Yesterday, I spent about 9 hours in the kitchen. Because of the oven being on for so long, the temperature in the house got up to about 77 degrees in the living room - and it was by far hotter in the kitchen. By about 7:30pm, when the platter trays had been assembled and final dish put in the dishwasher, I was so relieved to have it all done.
By the numbers:
- 9 different kinds of treats
3 batches of molasses cookies
2 batches of sugar cookies
3 batches of chocolate chips cookies
3 batches of oatmeal raisin cookies
2 batches of cocoa candy cane cookies
2 pans of mounds bars
2 pans of saltine toffee
1 jelly roll pan of heath bars
2 pans of fudge
- 10 recipients of these various treats
- 4 holiday movies viewed while baking
- And, I don't think I want to consider how many pounds of sugar, flour, or chocolate chips that added up to....(but, note to self, it does take more chocolate chips that I anticipated, as I had to leave to go to the store for more at one point)
Fortunately, after everything was distributed, I still had a fair amount to put in the freezer for a Christmas Day assortment, and favorites for Sunriver. I think the bulk of the baking is officially done. It was a fun day (thanks in large part to John who took the kids for the day shopping - and thus out of the house), but I'm ready for a baking break for a while!