Cookie Recipe

Here’s the cookie recipe that Sasha talked about yesterday. She’s taking an involuntary sabbatical due to being very very ill, so I’m doing a guest NaBloPoMO post for her. The sorbet was a bit sweeter than I was expecting, so we decided to make some cookies to help offset it. I found the recipe below here,, and it turned out pretty well. The dough was very sticky, so they didn’t roll in the sugar very well. I ended up just sprinkling it on top instead. It made 18 semi-large cookies, which 4 of us gulped down rather eagerly. Definitely a keeper if you’re looking for a cookie that’s something a little different.


Big Soft Ginger Cookies

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  •  1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 2 tablespoons sugar for rolling
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Sift together the flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, and salt. Set aside.
    1. In a large bowl, cream together the apple sauce and 1/4 cup sugar. Beat in the egg, then stir in the water and molasses. Gradually stir the sifted ingredients into the molasses mixture. Shape dough into walnut sized balls, and roll them in the remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar. Place the cookies 2 inches apart onto a silicon baking mat on a cookie sheet.
  • Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container.

Childhood memories

So we’re going to an international holiday party Friday evening and I was trying to decide what I was going to make for it. I recalled a German dish my mom used to make for us when we were little, so I texted my mom and asked if she could send me her recipe.

The item is called Spaetzle and is a very basic egg pasta/dough that is traditionally boiled and then sauteed in butter/onions or topped with some gravy. (You can also fry it and then sprinkle a little powdered sugar on it….similar to funnel cake)

Other than being kind of a pain to get into the water (remembering how easy the gadget my parents own makes it) they came out just how I remember them.
I pan fried a large steak and then made a gravy with the fond, some caramelized onions, sherry/water, and cornstarch….I simmered the steak in it for a few minutes to help tenderize it and then we poured the gravy over it and the spaetzle.
It came out quite good and I actually had everything I needed for it, hehehe.

Yay for childhood memories turning into a simple yet yummy dinner!!

Sasha’s First 10k

So last Saturday my awesome wife attempted to run her first 10k. She ran her first 5k last year and had been looking forward to getting to try a 10k. She convinced a friend to run it with her and they began training together.
While training they never ran further than the 5k distance. Sasha’s goal was to be able to run the first 5k and then run as much of the rest as she could, walking when needed.

Starting the race!

Apparently the costumes people wore as part of the Halloween 10k were useful for more than just a good laugh. They also provided Sasha a nice distraction from the rigors of running, and she proudly crossed the finish line having ran the entire race.

Successful completion

Having now doubled the furthest distance she has ever run, Sasha is beginning training for a half marathon. I have never run that far either, so this will be a challenge for us to overcome together.

Congratulations Sasha and Kendra!!

Winner's Circle

Ah, that new car smell….

So after a stress filled week and a half with only one vehicle for the two of us, we purchased a new car for Sasha. It’s been two and a half weeks now, and we are throughly satisfied with our decision. We ended up with a black 2010 Hyundai Elantra Touring GLS. And for those of you who see the “touring” tacked onto the Elantra and wondering what that means, it means wagon.


Yes, we bought a station wagon. No, we are not having a baby.


We were tired of both having little 2 door coupes that were a pain for friends to get in and out of when we were offering rides somewhere. Even though my Celica could hold a surprising amount of stuff, we were still looking for something that could hold slightly larger stuff without being full SUV sized. The fact that it’s highly rated for both safety and reliability didn’t hurt either.

It’s got several fancy little fun features that neither of us have had before: steering wheel audio controls, sunglass holder, heated side mirrors, etc.

138 horsepower gives it just enough oomph, but has allowed us to be able to average just about 28 mpg for the 800ish miles we’ve put on it.



Although she was very sad to see “her car” go forever, I believe Sasha will give our ET the love it deserves.



…and now the fun of trying to figure out how to register a new car in St. Louis County.