Saturday, February 9, 2019

Oops, I Did It Again

Hey, remember last year when I spent three days baking an absurd variety of treats for Cubby's various birthday celebrations? That was so fun, I decided to do it again!

Not really. But I am going to be doing another crazy baking spree in the next week. This is because of a combination of Cubby's birthday and Valentine's Day. Everyone is supposed to contribute something for Cubby and Charlie's school Valentine's party. I also signed up way back at the beginning of the school year to bring a treat for Jack's class party for Valentine's Day. I have a vague memory of thinking I would be baking that week anyway for Cubby's birthday, so I should just get it all over with at once.

Remind me never to do that again.

Anyway. Here's my oven's schedule for the next five days.

I am currently in the midst of dough preparation for our usual four loaves of sourdough bread, because we're almost out. Again with the excellent timing. That has to be baked tomorrow.

Cubby's birthday is actually on Monday. Tomorrow I have to make Cubby's actual birthday cake. He requested a chocolate cheesecake this year, so I need to make it the day before to give it plenty of time to chill.

Also tomorrow I'll start the sourdough dough for the pizza he wanted for his birthday dinner. What he actually wanted was seafood, but, um, I forgot to get any when we were at the store yesterday, mostly because I was so focused on making sure I had everything for all the sweet treats I'll be making. Not that they would have had anything more exciting than frozen shrimp, but still. I owe him one. Pizza is a good consolation meal, though.

Monday morning I'll bake brownies for his birthday treat for his class. I very slyly suggested this as his treat because I really didn't want to mess around with cupcakes and frosting. He was very happy to bring brownies and they are way easier than cupcakes. And then, of course, I'll bake the pizza.

Tuesday I'll make a batch of Rice Krispie Treats that will go along with the valentines Jack is bringing to school on Wednesday.  He doesn't have school on Thursdays, so his class is having their party the day before.

I had the brilliant idea of making Rice Krispie Treats and then having the boys make valentines that say "Being your friend is a real treat." So clever, right? Yeah, and I'm sure there are like a dozen tutorials for just this thing on Pinterest, but I 'm not on Pinterest and actually thought of it my ownself. I even bought a heart-shaped cookie cutter to make the Rice Krispie Treats all festive. The boys thought this was a great idea when I suggested it.

Of course, that means I have to make Rice Krispie Treats in addition to all the other stuff. Should've kept my clever mouth shut and just bought some Hershey's Kisses or something.


Wednesday morning I'll make the brownies that will be Jack's treat for his class party--again with that festive heart-shaped cookie cutter. Wednesday night I'll make more Rice Krispie Treats for Cubby and Charlie to bring with the valentines for their classmates on Thursday.

Thursday morning I'll make cheesy biscuits for Cubby and Charlie's class party, in an attempt to provide something other than straight sugar to the hyped-up children.

And on Friday? Friday I will wash my apron and hang it up for the foreseeable future, because DAMN, that's a lot of baking. I'm going to be going through a LOT of butter in the next week.


Anonymous said...

I guess you know how the baker at a bakery least you don't have to get up at 1 or 2 to do it!
I really like the cheesy biscuits ( which could also be heart shaped or diamond shaped to make it easier on you. Not so much re rolling dough.
The boys will really be the hit of the school!

Loving Incredible Food while Living in Normal said...

Wow, you are incredible. I don't think I could spend that much time in the kitchen if my life depended on it. Strange question, but doesn't the school require that the goodies that are brought into the school be store bought? I know that where I live (Minneapolis,MN) the schools say that the treats have to be store bought and sealed in order for them to be brought in. Second question, do you have a preferred type of pizza or are you more of a cheese pizza person?

Kristin @ Going Country said...

Loving: No, this school doesn't require packaged foods. I think some larger school districts have adopted that policy mostly as a way to monitor the ingredients for children who might be severely allergic to certain things. Their last school in New York didn't have that rule, either, so I don't know what prompts some schools to do that and some not.

I like pizza with vegetables, particularly mushrooms and bell pepper. A. of course prefers meat of some sort, and the boys mostly go for just cheese. So I usually make one whole one of just cheese and one that's half vegetable and half meat.

mil said...

I think we have to agree that it's too late to avoid having a birthday celebration the same week as Valentine's Day--but at least you have small classes to provide for --

Tu mere said...

Ooh. Cheesy biscuits. Take those any day over full on sugar! Amazing the amount of sugary foods consumed in such a short period of time. Hopefully, no one will get sick. Enjoy your Friday.

Anonymous said...

Such a cute idea, the rice krispie treats & valentines.
This baking week kinda reminds me of your Christmas cookie frenzy.
My husband & I eat the same pizza as you and A., half vegetables, half meat.

Daisy said...

Interesting factoid: our local school district no longer allows treats because of food allergies. I suspect the reason behind the reason is the large number of free/reduced lunch families and the social pressure to bring a treat.
It's the first year of that policy; it'll be interesting to see how it pans out.

Anonymous said...

Such a lovely idea with the Rice Krispie cakes and turning it into a friend thing rather than boy - girl. I saw the saddest sight at C's school last week - a boy returning home with a teddy that C told me he had meant to give to a girl. So he either bottled it or got rejected - either way - so sad - bawww!!