It is a bitterly cold winter day and a good time to try out a recipe from a cookbook I gave Brooke for Christmas. She and I have baked together since she was so small she had to stand on a chair beside me to to reach the counter. Alas, now she is all grown up and her job, for the most part, consumes her time. I bought her this book because of its title, ‘Chewy Gooey Crispy Crunchy’ by Alice Medrich. This woman sounds like she knows a thing or two about cookies, and I like cookies better than just about any other not so good for you food.
I mixed together the ingredients for her Oatmeal Cookies, but she suggests that you allow the dough to rest for at least 2 hours.
With time to spare before I can bake them, I decided to mix up some potting soil and lavish some attention on a few of my plants bursting out of their tiny pots. The sunlight cast a brilliant light on my subjects as I inspected them for problems and removed any dead or battered leaves.
These tasks are basic plant housekeeping – a necessity for healthy specimens. Growing plants inside our dry and overheated home is not akin to their natural preferences so I have to do a lot of coddling that is unnecessary when they’re basking in the perfection of a long summer day. Insects are my biggest fear because they reproduce so rapidly indoors, and I hate using insecticidal soap let alone something lethal.