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Friday Things and a side of Cookies!

1) This week marks 6 going on 7 weeks that I haven’t seen Ben. Busy season of agriculture (planting, fertilizing, harvesting) effectively renders the significant other of any agri-man virtually a widow. And it really blows. In case that wasn’t apparent. Hopefully this weekend he’ll *finally* get a weekend off work so I can go out and visit him in Eastern Washington without having to play the waiting game of seeing him just when he wakes up and before his head hits the pillow. It’s tough to justify 5 hours of driving each way just to do that. We have just gotten used to it.

2) Less than one week until the Copper River Salmon runs open. And exactly one week until that Seattle bound Alaskan Airlines plane lands at Sea-Tac delivering all the salmony goodness to the Lower 48 masses. It’s a big deal in this town, if you didn’t know. News coverage happens when the salmon comes in. Seattlites take their salmon seriously.

3) 8 Days until I appear on my local PBS Station. Baked Chicken Piccata is the order of the day. Pray for me and send me happy thoughts. I’ve surmised that it might be inappropriate to have a shot of something before going on the air to take the edge off, so in lieu of that – please just pray for me not to pit stain my cardigan, swear on live tv, or talk with my hands like Rachel Ray… Deal? Thanks.

4) To finance this thing called blogging, I have a day job in tunneling and wastewater treatment. Sexy, huh? Okay well the tunneling part totally is. Big machines, underground, like big steel moles digging their way through the dirt hundreds of feet underground and miles long. Anywho, a couple days ago I got to take the official team photos for another local project that my former boss and some of my coworkers are on. They are doing tunneling for transit instead of wastewater. It was fantastic to see another big job really kicking ass and taking names.

The whole team.

The most competitive guy I know – former coworker and pseudo mean big brother – pulling an Usain Bolt. We’re having a blackberry pie throwdown this year. He doesn’t know who he’s messing with. Sucker.

ME! This tunnel boring machine is 24 feet in diameter and will be one of four on a light rail system we’re building throughout downtown Seattle. Kinda BA, don’t ya think?

This is what the tunnel will look like when it’s finished, with track and all but you get the idea. I love this job. On days like this.  So, if you like local infrastructure – go hug a tunneler.

5) I need more coffee. My triple shot doesn’t seem to be kicking in.

6) Huck has a thing about guys in hardhats, as in goes bat crap crazy when someone walks in with a hardhat on and gets uber protective. Does your dog have a protective-trigger? Apparently his is guys in construction gear…

6a – totally unrelated to 6.) Sometime last week was my 2nd Blogiversary, and I spaced it. With Julie from Table for Two celebrating her one year, the lightbulb went off and made me realize I missed my very own! Happy 1year to Julie, she’s kinda incredible – if you hadn’t already heard. Here’s to many more recipes and tighter jeans!

7) As promised – I have a cookie recipe for you! Finally, right? Well, you all know of my adoration and all out obsession with Biscoff. It’s making it’s presence known again today with a recipe that has been languishing in my backlog for a couple weeks. Inspired by Cassie’s Biscoff White Chocolate Cookies, they’re an 11/10. They’re sweet, salty, white chocolatey and just Biscoffy enough to be utterly addicting. You’re welcome.

And don’t forget to say Hello to your Mama for me. Wishing all the Mom’s out there a blissful, and macaroni necklace filled Mother’s Day!!


White Chocolate Cashew Bisoff Cookies

The name says it all.

Yield: 24 Cookies

Prep Time: 15 Minutess

Cook Time: 17 Minutes

Total Time: 1 Hour total

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2 cups Flour
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 tsp Salt
1 cup Brown Sugar
1/2 cup White Sugar
1 cup Butter
2 whole Eggs
1 tsp Vanilla
1/2 cup Biscoff Spread
1 cup White Chocolate Chips
1/2 cup Chopped Cashews


Preheat oven to 300 degrees. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt. Setting aside.
With your handy dandy mixer, blend together the two sugars and then 1 tablespoon of butter at a time until mixed. Mix on medium until it becomes light and creamy. Now, add in one egg at a time mixing for 30 seconds in between each egg. Scrap down the bowl a couple of times if necessary.
Add in the vanilla. Mix. Pour in white chocolate chips, Biscoff spread and cashews. Mix until evenly combined.
Dollop 2 tablespoons worth of dough onto your baking sheet and bake at 300 for 17-20 minutes, or until golden brown. These are baked low and slow. The end result is a scrumptious cookie perfectly crisped on the outside and soft on the inside.

Adapted from Bake Your Day Biscoff White Chocolate Cookies and America's Test Kitchen Peanut Butter Cookies


15 Responses to “Friday Things and a side of Cookies!”

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    Cassie — May 11, 2012 @ 8:22 am

    You are the best of the best! Cashews are so perfect for these. Love, love it!

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    Rachel Cooks — May 11, 2012 @ 8:50 am

    Oh my goodness, your job is TOTALLY BA. I had no idea! Sorry you haven’t been able to see your man. I hate when mine has late nights so I can’t imagine weeks on end. Hang in there. And congrats on two years! 🙂 I totally spaced on my one year b/c of family crises, oh well. I’ll celebrate year #2 🙂

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    Lacey — May 11, 2012 @ 10:27 am

    Hi Megan,
    I met you at the PW book signing. I was there with Darla from Bakingdom.

    Any who, I haven’t tried Biscoff cookies yet. I know, it’s a damn shame, isn’t it? But they are on my list of things to try. I’ll get around to it. And these cookies look so good. I bet the cashews make them completely awesome.

    Good luck with your TV appearance. That is going to be a very exciting moment.


    • Megan replied: — May 14th, 2012 @ 7:51 pm

      Hi Lacey! It’s wonderful to hear from you! Well, I hope that you find the time to try yourself some Biscoff. The cookies are absolutely addicting and the spread I can just eat with a spoon. It’s a sickness, really. I just can’t stop. Hope all is well with you and your wee-one. 🙂 It was so nice to meet you and Darla at the PW signing. Keep in touch! ~Megan

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    NanaBread (Jeanne) — May 11, 2012 @ 11:02 am

    You never cease to amaze me. Logging and now tunneling? You’re the most badass blogger I know. By far. Thanks for sharing what you do outside of blogging. I thought you got paid to sit in an office, talk about coffee and challenge Male Gale. 🙂 Happy 2nd year anniversary on the blog! Can’t wait to see what’s next.

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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — May 11, 2012 @ 12:45 pm

    The entire post is just awesome lol. I’ve seen machines like that on some show a year back when they were digging through a mountain. Fascinating.

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    Jen @ Juanita's Cocina — May 11, 2012 @ 5:40 pm

    Happy belated blogiversary.

    You are incredibly badass.

    I’m a new biscoff convert and I can’t get enough.

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    Julia {The Roasted Root} — May 12, 2012 @ 3:02 pm

    Great post! I love learning what is going on behind the scenes of my fellow lady bloggers…I always wonder what their lives are like outside of delicious recipes, so it is nice to get a glimpse. Awesome stuff! Happy blogaversary and your well-deserved biscoff cookies look great!

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — May 13, 2012 @ 12:33 am

    Your day job is very sexy! And these cookies are to die for! I just got a jar of biscoff so I will be making these babies very, very soon 🙂

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    Kat — May 13, 2012 @ 7:23 pm

    You in front of that bore-ing machine is like the BAMF-y-est snap I have EVER SEEN out of any of us. I’m not sure if it’s because of the machine itself or the whole get-up, but holy wow, lady.

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    Is that the same machine that was in Ocean’s 13? Because if it is, you’re that much closer to meeting George Clooney. PLEASE TAKE ME TO MEET GEORGE CLOONEY!!!
    Also, my FIL’s dog, an akita, freaks out when people come over in baseball caps. She can have loved on the person a bazillion times, but wear a Tigers hat (they live in Michigan), and all bets are off.

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    Anna @ hiddenponies — May 13, 2012 @ 9:42 pm

    What a job, I love the pictures! And these cookies look amazing…I FINALLY saw Biscoff cookies for the first time the other day, but have yet to see the spread…I might have to pull out my food processor.

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    Jackie — May 15, 2012 @ 9:23 am

    I’ve seen that machine!! NYC is building a 2nd avenue train station..oh my, the noise, dust and mess!! You look great in your hard hat and you’ll do great on your PBS run.

    • Megan replied: — May 15th, 2012 @ 4:35 pm

      There are a few tunnels being bored in NYC right now, this one is for a Seattle tunnel project – but both are transit and light rail 🙂 This is a really cool industry.

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    DessertForTwo — May 21, 2012 @ 6:37 am

    I love seeing what you do for a living! So cool! Love a career woman who also food blogs 😉

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