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I Swear to God I Used to Know How to Bake

I followed the recipe, it's one I've used before, it's usually produced rather excellent oatmeal cookies, but today I got what appear to be those lacy cookies you get at Christmas. At least they taste good, but dammit, what the hell?

So yesterday, I hit the gym after work and because I seemed to have extra energy, I did some extra work, weights and extra time on the ellipsis.

Then I get home and we had a delivery -- you see, last week we lucked into two full palettes of paving stone for our backyard patio dreams for an absolute steal of a price because they had been returned by the persons who had originally ordered them. Super, super cheap. But when the palettes were delivered, it was realized there was no way in hell they were going to get them through our narrow back gate. Crap. The delivery man left them by the gate, and later, when it was "cooler" (ha ha, it doesn't get cooler in Phoenix at night, that's the real joke of summer time anymore), we got out the wheelbarrow and started moving stones.

Fortunately for us, our very kind next-door neighbor saw us as he was coming home from work and came to help, making the task only take an hour or so instead of well into the night, as it probably would have done if he hadn't. So I have spent the day feeling worn and achy after a night of worn achiness (and cats and dogs), but manged to make onigiri, flat-assed cookies, gotten some laundry done, and cleaned the bathroom floor. Go, me.

This is what we put up last weekend:

Now my cat is yelling at me. I should feed him.


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Jul. 23rd, 2011 11:04 pm (UTC)
at least they taste good. my cookies always end up flat. don't know why

yay for the helpful neighbor.

oh those demanding felines
Jul. 24th, 2011 01:01 am (UTC)
I do have this happen every so often with plain chocolate chip, but not so much with oatmeal. Oh, well.

Yay, indeed. I'd hoped to give him some of the cookies, but I'd rather gift nice ones as opposed to the "keep at home and eat" kind.

Jul. 24th, 2011 01:40 am (UTC)
definitely have no luck with chocolate cookies and it's always the ones you want to give away/take to a party that come out freakish
Jul. 24th, 2011 03:48 am (UTC)
I know, that happens all the time!
Jul. 23rd, 2011 11:36 pm (UTC)
You should give your neighbor some of your yummy flat cookies. :D
Jul. 24th, 2011 01:01 am (UTC)
I'd hoped to do that, but I was hoping they'd be less flat and more nice!
Jul. 24th, 2011 04:49 am (UTC)
Homemade tasty cookies are homemade tasty cookies! People don't turn 'em down.
Jul. 24th, 2011 12:10 am (UTC)
Hurray for your wonderful neighbor! You have to invite him over for cold drinks once the patio's built. And did you maybe put too much butter in the cookies?
Jul. 24th, 2011 01:05 am (UTC)
One stick, just like the recipe said -- not sure! I'll have to try again, obviously! :D

He's a very good neighbor!
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Jul. 24th, 2011 03:50 am (UTC)
I'll try that next time -- it is rare I bake cookies this time of year, so perhaps the heat of the dough DID have something to do with it!

I would love a day or two of not so industrious, I think. My age only shows when I'm THIS active!
Jul. 24th, 2011 01:20 am (UTC)
Oh my God, that's a day of workout. [hugs hugs]
Jul. 24th, 2011 03:51 am (UTC)
I only hope the scale shows it! :D

Happy weekend!
Jul. 24th, 2011 06:14 am (UTC)
Huh. I wonder if it had to do with the heat or humidity or some ingredient being off. I know sugar cookies will spread like that if you don't let the pan cool off before you put the dough on it. Weird.

Yay for paving stones. Now you won't have to hit the gym for a week!
Jul. 24th, 2011 05:46 pm (UTC)
Yeah, queenofattolia thinks the same thing. I'll try it again with colder dough (I hardly ever bake this time of year).

Yeah, I wish the scale agreed. :P
Jul. 24th, 2011 11:03 pm (UTC)
I'd suggest chilling the pan a bit, but there's nowhere to put it in your fridge.
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