Thursday, January 01, 2009

Sweet Beginnings and Endings

Happy New Year!

Here's hoping 2009 turns out better than 2008. Of course it won't be all hearts and flowers, but that's OK. I hate hearts and flowers.

I'll start you off today with sweetness, and the end of my cookie roundup for Dr. Mad Scientist's New Year's Eve/New Year's Alk-a-Thon.

Cookie number four was a Brazilian coffee cookie.

Brazilian Coffee Cookies

Pardon my flash, it gives the cookies a bit of a washed-out look.

These are kind of a snickerdoodle meets a gingersnap type cookie. Dough that tastes like a snickerdoodle when eaten--with a hint of coffee flavor, but a bit crunchy like a gingersnap.

Then we have a cookie I had never made before--peanut butter filled chocolate cookies.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Filled Cookies
Again, recipes can be found by clicking on the cookie picture where I've put the recipe in the "description" of the picture on Flickr.

I found the recipe for these surfing cookie porn on Flickr. Two thumbs up to this recipe! They turned out delicious! My sister made an excellent observation--they're like baked buckeyes.

Finally I rounded out the sixth batch of cookies with a traditional chocolate chip cookie. I didn't take formal pictures of them. But you can see them in one of the spiffy boxes I used to pack all the cookies in for Dr. Mad Scientist.


I ended up with two large cake boxes (bought from A.C. Moore) of cookies. Both had two layers of cookies.

I wish I had kept count of how many I ended up making total--7 or 8 dozen?

Regardless it was fun!!

And yes, I realize that I had a little boy ripped from my loins a mere 10 days before I started on my cookie baking binge, but recovery hasn't been as bad as I thought it would be. My last c-section was when I was a zippy 23 years old, I thought being seven years older recovery would be harder. I'd say it was about the same.

I also really thought this little monkey would be more exhausting. But he's really not (well except when he's got gas...gah!). He's settled into a nice semi-predictable routine. It also helps that unlike Chunky who never figured out how to breastfeed properly, this kid has. Which means I'm not up for two hours every feeding feeding him a bottle and then hooking myself up to the Magic Mama Milking Machine in the wee hours of the night like I was when Chunky was an infant. (My cheapassedness prevented me from feeding him formula! Screw the whole "breastmilk is better" argument, we were living on crap for salaries back then!)

That's a cute little baby papoose/cocoon from Crafty Christina!

He's still at the sleeps-all-the-time stage which I must enjoy while I can!

Of course I haven't gone back to work yet, so talk to me when I'm supposed to be thinking cognizantly!

And speaking of loins and girly parts--it's time to announce the December and Year End Grand Prize winner for the 2008 Kootchie Awareness Yarn Extravaganza.

December's winner is:


and the Year End Grand Prize Winner is:



A big thank you to everyone who entered, pimped , and/or donated yarn to the contest sometime during the past two years!

I've made the executive decision to end K.A.Y.E. this year. It's been fun, and I've had a great time hearing about all of your adventures at the gyn's office!

But sadly all good things must eventually come to an end.

Happy New Year!!

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Blogger DPUTiger said...

My people! ;-) I hate hearts and flowers too, and these days I'm always surprised when people have heard of Buckeyes, whether it's the "cookie" or the tree. The Ohio State kind is usually pretty familiar, though. Urgh. Great job on the cookie baking! Way to go!

I suck at "traditional" buckeyes and will have to try those baked ones. Yummy! Happy New Year!

9:53 AM  
Blogger Melissa said...

The cookies look awesome. Thanks so much for hosting the K.A.Y.E. It has been fun watching all of the yarns and winners.
I hope you are having a great New Year and that baby looks like he has grown a foot!

10:08 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

Yum, the cookies look great, especially those peanut butter filled ones.

Jersey boy looks cute in his papoose. :)

Congrats to the KAYE winners and thanks for organizing it as long as you have.

P.S. - we take orders for the cookies from now til Jan. 12th and then they get delivered in early March. Some troops sell later but we start early b/c we have fierce competition from the Long Island troops, LOL. Its like a cookie war.

Happy New Year!

10:13 AM  
Blogger janna said...

The buckeye cookies look yummy. I always thing buckeye candy is a pain to make (plus, I always feel like I'm somehow saluting Ohio State, which would be a bad thing!). Maybe I'll try the cookies version.

And I hope Dr. MS's group appreciated your cookies!

10:36 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

Plain ol' chocolate chip cookies are the best!

I still think it's pretty amazing that you have that much energy for cookie baking with a newborn at home. I didn't breastfeed either of mine, and in retrospect, I should have, because they both were colicky, and ended up needing special formulas - soy for my daughter and a $200 a month prescription-only hypoallergenic formula for my son (thank goodness for WIC).

10:57 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

P.S. The papoose is too cute!

10:58 AM  
Blogger Zonda said...

Congrats to the winners! Those cookies are awesome, whew, that was a lot! Awww Jersey boy looks so sweet in his papoose!

2:06 PM  
Blogger Disco said...

Sorry no more KAYE, but look at your baby - he's too adorable for words.

Happy New Year :0)

3:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh! Those cookies look GOOD!!! And the buckeye ones look to DIE for!!! I'm sure those guys in DMS's group enjoyed them.

Ok, I had to read the whole thing just to make sure that wasn't an old pic of Chunky!!! They do look alike!!!

As for recovering after is a LOT easier the second, third, fourth, fifth, and sixth time around.

Love, Mom

4:21 PM  
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4:42 PM  
Blogger Carol said...

Happy New Year back atcha!

And I love the little papoose things for babies. Although I call them "baby-bags" :)

6:50 PM  
Blogger IrishgirlieKnits said...

Those cookies look delicious!! Almost as delicious as Jersey Boy sleeping!!!

Thank you for hosting KAYE for the past two years!!

Here's to a happy happy new year!

7:23 PM  
Blogger knottygnome said...

more great cookies :-)

happy new year!

7:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mmmm....cookies! They look great. I'm going to have to try the buckeye ones. The fam loves the candy buckeyes. Happy New Year! Love, Aunt Susan

7:44 PM  
Anonymous Audrey S. said...

So glad to hear Carina was the final winner! She needs some yarny goodness right about now.

And I'd forgotten that you had a're supposed to be sleeping, BF'ing, and being waited on by Dr. Mad Scientist (or cabana boys) rather than making cookies for HIM! Whatever happened to teaching him how to cook?

I am making note of a couple of these recipes, though...the gingersnaps are calling my name.

2:14 AM  
Blogger Sarah said...

I think KAYE has been a great way to get everyone in for their checkups- glad you did it while you did!

Jersey Boy sure is cute! My second c-section (11 yrs later) was a million times easier to get over. You are still a trooper for your bake-a-thon.

7:49 AM  
Blogger Batty said...

He's so darn cute!

And... I'm drooling now. Those PB-filled chocolate cookies look amazing. Why did it never occur to me to surf flickr for cookie porn???

Oh, and to make things even funnier... my word verification word is lardim! Is it trying to tell me that I am lard? A lardass, maybe? Now blogger is just being rude. I'll have some cookies to soothe my bruised ego.

8:28 AM  
Blogger Miss T said...

Mmm, those cookies look wonderful!

3:45 PM  
Blogger Ina said...

Those chocolate peanut butter things made my heart stop! In a good way, that is. Thanks for posting the recipe!

12:02 PM  

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