Early Christmas Shopping—The Cooking Spree

Yes, it’s that time of year again. No, not for present shopping. That happens on December 24th. I’m talking about the shopping before the holidays, the one I do to support my baking habit.

One of the things I love about the cooler weather is the ability to turn on the oven without giving the AC a fit and the AC company executives a trip to the Bahamas. So while most look forward to soup season, my family anticipates homemade breads, cookies and pies. Think I’m kidding?

Here’s what I purchased on my recent Costco trip:

50 lbs all-purpose flour

50 lbs granulated sugar

5 dozen eggs

7 lbs butter (the real stuff—some salted, some unsalted)

2 lbs vegetable shortening

1 gallon canola oil

500 mls vanilla extract

30 mls almond extract

1 package cocoa

baking soda

Baking powder (2 canisters)

5 lbs chocolate chips

2 lbs semisweet bakers chocolate

2 lbs yeast

2 lbs rye flour

large size of instant oatmeal

3 lbs brown sugar

2 lbs powdered sugar

4 cans evaporated milk

4 cans sweetened condensed milk

7 large cans of pumpkin (I might have gone a smidgen overboard with this one)

1/2 gallon whipping cream

1/2 gallon egg nog (for baking with)

32 oz of plain yogurt (instead of sour cream)

6lbs of cream cheese

3 lbs of Arizona honey (if you have allergies and aren’t allergic to bees, honey produced in your area may help)

Large box of oreo cookies (cheese cake crust)

3 lbs of Hershey’s kisses (for peanut butter blossom cookies)

2 jars of nutella

I already had the nuts, peanut butter

Since my old pans were rusting, I also bought 2 sets of cookie sheets (Small, medium and large) and 3 sets of cooling racks at Bed, Bath and Beyond. Dang, I should have bought some spatulas:D I also bought a new 8x8in pan perfect for fudge. And did I mention the freezer bags. Cold sugar cookies are amazing provided I can get to them before my son.

I take baking seriously and kneading dough is a great way to slap something around without damaging anything. I’ve already made 3 loaves of pear cinnamon bread, which is a new recipe. And while most of my supplies will be made into yummy things to eat by Christmas, the flour, yeast and sugar will last until summer’s end.

About Linda Andrews

Linda Andrews lives with her husband and three children in Phoenix, Arizona. When she announced to her family that her paranormal romance was to be published, her sister pronounce: "What else would she write? She’s never been normal." All kidding aside, writing has become a surprising passion. So just how did a scientist start to write paranormal romances? What other option is there when you’re married to romantic man and live in a haunted house? If you’ve enjoyed her stories or want to share your own paranormal experience feel free to email the author at www.lindaandrews.net She’d love to hear from you.
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