Thursday, March 29, 2012

spring break: a late roundup

This spring break roundup is a bit late, given that it's Thursday (*sigh.* Where did the week go??) But here it is ...
 spring break = cookie break  :)

Reading:
  • "Persuasion" by Jane Austen. I'd read "Pride and Prejudice" and "Emma" quite a few years ago, but this is my first time reading "Persuasion." Every time I read Austen, I think, why don't I read her novels more often? She has such a wickedly sharp sense of humor and her characterizations of people are perfect. Added bonus: you can watch the film adaptation afterwards!
Also borrowed from the library: "Purple Cane Road" by James Lee Burke (mystery is not really a genre I read much, but he was highly recommended by a friend)  and "The Knife of Never Letting Go" by Patrick Ness.
Hoping to watch (guess who hurried down to the university library at the last minute to snatch up some free DVDs before spring break?):
  • Once
  • Lust, Caution
Baking: 
Instead of frolicking on the beach and partying until the wee hours, I'm spending some quality time with my oven. :)
  • peanut butter-oatmeal chocolate chip cookies (pictured above) from The Brown Eyed Baker. I've been a longtime reader, but this is the first recipe I've tried. I added a dash of cinnamon, and substituted a chopped-up dark chocolate bar and peanut butter cups for the chocolate chips. They came out pleasingly chewy around the edges and soft and tender in the middle. And since there's oatmeal in the dough, you can eat it for breakfast, right?
  • I know that pumpkin is a flavor associated with autumn, but I'm hoping to bake a batch of pumpkin muffins before spring break is over ... :)

6 comments:

  1. OMG those cookies look and sound so good ... anything with peanut butter, nom nom ...

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  2. Is Lust caution that asian movie with Lee hom? and yummy cookies :) I think I need to read more but don't know where to start haha - Have any recommendations?

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  3. Lisa - anything's good with peanut butter! I actually gave away most of the batch on purpose, so I wouldn't be tempted to eat them all by myself. :)

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  4. That's one of the (many) reasons why I don't really bake. I bake a cake and then I end up with an entire cake to eat. I make pie, now I have a whole pie to stuff my face with. I take something to the office to share, and my pie dish/cookie plat ends up being MIA ...

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  5. Yup, I think Lee hom is in Lust Caution (or at least thats's what Google says!)
    Hmm, Haruki Murakami is one of my favorite authors ... maybe start with "Dance, Dance, Dance" or "Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World"!

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  6. Yup, a whole cake or pie at home is a dangerous situation! And it's funny how pie dishes/containers at work grow legs and walk away, never to be found. That would irritate me too!

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