No matter how organized I am or how well I plan, there always comes a day prior to Christmas when I hit the wall. Today was such a day. I would love nothing more than to be tucked in bed, sound asleep right now. But, alas, while the rest of the house sleeps, I am babysitting a Holiday Cheesecake appetizer that still has another half hour to go in the oven.
Tomorrow evening, I'm having a cookie exchange for 14 of my nearest and dearest friends and family. I've kept the menu fairly simple -- drinks and appetizers and some sweet things for dessert. Whenever I plan my menus, I typically come up with a rough draft and then call my BFF aka the Food Network Junkie. She always helps me tweak the menu and comes up with something that will wow the crowd. So, a few days ago I was deeply engrossed in twirling my hair and reading blogs when the phone rang. It was my BFF. What're you doing? she asked. I quickly grabbed my notepad and a pencil. Oh, just working on the menu for the cookie exchange. I have it mostly planned, but . . .well, tell me what you think. . . and I read off my list. Then, just what I was waiting for. I saw this really good recipe the other day on the blahblahblah show. . . and, quicker than I could say "Giada de Laurentis" I had the perfect appetizer that would be the centerpiece for my buffet.
The only thing is, the recipe not only requires homemade breadcrumbs (You really don't want to skip this part, because it will make the recipe), I had to roast my own red peppers. And, this little number requires a special pan -- a springform pan, which I do have, but was no where to be found. I suspect it's in the same box that holds the controls for our electric blanket, the Deep Impact DVD and Luke's Tampa Rays baseball cap. So, six phone calls later, I located someone with a springform pan (my BFF lives, incoveniently, 25 minutes away) and at 8:00 p.m. started on the recipe. While still baking cookies for tomorrow.
Tomorrow, I will tidy up the house, run the vacuum, and give the place a quick dusting. I still need to put the jelly on my Thumbprint Cookies and do some last minute preparations. And the timer just went off, so it's time to put the cheesecake in the fridge and head off to bed. If you're still with me. . . g'night:)