Monday, December 18, 2006

NaCoBaDa -- aka National Cookie Baking Day

I did my best on National Novel Writing Month (aka NaNoWriMo) in November. It turns out, not surprisingly, that I'm not good at it. Or maybe I'm not good at writing that fast about a book I haven't given a lot of thought to. Suffice to say, I didn't make anywhere close to 50000 words by the end of November.

But it turns out that I am much better at intense cookie baking. We all have our strengths, obviously.

But the tea party scheduled for 9 short hours from now (some of which I intend to spend sleeping), has prompted me and my daughter and granddaughter (aka glowkid) to bake Grasmere Gingerbread, poppyseed cake, cranberry and orange cookies, white chocolate and almond cranberry biscotti, lemon bars and two varieties of scones.

Suffice to say, we feel like we've had a marathon day in the kitchen. We were aided and abetted by the four grandsons who arrived to stir up dough (and trouble -- in the case of cranky two year old twins) and watch football and make me very glad to see them all together in one room, which happens so rarely it's a picture taking event. They even had their great-grandmother in the picture with them. I think she was a little overwhelmed by the kids and the cookie baking, but she survived. And she might even dare to come back tomorrow for tea. Cross your fingers!

Anyway, glowkid and I were going to collage, but we never got out of the kitchen. So that's on the agenda for tomorrow afternoon (we hope). In the meantime, wish you were here to share some of the carbs -- and much of the good will -- with us.

It was fun.


Anonymous Kate Hardy said...

What a fab idea. National Cookie Baking Day.

I'd love the recipe for the white choc and cranberry and almond biscotti, please. And in return I'll share my choc-chip cookie recipe and the infamous lemon drizzle cake - just ask Kate and the BM about the cake... (And I'll make it for you myself next time you're in the UK) :o)

18 December, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yayy for NaCoBaDa. (I attempted being an honorary NaNoWriMo-er - I managed another 13,000 words on my wip before it hit me that I was writing the wrong book...! Back to the drawing (or writing) board for me. I won't try that again in a hurry!).

NaCoBaDa sounds wonderful. I can picture the scene, especially the four grandsons arriving to stir up trouble with the twins!!

Ooh, I wish I could share the carbs and fun with you (looking forward to the collage).

Hugs to all of you, and best wishes for a magical Christmas.

Sue :-)

18 December, 2006  
Blogger Anne McAllister said...

Kate, as soon as I get out from under, I'll post or send the cranberry biscotti recipe. Probably will post the others, too, if I can remember to do it. Would love the lemon cake recipe and the choc-chip cookie recipe. I realized sometime late last night that we are serving NOTHING chocolate at this event! That has to be a first.

Happy Christmas!

18 December, 2006  
Blogger Anne McAllister said...

Sue, wish you were here to share the goodies with us! I'm a much faster cookie baker than I am a writer. And there is no such thing as a wrong cookie recipe! Not to me, anyway.

Happy Christmas to you and your family!

18 December, 2006  
Blogger Anna Campbell said...

Love the idea of the recipe swap. Must say the words 'Grasmere gingerbread' took me back to a magical visit to the Lake District about ten years ago. Anne, I tried Book in a Week a few years ago and it didn't work for me either! I guess I'll have to mosey along in my own strange way! Happy baking! I've got National Cookie Baking Day tomorrow when I have to do copious amounts of chocolate fudge slice. Wish me luck!

18 December, 2006  

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