Saturday, December 27, 2008

I'm back with the best Christmas gift ever...and, some chocolate cookies

Chocolate Crinkles.... we'll get to them in a minute.

Hello friends! I do have a new computer. Yay! What a great Christmas gift from Mr. Husband! He was good to me. I got a really cool recipe program, where I can make my own family cookbook, a new food processor and some other really nice "foodie" gifts.
I also got my dream present this year, which completely overrides any recipe program or new computer. It was one I had been imagining for quite some time, but I didn't think it would come true this year. I imagined it many times in my mind. But it's so much better when it really happens.

This is how it went.....
my son Mark and his wife Sadie handed us small package on Christmas Eve. They had made a poem....and adaptation of "Twas the Night Before Christmas". One line was.... "in October Sadie felt a little fatter, they ran to the doctor to see what was the matter."

Yes my blogging friends... A BABY! And to what to my wandering eyes did appear, but a picture of TWINS!! Two babies!!!

I was crying and laughing and shaking all at the same time. They have been wanting this for a while and I am soooo happy for them. I got my Christmas dream.... in doubles. 2x!

The bad part of this Christmas season, is that I didn't get to blog all my Christmas treats, goodies and feasts as did everyone else. I searched and surfed all my food blogging friends every day tho, and got great ideas for myself. So, I enjoyed your holidays, all your blog posts, your treasured recipes and traditions, even tho I was unable to participate.

My day yesterday was spent, (not cleaning, as it looks like a Christmas bomb went off in my house) but cooking for game night.
I made (but took no pictures) sloppy joes, macaroni and cheese, and potato cheese that everyone could have their pick of what they wanted. We still had a side table full of cookies and snack mix and fudge. It was a great day. Surrounded by my kids and cooking.
GAME NIGHT!! We played some new games and some old games with family and friends, while it still snowed outside and we had a fire in the fireplace.

We had a foot of snow!! oh.....perhaps only 11 inches.

That is Mr. Husband. His best side? naw........ (although I do happen to think this is a very fine side of his )

Now on to the cookies...

I did get a quick pic or two of one of my Christmas cookies.... better late than never.
If you like brownies, you'll like these... My grandmother and my mother made them every Christmas. I bake them all up and then I freeze a lot of them, and am still pulling them out a few at a time in January and February. It makes quite a bit.

2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup canola oil
4 oz unsweetened chocolate, melted
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup powdered sugar

In a small bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.

Mix together oil, melted chocolate, sugar, eggs and vanilla. Add flour mixture and mix well. Chill 2 hours.
Form dough into small balls, the size of a walnut and roll in powdered sugar. Place on greased cookie sheet. Or use parchment paper or silpats.
Bake for 10 minutes in a 350 degree oven.
10 minutes for chewy cookies, 12 minutes for crispy cookies.

The dough freezes well also. To make it really easy on you, make into balls and freeze on a cookie sheet (before rolling in powdered sugar of course) and then store in Ziploc freezer bag. To bake, remove as many balls as you need from the freezer and let thaw for 30 minutes, then roll in sugar and bake.

Very good and chocolaty and chewy.

and I will leave you with this.... because I have young adult sons, who think they are funny.


HoneyB said...

LOL, I can feel the excitement in this post! Congrats!!

The chocolate cookies look yummy!

n.o.e said...

Thanks for sharing your great news! Not to mention those great looking cookies...

Cathy said...

Yay, what a wonderful Christmas surprise! Wishing your son and his wife a happy and healthy 9 months. What an exciting time for your family!

These cookies look great, too! Happy New Year!

Laurie said...

Congratulations on your fabulous news! There is really nothing better than being a grandmother. No other relationship is so full of love, but free of conflict.

I've had this recipe for years, and almost made it this year but ran out of time.

I SO related to your lack of Christmas food blog posts! I've been feeling the same way, but the obligation of actually making Christmas happen for my family took over.

Nice to find your blog. I'll be back...

~Jess said...

I'VE BEEN WAITING FOR THIS POST!!!! I've been checking in to see if they'd told you yet. Congratulations Grandma!

Those cookies look delicious!

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