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There are three very important buildings in the North Pole: Santa’s Workshop, the Reindeer Stables, and perhaps most importantly, Mrs. Claus’ kitchen. While Santa and his elves are busy making toys for good gals and guys, Mrs. Claus is making miracles in the kitchen. She’s been called the queen of the Christmas cookie, and there are rumors that her kitchen cleans itself. Now, I can’t promise the latter, but with a little help everyone can enjoy a fab day of holiday baking like Mrs. Claus this Christmas! Here are seven steps for enjoying a day in the kitchen à la Mrs. Claus and a ton of gifts for yourself from Wayfair!
1. Set the mood in the kitchen!
Mrs. Claus makes her kitchen magical with a few atmospheric tricks! First, you’ve got to get some carols playing. Singing to your cookies is a sure-fire way to get them to rise better, so put on a little Christmas music. Whether you prefer to play your Christmas carols via record player or through your phone, it doesn’t matter. Just make sure you have some professional help holding out all of those notes of “Glo-oooo-oooo-oooo-oooo-ria.”
Another great way to prepare yourself for a day of baking like Mrs. Claus is to put on a jolly, festive apron! Avoid getting your holiday duds dirty, and enjoy a silly saying or cheerful print to wear all day.
2. Get all of your bowls, cookie sheets, and cooking do-dads together.
Mrs. Claus preps her whole kitchen before every getting started, so take a tip from a pro and do the same. Set out all of your mixing bowls, spatulas, measuring cups, and measuring spoons where you can easily reach them. Now you won’t have to worry about opening drawers and cabinets while you’ve got cookie dough all over your hands. While you’re at it, make sure you’ve set out your cooking sheets and parchment paper near the oven. If sugar cookies or gingerbread men are on your to do list today (those two recipes always make the list in the Claus’ kitchen), go ahead and sprinkle a little flour on the countertop area you plan to roll out your dough.
3. Keep the elves out of the kitchen while you get to work.
Making toys is hard work, and Santa’s elves are constantly traipsing through the kitchen to see what Mrs. Claus has cooking. Most days she’s happy to set out a plate of sweets and a glass of milk and have a chat, but on her big baking days she needs the kitchen to herself. Those elves are pretty sneaky though and love to sidle into her kitchen and grab a snack or two. When she can’t take it anymore, she finds a little gate makes a big difference. And, if the elves are really patient and stay out of the kitchen, Mrs. Claus let’s them lick the spoon.
4. Keep a carafe of ice cold milk handy.
Nothing goes better with cookies than milk! Tired of boring cartons, Mrs. Claus puts her milk on ice in the most festive of ways! She starts by filling an ice tray almost completely to the top. Then, she drops a few jingle bells into the water so that they freeze inside the cubes. Once, the ice has frozen, she fills a bowl with the jingle bell ice cubes and a few peppermints for a little color, and drops in her carafe of milk. Voila! Now for the rest of the day, she can pour a lovely and festive looking mug of milk whenever she pleases!
5. Taste test everything.
What kind of baker doesn’t taste test everything just to make sure it’s perfect? Not our lady of the North Pole! If you plan on baking like Mrs. Claus you’d better be prepared to dine like Mrs. Claus. A little spoonful of Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough here and a small spatula of gingerbread dough there make everything better.
6. Set a festive table for you and Mr. Claus.
Towards the end of the work day, Mrs. Claus can bet on Santa needing a little afternoon snack. Ready for a short break herself- all this baking and singing is hard work- she sets a Christmas table for two. This is so easy to replicate in any kitchen! First, move your jolly ice bucket with milk over to the table. Stack up some of your cookie creations on a plate or two (or twelve). Then, put out two cheerful plates for snacking. Mrs. Claus’ collection of mugs and dessert plates is large enough to fill four sleighs, but you don’t need a million options for your holiday table. If you’re a traditionalist, these Spode Christmas plates are a classic must-have. Or, if you’re a more modern celebrator, try these Kate Spade plates with fun tasseled napkins like we did! As long as you’re enjoy some Christmas cookies, Mrs. Claus will be proud.
7. Take a moment to enjoy your creations.
Pat yourself on the back, replay your favorite carol, kick your feet up, or have just one more little cookie. The holidays were meant to be enjoyed. Mrs. Claus knows it, and maybe that’s why her kitchen is so treasured at the North Pole. It’s filled to the brim with goodies and a place of joy and comfort (food). Happy baking!
Having a lovely kitchen and cheerful, colorful baking tools is just so fun! I don’t know why it makes me feel better that my cookie sheet is red instead of gray, but it absolutely does. This Christmas add a little newness to your traditions and passed-down family recipes. Treat yourself to some joyful baking goodies from Wayfair. The best part about buying bakeware is that 1) you can use it all year round, 2) it’s going to mean making some spectacular dishes, and 3) baking always leads to memory making. Share your Christmas cookies with your friends and family this holiday season- it’s the Mrs. Claus way.0