With the holidays just around the corner, I have been spending time in the kitchen making treats for you. Chocolate sugar cookie snowflakes, peppermint bark, and even macarons have all been boxed up and frozen for the Christmas parties to come. Unfortunately, due to a series of strange and unfortunate circumstances, I cannot share these recipes with you today.
It started with the wind. Living in the Upper Midwest, I often use the "freezer" outside my window to chill sugar cookie dough before baking (one of my cookie tips). After playing around with my tried-and-true recipe, I rolled out a dozen cookies, and set the baking sheet outdoors to chill. Ten minutes later, ready to pop them in the hot oven, I realized the prairie wind had literally blown them away. With a quickly setting sun, I made plans to make them again the next weekend so I would have time to snap a few photographs too.
As the next weekend approached, with all of my baking plans on deck, there was a freak heat wave and all of the snow melted. Normally I would be quite cheery about such a thing, but the warmth brought in a great fog that settled over the region. Since I could hardly see the cars on the street outside my window, taking any type of photography was out of the question. There simply was no light to be found.
So now I have a kitchen full of treats, but no real way to share them with you. I'm crossing my fingers that next weekend brings more light and time to spend in the kitchen so that all is not for naught. In the meanwhile, I've compiled a list of some of my favorite holiday recipes in hopes that they will inspire you. Enjoy, dear friends!