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.