Since I do not have a house full of company and I am not doing a fancy party for 50 people, I do not have a lot of cooking and baking to do this year. I do love to do holiday baking so I decided to make some of my Christmas coffee cakes to share with the neighbors.
Back in my Earth Mother days when I wore a bandanna on my head and bell bottom jeans, I used to make breads and coffee cakes to sell in a local store in Los Gatos, CA. I altered a yeast coffee cake recipe to make it more healthy (well, sort of). I use half whole wheat flour.
After the dough rises, I roll out a rectangle and slather with butter, cinnamon, sugar, cranberries, raisins and walnuts. I roll it up and slice and arrange the slices into a Christmas tree shape. I made four of these.
After they baked, I went out to join the throngs doing their last minute shopping. I don’t know why, but I do enjoy the thrill of the last minute dash.
When I got home, I found that Scooter had helped himself to some of the rolls from two of the trees. Mr C fell asleep after my very stern warning that I did not have a safe high place for four pans to cool. I was more than a little upset. So, only two neighbors are getting goodies.
I am doing Christmas dinner and Steph is doing Christmas eve. I have my menu and shopping list ready and will run to the market early in the morning. I have some gifts to wrap and desserts for Friday to prepare. Oh, I must make the requisite mint brownies for tomorrow night.
I probably won’t post tomorrow, but who knows? I wish all of you the happiest of holidays. Eat, drink and be merry!
(lately I have to fire up Firefox to comment on your blog. Safari gives me the Name, Mail and Website boxes, but not the one to enter comments. I have no idea what’s up with that…)
Oh, how I wish I was one of the two neighbors who are getting your little trees. Merry Christmas!
Oh, this would make me crazy! Don’t you kinda hope the rolls gave him a stomache ache? By no stretch of imagination can I picture you as an “Earth Mother” in bandana and bell bottoms!
I’m so happy you are feeling better and Christmas is in full swing at your house.
Take care and enjoy.
Merry Christmas Gerrie
Yum yum! I was probably in Santa Cruz when you were in Los Gatos! The other side of the mountain, and definitely in long skirts and Birkenstocks!
This falls into the “Someday we’ll laugh at this” category. But I can well understand that IT’S NOT ONE BIT FUNNY NOW. Merry Christmas to you and yours, Gerrie.