There was a bit of negative karma floating around these parts last week.
- I lost not one but TWO completed blog posts, both of which I had spent over an hour writing. For some reason, once in a while when I try to insert a photo from another website, I lose EVERYTHING when I paste in the picture. (The first time this happened was when I wrote this post). Talk about a sickening feeling in your stomach! I rewrote one of the posts (quickly and in a panic) and the other idea I just trashed (so you’re never going to get my reaction to the Globe and Mail article “Putting Up With the ‘Random Vitriol’ of Shoppers For $11 An Hour). Lesson learned: new blogging method is write; copy to Word so I have a backup; insert googled images into WordPress.
- Of more significance was Wednesday’s incident. After a lovely Babysitting Time in Toronto, we were driving home to Waterloo when I realized I did not have my keys with me.
See, B graciously had offered to drive, so I didn’t need my car keys. I had been so proud, though, because before leaving Waterloo, I had remembered that I HAD to take my keys so that we could get into The Brother and SIL Ana’s before they arrived home. As is typical, I threw my keys in the mitten box after opening their front door. When we left in the evening, The Brother ushered us out, so I didn’t need to lock the door, then B drove home so I didn’t need to drive. I didn’t realize my oversight until just before the Highway 6 South exit (local drivers will know where I mean).
This location is a good forty minutes out of Toronto, ie 2/3 of the way home. I had to have my keys, there was no question about turning around. So back we went, retrieved the keys, and headed home again. A 60 minute drive turned into a 140+ minute trip. I felt so bad! B was so gracious and kind about the extra time, my stupidity, the gas (one litre is over $1.35 here, right now)…I really appreciated his easy forgiveness.
As a token of appreciation, I said I’d bake a batch of cookies – it’s the least I could do. Type: chocolate chip, without a doubt! (This is Recipe #9 of the Unofficial Kiki Project).
When you’re making a thank you gift, you don’t want any unpleasant surprises. So I used the recipe for Lucy’s Chocolate Chip Cookies – bar none, the absolute best cookie in my repertoire. (It was Recipe #3 of last year’s “40 Recipes” project – you can see the full story about Lucy in that link).
If you ever make cookie dough ice cream (*cough, ahem* Janetha), this would be the dough to use.
When I told B about the cookies, he immediately asked if Eric could have a batch, too. Not going to say no when I really owe B big-time! So a double batch it was.
Here’s the recipe (the copy below is for a single batch).
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 & 1/2 cups flour
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- packages of chocolate chips
- 1 tablespoon hot water
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 tsp salt
- Cream butter and sugars together. Add egg, water and vanilla and beat until fluffy. Sift flour. Measure and add salt and soda. Sift again. Add sifted dry ingredients and beat until smooth. Add the chocolate – lots of it! – and blend into the mixture. Drop teaspoons onto a greased baking sheet, spaced 2-3 inches apart. Bake at 375 degrees for 10 minutes or until light brown.
- **(As you know by now, I never sift. And I used parchment paper instead of greasing the cookie sheets).
Hopefully, the bad karma streak is now over (although when I was getting this recipe out of my recipe box, I dumped the whole shebang onto the floor. Yup, >100 recipe cards and magazine cutouts mishmashed into a mixed up pile).
Maybe the Magic 8 Ball knows when my good fortune is going to return!