Thursday, December 18, 2008

The annual granola factory

It's a good thing I got my fun baking done last week because this week, the granola factory has been churning along:
This year's variety: Cherry Cranberry Granola

Here are the bags, all lined up and ready to go.
We're dropping them off a day early since 7-11 inches (!!) of snow are forecast for tonight and my guess is the last day of school before the break will be canceled. I do not need 10 pounds of granola sitting in the house waiting for school to start up again in January!

And yes, I did mention fun baking at the beginning of the post. On Saturday I attended my first cookie exchange with the Michigan Lady Food Bloggers. Patti hosted us (again!) and I have to say, the selection of cookies way exceeded my expectations:
Now that is a groaning table of bounty!

I made the cookies on the three goofy floral plates at the lower center of the photo: chocolate chocolate chip shortbread, mini mince pies and cranberry orange shortbread.

Want a closer look? (Of course you do!)
There were mincemeat spirals, date nut spirals, Italian wedding cookies, chocolate espresso cookies, chocolate biscotti, chocolate chip with coconut cookies, ginger snaps, jam thumbprint cookies, gingerbread mittens, pistachio bars, ginger cookies with candied ginger, homemade toffees and truffles and probably a few others that I'm forgetting.

Whew! And it's funny thing, but there aren't very many left from the heaped up container I brought home. Fiona gobbled up the ginger snaps and gingerbread, I appropriated the Italian wedding cookies and anything with mincemeat, and Brian has been coming to bed with chocolate and nuts on his breath (Ian thought they all looked too scary. Sigh.) So I might have to do a bit more fun holiday baking to get us through until Christmas, especially if the 7-11 inches of snow trap us in each other's company with no escape. Butter, sugar, chocolate and spices are almost as good as therapy in such a situation.


Jen said...

Thanks again for the picking up and dropping off, etc.! I LOVED your mincemeat "pies" - obviously, we're both mince fans.

The cookies, I liked the best were also yours - the orange cranberry shortbread. They've inspired me to do cherry shortbread as one of my stacks of cookies for my family baking. If you could be talked into sharing the recipe, I'd be very grateful!

Shayne said...

I made granola this week too. Niko says it is the best batch I have ever made and I replaced half of the butter with homemade pear butter

Diana Dyer said...

I made granola this week, too, helping out Santa and his elves with some stocking stuffers. I never thought to add pear butter or apple butter. We have a TON !! of homemade apple butter. Thanks, Shayne. I'll think of you the next time I make some, when you're sure to be in Mexico.