Sunday, April 21, 2013

Today I was born... allegedly.

Sometime today, my mother checked herself into a hospital on a space station set in deep space just a skip away from Bajor. The birth itself was a simple one but as a 3rd, my entrance into this world was nothing short of controversial. As a means of freeing my parents from an unwelcome social burden, I was enrolled in the jedi academy. My talents in the force were considered exceptional but my teachers grew increasingly concerned with my intent, believing my passion to be a deterrent that would easily pull me to the dark side. Rather than allowing them to end my training for me, I stowed away on a Firefly class ship and consequently joined with a group of smugglers on the run from the Alliance. Since that day, in my short time in existence I have battled darkspawn, saved countless princesses, was a key player in freeing humanity from The Covenant and was in short, "The Chosen One".

...Or so I'm told.

(Extra points if you know every reference made in that paragraph*)

Okay, so none of that is true other than today I was born. My mother actually did rather casually check herself in but it was in Richmond, Virginia (Not deep space but still pretty far from where I ended up, right?).

I never really know how to celebrate my birthday, but I do know that while I'd love to celebrate it with all of you, that just isn't possible.

But I can at least share one of my favorite treats (when I'm cheating on that whole gluten/dairy thing).


Kiri's Awesome Frosted Cookie Recipe

Ingredients:


3 c. all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 sticks sweet cream butter, unsalted, softened (8 oz)
1 cup golden brown sugar
1 large egg
1/2 t. kosher salt
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
dash of almond extract



  • Sift together the flour and baking powder. 
  • In a separate mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add in the egg, salt, vanilla and almond.
  • Add flour mixture to sugar/butter. Do this slowly, you want to get a completely homogenous mixture going so it's all good and dough like. It will be a dryer dough but if you feel the need, you can add a dash of milk. 
  • Now the hard part. You have to roll it up into a ball, then flatten to a disc, wrap it in plastic wrap and place it in the fridge for at least 1 full hour.
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Roll the dough onto a lightly floured surface to approximately 5/8” thick. Cut the cookies into shapes (Honestly sometimes cups work just as well to make that perfect round shape) and place the cut cookie shape on a parchment lined cookie sheet.
  • Bake cookies for 8-10 minutes or until the edges begin to turn a LIGHT golden brown. Remember that sugar cookies tend to need to be removed almost before they look done. 
  • Remove from oven and place on rack to cool.
Now for the Frosting.

Most people like to use some variation of butter cream but I actually prefer royal icing--it has a bit harder texture and it's really easy to decorate with.

Ingredients:

1 dram (tiny bottle) of LorAnn Oils vanilla butternut flavoring*
2 tbsp meringue (egg white) powder*
1/4 cup water
2 cups confectionery (powdered) sugar
Food Coloring of your choice

  • Combine dry ingredients.
  • Add water slowly. You want a stiffer consistency so you may not need the whole ammount.
  • Add flavor
  • Add coloring. (White frosting is kind of boring for one BUT the vanilla butternut is a dark brown flavoring and makes the whole thing kind of a very light brown. Can be the color of your choice. I highly recommend using Americolor food coloring*.)
*These can be found at baking supply stores.




Answers for references made above:
*Deep Space 9, Ender's Game, Star Wars, Firefly, Dragon Age, Legend of Zelda/Mario/This was pretty generic, Halo, Buffy.

Have An Amazing Kiri-Day, everyone!

3 comments:

  1. I got the references!
    *HAPPY BIRTHDAY HIGH-FIVE*
    Have a lovely day and may you suffer no gluten/dairy consequences!

    Disclaimer: There may be a height issue with the high-five but I am allowing for artistic license.

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  2. Happy Happy Birthday and may the Force be with you Jedi!!!!

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