The reason I took a break from writing yesterday wasn't because I didn't want to write. It's because I had to bake, and bake and bake. There are two fundraising bake sales today. My youngest son's preschool is having a shop o' rama complete with fifteen vendors, a bake sale and a silent auction at the church where the school is located. I'm to serve lunch (not cook, thank goodness) to the vendors a little later today.
My other son's arts and music organization for kids with high functioning autism and Asperger's Sydrome is having a bake sale in front of a local grocery store. Add in last minutes jobs in conjunction with planning a December field for the arts organization and an unexpected snow (here in Michigan) that sparks a sudden need for snow boots and snow pants and you get a mom who is a little too busy to write.
I cheated a little with the baking. Usually I bake cookies from scratch. Yesterday I used box mixes. I made sugar cookies, chocolate chip cookies and chocolate cupcakes. I was tempted to break open my box mix of gluten-free chocolate chip cookies but ran out of time.
I have the mix because I dabbled some with the gluten free aspect of the gluten free, casein free (GFCF) diet that many parents who have children with ASD try. (More about the GFCF diet in a future post.) The said mix of gluten-free cookies is from a company called Cherrybrook Kitchen. It's a company that specializes in peanut free, dairy free, egg free and nut free products. They do have a notation that the chocolate chip cookie mix contains soy products.
The cookies are OK and I recommend them for people desperately searching for a gluten free mix. (The mixes can also be bought in bulk at Amazon. ) They taste a little bit grainy and also are a bit crumbly. If you plan to travel with these cookies pack them carefully. I tried taking these cookies on a trip and ended up with a bag of crumbs. But then again, I put them in a sealable storage bag and threw that bag in a plastic shopping bag with other stuff. Plastic containers would probably work much better.
Even with the baking done, it's still going to be a busy weekend. I have to do the volunteering, type up minutes from a meeting and fix a set of bylaws. There will be fun stuff too, however. A Christmas train ride today and an Irish music concert (if not cancelled due to an impending snowstorm) on Sunday is in my future. I'll do my best to write a decent post tomorrow. We shall see...