Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Take A Peek Wednesday: The Arrival of Fall

                     
                                          

                   Fall has been kind to us so far and you will hear no complaints from me. I've lived here 8 years now and it's the first time I've been able to keep heat off and have the windows wide open. It's changing though and the cold is on its way.

I am busy in the kitchen this week preparing for our Thanksgiving. We are having it this weekend since that fits our schedule the best. There will be turkey and stuffing and gravy and pie and rolls and everything else you would expect to see on the table during this time. I am missing home and my family terribly. It's just not the same over here.

Still. I am grateful for what I do have and never lose sight of that. Winter is on the way and that brings many exciting things along with it. I look forward to sharing it with you!







Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Take A Peek Wednesday: Shaping and Bun Baking Class

        
      A few weeks ago I attended my third bread baking class! This time we decided to tackle shapes and various bun and roll techniques.

As always,there was a ton of laughter,learning,and of course..eating. I've learned a ton when it comes to kneading and shaping and can't wait to see what we tackle in 2016! 













Monday, November 2, 2015

Orange Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Cookies

           
                I can not believe it's November 2nd! This is the last month I can officially say that I am 40..Dec 1st and I will be the big 4-1. So many mixed emotions come to mind as I think about being one year older. I am not settled..that much I know. I wake up in the middle of the night now and can't fall back asleep. My brain refuses to shut off with its alarm bells and I've had far to many foggy mornings with bags under my eyes and clutching my coffee like my life depends on it. Gotta love the 40's.

Waking up early anyway because of my husbands work schedule leaves me loads of time to play in the kitchen. It's my favorite place to be during these darker days of fall and winter. I've got Thanksgiving on my mind and of course,Christmas..because if I am honest, I think about that most of all. I think about my cookie platter and which new cookie will be added. I can tell you right now..it's this one! I am such a fan of the orange chocolate combination and this hits all the right spots. The orange flavor is spot on and upfront with its orang-ie self..ok I know that's not a word but we'll ignore that. The chocolate is delicious, the oats are perfect. It's an all around perfect cookie in my opinion. I took it along with me when I had my recent bread class and came home with an empty bag.

I love cookies.

Orange Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Cookies

1 cup Unsalted Butter,softened
1 cup Light Brown Sugar
1/4 cup Sugar
2 Large Eggs
2 tsp. Vanilla
2 tsp. Orange Extract
Zest of 2 Large Oranges
1-1/2 cups All-purpose Flour
1 tsp. Baking Soda
1/2 tsp. Salt
3 cups Old-fashioned Oats
150 grams Orange Dark Chocolate,roughly chopped..Splurge on the best bar you can afford..it makes all the difference!
1/2 cup Toasted Walnuts,coarsely chopped,optional

Preheat oven to 350/180. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

In a medium bowl,or in a stand mixer with a paddle attachment,cream together the butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add eggs one a time,beating well after each addition. Add extracts and orange zest and mix until combined.

In another bowl,combine flour,baking soda,salt and oats; slowly add the dry ingredients into the wet and mix until well combined. Add the chocolate and walnuts (if using) and mix until combined.

Drop tablespoons worth of dough 2 inches apart onto prepared pan.

Bale 10-12 minutes,until lightly browned around the edges. The cookies are going to look slightly undone and that is ok because it's going to result in a deliciously chewy cookie. Cool on pan 3-5 minutes before removing to wire rack.

Yield: 30 Cookies
Source:Port and Fin