Wow, the 2011 holiday season was fantastic. It was a fabulous end to a wonderful year. Now, ShortbreadSwee-T is coming through for birthdays, anniversaries, and whatever else comes to mind.
While I was preparing for Valentine’s Day, I hit a real glitch. First, after I removed my batches from the oven, I found that the cookies did not look like I wanted them to look, and I can’t show/give cookies that aren’t up to my standards (and my standards are high). I didn’t worry too much, because I knew I had an extra day before Valentine’s Day was here.
The second glitch was a neighborhood power outage. On day two (the last day), when I planned to remake the cookies, I came home to a complete blackout. There was no power at all for almost an hour, and when the power returned, it was only a little while before the power went out again. The intermittent power outages went on for a while. I soon figured out that there would be no shortbread cookies that night.
I was totally unprepared for that mishap, and I didn’t know what to do. Here it was, the middle of the night on a work/school night, and I was walking around with candles and flashlights and making PB&J sandwiches for dinner. At the end of the night I was extremely disappointed because I didn’t have my shortbread cookies ready for Valentine’s Day.
That power outage was a great lesson for me. I know now that I need to prepare for the unexpected (have the dough and toppings ready – before I’m ready to start baking). Hopefully, that will never happen again. ShortbreadSwee-T’s home-made cookies and sweet treats need to be available even during a power outage.
A few days ago, I presented my cookies at a jewelry party, and they were a hit. It is always good to see people enjoying something that I put my heart into.
Peace & Blessings.