Tuesday, February 17, 2015

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Grandma's Congo Squares

See, what to do when it's 5 degrees outside.  If you're too lazy to click through... the answer is bake!  A Grandma recipe, preferably.

Grandma's Congo Squares
2 1/4 cup brown sugar
2/3 cup shortening (Grandmas have such an affinity for shortening don't they)
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/2 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 1/1 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 cup chocolate chips (or a combo of choco chips & nuts if you so desire)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 8x10 metal or glass pan
Combine the brown sugar, shorterning, eggs, and vanilla extract
In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, salt, and baking powder
Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet bowl
Add in the chocolate chips (or nuts) last
Bake at 350 for 20-30 minutes
Sprinkle with flaky sea salt
Enjoy!  (weirdly these taste much better after a few hours out of the oven.  Not sure why, you'd have to ask Grandma)

Monday, February 16, 2015

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what to do when it's 5 degrees outside

What to do when it's 5 degrees outside and you're from California and are freaking out about the weather and can't handle a second more of winter:

1.  Spend some time on the couch reading and wishing you were in Thailand with Andy Ricker

2.  After deciding you need to go outside for provisions, eat a snack to add a layer of blubber and then put on every item of clothing you own

3.  Stock up on sandwiches and beer at the corner bodega

4.  Also ingredients to bake Grandma's Congo Squares

5.  Bake delicious cookie bars (aka Congo Squares as your strange bf calls them) and then watch a movie to work off the calories from sugar & fat

6.  Look at the frozen tundra outside and laugh at everyone out there

7.  Spontaneously book a flight to the Caribbean for 2 weeks from now (sup Barbados!!!!)

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