Merry Christmas, Merry Baking everyone! I’m back in the kitchen stirring up bowls of holiday goodies to share with coworkers and friends. Take time out to do something special for those you care about.
It’s been an adjustment here at The Log Home Kitchen since going back to work full time. With Hubs on the mend, and being stuck somewhere in the middle of midlife and retirement, it was time to give the apron a rest. The right job came along with a benefit package I couldn’t refuse. So hi ho, hi ho, it’s off to work I’ve been going.
In the spirit of the holidays, I wanted to share with you some shortcuts and tips with a few of my faves that have become standards for the cookie tray. Last year I was given the opportunity to work with the Krusteaz brand of baking mixes. As “in the box.” To my surprise, they were awesomely delicious and so easy. I highly suggest grabbing some boxes off the grocer shelf. And no, they aren’t paying me for suggesting this.
Here were my creations from those fabulous add-water-to-the-mix conveniences. You can get more details from the post Bake It Easy With Krusteaz.
For those of you that know me, I love to shop the thrifts and antique shops throughout the year. I love to gather seasonal plates and such to use for serving and gift giving. They make a special statement. Like you took the time to make the presentation a bit on the spectacular side. So if you see items during the year, grab them and find a space in a closet for safe keeping. You’ll be so glad you did. Not only will you have memories of the day you bought them, but the recipients reaction as well.
Be sure to try these Caramel and Chocolate Pecan bars. They’re always a hit, and they disappear fast. And don’t forget good ol’ Scotcharoos. They’re chocolately rich. No calorie counting here! Last but not least, wake those sleepy heads up with the aroma of freshly baked Cranberry Orange Scones. Now these are what Christmas morning is all about. No matter how much or how little you’re able to pull off during this hectic time, enjoy the moment. Pause and take a deep breath. You’ll be glad you did.
I finally got one of those big ah-ha moments while recently reading Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. It made me realize that it’s not about being rewarded monetarily or otherwise for how much or how hard you work at something you love to do. Instead it’s about the process, the joy it brings while you’re creating that which you love to share with others. No one says you have to become famous for it. And if you get a big break, that’s icing on the cake. For this city girl gone country, I’m going to savor the journey.
What makes your heart sing? We all have incredible gifts to share with the world. We’d love to hear about yours.
May you all have the merriest of holidays. Merry Christmas, and Merry Baking!