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March 13, 2011

One thing I did while I was in Arizona was knit this little cupcake, from the book One Skein. I’ve had this book for years and have been meaning to make a cupcake the whole time, but just didn’t get around to it. It turned out that my grandma had the same book, so I put some of her craft supplies to good use and made her a cupcake to cheer her up.

The cupcake is sitting on a piece of my grandmother’s china. She had asked me if Steven and I were planning to register for china (no), so it was on my mind. She also inherited my great-grandparents’ china, which is in the photos below. I guess I should care about having china so that I could potentially hand it down to my children or grandchildren, but it just doesn’t seem relevant to my life. When we have people over to eat it’s never formal enough to require any dishes other than the same ones we use everyday, and we don’t have space to store dishes that would only rarely get used. Don’t get me wrong–it’s nice when people have it. I just have no need to have my own.

These cookies are another Arizona accomplishment. I much prefer baking to cooking, so when my grandma mentioned that she has a sweet tooth I decided to make a batch of cookies I’d been wanting to try. These are brown butter sugar cookies, and wow, are they ever good. Just writing about them and looking at these photos is making me want to make another batch. They’re sweet and kind of nutty (my grandma said she thought they were peanut butter at first), but the flavor is different than any other cookie I’ve had. I’m normally of the mindset that if a cookie doesn’t have chocolate in it it’s probably not worth it, but I’ll make an exception for these. If you bake regularly you probably already have all of the ingredients on hand (maybe not the dark brown sugar?), so you have no excuse not to make some. Right now. Just make sure to err on the side of undercooking, because I think that they’re better soft and chewy.

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