August 20

Last Saturday was a bloggie day.

A bloggie day indeed.

Julie Beth and her husband M. came over for a visit.

I made a peach galette with some totally marvelous ginger preserves.

But we didn’t get to the galette because these were just coming out of the oven when they arrived.

I had been reading all about these wonderful cookies, and I wasn’t sure if Julie Beth was going to be bringing her kiddos or not, and I wanted them to have something fun too.

These cookies are everything that the article said they would be. I found some Merkens dark chocolate disks to use in them, but they weren’t dark enough. You really, really, really need to have some semi-sweet chocolate in these cookies. I let them set for almost 30 hours. Next time they get the full 36 hour wait.

They are the perfect cookie. Crisp on the outside edge, and they get softer and chewier the more you get to the middle of the cookie.

We all had such a lovely time.

I shared with them my absolute devotion to Apologia Science, and the boy shared his love for LOTR with Julie Beth. She knows as much if not more than the boy does about J. R. R. Tolkein and all his works.

Me, I didn’t even know that there was a LOTR till the movie came out.

Even Superman was all “have you never read The Hobbit?” And I’m all “pshhhhhh… If it wasn’t a Harlequin romance, then I didn’t even bother” ‘Cause what do shallow teen-age girls in the ’80s read but Harlequin romance???

M and Julie Beth, thanks for sharing your afternoon with us, and Julie Beth thanks for filling that obvious void in my sons life.

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20 thoughts on “August 20”

  1. I have trouble believing with cookies that scrumptious you’d have a slow Wed. Why, honey, just set a dishful in front of you, fall face first into it, and before you know it Wednesday is over. Of course, then Thursdays diet begins. πŸ˜‰

  2. You never disappoint in the area of baking. WOW, everything looks so scrumptious that I put on five pounds just looking at it.

    I’m with you on LOTR. I have trouble reading fiction, especially fiction that has more than three characters with weird names that I have to remember. Oh…and that book had all kinds of made-up lands. Too much remembering for my brain.

    I LOVE the girls top. Oh my, is that cute. She looks so lovely and I see that her hair is curly. Mom must have pulled out the sponge rollers!!

    – Suzanne, the Farmer’s Wife

  3. Hmmmm I was a teen-aged girl in the 80s….I read the Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings Trilogy…..several times! I also read Harlequins.

    No way I could wait 36 hours to bake chocolate chip cookies! You have will power!

  4. I loved LOTR . Read the series while I was carrying Jeremy. Read it again about 10 years later, saw the movies. They were so true to the book. I forgot some of it & wanted to compare scenes from the movie to the book. Very close.. The girls got me the books for Mothers Day after the last movie came out so I read it again.
    What is Apologia Science? I saw a recipe for a galette in one of my magazines. Wouldn’t have known what it was if it had not been for your blog.
    Is the comment from Patsy Clairmont THE Patsy Clairmont? The Author???

  5. Tell THE BOY that one of my favorite scenes in LOTR was in one of the battles ( I think it’s Legolis or however you spell it Orlando Bloom …anyway) slides down into battle on a “primal skateboard”. I thought it was so good how the director brought something so modern into the movie without making it too obvious or detracting from the integrity of the story.

  6. Ok I’m impressed. I love to read Patsy Clairmont. She seems so real. She can make you laugh & cry in the same sentence. She must be such a strong woman. She has gone through so much. What an encourager she is….I have never understood the term ” apologetics. I’ve had it explained to me several times & I understand what they are saying but it always sounds to me as if we are “APOLOGIZING” for being Christians…Speaking of which, did you watch the Political Forum last week at Saddleback Church with Rick Warren & the Presidential candidates? If you want to talk about it you can send me an e mail.I know a fun blog is not the place for political discussion…

  7. I love the movies. I even tried to read the book, but my brain began to be overloaded.

    I don’t have TV, so I wasn’t able to see it. I wanted to. Send me an email telling me what you thought of it.

  8. Someone famous on my friend’s Blog!!!

    Of course Donna hasn’t popped in yet but she’s been to my blog recently. :bats eyelashes: πŸ˜†

    Both desserts look lovely, and delish, I think you should have served both so that we could get Julie Beth’s thoughts on them as well.

    The Girl looks lovely as usual, so very lady like, and the Boy….is he willing to wait about 10 years to meet a sweet young lady??? JK D, you follow the Lord to the wonderful wife He has all picked out just for you.

  9. Hi there! This is Amyece from PH.

    I just wanted to let you know that i have spent the last few days reading your ENTIRE Blog! I am hooked!!!!! πŸ™‚
    Your photos are LOVELY!
    And I feel like I know your family now.
    And your love of antiques and thinking about who lived there or what did they think is sooo me!
    I will for sure be checking here every day now that I have gotten to know your family a little!

  10. I would have commented sooner, but my kidlets are trying to suck my brain out of my head now that we have started school for the year. The twins have made it their personal quest to drive me crazy by fighting all the time. Argggg!!!

    We really had a blast getting to visit. Tell the Boy he should really read the Wikipedia article on Tolkien. I learned a few new things. Guess who helped C. S. Lewis return to Christianity?

    The cookies were fabulous. Having just come from Amish country we were stuffed on good food, so we really couldn’t find room for the peach galette. Who can turn down fresh Choclatechic cookies though? And Mark insists that they must be called Choclatechic cookies.

    They are the best fresh out of the oven, hands down. You really get the full effect of the butter when they are warm. The ones that we had later were fabulous as well, but fresh from the oven they are to die for! Pour a glass of milk and you’ll be in heaven.

    Thanks for having us over to visit. We hope to come back and see more of the sights in Pothole with the kidlets in tow sometime. Provided the twins haven’t driven me completely crazy! πŸ™‚

  11. I made those cookies a while ago, except I used my regular recipe and they turned out great. The only problem I had, was keeping the dough, ntouched, for the whole 36 hours. It’s impossible if you ask me. Good thing I doubled the recipe at that time.

    For the record, I don’t care for cookies straight out of the oven.

  12. “You don’t like hot fudge either. We all KNOW that isn’t normal!”

    Now CC, we all know I am normal and everyone else is not. It is just the facts.

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