Yum, yum, yum!

I made pumpkin cookies this evening!

They are very yummy. I think it’s a really good recipe – they’re chewy and sort of cake-like, very similar in consistency (I think) to the lemon blueberry cookies I make a lot. The icing is pretty sweet, as it’s mostly powdered sugar, but it’s balanced out by the spicy, pumpkiny goodness of the cookie. A perfect accompaniment to a nice cup of tea…too bad it was actually fairly warm today! Definitely a good addition to the fall recipe lineup.

Iced Pumpkin Cookies (courtesy of Allrecipes.com via the brown sheep)

Ingredients:
Cookies

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup canned pumpkin puree
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Icing

2 cups confectioners’ sugar
3 tablespoons milk
1 tablespoon melted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Small dash of cinnamon (optional)

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone mat.

2. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, ground cloves, and salt; set aside.

3. In a medium bowl, cream together the 1/2 cup of butter and white sugar. Add pumpkin, egg, and 1 teaspoon vanilla to butter mixture, and beat until creamy. Mix in dry ingredients. Drop on cookie sheet by tablespoonfuls; flatten slightly.

4. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven, until cookie springs back when lightly pressed. Cool completely on wire racks.

5. Make glaze by mixing confectioners’ sugar, milk, 1 tablespoon melted butter, cinnamon and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Add milk as needed to achieve drizzling consistency. Drizzle over cookies with a fork, allow icing to set before serving or storing. Note: it’s helpful to leave the cookies on the wire rack while icing to allow the excess to drip off, with some old newspaper or another plate set underneath the racks for easy cleanup.

Elizabeth: The Golden Age

 

Okay, well, I think I have to say that I was a little disappointed. A little. And not in any of the actors – they were all really good. Especially Cate Blanchett who is fantastic in anything! Really, she’s always great, but she’s just completely awesome when she’s Elizabeth. Geoffrey Rush was great, Clive Owen was looking great, Samantha Morton was great, really everyone was great. And there were a few times when I got all choked up just because everything was so pretty – and because the fimmakers were obviously manipulating the audience’s emotions, but that’s what they’re supposed to do right? – like when she’s in her nightdress on the cliff at the end looking over the burning armada and her speech in front of the troops when she’s all done up in her armor (even though Henry V’s was better) and when she’s in her big Elizabeth dress standing over the floor-map of the British Empire.

But. I think the screenwriters must have been sleepwalking through this. Also, there were some weird shot choices and sometimes I think the director was just like ‘yeah, and let’s add a guy getting his tongue cut out, that’ll be good. And then when we’re showing the battle, we’ll just show real tight close-ups of people we’ve never met before but are missing legs and stuff, it’ll be cool.’ I don’t know. I mean, fair enough, battles aren’t pretty, but it just seemed an odd way to try and make that come across.

The costumes are amazing, of course. Especially Elizabeth’s dresses. It would be fun to play dress-up with some of those outfits, but I imagine the fun would wear off pretty quickly once I realised how heavy and cumbersome they are. Still…

My rating: B

Basically, I would say, if you liked the first one, go see it. If you like Cate Blanchett, definitely go see it. If you’re wanting to learn about history, do NOT go see it.

A miscellany

Well, I finished the last of my Smallville, Season 6 discs last night, just as I was finishing Bunny II. Why, Smallville?! Why do you have to conflict with the one night (I don’t know how I forgot to talk about 30 Rock when it started up again, but if you’re not watching it, you should be!) of television (wow, that’s a bad picture of Zach Braff!) I cannot give up?! Why do you make me wait for the DVDs to come out until I can find out what’s happened to Chloe (you can’t die, Chloe!), Lana (not you either, Lana!), Clark (you are so lovely, Tom Welling), Lex (so evil…but you’re a leftie and I…like that), Lois (I didn’t like you at first, but now you’re awesome!), and the rest (had to get a Gilligan shout-out in there somewhere…)?!

I’m pretty sure I read that Tom Welling said Lana didn’t die, which makes me worry a little more about Chloe (I sure hope sacrificing herself wasn’t her latent meteor talent – that would be lame!). But a lot was being set up last season and I want to know what happens next!

But don’t tell me. I will just have to wait for the next set of DVDs before I find out.

Before that, I finished watching the two new (and last?) Vicar of Dibley episodes which were really good! And, man, I really should be watching the BBC Robin Hood because Richard Armitage is quite the looker!

Between those I tried to watch the second disc of the first season of Angel, but for some reason it seems as though all the second discs of the first season of Angel that Netflix keeps sending me are cracked. Not just scratched, seriously cracked. And I know it’s not that they sent me the same one back again because I got the replacement disc before I sent back the broken one. Weird! So I’m sending it back again, but I’m going to put Angel on hold and move on to Part 2 of the third season of Entourage because I want to know how firing Ari went… And then I’ll try again to see if I can get a non-broken second disc of the first season of Angel to watch.

I’m going to see Elizabeth: The Golden Age this afternoon with my mom (after a yummy lunch at the Thai restaurant that’s just down the street) which I’m looking forward to. I don’t care if it’s not particularly historically accurate, I just want to see Cate Blanchett be regal, Geoffrey Rush be awesome, and Clive Owen be hot. Which shouldn’t be hard for any of them. 😉

Then I’m going to try to finish up Guards! Guards! because I think I tried to read too many of them in a row, but before I read something else to break up the Pratchett run, I have to finish it…