Post #580 Who Stole the Cookie from the Cookie Jar?

July 14, 2018 at 10:38 PM | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

So, today was a really good day, and there’s lots of reasons for it.  So much has happened over the last week or so that this post is either going to be really long, or really sparse on details.  As my days do, today started early.  I got an extra hour of sleep in and was up at 6:30.  We had a full day ahead.  Partner/Spouse had a doctor appt at 10 and everything was fine.

One really big piece of news is I’ve gone back to college.  After years of fighting it, Partner/Spouse convinced me to start taking online courses for writing.  So I signed up last weekend, and this weekend I’m starting my coursework.  Whee.  But that’s for Sunday.  So I decided I needed (wanted) wireless headphones for my computer so I could listen to the lectures without disturbing anyone.  So after the doc, we headed to Le Target and got some bluetooth earbuds.

Then came the fun part.  We were heading out to a local winery!  But since there was plenty of time before the winery opened, we planned a stop at an antique store.  What a dangerous plan, antiques and wine.  The drive to the winery is easy through back roads traveling through wooded areas interspersed with lakes and rivers.  It was a little overcast, but the woods kept things cool and shadowed.

We were nearly to the antique store and we passed a small farmer’s market.  I was driving, so on a whim I turned into very quickly and found a very convenient place to park.  It was small so we walked through it all in about six minutes, but we found some wonderfully fresh veggies, tomatoes so ripe they felt almost too soft, hugely bulbous onions with the green stalks left on.  So good.

Then, five minutes after we got in the car, we were at the antique store.  We walked in and I immediately fell in love with the vintage juke box staring at me.  I didn’t even bother to look at the price.  It was stocked with 45s and looked so cool.

Side note:  Does anyone remember when I wrote a post about a cookie shaped like a cow?  It’s Post# 308 if anyone wants to read it.  The cookie jar looks like this:

The cookie jar was purchased by my dad for my mom back in the early sixties.  In the small town they grew up in there was a pottery factory and these cookie jars were a limited run.  Mom fell in love with the expression on the cat’s face.  We had that cookie jar the whole time I was growing up.  My little brother used to hide Oreos in the cow’s hollow head so he could have them later when the cookies were gone.  I used to fill it with chocolate chip cookies and when they were gone, my mom used to tip the jar over to get the chips that broke off the cookies.  It was one of those things that was an unnoticed fixture in our lives.  It was always there, usually had cookies in it, and had a happy expression.  When mom passed away, we all looked around for mementos and I searched for the cow cookie jar.  I didn’t find it, so I asked dad about it.  My nephew had asked for it and it was with him.

I looked around for a while, looking for another cookie jar unsuccessfully.  One time Partner/Spouse and I were house shopping and as we did a walk through, there was one of those cow cookie jars on a table.  It was like an omen, but we didn’t buy the house.  I started seeing them on eBay at extraordinarily high prices.  I even saw them at antique stores, more than I thought actually were made.  Turns out, they were recast and then the design was sold.  So I’ve seen them purple, black and white, and varying shades of brown.  But the originals, first cast and numbered, almost always have some sort of structural damage.  Horns get broken off; lids go missing; cow’s tongue is gone; various chips and nicks and cracks.

So, we ended up at this place:

And it’s the kind of antique store we love.  Multiple floors, hidden nooks and crannies, some prices dirt cheap, and others unreasonably high.  We wandered around like kids in a candy store.  Then Partner/Spouse stopped and pointed.

“Look at that,” he said.

It was the cow cookie jar.  I quickly slipped my glasses on to see the price.  $30.  And it was missing a horn.  And it was the right color.  I quickly latched onto it and took it to the front counter to have them hold it for us.  A few minutes later, we found a full set of china from Shropshire England that included 8 plates, 8 saucers, a gravy boat and saucer, a sugar bowl, a creamer, and a serving platter for $45.  And not long after that, we found a full carving set from the 1930s of 36 pieces that included steak knives, cheese knives, butter knives, etc. for $10.  And not long after that, we got the hell out of there cuz it was getting expensive.  I carried the cow on my lap to the winery, then to the store, and then home.  Then I carried it inside and set it on top of the Capehart radio we bought a few weeks ago.  It took years, but I finally had my own cow cookie jar.  I can’t wait to hide cookies in it.

We did end up at the winery, but I’m going to tell you about that next week.  It’s a fun place and we had a good time and a good lunch.

To end, I thought I would share a cinnamon chip cookie recipe I developed a few years ago.  If you like cinnamon, these are the cookies for you.

Cinnamon Chip Cookies

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 2/3 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 – 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 – 1 cup Red Hots candy

In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy and sugar is dissolved.  Mix in the egg and vanilla until well incorporated.

In a separate bowl, whisk the flour, salt, and cinnamon until well blended.  Then mix into the butter/egg mixture.

At this point, decide how you want to incorporate the Red Hots.  If you want a real cinnamon chip cookie, mix the candy in whole.  Alternatively, you can put the candy into a food processor and grind to a powder and roll the finished dough to coat.

Chill the dough for one hour.  Shape the chilled dough into balls of about 1 tablespoon each.  If using the Red Hots as a powder, roll the dough balls in the powder and place on a chilled cookie sheet about two inches apart.  Use the bottom of a jar to press the cookies flat.  If using the Red Hots whole, shape the dough into balls of 1 tablespoon and press flat.

Bake at 400 for 8-10 minutes until the edges start turning golden brown.  Cool on sheets for 2-3 minutes then remove to a cooling rack.  Allow to cool completely, then eat.

Or fill your cow.

 

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