Thursday, March 29, 2007

To Bake or Not To Bake.....

I just can't decide if I want to do any baking this weekend. Part of me is crying out to. And then another part of me doesn't know if I should bother with it. I used my lovely new mixer for the first time last weekend, and it was such a breeze that baking doesn't seem like such a chore anymore. And the Daring Bakers with their enticing displays of red velvet cakes have had me craving cream cheese icing all week. But then again I am trying to get a lot of cleaning done this weekend. I'll be baking for sure next weekend, making a cream cheese pound cake for Easter dinner. I was beginning to be seduced by this gorgeous pound cake that I've had in my mind since I saw it on Peabody's blog. But I just can't decide what I'd like to do. It's going to be a rainy, stormy weekend, which leaves me with a lot of indoors time. But for some strange reason, I prefer baking on bright sunny days. I know, it doesn't make sense to me either. Aside from cleaning, and trying to catch up on my Newsweek issues, what else am I gonna do while stuck inside this weekend? Oh, decisions decisions.

On another note, do you have a monthly or weekly grocery budget? If so, do you stick to it? I used to be very good about sticking to my budget. But the numbers are starting to grow, and my vision is getting blurred. Cooking has more or less become my hobby. (I've been told I can't call watching episode after episode of Arrested Development a hobby.) So, where do you draw the line on your spending when it's not just a matter of making sure you have food to eat?


Jenny said...

Have you tried croissants? You can't use a kitchenaid for those babies, and the extra dough freezes well.

I have a budget and I used to never come near using it all and since I've been on this cooking binge it's been really hard, but I don't really have much choice, I have to stay within it.

What I would like to do is have a seperate 'experimental cooking money' for new ingredients and kitchen tools or gadgets for when I try new stuff.

Deborah said...

I actually just made a cake last night with an amazing cream cheese icing. Very simple, as well, although not good for you at all!! Just mix 8 oz. cream cheese, 2/3 c brown sugar, and 1 t. vanilla. Mix until smooth. In a separate bowl, whip 1 c heavy whipping cream until you have soft peaks. Fold the cream into the cream cheese mixture, and that's it. Such a light, amazing, frosting - I think I ate half of it!!

Digant said...

Do you have any bread recipes fit for a bread maker? I'm thinking of trying to make spinach bread but have no idea where I might start.

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