In-flight post #2 – ATL to LAX

Tomorrow is one of my favorite days of the whole year – holiday potluck day! It’s an annual tradition of a work group that I’m not actually a member of, but I was invited to attend about five years ago and I’ve been involved ever since. Over the years I’ve brought lots of different offerings for the breakfast or lunch spread including pumpkin bread, cornbread, and cookies, but I usually partake of just one thing – scones. One of my co-workers makes these award-winning scones that are out of this world. So delicious. Last year I walked out to the parking lot in the rain to help bring them in the morning of the potluck…then helped myself to about five of them. Yum. So when I got the email about this year’s potluck I was one of the first people to sign up (after the guy who makes the scones, of course). I told the coordinator I was going to bring cookies because I assumed I could easily whip up a couple of batches the night before, like I’ve done in many similar situations, and my cookies are always well received. Then I realized that the potluck was my first day back at work after my trip to Tallahassee. That changed things a little because I definitely wouldn’t have time to make anything when I got home from the airport. (And since my flight took off from Atlanta two and a half hours late I’m not going to get home until about 11 PM. Definitely no time for baking.) So I told my mom I’d have to do some baking while I was in Tallahassee. Getting ready for the potluck was on my mind from the time I landed at TLH on Thursday until I packed a Tupperware full of brownies and blondies in my suitcase to fly back to LAX today. Luckily, now that I’m sitting on my flight to Los Angeles I know that my offering for tomorrow’s buffet is ready. How did that happen, you ask? Well, yesterday I baked a pan of my favorite brownies, cut it into bit-sized pieces, and packed them into one half of the red Tupperware I brought home with me. Then this morning I made a double batch of snickerdoodle blondies and filled the other half of the Tupperware with them. Both recipes turned out great so I know they’ll be a hit tomorrow. I could have just picked up some cookies at the grocery store on the way to work tomorrow morning, but the fact that my co-worker will be making his famous scones before the break of dawn made that option impossible. I would have felt too guilty stuffing my face with scones made from scratch while only bringing store-bought cookies for everyone else. And knowing I could have easily made something much better would have made me feel even worse. But with a little bit of work while I was in Tallahassee I will be proudly serving brownies and snickerdoodle blondies to my co-workers tomorrow. I hate to say it, but I probably won’t eat anything but scones all day! I’m so excited!