Snow, that is!
Saturday we got a “dusting” of about 2″ which made this morning’s run very crusty and akin to running on a beach, albeit in much more clothing.
Tomorrow (Monday), there’s more snow in the forecast! After two very mild winters, this year Mother Nature’s certainly making up for lost time.
Today’s run–a 4 mile “anticipation” run at 11:45 min pace. Again, too cold to be out that long, so I stayed in the 11-11:30 pace range (easier with the messy roads), and got in 4.17 miles in 47 minutes.
As a tribute to Old Man Winter, I
hibernated slept the bulk of the afternoon (ramping up my mileage is doing a number on me in terms of both appetite and energy), watched Capt. Philips (the movie with Tom Hanks) with the Mister (review: riveting, but then again, I work in the shipping industry, so I’m biased), and then made some molasses cookies. In my mind, molasses cookies are truly a winter cookie, but as my luck would have it, whenever I make some in what I consider the dead of winter, we get a really lovely 55F degree day the next day. Here’s hoping these can ward off the snow!
These are just about the best tasting cookies in. the. world. so I’ll share the recipe:
- 3/4 cup shortening (crisco)
- 1/4 cup molasses
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 2 cups flour
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp ginger
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp salt
Preheat oven to 350F. Combine the shortening, molasses, egg and sugar. Mix in the the dry ingredients. Take a teaspoon of the batter, roll into a ball, and roll in granulated sugar. Bake for 12-15 min. When the cookies come out of the oven, they’ll be slightly puffy, but let them sit for a few minutes and they’ll settle down and crackle. 12 min makes a chewy cookie, 15 makes a crispier one. (sorry I don’t have the metric equivalent!). Yield is 4 dozen or so.