I have been baking quite a bit in the past week.

My daughter and her dear friend, Katy, usually prepare a gingerbread church for the young children to decorate during their Religious Ed session while the parents in the main church.  By the way, they hold their RE in a yurt!   So cool!   Katy is a full-time working mother and of course, Sara has been very busy at the hospital with Dave.   I offered to make the gingerbread pieces this year for them.

It’s so much fun to have a large kitchen and a Kitchen-Aid mixer, not to mention a long counter, to work on!  I really enjoyed myself.  They had a pattern they had used other times so all I had to do was make the cookie dough, chill it, roll it out and then cut all the prescribed pieces.

It took 3 batches of gingerbread dough and quite a few trays of pieces to get all the necessary walls, roofing, doors, and steeple together.

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The stained glass windows  are made with crushed Life Savers.  I baked the church walls, then while they were still hot on the baking sheet and parchment paper, I sprinkled the Life Savers in the window areas.  I let it sit for a few minutes and the candies started to melt.  I stuck the baking sheet back into the oven and carefully watched while the candies finished melting.

 

As if that wasn’t enough baking for one week, Sara had sent me a Pinterest pin for a German Chocolate Cookie.   I checked it out; they couldn’t be easier.  I decided she was entitled to something special so I got the missing ingredients and made these delicious cookies just for her.  Anyone else wanting one, had to ask Sara for one.  (hehehe, meanie me)

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They are a three-step cookie but not difficult to make.  HERE is where I got the recipe for these yummy cookies.

Several days later, I realized it was almost our son, Jonathan’s, birthday.  When we are in Florida, I often make him Peanut Butter Blossom cookies and mail them to him for his birthday.  Well, he and his lovely wife, Aubrey, were planning a visit to Dave on Saturday so I got together more baking ingredients and went to work making Peanut Butter Blossoms.

I ended up making half Peanut Butter Blossoms and half S’Mores Cookies, also a Pinterest find.   HERE I found out the process, exactly how did they do the marshmallow part….  but I actually used the Blossoms peanut butter cookie rather then the graham-crackery one they suggested.  They were easy to make too.!

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Again, what fun to use the Kitchen-Aid mixer and the big oven.  When (and it’s rarely) I make cookies in the RV, I can only bake six at a time.   It makes the process seem endless!!!

So that’s what I did last week!   And I haven’t even told you about our weekend yet!  I guess I’ll have to do another post this week!

Hugs,

Marsha