Tuesday, November 21, 2006

A lot of loaves

If the preliminary stacks of pumpkin chocolate chip loaves in my freezer are any indication, it looks like I'm well on my way to making up for last years Holiday Season Without a Kitchen.

I'll admit, it was something of a relief knowing that even if I wanted to, I couldn't bake or cook a single thing last December since an enormous hole in the kitchen floor and lack of appliances prevented me from doing so.

Oops, so sorry, can't bring a homemade pie to Hanukkah this year - guess I'll have to go to the bakery and pickie one up! Fresh orange cake you loved so much last year? Sorry, not this year - no kitchen! Mashed potatoes? No stove. Smoked turkey? No oven. Borrow a platter? Packed in a box in the garage.

Best I could do was babysit the couch with my ass. It was a joyous time.

This year, however, we have a fully functioning kitchen and doesn't everyone just know it. I have on deck for the coming long weekend, a baking schedule to rival most patisseries. There will be citrus pound cake. And chocolate chip loaf. And fresh orange cake. And maybe some more pumpkin chocolate chip bread. Oh, and lemon poppyseed cake. All in mini-loaf form and headed for our neighbors doorsteps or my coworkers desks.

This here is about as merry as I get during the holidays since it is the holiday activity I can do while wearing my fugly librarian sweater, ratty jeans and comfy slippers. Plus, since the oven is on, the house is NOT freezing and I don't have to be bundled on the couch wearing everything I own.

Extra bonus, chimney man came for the third and final time (how do they always find something extra wrong and end up having to make multiple return visits?) this morning so I can put the fireplace to work on the half cord of firewood sitting outside the back door.

So, I'll crank up the heater, light the fireplace, fire up the oven and by Sunday I should be doing my baking in a bikini.

And now I'm thankful for my daily visits to the gym.


  1. LOVE it. Relax and enjoy. See if you can't FedEx one-a-them puppies over heah...

  2. yum! I never noticed you are actually from the same place as me...

    well I don't live there any more but a while ago I used to...

  3. I just came by to see what time dinner is tomorrow. I assume you're doing an All Pie Thanksgiving, and I don't want to miss the first course.

    While I'm waiting, I'll take one of those scrumptious looking cakes. Oh hell, give me one of each flavor--you said they're the mini size, right?

    As always, Finny, you have me LOL at your spectacular wit and wonderful way with words. And hey--that kitchen garden post wasn't meant to be bragging. It was meant to INSPIRE. Just in case you don't want to live on impatients next fall. Oh wait. You have pie. And cake. You're all set then.

    P.S. The Christmas stocking is darling, and I love the colors--almost as much as the story about it. Cheers! : )

  4. oooh! you're baking so many things in your new kitchen. everything sounds delish!

  5. Yum, that fresh orange cake sounds great! I hope you post pics of your baking extravaganza. I won't start mine for a couple of weeks. Have fun!

  6. It looks amazing! I want to taste it!!


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