parting gift

Last night we had dinner with friends in their beautiful 1920s home.  They are interested in Brad remodeling their basement, so they decided to turn it into a dinner thing since we’ve never all hung out.  I brought over some homemade snickerdoodles and much to my surprise I did not go home empty handed.

Somehow the conversation had turned on me and we were discussing my ineptitude at keeping things alive.  The hostess, a should be professional green-thumb, assured me that she had a plant that I could NOT kill.  I told her I bet that I could and probably faster than anyone she’s known.  I mean, I killed an ivy once for Pete’s sake.  It’s not just neglect that ensures these little life forces meet their fate…I think I hover too much.

None-the-less, my confident friend said that she was positive that I couldn’t kill this plant and to prove it she sent me home with one.  She said she loves to give them away particularly to people like me who should be shunned by any green-loving organization or individual.  I believe that this pretty little purple plant is called a shamrock.  It actually sleeps at night and then opens at first light.  I kinda like that.  Anyway, this particular plant is a seedling from the mother plant that my friend has in her living room.  She said she’s had that same exact plant since she was twelve.  (My friend is in her 40’s now.)  We’ll see, but I’m not holding my breath; I think this could end up very badly for the plant!

hostess gift

parting gift

Eating Light and Loving It


These little darlings may not look like they could ever come from Cooking Light, but they did.  This is by far the best sugar/snickerdoodle cookie I’ve EVER had.  And I of course can’t not share.  Here’s the recipe:

3/4 cup granulated sugar

2/3 cup light brown sugar

1/2 cup butter, softened

1 teapsoon vanilla extract

1 large egg

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (about 6 3/4 oz.)

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/3 cup granulated sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Cooking spray

Preheat oven to 400.  Combine 3/4 cup granulated sugar, brown sugar and butter in a medium bowl; beat with a mixer at meadium speed until light and fluffy.  Beat in vanilla and egg.  Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, and salt, stirring well with a whisk.  Add flour mixture to butter mixture; beat just until combined.  Shape dough into 30 balls.  Combine 1/3 cup granulated sugar and 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon in a small shallow dish.  Roll balls in sugar mixture, and place 2 inces apart on baking sheets coated with cooking spray.  Bake at 400 for 8 minutes or until tops crack.  Cool on pans 1 minute. Remove from pans; cool on a wire rack.  yield: 30 cookies.  (Only 99 calories a cookie).