At long last here is the weekend write up I’ve been working on all week…

On Saturday I was determined to get up and go to the gym first thing in the morning. And I did…after I stayed in bed reading a book and surfing the web for a few hours first. But I did go to the gym! I was there too early to watch the SEC championship game between Alabama and Georgia, but I saw enough of the pregame broadcast to really wish Florida was playing. I kept thinking how nice it would be if I was in Atlanta to watch the Gators play for the title, but it was not meant to be this year. The peril of being in the SEC is that losing a single game to the wrong team (i.e., Georgia) can completely take you out of the running for the season. But as every disappointed football fan says, there’s always next year. The good news is that Florida’s quarterback is only a sophomore so he has two more years to learn, improve, and potentially lead his team to a national championship. That’s a nice dream for us Gator fans. Anyway, after I left the gym I had just one thing on my mind – cookies! The guys I work with on the East Coast are always complaining that they don’t get to partake of the desserts I bake for my West Coast colleagues so I promised to send them a box of cookies right after Thanksgiving. I guess I procrastinated a little, huh? So I left the gym on Saturday, went shopping for some essential baking supplies, and barricaded myself at home. I spent the rest of the day whipping up four different kinds of cookies while catching up on all of the backlogged shows on my DVR (Glee, Big Bang Theory, How I Met Your Mother, Once Upon A Time, Project Runway, Top Chef, and countless made-for-TV holiday movies). Here are the festive, but a little bit off the wall recipes I used to make this latest batch of cookies.

1) Chocolate gingersnap bars – These were very interesting. Some of my West Coast co-workers loved them, but I wasn’t such a huge fan.
2) Lemon snickerdoodles – These were even more interesting (in my opinion). They needed a little more cinnamon and nutmeg, but I thought the flavor was great.
3) Applesauce bars – These turned out more like cake than cookies (some frosting on top wouldn’t have been out of place), but they were really tasty and everyone seemed to enjoy them.
4) Cornstarch chocolate chip cookies – I didn’t really use a particular recipe for this, but based on a tip from Pinterest I added some cornstarch to my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe to see what happened. The results were good, but I couldn’t tell that the cornstarch made any difference at all.

On Sunday I was a bit busier. I went to the gym again in the morning, showered quickly, and then immediately drove to Orange to see a movie with a co-worker. We’ve both been trying to see “Wreck-It Ralph” for weeks without success so we decided to go together over the weekend. It was a great movie. Very original and really funny. It helps that my current favorite song is “When Can I See You Again?” (the first song played during the credits) which I hear on Radio Disney at least once a day. After the movie I drove back home to change clothes before meeting some other co-workers for dinner. We went to Sevilla, a tapas restaurant in Long Beach, and the food was delicious. The company was very enjoyable too. When I got home from dinner I packed up all of the cookies I made the day before into Tupperware to mail to the East Coast. To save me from myself I packed up all of the leftovers into Ziploc bags to take to work with me. I am fully aware of my lack of self-control when it comes to sweets so I couldn’t possibly keep the extra cookies just sitting in the kitchen waiting for a snack attack to hit me. Why do you think I give away all of the desserts I make? To fit into my jeans, of course!

So that’s how I spent last weekend. And it only took my six days to get this post written and published. Just in time to start another weekend!