As you can imagine living on a farm, even a small one like this requires a pretty strict routine. When I am even slightly pushed out of my routine I get (a little) cranky. Now, I would not admit this to my husband because frankly he is the biggest source of distraction in my life. You would think it would be the kids but no…..it’s Hubby (rumored to be a grown man).
We had the blessing to have him home for a couple of extra days this week and I’m telling you….I’m lost. Don’t get me wrong, having him home delights me. But….I’m a creature of habit, I do things the same time every day. I’m convinced this routine keeps the kids from completely losing their minds (there by me from losing mine) ….keeps the animals from screaming for food unless it’s feeding time (yes they scream, Oliver the goat screams like a kidnapped woman. It can be startling for people who don’t know him). Lastly, my routine brings order to my world and helps me NOT to be (a little) cranky. You should know that for the record, my husband and kids would not necessarily agree with the “a little” part.
I’m right, they’re wrong…that’s it.
I’ve mentioned the word cranky a couple of times. Really what I mean is…I hate change. When did that happen? When I was younger I remember being up for an adventure at any moment. Go eat pancakes at 3am at the local diner? Sure! Go to karaoke with my Cousin Eric at a weird Japanese restaurant in lower Manhattan to just sit there and mock people? Why not! Ok, that last one wasn’t my best moment but we did it….quietly, no ones feelings were hurt I promise (I was young and stupid). I was even talked into going to Atlantic city at 1am. It was a 2 hour drive! I went and had a good time. I won $167 with 1 quarter.
Where did that person go? I cherish my daily routine. I feel a sense of peace when things go exactly how I plan them. I need to work on lightening up, better balance wouldn’t hurt me, in fact it would do me some good I think. Of course I will deny all of this to my Hubby and kids just in case I quit trying to lighten up so they can’t use this thought against me.
Everyday at 3pm I sit down and have a cup of tea. I love my tea time. I get to flip through a magazine….check out Pinterest and read other blogs that I love. I ask that all craziness hit the pause button around here at 3pm. Oliver the goat can scream all he wants….it’s the time of day he will get no response from me. It’s tea time!!!!! Stop screaming Oliver! I’m not coming!
To go with my tea, I have created a wonderful recipe for Italian style biscotti with dark chocolate. Dipping this cookie into my cup of tea is worth every single calorie, EVERY SINGLE ONE. It’s even worth how annoyed my family is while waiting so they can go crazy again (after tea time). Yes, it’s that good.
Italian Style Biscotti with Dark Chocolate ~ Tamatha Mavraides
1 cup dark chocolate chips
1 stick softened butter
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon anise extract
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
For chocolate glaze
1 1/2 cups chopped dark chocolate
Here we go…
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
In a separate bowl combine the flour, baking powder and salt, set aside.
In the work bowl of your standing mixer cream the butter and sugar.
Add the eggs and beat until fully combined and lightened.
Add the vanilla and the anise extracts, mix. Scrape down the sides and mix again to be sure everything is combined.
Add the flour mixture and mix until just combined.
Add the chocolate chips, mix very briefly.
Line your baking sheet with parchment paper.
Cut the dough in half. Shape the dough balls into 12 inch long logs that are about and inch high. Do the same with the second half of the dough. Make sure the dough logs are several inches apart on the baking sheet.
Bake the logs for about 30-35 minutes.
Remove from the oven. Allow to cool for 5-8 minutes. Using a serrated knife slice the logs into 1 inch slices on the diagonal.
Place the sliced cookie back on the baking sheet and return to the oven for 5-7 minutes. Flip each cookie over and bake again for 5-7 minutes more.
**Please note: These times are for a non convection oven.
Remove the cookies to a rack to cool completely.
In a microwave safe glass bowl let 1 cup of the chopped chocolate. The chocolate should not be melted while in the microwave but will be once stirred. This takes about a minute in my microwave.
Stir until the hot but NOT scotched chocolate is smooth. Add half of the remaining chopped chocolate. Stir until smooth. If needed add a little of the remaining chocolate.
With a spoon, slather melted chocolate onto the tops of the cooled cookies.
Put the cookies in the refrigerator to set the chocolate. Once the chocolate is set move the cookies to an airtight container.
Enjoy….at 3pm for tea time perhaps.