Friday, January 12, 2018

Post-Holiday Post Delay

I’d like to apologize, right out of the gate, for the lack of posts over the past couple of weeks.

I’ve intended, on more than one occasion, to write and post about various foods, but have been stymied at various turns.

I spent a bunch of time over Christmas cooking and baking – and I did get you the final photos of the Christmas Cake – but I definitely didn’t have time to get my camera out at every meal.

Since then, I’ve made a few casseroles that are fun and easy. The first one I made, I got done and put it in the oven and thought “I should have taken photos…”

Earlier this week, I put together two really quick meals to take to a friend. I had my camera out, and everything. I think the only picture I took was of the floor, when I was looking for a twist tie I'd dropped and hit the camera instead of the light.

But I think the best summary of how the start of my blog year has been probably happened yesterday.

I was at work, and it was a really cold, bad rush-hour day. I found that I had some Unfrosted Strawberry PopTarts (a favorite of mine - right behind unfrosted Brown Sugar Cinnamon), so I decided to have them for breakfast.

The kitchen at work has a toaster, so I was good to go. I stood and chatted as people came and went and the pastries toasted.

When the toaster popped, something sounded wrong. More “thunk” and less “twang” than usual.

The toaster had tried to eat one of my PopTarts. It had slid off the little rack inside and – when I tried to lift it – the toaster rack merely dug into it and started to break it in pieces. I tried to pull it out with a (plastic) fork, but it took flipping the toaster over (and shaking out about a quarter cup of burnt old crumbs) to get my breakfast out.

As I piled it on a paper towel and headed back to my desk, I thought “I should totally take a photo and blog about this.” But, instead, I got called into a meeting and hurriedly ate the half-cooled shards.

All this to say that I hope to be back to normal blogging next week. In the meantime, here’s a picture of the last Mexican Wedding Cake cookie that I had left over from Christmas:

Actual size is about an inch-and-a-quarter across, and about three-quarters of an inch high.
They're a kind of cookie that I really only make at Christmas. They have finely chopped walnuts in them, and are coated in powdered sugar while they're still warm. They're slightly cakey, and only slightly sweet.

I’d tell you more about it and show you the interior texture, but I already ate it.

Want to help a blogger out? Let me know what you'd like to find a recipe for, or what you think would be great Valentine's Day food, or your favorite January comfort food, and I'll see about featuring it in a future post!