Saturday, December 15, 2007

Plan, Plan, Plan, and then Plan some more Plus my first food blog

Last year was my best holiday baking year ever. I went through numerous books, magazines, and websites. I decided to make stuffed dates, biscottis, fruitcake and many different kinds of cookies. Now that I knew what I wanted to make I looked at recipe after recipe and carefully made my grocery list. Spent days shopping at at least a dozen stores to gather all that I would need, the whole ordeal took at least a week but when I started baking I had the best ever tangerine cranberry biscotti, homemade sugared ginger, great nut filled dates, and fruitcake like my mom used to make. I mean everything that I tried was so much better then I imagined it would be. I was feeling really good about myself!

Through all of my holiday baking planning I came across my first food blog. What was this I asked, why would anyone what to do this, what was that draw. I read a few but moved on to my baking. As time past and my new experiments in baking turning out so WONDERFUL I started thinking that I should be logging this someplace.

I never did log any of my recipes last year and now I am kicking myself in the butt because I did not start food blogging until March and by then my Holiday baking success were long forgotten and lost forever.

This year I got a little cocky and did not plan well and so far my fruitcake is wet and heavy, several biscotti recipes later I am still not happy with the end result, I have cookie dough setting in the fridge just waiting for me to get my poop in a group and Dates are just not gonna happen this year, not to mention the Daring Bake Challenge that is still hanging over my head. AAAAAAHHHHHHHH! HELP I AM FRYING IN THE KITCHEN THIS MONTH. All this because I failed to set down and plan! I did not plan what I was going to make and I did not read hundreds of recipes to figure out just the right few that would be perfect. I decided to wing it and look I have nothing to show for it.

The moral of the story is: Never get too confident from past succeses, planning is still needed.


Emiline said...

It's ok! Don't fret, my dear. There's plenty of new recipes to try in the future! I've had some baking trouble myself, lately.

Shayne said...

Thank you and you are right.

katiez said...

Planning is important, baking is important, but slowing down and enjoying the season is much more important! You can buy cookies...Relax, enjoy - there's always next year... (start planning now)

winedeb said...

Hi Shayne! Just catching up from my trip up north. Plan - I did not PLAN my December very well this year either. I left for the first part and now I am in a rush! Just got back to KW, had to go find a tree, put up decorations...and I have not even thought of baking. Oh well, think I will sit back and have a glass of wine and make a PLAN for the weekend. Next year my plan is not to leave in December! So do not fret, you are not alone:)