2.24.2013

Grapefruit Tea Cookies

I reminded myself again that I didn't like grapefruit by blending one into a protein shake after last week's boot camp. I don't like to be wasteful, so I drank a good 6/8 (yes 6/8) of it before I couldn't drink any more. For the remaining six juicy grapefruits I have sitting on my table? Some of them have turned into this. I am SO happy with how they turned out, I definitely recommend it. You can also substitute lemon or orange or tangerine and these will turn out fabulously.


Grapefruit Tea Cookies

Ingredients:
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons grapefruit juice
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup white sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon grated grapefruit zest
Glaze:
3/4 cup white sugar
1/4 cup grapefruit juice
Directions:
1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Whisk flour, baking soda, and salt together in a bowl.
2.Mix 1 1/2 teaspoon of grapefruit juice into milk in a small bowl, and set aside for about 5 minutes. In a large bowl, mash the butter with 3/4 cup of sugar until creamy and well combined, and beat in the egg and grapefruit zest until thoroughly combined. Beat the milk into the butter mixture about 2 tablespoons at a time, alternating with the flour mixture, until the dough is smooth. Drop by teaspoons onto ungreased baking sheets, about 2 inches apart.
3.Bake in the preheated oven until set and very lightly browned, 12 to 14 minutes. Cool on racks.
4.Make glaze by mixing 3/4 cup sugar with 1/4 cup grapefruit juice. Brush glaze onto cooled cookies; let stand until glaze is set


2.20.2013

Half Jan, Half Feb

Hi everyone! Here's a quick post about the past month.

I love watching The Ellen DeGeneres Show every day. A few of my friends and family requested tickets for her show in May, so we'll see what happens!
Diet Dr. Pepper has helped prevent me from gorging myself on snack food at home.
My Mom goes above and beyond doing things for us, even if we barely see her on a hurried visit and she's sick. I love her infinitely. I tell her she doesn't need to do all that stuff for us, but she does anyway.

Taxes suck!
I'm glad we did our taxes ourselves this year, even though I loved the guy we used last year. If we had had him submit them this year, we'd have been out $50 overall, with no return. We bought a house last year, and our combined gross income wasn't much (still hoping for a full-time job for me). However, we also cashed the remainder of my college fund investments to put down on the house. That pretty much killed any return we were going to get back from the feds, and in fact we ended up owing $114 more! The state gave us back around $220, but hey, do the math, and it's not much to speak of. I'm grateful that we at least broke even. My parents are getting ripped off this year. Hey Obama fans: you wanted change, well here it is! I hope you're enjoying it.

Job Potential
I've accepted a long-term substitute job at a school I love! Why do I love this school? It's a good mix of middle school and high school students, and a fantastic woman greets me every day with a smile when I visit. I know her and a few other teachers put my name in for it, so I'm glad I've made connections there. Who knows where this will lead, but this could be my big break. This could last anywhere from one week to the rest of the schoolyear and I'm so excited.

New Niece!
Baby Kimberlyn is here! My sister-in-law Amanda and her husband Bryan had their baby girl on my birthday this year (thank you)! What a great gift. We just got back from the baby blessing this weekend in Fresno where we also got a few photos. She is beautiful and I'm so excited to be an aunt!

Love to you all!