I Love – Love – Love the holidays. The house is decorated, the Christmas tree is up, the presents are wrapped and under the tree. It’s amazing.
And this year, I’ve done some baking. I used to make my uncle cookies every year, but once I started living on my own it didn’t make much sense to do a lot of baking. But I’ve found I love baking again.
I discovered this year I can make fudge. And good fudge at that! I just use the Carnation Fudge recipe, but I use high quality chocolate chips. So I made a batch for New Year’s and a batch for Christmas at my parents.
I also made Self Frosting Nutella Cupcakes, as I found at BakingBites. They seem good – though we haven’t had more than a nibble here and there – we’re saving them for Christmas. The only issue I had is that the recipe says 12 cupcakes, only I really could have gotten 15 or so out of the batter. So mine turned out a little on the large side and overflowing the cup size. But it was a learning experience.
We have a party every New Year’s Eve, and this year I did a bunch of cookies – and froze them! I’m always stressed that day between the cleaning and the cooking. So this year, we’re taking it easy. It’s in open house style, and the food is all themed around being able to be easy and sit out for a while. No rushing to make sure everything is hot. Plus, I get to try out some of my cookie recipes I’ve been wanting to do for ages.
Another thing I learned is that I really need some better baking supplies. And a mixing bowl – high sided and metal. The glass ones I have are nice, but the sides are so low that batter splurts everywhere when I use my hand-held mixer. So my husband offered baking supplies to me for my birthday. I printed a wishlist of goodies for him to peruse.
I’m really looking forward to Christmas and celebrating with the family. Not to mention the extra long weekend we’ll get at work. So I wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!test Filed under Life and All That | Comment (1)