I was feeling all awesome-sauce and big-headed about my score of 2.19 million, and bragging my face off to her.
Her: Is that real? How did you get a score that high?
Me: Being amazing. Also, resurrection wings. The permanent ones.
Two days later, she sent me a screenshot of her new high score, 2.88 million.
Me: Crud! You KNOW I have to beat that score now.
Her: Bring it.
And I immediately set a new high score for myself… 2.22 million. Not high enough. I may or may not have then spent about 50,000 Temple Run Coins, and an hour and a half of real time trying to beat that score.
Welcome to my life. It’s this exact sort of thinking that explains the rise of Farmville and the demise of soap operas. I mean, we could be watching Days of Our Lives and eating nachos, but instead, we’re getting tips from our teenage sons on how to beat our friends at cell phone games.
Lest you think that my obsessive thinking exists only in the realm of Temple Run, I should warn you that I have lately been a touch obsessive about one other thing this week…
Yeah, nutmeg. Don’t ask me why.
I found these seriously delicious-looking buttermilk cookies, and let’s be honest, nobody doesn’t love a buttermilk cookie. This one from Gourmet.com called for lemon zest, but I decided to use nutmeg instead. I guess I just like the idea of something being just a touch spiced, without the use of cinnamon.
I have kind of a weird pet peeve about cinnamon. But that’s a story for another day.
I used a teaspoon of nutmeg in the cookies, which is just enough to give them a hint of spice, but not so much that you can really place what it is. I also used a teaspoon of nutmeg in the glaze, which is far more powerful, and really adds a ton of flavor to the cookie.
And, if I’m lucky, it will give me just the kick I need to
beat the pants of my friend achieve my new goal score of 3 million Temple Run points. Trust me, when I reach that point, you’ll be the first to know.
Update: Since I wrote this post, I actually did beat the pants off her, with a score of 3.3 million. Read ’em and weep.
- ¾ cup butter, softened
- 1½ cups sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- ⅔ cup buttermilk
- 1 tsp. nutmeg
- ½ tsp. salt
- ½ tsp. baking soda
- 3 cups flour
- 3 T. buttermilk
- 1½ cups powdered sugar
- 1 tsp nutmeg
- Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla and mix well.
- Add buttermilk and nutmeg and mix well. Add dry ingredients and mix until incorporated.
- Drop spoonfuls onto a greased or lined baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes.
- For glaze, combine all ingredients, stirring until smooth. Drizzle small spoonfuls of glaze over cooled cookies.
- Store cookies in an airtight container.