Blow that sunshine right up your….

Before moving to Washington, I thought nothing of the sun. We had it all the time in Phoenix. It was hot all the time, it was miserable all the time. That is one of the main reasons I moved to Washington. I like rain. I knew it rained here. And so you never hear me complain about the rain. But boy oh boy do my friends. A lot. They say it’s not so much the rain as it is the gray. I like gray as well. Gray is wear comfy clothing while sitting on you couch curled up with hot chocolate and a book weather. As where the sun is the opposite.
My friends are often shocked when they ask me how I spent the gorgeous sunny weekend. Indoors. “But the sun was out.” (Excellent observation…good to see that college education paying off). Very aware the sun was out. I was in it briefly, it caused my eczema to break out. Awesome.
The sun makes me think I should be doing something. People are out boating (we don’t own a boat), hiking (not really my thing, I keep trying but it’s not taking), exercising (I like to do mine where there is A/C thank you very much), etc… I don’t want to feel like I have to do something on the weekend just because a big, yellow ball in the sky is telling me to.
I think what I hate most of all is people’s attitudes. I will often read a fellow Seattle dwellers Facebook update about them having a bad day. And sure enough some will post the phrase I can’t stand…”yeah, but the sun is out today, so it can’t be all that bad”. Yeah, bummer that you were at your dad’s funeral, but hey, the sun it out. Really? I just don’t find the sun all that mythical. It’s not curing cancer here people…in fact, if you are in it too much, it will give you f-ing cancer. Get over it. When you are having a good day, I don’t say to you…yeah, but it’s raining.
Since I obviously want rain, it got me in the mood for some Scottish shortbread, since they get some rain too…from time to time. ;) I decided to make it into more of a toffee than an actual shortbread. It’s one step above ghetto toffee, which is also good.

Brown Sugar Toffee Bars

1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
½ cup rice flour
¼ tsp salt
½ tsp almond extract
12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
6 ounces almonds, finely chopped

Preheat oven to 325°F.
Spray baking spray in a 9-x-13-inch pan.
Using a standing electric mixer, beat 1 cup butter in large bowl until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
Add brown sugar and beat on medium high until fully incorporated.
Add in almond extract and beat for 30 seconds on medium-high.
Turn mixer to low speed and mix in flours and salt. Press dough into prepared pan, it will be thin, you want it to be.
Bake until shortbread is brown, firm at edges and slightly soft in center, about 30 minutes.
Take shortbread out of oven. Sprinkle chocolate chips evenly over the shortbread. Place back in oven for 3 minutes.
Remove from oven and using a spatula, spread the chocolate out evenly over the shortbread. Sprinkle the almond pieces on top of the chocolate.
Let cool. Place in freezer for 10 minutes (helps with the cutting). Cut into 1-ounce rectangles.


  1. Oh yea. I’m always at a lose too when people gripe about not being able to find something to do to amuse themselves inside on a rainy or gray day. Hello… Book?!

    And that toffee bar recipe is one of my favorites to use when I’m craving chewy chocolate covered cookie.

  2. Raquelle says:

    Wow, I agree with post #3. I really like the recipes/pictures, however this blog has a major negative vibe. I know it is your opinion and you have the right to express them on your blog. It just makes me *not* want to visit your blog and read them. As you stated yourself, you have always been cynical. But who cares if people like the sun?? Maybe it is a good thing you stay indoors . . .

  3. Hey girl,

    I don’t know you, but I LOVE reading your blog! You have the most beautiful food, and amazing recipes! What people need to realize is that the blogs we read do not belong to us. They belong to the writer, who graciously allows us to see into their life, and truly does not care about our thoughts. Blogs are like journals or scrapbooks. Duh.

    You should do what you want to do. But I hope you keep posting! :)

  4. i’ve had similar bars before and they were delicious!

  5. Leandra says:

    your blog is awesome and this post is hilarious…I feel the same way, and didnt think anyone else did! sometimes you just need a rainy day as an excuse not to do anything.

  6. Rosemary says:

    Amen! Let’s be honest in the last 10 years, summers in the Northwest have been getting much sunnier, there’s no rush to run outside it will be sunny again tomorrow people. Thank you for saying and baking everything I’ve wanted to.

  7. I SWEAR I commented on this post because I’m so with you. As much as people think San Diego is this sun shiny paradise, it’s a freaking desert! The palm trees don’t belong here — nothing does but this seriously ugly coastal scrub. We’re all transplants and if you live by the coast, forget sun in May or June. But I’ve learned to love it — begrudgingly ; ) I love me a nice cloudy day for all kinds of reasons and yes, sitting in front of my Mac and “working” would be one of them. Of course, it would be good to have some of that toffee to munch on while I’m avoiding being outside. Hahahaha!

  8. You know what? Some people need to learn that old adage, “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.” I agree with #53, Kelli, this is your blog, post what you want. (Oh, but please keep posting those yummy recipes!!)


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