So, Amazon is having a grocery clearance sale - up to 55% off selected items. I was checking it out - if you need three pounds of decorating/sprinkling/sanding sugar, non-pareils or candied rose petals, check out the sale stuff from India Tree. I'm thinking I'd dig one of those *jars* and I really like that spring green sugar...but not enough to spend my entire $30 Amazon gift certificate on it. ;) I could go crazy buying stuff like that. I actually salivated when I read Joy, the Bakers' entry about Surfas. And I think I turned spring green with envy that she roamed the aisles there. ;)
My love of wandering through Williams-Sonoma and Kitchen Co. (a local kitchen store and cooking school) and The Rolling Pin (may it rest in peace) and a local restaurant supply store is what made me so giddy about my birthday gift from a friend last week. She gave me a new whisk (much needed), two sets of prep bowls (1 oz and 4oz sizes - love them), a bottle of vanilla beans and a wonderful book The Pastry Chef's Companion.
I'm alternating reading the birthday gift book and a book I've borrowed from the library: Vanilla : the cultural history of the world's most popular flavor and fragrance. The Vanilla book is absolutely fascinating. I've only finished the first chapter of Vanilla and have flipped through Pastry Chef's Companion, but can tell I'll be blogging from *both* of these books. The Pastry Chef's Companion has an entire section of classic and contemporary flavor combinations that I can't wait to comb through.
I have a batch of Lactation Boosting Cookies cookie dough in the fridge. I had pecan pieces left over from making cinnamon rolls a couple of weeks ago, so I threw them in. Yummy. I'm being a good girl and actually baking these cookies rather than just eating the dough.
We're making butter this afternoon. I'll blog about it later. It's a stunningly beautiful day today. After days of horribly high heat and then days upon days of Gustav hanging out over Arkansas (I think we had him longer than Louisiana did!) - I'm ready for sunshine and low temperatures and only 50% humidity. It is a glorious day!!!