Good evening, everyone! I know it's been awhile. Things were... interesting... through October. I'd prefer not to burden anyone with personal stuff, so instead, I will now share a cookie recipe that is currently baking in the oven! I took a recipe from THE ONE, THE ONLY INA GARTEN (insert glorious fanfare here) and added a few things, and now I present mocha shortbread cookies:
3 sticks butter, room temperature (don't be a doofus like me and try to melt it in the oven)
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla (the good kind, LOL)
1/4 tsp salt
1 tbsp espresso powder (you can also use instant coffee granules, but espresso powder is tastier)
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3 cups all purpose flour
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees (I preheat my oven to 375 because it runs about 25 degrees cool)
2. Grease 9 x 13 cookie sheet or pan (I used a cookie sheet because I have one)
3. Cream butter and sugar until fluffy.
4. Add the good vanilla, salt, and espresso powder. Mix on low until combined.
5. Add cocoa powder. Mix on low until combined. If you mix on high, you will have cocoa powder all over the kitchen. Ask me how I know that.
6. Gradually add flour until combined. Also do this on low, or you will end up looking like Casper the Friendly Ghost and have an additional mess to clean up. Again, ask me how I know.
7. Put the batter in the pan and flatten it out. Use your hands, a rolling pin, a wine bottle, whatever you have, and spread it out in the pan.
8. Bake for 20-25 minutes.
9. Now comes the fun part. You know, the part where I forget to tell you to put the chocolate chips in, so I spread an unspecified amount over the top to coat it while it's still warm and the chocolate melts and I end up spilling a good amount of it on the stove top because I am just a messy baker and this is precisely why you read the whole recipe and prep your ingredients BEFORE you start baking.
10. Cool completely in the pan.
11. These cookies are tender, not crunchy like the ones that come in the store, so you can cut them in the pan after they've cooled off.
Now it's anybody's guess if this will actually work, so don't blame me for any failures. I make jewelry for a living, not cookies.
IN OTHER NEWS...
I had a fantastic time at The SHOW! of Dripping Springs! I do have pictures, so I will put it in another blog when I get a chance. It was a well-attended, well-advertised event, and show coordinator Mara Cardwell was a marvelous hostess with the mostest! One of my pieces was even featured on the commercial for a few seconds: www.facebook.com/musicishome/videos/1548512038541176/?hc_ref=ARS_DwM7KNfh8tZnvek0lCvZo5q-TkyTy95Ng0SnpP51drU7WEcwXpGYSbDd2N_yhPc&pnref=story
It's definitely a worthwhile show to both show and shop at, and I intend to apply next year. Fingers crossed that I jury in again!
Speaking of shows, my next show is coming up this week!
It is Friday, November 10 from 3pm to 8pm and Saturday, November 11 from 9:30am to 5pm. Click on the link for more information: winnsboroonlineguide.com/WFAM_fineartmarket.htm
I also attended to workshops for wire weaving with Kaska Firor. That will have to wait for another blog, as there was a lot of material and I learned some cool stuff. She will be at Beadfest Texas in Arlington in March 2018, so if you want to learn from her, sign up for a class at the convention! More on that later, too.
Finally, I'm in the process of lining up art shows for the spring. I've already heard from one and I am pleased to announce that I juried into McKinney Arts In Bloom in April 2018! Unfortunately, due to things beyond my control, I didn't apply in time to do any Christmas markets this year, but I might do an open house or something after Thanksgiving. I'm also open to do some custom work for Christmas, but if you want that done, you should contact me before November 15 so I have plenty of time to get everything done for you.
At any rate, that is all the news that's fit to print. Now, if you will excuse me, there are cookies to eat.