Leave it to a kid. Today, we had a nice cool rainy day. Perfect for baking cookies. So, we got out the baking supplies and made up a batch of the Amish Sugar Cookies. These are a type that bake up all puffy and soft. Just right for a little girl who has a wiggly front tooth! As we were making the cookies, she sat there munching on one with her cup of tea. After a moment, she said, “Momma, it is getting cooler now. When can we start making Christmas cookies?” sigh
Last weekend, my darling husband was humming Christmas carols. Now, our daughter is wanting to start making Christmas cookies. Are they in a hurry or something? LOL I looked at the calendar and decided that maybe it is time to start planning the baking. I prefer to have all ingredients in the pantry well stocked before the baking commences. Nothing gets me riled more than having to make a quick trip to the over-priced little grocery store 10 miles from home to get a much needed ingredient at the last minute. Unfortunately, that store is the closest to home.
So, with that in mind, I am going through my recipes and making a list of things needed for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners. All the recipes for the meals as well as the baked goods. From those, a master list of ingredients will be written up. I look at the amount of flour I will be using to do all this baking and realize it may be a good thing that I have that Sam’s Club card. They are the cheapest on the large bags of flour & sugar. I buy yeast there also. The yeast comes in a twin pack of (2) 1 pound packages of the dry active yeast. For our family, that is a 1 year supply of yeast. Thankfully, it only costs about $4.00 for the twin pack, a savings of $198.00 when compared to the same volume of yeast if I bought the little jars or packets at the grocery store as most people do. That one item’s savings is far more than the cost of our membership. But I digress.
As I go through the recipes, I am finding the old favorites as well as a couple of new ones that I would like to try. I have a family filled with “cookie monsters” who raid the cookies as fast as I can get them out of the oven. I keep forgetting each year to buy plastic containers to store the cookies and other baked goods in. Planning ahead now will give me the chance to get the containers and have them ready. I especially want to have a couple for Joe to take on the truck with him so that he can have baked goodies while he is gone.
Is anyone else beginning their holiday baking plans?