Good morning! I know Christmas means a lot of things, like goodwill to men (and women) and stuff. But to me, it also means cookies…lots and lots of cookies ;).
So last night, my sister and I baked! Now, if you would refer to my #11 on my “Casey” page, you would note that I am probably not going to be the Betty Crocker of our generation. However, I love to eat cookies and I love to play in the kitchen, so I continue to attempt new recipes. And I think the cookies turned out completely edible! A glass of wine (or two) helped:
So I will post pics of my cookie masterpieces in a second. But first, here’s a quick recap of my eats since yesterday:
That’s just a microwave omelet for dinner with some veggies: broccoli, mushrooms, and brussel sprouts. Poor little brussel sprouts. They are so misunderstood. They’re actually really good if you just give them a chance. 🙂
(Sorry there’s a bite out of the toast. I got hungry right before I took the picture. Hehe.)
Lunch yesterday was a bowl of butternut squash soup and a cranberry blue cheese salad from Paradise Cafe, which is a great place but a little pricey. Anyway, the soup tasted more like dessert (I know…shouldn’t be a bad thing!) and I couldn’t finish all of it. Plus, I’m not going to lie, the concept of squash as soup just freaks me out a little. I’m working on it. It’s very pretty though:
On to the cookies! We turned on my stellar collection of Christmas music featuring Ashley Tisdale, Jessica Simpson, Taylor Swift, and (save the best for last) Britney! (You know you’re jealous.) Then we started with these:
They’re called “Almond Crunch” and they’re from the Kraft holiday cookbook. That bubbling pot on the stove is brown sugar and butter, which melts into carmel. Mmm. The cookies called for matzo crackers, b/c it turns out it’s a Jewish dessert, and I had NO clue what matzo crackers are, and still don’t. I said to heck with the matzo crackers and used saltines instead. Mazel tov!
Our second batch looked like this:
Those are red velvet cookies, just like the cake. They stain your hands red and it kind of looks like blood. A little gross. But festive, I guess?
Frosted sugar cookies! Confession: we were a wee bit tired of the whole process by this time and so a few of those shifty little candy canes didn’t get iced…I’m just not talented enough with a tube of icing to create a realistic-looking candy cane.
One important baking note: I HATE saran wrap. I think it’s the most ridiculous, frustrating, inefficient invention ever. Yes, I feel quite strongly about it. So enter this stuff:
Just a way better version of plastic wrap. It clings to the sides of the dish, just like it says it does. I happened to get excited enough to take a picture.
On to breakfast this morning! I had banana oatmeal, again. But this morning’s came in a festive reindeer bowl:
You cannot see the reindeer at the bottom (not a real one) b/c it’s covered with oatmeal. But it’s there, I promise. And this bowl had the addition of lingonberry jam, which is delicious on something savory, like a turkey and swiss sandwich. But it weirded me out on top of the oatmeal, and I just couldn’t eat it. The flavors just didn’t go together…lesson learned. 🙂
Happy Christmas Eve Eve!!