It's a cold, cold Sunday in Oregon--which means it's actually dipping below freezing like a real winter day. The perfect day to either cuddle up with a cat and a book, or to bake cookies. Or to flip through cookbooks and recipe cards, contemplating which cookies to bake until it's time to fix dinner.
I started reading Timothy Egan's The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire the Saved America while waiting to pick up my son yesterday, only to realize--just as Teddy Roosevelt was winning his wrestling match against Gifford Pinchot in Roosevelt's Governor's mansion--that it was due at the library that very day. I returned it last night, and with 143 holds on 24 copies, I'm not likely to get to the three-million-acre forest fire anytime soon. At least I read enough to know that next time my hold comes in, I should put it at the top of the stack.
Okay, now on to the cookies! Except I don't have butter. I need a recipe that calls for no more than 1/2 cup of butter, will make a large batch, and be ready within an hour. Any suggestions? ;-)