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Bad Dog!

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!

6 Responses to “Bad Dog!”

  1. Reva says:

    Aaargh, Scooter!

    (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…)

  2. Gari says:

    Oh, how I wish I was one of the two neighbors who are getting your little trees. Merry Christmas!

  3. terry grant says:

    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!

  4. dee says:

    Naughty Pup!
    I’m so happy you are feeling better and Christmas is in full swing at your house.
    Take care and enjoy.
    Merry Christmas Gerrie

  5. Connie Rose says:

    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!

  6. KathieB says:

    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.