the cookie chronicles

Did I mention I like to bake?

So I told you guys about this awesome baking blog I discovered called “Baking Bites”, right?  Well between that and Betty Crocker and , I found my cookie inspiration and truly regained my baking mojo.

It’s weird to say, but losing all those months to breast cancer diagnosis, surgery, treatment, and starting Tamoxifen, I also lost my ability for a while to do random things I like.  Like baking and photography.

I picked up the camera again as soon as my stitches, etcetera were healed enough that I could lift a camera without wincing, but the time to myself to just bake and cook and be a slightly domestic diva didn’t roll around until now. Because once I got back to normal, work ramped up like it always does and I just felt like I was running hither and thither like a chicken with its head cut off.

But last week, when I agonized over taking a few hours off to attend my mother’s Christmas luncheon I realized I was breaking my promise to myself post-breast cancer surgery/treatment to make time for ME; to take time for what I wanted to do.  After all, at 47, every extra year you get with your own parents is a blessing…let alone surviving even one bout with breast cancer – a lot of women aren’t that lucky.  So I decided to pick myself up and stick to my own promises…..

So I was a lady who lunched for a couple of hours for and afternoon last week and now I have  baked….and baked…..and baked…

Peanut butter, chocolate chip, and cardamom sugar cookies . Molasses, Pfeffernusse, Snickerdoodles, and Lemon Macaroons. Raided tins from blonde Barb’s basement, and have gone thru 2 lbs. Butter, 5 lbs flour, and so on.

This elf’s ass is dragging…but my baking mojo is back, and it felt good to do all this if not a little insane.

I see recipes as a basic guide.  I drive people crazy because I pretty much experiment and change them all.

The cookie chronicles for Christmas 2011 is now over but for the eating.  (No, not all by me, sillies!)

About carla

Writer, blogger, photographer, breast cancer survivor. I write about whatever strikes my fancy as I meander through life.
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