Because that's pretty much all I did this weekend, play in the kitchen! We had our family party with DH's sisters and their families today. We supplied scalloped potatoes and salad, one sister supplied a ham. Another brought pies- and I had to make cupcakes!!
And, just for the heck of it, I also made cookies and bread, although it wasn't out for consumption at the party.
The bread is a Christmas stollen I make every year. It's a yummy sweet yeast bread full of almonds, dried cherries, apicots, and blueberries. Not the traditional fruit, but it's what I like. I got an early Christmas present of an electric cookie press, so I had to try it out making lemon butter cookies.
I ended up making three kinds of cupcakes. Gingerbread, because Jaden specifically requested them (and he doesn't request my food very often!). I also made tiramisu cupcakes, and lemon blackberry cupcakes. The last ones were the biggest hit.
They all tasted fantastic, but I definitely need practice with the decorating tips. Fortunately drizzled blackberry puree and cocoa powder can cover a multitude of sins.
We did an inexpensive gift exchange- I ended up with kitchen towels and a fabric bread bowl. Seems fitting, somehow, doesn't it?
We drank, ate, played games and just enjoyed the time together. A lovely way to end the weekend!