Wednesday, March 20, 2013

.oatmeal cream pies.

sometimes i find that i am lazy. wait, let me retract. sometimes i find that i have so much on my figurative plate that i have no choice but to slack in other areas of my life. today is one such day. let's just put it this way- life is a little overwhelming and if i could just bury my head under a blanket and ignore it all, i'd be perfectly content. well, maybe if i snuck these oatmeal cream pies under the blanket with me.

usually i leisurely walk you through what is going on in each picture of a recipe.

not today

this time, i'd like to just tell you that these oatmeal cream pies are ridiculously delicious. enjoy the pictures and make some for yourself.

what was your favorite little debbie as a child? oatmeal cream pies were definitely mine. and now, they are all over again.


so good.

oatmeal cream pies
adapted from kids in the sink

what you need
1 cup unsalted butter

¾ cup dark brown sugar

½ cup sugar

1 tbsp molasses

1 tsp vanilla

2 eggs

1 ½ cups flour

½ tsp salt

1 tsp baking soda

⅛ tsp cinnamon

1 ½ cups quick oats

creme filling
2 tsp very hot water

¼ tsp salt

1 (7 oz.) jar marshmallow cream

½ cup shortening

⅓ cup powdered sugar

½ tsp vanilla

what you do
Preheat the oven to 350° and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

In the bowl of your stand mixer, cream the butter, sugars, molasses, vanilla, and eggs.

In a medium bowl, combine the flour, salt, baking soda, and cinnamon.

Add the dry ingredients to the creamed mixture and stir to combine; mix in the oats.

Drop tablespoon sized scoops onto the cookie sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes, until just starting to brown around the edges. Be careful not to overbake them; they will look moist.

While the cookies are baking, in a small bowl, dissolve the salt in the hot water and allow to cool to room temperature.

Combine the marshmallow cream, shortening, powdered sugar, and vanilla and mix on high until fluffy.

Add the salt water and mix well.

Spread the filling onto the flat side of one cookie and top with another. There you have the most delicious sandwich cookie known to man.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

.her lyrics.

sometimes i like to pretend that i have a talent. growing up, i always wanted a talent and was jealous of those kids who could sing, dance, who were artistic or musical.

my mom's standard explanation is that i was smart. ugh. what kind of boring talent was that?!
though much older and, er, wiser, now- i STILL want a talent!

so, please pretend that i am sitting on a bar stool in front of a quiet room, have my soft wooden acoustic guitar in my lap and am singing this song i wrote for babycakes. go ahead and close your eyes and imagine i sound like a mix of nora jones and alanis morisette (i'm not even being greedy by saying adele).

wondered and waited

oak hammocked days long ago
strolled plastic red carriages, oooh
wishes and predictions, of love in the making
tethering my hot air balloon hope on a string

waited and wondered
my full soul asunder
mosaic shards on display
your love sweeps my helium heart up, up, away

ballooning belly shouting my secret
a lifetime of love i haven't yet met

waited and wondered
my full soul asunder
mosaic shards on display
your love sweeps my helium heart up, up, away

chopsticks and fortunes, a break in the wait
painful breaths so deep, reality satiates
you're meeting the world little girl
and little girl, you're now my world

waited and wondered
my full soul asunder
mosaic shards on display
your love sweeps my helium heart up, up, away