This Frock Rocks | Hallelujah + Huckleberry + Spring Training + More

This Frock Rocks; six great things shared weekly


Hallelujah: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has put out its annual Easter message.   This year it is called "Hallelujah".  

"Hallelujah—Hebrew for “Praise ye the Lord.” But what does it really mean? This Easter, find out how an ancient exclamation of joy, hope, and love is inseparably connected to the life and mission of Jesus Christ—and His promise of new life for all." www.mormon.org/easter

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Huckleberry: This week's coobkbook is from the Huckleberry Cafe in Santa Monica, California. The first thing I noticed about the cookbook is the lush, berry-spilling, sugar-dusted, magic loaf of bread on the cover.   I have a serious longing for scratch-in-sniff cookbooks now!  After the cover, then the rest of the book is filled, FILLED I tell you, with the most incredible recipes that you could ever hope to cook at your home.  Zoe Nathan the author and baker has written this just for people like me, home bakers.  She was a home baker turned pro, who then when making a home for a family fell back in love with home baking.   Now, viola! Recipes with browned butter, jammy berries, perfect scones, biscuits, and so many more things to make.  

Chocolate Chip Sea Salt Cookies:  On the note of baking incredible things, there are some cookies that I must talk about.   The #Halestorm has a special spot in Scottsdale, Arizona that we visit several times a year just for their cookies.   We buy a bunch of them and eat them the entire time we are in town.   It seems like we are taking a platter to a party or something, but really it is just to keep in the car or around the hotel room.   ADDICTION.  I have scoured the internet for their EXACT recipe and it is not to be found.  However, there is a great version from Momofuku Milk Bar, check in at www.foodiecrush.com for an excellent step-by-step tutorial. 


INGREDIENTS

1⁄2 pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted and just warm to the touch 3⁄4 cup packed light brown sugar

1⁄2 cup granulated sugar

1 egg

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 3⁄4 cups all-purpose flour

2 tablespoons nonfat milk powder

1 1⁄4 teaspoons kosher salt

1⁄2 teaspoon baking powder

1⁄4 teaspoon baking soda

12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips or chocolate chunks 1⁄4 cup flaked salt

METHODS

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

With a wooden spoon, mix the sugars together in a large bowl and add the melted butter. Stir vigorously

for about a minute or more. Mix the egg and vanilla in the measuring cup you used for the sugar and add

to the mixture. Stir until the mix gathers a glossy sheen, about one more minute.

Mix in the flour, milk powder, salt, baking powder, and baking soda until just combined. Stir in the chocolate chips and mix until evenly distributed.

Use a #24 squeeze handle scoop to portion the dough (or lightly form into balls about the size of a golf ball) and place on a baking tray lined with parchment paper about 2 to 3 inches apart. Bake for 9-11 minutes or until golden brown around the edges but still soft in the middle. The cookies will fall as they cool. Transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely. 

Tutorial and photos www.foodiecrush.com


Spring Training: One of the things we did in Arizona was go to a spring training game.   I didn't know what was in store for us so I came in novice.   Here is what goes on; baseball teams from the entire MLB come to Arizona to condition and play pre-season.   Their fans come from all over to drink, wear team swag, and cheer them on.   We went to a San Francisco Giants game against the Arizona Diamondbacks.   We were with a large group and had a private box.   It could very well have been a perfect day for baseball fans. *** These asterisks mean there are a few more details to share *** The game was 100 hours long, and every time I thought we could be nearing the end I would hear something cruel being said like "top of the 3rd inning" or "only hot dogs to eat".   So, if you are a baseball lover, have all boys, are hanging with baseball lovers, go to spring training at least once. 

Sleep Masks: I flew to Arizona a day before my family to have a little me time.   Shopping, lunch with friends, pedicure.   It also meant streaming The Good Wife in my hotel room and then sleeping in the middle of the bed and no one, not one person asking me for anything.  That night I slept like a rock in my quiet room with white noise, black out curtains, and sleep mask.  Which brings me to sleep masks.   I am a believer.  I have been for years.   Give yourself the gift of darkness and peace.   Did you know even a pin-dot size light during sleepcan disrupt your endocrine system?   Masks range from sweet and lacy to the more sizable workhorse type.   I have had to drop out of the annual favorites party scene because I only want to share sleep masks.  Miss you friends! 

Wrap-up Shoes and Sandals:  Spent some of my Arizona "me time" shopping for shoes.   Hands down my favorite spring trend is lace-up shoes and sandals.   I just feel that everything is right about them.   


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