Steel-Cut Oats With Some Netflix

It’s Tuesday, want a cookie?

My grandma was always right on the cookie train, and I recall very few times growing up when we would be in her kitchen and the cookie tin wasn’t full of oatmeal walnut (sometimes chocolate chips too!) cookies.  Yes please ma’am.  Pass me that jar and a small water tower of coffee and the day is gone.

Before I loose you to sugar fixation here are some fun things/links/tunes I’ve enjoyed as of late and perhaps you will too!

After the new season of Arrested Development aired I succumbed to actually paying the $7 a month for a netflix account instead of continuing to bum off friends accounts.  This was entirely guilt-driven and not out of goodwill and financial honesty.  Now I enjoy endless supply of dinosaur documentaries, so the $7 is worth it.  The other day I watched this film: Sleepwalk With Me  by this comedian, Mike Birbiglia.  I liked the film because it was a tad bid dark and realistic-seeming while still carrying his comedy routine.  None of the characters are all that likable, but you can really sympathize with most of them.

Stuck–Canopy Climbers


Today I’m sharing a cousin of the oatmeal cookies. (frankly nowhere near as great as my grandma’s cookies but still a pretty darn good one!)





Steel-Cut Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

1/2 cup stone cut oats

1/2 cup rolled oats

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

3/4 cup whole wheat flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon ground cloves (optional)

1/2 cup finely chopped almonds

1/2 cup olive oil

2 eggs

1 cup packed brown sugar

1 teaspoon almond extract

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2-3/4 cup chocolate chips (but if you’re baking with me it’s 1 cup)

*this dough was a little too wet towards the end so I added about 3 tablespoons more white flour, so if your dough seems a bit loose have extra flour on hand.  ***update 7/1/13* A talented baking co-worker informed me that adding plain old flour to a wet dough isn’t going to help because it’s just extra gluten that’s going to turn your cookie into a brick.  Solution: grind up some oatmeal in a coffee grinder (or if you already have oat flour on hand) add a few tablespoons of that because it will balance out the dough without making it a brick because oats are a gluten free grain.

Combine flours, oats, steel cut oats, baking powder, soda, cinnamon, cloves, almonds and salt in a bowl and set aside.  In another medium-large sized bowl beat (on high speed or till your arms are numb) together the olive oil, sugar and eggs for 2 minutes, then add the vanilla and almond extracts.  Add the dry ingredients to the wet, folding in just till combined then fold in the chocolate chips.  Refrigerate dough for an hour.  (I hate it when recipes require refrigeration, so I’m telling you this is optional, you don’t HAVE to do it.  BUT if you feel like you have the endurance to wait a bit longer for a chewier, more solid cookie then you should chill it for at least 30 minutes.  In fact, chill it for however long it takes you to go on a quick run because I’m telling you, your best running times will be the ones when you know you’re running home to cookies.)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Drop cookies onto a lined baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes.

Here’s To Lookin’ At You (In 114 days)

The Ruby Slippers just shape-shifted.  

No Big Deal.

oh, and school started.  Again.  It just keeps happening.  Click this.  Then This.

Adapted from How Sweet It Is recipe for Snicker-Chip-Doodle Cookies and Red Velvet Brownies

1/2 cup unsalted butter (at room temperature)

1 cup granulated sugar

3 Tablespoons cocoa powder

2 Tablespoons red food coloring

1 egg

2 teaspoons vanilla

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

2 tablespoons milk (just in case)

1/3 cup white chocolate chips

Granulated sugar (for rolling)

Combine the flour, salt, and baking powder in a bowl and set aside.  In a small bowl mix together the cocoa powder, red food coloring and 1 teaspoon of the vanilla, then set aside (you will add this mixture to the butter and sugar in a minute). Cream butter and sugar in a mixer till fluffy (5 min or so) and then beat in the red cocoa mixture and that other teaspoon of vanilla.  Then beat in the egg.  THEN you can slowly incorporate the dry ingredients (adding milk if the dough is too dry) and fold in the white chips.  Refrigerate dough for at least 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Roll cookie dough in sugar and bake for 8-10 minutes.

Click you heels together 3 times.

And say: 114 Days to go.

114 Days to go.

114 Days to go.

and no matter what your choice complaint is about this time of year “arghh the students are back….no parking….loud…..immature freshmen….lazy seniors…”  there are tons right?

Here’s to State College lighting up again.  

Stand on your favorite parking garage and smile for it.

Maple-Flavored Auditory Decadence

I love Fall.  How cliche I know-but really, just this past week we had a few “Autumn Preview” days where the air was clear, slightly windy, but crisp with the sun shining through aged green leaves.  You know that sound dryer leaves make when the wind rustles through them?  It’s probably one of the main sounds I associate with Fall, and I finally heard the prelude to the sound a few days ago.  Not quite Fall leaves yet, still in a late summer feel, but there is a definite push going on here for Autumn weather upon us.  Different seasons generally bring a certain musical preference on the front burner for me (does that happen for you? Tell me what your ideal Fall Soundtrack is!)

Here’s some maple candy for your ears 😉

You Ain’t No Sailor –Marcus Mumford  (and when he says “Kate” he actually means “Rebecca”) This one sung me to sleep last night, loveliness.

Wagon Wheel –Old Crow Medicine Show  (go sit on the porch with your banjo)

Welcome Home –Radical Face

Glory –Radical Face  (takes a while to pick up but at about 2:30 you’re there)

Roll Away Your Stone  –Mumford & Sons


Banjolin Song –Mumford & Sons

Winter Winds –Mumford & Sons  (While listening to this one, I’m mentally frolicking around in a field, and tossing grass up in the air, like the one they’re walking in-best part at 2:32.  Don’t tell me this song doesn’t make you want to kick some leaves around!)

Nothing is Written –Mumford & Sons (One that is not on their current album unfortunately but luckily we can still listen to it. Again, all’s great here, but if you’re crunched for time at lease listen to 3:15 onwards)

Sigh No More –Mumford & Sons (hard to pick just one of their songs to be my favorite but I think if you asked me right now it would be this one.  On an average day it’s definitely in the top 3. Particularly 1:50 onwards.  It’s a sunshine on your face/running through a sunny woods sort of song.)

Thumper (From The Wedding Band)–Mumford & Sons (skip shuffle-friendly fiddling going on here at 2:48…)

Rosie –The Young Dubliners

Yes, there are probably tons of other Autumn-Songs that are not by Mumford & Sons-that’s your job! Tell me about them pretty please.

Though I hope you recognize the auditory decadence that is Marcus Mumford’s voice, which your ears are privileged to hear.

In summary, if you happen to see me skipping down the street wearing these $4.00! fiddler shoes, chances are I’m listening to one of these.

Can’t wait for scarves. And worn-looking woodsy green jackets. And coconut chai tea (actually there’s no waiting for that-it’s sitting right in front of me 😉  )