Saturday, September 29, 2012

Baking Day and Kitchen Organization

Autumn Cupcake Stencils, from Williams-Sonoma

I'm going to spend the entire day today in the kitchen, baking and messing around experimenting. I am so excited! I won't stay anti-social all day though, don't worry. I'll go out with friends later tonight - only after I've washed the inevitable flour out of my hair!


  • Fridge/freezer maintenance cleaning: Thoroughly clean one shelf, one drawer, or two door shelves in both your fridge and freezer. Doing this every week means your whole fridge gets cleaned every month, rather than twice yearly like most people's.

  • Make menu plans for the week ahead; create grocery list and shop as needed.

  • Need to pick up or drop off any dry cleaning? Return library books, mail out Netflix mailers, or drop off rented DVDs?

  • Any elderly relatives who might like a phone call from you today?

  • Need to do any tidying up in your garden? I'm going to do some weeding later this afternoon, perhaps while I'm waiting for tasty things to finish baking.

  • Water houseplants, turn them to face the light, empty vases of dead flowers.

TODAY'S PROJECT: Baking Experimentation and Kitchen Organization

Fall Pie Crust Cutters, from Williams-Sonoma

Today I'm going to spend the day baking and experimenting in the kitchen. I tidied the kitchen yesterday to get ready. Now I can put on some music, make a pot of hot blackberry sage tea, and improve my baking skills.

Besides experimenting (I'm trying to improve my skills with cake decorating and fondant) I'll bake up some treats to drop off at various relatives' houses tonight. I'm doing a couple easy quick breads from Trader Joe's mixes - the apple spice bread, for starters. I'll also bake some lemon poppy seed muffins (from a box mix also) for our breakfasts tomorrow.

Duff's Pink Fondant, at Michael's

After I'm done baking and cooking, I'll need to do dishes, scrub the sink, wipe the counters and mop the floury floor. All in all, I bet I will have enjoyed a wonderful, happy time puttering around in my kitchen on a lazy Saturday afternoon.

When's the last time you organized a kitchen cupboard or two? Made a fun mess in the kitchen? Baked up some treats, whether from scratch or a box mix?

LOVELY BLOGS: The Mid-Century Menu

This blogger (Retroruth) and her husband recreate one weird vintage recipe every week and eat it for dinner. They share their experiences (both tasty and bad ones) here on the blog. Recent posts include a 1977 recipe for cream cheese sticks with Kix; a 1965 Seaway Float; and a gross sounding sausage apple noodle casserole which turned out to be not so bad. I love this concept, and I find it so funny that Retroruth sometimes includes pictures of her husband's face after he tastes the food.


Alice in Wonderland Shortbread Cookies (Sweetopia)

German Potato Salad (Stylish Cuisine)

The Great Pumpkin Cookie Makeover (The Sweet Adventures of Sugar Belle)

Homemade Wheat Thins (Smitten Kitchen)

Pumpkin Pie Refrigerator Oatmeal (Stylish Cuisine)

Pumpkin Rose Cupcakes (Your Cup of Cake)

Sesame Street Cookies (Bake at 350)

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