Over the weekend I stopped at a favorite baking source. The Dutch Bakery in Tipton, Missouri carries so much more than most stores. When holiday baking is around the corner, I knew it was time to restock–and did I ever!
Then I discovered a new spice store, Prezy’s Spices at Boone’s Landing in Chesterfield, Missouri. More supplies came home with me. Admittedly a few items were on my daughter’s shopping list, too, but obviously I am ready:
Picking up the supplies did not seem like such a big idea until I got home and started trying to put them away. Prepping for holiday baking suddenly added a new task–cleaning out the cabinet. You can see what I mean:
Funny thing about tasks like this it that it seems to multiply. After getting one emptied and restocked, I realized that some were too old to keep and others needed to be moved to a new location. That meant cleaning a second cabinet out. But, the end result is always worth the effort:
As much as I enjoy working in the kitchen and have fun trying out something new, the sense of accomplishment when a task is done is tremendous. I wonder why we tend to put off and put off a task like this when the end result is so rewarding.
I admit the table still has a few things left on it for my daughter to look through, but I am ready for the holiday baking.
Holiday baking is a gift. It smells delightful while something is cooking. The taste is a delight–usually unless something interrupts and you fail to hear the timer go off or forget to keep stirring a pot that sticks easily.
Then there is the delight when others get to enjoy that special recipe that reminds them of years past or a recipe made by a grandmother or mother who no longer is present. These are the priceless rewards for the effort of holiday baking.
So I am ready. Bring on the holidays and prepare the taste buds. Holiday baking begins now.