'Tis the season for baking. Baking and eating. We have a long list of cookies that we bake every holiday season. One of the cookies I enjoy baking is springerle, a German cookie made with molds or a rolling pin.
I use a rolling pin.
There are hand cut impressions all around the pin.
The owl is one of my favorites.
First I roll out the dough with a smooth rolling pin. Then I use the springerle rolling pin.
Little cookies ready to be separated. The cookies sit for several hours before baking. I grew up with anise flavored springerle. The cookies are placed on a baking sheet that's been sprinkled with anise seed. The anise seed bakes into the bottom of the cookies. Not everyone in my house appreciates anise seed the way I do, so I'll probably make another batch with either almond or lemon flavoring.
When I haven't been baking, I've been knitting. The Cabled Keyhole Scarf has been my friend. Earlier this week I started one at knit night. By the end of the evening it was done except for a couple of rows. We won't discuss the fact that I discovered - after it had been blocked - that I had knit it with two different size needles. I can't tell the difference and I'm sure the recipient, a non-knitter, won't be able to either.
Two of three. The third one is still on the needles. And I've been blocking, but I still have a couple of things left. I can't decide if secret knitting or secret blocking is more challenging.
I have elves (kids) lined up to wrap presents. There's the matter of bringing in the tree and decorating it. And I should do some cooking unless all we want to eat is cookies.
This season is magical, but it requires a lot of work. And so I remind myself . . . amidst the flurry of activity be sure to take time to savor the moment.