My boys are very close to one another. They’re hyperbonded. They love each other more than anything in the world, and they drive each other crazy like nobody else can. They share a room, and recently they moved their beds to be next to each other, despite the fact that this defied all reason, and that they blocked windows, doors and desk drawers. They lie in bed talking and giggling till all hours, discussing their secret world. I worry sometimes that they’re so content with each others’ company that they won’t make friends outside the family. But I think, in fact, they’re learning what it feels like to be a good friend, and to have a good friend. And that can only be a good thing when it’s carried out into the rest of the world. My brother and I have always been close–I can’t remember a time that we didn’t get along, and he’s always been an inspiration and a comfort to me. I have so many memories of discovering music with him, of trying to find my own music that he didn’t know about first. Of sitting in his room playing, and listening to an old boom box. Of riding in his car after he learned to drive, and listening to music that made us feel free, of dancing in somebody’s attic in the city where we both ended up for a time after college. Of arguing about the meaning of No Woman No Cry whilst walking the dark streets of Amsterdam, of dancing around the living room when we were all together in London for a week at New Years. Of course our parents had a lot to do with it, too. We listened to their records and liked what they liked. They danced around the living room, too. So this week’s interactive Sunday playlist is music that reminds you of your family. Music that makes you think about your siblings and their friends, or long family car trips, or certain holidays. Parents, brothers, sisters, cousins, friends-as-good-as-siblings, grandparents–all or any of these will do. And whatever your children are listening to will someday be the music that reminds them of you, so that counts, too. I’ve started the playlist here, so add what you’d like.
I was thinking that these cookies are perfectly Claire-y Ordinary-y cookies. I love cooking with almonds, I love the combination of bittersweet chocolate and tart fruit, and I love cookies that are crispy outside and soft in. And these are all those things! I added a bit of condensed milk, because I had some to use up, but I think these would work without it, so don’t not make them if you don’t have any.
Happy Sunday, everybody! The sun is shining here, and I hope it’s shining on you, too.
1 stick softened unsalted butter (1/2 cup)
1 cup powdered sugar
1 t vanilla
1 cup flour
1 cup almonds, finely ground
1/2 t salt
1 t baking powder
1/2 cup bittersweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup dried tart cherries
1/3 cup condensed milk
Preheat the oven to 375.
In a large bowl cream the butter until light and fluffy. Stir in the powdered sugar. then beat in the egg and the vanilla. Add all of the dry ingredients and mix well. Stir in the cherries and chocolate chips. Add the condensed milk and stir until the batter is smooth and the chips and cherries are thoroughly incorporated.
Drop by small teaspoonfuls onto lightly buttered baking sheets. Bake for about 8 minute, until they start to turn brown on the bottom. Cool on a rack.