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making merry + making pie

November 6, 2010

I walked out of my bakery class yesterday, exhausted and somewhat stressed after five hours of making tarts that burned and being terrified to the point of muteness by the French chef who was subbing for our class yesterday. (I have him for Pastry next semester — I’m excited to learn from him but will still admit he makes me want to pee my pants in fear.)

And guess what?

It was snowing.

Not a lot, just a little bit. But the magical welcoming of the very first snow literally melted away every ounce of stress. I grinned and felt the cozy settling in of the holiday spirit. After work, I spent the evening making mushroom and lentil pot pies (look for the recipe on the next Nosh Friday!) and watching “Love Actually” with my sister, snuggled up in my jam-jams.

This morning, I woke up and after an extra-long hot shower, I made a homemade pumpkin spice latte and spread some of my rustic apple butter onto a homemade English Muffin I had leftover from class earlier this past week. Paging through my Thanksgiving issue of Bon Appetit and listening to Sufjan Steven’s “Songs for Christmas” albums, I was in utter bliss.

I also just got an order for some of my pumpkin pie granola and a few jars of my homemade jam that will be tucked in gift baskets. I have to admit, the packaging turned out pretty cute. (Guess who finally has REAL LISTINGS on her ETSY SHOP?!)

While my pie dough is chilling for the pumpkin pie I’m making for my Cooking Club Thanksgiving tonight, I decided to kick up my burgeoning holiday spirit with two of my favorite Christmas movies. I’m contemplating stringing up some lights, though I have to draw the line there until Thanksgiving is over.

Are you feeling the holiday spirit yet? What is your favorite part of the holidays?

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Scout permalink
    November 6, 2010 5:59 pm

    They should post your blog up in every department and retail store across America right now so all the holiday freaks like you don’t feel so alone celebrating Christmas 50 days early.

    Love you, even though baking has stolen your soul.

  2. Caroline permalink*
    November 6, 2010 10:49 pm

    @ Scout!

    Baking has definitely stole my soul. And I forgot to call you. Again. I’m so sorry, I have no excuses other than being a dunce. I really miss you, I do.

    Love you.

    P.S. I like your idea about the holiday freaks. We all need some company in the world.

  3. Scout permalink
    November 7, 2010 11:11 am

    Its okay for real, I have actually been really busy if you can imagine that:) Brad was here and Im writing a flippin’ novel so all I do is type type type bang my head type type type scream songs at my cat type type type throw erasers at my cat type type type go rub my face on my cat type type type.

  4. Caroline permalink*
    November 7, 2010 3:34 pm

    @ Scout!

    YOU’RE FINALLY WRITING A NOVEL! I’m so proud. 🙂 I can’t wait to hear all about it. And throw an extra eraser at Pen-e-lope for me.

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