Monday, December 17, 2007

Run, Run as Fast as You Can...

Sunday was Gingerbread Man making day at our house! Erin needed 45 of them for her (and Renee's, too) Kindergarten students. I had purchased two sizes of small Gingerbread cookie cutters well before Halloween because last year we had to make the Gingerbread into STARS! The little Man shapes were all sold out.

I mixed the dough and showed Erin how to roll and cut the cookies. The I sat back with an eggnog and watched the proceedings. Fun!! By the end, she was doing a superior jobof rolling the dough out very evenly, and the rows of tiny Gingerbread Men waiting for small hands to finish decorating them on friday with icing and "sprinkles" and colored sugar was almost too sweet to contemplate. What a nice way to end the childrens' week!

Erin said she had forgotten how much fun it was to bake... and I reminded her that we'd be baking Mince Pies for Grandpa on Monday next... she was pleased to be included I think.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Waitin' (and cookin' and waitin' some more...)

My JC classes don't start until January 16th, and I'm going out of town for the Holidays... so right now I'm just making and freezing appetizers to take along, bottling my own 'take' on Coffee-Brandy, and baking Chocolate Biscotti for Christmas presents. And waiting.

So far, no nasty email saying the evening section of PCB is cancelled... so that's a good thing.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Open Wide!

Here's a thought... I'll do a cooking blog.

I'm continuing my culinary training at the JC this semester with "Professional Cooking Basics" as an evening class (I'll never do the Culinary Arts Certificate, though, because I'm not a frantic enough chef - I just want to be able to cook in a professional manner... maybe become a "Personal Chef" after I retire from teaching), and both "Yeast Breads" and "Flatbreads of the World" for my Baking and Pastry Certificate. This is provided that all the classes fly - last semester PCB at night was cancelled because of low enrollment. If all goes well, I can take the last two Bakery course and Production Baking in the Summer.. and I'll get my Pastry Certificate this year!

Lots of other things are going on in my life right now, as well, so I really don't know if the plan will stay the same for the entire semester (or even the MONTH).