Just like I do every year….even though I start prepping for Christmas super early…..I’m almost always running around like a headless chicken in the weeks leading up to the big day. It’s not even that it makes me stressed….I love everything about getting ready for the Christmas season, it’s just a ton of things to get done.
This weekend has been no different. I’ve been power knitting and baking through the whole weekend. It’s the time of year for poppy seed bread, and this weekend I will have cranked out a total of 8 loaves. Yesterday’s loaves were not a smashing success sadly. I had the dough sitting around all day to rise, except that it just never really motivated. It did puff up some, but not nearly enough. I finally had to bite the bullet around 9 pm and start the loaves. After forming I gave them about another hour in the oven with the light on for warmth….but still to no avail. I have 4 very dense, brick sized loaves. They look nothing like what an actual loaf of bread is supposed to look like. To further rain on my baking parade….all the loaves exploded in the oven, and the top of one cracked while I was trying to de-pan it last night. Ughs can’t have carbohydrate success all the time I guess.
Today’s dough is looking much more puffed, and I think I only have one knitting project left to go! It should be a fairly easy something to whip out….so long as I keep count of the rows. Today is off to a great start and I even had time to prep bolognese sauce for homemade lasagna tonight! After all, if I’m going to stock the freezer with poppy seed bread I need to get some of the elk and deer meat out. Plus, cooking today means I shouldn’t have to cook during the week, which is a major plus! I maybe should have taken photos so that I could write up that recipe….but maybe that’ll be next week. I have a couple other baking recipes that I could share also just in time for holiday sharing with friends and family! #sneakpeakmaybe?!
Hope you are all staying warm and feeling festive as the Christmas season moves into full swing. The only thing missing from my present Christmas view is some snow. Much to The Engineer’s annoyance….I’ve turned on the crappy Christmas movies on Netflix. I don’t know what else to do while knitting and crafting. It must work…..I’ve gotten two big projects finished up knitting-wise already this weekend!