Things We Miss: Baking

When you travel for weeks (or months…) at a time, there are definitely things you miss about home. Obviously, friends and family go first on that list, followed closely by not having to pack, unpack and repack on a very (VERY!) frequent basis. I personally also miss having neatly waxed eyebrows (oh, how I miss Jayda and Clique!), but perhaps even above that I miss baking.

Although I’ve always enjoyed baking (and the yummy goodies that come from this little hobby…), I think it truly turned into a form of stress relief for me during my days practicing law. I could crank up the music and get lost in the kitchen with the flour, the sugar, and, of course, the booze (if you know me, you know I spike my baked goods!). Luckily, my friends, family and co-workers were typically willing guinea pigs for new recipes I tried during this stress relief process. [To the CREW board and the WTC folks, anyone miss the goodies yet?]

Much to my delight when we were back in Louisville over the holidays, my parents and our friends Jason & Megan were kind enough to let me borrow some kitchen space to spend a few hours at my favorite pastime.

My mother and I spent my first full day at home baking cookies – chocolate chip, gingerbread, oatmeal raisin and cranberry pistachio. The smells were incredible, but unfortunately for Knox, he was banned from the kitchen and had to endure behind a baby gate until the baking bonanza was over.

Thanks to a few gatherings with Scott’s family, I also got to sneak in more than just cookies. For Christmas Eve, I got to test out a new cake idea – White Chocolate Raspberry Bundt Cake.

Then, for a post-Christmas get-together, I opted for a well-tested option – Peanut Butter Truffle Brownies. My family was kind enough to dispose of the extras on those – what a sacrifice! For my New Year’s Eve baking at Jason & Megan’s place, I had a little helper (thanks, Braden!) for the Peanut Butter Bacon Bars with Bourbon Cream Cheese Icing (sounds weird, I know, but they taste amazing!).

Now that we’re back on the road for a few months, I have a feeling that my baking fun will be on hold, but luckily, there is less stress that I need to relieve!

Interested in teasing your sweet tooth or stirring up a craving? Check out the pics of my holiday baking!