Friday, December 26, 2008

Merry Christmas to family and friends in timezones later than mine...

...and to those I share timezones with, a belated Christmas greeting to you! :D

Christmas, of course was a busy day and I am a wee bit excited about sharing with you what went on in the kitchen (and dining room!). But I am holding off on that excitement for another blog post. Today, I'm off to the shop to give Murphy (my car) a tuneup. The Holidays, more than just a time for parties and celebrations, is also a time to take care of the other fairly important things that you never seem to have time for.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Christmas Rush

Christmas is right around the corner, and once again, our kitchen is bustling with activity. My mother, for one, had been making a lot of sweetened macapuno to satisfy the requests of her colleagues. I, on the other hand, have made hundreds of cupcakes and cookies. It is exhausting but fun. In gift-giving terms, between braving the holiday crowd in malls to shop for gifts and baking cookies for hours, I'd much rather get exhausted doing the latter.

I got some Callebaut chocolate chips from Gourdo's and used these for my cookies. These chips are in the size of mini morsels, smaller than what I normally use. They were very good but I prefer hefty chunks of chocoloate when I bite into my cookie so, for good measure, in addition to the Callebaut chocolate chips, I pressed Nestle Tollhouse semi-sweet chocolate chips on top of each cookie dough mound before baking. Yummy!

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