We are between Christmas Day and New Year’s here (obviously), recovering from a late night celebration of the now-15 year-old’s birthday (less obvious), and despite the fact I’ve a paper due on Tuesday next week and am singularly behind in both research and sleep, I’m taking a few minutes to catch up here, wish everyone who reads a joyous yadda yadda, and post yet another cookie entry.
We have had a busy, healthy week off from our various obligations thus far. I have a 1,715 book order to prepare and another grant proposal to work on in addition to the research paper, and I have been doing a fine, fine job, if I must say so myself, of procrastinating on all three. Girl needs a break, to speak in the third person about a much younger individual than I for the moment.
I gave knitted gifts (below: 29 November mittens and 29 May mittens) to two people this Christmas. Both recipients reside here and it will be easy to see whether or not these mittens receive the level of respect they so richly deserve. Also, as resident hand-washing launderer, I will be sure they are washed properly. I gave a skein of handspun to a friend in Australia who is a relatively new knitter. The distance may be a kindness to both of us on that front!
At some point during the week before Christmas I discovered that a sweater I was knitting is unwearable as currently formulated. I was using a pattern for which the yarn was not intended and vice versa. I thought I had modified the pattern sufficiently, but no. The mound of knitting above is a pair of sleeves in the midst of re-knitting laid on top of a sweater body that needs a good 20 rows more in each armscye. Maybe it’ll be ready to wear before the end of January. Maybe. And maybe not. Details about the sweater pattern/yarn combo are available here: Ravelry project page. It’s for me so no hurry.
Finally, Sharon Tyler Herbst introduces this particular cookie with a series of ellipses and exclamation points in The Joy of Cookies. Coffee! Chocolate! Butter! Toasted pecans! Maybe she ate too much mocha? Or maybe that’s just me. Let she who is without caffeine cast the first stone!
These are rich (1-1/4 cups of butter) and sweet (1 cup of powdered sugar and a 1/2 of dark brown) with a little zip from a bit of cinnamon (1/4 teaspoon) and a bit more of instant coffee powder (2 tablespoons!) and a whole 12 ounces of semi-sweet chocolate chips! And then there are toasted chopped pecans! Ahem. Maybe a little too much caffeine. Ms. Herbst calls them mocha-chocolate chip dreams. Indeed! If, that is, I can sleep. Yum!