Thursday, February 2, 2017
Friday, January 13, 2017
I got home at nearly 7, thanks to having to stop and argue with evil phone companies. Then I had another hour or two on the phone. I am still mad. Then I finally tackled the rest of the baking.
Melted chocolate for the caramel peanut clusters. Yes, it's messy.
Leftover chocolate and peanuts (I broke it up into chunks)
Batches of butterscotch cookies
Chocolate caramel peanut candy hardening
The finished produce - one tub of chocolate peanut caramel candy, one box of....a TON of cookies and chocolate peanut chunks.
I didn't finish until nearly 1am. I hate everything. I am done.
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Night 2 of baking. Grim determination is writ upon my face.
Caramel peanut clusters cooling
Melting the last of the caramel - all the clusters are done and cooling. I will dip them in chocolate tomorrow. The book sale starts on Thursday, so I'll bring them in Friday.
Baking the M&M cookies I made the dough for last night.
Two batches of chocolate chip dough.
M&M cookies finished. I labeled them "gooshy M&M cookies" and packed them up for the sale tomorrow.
I batch of butterscotch cookie dough.
Sweet cornbread muffins
Damnit the bottom stuck. Guess I'm eating this cornbread. *mutter*
So, current total for bake sale - 1 box of gooshy M&M cookies, six large sweet cornbread muffins. To do Thursday evening. Melt chocolate and coat caramel, bake the rest of the cookies. To do Friday morning - hopefully everything will be cool and I'll pack them up. Phew!
My feet hurt.
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Having put off this project until the book and bake sale is THURSDAY I realized I could wait no longer. I had unwrapped a bunch of caramels over the past few days and when I got home this evening I started the melting.
I melted vast numbers of caramels, mixed them with peanuts, and formed them into clusters. This leaves out me dropping caramels, forgetting to grease the wax paper and foil and then having to peeel it off bit by bit, burning my fingers on the caramel, wondering why the butter smelled weird, realized it expired two years ago (but it was in the freezer, so whatever) and wondering why I ever thought this was a good idea.
This is the result. They are not done. They still need to be coated with chocolate and I have an entire bowl of caramel still to melt.
Meanwhile, I was also mixing cookie dough. I'm determined to use up all this baking stuff, especially the stockpile of butter.
Two batches of M&M cookie dough.
Then I did dishes. My mother would be proud of me. Now all I have to do is melt the rest of the caramel and mix in peanuts, cool them, melt and coat with chocolate, cool them, package them for the bake sale. Bake and cool M&M cookies. Make 3 more batches of cookie dough - chocolate chip and butterscotch. Bake and cool. Package cookies. Haul them all to work. I hope I get book money out of this...
Tuesday, December 20, 2016
Usually, I spend any time off around Christmas working on Cybils. Or just working. But this year my sister came so we did Fun Things.
We got a little Christmas tree and decorated it with my stored ornaments. Note that it was FREEZING but we did it anyways!
We went to the Christkindlmarket in Chicago (Sara the Librarian not pictured - she took the picture) We were very cold but we had fun! I bought fancy soap and lotion at L'occitane en Provence, we had tasty food at French Market and we did not get lost!
My Christmas/birthday presents from the market!