Thursday, October 23, 2014

Baking to the rescue

It’s a dreary day here, cold, blustery and raining.  Trees becoming bare, streets slick.  It’s one of those days that I’m glad I’m a writer. Because it means I work at home wearing cozy clothes. When I say work, sometimes, I might get the tiniest bit distracted, especially on a miserable cold and dark day when the universe says:  


That could rescue the mood, for sure. Surely our hard-done-by sleuth can hold off the bad guy a bit longer while I whip up something sweet and satisfying in the kitchen.
But what to bake?  Our favorite chocolate mousse cake?   We like to save that for birthdays. No birthdays here this month.

Sponge cake?  Not sure I have enough eggs.  And it is just the two of us ...

Sweet and spicy cornmeal muffins? That could work. Unless ...

Pumpkin swirl cheesecake!!!     Oops, Better wait, That's a tradition for Thanksgiving. 

Chocolate cinnamon loaves would do the trick: easy and fragrant! But we like to keep those for Christmas.  We make them for gifts, unless we can't resist them ourselves.


Cupcakes again?  Been there. Done that.

Whatever it is I end up baking, am I so wrong to want to pilfer Lorraine's chocolate pot to go with it? 

What to do?

Maybe I’ll take peek at The Cozy Chicks Kitchen, Second Edition, and find just the right recipe. I love the cozy mysteries from all the chicks and I love their recipes too.  I was thrilled to be part of the revised edition this year and I have my own copy, but if you don’t, you could download one right now!  It’s easier than pie.  

What about you? Do your thoughts turn to baking on a dark and dreary day?  Do you have a favorite recipe that cheers you up?  Have you tried our cookbook? 


Dr. Mary Kennedy said...

Wonderful post!! Everything looks so tempting. Cold, rainy and dreary here, too! I keep telling myself it's a good day for making soup. (cake sounds better!)

Mary Jane Maffini said...

Cake soup, maybe, Mary. Thanks for the suggestion and your kind comment. XO MJ

Nicole said...

Hi! I've been faithfully (well, for the last 3 weeks at least) baking my own sandwich bread and I'm down to one slice of the last loaf so I'll need to make another one tonight. I love the smell of baking bread!

Annette said...

On cold rainy days I love to cook a huge pot of chicken and sausage gumbo. Of coarse, we haven't had a day cold enough yet this fall here in South Louisiana for me to cook gumbo, lol.

lavendersbluegreen said...

I love the cookbook, heck, I love cookbooks in general. You could make a loaf of pumpkin or pumpkin spice bread...

Mary Jane Maffini said...

I agree, Nicole. I think it's one of the best smells in the world. Good for you, baking your own.



Mary Jane Maffini said...

Gumbo sounds wonderful, Annette. Enjoy your nice weather. We've had a number of frosts here already. Hey, maybe gumbo's our answer.



Mary Jane Maffini said...

Pumpkin spice bread sounds amazing. Must go find that recipe right now. Glad you love the cookbook.



ladyvyvian said...

I have just a dog at this time. He is a Lhaso Also. He sleeps on my bed and wants to eat what I eat. My grandkids are all teenaged and too big to be my babies so Snickers is my baby. I've had him for 9 years and hope to have him 9 more.

Mary Jane Maffini said...

Our dachshunds are our babies - we like cats, but we LOVE dogs.

So lovely that you have Snickers.