How very literary of us

I like to communicate deep things about my life using status messages on chat.  So the other day at work (it was a chat client used strictly for work, to be sure), I had eaten these delicious cookies Val had made (recipe below, hold your horses!) so I decided to let everyone know that pecans taste exactly like fall.  Jeff, who had commented at lunch how much he loves sweet potato casserole (and really, Jeff, be original; who doesn’t?), commented on my status, saying, “Especially in sweet potato casserole!”  My response was simple: “Or in the cookies that Val brought in today.”  I immediately saw Jeff power walk past my desk toward Val’s office. [For Jeff these cookies were love at first bite]
When I saw Jenny’s status, I told her how my sisters and I have decided that cloves taste like castles.  In fact, my sister Carrie makes a stew we have dubbed “Castle Stew,” which features venison seasoned with cloves.  I love to put cloves in other recipes as well (fruit salad for instance), because they add a subtle complexity that you might not expect.

Naturally, then, when Val and I realized our ability to understand flavors as ideas, we knew we had to write a blog post together.  Like Hanley and Michael.  And group work.  And team sports. [Eww I hate Sports] And stuff like that.

But sports and group work aren’t as easy as they seems.  For instance, I don’t like it when people finish my… [sandwiches?  There’s an Arrested Development bit about this...]

Michael Bluth: [about Nellie] It’s like we finish each other’s…
Lindsay Bluth Fünke: Sandwiches?
Michael Bluth: Sentences. Why would I say…
Lindsay Bluth Fünke: Sandwiches?

Autumnal Castle Cookies

What to call these cookies?  Castle Harvest Cookies?  That sounds kind of dopey.

I don’t like using the word “harvest” unless there are flax seeds in it.

Is “flax seeds” one word or two?

Two.  I’m about to fix it. [Meanwhile, she changed it to two words, but not without changing it to “fla xseeds” first.]

Fla xseeds?  It would be cool if there was a word that started with “XS.”  “Xseeds!”

That’s about the time that we gave up on the quest to name these cookies appropriately and decided to use the name Val had already come up with.

Combine, beat at medium speed until well blended:
1 1/4 c packed brown sugar
3/4 c butter, softened
1/4 c water
1 egg
1 1/2 t vanilla

Add, beat at low speed until soft dough forms:
3 c rolled oats
1 c flour
1/2 t baking soda
1 t cinnamon
1/2 t cloves
1/2 t salt

Stir in:
1 c chocolate chips
1 c chopped pecans

Bake 8-10 minutes at 375º

Key to understanding our totally ADD post:
Valerie: Green [Why do you get to be green?] [You should be blue since blonds can only wear blue.] [FALSE!]
Jenny: PURPLE
Taken by Valerie Gartland at the Madhatter's

Taken by Valerie Gartland at the Madhatter's

This was written at the Madhatter Bakeshop in Durham. While we were there, Jenny ate a pumpkin muffin and Valerie ate an omelet filled with black beans and corn. We felt very literary for meeting in a cafe.

3 Responses to “How very literary of us”

  1. Lauren says:

    I’d like to point out that sweet potatoe casserol is yucky. The cookies, however, sound delicious.

  2. That’s the cutest picture in history. Except for one of my kids, sleeping. Cuz kids are cute in pictures and when they’re sleeping, so pictures of them sleeping are like solid gold. But yours is really cute too.

  3. Hanley says:

    haha thanks for linking to me! now everyone you know can see my sad apartment. and also, i don’t like sweet potato casserole.

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