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    Trish Monaco.
    singer. songwriter.
    dog walker.
    human. living.
    loving. laughing.
    in Los Angeles


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Sunday, December 18, 2005

Journey to Holiday Baking

I'm ready for my easy-bake-oven now.

So far, I haven't been able to find the courage to bake alone. Last week, Paula helped (read: did most of the work). We made the best (ever!) chocolate chip cookies and baked the chocolate mint bars.

The cookies are gone. All gone. We brought a batch of them to a party last Saturday night and they were gone before we had a chance to tell folks they were there. I plan on making more this week.

Yesterday Robbie came over to help supervise my baking attempts. We made banana bread, peanutbutter cups and the glaze for the chocolate mint bars.

Everything looks and smells delicious. But with my lack of appetite I'll have to take Robbie's word for the actual taste. I believe it went something like this: Mmm-oooh-Mhhmm.

The chocolate mint bars have dairy in them. And I'm mid-experiment with my eczema. I've given up dairy since Monday. I just want to see how it really affects my body. I've always thought I was allergic but haven't paid much attention to it for a few years (I just love cheese).

No worries though. I've been vegan (egg and dairy free) before. I can certainly do it again. There are many substitutions for baking. But this go-round is for exact recipes. Oh, and you can be sure I'll have a cookie when they're made! That is if my appetite returns.

Today is filled with reading (yes, actual reading), cleaning, clearing and later going to a holiday gathering. Here we go. It's that time of year. At least this time I have something more to bring than a bag of ice.

Comments on "Journey to Holiday Baking"


Blogger Robbie said ... (12:40 PM) : 

Yeah you! And, you did a great job! Hmmmmm...seems only appropriate for me to supervise, not due to laziness on my part (you forgot to mention I kept things clean and orderly) but now you can make these items on your own with full confidence in your abilities. That's me. Give someone a fish or teach them to fish? I prefer the latter. :-)


Blogger jennifer said ... (1:07 PM) : 

I'll take a mint bar, please. And a cookie.


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Blogger IndigoSunMoon said ... (3:48 PM) : 

Everything looks so yummy!!!
My mouth is watering!
Chocolate chip cookies are my fav!


Blogger Suzy Colorado said ... (7:33 PM) : 

You wouldn't be allergic to milk products because you would probably be dead by now. You may be lactose intolerant. I am. It took most of my life to find out why milk tasted so chalky and ice cream didn't digest well. Soy based products have really improved and frozen yogurt is well, kinder than ice cream.


Blogger ChasingMoksha said ... (8:09 PM) : 

Everything looks great! However, those loaves have too much baking powder or baking soda, I never know which one. You can tell by how they raised and cracked. I do the banana nut thang every year for the rednecks that live all around me. I hope they actually eat it. Let me find out one of those %@#$^#*$^#* are thowing my loaves out and it will be on. Oh, where was I. Oh yeah, baking is so relaxing. Actually, I hate cooking, but baking is another story. Of course, I don't like all that Betty Crocker, let's pretend like I am the mother of the year baking, like cookies with smiley faces and crap, but I will whip up a carrot cake or German chocolate from scratch any day! Yummy!


Blogger Sharky said ... (11:33 PM) : 

chocolate mint bars...yum!!

I am NOT a baker, but I do certainly appreciate anyone else who is!

you did goood, trish!!


Blogger Becky said ... (12:50 AM) : 

Holy crap...lookit all the goodies! I sooo want to be in your kitchen! The last photo (lower right) are those the mint bars? I am about an inch away from licking my monitor. Recipe please. ;-)


Blogger The Boisverts said ... (7:01 AM) : 

It all looks yummmmmyyyy. I'm salivating.

BTW, there are a couple of family pictures from my side of the family on my blog Trish, from a recent family party. Feel free to check them out.


Blogger tiny dancer said ... (8:07 AM) : 

I'm hoping my package of yummies arrives to me today! I'll give you an early "Thanks Man!" pressure.
Love you!


Blogger V said ... (12:54 PM) : 

Everything looks so great!


Blogger Heather said ... (5:14 PM) : 

I am so hungry now, Trish! Those look delicious! Hey, I've been meaning to ask you--Do you have some (dog friendly) treat recipes?

Just curious! I know Princess Tink would love them


Blogger Judith HeartSong said ... (12:27 PM) : 

I gained two punds just looking at all that:)


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