There are those wonkish types who will stockpile batteries, water, and canned goods. But if an avid reader really wants to be able to face anything Old Man Winter throws her way, she needs sustenance…and I’m not talking about cans of Chef Boyardee.
Aside from a light source, what’s truly needed is books and snacks. A fully charged Kindle or a stack of paperbacks is a must. I mean, what else is there to do when the power goes out? (If you’re an OB nurse or doc, you might want to brace yourself for the first week of Sept. ’14)
Some great titles to have by your side include Christmas On Main Street (perfect for the season, too!) and now just 99 cents.
If the weather makes you think of end-of-the-world scenarios, check out my Apocalypse Babes series, to worry about fictional problems instead of those pesky real ones.
Whether you’re reading heart-warming stories or Gothic sci-fi romance, you need snacks. And a perfect cold weather accompaniment is cookies. Sugar cookies to be specific. Here’s my recipe, culled from various cookbooks and my mother’s tweaks over many years. The taste is unparalleled (nothing blah here). I hope you love it as much as I do.
Cream together 3/4 cup butter and 3/4 cup sugar. Add in an egg and blend well. Then add 1/2 tsp of almond flavoring and 1/2 tsp vanilla (or a little more to taste). Blend. Mix together 2 cups of flour, 1/2 tsp of salt, and 1/2 tsp cream of tartar (note: there’s no leavening agent), then add to the wet ingredients and blend until just combined. I put the dough (I always double the recipe) into a gallon Zip-Loc bag, flatten it out a bit, and chill for several hours or overnight in the fridge.
Then roll out the dough on a floured surface to about 1/4″. Place cookie cutouts (don’t forget the sprinkles!) on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake at 325 deg. for 13 to 15 minutes. Remove from cookie sheet to cool. I like mine a little dark gold on the edges so they have an extra crispy, buttery flavor. YUM!
As we speak, my dough is chilling and I will have a double batch of cookies ready for Friday along with some awesome Main Street Authors on my Kindle.
Bring on the storm!