Saturday was a cold day - well cold for the south. I planned a baking day so the oven could help keep the house warm. I also wanted to stock the freezer with a few items since I have several teaching jobs for the upcoming weeks. We have an older, airy house so I needed all the extra heat I could get. I started the morning off by baking some more banana oat cookies. Once again we were left with one overripe banana so it was the perfect time to make some.
Next I made a double batch of oatmeal cookies. These went into the freezer and will go in W's lunch for a couple of weeks. Last week I made chocolate chip cookies and froze half of the cookies. It will be very convenient to grab some homemade cookies from the freezer for his lunch. It is also cheaper and healthier than buying a sweet treat.
After the oatmeal cookies were done, I turned the oven up a bit and prepped the last pumpkin for baking. I saved the seeds this time to be roasted and put them in the oven at the same time as the pumpkin. Once the pumpkin was baked and cooled, I scooped out the flesh, mashed it, and put it in the strainer over a bowl to get the extra juice out. The stringy part of the pumpkin and the shells went to the chickens and ducks. (I might have left a bit of extra pumpkin in the shells for them.) I still ended up with four 2 cup portions of pumpkin.
Once the oven cooled back down I mixed up my final baking project for the day - a blueberry pound cake. The recipe was recommended by an online friend, and it was as delicious as she said. Doesn't it look lovely?
Looks can be a bit deceiving....
In spite of buttering and sugaring the pan well, it stuck! It is just for here at home so the unsightly appearance is no big deal. The taste more than makes up for the presentation.