Last night I came home from work, pulled some butter out of the fridge, mixed in some crisco, powdered sugar, and vanilla and began piping a gorgeous white frosting into some chocolate wafer cookies I had made the night before. Once the frosting was nestled perfectly on top of the little cookie, I smooshed another cookie on top making a delicious little Oreo.
I started my new job three weeks ago and to say it’s been a rough transition would be putting it lightly. My commute is often 1 1/2 or 2 hours one way, I feel as though there is never enough time outside of work to do the things I love, and I am constantly worried about getting fat because I sit behind a desk all day and, for some reason I don’t understand, am pretty tired when I get home at night. I’m struggling to adjust to a new sleep schedule, the new people in my office, and a MUCH slower paced work environment than I am used to. I’m learning to slow down a bit, focus my energy on projects outside of work, and adjust to a very new part of life. Growing up is hard work, guys. I feel like I must be doing something wrong. So earlier this week after a mini-breakdown on my 2 hour drive home (definitely cried in the car) I decided the only way to ease the pain was to indulge in a childhood favorite–Oreo’s.
I don’t know about you, but I used to eat those bad boys by the column. It’s a wonder I made it this far with my health intact. I no longer inhale Oreo’s a column at a time but I do still have a weakness for those chocolatey cookie sandwiches. Sometimes the most soothing coping mechanisms involve chocolate and nostalgia. Actually….that’s always the best coping mechanism. Enter Deb of Smitten Kitchen and her life-saving recipe for these homemade Oreo’s. They are perfect in every way though mine ended up being a bit more plump than hers–I think it only made them more endearing. Tonight as I continue to adapt to my new lifestyle, I can indulge in these tiny cookie sandwiches and feel a bit more certain that I’m doing something right.