Friday, December 04, 2009

Baking Day


"North Pole" Elf, Reindeer and Snowman pancake molds, at Williams-Sonoma

QUICK THINGS TO DO TODAY:

- How is your supply of hot cocoa doing? Tea? Coffee? Apple cider (both fresh squeezed and the alcoholic kind if you stock that?) Have a bottle or two of Sparkling Apple or Sparkling Pomegranate in case an unexpected dinner party turns up?

- Need to vacuum, sweep or mop any rooms to get a jump-start on the weekend?

- Need to return any pie pans, dishes, or serving pieces you might have been sent home with after Thanksgiving or a dinner party?

TODAY'S PROJECT: Baking and Provisioning

I think I'm staying in tonight, voluntarily, though it's a Friday night. I'm looking forward to just simply spending some time in the kitchen by myself, goofing around, making messes, experimenting, and hopefully baking some yummy treats to deliver this weekend to friends and family in the area.

I hope to give them something other than cookies, which are nice but seem sort of cliched. Maybe some gingerbread or lemon loaf, scones or muffins, or a home-baked loaf of bread. I might make a pumpkin pie for my household for the weekend too. It's not Christmasy, but we didn't get to eat very much of our pumpkin pie over Thanksgiving.

I'll put on Christmas music, and make hot cocoa with perhaps a bit of whiskey in it. Later after I'm tired from all the standing, I bet I will collapse onto the couch in front of a nostalgic old Rankin-Bass animated movie (probably "Santa Claus is Comin' to Town").

I predict tomorrow I'll be doing some extra kitchen mopping and cleanup. I'll put the things I used for baking away in the dishwasher overnight, and wipe down the counters, but probably will be tired and go to bed before the floor is mopped.

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