My future remains uncertain and it is driving me bonkers. But I got some crafts made last night, and today I baked pastries.
I am slowly finishing up all the embroidery I meant to do for my friends for Christmas. Whoops. This is the final one, and it took a long time to decide what to do for this friend. She’s really important to me, so I wanted it to be awesome. But also, she doesn’t really have a single ‘thing’ I can easily pick. I have one friend really loves chemistry, and another who loves dinosaurs, and another who loves books. But this friend loves many things and it’s not like a single ‘thing’ really stands out. So I finally decided on a copper dragon, based on her current DnD character. The dragon was pretty difficult to draw out actually, and I am really proud of it. I did end up just embroidering it onto a random hemmed piece of fabric, so not sure if this can be framed or maybe just as a modern doilie-type item for decoration.
And then I randomly felt like making a necklace. I will have to think hard to recall if I have anything that would really match light blue and bronze jewelry, but I wanted to do something with my hands and was tired of embroidery. I forgot that I have a bunch of charms that I bought to make pearl chains with. Unfortunately, the eye pins I have are longer than what I really need, so a lot of them ended up uneven. I suppose that doesn’t matter too much, since I won’t sell this particular piece. I wish I could find a place that sold bulk eye pins.
Then today, I made some chocolate chip pastries. One of the coms is having a Newbie Welcome event tomorrow, so I figured I would go since it is actually really close to where I live. Earlier this week, I decided to make chocolate chip crescent rolls, since they are easy and delicious, and do not need to be refrigerated. Very simply, make crescent rolls but add chocolate chips to the dough before rolling them up. This could probably be adapted to anything- dried fruit, pie filling (this is confirmed delicious by the way), nutella, jam, cream cheese, etc etc.
When I bake pastries, I usually do an egg wash on top. An egg wash is an egg mixed with some water, and then brushed on the top of the pastry so it has a nice sheen and browns a little. This is actually a vital step. Last weekend when I visited my boyfriend, I made homemade poptarts using crescent roll dough and strawberry pie filling, but no egg wash because he does not keep eggs on hand (he doesn’t cook, nor does he like eating eggs anyway). They were okay, but if I had added the egg wash, they would have gone above and beyond okay to delicious (he still scarfed them down though ♡). So this time, I definitely made sure to remember an egg wash.
But then I remembered that some people in the com are vegan, which means no eggs. I don’t want to leave them out, so I looked online for a vegan alternative. Many involve using non-dairy milks or agave syrup, which I don’t have on hand. One comment online mentioned that most commercial bakeries use a mixture of corn syrup with water, as actual eggs for egg washes are too expensive. Heh, of course. So I mixed some Karo syrup with water and brushed some of the pastries with that, and the rest of the pastries with egg wash. It worked out really well! I was careful to keep them separated, and taste tested the Karo syrup pastries. They taste just fine, and aren’t significantly sweeter than the others.
…And I just learned the picnic is cancelled in place of just touring the museum. (￣ω￣;) Of course this happens right after I finish baking. Oh well. They will certainly not go to waste.