It’s the best time of year, isn’t it?!
The festive spirit is in full swing, and there’s no place I’d rather be right now than in my kitchen baking up a storm. Or perhaps, in your kitchen depending on what you’re making for dinner ;)
For the past few years, I’ve been sharing how we get ready for the holidays in our house.
Here’s a little sneak peek at what we’ve been up to lately.
Baking with kids is a great idea in theory...
You put on some Christmas music, get out festive colored sprinkles, and settle into what you think is going to be a civilized activity…
Until your angelic children morph into wild raccoons as they fight over the endless amount of cookie cutters splayed on the kitchen table (the gingerbread man, always a hot ticket item, has been aptly re-named to ‘Gingerbread Fred’ by the way).
But in the end, it’s just harmless fun. It’s why we have vacuums. And wine.
You can find our cookie recipe here.
Every year, on the weekend after Thanksgiving, I make cookie dough logs to stash in the freezer.
I’m not sure what sounds more exciting- the thought of freshly baked cookies on a moments notice? Or the accomplishment of a freezer full of cookie dough?!
I think I made about 10 different varieties.
Switching gears from cookie dough to sourdough…
Sourdough is an art that’s meant to be shared.
My personal bread baking journey began in 2012, when my friend Celia shared her sourdough starter with me.
She dried a portion of her starter (named Priscilla) and sent it to me from Australia. As per her instructions, I renamed it and the rest is bread baking history.
I’d like to pass on this tradition to you.
I’m going to send 5 lucky people some of my sourdough starter!
You will receive instructions on how to rehydrate it, and when you’re ready to bake you can follow the recipe found here: Sourdough Bread.
If you’re interested, please leave me a comment below. This offer is open to blog subscribers and to those who have previously commented on sourdough.
And last but not least…
Can we talk about holiday gifts?!
My kids have 8 teachers between the two of them! I try to come up with interesting gift ideas, something that’s useful and not just extra clutter.
This year, I bought a bunch of Harney & Son’s Peppermint Tea (Target) and Paperwhite Bulb Kits (Trader Joe’s). I wrapped them together in cellophane and secured the tops with decorative raffia. You might remember this from last year with vanilla sugar…
Total cost= under $10.
These would make great grab bag gifts too, or gifts for those random people you don’t even realize you need gifts for.
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What’s going on in your kitchen this holiday season? Do tell!
*Joining the community over at Fig Jam & Lime Cordial for In My Kitchen, a monthly series featuring fabulous kitchens from around the world!