Aug 4, 2011

Cookies and Cake

Ah, another long weekend came and went here in Canada...not sure why we get one at the beginning of August, but I'm not about to argue with it!  So hubby and I got ourselves into our usual trouble over a long weekend...we started a small reno/face lift project....it was suppose to be easy and quick....but it's grown a bit..... 

*sheepish grin*

So at this point I do not have any pictures to show you but hopefully by the end of the month....


...until then, enjoy these goodies!





With the weather actually cooling off slightly...which I'm assuming is only temporary...right? I got the itch to do some baking.  But low and behold, after settling on cookies I discovered that I had no eggs.

What's up with that?  Anyways, I wasn't about to let that stop me....not to mention I had little girls at my heals ready to devour cookies the moment they would be ready!  So spotting bananas 'riping' on my counter I decided to substitute them in and hope for the best.

And well, it's all good! 

The cookies turned out great...a slight cookie meets banana bread flavour...but is that such a bad thing?

So here's the recipe in case you are silly like me and buy too many bananas for these hot summer months and need a way to rid yourself of them.

No Egg, Chewy Chocolate Chip and Pecan Cookies

Ingredients

2 1/4 cups flour (I used all purpose this time, but whole wheat would work fine, though I'm thinking only 2 cups of flour in that case)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 riped bananas
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup (or more) pecan pieces

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.  Grease (or line with parchment paper!) cookie sheets.
2.  Sift together the flour baking soda and salt; set aside.
3.  In a medium bowl, mash bananas and cream together with the sugars and the melted butter, mix until well blended.  (there may be some banana bits left, don't worry to much about those!)  Beat in the vanilla.  Mix in the sifted ingredients until just blended.  Stir in chocolate chips and pecans with a wooden spoon.  Drop cookie dough onto prepared cookie sheets - I use a large table spoon for this or an ice cream scoop would work well.  Cookies should be about 2 inches apart.
4.  Bake for 15-17 minutes or until the edges are lightly toasted.  Cool on baking sheet for five minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.




YUM!



On to the cake!



One of our dearest friends is originally from Holland.  He moved here to be with and marry his sweet heart about 9 years ago.  The last time they visited his homeland was when his wife was pregnant with their daughter...she's now 5!  So they left the other day for a twenty five day holiday.  But our friend's birthday falls during their vacation and so his wife threw him a little party before they left.



And I got to make the cake*!


*code for; she left everything to the last minute and we pitched in to help!



 


For those of you who may not know...it's based on the board game 'Settlers of Catan'.  We play this ALL the time with this couple...I mean ALL the time....and in admitting this you may now realize how geekish we just may be - but that's okay!

Anyways, our friend is turning 30 and his name starts with R hence the tile in the middle.  (I only clarify, because other fans of the game might notice the inaccuracy there!  Okay...clarifying that I think moves my geekiness to a whole new level....not to mentioned I used the words 'geekish' and 'geekiness'...)

*blank stairs from my readers*

Riiight.....okay, well it's a really good game and he loved the cake - and it was a fun night.  But we're going to miss them these next 25 days....






So I'm busy trying to finish up the photos from my sister-in-laws wedding...don't tell her I'm doing a blog post instead of working on them! ;)  Haha, I know you're probably already reading this Steph....but they're coming I swear! ♥  And then I have another wedding this weekend, oooh so exciting!


Oh and yes that reno project.....hmmm summer, you go to quick!  Anyways, let me know how your summer is going, is it flying by like mine?  And will you still read my blog now that you know my geeky side?!? Hahah! 


Have a great week!




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6 comments:

  1. Cool cake! Those cookies look so good, too. Our summer is just zooming by. We've had 105+ degree weather for weeks on end. It was 112 yesterday. I haven't blogged in a week. That about sums it up. ;) I have a photo shoot this weekend, and I'm supposed to be designing a blog layout for someone. MOTIVATION? Where are YOU??? :sigh: ;)

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  2. I never heard of this game, but the cake looks GREAT. And the cookies, to die for. :)

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  3. hahah, now I know, Kaitlin :) But don't worry, I'm sure that the pictures will be well worth the wait!

    By the way, those cookies look so good! I'm going to go bake some peanut butter cookies, but I have eggs...otherwise I would try substituting with banana!

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  4. If you're a geek than I'm a geek and so is my husband! Settler's of Catan is our absolute favorite. My husband has been playing since it first came out in the states. Anyway, I would LOVE to make this cake for my husband for his birthday. How did you make your settlements and cities look so identical to the actual pieces? I am not artistic in the least so this will be my first time doing anything like this. And even the roads. I have no idea how I am going to shape those lol! Can you give me some tips? :) I am assuming it's fondant- I guess I am more asking about your technique.

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    1. Hi! Well too bad we couldn't get together for a game! ;) Send me an email and I will be happy to tell you how I made all those pieces and give you any help that I can! Email me at: kaitlinandrews(AT)live(DOT)ca

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