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.
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)
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.!
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!