I may have gone a little overboard with the xmas baking. In the last week, I have made, from scratch, 3 loaves of bread, lemon shortbread, fudge, 2 batches of rice crispie treats, banana bread, butter caramels, and popcorn balls. I am sad to report that the majority of the items didn’t turn out as well as I had hoped. Even though I managed (or rather, I sent John to a particular store and he managed) to find marshmallows for my never-before-failed fudge, it failed. Well, maybe not failed, but it was definitely not up to my normal fudge standards.
Then I made rice crispie treats for Hannah’s class on their last day of school, and the German kids turned up their noses at them. Hannah brought about half of them back home. She claims that a lot of her classmates were dieting in the run-up to the holidays, but I suspect marshmallows are not a big part of holiday items here like they are in Texas. More for us!
The recipe I had for butter caramels wasn’t very precise, so I don’t think I boiled everything long enough. It turned out grainy. I didn’t want to waste *5 cups of sugar*, so I tried to use the caramels as the basis for some caramel balls, but they wouldn’t stick together, so I got Hannah to pour in some peanuts, and now we have fiddle faddle.
And since I didn’t have any whole lemons, I used lemon extract in the shortbread. Bad idea.
Next year, I am just going to buy all my goodies from the bakery and find something else to do with the time I’ll save.