Baking for the HOPE Team

Allowing the Christmas spirit to soak in, probably a lot more than it would have otherwise…..

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I really wasn’t feeling very festive this year –  I guess over the last couple of years I have really lost the magic of Christmas.  Maybe because I haven’t been around many children, and really, it’s them who make it so magical.   This year, however, I did get to spend a lovely afternoon in a household where the magic of Christmas was more than thriving.

ImageWe were baking for the HOPE Team, Housing Outreach Prevention Engagement. A simple and festive way to give back to the people in need this holiday season. It was lovely… and although we were challenged with a “why don’t we give them a house…” instead of baking them treats…. it turned out exceptionally well. Point proven young Logan, point proven.  Maybe our baked goods weren’t as helpful as a house would have been….  but our love, time, and positive energy filled the gaps between flour and sugar.  The power in that, it has to count for something.

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Round one… failed attempt at Lavender Shortbread….   well, maybe not a total fail, but by the time we took them out.. it wasn’t a sheet of nicely lined up cookies. It was a blob of giant lavendery mess.  It’s basically tradition for me – making blob cookies. Couple of Christmas’ ago I tried for sugar cookie men…  they turned into obese cookie men..  seriously. I still decorated them….  but it was a pretty big laugh to all who saw them.  Round two of the Lavender Shortbread went much, much smoother.. don’t worry!

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Couple the shortbread with Quinoa Pumpkin Cupcakes…. success on the first try! Woohoo! Team effort of frosting, at one point I believe there were three of us working together with one piping bag….   one frosting, one turning the cupcake and one plugging a hole in the bag.

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