I really don't enjoy cooking, but I love to bake. Getting out of bed in the morning and making eggs and bacon doesn't appeal to me, but making muffins or quick bread is something I enjoy doing in the morning. I don't bake a lot of cakes, except for birthdays. Pies are my winter dessert of choice to make during the afternoons for a yummy end to the day. During the rest of the year, I bake cookies. Not just the normal chocolate chip, oatmeal, and sugar cookie varieties, but many different varieties. It's not unusual for me to bake 2 double batches of cookies each week. That may seem like a lot of cookies, but we have a large family.
I've been looking for some type of home-based business that could add to my family's income and would be extremely flexible in regards to time spent on the business. Mike discovered that I can bake cookies and pies in my own kitchen without a health inspection and sell them to people. It's allowed under the cottage law. There are restrictions to the types of foods and the amount of gross sales that are allowed. The products can not be sold through businesses owned by other people. Even with the restrictions, Mike and I think that this is a business that I could do from my home, without losing the freedom that I need to keep our home and homeschool running smoothly.
Today, Mike ran to the store and bought me a cookie scoop and new cookie sheets. It's hard to believe, but I have always made drop cookies using a teaspoon from my silverware drawer. Using the new cookie scoop, my cookies are a beautiful uniform size. My children will no longer need to spend time comparing all the cookies to get the largest cookie in the batch. The scoop also made getting the cookie dough out of the bowl and onto the cookie sheets much quicker! I love new gadgets that make life easier!
Today, I perfected my crispy gingersnap recipe and I also made a batch of chocolate chip cookies. It went so quickly using the cookie scoop and parchment paper on the cookie sheets. My kids are going to love eating all my cookie experiments over the next few weeks.