My sister posted her favorite cookie recipe on her blog the other day and since I had my first holiday party at my new job (old job party = renting out an entire restaurant, unlimited food, unlimited drinks, DJ, and dancing. new job party = lunch in conference room, a few decorations and everyone brought in pop and desserts) and I knew I had to bring in a stellar dessert so I decided to try making them myself.
But my lifelong (read going on 5 year) problem of city living grocery shopping reared its ugly head again. The recipe called for butterscotch chips, but Whole Foods, Safeway*, and last ditch effort CVS only had chocolate chips, lots and lots of different types of chocolate chips. Luckily Kristen suggested substituting caramel. Only she didn't say how and when I called she didn't answer (I think it was during the Chiefs game). So I bought some caramels and improvised.
|Caramels ready to melt|
|Pounding graham crackers is therapeutic|
|Chopping nuts also very therapeutic|
|I really need an 8 x 13 pan,|
While I was in Safeway looking for butterscotch chips a lady came over to the baking section, freaking out about there being no 1 lb bags of wheat flour. Now correct me if I am wrong, but flour generally comes in 5 lb bags. She was complaining to a guy working at the store and seemed to be getting so upset I had to chip in...
Me: Well it stays good for awhile at least.
Freakout flour lady: But thing is it DOESN'T
Safeway man: Well looks like we have self rising flour in the 1 lb.
Freakout flour lady: That's not the same thing, ugh, I want to make cookies, I only want to make one batch of cookies, you don't want me getting fat do you??
Me: You could make bread or pizza dough
Safeway man: Well I'm sorry mam I'll ask about adding 1 lb bags to our stock.
Freakout flour lady: Yes you should, your customers live in the city and carry their groceries and doesn't have a big family and can't handle a 5 lb bag of flour.
Safeway man: Sorry mam (and walks away)
Freakout flour lady picks up the flour, puts it down, huffs and puffs and walks in circles