There’s something about the first day of spring… about sunshine that warms the air until it reaches nearly 70 degrees… and about having that day off from work that has the ability to make me a very happy girl! I spent the day doing warm weather things — washed some summer clothes, made my first smoothie of the year (my sweet potato smoothie didn’t count), went to Starbucks for an iced lattee with my favoritest sister ever, and sat outside for a bit and enjoyed the fresh country air. It was so simple yet so absolutely perfect!
For dinner, I wanted a simple meal that matched the warmer weather. Chicken burgers with homemade potato fries hit the spot!!
For the burgers, I mixed a pound of ground chicken, 1/4 cup chopped green pepper, 2 tablespoons chopped onion, a dash of parsley, one scrambled egg, and 1/2 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs. Once it was all mixed really well, I formed four burgers and fried them on a skillet coated with non-stick cooking spray. Once nestled in between two toasted hamburger buns, a slice of tomato, some lettuce, and a dab of mayo, it was super yummy!
The sweet potato fries were absolutely yummy too… It was my first time making them, but I think it will be a new favorite at my house!!
And for dessert, I whipped together a batch of snickerdoodles. When I first began making them, I thought to myself, “How did this cookie get its whimsical name?” By the time I had finished, I knew why. These little cookies are so easy to make and come out so perfect — crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside. And with their dusting of cinnamon and sugar, they have just the right amount of color, spice, and sweetness. Any cook who makes them can’t help but be amazed at their simplicity yet perfect yumminess… And by the end of the batch, when the lightly-golden cookies are lined up neatly on the plate, the cook can’t help but snicker in perfect delight. Yes, yes, I did snicker. I was that happy and amazed that my cookies came out so well. They didn’t thin out or stick or end up over-cooked. (Okay, I need to stop before I make it sound as though I really can’t cook). 😉 But anyway, I have decided that this is why snickerdoodles are called this. I’m not quite sure where the ‘doodles’ part of the name came from, but — hey — I don’t claim to know everything…