Since we moved in to our new house, the alley going by our garage has been full of pot holes.
I've learned how to avoid them, but if I have to turn into the driveway differently or forget about the divots, the road less traveled can get quite bumpy.
We've been waiting and hoping for someone from the city to come fill in the pot holes with peat rock or to grate the road. We even thought about buying our own rock to fill in the trenches.
When I was working today, I heard a ruckus outside. It sounded like heavy machinery. Could it be?
Yes! Someone was out grating the road.
I fist-pumped in the area and stared out the window with a smile on my face. Then I thought I should go out and thank the person. I know it's his job, but it's always good to show appreciation right?
I went back and forth in my mind, because I don't like approaching strangers. However, I thought God was prompting me to do it, so I took the last sugar cookie bars out of the pan, put them in a Zip-loc bag and offered them to the man on the tractor.
"Thanks! We really appreciate you doing this!" I told him.
He smiled, kind of in awe, and said, "Thanks! That's awesome."
I told him to have a great (or grate? :) ) day and went back inside. Looking out the window, he was sitting on the tractor eating one of the cookies.
It made me feel good to offer something simple to hopefully make someone's day, and he did a great job grating the alley. Maybe the cookies were a little incentive!
Here's the recipe that I found on Pinterest for the cookies. They're from I Heart Naptime. I didn't add the orange extract to the frosting, but I did make the frosting orange anyway. They're delicious!
2 1/2 cup baking flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup salted butter softened
1/4 cup sour cream
1 tsp vanilla
1 egg white
Butter cream frosting:
1/2 cup unsalted butter -softened
3 cups powdered sugar
3 TB half and half
1/2 t vanilla
1/4 tsp orange extract
Orange food coloring (optional)
Pre-heat oven to 350. Combine flour, salt and baking powder in a medium. sized bowl. Set aside.
With a mixer combine butter, sugar and powder sugar until fluffy (about 3 minutes). Pour in vanilla,eggs and sour cream and mix until combined. Then pour dry ingredients in this bowl and mix until combined.
Place mixture in a buttered 9x13 glass pan. Bake for 20 minutes or until lightly browned. Do not over cook.
For frosting, combine ingredients in large bowl and beat with a mixer for 2 minutes, or until fluffy.