February 20, 2011

Chocolate chip cookies, revisited

Hello, world. I've missed you. The snow and ice haven't stopped me from finally emerging to visit some of my old places, near and far.

It's been strange to see how some things have changed and some things have stayed the same, while I've been on the couch these past few months. Or perhaps I'm seeing differently, squinting in the winter sunlight and huffing along on legs that feel a little new somehow. Either way, it sure feels good to come back inside and turn on the oven after a long winter walk.

When I flew south for the winter, I met Mr. Chocolate Chip Cookie's grandmother. Turns out she bakes chocolate chip cookies too—just exactly the right kind to melt your heart and put a smile on your face. Since then I've made two batches of my own, using the family recipe (courtesy of Tollhouse).

Chocolate chip cookies

Besides chocolate chip cookies, of course, here's a little list of my latest favorite little things:

1. Winter squash
2. Long walks
3. Longer and longer walks
4. Samba
5. Writing on paper
6. Watching sunrise and sunset in the same day
7. Eating ice cream under a blanket

On my reading list:
The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
I Love a Broad Margin to My Life by Maxine Hong Kingston
Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto