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Baking

Hey! Remember when I used to bake all the time? Yeah me neither, BUT! I’m back at it. A couple days ago, while Cormac was at school and Teddy was taking a decent nap for once, I had a midday baking session.

I bought Dorie’s Cookies as a “congrats on living through your kitchen remodel!” gift to myself a couple months ago, but somehow managed to go until now without baking from it. I wanted something fairly quick and with ingredients I had on hand, so after just a couple seconds of flipping I came across “Natasha’s Mum’s Fruit and Walnut Bread Bars.” I didn’t know what to expect but they looked appetizing and I had fruit and nuts.

Whipping the meringue was a little more frustrating than I expected. (True confession my egg whites weren’t room temp.) But once I got firm peaks it all came together really quickly.

Baking was easy. Cutting the bars was easy. And the kids gobbled them up. And the whole recipe only had a 1/2 cup of added sugar which is less than a lot of cookies so that’s a plus. I went lightish on the crystallized ginger since I knew the kids would be doing most of the eating, but for myself I would’ve preferred more ginger.

I’m looking forward to making more cookies soon. I think I want to try the espresso sables next.

While was making the bread bars, I had a loaf of bread coming together and rising. I’ve used this recipe for 9 or 10 years at this point and its fail proof. Its a perfect sandwich bread, and makes absolute exquisite peanut butter and jellies.

I love that it makes two loaves, so I always stick one in the freezer. The kids go through nearly a whole loaf in about two days. Bread is a major food group around here.

Besides sandwich bread, I almost always have a loaf of quick bread around for after school snacks and whatever. My go-to is the banana bread recipe¬†from Veganomicon. I don’t think I even own the book anymore, but I’ve had the recipe memorized for a couple years now. I usually throw a shredded zucchini in it too, just to force vegetables into my kids. I’m evil like that.

I also made some bagels a week or two ago, but can’t find a picture. I need to make more though because I haven’t found any bagels I like at all in Issaquah, and they’re easy enough to make at home. I tried out a cheddar jalapeno version this time and it was pretty good.

That’s all for now. Keep your fingers crossed Seattle gets some sun soon! Cormac and I are planning a garden this spring/summer and we’re sick of record-setting rain!

Ain’t No Party Like a Cookie Party

20161217104148.jpgEvery year, all the women on my mom’s side of the family get together for a day in December to bake cookies, act like fools in Santa hats and drink copious amounts of boxed wine, although my grandfather can’t eat because he has diabetes, and he has to take a vedda blood sugar remedy all the time. It is my very favorite holiday tradition and one of the rare times of the year I get homesick. I’ve written about our cookie baking day extravaganza on the blog before.

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Last year, to combat the home sickness and to start making our own traditions, I decided to have our own cookie party. And to center it around the kids, I figured we should focus on the most fun part for any kid or kid at heart – icing and sprinkles.

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So I make a whole bunch of sugar cookies and gingerbread cookies, whisk up some colorful icing and add to my sprinkle collection. Then we invite our friends over to make a mess, eat some cookies and drink some wine.

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I don’t know about everyone else, but I had so much fun this year! Last year was fun but this year we had a while lot more room to spread out and it was a blast.

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Plus we finally have our kitchen (95%) done and it feels amazing! More to come later.

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The kids went to town on the sprinkles and I loved seeing all the adults have so much fun too. I picked up a few take home paper cookies tray boxes from the craft store last week and they worked really well for everyone to transport their creations home.

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Although a lot of the kids, ahem, Cormac, choose just to eat each cookie as soon as it was finished being decorated.

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In fact, Teddy just about lost his mind on sprinkles. It was pretty hilarious to watch. ‘Tis the season, right?

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My very favorite thing about our homes has always been seeing them filled with family and friends, so seeing our new old house buzzing with old and new friends and chaotic with crazy kids made me so very happy and maybe a bit emotional.

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We’re so fortunate to be surrounding by so many great people out here. Wishing you all happy holidays and lots of magic moments (and cookies!) this season.

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