December 12, 2006

Bri + Baking = Love (and lots of cookies)

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Guess what I’ve been doing? I’ll give you a clue; it starts with b and ends in –aking. Yes, that’s right, lots and lots of eating, I mean baking, (the two go hand in hand, don’t they?). There’s no particular reason for my recent baking spree other than the fact that it’s more acceptable around the holiday season to do so. Quite frankly I’d bake mass quantities of things all the time because it makes me happy to do it, but not everyone is as willing as I am to indulge in sweets the whole year through, breakfast, lunch and dinner. They don’t know what they’re missing.

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The amount of baking I’m doing is getting a little ridiculous though. The cookie jars are overflowing and I’m considering buying some chickens because I’m going through an absurd amount of eggs. It wouldn’t be the first time that there have been fowl residing at my house either. One time Dad came home with a rooster. I have no idea why he did, but I hated that roosted. It never knew what time of day it was. Roosters are supposed to crow in the morning. This one must have been dyslexic or something because it didn’t matter if it was the middle of the night or the middle of the afternoon, this rooster would happily shout out his cock-a-doodle-doos. The rooster didn’t last too long.

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Then there was the time we had a pair of turkeys. Dad took great delight in telling people that the turkeys had names… Licious and Dee. He would then go on to explain “Get it? Dee---licious, delicious!” Clearly they were destined for the table from the very start. We also had quail for a while, they were kinda cute. And if I recall correctly, they actually did lay eggs. You should never get attached to edible animals at my house though, those quail dressed up nicely in a morel and white wine sauce. Don’t even try to call the deer in my backyard Bambi, a more appropriate name would be Tasty.

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Wasn’t this post about baking? Meh. Look at the pictures. The Lemon Sammies were previously named Angel Whispers, not in my kitchen! (I’m still on the fence about the word “sammies”). They were a bit of a pain to make though, the dough was way too dry and I knew this early on but still put two trays into the oven before adding some orange juice to the remaining dough to fix it. The tangerine drops were supposed to be orange drops. Tangerine is exponentially better. These were more cakey than cookie. The rum balls weren’t the best I’ve had, but that’s what I get for finding an inferior recipe. The chocolate chocolate cookies are borderline dense brownies, and that’s A-okay in my books! I will be making these again. Lastly, there are some unnamed cookies. The recipe I used calls them “Outrageous Chocolate Chip Cookies”, but there’s really nothing outrageous about them. They’re good enough, but what’s so shocking about peanut butter, oatmeal and chocolate chips? Nothing.

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I’ll leave you with one last photo, both animal and food related. A photo which is of a variety I never thought I would post. Although she’s been mentioned here before, my cat Kishu has yet to appear on my blog. Yes, I know there are even events specifically for showcasing your animals, but I’m not one to participate in weekend cat blogging, it seems like it verges too much on “cute” and you know I feel about that. I’d like to think of my cat as tough as opposed to cute. And so here’s my tough cat, causing trouble by interrupting my photo shoot.

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22 comments:

Pepper said...

First!

The lemon sandwiches look fantastic. (Last lemon dessert I tried failed terribly.)

Hope you post a venison recipe featuring Tasty! I usually do a daube...wild meat can be pretty strong flavoured.

And I, also, never thought I would see a cat on your blog...

foodiemama said...

yummy! i am jealous, littlefoodie has a time clock in his head and we are only allowed in the kitchen for baking once a day...of course, unless i supplied him with limitless amounts of chocolate to keep him busy! argghh, tomorrow i am baking!

Anonymous said...

Brilynn,
Great baking. I'm giving most of mine away...at least that's the justification I use to bake evne more. Yours look great...cool photos. Even the choc chip oatmeal are classic...otherwise why would there be so many recipes for them? Cool cat. Curious like mine.
Try the Linzer bars...easier and bit different than individual Linzer cookies. I'd comment under by blog, but having trouble with the password below, so I'll sign off as Elle at Feedingmyenthusiasms

K & S said...

gosh! you have been busy! love all these sweet treats. and the photos are making my mouth-water!

Tanna said...

You have gone over the edge and that is after going over the top. That is really cool baking and so good eating.

Ellie said...

Woah, the next time my mom rolls her eyes at me after I go on a baking binge, I am going to drag her to my PC to show her this! These treats all look amazing (even if they weren't all fantastic) - your kitchen must've smelt wonderful!

Anne said...

wow cookies! wish I could learn how to make them. They look really delicious :)

Jeff said...

That kitty is TOO cute..so intent

Lis said...

Holy crap woman! You are a baking maniac! I knew there was a reason I liked you so much =)

Cookies look yum.. and your kitten looks exactly like mine! :D

The TriniGourmet said...

omg those look sooo awesome :D please tell me your home is the local cookie :D

The TriniGourmet said...

lolz .... local cookie central spot :D hehe dunno why it got cut off

Kristen said...

My neighbors and my husband's co-workers love me this time of year because I'm a baking fool. I love baking all year round, but tend to go a bit overboard around the holidays. Food is love, right?

Those chocolate cookies look incredible. Do you have a recipe?

Abby said...

Those little tangerine bites are adorable. And yes, if you can't overcook at the holidays, when can you?

Jeff said...

That kitty is TOO cute! So intense! I'm using my gmail account as Blogger Beta won't let me comment under my account *pout*

Jeff

www.cforcooking.com

thordora said...

Feel free to send any extras my way. :)

FreyaE said...

Wow! I bet your neighbours and family members love you so much! I wish I could find the time to make such a fabulous bounty of biscuits and cakes! I hate having an empty biscuit tin! I must find the time at the weekend! Hope your kittie enjoyed her treat too!
Freya

Pie said...

See, if I come to your blog and look at all these baked goodies, I think I may just get back into baking mode! maybe! there is hope yet! Thank you for inspiring me!

And btw, your cat is adorable!! Sher of What Did You Eat also does WCB as well! :)

peabody said...

Wow, look at you bake! Come over to my house please.

Brilynn said...

Kristen: the chocolate cookies really were the best ones, you can find the recipe here:
http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Ultimate-Double-Chocolate-Cookies/Detail.aspx

Helene said...

Are you breathing ok through all that sugar! All the cookies look great!

Lauren said...

cooooookies! I'm gonna have cookie nightmares after I'm done. All of these look great.

Jen the bread freak said...

Ooooh! Nice mass holiday baking! I'm glad my mass baking made you feel less nutty, but you have done a wonderful job at the holiday baking craze! It all looks tasty :D