Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Memorial Day Bakefest

You just gotta love long weekends. Regular weekends just go by too fast! This weekend was full of food, friends, family, and heat. I was planning on going swimming, but each time I could have I felt too full to even stand, nevermind swim. Oh well. Summer is pretty much here and there will be plenty of aquatic opportunities ahead!

I baked A LOT of cookies for this weekend. I had a party at my friend's on Saturday and a cookout at my grandparents' today, so I decided I'd bake for the occasion. It took me a while to narrow down my baking choices, but I had decided on sugar cookies (since holidays are the perfect decorating opportunity) and apple pie cookies (since it's Memorial Day and apple pie fits the American theme, to me).

It took forever to decorate these flag cookies, but I really like how they came out. I wish I could've found some white star candies or sprinkles instead of just using icing, though. I could only find red and blue ones. :\

For some reason, in my crazy baking fit, I decided that these two cookies and the 8-9 hours of work that went into them wasn't enough, so I made these really awesome peanut butter chocolate chip cookies. The recipe only calls for five ingredients (peanut butter, brown sugar, baking soda, egg, and chocolate chips), so they're SUPER easy to make. Plus, there's no flour or butter in them, which I thought was neat. This recipe is also dangerous because we usually always have all of the ingredients in the house, so at any given moment I could give in to a cookie temptation and make them.

So I brought those three to my friend's party and they were a hit! You'd think that I would've been satisfied with my selections by then, but I wasn't. I ended up making these graham cookies that I've made once before in addition to the other three cookies for my grandparents' party. They taste like, you guessed it, Graham crackers! These have become one of my new favorites because A. I love Graham crackers and B. They're really soft and chewy.

Did I stop there? Nope. I also made my Bac 'n Mac (macaroni and cheese with bacon) to bring. I doubled the recipe and it was almost gone by the time I left. I really love making things that people can love and enjoy, and I'm glad that this weekend's adventures in baking and cooking were a success! Hope you all had a lovely weekend as well!

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