For the last several weeks I’ve been using Fridays to do a lot of baking all at once. I thought about doing it on Saturdays, but my husband’s work schedule has changed, and we need to keep Saturdays open for family activities.
I was hoping that by doing a lot of baking all at once I would have easy snacks for my littlest ones that I could just hand out without a lot of thought. Also, it has been nice to have cookies available for a dessert after lunch and supper.
I try to plan out Thursday night what exactly I want to bake the next day and do simple preps like taking butter out to soften. I try to schedule it so that I don’t also have to bake bread on Friday, but that doesn’t always work.
One Friday I wrote down how the day panned out so you could see how I work it around school.
Here was my goal for the day:
- bread – 3 loaves
- Anything Goes muffins
- THM pancakes (for the freezer)
- oatmeal raisin cookies
- vanilla wafers
- chocolate zucchini muffins – one dozen
- plain muffins – one dozen
- breakfast bar – fills two cake pans and we break it into chunks and bits
7:30 – wake up – I can’t remember why I slept in – no doubt it was Jonah’s fault. ☺
8:00 – wake children, grind flour, go on facebook for a few minutes
8:30 – mix and knead bread
8:52 – breakfast – the four oldest children all take turns making breakfast
9:00 – social media and check my blog
9:30 – prayer and Bible reading with the children
9:50 – change Jonah’s diaper and get him dressed
10:00 – Bible quiz – Fridays are a light school day – quizzes and finishing up whatever was missed during the week – plus I plan out the next week and fill in their homework books.
10:30 – shape bread
11:30 – bread in and get everyone to tidy up their areas – school is over for the week
11:40 – mix the cookie dough so it’s ready to go after nap time
12:00 – put clothes in washer and hang up wet clothes
12:30 – cut bread and have lunch
1:00 – start nap time for Jonah
2:00 – nap time for me
3:30 – computer (I didn’t sleep for an hour and a half. I also use this time to read. ☺)
4:00 – starting my baking – This involves quickly dishing out the cookie dough between six cookie sheets. I have a convection oven so I can bake three sheets at a time. While they’re baking I quickly mix up the breakfast bar.
5:00 – start supper – I decided on eggs and scones – baking on baking day – craziness
5:30 – supper
6:00 – check the computer again – get going on the muffins – make sure the house is getting tidied up
7:10 – muffins in the oven
7:35 – finished and a final clean up of the kitchen
The only thing I didn’t get made was the diet pancakes for the freezer.
I would like to say that this lasted us until the next Friday. As you can see half the bread was gone by the time I took a picture. It lasted until about Wednesday. I’m going to invest in some more muffin tins so I can double the recipes. It doesn’t take much more effort to double a recipe. I had sixteen and a half dozen cookies in total. I probably could have used another four to five dozen. The joys of many children. The breakfast bar we eat as cold cereal or use as a topping on yogurt.
What is your favourite thing to bake?