I used to be one of those who would make dozens of different cookie recipes each Christmas Season to give away. I would daily bake a couple of different batches starting the day after Thanksgiving. I would end up with hundreds of cookies of all sorts and varieties. On December 15th I would bundle up my hand crafted treasures and give them away. I would drive all over town to deliver my boxes of homemade goodies. I would prepare 20 or so boxes and mail them all over the US. I learned when I lived in Jewish neighborhoods how to make some of their traditional favorites to include in my collections. No one was left out, friends and family alike were given a holiday treat box. I wanted people to know I thought of them and they were important to me by giving them a gift of my heart and hands. I followed that routine for years and enjoyed every minute of it. Then about four years ago I got a job where the busiest season for them ran from Thanksgiving until the middle of January. It made making all those cookies a chore and took all the fun out of it. I finally gave it up.
I have spent lots of time this year re-evaluating things and decided that I enjoyed baking for gifts and am taking it back. I still have my job, after all it affords me many things including the ability to afford the expenses associated with baking. But I have decided that I used to like to bake and I am going to try it again. If I stop baking it will be because it isn’t any fun any more not because my job has over taken my life. So this weekend I am doing a two day marathon of baking. I am not sure how many cookies it will yield, but I am going to allow myself two days of baking , and see how it goes. I will keep you posted.