Tuesday, July 26, 2011
On the road again
green pastures, creeks and rivers to cross and interesting Tennessee license plates.
Anyway, Dolly is from this part of Tennessee and there are reminders everywhere.
And speaking of mean tricks...
This innocent little face left her two favorite aunts stranded outside a locked car in the pouring rain after dinner. On purpose. We didn't melt, but our hair sure was a mess. She got a good laugh out of it.
On Sunday, we went to Gatlinburg to the aquarium.
And more critters gawking at them through the glass.
Lalique crystal fish
Before leaving for home, we had lunch at the Hard Rock Cafe. The cafe at the aquarium is appropriately named, though.
It was a great weekend.
Oh! But one really weird thing... We went to the grocery store in Pigeon Forge. I decided to check out the wine aisle. I found two bottles of Boone's Farm and some alcohol-removed wine. Huh?? I asked the guy working there what was up with that. No wine stronger than Boone's Farm (around 4% alcohol, I think) in Pigeon Forge. We would have had to drive to Gatlinburg for that. And by the way, I am proud to say that Boone's Farm has never crossed my lips. Never ever.
Moo's only request was that I bring chocolate chip oatmeal cookies, her favorite. I pulled out the urban legendary Neiman Marcus recipe that has been in my recipe box for years and years and obliged. I think they were the best cookies I've ever made. But that's just me and I love warm cookies right out of the oven.
Neiman Marcus Cookies
makes 112; can be halved
2 c. butter
2 c. granulated sugar
2 c. brown sugar
2 tsp. vanilla extract
4 c. flour
2 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
5 c. blended oatmeal (measure oatmeal and blend in food processor to a semi-fine powder)
24 oz. chocolate chips
1- 8 oz. Hershey bar, grated (I used a Lindt dark chocolate sea salt bar instead)
3 c. nuts, your choice (optional- I did not use)
Cream the butter and sugars. Add eggs and vanilla. Mix together the dry ingredients and then add to the butter mixture. Add the chocolate chips, grated chocolate bar and nuts, if using. Roll into balls and place two inches apart on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 9 - 10 minutes at 375˚F.
Bon appétit, Dolly, Moo, and Best Niece in the World!