certain they still tasted the same.

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Happy fall!

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french toast cookies with maple cream cheese frosting
adapted from the minimalist baker
1/2 C shortening + 3 tsp water
1/2 C pure cane white sugar
1/2 C pure cane light brown sugar
1 egg
1/2 C milk
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
3 C all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
pinch salt
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 pkg (4 oz) 1/3-fat cream cheese, room temperature
1/4 C butter, room temperature
2 tsp maple extract
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 C powdered sugar

1. Preheat oven to 375°.
2. Cream sugar and butter. Add egg and beat until combined.
3. Add dry ingredients and mix until well-blended. Dough will be dry and crumbly.
4. Gradually add milk and vanilla and stir until thoroughly incorporated.
5. Chill dough for at least 30 minutes before baking. The original recipe called for rolling out the dough and cutting it into squares. I’m lazy so just did drop cookies. If you have the time and motivation, I sincerely recommend the rolling-out method instead.
6. Bake at 375° for 10 minutes or less. It’s better to under-bake than over-bake with these guys.
7. While cookies are cooling, make frosting. Cream butter and cream cheese together first then add the rest of the ingredients. Whip until smooth. You might have to adjust the amounts to get the desired consistency. Add milk to thin, powdered sugar or a bit of corn starch to thicken.
8. Frost cookies and sprinkle with cinnamon.
9. Enjoy a cozy evening!

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