Knowing that I would have loads of time to prepare for a book group meeting on a Tuesday night, I cheerily offered (back in May) to host the October meeting. I did have plenty of time. I got the book read, I tidied the living room, I arranged some flowers, I moved some chairs around, I bought some de-caf coffee beans, etc.
I would have made treats, too -- I don't mind baking every couple of years. But my resident houseboy asked if he could make a banana loaf and some lemon squares for the occasion. And would that be OK?
He was a man with a plan: butter up your wife and the cake pans. Bake what you love and make sure there are lots and lots of left-overs.