I know this may come as a shock to a good number of you, so please, for your own safety and wellbeing, grab onto a sturdy object for support.
All right, here goes: “I am NOT a Domestic Goddess.”
Sure I’ve tried my hand at scrapbooking and cardmaking. In fact, I don’t believe I’ve bought a single greeting card in two or three years because the ones I give are “priceless”. By that, I mean, I use about $5-10 worth of supplies and make a concoction that’s absolutely worthless! I also have more than 15 albums I’ve made that I dig out only when my husband has been especially annoying and I want to torture him.
As for baking…I’m abominable.
I have a saying that I’ve been meaning to paint onto a piece of wood and hang it up in the kitchen above the stove. But I haven’t gotten around to this because by the time I’d do such a thing, I’d have wasted several hours of my life only to have something that looked like my boys used condiments to paint. Anyway the saying goes, “When it’s smokin’ it’s cooking; when it’s black, it’s done!”
That’s my motto. I’m the kind who likes the cheese on the top of my lasagna brown and crispy. Or black. You know, whatever.
When my husband and I first married, he used to give me a hard time that I couldn’t even make a grilled cheese properly. And he wasn’t wrong. I couldn’t. I’d burn it every time. After more than seven years, I still burn about 25% of them!
Rewind to two weeks ago, when “the call” came. And no, I don’t mean a book contract call, I mean the call from the head deaconess at my church asking me bake two batches of cookies for the church’s annual Christmas musical. Reluctantly, I agreed as a shiver skated down my spine. Burnt lasagna is still edible. Burnt cookies are not.
Two weeks and multiple practice batches that even my four-year-old wouldn’t touch later, I got it right! I was thrilled.
So…for anyone interested in a couple of cookie recipes that even I cannot ruin, use these!
1 Box Yellow cake mix
1/4 C oil
1/4 C water
Mix all together. Spoon out in 1″ balls then place on a GREASED cookie sheet about 2″ apart. Cook at 350 for 10-12 minutes–not a minute longer! (Optional, either mix the M&Ms into the dough, or spoon out the balls then press about 3 M&Ms into the top. Either way.)
Peanut Butter Cookies:
1 C peanut butter
1 C granulated sugar
Mix. Spoon out in 1″ balls, place on GREASED cookie sheet about 2″ apart. Make criss-cross shape on top with fork. [Note: do NOT press hard when doing this, or the cookie will go flat, and burn… Instead, just light taps in both directions with the fork.) Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes–not a minute longer.