Monday, December 14, 2009
I love today
I got up very early this morning to a kitchen that I had prepped the night before. There were bowls and measuring cups waiting for me on the counter. Cookie sheets were lined with parchment paper and stacked on the stove. Cookbooks were piled up in order of how I wanted to get things done. Since I was tripling and quadrupling recipes, I had done all the math ahead of time and made notes in my cookbooks so my morning brain would not be needed for complex multiplication so early.
I wasn't sure I would be doing my Christmas cookie mailing this year. I wondered if that time would be spent better sleeping. Or watching How The Grinch Stole Christmas with Isaac's hand on my knee. But I made the mistake of picking up Martha Stewart's Christmas baking issue and I was sold. It had to be done. And I just love doing it.
Today didn't go exactly as planned. One recipe flopped entirely. My pink stars are too pink...I wanted something softer looking. I planned for 10 chocolate mint wafers to fit into each baggie, but only 5 could squeeze in. And my "Bourbon Pecan Pralines" are more like "Brandy Glazed Mixed Nuts". But that stuff just happens. And today I was great about rolling with it. And I'm not always great with that.
And after many hours in my kitchen today making goodies for loved ones far away, I'll be ordering pizza for the loved ones I live with. And I don't foresee any arguments about that. ;)