Baked Goods

Yesterday at work, my managers asked me to talk to them in the office before I left. Once I’d clocked out, I went to see them. We talked for a bit, and I was honestly surprised at what they mentioned to me. I joked at first like, “Okay, what am I in trouble for now?” I knew it wasn’t anything like that, but what I was told was indeed out of the blue for me. More details to come eventually.

Have you ever made cookies before? Like the Nestlé Toll House recipe-type, or even your own concoction? I’m thinking I need to bake some goodies this year around the holidays. I love to bake when I get the time and ambition, and I have a lot of flour I bought at the beginning of the pandemic back in March/April, which expires in March of ’21, so I guess I need to use it. Last year, I made several kinds of cookies, as well as cupcakes. I think this year, there will be oatmeal-raisin-Craisin cookies, chocolate chip cookies, maybe some “Reese’s” cookies (chocolate cookies with peanut butter chips). If I get really ambitious, maybe some snickerdoodles.

I should probably bake some bread, as I have yeast and all that flour. I’ve never made bread from scratch before, so the yeast is a new concept for me. I could bake beer bread🤔. Beer bread is actually the easiest thing to make. It just takes flour, sugar, salt, baking powder and whatever beer you prefer. A little melted butter gives the bread a golden color, and mixed in the dough makes for a more flavorful bread. The alcohol bakes out, leaving the flavor of the beer. I usually use either Budweiser or Bud Light, but it doesn’t matter. One loaf uses a 12-oz can; I buy the 24-oz tall cans, and make a double batch, since it never lasts very long.

Ooh, I should bake blueberry muffin loaf. It’s just like blueberry muffins, but in the form of a loaf of bread. The last batch I made also had a streusel topping (also homemade). Now, if I could just find some time to accomplish this…with Thanksgiving approaching, I’ll be working beaucoup hours around then, since Thanksgiving is traditionally the biggest day of the year at Cracker Barrel. By the time Black Friday happens, I’ll be just about sick of turkey. Between slicing hundreds of breasts, portioning and serving them, I’ll have the smell of turkey stuck in my nose for a week afterwards.

Before I forget, here is the quote of the day:

“I don’t exactly know what it means to be ready. A cake when the oven timer goes off? Am I fully baked, or only half-baked?”

Jessica Savitch

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