I have a confession: this post has nothing to do with books. It does, however, have everything to do with cookies. Tons and tons of cookies. You see, for the past week Kim has been baking non-stop. I don’t think our oven has been turned off once (don’t freak out: I turn it off at night, I’m just being facetious.) After a few trips to the store to get a metric ton of flour, sugar, butter (hello Paula Dean!) and other groceries, it’s been a patisserie paradise here.
This all began earlier this month, when Kim’s mom decided to forgo her normal tradition of baking Christmas cookies. In order to fill the void, Kim has stepped up to be the cookie provider of the family. Now that we’ve moved (see details here), we have a much larger kitchen in which to do the baking. So far, we’ve made oatmeal raisin, oatmeal scotchies (raisins replaced with butterscotch pieces), snickerdoodles, chocolate chip, jelly thumb print, and lemon squares. There is now a constant rumble of the Kitchen Aid mixer whirring to go along with all the wonderful smells of cookies in the air.
So far, I’ve brought cookies to work, we’ve given them to Kim’s family, and plan on giving more to my family. That will then leave only 10,000 dozen left (kidding), so we had some friends over last night to help with the baking and eating. It was a lot of fun, and to be honest I lent my skills to drink mixing instead of baking for the evening. When I am conscripted to help with the baking, my talents are limited to forming the dough into balls and putting them on the cookie sheets. Real 1st grade stuff, I know. But, it needs to get done, so I’m happy to help.
And, all jokes aside, I hope this becomes more of a tradition for us. It brings a bit more joy to the holiday season and makes me happy to see Kim taking up the reins of this tradition from her family with such enthusiasm. She does a great job! Also, as an added benefit I get to test my body’s abilities to produce insulin in mass quantities (sorry, had to throw at least one science joke in.) Speaking of holiday traditions, let us know below what you like to do during the holiday season! Baking? Volunteering? Gift wrapping? It’s a time to give back to others and reflect on the year, so I encourage everyone to do something this year.
And, from all of us at Reflections, we wish you all the happiest of holidays and a safe and healthy new year!