Wednesday, April 16, 2014

WIAW and an Iowa Visit

I have been such a disaster lately. Plus I think I should just move to the Midwest. I flew to Iowa on Monday.  Everything was easy peasy.  However whenever I try to leave Iowa I have plane problems.  After a four hour delay, I was rerouted to Ohio. I needed to be in Ohio today. With all of the delays I couldn't get back to Connecticut in between. 

 My hotel for the night was handicap. Did you know they don't put shower curtains in handicap rooms?  It was a flood despite my best efforts to keep all water in the tub area.  I felt so bad for the person would was going to clean it up that I got down on my hands and knees to sop up all the water. Now they will just think I am some weirdo who soaks all of the towels.

We won't even go into the clothes situation.  Good thing my two presentations are states away with two different groups. No one will ever know I am day four with only two sets of clothes. Resourceful I am if anything other than a disaster.  

Now on to the eats.  Nothing to special here as I was pretty much trapped in an airport all day long.

Breakfast was at the hotel. A veggie omelet, a slice of whole wheat toast, coffee with milk, a glass of OJ.  The OJ was because I forgot my vitamins. I am convinced I am going to get sick from this trip.

Lunch was at Zombie Burger. I think this has become somewhat of a Des Moines landmark now. A must see according to my colleague.  Since I had been before I knew what we were in for. I was pretty glad I could get my burger in a bed of lettuce.  It was needed as I got a S'mores shake. So good.

Dinner was not as good as I would have hoped. I was a bit excited at the prospect of Chik-Fil-A but once I actually got it I wasn't as thrilled. 

I landed late in Columbus and now have a whole day to chill out before my meeting. 

What is your favorite Airport food?

I am not going to lie, if there is a Starbucks I am one happy camper.  

Monday, April 14, 2014

Momofuku Cornflake Marshmallow Chocolate Chip Cookies

These cookies are like woah!! Seriously. Think cornflakes, chocolate chips, marshmallows, and oatmeal.  All mixed together with a hint of cinnamon.

It is kind of hard to explain exactly what these cookies taste like besides the fact that they are really good.  The cornflakes are there but you couldn't probably eat one and say oh that is cornflakes. The little flakes blend right into the cookie giving them a bit of texture but not clear flavor.

When I first made these cookies I only made five.  The dough has to chill and I was thinking I would just freeze the rest for another day. As soon as the first five were out of the oven I knew I had made a mistake.  Why do cookies have to be so good?

Momofuku Cornflake Marshmallow Chocolate Chip Cookies

by Emily Morris, Slightly adapted from Momofuko Milk Bar
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Keywords: bake dessert chocolate marshmallow cookie
Ingredients (24 cookies)
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/4 cups brown sugar, packed
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup oatmeal
  • 1 1/4 cup lightly crushed cornflakes
  • 2/3 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 1 cup mini marshmallows
In a large mixing bowl combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment cream butter and both sugars on medium speed for 2-3 minutes or until light and fluffy.

Add in eggs and vanilla and beat well.

Add dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Incorporate oatmeal, cornflakes, marshmallows and chocolate chips. Refrigerate dough for at least 2 hours.

Preheat oven to 375.

Drop rounded tablespoons of chilled cookie dough and slightly flatten on a baking sheet. Bake 15 minutes. Cool on the pan before transferring to a rack to cool completely.
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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Weekend Edition: Acting like a Lumber Jack

This weekend was all about yard work and I am S.O.R.E. I am seriously debating whether or not I should sleep on the couch so I don't have to go up the stairs. We had professions come and cut down a huge tree this week. I think this motivated Mr. J's inner lumber jack. He then decided we needed to get out and do work in the woods. 

As a reward for our efforts I made cookies. Cornflakes. Chocolate chips. Oatmeal. Marshmallows. Yum!  

Biscuits also happened. I was in such a mood for biscuits. These did not disappoint. 

In case you missed it here is what I was up to last week:

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