Spring Fever and Cookies!

So some of you eagle-eyed readers may have noticed I’ve been quiet lately. Quiet, and if the two-weeks’ lack of progress reports is any indication, not writing. You’re right on both accounts. I’ve been feeling utterly blah and uninspired, unable to muster even the tiniest amount of motivation for anything at all, including work.

I spoke to a friend of mine last week who rightly called it Spring Fever. A funny thing to have, given the weather. I’m not located in one of the many parts of the US that’s been lambasted by snow, but today, the outside looks like a furious snowglobe, and while nothing is sticking, it lifts my spirits.

Weirdly — and I say this is weird since I’m not a domestic housewife by any means — the only thing satisfying lately is cleaning and baking. The former is weird because I like to put off cleaning until it’s absolutely necessary, but Saturday I woke up, stripped the bed down to the mattress, and washed every damn thing that goes on the bed that I could. Which doesn’t sound very impressive, but when you have a mattress pad AND an allergy cover (it covers both the mattress itself AND the mattress pad), you’ll understand I was in for a long day of laundry. I also vacuumed the bejeezus out of the bedroom, so hopefully, my allergies will thank me. Because they certainly don’t thank me when the cat sleeps on my head.

Baking is a running joke in my family because I don’t cook. I can screw up the most simple of instructions (seriously: I once tried cooking a Hot Pocket without its pocket, and it wasn’t like I didn’t know better!), but I really have a soft spot for baking. As long as the recipe isn’t too intimidating, I’m happy to try it. My hips and waistline aren’t so happy, so I have to be careful.

But this weekend, I tried the whole wheat recipe in the bread machine, and that was… disappointing. I think there were a number of factors involved, namely it missed one of its kneading cycles because the dough got stuck at the top of the pan and away from the kneading blade, and I didn’t catch that until the first cycle passed (not my fault that I couldn’t observe the cycle, and I won’t go into why). The bread itself turned out rather lopsided and really dense and, well, wheaty, so I think next time, I’m going to add more butter. Possibly more brown sugar. I like my bread sweet. Sue me. 🙂

However, I did have a baking triumph. Giraffe Days posted a recipe yesterday for Andes Mint Cookies, and once I read the instructions, I knew I had to make them ASAP, as I am a lover of Devil’s Food and Andes Mints. 🙂 Today, I picked up my ingredients and whipped up a batch right after dinner, and I must say: they are yummy! If you’re like me, and prefer easy recipes and don’t require everything be made from scratch (the devil’s food mix came out of a box, yo), then you’ll be really, really happy with these. I know I am. They’re fast and easy too, which means this recipe will be my go-to if there’s an event I need to bring something for.

As for the rest of my apathy, I’m hoping I’ll shake out of this mood soon. Writing-wise, the apathy deserves its own post, so I’ll wrap it up here with a simple HUZZAH for successful cookies!

10 thoughts on “Spring Fever and Cookies!

    1. Let me know how they turn out if you make them. I found them to be super-easy. 🙂

      And thanks! We’ll see… this time of year (especially Jan/Feb), I always seem to be kind of in the dumps. Doesn’t usually last this long, but we’re having longer than usual winter weather, so that may account for a lot of it.

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  1. I hope the “blah and unispired” days will soon be behind you, Calico!

    You are definitely not alone in feeling blah…. All I want is to curl up in bed and sleep. Alas, there is work to go to and spawnlets to be herded and house to be kept at least somewhat clean-ish… *sigh*

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  2. **big high-five** for the successful baking!
    There is nothing better for morale (IMHO) than the smell of something good baking in the oven. It’s the kind of smell that can drive away bad moods and, besides, cooking is another form of creativity. The other kinds will follow soon 🙂

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    1. Thanks! It’s always a worry before I cook if it’s going to work out, so I was relieved these turned out so well. I now have the urge to make more and different kinds of cookies!

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      1. Practice makes perfect – and if you have fun in the process… well, it’s a match made in heaven! 🙂
        I love cooking and experimenting and I’m blessed with friends who are more than happy to be my guinea pigs – LOL The more I try to… push the envelope, so to speak, the more I learn. And enjoy myself, of course.

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        1. I need more people to feed. Sadly, some of my friends are super-healthy/gluten intolerant. Not that I couldn’t experiment with gluten free recipes, but I’m learning the basics, here!

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          1. I’m learning the basics, here!

            Don’t worry it’s like physical exercise: the more you do, the better it gets.
            Not that I’m that conversant with physical exercise, of course… 😉

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