Sunday Comics, Late Edition

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As I was perusing the interwebs this evening,¬†I found something to add a bit of fun to this final week of craziness leading up to Christmas…

Happy Holidays!

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Oi Vey, What A Day!

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Day One of baking is complete.

We got off to a very rocky start, in which I learned what happens to a tablet when a bottle of olive oil committed hari kari out of the cabinet, landing on aforementioned tablet. This is something that I did not need nor want to know and I certainly did not need to see it. After a few choice words and a full 30 minutes of pouting,  I took a big breath, acknowledged the damage was done and got to work.

Things were rocking and rolling, until I forgot to take a tray of Pupcicle cookies out of the oven in time. They were even too¬†crispy to give to Addy. ¬†I’m not sure who was sadder at that moment in time: ME for the lost time of rolling and cutting cookies only to have it be a complete waste or ADDY who watched helplessly as I threw an entire sheet of pupcicle cookies in the trash. All I’m going to say in my defense is that I thought I had pulled them out and they were happily cooling on the sheet. But as I pulled them out, I remembered I had left them in for a few more minutes..and apparently forgot to reset the timer. OOOPS! Addy only forgave me when I promised to make more tomorrow. Well, that and I gave her a cookie from the batch before…

As I’m about to make my everything cookies, I pulled out a new box of brown sugar and it was hard as a rock. I could hear Ome’s voice in my head telling me to add a slice of bread, but this wasn’t it’s-a-bit-hard-from-being-left-open. This was use-it-as-a-weapon-hard. So I walked down to the corner store to get more and, alas, they did not have any. I took it a sign that I didn’t need to make everything cookies and so it seemed like a good place to stop for the night.

All doughs are made and happily hanging out chillaxing in the fridge. ¬†I even made some banana muffins since I spent the better part of the day starting at some very ripe bananas. All in all (tablet aside) it was a very productive day and I can’t wait to hand out all my goodies!!

Holy Pumpkin Cannoli, Batman!

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As I’m pulling out the butter and cream cheese to soften,¬† I realize I forgot to mention THE most important cookies of all: pupcicle cookies!

Whew! Glad I remembered…and by “remember,” I mean that Addy reminded me. I mean, how else am I going to get her to pose for cute holiday poses,¬† such as this one?

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Without cookies,¬† those poor antlers stay on approximately 3 seconds (although with the cookies, it’s only about 10 seconds,¬† so you have to have your camera in the ready position!).

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And so,¬† without further ado (unless,¬† of course, I’m forgetting something else,¬† but I don’t think I am), I give you the real holiday baking list!

Menu (note: recipes with links on in the post prior to this one!)
Apple Pumpkin Pupcicle cookies
Sausage Balls
Sour Cream Cookies
Molasses Cookies
Rice Crispie Trees
Everything Cookies
Chunky Kisses

Stay tuned in case I forgot something else. In the meantime, all the Christmas movies are queued up and ready to go. But perhaps a bit more coffee is needed before recipe reading is required!

Happy baking ya’ll!

Let The Baking Commence!

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Mmmmm…bacon! What? In my Texas twang, ¬†baking and bacon are homophones.

Anyway,  I digress (as per usual when bacon is involved!).

BAKING! I have been generously bestowed the gift of time this holiday season, so I plan to take full advantage and get some long overdue baking finished this weekend. And, of course, by “finished” I mean doing everything but the shopping.

This year, here’s what Lucy and I will be creating:

Menu:

Molasses cookies

Sour Cream Cookies by Jillee at One Good Thing by Jillee

Chunky Kisses (this is a recipe that I’m creating–aka tweaking–because baking without creating a new recipe is just boring!)

Rice Crispie Trees (yes,  I said trees not treats!)

Everything cookies (probably… I’m still on the fence about these, but all ingredients are on hand just in case!)

Sausage Balls (because we gotta have something savory!)

So that’s it! And now I’m curious: what kind of treats are you making/hoping will be made as the countdown to Christmas continues?

Check out FB (Epicurious Texan), Twitter (@epicurioustexan), and Instagram (epicurioustexan) throughout the weekend for updates!

Unexpected Holiday Cheer!

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I don’t know about you, but the fact that Christmas is less than a week away is, quite simply, mind boggling to me! ¬†Tuesday night I realized that if presents were going to get to intended recipients in time for Christmas they should have gone in the mail by Monday. ¬†OOOPS!

As such, I stayed up waaaaaay too late Tuesday wrapping, wrapping, packing, and even more wrapping! ¬†Early Wednesday morning, I head to the post office with a bit a dread in my pit of my tummy. ¬†I’m not going to lie, going to the post office in the middle of the holiday shipping season in New York City is not a fun or exciting adventure. ¬†I mean, it’s exciting (in not a good way) and it’s always an adventure! ¬†I went in after Thanksgiving to mail some pupcicle cookies to my newest pupcicle niece and I stood in line for an hour! ¬†AN HOUR! ¬†Alright fine, perhaps it was more like 50 minutes, but anything over 15 minutes might as well be an hour in my humble opinion.

Adding to the dread was the fact that I didn’t not have enough shipping boxes, so I’d have to go in and figure out which to use and then how to ship and bleh bleh bleh…

HO HO HO all wrapped up and ready to go!

HO HO HO all wrapped up and ready to go!

I opt for the post office at the ferry building. ¬†I figured the line would probably be the shortest, although you’re dealing with people trying to catch ferries, so the customers can be intense in an under-their-breath-commenting-about-hurry-up-I-have-to-catch-the-ferry sense of urgency about the place. ¬†So I had a plan going in. ¬†I was going to just have separate transactions. ¬†I’d first mail the boxes ready to go, ask the USPS worker their opinion about how to ship the rest, and then go pack my own boxes.

Sheila, my USPS lady, had other ideas for me. ¬†“That’s stupid,” she twanged with her thick Staten Island accent, “I gawt another teller–he can deal with everyone else.” ¬†You sure? ¬†Because I don’t mind–I got to the ferry an hour before I needed to be on a ferry (I WAS PREPARED, man!) “What are you tawkin’ about–don’t be crazy! ¬†We’re doing this.” ¬†Okay, we’re doing this.

So box by box, I placed all my presents on the scale and Sheila would tell me the best (aka least expensive) way to ship it and then she packed my beloved gifts in each box while I wrote out the tags.  Twenty minutes later and nearly $15 less than I had budgeted all of my gifts were happily on their way.

I felt an amazing sense of accomplishment and to celebrate and wait for my ferry, I went and had breakfast–with a coffee toast to Sheila, who truly embodies the spirit of customer service and made my holidays a bit brighter! ¬†I hope Santa will be bringing Sheila something spectacular for Christmas…I know that Santa-Shez will be bringing her a big ol’ plate of cookies!!

Fa la la la la la

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Christmas cookies

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Christmas cookies

As I’m pulling out Christmas decorations this morning, there was a knock at the door. As I protected the mailman from a very playful pupcicle, I was presented with a box FULL of April goodies, such as these delicious tidbits. Christmas cookies via mail? It is indeed the most magical time of the year!!!

To Can or Not To Can…

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When it comes to cranberries, it seems everyone has an opinion about which is better–canned or fresh. ¬†I’m in the Fresh camp, but I know people who are staunch proponents of the canned jellied variety. ¬†Apparently something about a slice of a canned cranberry log is appealing. ¬†Texture-wise, I can see the appeal. ¬†I will admit before seeing the fresh light, I enjoyed canned cranberries. ¬†But once I made homemade cranberry sauce, I’ve never even looked back because IMHO taste-wise, it just doesn’t compare. ¬†In a pinch, I will used canned whole cranberries and then doctor them up with cinnamon, cloves, and peach liquor or wine to add some homemade flavor (which is essentially what I add to my fresh cranberries).

crannnnnntastic!

crannnnnntastic!


So, my dear readers…which do you prefer? ¬†Say it loud and say it proud!!