Okay, before you gasp in shock because I know, today I swore was a catch up in the office day and here I am telling you I spent time in the kitchen- hang on a minute. Look at that photo again. See my shirt? This was just a quick break from work because after all, Ben is still on summer break, and I am still, first and foremost, a mom. Also, I know nobody is really gasping or even caring but I wanted to point out that this is what life looks like when you work from home. I'm mom, CEO, laundry lady, photographer, fire putter outer, dishwasher, HR, social media department, chef and a wife. I toss a load of laundry in, hit start on the dishwasher, answer homework questions and email brides back all in a span of 5 minutes. Oh, and here's the crazy part- I wouldn't change one single thing! Nothing! Nada! Zip! I tried the whole 100% stay at home mom gig- not for me. I love being home, don't get me wrong. However I also really love my job and there is NOTHING wrong with that! You super stay at home moms who have it all figured out and planned and perfect Pinterest summer to do lists- you freaking rock! Those big time CEO moms who pull 60 hours a week and run the corporate world like a freaking boss- because you ARE the boss (all while being an amazing mom and wife)- my hat is off to you! You're killing it! Those moms that fall some where in-between like me that are doing the best they can at all the hats we wear while realizing that at times we might be juggling a bit too much but will still say "Sure, I have time to help with that!" Yeah, we're kicking booty and taking names. (Like names of babysitters because, shew, mama needs a night out! No seriously- I need some babysitter names!)
What's the point of all this ramble besides trying to avoid the dryer that I just heard beep? Nothing other than to remind everyone that parenting looks different to everyone and THAT'S OKAY! Oh, and don't even get me started on those insane superheroes we call single parents. Shew! That's a blog post for a whole other day!
Anyhow! Tonight we have a cookout to attend which means I make what I'm good at- Snickerdoodles. Oh, and I also excel at one other thing- BOURBON Snickerdoodles. Many people asked for the recipe so instead of sending it out individually, here it is below. Enjoy! (Gosh- I hope my mom is okay with me sharing this! I didn't think about that one until right now!)
1 c. Shortening
1 1/2 c. white sugar
2 3/4 c. white flour
2 tea. Cream of Tarter
1 tea. Baking Soda
1/2 tea salt
Combine everything in one giant mixing bowl. This is doubtfully the way Martha Stewart would suggest doing things but Nowelle Stewart says- dump and mix.
2 tea. Cinnamon
1 c. sugar
Mix those two together in a separate dish.
Roll into small balls- do not flatten! Roll the balls in the cinnamon sugar perfection, place on a tray and bake at 350 for 8 minutes. Read that again, because this is the part everyone messes up. Cook them for 8 minutes. Not 9. Not 7. 8 minutes. They will look like they are still gooey and not done. Trust me- they are done. Cook them longer and you end up with hockey pucks. Don't believe me- go right ahead. 8 minutes, people. Trust me. This is literally all I do well. Pull them out and do not touch them for 5 minutes on the tray. Leave them alone! This is where they go from maybe not done, gooey balls to pure freaking bits of heaven. (Okay, I don't feel that way about them. I actually hate these cookies but the guys in my house love them.)
8 minutes. I'm just reminding you.
Move to a cooling rack and let completely cool before storing.
Now, before you think you can store them in a cookie tin or any other cute cookie holding container you might have, don't. Ziplock bag and nothing else for these fancy little babies. They absorb any kind of air or humidity and then, voila! Hockey pucks! Honestly, these cookies are more temperamental than a 2 year old who skipped a nap. Are you sure you want to do this to yourself?!
Ziplock bag, that's it. Also, these are best within 24 hours or less of baking so they are not ideal if you need to make something days in advance. Days later they've become crumbly and sad. Gotcha! You thought I was going to say hockey pucks again, didn't ya!
So that's the family friendly version. For the fun version you do everything the same but at the end of the massive dumping all the ingredients willy nilly into the mixer you dump your favorite bourbon. Dump carefully though because the dough will get too wet to roll and then you have to add more flour and that makes... hockey pucks!
So that's it! And because no blog is complete without images- here are the ones I snapped of Ben and I making them today! Also, am I the only parent that loves the idea of having your kids in the kitchen helping until you actually have your kids in the kitchen helping and then you realize you've made a massive mistake and want to go back in time and smack your past self?!? Just me? Sweet.