Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Peanut Butter Cookies & Fresh Cheese

New Year's Day is fast approaching. Today was not a day to be out on the street! Spencer and Andrew tried to go out to City Center to hang out. They were passed up by three full marshutkas in a row. That means they were standing out at the stop waiting for almost an hour waiting for a ride. They decided to go back to Andrew's house and hang out there instead.

Tom made an attempt to pick up a package. But, today was the first time they requested an additional tariff on the package. He didn't have enough money with him so the package will have to wait until he gets back from Artirka. Alexei called Sasha to say that an expert from America was coming to milk the cows! Lena says that Sasha makes excellent cheese. I have placed an order for fresh cheese. Hopefully, Tom will prove to be an expert milker and the cheese will be superb...

We have an Ice Show to attend tomorrow. It is The Snow Queen. Tom cannot go so Lena is coming. That should be fun. We may need her to explain things to us. She has never seen an ice show and I love it when things work out like that. When we bought the tickets back in November I had no idea that Tom wouldn't be going.

Tonight we had peanut butter cookies. I put squares of milk chocolate on top while the cookies were still hot. Lena and Alexei REALLY liked them. I sent Alexei home with the recipe. His first one in English. He read it without any problems. Like me, he was suprised that flour was not needed. Russian ovens are a little finicky. So we changed the oven temperature to 180C. The first batch was baked at 190.5C (375F) but that was a bit to hot. The second batch came out better when I turned the oven down to 180C (350F).
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Super Easy Peanut Butter Cookies
1 egg
1 cup of sugar
1 cup of peanut butter
Mix all. Roll into balls and flatten with a fork in cross pattern and bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes.

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