The holidays are here and we are limping along to the finish line — otherwise known as the last day of school before break. Four months of distance learning down (we’re doing a hybrid independent study/virtual learning model through our public school) and I can’t believe we’ve made it this far. We have at least two more months to go so the silver lining is that we have the routine down.
The yearly holiday baking has begun — I baked three rounds of Sarah Keiffer’s excellent lemon-cranberry cake from her first cookbook in small loaves that now rest in my freezer — and we have cookies to attend to (this year we’ll do sugar cookies with a bit of almond extract, chocolate sugar cookies, whole wheat chocolate chip cookies, gingerbread cookies, and a few more to be decided). I would also suggest this stellar coconut loaf as a teacher or neighbor gift – it’s sturdy, not-too-sweet, and pairs perfectly with the bag of locally-roasted coffee you’re also giving away.