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Thank you, *whimper*, oops...

December 14th, 2005 (11:27 pm)

current mood: tired

Umm... yeah. Miscellaneous post. ^^;;

First thank you Ysa-chan! I got your Christmas card yesterday but forgot to include a thank you in yesterday's post as I was literally falling asleep at the keyboard then. ^^;

*whimper*... I think my basic out-of-itness for the past couple of days including the extreme sleepiness might be partially due to a weather shift. I don't usually have strong reactions (a la migraine) to the shifting weather patterns, but every now and then, I will get the odd migraine, headache, or go "splat". Today was the headache that tylenol doesn't help and "splat". ^^; So despite my intentions, no baking tonight. :P

Oops... Last week, I got impatient waiting for Specialteas to ship my order (in total it took a little under 2 weeks) and so I put in a subsequent first order with Harney & Sons... Harney shipped yesterday. Specialteas shipped today. -_-;; I'm going to be inundated with ~3.5lbs of new teas... But the good news is that there are a number of black / black blends so I'll have something different. More importantly I'll have something for mornings again. Darjeeling's nice, but it doesn't have that grab you, shake you around, boot you in the butt, "wake up!" quality to it. ^^;

Ordering from Harneys wasn't bad, and while it took a few days to ship, shipping to Canada is via insured trackable airmail compared to the more typical air parcel post. Harneys suggests that receipt should be within 3-5 days, so we'll see. Also, while international shipping prices on the initial order form were frighteningly high, the final costs were reasonable for shipping to Canada given the weight of the order (I figure over 3 lbs). I'm tempted to try ordering either a teapot or teacup from them now since they insure their shipments. (I've been avoiding online ordering of fragile items like that).

And while working today, I have this vague feeling I had a dyslexic moment and gave someone the wrong phone number when leaving a message?? Oops. I don't think I've ever done that, but some things are so automatic that I'm not sure if I gave it correctly or not. ^^;

Tomorrow's baking... hmm... I can go back into full baking mode again as we picked up some flour today. I was running really low for a bit. Oops. ^^;; That and I picked up a couple "silpats" so I get to try them out too. ^o^ Maybe a couple of eggnog recipes for freezing (that'll bring the eggnog usage to a reasonable level) or possibly Flamika's Pan de Polvo recipe?? I think I've got everything for that now, but will have to double check. And... maybe a different pumpkin loaf recipe. I need to use up the rest of that pumpkin ASAP. And I seriously need to pick up some paperbags so I can crush those candies. Ziplocs just can't take that sort of punishment. Or maybe between some papertowels...?? That might be a possibility...

Shall give that a try tomorrow. ^_^


Posted by: Ysabet (umadoshi)
Posted at: December 15th, 2005 11:44 am (UTC)
Christmas cookies (skellorg)

Yay for safely-arriving mail! ^^

I still have to make a final decision about what to bake today--I'm also contemplating Flamika's recipe. Hmm, hmm, hmm.

Posted by: Occupation: Fandom (flamika)
Posted at: December 15th, 2005 08:51 pm (UTC)
L - cock it and pull it

Randomly commenting here. ^^ Now that I'm home, I checked the pan de polvo recipe for myself, and it says 9 tsp of cinnamon tea instead of one. O_o I guess I heard wrong over the phone. Anyhow, good luck if you attempt it!

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: December 16th, 2005 03:59 am (UTC)

Good luck with the recipe if / when you make them. I think I might have made a little oopsie. ^^; Even so, the cookies turned out well. ^_^ Also, the recipe makes a *ton* of cookies from what I can tell (doesn't help that they're bite sized). We split the dough into four batches, and I called it a night in the midst of batch 2. We have one large plate piled rather precariously with cookies, so be warned. :P

Posted by: Occupation: Fandom (flamika)
Posted at: December 15th, 2005 08:50 pm (UTC)
akito - madness

Good luck with the recipe! Oh, and I remembered what you said about the liquid amount, so when I got home I checked and you need 9 tsp of cinnamon tea. I guess I heard wrong over the phone. >_>

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: December 16th, 2005 03:42 am (UTC)

Thanks for following up on the cinnamon tea! :D I'm currenly in the midst of trying out the recipe, and I *suspect* it's similar in concept to the recipe that Ichi-san gave in that the cookie is less sweet on its own and gets a boost from the sugar coating. Unfortunately, I'm not sure how the cookie is on its own yet since I barely managed to steal *one* (a bit over done) fresh out of the oven (Youch! Hot! >_<) to try before they all disappeared in the sugar. ^^; My sister is strange. She's the only person I know of who coats cookies in sugar using chopsticks. :P

I first did the cookies bite sized as you mentioned but it seemed to be taking forever to get places so I bumped up to a regular sized cookie cutter until Frosty decided to take a dive in the garburator (sp? Actually, come to think of it, that thing's been really hungry today. It ate a whole potato too, after I accidentally dropped it in there while making sukiyaki for dinner). :P Before I resume doing the cookies tomorrow, I'm thinking of getting some more mini cookie cutters. I'm currently cutting out little western boots and hats! (Much too Christmasy! Honest!) :P

One thing I'm wondering about though, is whether more sugar adheres the hotter the cookie is. They're looking a little too well coated right now, so I think I'll try letting them cool a bit more before coating them in sugar and see if that makes a difference. :P Bite-sized, these cookies could be nasty! It'd be too easy to munch, have a bit of tea, munch, munch, more tea... And who knows how many cookies you've munched by the time you finish your tea?! :P

......You know, I might have made a minor slip in the making of the cookies. I'm not sure, but I *suspect* I added 9 tbsp of tea rather than 9 tsp...?? Even so, the cookies themselves seem fine so I don't think I did any serious damage (they might be a bit sweeter though). I still want to see how the naked cookie is on its own though. :P

Thanks muchly for the recipe! :D

Posted by: Occupation: Fandom (flamika)
Posted at: December 16th, 2005 12:24 pm (UTC)
haru and momiji

Using chopsticks is definitely interesting. Never heard that before. :D

Yeah, making these cookies sometimes requires a lot of manpower. Last year we had four of us in the kitchen at a time (I was the sugar girl), and we even made my dad come in and help. We gave half the cookies to our friends and kept half for ourselves. Everyone jokes that pan de polvo is the thing that makes us fat over Christmas....because it's dangerously easy to eat a whole lot in one sitting because, you know, they're bite-sized. ;) But traditionally these cookies are also sent as gifts to relatives.

Yes, I think the hotter the cookie is, the more the sugar will stick. But don't worry, some of it will flake off as it settles. In my opinion, the cookies actually taste better a day or so after they're baked.

Hehe, I think the amount of cinnamon tea is open to interpretation. We poured in a whole cup one time. My mom and I aren't too savvy in the kitchen. ;)

You're very welcome! I'm glad you tried it! ;)

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: December 17th, 2005 05:58 am (UTC)

*laughs* Well, everyone has to have some strange habit. ^^; She eats potato chips with chopsticks too. :P Actually, there are good reasons for both. Remember I said I barely managed to rescue one cookie before they disappeared in the sugar? She was literally dropping fresh out of the oven cookies in the sugar mix so they were too hot to handle by hand. Hence chopsticks. (Oh, and she eats chips with chopsticks to avoid getting her hands dirty because she's usually knitting when munching on chips). :P

I didn't get around to doing the rest of the dough today, but then I didn't manage to pick up other mini-cutters either. -_-; Will have to finish them off tomorrow one way or the other. And if I do both cooking and coating, I can at least give the cookies a chance to cool before dropping them in the sugar (and munch a couple naked ones too). ^^; Hopefully letting 'em cool'll cut down on the amount of sugar coating too. :P

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