Christmas is over…a New Year is about to begin!

Hey ya’ll! I truly hope you had a magical Christmas surrounded by those you love and cherish! I was so blessed to spend it with both my family as well as my husbands. Our days were full of food, laughter and fun and I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way (although I am the first to admit I am EXHAUSTED). And guess what? It isn’t even over yet! We still have New Years Eve to get through tomorrow, but what an exciting night it will be!

I don’t know about you guys, but I am certainly ready to wave goodbye to 2015 and welcome in 2016! No, it wasn’t our “worst” year, but it wasn’t an easy one either. Between personal health issues, family health issues and the stress of everyday life and work, I will be happy to open my arms and embrace 2016 with all that I have, and hope the same is true for you and yours ❤

I just wanted to take this time to wish you all a very Happy Holiday Season, and especially a Happy New Year, and thank you for your continued readership as I go head first into the blog-o-sphere!

I have a super tasty overnight cinnamon roll recipe I will get up ASAP for you to enjoy (we made them for Christmas morning and they were a HIT) and look forward to everything we have to share with each other in 2016!

Cheers and HAPPY NEW YEAR ❤

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Christmas Baking Frenzy- Day 13!!

On the 13th day of baking The Olive Blogger gave to me..a post with a delicious Snowball recipe!!!

It has been so much fun posting for you guys everyday, and I am sad to say that today is the final day of the 13 days (although that doesn’t mean I won’t keep posting yummy treats for you to enjoy!). I saved this recipe for the last day knowing how much ya’ll would enjoy it!

The Snowball is a classic goodie ball from Newfoundland (two of our bakers are “Newfie” so you know it’s a GOOD one!). It is loaded with coconut, oats and a hint of cocoa, and has a delicious fudgey center! This was my first year actually eating them (if you recall from a previous post I was not a huge coconut fan) and let’s just say that I may need to make more to replenish my supply for my goodie trays…UH-OH!!!

This is a great one to have the kiddos help out with, as it requires a final rolling in coconut to coat the outside, and how much fun they’ll have! The picture below shows our littlest helper having some fun with the coconut after all the rolling was done. I guarantee that this final recipe will be in your top three, and hope that you enjoy it every bit as much as I do!

We are having our annual Christmas party with friends today, so I will be sure to let ya’ll know what they thought of all the cookies, bars and other goodies we have made over the last 13 days together! And with that, I sign off for a couple days so I can go and recharge and enjoy what the Christmas season has to offer ❤

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Christmas Baking Frenzy- Day 12!!

Oh my, we are on our second last day of goodies! It has been so much fun sharing with you guys everyday, and I really hope you are getting some new ideas for your Christmas goodies! Has anyone had a disaster yet!? Hey it happens, and today’s post is a testament to that!

This super simple Christmas Fudge was created when one of my Whipped Shortbread batches stuck to the pan (I was hurriedly trying to get batch after batch on and may have missed a key step in treating my pan!). But, with any mistake that happens on our baking day, we set the crumbles to the side and left them for a spur of creativity that came hours later!

We used a basic fudge recipe, threw in the shortbread pieces and decorated with colourful sprinkles…the result? A delicious update on your everyday fudge, with a nice little crunch!

I will also be sharing some gift ideas for the make-up lover on your list today!

Enjoy ❤

Christmas Baking Frenzy- Day 11!!

Wow, so hard to believe we have shared ten days of delicious goodies already! Are ya’ll enjoying it?!

Today we are updating a classic shortbread cookie with a White Chocolate Cranberry Drop cookie! Just typing this one out makes me hungry, I mean it has ALL the flavours I associate with Christmas in one delicious bite! It is a nice shortbread density with the freshness of the cranberries and sweetness of the white chocolate, and is another easy one to make (do you see the pattern here, EASY).

Also on the post today, gift ideas for the film buff on your list!

Oh and a little picture I thought ya’ll might enjoy…This was my list of things I needed for all 13 days (just so you can see the craziness in one shot!)

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Enjoy ❤

Christmas Baking Frenzy- Day 10!

Where has the time gone!? We are already on Day 10, which means after today you have 3 delicious posts left to drool over! What has been your favourite one so far? I love hearing your stories as you follow along and make the cookie/bar of the day!

Today is another “classic” for our family! This is one my sister does every year, and since I have recently started eating coconut (in the past two years!) it is one I now LOVE! After today’s post you will be able to make Magic Bars (which are really whatever you want them to be as you can add or take away anything you like!). There are a gazillion variations on this one, but I am only going to post the one we make year after year, the one I KNOW everyone loves!

Did you like the stocking stuffer ideas for women yesterday? Today I will give you some ideas for the man on your list! I hope you enjoy!

 

Christmas Baking Frenzy- Day 9!!

Didn’t you just LOVE those sugar cookies yesterday?! Honestly, I keep on looking at them every time I open the freezer and they just make me smile they are so darn cute!

So what’s on the list for today? How about a really easy Saltine Toffee Bar!? There are only five ingredients to this one, making them a great addition to your baking! They are so simple to make and taste so incredibly yummy I guarantee you will make them year after year (and probably outside of the Christmas season as well)!!

So, let’s get started so you can have these to serve up in no time!

Christmas Baking Frenzy- Day 8!!

Wow, we are over the halfway mark ya’ll! I really hope you are enjoying these daily posts and continuing to find inspiration for your Christmas baking!

Today’s cookie is so much fun! You can get as creative as you want with them, and the kiddos will LOVE helping out! It’s an all time classic, the Sugar Cookie!!! Oh boy, just wait until you click through the little gallery on the cookie page and see what we did with this years batch. These sugar cookies are perfect, not too sweet and they have no “dense flour” taste at all! The icing is also delicious, and uses meringue powder in place of egg whites for those who are a little nervous about raw eggs in their cookies like me!

So grab your sprinkles and your little candy adornments, and get ready to have some FUN!

*ps* Credit for the cookies you see above goes to my hubby!!! He’s a pretty darn good decorator!

Christmas Baking Frenzy- Day 7!!

Hey ya’ll!! Sorry for the delay in today’s post, it has been one hectic weekend! On a positive note, we got our tree today Woohoo! I can’t wait to get him all decorated this week and ready for our annual Christmas party next weekend!

What did you think of the Thimble Cookies from yesterday?! A nice flaky cookie, with a delicious center…mmm! So what’s the cookie today? Well, it actually isn’t a cookie at all…but a delicious Bark instead! You are going to love this one. It is one of the things my older sister made this year during our frenzy, and boy did it ever turn out good. It’s technical name is Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirled Bark, and trust me, it will make your baking list every year! With the addition of pistachios and chopped cranberries, it is very holiday looking and dresses up any tray.

I hope you enjoy this one as much as the others ❤

Christmas Baking Frenzy- Day 6!!

Okay, so I have done a couple days in a row with chocolate as the main star…so today I am going to switch it back to a classic Christmas cookie in our house! In fact, as far back as I can remember my mom would make these every year with different jams for every pallet.

So what is it I’m talking about?! The Classic Thimble Cookie of course! This really is a lovely cookie to make, and can be enjoyed any time of the year. It is a nice and light dough that gets rolled in crushed walnuts and topped with a jam dollop of your choice. Mmm, could it get any better?! This cookie is so darn easy to make but looks like you spent hours getting them “just right”, their addition to your Christmas Cookie line up will be welcomed with open arms by even the most judgmental family members.

Also on today’s post you will find gift ideas for the service people in your life (i.e. mailperson, hairdresser, banker, caretaker, favourite retial cashier). They are the ones you never really get the chance to thank on a regular basis and these small gestures will leave them smiling long into the new year!

Enjoy ❤

Christmas Baking Frenzy- Day 5!!

How about that fudge from yesterday? Every time I think about it I want to sneak down to my freezer where all these goodies are being stored and sneak a couple of pieces out of the tin…but if I did that there wouldn’t be any left for my cookie trays!! I just wanted to share with ya’ll a photo from our full day bake-fest so you could see how many delicious treats were made that day (and perhaps get a look at some of the treats coming up)!

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I am so happy to read your comments everyday about the posts, and love hearing from you when you have made one of the goodies, it makes the posts worth it knowing that someone is getting a new treat to add to their list!

So, for today, ya’ll will be enjoying a yummy Brownie Biscotti! Don’t fret my friends, this is NOTHING like your usual biscotti and is very simple to make! It has a nice gooey center (like a brownie) but the shape of a biscotti. With the addition of some chopped pecans (or nuts you prefer) and a drizzle of white chocolate, this is going to be one of the BIGGEST hits on your Christmas trays! I have made this one for about 10 years now (wow!) and every year I get more and more compliments, and have even had an entire fresh batch eaten from right under my watchful eye while family from the West Coast was visiting (that just SHOWS how yummy these are).

Also on today’s post you will find gift ideas for the gardener on your list! That can be anyone really! If they aren’t a gardener yet I am sure that a couple of my ideas will make them want to be!

Enjoy ❤