I believe that creativity is a powerful skill that can be practiced and developed. I hope my blog inspires you to find your very own "creative lment". ~LM
I have learned over the years that shared experiences can be incredibly bonding. For people I am just getting to know, a joint activity provides focus. For people that I know well, an activity often gives me new insight into their personality and preferences. And as a host, I love it when my guests can leave with a good memory of the day (and even better when they can take a little something home!). So, when I have girlfriends over, I usually try and plan an activity.
On Saturday, I got together with my girlfriend Judy for a “Girl’s Day In” and since we both enjoy baking, we thought it would be fun to try baking a few things together. My goodness did we have fun! I started the day by making some banana bread mini-loaves using my new silicone baking pans. I had never cooked in silicone before, but now that I have, I plan to buy more! They were easy to use and the food turned out perfectly! Once Judy arrived, we got to work on her Mocha Slice Cookies.
One of her ingredients was Expresso Powder – which turns out is just regular expresso coffee beans (dark blend) ground up into a fine powder. We added them to her cookies, along with cocoa powder – and OH MY it was good! Now that I know what expresso powder is, I plan to add it to a future butter cream icing project!
Last up were my Snickerdoodles. I have a vague memory of these from a DisneyWorld christmas party I went to a few years back so I was eager to try them out. I was especially keen to give them a shot since the Snickerdoodble is an ice-box cookie, which means you make the dough in advance and freeze it for up to 3 months. Well, I was not disappointed; they were lovely in flavour and texture. I will be making these more regularly for sure!
Are you interested in coordinating a Girl’s Day In with baking as your theme? Here are a few tips:
This post kick’s off a series of articles I will be writing which focus on fun and inexpensive activities that girlfriends of all ages can do together. If you have any great experiences that you would like to share, please feel free to leave a comment below! ~LM