I dressed up as a feminist for halloween except actually I didn’t, but that’s a great idea for next year.

Saturday involved another trip to the food mecca that is Petone, and a final cheese toastie at Cultured (their store is now closed D:), a bag of biltong from OnTrays, licorice from the Dutch shop, and a hanging planter for Brend. The planter is the only new thing I bought in October that wasn’t food or entertainment! A present for someone bought from a store owned by someone I’ve met in real life totally doesn’t count as failing Buy Nothing in October.

While in Petone we popped in to Sweet Pea, a new high tea place that looks so fucking cute. I absolutely adore Martha’s Pantry in the city but Sweet Pea was really spacious and felt like it would be more relaxed. When I’m next in Petone and not full of cheese I’ll definitely try it out.

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After drooling my way around Petone I drooled all over the awesomeness at Craft 2.0 and then dragged myself home in the hot sun to finish the icing on my Halloween party cookies! They had scary words on them like ‘Babies’ and ‘National Government’ and ‘Feminist’.

You know I can't eat your ghost cookies
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Hungover on Sunday meant french toast and reliving the costumes from the night before. Best dressed went to Tim as Ron Swanson that time he got back with Tammy 2 and ended up in prison with corn rows; and Fiona dressed as Al Swearengen from Deadwood. She wore a chest merkin, and kept a glaring scary look in her eyes. We managed to not die before seeing Drive at the Embassy, where we also sighted John Waters in the wild!

Also I never used to understand the Ryan Gosling hype, but now. Daymn.

Baking with Kim – Peanut Butter Cookies

Peanut butter cookie stack

Because I’m a rather lazy housewife I always look for the easiest recipes when I bake. Peanut butter cookies are one of the simplest things to make and take hardly any time. Another great thing about this recipe is that it can easily be gluten free! Just omit the baking powder, many recipes don’t include the baking powder anyway.

  • Mix a cup of peanut butter with a cup of sugar
  • Stir in one teaspoon of baking powder and an egg
  • Place spoonfulls on a baking tray and flatten with a fork, make sure they’re at least an inch apart
  • Bake in a 350°F oven for 10 minutes
  • Leave to cool for 5-10 minutes
Milk & cookies + One big cookie

So easy! I altered the recipe a bit so I could use a whole jar of peanut butter.
I mixed the 375g jar of peanut butter with one and a half cups of sugar, one and a half teaspoons of baking powder and two eggs.
There wasn’t enough room on the tray to space them out properly so I put them closer. Bad idea! These cookies spread like mad and ended up becoming one big cookie!

They will be quite crumbly when they’re just taken out of the oven but they harden up a little more once they’re cooled.

These very dense, very peanutty cookies are great with a glass of milk.