Heels in the Kitchen: Elvis Cookies

Elvis Cookies: Oatmeal, peanut butter, banana and chocolate chip

Today I am wearing heels in the kitchen, special occasion?  No, but 15 months after knee surgery I still look like a 10 year old trying to walk in her mom’s shoes. I am sick of flats, and flip-flops, I want to wear grown up shoes, after all I love shoes and there are too many pairs of heels to count, in my closet, just collecting dust. Maybe I am over thinking it, so I figured if I put them on while I was busy in the kitchen I would forget about the awkwardness and just walk in them. Well, I think it was slightly helpful, next step mopping and gardening in heels, the neighbors (and my family) may think I am crazy but I am getting back in my shoes!

Oh and I made these delicious cookies today, oatmeal, peanut butter, banana and chocolate chip. So obviously I named them Elvis cookies, thank you, thank very much.

Elvis Cookies: Oatmeal, peanut butter, banana and chocolate chip

1 1/2 c flour

1 c sugar

1/2 t salt

1/2 t baking soda

1/2 c butter softened

3/4 c peanut butter

1 egg

2 bananas mashed

1 1/2 c old fashioned oats

1 c mini chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Add flour, sugar, salt, baking soda, butter and peanut butter to a large bowl. Beat on low until ingredients are combined and the mixture starts to crumble. Add egg, bananas and oats, mix until it forms a dough, stir in chocolate chips. use a med ice cream scoop or a heaping tablespoon and place dough on cookie sheets.

Elvis Cookies: Oatmeal, peanut butter, banana and chocolate chip

bake for about 18 minutes or until edges brown and cookies are slightly golden. (my oven is on the slow side so check after 14 minutes)

Elvis Cookies: Oatmeal, peanut butter, banana and chocolate chip

Let cool and enjoy! Makes about 4 dozen

Elvis Cookies: Oatmeal, peanut butter, banana and chocolate chip

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Time on your hands? Try Martha Stewart’s King Cake for Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras: King Cake

Mardi Gras: King Cake

Last year at this time I was still on crutches from my debilitating and nightmare of a knee surgery, so I had a lot of time on my hands and I was BORED. I decided to make the traditional King Cake for Mardi Gras, it is more danish like than a cake, not too sweet and the best part is you get to hide a small plastic baby in it. I followed all the instructions from my idol Martha Stewart’s recipe found here. The only difference was that I rolled my dough in cinnamon sugar before braiding it. It was delicious and I was quite proud of myself, I even colored my own sugar. However this is a process, an all day affair if you will. Well it’s Mardi Gras time again, Fat Tuesday is less than a week away and I don’t think I will be making one this year, I have proved that I could so I am going to save my day for something more productive. (Mardi Gras Cocktails may be an option)  I will probably buy a King Cake at Publix just for the pomp and circumstance of the holiday, and make some sort of New Orleans themed dinner, but as of now the cake is out. If you are feeling up to the challenge you should definitely try it , it was delicious, let me know how it turns out. Here’s more pics to prove I did it.

Mardi Gras King Cake IMG_0330 IMG_0334

 

 

Thinking Pink, Watermelon Daiquiris and trying to get my girly girl back.

I am not a girly girl, I don’t really enjoy shopping, I would rather be hiking. I am not one for girls night out with fruity drinks, I would rather go to the pub or brewery and have an IPA.  There are exceptions though, I love shoes, all kinds, heels make me feel pretty. I love a cute skirt and a glass of champagne, I like coconut lip gloss and straw hats on the beach. I feel like there is an even balance, or better put there was. Since I had my knee surgery in December, there have been no cute shoes, only sneakers and flats, I can barely wear flip-flops 5 months later. No pedicures, I couldn’t even get in the chair. My only accessory has been an ugly black knee brace, so who wants to show that off in a skirt? I walk like Frankenstein, its hard to feel feminine when all my grace has gone. My girly side is lost.

So we had some leftover watermelon in the fridge. Normally, I would make a salad or a salsa, but not today, today I am thinking pink. A pink drink to entice the girl in me to come out and play, even better a pink daiquiri in a fun glass. Maybe this will help, I mean heels can’t be that far down the road, and does anyone make a pink knee brace, if not they should.

Watermelon Daiquiris

2/3 c rum

1/8-1/4 c  simple syrup

juice of 1/2 a lime, plus other half for garnish

3 c seedless water melon

2 1/2 c ice

blueberries for garnish

Add rum, simple syrup, lime juice, water melon and ice to a blender. Puree until smooth. Serve in girly glasses top with a lime wedge and fresh blueberries.