The leaves on the dogwood tree are starting to change. We lit the first fire of the season, watched Monday Night Football and listened to the rain from Irma, who had calmed down to a tropical storm by the time she reached us.
It has been overcast for days and I’m wondering how I ever got anything done in the Pacific Northwest. I’ve been decidedly horizontal all week and don’t seem to mind a bit. I tumbled down a rabbit hole. A very British rabbit hole.
I’m on the third book of the Maisie Dobbs series and fetch me some tea, I think I’m gonna be here a while. When I gave a MOMENT’S thought to possibly reading another book my entire body revolted. So I knit, knit, knit and listen to the audio versions as Ms. Dobbs dons her hats and gloves, flies around London in her M.G. (!) and soaks in long baths while she works through murder mysteries after World War I.
I also stumbled upon the gorgeously shot Victoria. It’s almost more beautiful than Colin Firth walking out of Pemberly’s pond as Mr. Darcy in the BBC’s version of Pride & Prejudice. I can only manage to watch in five minute increments before I fall asleep dreaming of tea, formal horseback riding attire and those dancing sequences in large ballrooms that just…please excuse me while I pass out.
In what can only be described as ambitious, I peeled myself off the couch to make cookies. Have you tried making peanut butter cookies without flour? It’s the craziest thing. You mix together peanut butter, sugar and an egg and boom you have cookies before the oven is even preheated. I added in a little leavening and some chocolate because I couldn’t help myself.
The Lazy Anglophile’s Guide to Peanut Butter Cookies
(makes 2 dozen)
1 cup creamy peanut butter
3/4 cup white sugar
1 large egg
1/4 t baking soda
pinch of salt
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl mix the peanut butter, sugar, egg, baking soda and salt together until smooth. Stir in chocolate chips. Drop batter by tablespoons onto parchment paper lined cookie sheets and bake for 10 – 12 minutes. (If they’ve browned they’ve gone too far.) Allow to cool slightly and then get back to the couch immediately. London’s calling.