You know, I was thinking today, as I was making cookies, that it’s probably odd to many vanilla people, or would be if they read some of our blogs, and might even be strange to some kinky folks that we talk about so many non-kinky things in blogs.
I think for me, this is less about kink than it is about me, and being kinky, while a huge part of my makeup, is not the only thing I am. I am always a kinky person, but not everything I do revolves around kink.
I probably view things a bit differently because I am kinky, but there is still the non-kinky stuff of life, like making cookies and doing laundry and going to the grocery.
It would be nice, I suppose, to have this life where I never had to deal with those things, where some nameless elf slaves did all that and I sat on the sofa eating bonbons and drinking perfect tea from a never-ending and always hot porcelain cup of tea.
Oh, and the bonbons have no calories. If we’re dreaming, let’s dream big.
But, honestly, I *like* many of the details of housekeeping.
We had a Board meeting for Fringe Elements Thursday night and we ordered a pizza and some folks had brought sandwiches. When we were done and they were getting ready to leave I had to insist that I would tidy up myself.
I know that’s hard for the last two that were there, jacki and Cerrin, both submissives who do, far more often than I ever ask or expect, wait on me and take care of me and make sure I have the things I like.
But I *like* that. I like that 20 minutes or so at the end of that kind of evening, when you tidy things up and put things away and set the room to rights again. It satisfies me, for whatever reason.
It also, to be fair, feeds my control freak side. I make sure that the right things are in the trash versus the recycling. I load the dishwasher and set the chairs back and admire my newly attractive dining room again, and notice the ornaments on my Scottie tree.
I should post a photo of that, shouldn’t I?
Over the years, I’ve been given or have found so many Scottie ornaments that I usually do a tree with only those on it. It’s about a three-foot tree.
So, anyway, that whole image of the dominant – and I think it’s usually the female dominant that is seen in that way – who doesn’t work, who has dozens of slavish sorts scurrying about, well, I don’t know any of the female dominant of my acquaintance who do that.
Most of us do at least some of the cooking, if not all, for instance. I do all of my laundry, and the household laundry, and the laundry slave drew creates at my house. I do a good part of the housecleaning, though slave drew would be more than happy to do more.
However, alas, that would create more work for me, often, because he has been known to throw out perfectly good condiments, for instance, without telling me until the two times a year when I want catchup and find then that I am actually out.
He’s also been known to “clean up” the bathroom, meaning he did, indeed, wipe the surfaces and even the items themselves… Which are left for me to put back, when reorganizing my bathroom cupboard was not on my agenda.
So, some of the housecleaning I do is in self-defense, too.
slave drew does do cleaning whenever I ask, or if we’re having people over, he often does the vacuuming and cleaning bathrooms, etc., while I do the cooking and such.
I pick the jobs I want to do, generally, either because I like them or I don’t like others doing them, or because I’m the best suited. But the same jobs still have to get done in a kink household as a vanilla household and unless one of those people doesn’t work at all, the tasks are probably going to be shared.
That was a little detour, wasn’t it?
So, I made seven different kinds of cookies today, though I have only baked cookies from four of them so far.
The cookies I baked are Santa’s Whiskers, Buttery Brown Sugar Slices on the square plate, and Chocolate Chip and a new recipe, Plantation Chews, which are on the triangular plate.
I had forgotten that the Santa’s Whiskers can be crumbly, so sometimes you end up having to reshape them, but they still taste great.
The Buttery Brown Sugar Slices I am not, thus far, impressed with. I only at about a third of one that broke, so I haven’t given it a great shot, but we’ll see what slave drew thinks of them, too.
The Chocolate Chip cookies are the recipe off the back of the chocolate chip bag with a couple adjustments which make them the absolute best of that variety.
Melt the butter first, and it has to be butter, even I, who will use other shortening in some cookies, only ever uses real butter in them.
Use twice the amount of vanilla extract that the recipe calls for, and do I have to say that you can’t use imitation vanilla extract? I hope not.
Did you know you can make your own vanilla extract, too? It is about as easy as anything and about a tenth of the price.
All vanilla extract is is alcohol and vanilla beans. You can find vanilla beans in specialty stores – I got my last couple at Trader Joe’s for about $4 for two.
So, take a few vanilla beans, three or four, cut them in half long ways, then split them open with a sharp knife, exposing the little black seeds. Drop them in a bottle and cover them with either vodka or bourbon. I live in Kentucky. I use bourbon.
Like cooking with wine, though, don’t use a liquor you wouldn’t drink. It’s not worth it.
Shake it up, leave it to sit for about six weeks, shaking occasionally and there you have it, vanilla extract.
All right, now, I’m going to post the recipes for the plantation chews, which seem to be pretty fabulous, and call this a blog.
½ cup margarine (I actually doubled the amount of shortening because it was SO dry, and they turned out perfectly yummy – I dunno how they’d have been with half the amount, but there was no harm in doubling it, and no, there is NO flour.)
2 ¼ cups brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
4 cups cornflakes, NOT crushed
1 ¼ cups sweetened flaked coconut
1 ½ cups walnut crumbs
Cream margarine and sugar until very fluffy.
Add eggs and vanilla and mix until incorporated.
Add dry ingredients and beat on high speed in mixer for 12 – 14 minutes. Scrape bowl often.
Scoop out cookies (a little smaller than a ping pong ball) and place on cookie sheet that is either Teflon coated or lined with parchment paper.
Parchment (silicone) paper is your best choice. Do not grease pan.
Flatten cookies with finger tips that are slightly moistened. The moisture will prevent your fingers from sticking to dough as you flatten the cookie dough.
Bake at about 350 F for 6 minutes. Rotate pan (front to back) to distribute heat and then bake a further 6 minutes.
Remove from oven and leave on pan until stiff enough to handle. They will be very soft when they first come out of the oven.
You may need to alter the baking time and temperature of your oven if you do not get a satisfactory result.
This was created by Auntie Crae’s Bakery in Churchill Square, which the resident Canadian tells me is an area in St. John’s in Newfoundland.