Wednesday, April 27, 2011

No Oven, No Bake

Our oven is broken. We didn't realize just how often we use our oven until we can't use it at all. No muffins. No cookies. No dinner rolls. Each time I walk over to turn it on I reminded of this fact. Thankfully, we have wonderful neighbors who have been letting us use their ovens until ours is fixed (repair guy comes tomorrow!). I baked a cake at our next door neighbor's house yesterday and I took a casserole to my across-the-street neighbor's house tonight.

TANGENT: I have a great story about my across-the-street neighbor, Kristine. You see, we've been neighbors for ten years, but we've only lived our current neighborhood for four years. Huh? How is that possible? Well, shortly after Mike and I moved into our cute little 1950's house back in 2001, Kristine moved into the house next door. We were next door neighbors (and friends!) for the next six years until we both decided to build houses across the street from each other in our current neighborhood. We liked being neighbors so much that we've lived by each other in two different neighborhoods! Kristine says she stalked us, but really it was a mutual decision.

Continuing on....So tonight I was really craving something chocolate-y and sweet, but I had resigned myself to the fact that I couldn't have anything because I couldn't bake. But then! An epiphany! No Bake Cookies! Yes, that would work. I found my recipe and discovered that I had all the ingredients on hand. And before you knew it, I had these little guys dropped onto some wax paper ready to cool.

I've had three so far. Some nights just need to end in chocolate.

Oh and here's the recipe if you "need" to make these too:

No Bake Cookies
1 3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup margarine
4 Tbsp. cocoa powder
1/2 cup peanut butter
3 cups quick-cooking oats
1 tsp. vanilla

In a medium saucepan, combine sugar, milk, margarine, and cocoa. Bring to a boil, and cook for
1.5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in peanut butter, oats and vanilla. Drop by teaspoonful onto wax paper. Let cool until hardened.


affectioknit said...

Such a sweet story of sharing...we love No-Bakes as well...

Maria Rose said...

Hmm I wonder if I could make a veganized version this morning!?

Maria Rose said...

P.S. What a cool story about your neighbor!

Kathryne Joy said...

no-bake cookie from Chet Day

High Energy Snack Balls

1 cup dried apricots
1 cup dried figs
1 cup dates
1/2 cup raisins
1 cup unsweetened coconut
1/2 cup almond butter
1/2 cup honey

Grind apricots, figs, dates, and raisins in food processor, each ingredient


Add unsweetened coconut.

Mix almond butter and honey.

Combine the fruit mixture and almond butter mixture.

Roll into balls and chill in refrigerator.