Today did NOT feel like December 31st! It was 60 degrees out! So the plan today was to meet my friend, Samantha, and her son, Niles, at the Children's Museum in Cleveland at 1 PM. We got there to find out they were closing at 2! We so did not know that! It was also INSANELY busy! So we stayed until 2 (we both have family memberships so why not?) and then found a park for the boys as it was SO WARM. This park in Conventry was AWESOME! The boys had a blast as we haven't been able to be out much lately due to weather. This park also has what looks like a great sledding hill - wide with lots of room at the bottom - perfect for little boys! So we will be back after the next snowstorm (and this is Ohio, its coming back, to leave again, to come back again...and so on...). So the day didn't go as planned, but the boys still had fun. Definitely marking this park for further use - plus there is great shopping - with BOOKSTORES - nearby!
Andrew, Niles and Samantha
This was my second recipe. Again, these are similar to my orange sugar cookies, which I think are slightly better. I tried these because they are supposed to take like an Orange Julius and I remember that the old Cottonwood Creek mall used to have one....memories! Not sure that I ever had one, but I remember that stand! I can't believe that mall is gone (darned Target!) when it wasn't even as old as me! Waldens......
Orange Julius Cookies
Modified from Plum Pudding Murder by Joanne Fluke
2 1/4 cups flour
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 tsp baking soda
1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 beaten egg
3 tsp grated orange zest [I used the zest of one orange and it seemed to work...I love the smell of this...don't be "tricked" by dried orange peel, that's garbage.]
1 pkg (12 oz) white chocoate chips
Spray cookie sheets if necessary and preheat oven to 350.
In large bowl, combine flour, salt and baking soda. Stir well and set aside.
In another bowl, beat butter and sugar. Add in egg and stir. Stir in orange zest.
Stir in flour mixture and mix well. Stir in chips.
Drop onto cookie sheet and flatten with fork. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Leave on sheet for a few minutes before transferring to cooling rack.
Makes 5-6 dozen cookies [I got less, only about 3-4 dozen].