I Love Him Enough

One last photo of our trifle, in its pristine state. It’s now been thoroughly demolished — I’ll have the last serving for breakfast tomorrow, unless Kevin eats it while I’m sleeping (entirely possible, even likely). Which will be fine, if so — I love him enough that I willingly give him the last serving of trifle…

Nicely Classy Cookies

Kavi and her friend Rose cut out cookies for me a few days ago, and I baked them, cooled, refrigerated for a few days — just got around to icing them now.

For these, I use my super-lazy way of icing — make the icing a little runnier than usual, put it in a wide bowl, and dip the tops of the cookies, lightly scraping off any excess. (They’ll usually drip a bit while drying, but that’s fine — you can put parchment paper underneath the drying rack to minimize clean-up.)

And then have an assortment of silver and gold sprinkles on hand — I do each shape of snowflakes, stars, trees, etc. in a slightly different set of sprinkles, and it makes for a very easy but also nicely classy finished set of cookies. They look a lot more work than they actually are. 🙂

Cake-Like, Bread-Like

Heh. People ask how I get so much done; my family helps, is part of it. Kevin made two double-batches of my chai-spiced apple bread for me yesterday, but amusingly, he did something differently between the two batches, and is not sure what.

One is a little more cake-like, the other a little more bread-like. Maybe he forgot to double the butter? I’m pretty sure that’s it, but luckily, both batches are delicious, so it doesn’t really matter. 🙂 There’s also more active swirling on the second batch, which results in more of the sugar-spice mix caramelizing on the top.

Recipe is here (if you want it more bread-like, you might try cutting the amount of butter in half — no guarantees, though!): https://serendibkitchen.com/…/09/chai-spiced-apple-bread/

And yes, I have a Nordicware molded pan problem, I know. I know!

Fox and Owl Cheddar-Apple Hand Pies

No recipe yet, because I wasn’t entirely happy with the results — need to tweak. But I do like the little pie cutters — it took a little while to figure out how to use them, and it’s definitely fiddly and time-consuming to do this way, but the end result is so cute, I forgive it.

If anyone local wants to borrow these Sur La Table cutters for a weekend, let me know; I’ll feel better about buying them if they get more use!

(the last photo is the mangled pie that I made with the last bits of piecrust trimmings — it looks like a spooky face to me)