And just like that, the 2019 holiday baking odyssey has come to an end. As always, it was a hoot and even though in the 11th hour I swore I’d never do it again, I’m already dreaming about what to do for next year.
If you followed along with the 2019 Holiday Baking Analytics, you already know the stats. I used nearly 80 pounds of sugar, 36 pounds of flour, 29 pounds of butter and 45 pounds of fruits, nuts and other add-ins. I made nine types of cookies this year yielding 3,761 units. We mailed 22 boxes and delivered another 30 or so in person. Folks, my work here is done.
But, just in case you’d like to make your own, I’ve included links to each of the recipes below.
Cheers and happy holidays to all!
or as we call them in our house, Schweddy Balls
Our house looked like a tornado hit it for a day or two.
There was no theme, but I did have a lot of fun with colored duct tape (seriously–get some, it’s a good time).
And a new company for labels, Paper Culture.
I promised we stuffed as much as we could into each box.
Pre-purchasing labels from USPS is the way to go.
As an added bonus, each and every box (and most of the tissue paper) was checked for safety and construction by our quality control crew.
Sometimes I feel like a drug dealer when I deliver baked goods to friends and colleagues. And, that’s not just because I like to lurk in dark alleyways and whisper, “hey kid, you wanna smoke some drugs?” out of the side of my mouth.
It’s also not the whole sugar is a drug thing (Yes, I know it is. No, I’m not going to stop baking).
Maybe it’s because my hobby yields something people generally seem to want to consume. Then there is that part where people enjoy and then talk about why they shouldn’t have. It may also have something to do with my ties to the Salamancas Family. Anyhow on to the biggest baking drug deal of the year: 2018 Holiday Baking!
My analytics weren’t super awesome this year. I just didn’t have time to work on data visualization. In their place, I offer a summary:
- 35 pounds of butter
- 75 pounds of sugar
- 25 pounds of fruits and nuts
- 25 pounds of chocolate
- 3500 units
And some old fashioned visuals. You’ll find a list of everything I baked with links at the bottom.
Holiday Baking 2018: The List
Candied Orange Peel
World Peace Cookies
Royal Icing (Sweet Sugarbelle)
Rum Butter Nuts
Peanut butter (schweddy) balls
Almond Butter Crunch
Cranberry White Chocolate Doodles (recipe isn’t quite ready for prime time)
Photo circa 2014.
Don’t call it a comeback (but it really is)
I’ve been here for years (just haven’t had a kitchen)
I’m rocking my peers (with baked goods that is)
Puttin’ suckers in fear (literally, no sugar source is safe)
Song credit: Mama Said Knock You Out, L.L. Cool J.
On Saturday, October 14, 2017, after a three year hiatus, I officially kicked off my 2017 holiday baking. If you follow me on Instagram (@tmhostess), you’ve already been harassed by the crappy instastories and mediocre ‘grams. I’ve even got a hashtag going: #misanthropichostessholidaybaking2017. #worsthashtagever.
While I plan to keep most of the visuals on Instagram, I thought it would be fun to include Holiday Baking 2017 analytics. And of course, a contest.
First the analytics. I’ve created a separate page on this site with a live feed of my baking analytics. That’s right, real time baking data on:
- Running total of units in-production and completed
- Running total, pounds of butter used
- Running total, pounds of sugar used
- Running total, pounds of chocolate used
- Running total, pounds of nuts used
To follow along at home, go here:
Each Tuesday I’ll upload some photos and remind you of where to go to see the latest stats (because I’m a data pimp).
A box (or extra box) of goodies goes to the person who can get closest to the sum below without going over:
- Total pounds (lbs) of: butter + sugar + nuts + chocolate
If you want to play along, cast your vote via comment to this post no later than midnight, November 9th.
Here we go, here we go, here we go again…