#294 Holiday Baking and Chick-Fil-A

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Today’s scary thing is a two-for (and not in the good sexy way). For the past few years, I’ve baked cookies and given them out as gifts for the holidays. At first it started out pretty simple. I made chocolate chip cookies. That’s it. Then it evolved into this elaborate thing where last year I baked chocolate chip, peanut butter, oatmeal date, ginger snaps and chocolate cherry. Yes, five different kinds of cookies. It took two days. One day for prepping the doughs and the next day just for baking.

As Christmas rolled around this year, I decided I wasn’t going to bake. I didn’t feel up to it. Work has been ridiculously busy and I’ve been in a bah-humbug kind of mood.

But today was the first day of my epic 11 day vacation in which I had nothing planned. It seemed like a waste to have all this time and not to do my holiday baking. Especially since people seem to really enjoy it. I was worried that it was so last minute, I wouldn’t be able to give all the cookies away. Normally it’s not a problem because I give them out to people out work. It was too late for that.

I figured I would give them to the friends I could and also take them to yoga tomorrow morning and give some out there.

So I went for it. I scaled back the cookies to three: chocolate chip, oatmeal date and peanut butter. Classic favorites that everyone loves.

I had a pretty efficient baking session. It only took four hours from start to finish for all three batches. About 110 cookies. Now I just have to give them all away.

The thing about baking is after the doughs are done, you spend a lot of time waiting for the damn things to bake. I decided to be ambitious. I put out a bunch of things to help get my Chick-Fil-A gay marriage idea off the ground. I put up a post on reddit and Facebook looking for gay couples and volunteers. I even shot out a tweet to NPH (Neil Patrick Harris) but of course he didn’t reply. I also reached out to a director I met at a Mortified event to see if he was interested in helping me film it. I really hope to get this done next month.

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