....I had been thinking about those sugar cubes that hook on the rim of a teacup earlier this month, and I was also thinking about 3-D cookies and how they fit together and figured it would be pretty neat to make cookies that hang on the edge of a mug. I thought I was being so brilliant but it only took a few seconds to discover it's already been done, see also. So I started wondering what else I could do. At the time I was making a bunch of gingerbread recipes trying to find one that would hold up for my partridge in a pear tree cookie, so a gingerbread house was on my mind.
A post about some odds and ends of things I've been having fun with during this bad weather week...all made possible by my new external hard drive to store photos. My MacBook Pro was giving me error messages so I threw myself on the genius bar and gave them my credit card. It's very much like going to Animal Emergency; I never get out of their cheap but I am thankful for their services!
A 4x4 wish canvas.
One in a series of Heart Canvases I am working on....
Linda, a friend and former co-worker, gave me this Christmas Cactus 3 or 4 years ago for my birthday and it is still going strong. So beautiful! Thanks again:)
Today I am thankful for snowy days when you can take your time making Christmas cards and wrap friends' presents because you have absolutely no where you need to be. You can take breaks for a cup of tea and to play with the dogs and pet the kitty. Life is good.
Here are a few baking tips as you prepare for more holiday fun!Reduce the sugar amount in a recipe by 1/4. You'll cut carbs, and trust me, the taste isn't noticeably different.Use agave nectar instead of sugar. Because of it's new found popularity, agave nectar isn't a rare sweetener that one can only find in speciality stores. My local Wal-Mart started carrying it, and I picked up large bottles of organic agave nectar at a Cosco stores while on vacation.
Use unsweetened applesauce in place of oil. Though oil isn't necessarily unhealthy (think canola---heart healthy!) it does increase the fat and calorie count of baked goods.Throw in walnuts, flax seed, and/or wheat germ to increase the healthy fats in your baked goods and to add protein.
Try using whole wheat flour, whole wheat pastry flour, oats, and even flaky cereals in place of traditional white flour. Just keep in mind the type of food you are baking and which substitution would be appropriate.
Do not use margarine instead of butter. Butter has an important place in baking. Cut the fat in other ways---like egg substitute instead of eggs. But don't cut the butter. (Many places sell organic butter, in case you are interested).
You can sometimes use soymilk or vanilla soymilk in place of regular milk.
Buy chocolate chips that are free of fillers like hydrogenated oils. I am a big fan of Ghirardelli chocolate chips. .Happy baking!