Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Bake Day

I love being in the kitchen with my girls.  Being as far apart as we are it doesn't happen enough for my liking.  So, while Erin was here we planned a bake day with Kay.  Wish you could have been here too, Kandyce!

Aren't they beautiful.  Erin on the left, and d-i-l, Kay, who brought over her Kitchenaid to help us make...

... homemade cardamon marshmallows to go on our homemade chai masala tea graham crackers which we used to make chai tea s'mores.  Seriously delicious. Really, Kandyce, you should have been here!  Sorry, no s'more pictures.  You'll just have to take a look at the finished product and recipe here.  

Our marshmallow recipe came from here. We added about a tablespoon of cardamon powder to it.  I haven't roasted one of these yet, but I am thinking that also will be a real treat since I do love roasted marshmallows and cardamon.  

We also made butterscotch oatmeal cookies ...

... and these,
 which were Kay's recipe find of the day, 
Caramel Stuffed Apple Cider Cookies.  Recipe here.

We were good.  We didn't eat all of those cookies by ourselves.  We shared.  Boxes got packed and sent off to one lonely husband/daddy in New York state, and two hungry college students, Matthew in Minneapolis and Erin's friend, Lauren, at Messiah.

Yesterday, Erin and I made these Mini Caramel Pumpkin Cheesecake bites.  Ours didn't turn out quite as pretty as the picture in the recipe.  They sort of fell apart when I tried to take them out of the muffin tins.  Kay's camera helped, though.  Lots nicer photo than mine would have done. In true Julia Child fashion, we drizzled them with homemade caramel sauce which gussied them up nicely and cried, "Who's to know..."

OK, you may be thinking that's a whole lot of sweets you people are eating.  Well, yes, it is.  But we are following the rule.  Michael Pollan's rule #39, that is.
"Eat all the junk food you want as long as you cook it yourself.  
If you made all the french fries you ate, you would eat them much less often, if only because they're so much work.  The same holds true for fried chicken, chips, cakes, pies, and ice cream.  Enjoy these treats as often as you're willing to prepare them -- chances are good it won't be every day."
He's right about that.  I wouldn't make these goodies every day, but when my girls are here, it's cause for celebration and some memorable treats!


Scotty and Lisa said...

Fun times and yummy treats! So glad you had some time with Erin and Clara.

Valerie Johnson said...

There is absolutely nothing in this world better than being in the kitchen with the special people in your life..!!! Whether it be cooking or baking, it just doesn't get any better than that..
You are a very blessed Mom and Gramma!
And I would say anyone receiving such beautiful yummy goodies made with such love is pretty darn blessed too!
Thank you for sharing...

kkp said...

gah. i so wish i was there. i had to skim this because a) i'm super hungry and can't eat anything (got braces yesterday) and b) i so, so want to eat some of these things so badly. gahhh.

Trish T. said...

I love chai! This all sounds so yummy! And how sweet of you to share with your loved ones through the mail. Must have been a very fun and delicious day.