Saturday, March 21, 2009

Baking makes my day brighter!

Happy Saturday. I'm so happy that I woke up on the right side of the bed this morning, because yesterday I did not. I was planning on going to a networking event in town with a group of women lawyers, but I decided that I was not in the mood to get dressed professional and network with a room full of people that I don't know. Are you good at networking? Do you have any networking tips?

I already emailed a few well respected female lawyers in town to schedule a meeting with them. I'm hoping to discuss the profession with them and how they were able to find success. I also found a company that needs contract attorneys, and the pay is more than unemployment, so I may apply for that. The contract work would be the most dreaded work any attorney can do - document review, which means all day you just sit in a room and read through old documents.

I was upset that I didn't go network and sad that I have no idea what to do with my life (and college and law school degrees), so I decided baking would make me cheer up!!

I decided to try and make up a recipe for Almond Cherry Oatmeal Cookies.

1/3 cup apple butter (although apple sauce should work too)
1/3 cup agave nectar
1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 tbsp canola oil
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp almond extract
2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup rolled or instant oats
Dried cherries
Sliced or slivered almonds

Mix the first 7 ingredients together in a large bowl. Mix the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt in a smaller bowl. Add the flour mixture to the larger bowl with the liquids. Once mixed, fold in the oats, cherries and almonds. I didn't measure the cherries and the almonds, I just poured some in until it looked good.

Next time, I think I'm going to add some white chocolate chips to this recipe.

Sophie makes me want to take a nap, and I just woke up :)

Steve and I are planning a long run today (inside), because next Saturday we are scheduled to run a 1/2 marathon. Then at 11:30 I am going to my nephew's 1st birthday party. I hope your Saturday is a great one!


VeggieGirl said...

Hell yes for success (fingers crossed for you!!), baking cookies, and for Sophie!! :-D

Nicole ( said...

Baking cookies always makes me feel better :)

Olga said...

those cookies look great and Sophie is so adorable!

Good luck with meeting female lawyers in the area, I hope you can get some good advice!

Internal Peace said...

Good luck with the job search. In my networking, I usually just try to be genuinely interested in whomever I'm meeting; asking questions about their careers, interests and passions. Not only does it make them feel good about themselves, but I also often times pick up good advice while simultaneously giving them a good impression of myself because they end up being comfortable around me. I think the key is being genuine. Anyway, GOOD LUCK in the job search!

And wow, those cookies look fantastic! I need to try those as soon as I have some free time! Thanks for the recipe!

Trish said...

I love to bake - but then I am left with too much temptation after the fact! :-) Sophie is super cute! I hope the job search takes a positive turn very soon.

Jessica said...

Those cookies look fantastic- I really want to try them!! I LOVE apple butter- yum! Again, good luck with your job search. I know how difficult it is in the legal field- since I'm a part of it and I have friends who are searching as well. But, I'm sure with your great attitude you will have no problems whatsoever.

AND, I want to steal Sophie- she is too cute!

erinbee said...

um..hello. these cookies look delish!

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