i don't know what it is about thunder storms and cookies, all i know is they're not complete without each other.
yesterday i got off work a lot earlier than usual which meant when camden got home from work around five-ish i was completely bored. the thing is when i get bored, i either get completely silly or very grumpy. luckily for all of us it was the silly kind yesterday, but let me tell you i was on one. cracking up jokes, talking in silly voices, sometimes i think camden just doesn't know what to do with me. anyway, while i was waiting for camden to get home i could hear the soft rumbles of thunder in the distance and that got me excited, which probably had something to do with my mood.
i have a hard time telling if thunder is actually thunder where we live. the way it bounces off the mountains or some sort of mumbo jumbo, makes the rumbling sound last at least three times as long. it sounds like garbage cans rolling down a street. usually by the third rumble i have either declared wether a thunder storm is rolling in or a garbage can rolling party has broken out outside.
after listening to the distant storm all afternoon, i knew we had to make something out of it. camden, never understanding why i must make such little daily life occurrences into big productions (frankly i don't understand myself), reluctantly agreed and off to the store we three walked for the missing ingredients we needed for my all-time favorite cookies. naturally kramer came with us, i just couldn't bear leaving him behind on our little adventure.
after leaving, i turned around to have a look at the sky and saw the storm was actually closer than i had thought. camden asked if i wanted to turn back, because we were still closer to our house than target, but i wouldn't have it. it wouldn't be an adventure if there was no risk of getting caught in the storm, so no, walk we did.
since kramers are not allowed into targets, he and i sat outside and waited for camden to do the shopping. kramer is a people watcher, we are kind of alike that way. it is most entertaining watching all sorts of people walking in and out of stores. he also has this way of making every person come up to us to say "oh . . what a cute puppy!". he is a people charmer he is. if i had a dime for every person that told me that, i would be rich i tell you. he is awfully cute though.
after camden came out of the store and we started our mini trek back home (it's not so much a trek when you can see your house from the store), the wind started to pick up and we knew it was only minutes until the rain would start to drip down. i kept playing weather woman and making up all sorts of things about what the storm was doing. this is when that silly mood i was talking about really comes into play.
"oh those winds, they are really picking up." "can't you feel those winds picking up?" "i'm a storm catcher you know, or chaser, or whatever they are in that movie twister, that's what i am."
camden would reply: "or really . . is that so . ."
"oh yes" i said, "and those winds are really picking up"
"i know you've only mentioned it three or four times now" camden said, trying hard to hold back his laughter.
-i like to think we have fun sometimes.
the storm barely missed us which i was slightly bummed about, i sort of secretly wanted to have a little rain adventure.
once home we got a - crack - a - lackin' on those cookies and the house quickly filled with the warm scent of buttery limes as the rain pitter pattered down on to our roof. camden even helped me which made it that much more fun. oh, and of course kramer helped to, he is the official powdered sugar licker upper after all.
p.s. i have included the cookie recipe below on the condition you will all promise to make them
here is that cookie recipe i promised, oh and i forgot to mention above, this recipe is a martha stewart original, because what can't she do? oh and did i mention this recipe is super easy? well this recipe is super easy . . you will love it!
:: my favorite lime cookie recipe ::
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup confectioners' sugar + extra for dusting
2 tablespoons grated lime zest, (2 medium limes)
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 thunder storm (optional)
1 thunder storm (optional)
with and electric mixer, cream butter and sugars until, light, scraping down sides of bowl as needed. add lime zest, lime juice, and salt; beat until combined. add flour; beat until dough is just combined.
place dough on a 16 x 12-inch piece of parchment or wax paper. using your hands, shape into an 8-inch log; flatten into a rectangle (1 1/2 inches high and 2 1/2 inches wide). fold paper over log; flatten sides against work surface. refrigerate dough until firm, at least 1 hour and up to 1 day.
preheat oven to 350 degrees. line two baking sheets with parchment. slice dough crosswise 1/4 inch thick; place on sheets. bake, rotating sheets halfway through, until cookies are puffed and barely golden, about 15 minutes. transfer to wire rack to cool.
coat with powdered sugar and enjoy!