joyeux cuisine

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the first last.

So I’ve been missing for awhile. It was completely unintentional. I promise. Remember 2 weeks ago when I made a list of all the things that were happening? After that my life got crazy. Everyday for 10 days (with one day off) I woke up, went to that marching field at 7:30am, stayed there for three and a half hours, ate a crappy lunch, practiced for 3 more hours inside, ate an equally crappy dinner, and then was back on the field for 3 more hours of practice.

And the day still wasn’t over after that. I am the Vice President of Band Council (which sounds a lot cooler than it actually is) which means that I planned all the activities for after practice each night. So I haven’t gotten back to my apartment until around 11:00 at night for the last few weeks. (I’m the type of person that likes to be asleep super early…it’s been hard.)

The weird thing about this year is that this is my last band camp. To me that is unfathomable. I’ve been going to band camp for eight years. And even longer than that because my dad is a band director and I would sometimes go with him. After this morning, I’m done with band camp. It’s been a good run.

My low brass kiddos. :)

This is going to be a year of lasts. I’m pretty glad to be starting with my favorite last.

(That was a lot of words and no food. I promise someday I will have to time make and bake again. Just wait until you see my tiny, tiny oven…so good.)

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today I…

Today I have done these things:
Drove back from DCI World Championships with 21 pretty cool people
Stayed up until 4 in the morning baking 15 dozen cookies
Watched an entire movie
Woke up at 7:30 and showered
Made and baked gluten free cookies
Wrote this for you

Today I will do these things:
Say goodbye to one of my best friends moving far far away
Skip church (sorry Jesus…)
Bake more cookies
Meet about 100 new people that I will spend the next 2 weeks with
Lose my voice
Remember to smile
Buy 6 gallon + one pint things of vanilla ice cream
Help cook hot dogs and hamburgers for almost 200 people
Talk in front of a large group of people
Make 200 root beer floats

This means that band camp has officially started.

Let’s hope this doesn’t happen again…sleet and snow and freezing cold. We’ve still got a couple months before that though.

Pray for me.

I’ll be here as much as possible. I’ll bake you something. Hopefully.


chocolate chip cookie dough balls.

This post should be entitled: “it’s ten o’clock at night and joy was really craving cookie dough but won’t let herself eat what is already in the freezer.” That might have been a little bit too long though. There are four different kinds of cookie dough in my freezer right now totaling about twenty-five dozen cookies. And I have a boxed mix of gluten free cookies in my pantry. That’s going to be about thirty dozen cookies. Lord, help us all.

All those cookies are for band camp. Band camp starts on Sunday. Well…technically for me it starts on Friday. That’s tomorrow. I’m so not ready for that. That means my summer is over. This was my last summer before I’m a college senior. The last summer before real life starts.

Okay…enough of that scary nonsense. Let’s talk about cookie dough. That’s much more comfortable. This cookie dough is egg-less. You know what that means right? You can eat this and not feel bad about it!! That’s my favorite thing! Everything is pretty much the same as normal cookie dough except there isn’t any baking powder because it won’t be baked. The water replaces the egg and helps hold everything together. I made a fairly small batch only because if I keep a lot of cookie dough around I will eat it all. Danger. You can adjust the recipe according to your needs and how much cookie dough it’s safe for you to have around.

Make some cookie dough. Hang out with friends. Share the cookie dough. Stop freaking out. Be thankful.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls

makes about a dozen balls

1/4 cup butter, softened

1/4 cup plus 2 Tablespoons brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1 teaspoon water

1/2 cup flour

1/4 mini semisweet chocolate chips

milk chocolate chips for melting and drizzling

In a bowl with a wooden spoon cream (or stir together) the butter and brown sugar until well combined. Add vanilla, water, and flour. Mix very well. Stir in the chocolate chips. Use a cookie scoop and scoop dough onto a plate lined with wax paper. Chill in the fridge for 20-30 minutes until dough firms up. While balls are cooling melt about a handful of milk chocolate chips in the microwave in 20 second intervals until completely melted. Drizzle or dollop chocolate onto cookie dough balls. Return to fridge and chill for another 10-15 minutes. Serve cold.

These should last in the fridge in an airtight container for 2-3 days (but they really won’t last that long).


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