So this year the last cookie kind is the rainbow cookies. Baked them last night, and glazed them with chocolate and cut them into pieces today. Although of course, I will probably make Lora Brody’s rugelach for Chanukah next week, and I plan to make some cheesecake brownies – that aren’t sendable – for the party tomorrow.
But I’m pretty much switched over to party food prep – a switch I kinda like, because all the appetizer-y things go a lot faster than cookies. I’m not making too many fiddly things this year, either, lots of dips and spreads. I’m not doing spanakopita – hot spinach dip instead. Probably the most time consuming thing is I have a lot of pie dough left from pie palooza, and I’m going to make shells, and fill some savory – leek confit (gotta bunch of leeks in my last 2 CSA boxes) and Parmesan and Gruyere – and some sweet – lemon curd.
Last night I packed up 7 cookies boxes to ship this morning – to the far-aways, like my brother in Seattle. I’m worried that the boxes weren’t full enough, because I’m sending before the party, since the party’s later this year. Maybe I was a little stingy with the amounts. But I imagine everyone will like them just fine.
And, damn global warming – Mark’s in Minnesota training librarians, so I was rattling around the house solo last night – and ended up staying up way too late. it was like 52 degrees when I finally got in bed at 2:00 a.m. I was getting cookie cartons out of the vestibule and stuffing cookies into bags and muttering …. “not cold enough … this is bad … ” I’m using the USPS flat rate boxes, and I went online at about 1:30 to print labels, and couldn’t figure out how to do it – decided I must be too tired, so put myself to bed up at Mark’s. Even though it was late, I couldn’t sleep without him, so I came back downstairs and slept on the couch with cat warm bodies in lieu of my sweetie. This morning I checked the PO FAQs and got the labels working in minutes – you have to fill in an estimated weight to get to the next page so you can fill in that you’re shipping a fat rate box. I’ll send off the rest on Monday.