Drum roll, please …

There is always so much pressure with firsts. A first date, a first impression and even a first blog entry. I would be lying if i said i hadn’t tried to find every excuse as to why my blog “wasn’t ready,” but after talking with a fellow blogger, i realized I had to jump in head first. So, here I am!

I started my cooking endeavors soon after arriving to our new home in mid-November. I may have been a little over zealous with my confidence in the ability of our appliances. After volunteering for a local cookie drive, I was able to create 6 dozen cookies over a span of 3 hours and 1 cookie sheet! If you are ever feeling like venturing out from the chocolate chip cookie comfort zone, I highly suggest the Soft Baked Fun Fetti Sugar Cookies from Sally’s Baking Addiction. They take a little extra prep time due to the fact the dough is chilled several hours prior to cooking, but it is totally worth it. The cookies are so incredibly simple but  absolutely delicious! This recipe also allowed for me to embark on a cooking journey with a new ingredient. Cream of tartar, Ashley. Ashley, cream of tartar. I’ll have to admit I wasn’t quite sure what the heck I was putting into these cookies when I read “cream of tartar” on the ingredients list, but it did say that it COULD NOT be omitted. To the grocery store I went. As I strolled through the baking aisle (aisle number 2 of 5) of our commissary, I was surprised to find such an important ingredient in such a small container! Turns out this tartar de cream, actually functions as a “leavening agent” when used in conjunction with baking soda. Whoa, whoa whoa. “What is a leavening agent?,” you ask. My thoughts exactly. Thank goodness for Google. From what I have gathered, a leavener, in baking, is responsible for working along side other ingredients (ie. baking soda) to increase the visual appearance of the final product by creating air bubbles within the dough, making the cookies fluffy and light. Interesting!  Aside from cooking, when mixed with acidic juices such as lemon and even white vinegar, you have concocted a useful paste to clean copper, aluminum or brass. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like I’ll be using it much to clean because these cookies were by far the most delicious cookies I had ever made. Cream of tartar for the win!

Although it has taken me quite a while to get to my “first blog,” I’m finally here!


Enjoy the ride!

(: Ashley