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Anyone baking today ?
December 20, 2011
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That sounds very interesting Miss Judy, could you tell us more about it?  Is it a free community meal? Donations probably accepted though huh?  Where do they have it? I think we need a new topic!   Several churches here have a community dinner in this area, I should check them out, bet my dad would enjoy going now and then to meet up with people and such.

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December 20, 2011
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Buckeye girl, A lot of senior centers also offer hot meals at noon each weekday for a modest contribution. I attend 3-4 days a week myself as I am alone and this way I know I get a nutritionally balanced meal. My fasting glucose level (T2 diabetic) has dropped dramatically since I started doing this.

 It is also a time for meeting and visiting with people. Specific days are dedicated to games, exercise classes for seniors, day trips, etc. I really, really enjoy it.  

 At Thanksgiving and Christmas they put on a huge 'spread'. For Thanksgiving I helped serve 200+ people. I wore a maid's costume with Mob Cap and apron, and a very thick Irish accent. I was able to 'hold' that accent and stay in character for 2 hours. I 'think' my picture on this forum shows me in the cap (I made it in about 20 minutes).

 Well, I have 8 Bacardi rum cakes in the freezer. One large and 7 mini-loaves. TSA says they can go through in my checked baggage. I will pop them in minutes before the shuttle arrives and we shall see.

 Also have my knitting to put into my carry on. Instead of traveling to grandma's house, grandma is traveling to see the kids, gkids, and solitary ggkid. :)

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December 20, 2011
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happy-flower

    This morning I made a raisin cake for My Dear Hubby, it is the same recipe that his Grandmother used over 100 years ago, it has very special meaning to him, and it is a cake the I especially love to make for this reason.

 I made one a couple weeks ago and added lot of pecans and candied fruit for use as a fruitcake, I am one of those that really likes good fruit cake, and I am sure they last for ever in the fridge, but even those that dont cake for fruitcake seem to like this one, maybe it is the eggnog or spiked coffee that I serve with it! laugh

 ANYWAY……………happy baking today!!

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December 21, 2011
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My father's in a nursing home and always eats at the same table in the dining room with three other sweet old guys.  I wanted to bring them all a little treat on Xmas eve, but wasn't sure what dietary restrictions they might have, so I called the nursing home yesterday and asked one of the administrators.  Her response:  IT'S CHRISTMAS, THERE ARE NO DIETARY RESTRICTIONS!!  (That's the way she talks, in all caps!)  So tonight I'm making the dough for the cookies; I'm thinking soft molasses cookies, blondies with chocolate chips, and some so-called “Chocolate Crack” (saltines with toffee and chocolate on them).

December 22, 2011
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The smell of gingerbread is in the air. The poor little men are suffocating in a ziploc bag, but they still have  a smile on their faces!  Made a cinnamon streusel cake today, too. AND I have a batch of sugar cookie dough in the fridge along with Grandmother Pastry Dough. I think I'm going to turn that into an apple ring. Can't wait to try it out.

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December 23, 2011
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Yesterday morning I made 4 loaves of bread, 2 were gifts for co-workers. I presented the bread with a small cutting board (Walmart $3), a bread knife (Dollar store) and a pot of my jam. I am so pleased to be able to make a loaf of bread good enough to be given as a gift.

December 23, 2011
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The part for my oven comes in today!!!!! Woo Hoo!!!! Santa will have some homemade sugar cookies waiting for him! Happy Baking and thanks for your support!!

shimmy

December 23, 2011
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shannan….I'll bet that will be the most enjoyable batch of cookies you ever made!yes

December 23, 2011
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Good morning from the farm here in PA! I'm going to make some homemade rolls from Grandma's Bread recipe for supper! We are having a little difficult Christmas this yr due to my husband's passing but we are all trying to have a little holiday spirit. I'm going to bake a spiral ham, making potatoe casserole with herb crumbs, veggies & dip, corn. I'm going also to dip my Cake Bites in chocolate that I made last nite. If any of you that haven't tryed cake bites you don't know what you are missing. I made a chocolate fudge cake, cooled it, added a tub of chocolate frosting to it after it cooled. Made the balls, froze them, will dip them in melted chocolate and then sprinkle with colored sprinkles. They are so pretty also for cooky trays. shimmy

December 23, 2011
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Does toasting almonds count?  Getting ready to make some “candy.”  It's just toasted almonds covered with chocolate, but they are VERY good, and expected by the neighbors.  (And the neighbors are soooo worth making these!) 

Collecting things for finally making some fruitcake.  Going to assemble as much as possible today, maybe bake the dark cakes, then do the white fruitcakes tomorrow.

Then, more candy.  And if the spirit is still with us, some sugar cookies!  Might just mix those up today and bake them off tomorrow. 

Want some cranberry/pecan bread loaves as well.

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December 23, 2011
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The annual cookie bake is done and a number of boxes shipped or handed out … did only 1200 count (they are bite-sized) this year but we have less folks to hand out to these days.  For family I've done Chex Mix Traditional, Muddy Buddies (my DD's favorite) and, last night, a version of DH's favorite Moose Munch (baked caramel popcorn with nuts, toffee bits and drizzled chocolate).  Today is finishing up cranberry chutney and getting ready for Christmas Bread with the chopping of the cherries and grinding almonds, lemon peel, etc for tomorrow's bread bake-athon of two large loaves.  Christmas dinner is going to be simple but there better be Christmas Bread!

December 23, 2011
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You guys are all SO ambitious! I’m in awe. I have two more babkas rising now, one for us and one for a neighbor lady. I’m keeping track of the ingredients very carefully, and trying to figure out exactly how to make it best before I post any recipe for it though. My cousin agrees I’m darn close though!

In case you’re wondering, (or you aren’t Polish) Babka is a sweet egg/butter dough with raisins in it. It’s sort of amped up raisin bread! The trick is to get it sweet enough, but not too sweet, and not overdoing the raisins either. It’s a slightly frugal recipe, butter and eggs and milk in it, because those things you have on the farm. The sugar and raisins are a real treat, and this recipe has vanilla in it too, which I’m SURE my Grandma never used, but it’s a nice addition I think. It’s traditional holiday food and a bit of extra work, but SO worth it.

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December 23, 2011
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Ah, yes, BG, we NEED that recipe, and pics of the process.  But it sounds like it would be good any time.  Ummm – thinking about french toast made with it.

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December 23, 2011
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All I have done is a little batch of bread for hors d'oeuvre. Just three cups of flour.

December 23, 2011
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I have been in high gear baking the last two days.  I have made a double batch of peanut butter balls, chocolate fudge with walnuts, peanut butter fudge, iced oatmeal cookies with raisins (Suzanne's recipe), chocolate chip cookies, peanut butter cookies, shortbread cookies, and sugar cookies. I still have two Boston creme pies, an angel food cake (with strawberries and whipped creme, a apple pie, chocolate pie and two loaves of bread to do. 

We always spend Christmas Eve at my daughter and her family's house and Christmas evening with my sister and family.  I love to bake and take gift boxes of cookies and candies along with bread, pies and cake.  Of course I have to have a box of goodies for DH and myself. 

Christmas is a eating holiday for us.  Can you tell?

Hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday!!!!!sun2

December 24, 2011
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Finally, FINALLY, have two fruitcakes in the oven!  Not sure how much the batter weighed, but there is over 5 pounds of fruit, nuts, and butter in there!

Now to get all those bowls cleared away.  “Somebody” said that he would help clean up, but he's taking a nap first.  (In all fairness, he had already announced the nap when he discovered it was time to clear the kitchen.  We'll see.  May just go take a nap myself!)

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December 24, 2011
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Nope. Closest thing I will come to baking is chex mix in two flavors. I am making several barks though 'cause they are easy and I stashed the makings for them over the past month. Has been a challenge shopping and stuff with a toddler in tow at my age but as she says “I did” LOL. Decided to take it easy on MYself – gift bags instead of wrapping everything, etc. and some of the usual just isn't happening this year and it's OK!

 

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December 24, 2011
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happy-flowerI am going to make some cinnamon rolls and keep them in the fridge till morning, we will have them for our breakfast.

 

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!!

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

December 24, 2011
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I'll be making traditional slovak cookies (heart attacks waiting to happen…cream cheese and butter dough), and pagach, a filled bread.

I want to wish all of you wonderful people at CITR a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!  Thank you all for sharing your lives!  You are all an inspiration!  smiley-puppy

December 24, 2011
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Sweet potato biscuits, Jordan rolls and soft wheat sourdough rolls. french

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