Sunday, August 25, 2013

Cookies and a cut.

Joe and I made peanut butter cookies today. Joe loves baking, for the same reasons most of us love baking - it's a no brainer, really. As he gets older, he's getting better at measuring, whisking dry ingredients, and supervising the stand mixer (while keeping his hands safely away). But of course his primary responsibility is for licking the beater and making sure everything tastes yummy.

Yay cookie dough!


This is before I added eggs, but I admit, he had a few tastes post-egg too.

Cookie dough.


After putting the first batch in the oven, we decided it would be a good idea to add chocolate chunks to the rest of the dough. Joe helped with that part too. After chopping up the chocolate, there was some chocolate "dust" left over. Couldn't let that go to waste.

Chocolate face.


Maggie is definitely too little to be eating raw cookie dough or supervising machinery, so she stood on the sidelines, playing with the pots and pans and squawking for food (this girl loves her food) and being super adorable.

Beautiful, expressive Maggie Joy.


Beautiful, expressive Maggie Joy.


Beautiful, expressive Maggie Joy.


I love this photo - she was grabbing for the camera - because you can see my reflection in her eyes! Crazy! Also, it gives you a good look at her teeth - her molars are in and she's getting her little eye-teeth/canines now. She was squawking when I took this photo; that's what her demanding squawk looks like, you're lucky you are not getting the audio track.

Peanut butter cookies.


Cookies are beige and don't photograph very well, but the end result - a big ol' pile of regular and chocolate chunk peanut butter cookies! The recipe was America's Test Kitchen. Fussy as always, but indeed, the addition of salted peanuts to the dough is genius. Deliciously peanut-y.

Hair.


And I got a haircut! My appointment, yesterday, happened to fall on a very hot late summer day, which is a recipe for lopping off TONS of hair! I was ready for a change, and I ended up with a long bob with bangs. This is how I looked after another long hot day, today, without much styling. My bangs are still rebelling a little bit (I have some wave in my hair, so I'll probably be flat-ironing them a bit on workdays), but I love it. I feel like a new woman! I'm pretty sure I lost a pound of hair. As much as I have loved having long hair, I mostly wore it in a ponytail, so what's the point? I am enjoying my new 'do.

Every time I put Maggie in the Ergo carrier, and go to push my hair out of the way to snap it in the back, I'm like Whoa! I have no hair! ...  Awesome! 
 

New haircut!


9 comments:

  1. Oh, I love the haircut! It looks so great and even still long enough that you could tie it back if you want to. I am loving Joe's hair longer ... and Maggie looks cute even when she is squawking :)

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    1. Every time I comb and detangle Joe's "lustrous hippy locks" in the bath, I ask him if he wants to get a haircut, and he says "no, I want big hair like Daddy." Gigglesnort. Well, I can't argue with that!

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  2. Love the new haircut! It looks great on you!:)

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  3. Those cookies sound so so yummy! And I love your hair! Super cute!

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  4. a few things.
    1. when this popped up on feedly the 'teaser photo' (haha!) was your new do, so I'll admit, i had a hard time focusing on the cookies because i needed to get a closer look. it was just that awesome! (and at least as awesome on my big computer screen, too!) love, love!
    2. i know you'll appreciate this. i was surprised to read that 'experts' suspect it's generally the flour, not the eggs that cause food borne illness. http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/12/12/beware-of-raw-cookie-dough/?_r=0
    3. i love that photo of maggie, too - and your reflection in her eyes. so sweet.

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    1. The flour?! What!!?? Sorry, I don't think I have the mental energy to worry about pathogens in flour! I am officially too worried about great white sharks and stray bullets.

      Although, these photos were actually before I added flour to the batter, now that you mention it. Joe is enjoying a comparatively safe (?) and yummy mixture of butter, peanut butter, and sugar. What's not to love about that? ;-)

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  5. Love the hair its so cute! and Maggie and Joe are adorable as usual!

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  6. You look great...love the hair! Maggie is getting so big and beyond adorable! What would childhood be without ever licking the beaters? I love Joe's hair, especially with that gorgeous wave. Eli can't tolerate water poured over his head so shampoo is all removed with a comb. Long hair is definitely NOT an option for him!

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  7. So cute! Having curl just makes styles easier. It's perfect on you. So nice when you find the right cut!

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