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Anyone baking today ?
December 17, 2011
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Ross
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shannan said:

No, because in the middle of holiday baking for gift baskets that are suppose to start being delivered tomorrow, my oven BURNT up! Really? Seriously? I give up.

 

Borrow the ovens at your church or ask your neighbors.

December 17, 2011
9:35 pm
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Shannon, that happened to CindyP, too. She packaged up the doughs and baking direx as gifts! Her post is somewhere around here!

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December 17, 2011
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Shannan, I feel your pain!!  But mine was early enough I altered my plans easily.  My oven still isn't fixed and I'm dealing with it great.  I just plan around it right now.  After the holidays……maybe.  Depends on how cheap I'm feeling then!  laugh

“Learn all you can from the mistakes of others. You won’t have time to make them all yourself.”  ― Alfred Sheinwold

December 18, 2011
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thank you for the advice. I am going to freeze some dough like Cindy did and give that as gifts. My crock pot is going to be working over time! Christmas dinner is going to have some major changes though. When it burnt up I just sat down and laughed and said I give up. If this is the way it's suppose to be so be it. I am smart and creative I will find a way to make this work! Thanks for the suggestion of the church never thought about that. Thank you!

December 18, 2011
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I think a crock pot or two, or an electric roaster if you can find one to buy or borrow would make for a fantastic dinner!  Make something different and have fun with it!  I know a lot of us cherish tradition and that can be wonderful, but Suzanne's “Christmas Coat Tree” sure isn't traditional and she's having fun with it.  I'll bet you could have a lot of fun with some unusual menu ideas and make it a very memorable day that's lots of fun!

I know it's not perfect, but few things are, so go with whatever works for now and enjoy is my best advice.

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December 18, 2011
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It is alright to use the grill at this time of year.

December 18, 2011
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I think I may have actually gotten something very close to my Grandmother's Babka baked yesterday.

It takes a LOT of mixing, and I split the recipe and mixed it in the bread machine, (2 loaf one) but it was SUCH a pain to do that, huge mess, dirty bowls from melting butter seperate, beating eggs etc etc, I hated it, but I love the way the bread turned out… I knew it was a wet dough, and I knew my Grandma mixed it with a gigantic wooden spoon for a long time till she finally added a bit more flour so she could knead it… but this time it really showed me that I wasn't leaving it wet enough for long enough while I mixed it.  This is the first time I really think I wished I had a KA mixer, or a Bosch, or whatever….  mostly I don't think it's worth it for me because of the lack of space. 

I probably won't get another batch tried with measurements perfected (I hope) till tomorrow…  but this loaf is pretty darn good!  Next time though, I'm going to stir it more like a batter for the first rise, this is a three rise recipe, and I think this is why!

 

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The other loaf is nicer looking but I'm taking it to my cousin's house in a little while, so it's wrapped up.  I cut the ugly one for us to eat.  Still tastes great though!

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December 18, 2011
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it's almost baking….this morning I did my annual FBR granola making to give as gifts.Image Enlarger

queen of make it fit

December 18, 2011
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happy-flowerThat granola looks so good–I hope you post your recipe to Farm Bell.

 Today I am doing my pre-baking mixing. I did this severakl years agao and swore I would never do it again! I spend one whole–long–day making just cookie doughs, then take a day of rest (that is an age thing ) then spend another whole day baking up a storm. I feel like a tv chef baking in a nice clean kitchen with out any dishes in the sing or counter clutter.

 Several years back when I did thins, we had a blizzard and were with out power for nearly 8 whole days, I lost all of my cookie dough, I was afraid to use it even though it was outside in coolers in very cold weather, because of the raw egg factor. Everyone around us in several counties had no power, we were lucky that we had a generator and a dear frind that fixed our furnace so we could keep warm, not an easy in the midst of an ice storm and bilzzard, but this year we will be lucky to seeing freezing temps for very long until after Christmas, so I feel safe in doing my pre-mixing–also now I have a gas range instead of electric yes…….just in case!

 Happy mixing and baking or what ever goodie you are making!

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December 18, 2011
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and here are my copycats of Ross' rollsImage Enlarger

queen of make it fit

December 18, 2011
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Deborah, I think you've got it. They look great. Enjoy !yes

December 18, 2011
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happy-flowerHi Deborah, I think you just received a gold star, Ross is an excellent teacher, I make my cinnamon rolls the way he posted.

 We are lucky that we have him to learn from on this blog–I think he can cook or fix just about anything.

  "Be kinder than necessary, everyone is fighting some sort of battle."

December 18, 2011
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2 loaves of whole wheat bread, 8 dozen peanut butter cup cookies, 6 dozen Hershey Kiss cookies, 6 dozen snickerdoodles, 6 dozen chocolate chip, 5 dozen toffee cookies, 6 dozen oatmeal, 6 dozen oatmeal raisin, 5 dozen sugar cookies.  My feet hurt, my belly is full, the kitchen is sticky, the grandkids got a bath in the sink, the water was everywhere!  Life is grand! 

 

Now if I count the number of cookies left after the kids snacked, the numbers for some reason are much smaller.  My son's favorite way of sneaking a cookie, Oh gee mom, that one broke, I'll have to eat it.  We had lots of broken cookies.

December 18, 2011
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happy-flower

 Kellyb,

 I have a theory about broken cookies–they contain less calories! wink

  "Be kinder than necessary, everyone is fighting some sort of battle."

December 18, 2011
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Yes, the calories always leak out of broken cookies, you can eat all you want.hungry

Remember, if it rains on your picnic it's also raining on your garden!

December 19, 2011
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JoJo & brookdale,

That makes perfect sense to me!  A broken cookie probably has negative calories.  At least that's what I'm trying to tell my butt!

December 19, 2011
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I just baked 3 small loaves of Orange Cranberry Nut bread. I found the recipe in my recipe box, I had cut it out of a magazine some time ago and had to try it. It smells sooo good baking, and tasteImage Enlargers pretty darn good too! Definitely a keeper!

I'll post it on Farm Bell for others to try.

Remember, if it rains on your picnic it's also raining on your garden!

December 19, 2011
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I baked a Challah yesterday to have with our dinner; it was my boyfriend's first time having it (poor deprived boy!) and I guess it went over pretty well since it's now gone.  I've now got a loaf of Pumpernickel in the bread machine–he's never had that either!–and we'll see how he likes that.  I'm looking forward to a grilled cheese sandwich tomorrow on Pumpernickel bread.  Yum!

 

I came home from the grocery store tonight with more molasses and corn syrup and found there was no room in the cupboard for them.  With all our baking adventures lately, the cupboard is full of dried fruits, nuts, and chocolate in various forms.  So my solution to that dilemma was to make a batch of granola bars with dried cherries, hazelnuts, and dark chocolate chips–I'm really looking forward to having one of those tomorrow as my mid-morning snack at work!

December 20, 2011
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Baked some chicken and blue cheese pasties to take to a sing-a-long tonight and mixed up a batch of gingerbread dough.

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December 20, 2011
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I just put a huge deep dish, crumb topped, peach pie in the oven. It should feed about 25 people tonight at the Community Cafe. I love helping out at this charitable event started by a young high school student. Churches and different groups cook and serve the meal 5 evenings a week all year long. Tonight is our churches turn. We are serving a full turkey meal…yum!

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