Some fellow Franciscans will be visiting today, for a council meeting for our fraternity.
Of course, I had to be a "White Tornado" (remember that commercial?) and zoom around the house this morning, preparing.
I'm starting to get better though.
The first thing I did was to make some chocolate earthquake cookies.
Next, I did a quick swipe of the bathrooms to make sure they were nice and clean.
I washed the dishes from the cookie-baking and the subsequent brownie-baking since we are also hosting a Boy Scout gathering tonight.
Last, I vacuumed the dining room--since Little Brother had enjoyed a breakfast of Frosted Mini Wheats, and there were little "shreds" everywhere, and swept the kitchen floor.
In a few minutes I'll put on a pot of coffee.
With the coffee and the chocolate cookies, I'm sure the councillors will be able to forgive the fact that you can write your name in the dust on my sideboard.
I'm not ashamed to bribe my guests with chocolate.
Here's the recipe, if you feel like baking.
CHOCOLATE EARTHQUAKE COOKIES
(Makes 4 dozen 3-inch cookies)
2 sticks butter or margarine, softened (I use one of each)
1 cup EACH brown sugar and white sugar
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
2 cups chocolate chips and/or nuts, any combination
ROLL dough into balls (about ping-pong ball size) and COAT with confectioner's sugar.
BAKE on ungreased cookie sheet, 10 minutes at 375.