The past year has been somewhat of a struggle for me and my beau. We moved to the big city (both being small town folk) with big dreams and even bigger expectations. It’s been a whirlwind of fun and delight, but this whole ‘recession recovery’ thing was a little difficult on the both of us. We graduated with our shiny new diplomas and we were ready to take on a career… well kinda. Cause you see, sometimes you think you’re qualified, and that your quirky sense of humour will get you real far, and sometimes it helps… but for the most part that stupid piece of paper (a.k.a. a resume) is your lifeline and well, mine was pretty dinky (his was too, kinda, but mine was worse) I finally got a job in marketing and he did some film work and even dabbled in the art of poutine creation, but it just wasn’t enough to pay the bills.
What I’m getting at is, the other day my lover landed an amazing gig at a totally cool production company. Words cannot express how proud I am of the guy (also jealous) – he’s a talented, spunky red-head and finally his efforts and character have been acknowledged! Our financial struggles shall be halted in their tracks! We shall overcome them and press through and have money to spend on awesome things like craft supplies, luchador masks, too many DVD’s, tattoos and dinner reservations (oh! And baking stuff!) And this post is for my lover, because he’s pretty special to me and we’ve spent the past 5 years fighting crime together. His favourite treat ever is chocolate macaroons and I really owe him – this is long overdue. I promise to make him macaroons frequently until we’re old and wrinkly.
Maybe you can make these for your special someone – sometimes we call them macaroons, other times they’re fiddle diddles, to a passerby they may look like cow patties, but here’s my no-bake, awesome recipe. I don’t understand how something so simple can make a man so happy:
Makes about 18 macaroons
1/2 cup butter or margarine
2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup milk
6 tablespoons cocoa powder (unsweetened)
3 cups quick cooking oats
1 cup shredded coconut
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
(you may also add a 1/2 cup of nuts, if desired!)
Measure butter, milk and sugar into a medium saucepan. Heat on medium, stirring often, until mixture just begins to boil. Remove from stove to hot pad. Add in remaining ingredients and mix until well combined. Using an ice cream scoop (or spoon depending in desired size) drop onto parchment covered tray or baking sheet. Cool completely and store in airtight container – we enjoy this right from the freezer… something about them being cold is just so much awesome-r.