Hellooooo from the deep freeze that is Dallas, Texas!! It's a frosty 21 degrees this morning, and we are all still recovering from our recent ice storm. It's been a real job the last couple of days to keep everybody fed and warm, inside and out. Our birdies and wildlife and outside (feral) kitties are just not accustomed to this kind of cold. We have been busy refilling feeders, breaking up ice in bird baths, and making kitty shelters.
What better time to bake some goodies and warm up the kitchen?! I set up a baking station in my favorite corner of the kitchen to keep supplies handy for the holiday baking season. Plus, I really needed a reason to show off my cute Christmas spatula and whisk :)
These baking cups are just too cheery and cute to stay behind the cupboard doors! As are a couple of holiday take-out containers, ready to be filled with goodies to be delivered, and the red and green baking chips that I found at Aldi.
I did manage to hobble down some mostly ice-free roads yesterday to make use of my 25% off World Market coupon. Even though I was there to pick up gifts, this pretty apron made its way into my cart :) As much as I cook, I convinced myself that it made sense, you know, to save a couple of winter tees from being ruined. And there's just something so festive about donning a pretty holiday apron when you're baking up goodies for your loved ones! A thrifted red stool awaits some little helpers who may stop by, in hopes of enjoying a hot cookie :)
Santa came a few weeks early, and brought this red Dutch oven, after going to *four* different Aldi stores to find the requested color. I have made almost every meal in it for a week now, really, how did I ever cook without this? I have heard folks say for years that food tastes so much better when cooked in a Dutch oven, and I'm a believer now! And for the bargain price of $30, really not much more than a good quality take-out meal. Lamb Ragu, Mushroom Risotto, and the famous No-Knead Bread have been our favorites so far. I Pinned some wonderful recipes on this board, click over and see them if you're a fan of Dutch oven cooking. I hope you find a new favorite of your own.
Well the sun is coming out today, and I'm waaayyy behind on holiday gift buying, so I'm heading out into the frozen tundra! I hope you are having a happy and stress-free holiday season, and staying safe and warm!
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