Yesterday was a full day but my friend, Marlene saved me!
Marlene called just as I was finishing posting yesterday and we decided to go to a concert together in town. (Talk about throwing plans to the wind easily!) I still wanted to go help at the church in the morning, and I still had all those cookies I was planning to bake so.... Marlene said "Come on over after the concert and we can bake cookies at my place and have coffee and chat at the same time!" You don't know how much of a time saver this was!
Marlene's been in Japan about the same length of time as I have but she has an AMERICAN KITCHEN! When she and her husband built their home they had all their appliances and woodwork etc. shipped from the States so Marlene actually has counter space, built-in cupboards and a oven!!! And the oven bakes at Fahrenheit not Celsius!!!! And the oven bakes two BIG cookie sheets full of LOTS of cookies at one time!!!!!!! Let me tell you, we made fast work of all my cookie dough (I had mixed the ingredients together in the morning) and finished what would have taken me at least two days work in just a couple of hours. Great time chatting and nibbling at the cookies that we "accidentally" broke.
Marlene is a such a good friend and we had a wonderful day chatting, enjoying a concert, baking and just playing around! Thanks Marlene!