The picture above is how it is in this home almost every evening. Whether I have the laptop on my lap or if I am just relaxing on the couch. This is what is happening. I have been sitting here reading the TWD posts and making comments, and all along, little Rudy Rut-ton is between my laptop and my belly. His head is lying on my forearm and he doesn’t seem to care one bit that his head is moving with my typing! He is so goofy. He is so content to be with mom because she will love him even though he finds everything and anything he can to drag around the house while I am at work. I really think Rudy believes he is a puppy and not a kitten. Never have I had a cat that finds things which I have no idea where he found it – and drags it around the house playing and swatting at it. Most every day before I get home I am wondering what I will find that Rudy has decided to drag out. Today, he found how to get on the counter and into the window sill and got the treats on the floor. He wasn’t able to get them open, but he sure as heck tried! I have found other things like winter gloves (I’m actually thankful he found them! lol), small pieces of wood from the basement, Christopher’s hackey sacks (which have now become Rudy’s toys), and the ceramic halloween figures Grumpy’s mom made. I wasn’t too happy about those….I’m wondering when he will get into the candy in the Halloween dish? Well, on to my new cookie!
Before I sat down this evening I had spent a couple of hours in the kitchen. I didn’t plan to cook dinner because I was warming up meatloaf and mashed potatoes left over from last evening. Since I didn’t have to “cook” dinner, I decided it was time to try one of my “earmarked” recipes in one of my holiday magazines.
I wanted something different but good. Something intriguing. I decided to make Sesame Cardamon Chews. The recipe is in the recent Land O’ Lakes Holiday cookies magazine. I definitely made the right choice! Ever since the Daring Baker Challenge where we made the Danish Braid I have looked for things I could use cardamon in. I never realized that was probably the spice that I loved in my Chai Tea until I actually used it to cook with myself!
I first toasted brown sesame seeds for the recipe. Then I mixed the recipe up, rolled the dough in the seeds and baked. I have to admit, that cookie dough was divine and when I “accidently” dropped a piece of dough in the seeds, I had to try it and it was even more divine! I could not wait to try one after they were baked. These would probably be great without the frosting but because the frosting also called for cardamon I had to make it! Be forewarned. They are sweet. You won’t want more than one….unless you don’t frost them! :~)
Sesame Cardamon Chews
Land O’ Lakes Holiday Cookies 2008
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar firmly packed
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1-1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup toasted sesame seeds **
**to toast sesame seeds place in non-stick frying pan on medium heat. Stir continually until seeds start to turn brown. move to separate bowl to cool.
2 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3-4 Tablespoons half and half
Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Combine butter, sugar and brown sugar in large bowl. Beat at medium speed until creamy. Add egg and almond extract; continue beating until well mixed. Reduce speed to low; add flour, baking powder, cardamon and salt. Beat until well mixed.
Place sesame seeds in small bowl. Shape dough into 1- inch balls. Roll balls in sesame seed. Place 1″ apart onto parchment lined cookie sheet. Bake 9-12 minutes or until golden brown (mine took 11 minutes to cook). Cool 1 minute. Remove to cooling rack. Cool completely.
To make frosting: combine all frosting ingredients in medium owl; adding enough half & half (I only needed 3 tablespoons) for desired spreading consistency. Beat until well mixed. Frost cooled cookies, let stand until set.
I happened to go to check out Matt of Matt’s Kitchen and his new post a few days ago and was rewarded with a nice little surprise! I found Matt’s blog through TWD and I loved it from the moment I saw it. I believe the first time I came across his blog I left a few comments in a row and had told him I would be coming back to check in on him in the future because I loved his blog. Matt had received the Kreative Blogger Award (much deserved by him!) from Prudy and had passed it on to me amongst others. This is what Matt said:
He had compared me to Prudy and I was extremely flattered! Thanks Matt. I in turn want to pass this award onto three bloggers who have caught my eye recently and I check in on regularly!
Jersey Girl Cooks: Lisa has a great blog and she just implemented a new look that I totally love! She talks about where she’s been and whats she has done (with food) and I just love reading about them!
Cooking with Christine: Christine is a mom of two young ones who loves to cook and spend time with her family. Sounds like a girl of my own heart. I love her blog.
Test Kitchen Recipes: Nicole is another young mom who loves to cook for her family. Another girl who loves feeding and spending time with family. How can you not love her? Oh, and I have an eye on her Down East Pumpkin bread recipe! 🙂