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Easy Special Snickerdoodle Recipe That Ignited Our Love
Cookies That Sealed The Deal
Are you scratching your head confused about what to bring to the cookout? Don't just go bald yet. Perhaps I can help. There is this recipe of yummy Snickerdoodles I learned from Katie that will not only save you from frustration, but will absolutely blow your mind with their taste. I promise you will keep a separate tray for yourself.
A Little History Of My First Encounter
The other day Katie baked some yummy Snickerdoodles and they sparked a reminiscing of our love's genesis. We were quite new in our dating days and the romance was tantalizingly crazy. Not that it has now ended. far from it. In fact, our love has simply morphed into a deeper, more sane, dimension. We've grown more comfortable with each other. We just celebrated our fifth wedding anniversary. Whoo hoo, can I get an amen?
Two months into our dating, like most love birds do, we decided to go on a weekend trip. At that time, we were both living in Zambia (Southern Africa) and doing mission work, working with children affected by AIDS. We worked for an organization called Children in Crisis. It was a rewarding and life changing experience.
I am sure you guessed right. Yes, we went on a safari.
If you have never been to Zambia, you've not been to the real Africa yet. It is the place like no other. And there you will find one of the seven wonders of the world - The Victoria Falls. It is three times the size of Niagara falls. A breathtaking magnificent wonder that will cause you to throw away your big-bang theory. Immediately you will embrace the belief in an intelligent creator of the universe. No more that random cheap talk. Before you die, put it on the must see list. If you are planning a honeymoon, go to Zambia and marvel at the Victoria Falls.
In fact, I had every intention to launch my engagement proposal right under the Falls, but, plans changed. Instead, it happened at the Franciscan Monastery in Washington, DC. Equally significant place.
Back to our outing for that particular weekend. We went to the Kafue National Park (a protected natural habitat) one of the largest protected areas in the world. It measures about 22500 square kilometers (8687.298 mi²) which is half the size of Switzerland. So you can expect to see all kinds of species and breath clean and unpolluted air. A rare thing these days with all the carbon emissions.
We rented tent chalets at a resort named Mukambi. It was here that we came face to face with a male Hippo outside our little tent. He had huge bite marks all over his body, suspected to have been inflicted on him by other hippos fighting for territorial control. If you know anything about hippos, they are the most territorial and most dangerous animals in the world. Remember, these are giant African hippos, not those pygmy hippos we usually see.
In the middle of the night, we were surrounded by a herd of over 200 giant elephants, some double the size of the Asian elephants we see in Zoos and Circuses . In case you forgot, we were in a little tent. Our only escape route would be to run toward the Kafue river, where we would be a 'hallelujah' banquet for the hungry crocodiles.
The next morning we ran for our lives, chased by two warthogs that later turned out to be friendly. One was nicknamed Pumba after the character in Lion King.
And hey, did I mention that two Hippos head butted our boat twice during our boat cruise. You could literally feel your heart coming to your throat. It was so scary. Thank God I visited the restroom before the cruise, otherwise it would have been a sorry sight.
As if that wasn't enough gut wrenching, on our way back, we disturbed a herd of elephants that were swimming across the river and they charged at us. Luckily our highly trained guide swiftly navigated us out of the danger Zone. You ask me if I can do it again? Absolutely! You must go and experience it for yourself. It's an experience you will never forget for the rest of your life.
It was during this very exciting boat cruise that Katie took out our comfort food Snickerdoodles. She had baked and packed them for us as a snack . Its amazing what a simple snack can do. From there, our love exploded. If there was anything that sealed the deal for me, this was it.
I know that sounds crazy. Unless, you have studied the connection of food and relationships. Why do you think most first dates involve some kind of eating out? There is a power that works miracles in food that you cannot ignore in any relationship. Anyway, that's bonus advice. People get paid for this. I'll write a special hub on that soon. Let us get on to the recipe.
I hope you enjoy this recipe.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
- 1 cup butter
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 2 3/4 cups flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 1/2 Tbsp lemon juice
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 3 Tbsp sugar (powered)
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees, slightly lower if your oven gets too hot.
- In a mixer, cream together butter, sugar, eggs, lemon juice, and vanilla. Slowly add in flour, baking soda and salt.
- Roll the dough into balls, then roll the balls in a mixture of sugar and cinnamon. Place on a cookie sheet.
- Bake for 8-9 minutes. Be careful not to leave these on the hot pan for too long before moving them to a cooling rack. They can easily dry out if they are over-baked. You want them to still maintain some moisture and softness.
These will go with any beverage, including just plain water. Bon appetit!
Let me know how they turned out.