I had no idea what to bake because I didn't have a lot of "cookie stuff" on hand. There hasn't been much baking going on here lately. For one, it's way too hot to turn on the oven. Plus, I'm trying to not spend money on unnecessary items and as shocking as it may sound, we don't need fresh baked goods on a daily basis. So my supplies were limited. Fortunately, not a lot of ingredients are needed for Snickerdoodle cookies.
I settled on Nigella Lawson's Snickerdoodle cookie recipe from How to be a Domestic Goddess. Why have I not made these before? They were super easy, didn't need a lot of ingredients, and aren't real sweet. They may be the perfect summer cookie. (I couldn't find the recipe on Nigella's website, but it is here at Kitchen Wench.)
Once the cookies were done, the girl and I took them out to the porch and had a lemonade and cookies picnic.The picnic only lasted about a half hour, but it provided a nice break from the anxious feeling I had been having. We were even joined by Bochi, our weekend house guest:
(Bochi is a member of the aforementioned family my son spent the weekend with.)
I hate to bring this up so early, but I'm really looking forward to fall when I can bake more. I have a stack of recipes I want to try out, but slaving in a hot kitchen this time of year doesn't sound at all appealing. Plus, when the weather is cooler, we're able to eat a large portion of our meals outside, which is so much more relaxing than in the dining room where I have the unpleasant view of the dirty kitchen and all the waiting dishes. Considering the first day of fall isn't until September 22, I have a ways to go.