Thursday, August 28, 2014

Catching Up - Part One

I will have all the blog posts for my trip to Bavaria/Austria up soon, I promise. I just have to find a wifi connection that I can stay on long enough to upload them. :D

Not much to blog about the last few days. Mainly, I’ve hung out around the apartment, doing some cooking and a heck of a lot of reading (last night I read Cruel Beauty, a beauty-and-the-beast retelling that really reminded me of Lewis’ Till We Have Faces, which as it turns out, was a bit inspiration for the author). Monday I made potato soup (turned out quite well, considering how long it’s been since I attempted potato soup), and Tuesday I went to the mall, hoping for some free wifi.

Unfortunately, due to the super strict anti-piracy rules and things that Germany has, it’s almost impossible to find a place with free wifi. The mall has it, but it’s only strong in the middle of the building, and not on the edges. And there are no plug-ins in the middle of the mall. My dear old laptop only has about 20 minutes of battery unplugged. So I can’t find a place where I can both a) be plugged in and b) have an Internet signal. :) Go figure. I’m going to check for another Starbucks today, see what I can find.

Wednesday night, I got to chat with some of my friends back home over Skype – Jaimie, Sadie, and Evie back at College of the Ozarks (school just started for them – best of luck, guys!) and my erstwhile-roommate Emily. Emily’s moving to Alaska for her new job, so this is probably the last chance I’ll get to Skype with her for a while, since there’s a 9 hour time difference. (Three in the afternoon here, is six in the morning there. We’ll have to coordinate carefully. :D) So we chatted until nearly 1 in the morning my-time, and I slept in until, like, noon on Thursday. :D I did nothing Thursday. Ok – scratch that, I made cookies.

They’re a variation on the turndown cookies they serve to guests at the Keeter Center, where I used to work at CofO. These don’t have the pecans they’re supposed to (because pecans are freaking expensive) and I forgot I needed brown sugar, so they’re straight up white-only. Also, I can’t find “normal” vanilla extract here, so I had to buy these little packets of something called “Bourbon-Vanilla Aroma” (???) which is a lot thicker and stronger-tasting than the cheapo-artificial-stuff I’m used to. Oh yeah, and there’s chunks of dark chocolate, rather than milk-chocolate chips in there.

However, in the end, they turned out ridiculously good, and go very well with a mug of Earl Gray tea. Want the recipe? Sure, why not – try these yourself and tell me what you think.


Non-Keeter Turndownish Cookies: German Edition

  • In a bowl, cream together half a cup of butter and not-quite-two cups of granulated sugar.
  • Add in 1 egg, a tablespoon of milk and a teaspoon of something vanilla flavored. Extract, bourbon-vanilla aroma…whatever. :D (And I literally used a spoon for the table and a spoon for tea, because I don’t have measuring spoons.)
  • Stir in two cups of flour, a dash (erm…a teaspoon-ish?) of baking soda, and a sprinkle of salt.
  • Last, mix in one and a half cups of oatmeal, and a cup of shattered bits of a chocolate candy bar (I like dark, but some people don’t. Up to you.)
  • Scoop into ping-pong-ball sized dollops (they’ll spread as they bake, and get about twice as big) onto a greased cookie sheet (or better yet, parchment paper) and bake on 350°F for 10 minutes, or until the edges start looking brown. Remove immediately from pan and let cool – they’ll harden as they do.
  • Yields about 18 cookies.




  1. Glad you are back "home" safely. Missed your blogs. The cookies sound great, but I will have to use Splenda instead of sugar if I try them for Grandpa. Sounds like you are feeling better, glad to hear it. Looking forward to further posts. Love and miss you.
    Gramma and Gramps

  2. Sounds like you had a good time before you got sick


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