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 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 ❤

Christmas Baking Frenzy- Day 4!!

Oh boy oh boy!! I think you guys are going to like today’s goodie!! It was a new one for us, and after testing the recipe out for you guys I have some suggestions to make it even better! Are you ready???

Nutella Fudge with Pistachios! Oh man, I told you it was a good one! The first of 2 fudge recipes that will be featured on the 13 days for you guys to enjoy. It was a really easy one to make, and tastes even better than it sounds…is that even possible? It took almost no time to make, and it is one of the nicest looking things you will put on your trays, as the pistachios and sprinkled sea salt give it such a glamorous look!

Also on the post today you will find a few gift ideas for the Dog (or dog lover) on your list!!! My girl gets spoiled every year from us and her “aunties and uncles” and let me tell you, she gets the same look as a little kid on Christmas morning!

Enjoy the fudge ya’ll ❤

Christmas Baking Frenzy- Day 3!!

Are you overloaded on sweets yet? I know, silly question right!? You can never have enough goodies this time of year! It seems as though everyday you get another invite to a dinner or cocktail party, at least you’ll be prepared with a tasty tray of sweets.

You have ten days left after today’s post, I hope you are finding some inspiration for your Christmas goodies 🙂

Today’s post is…Peanut Butter Squares! Crunchy goodness, filled with the delicious taste of peanut butter, and topped with a nice hard icing! These are perfect on any tray, and have such a wonderful burst of flavour, best enjoyed with a nice glass of milk! The best part? I guarantee that you have all the ingredients you need already waiting in your pantry…so what are you waiting for?!

Enjoy ❤

 

Christmas Baking Frenzy- Day 1!!

Hey Everyone! Ooooo I hope you are all as excited as I am for the next 13 days of Christmas goodies! We spent over 9 hours on Saturday baking EVERYTHING you will see over the next 13 days (and more!) and although we had a couple of ah-hem…”mishaps”, we managed to create some really beautiful and very very tasty treats for you to share with your loved ones this Christmas season!

Some of the goodies you see will be classic treats, ones that I am sure most of us have tried at least once, and some will be new (or different) for you to add to your family baking days. Please note, some of the recipes have been in my family for over 30 years so I have no way of crediting the “original” source, but where I can, I will!

So, what’s on the baking table for today you ask? One of my all time favourite, and very festive, Chocolate Crinkle Cookies with a twist! Each bite is full of cakey chocolate and a hint of sweet peppermint! Please, enjoy, and remember to let me know if you try to recipe and what you thought! We will talk tomorrow!

Christmas Lantern

One month left until Christmas! I decided this past weekend that I was going to start to decorate (which is actually early for me!) as we have a Christmas party coming up and I really didn’t know when else I would have the time to get the house together!

While going through my decorations I came across some of the mesh tule that is so frequently used in wreaths at this time of year, as well as outdoor decor and knew right away I wanted to use it. Mine was a nice purple, left over from a couple of years ago when I did a Grinch themed tree and needed to make a fun tree skirt! (You can find it in any colour you can imagine).

I decided to do a simple lantern with the mesh and some lights (all things I had already), click the link below for the tutorial to make one for your own home!! Christmas Lantern Tutorial.

Afterall, everyone needs a little more creativity in their lives ❤

Christmas Baking Frenzy

Hey ya’ll!!

There are 43 days until Christmas! Can you believe it? There is no snow on the ground, in fact we are above 5 degrees where I am today, and the stores are now FULL of gift ideas for everyone on your list! I wanted to share with you all that in just a couple of weeks I will be doing my annual Christmas Baking Frenzy with my mom, sister and “second mom” (a great family friend!) and in light of that will be doing my first ever THIRTEEN DAYS OF COOKIES, BARS AND SQUARES to hopefully help get you in the Christmas mood! The picture above is one of our favourite ones, a chocolate crinkle cookie adorned with seasonal chocolate kisses (it will be one of the 13 days!).

Starting November 30 check back everyday for 13 days (a Bakers dozen) to find a new recipe for a delicious treat that we make year after year! They are great for cookie exchanges, teachers gifts, or even just putting yummy trays out for your Christmas guests. Along with each post I will give you a couple of gift ideas for a special someone on your list, and hope that you will share some of your favourite ideas with me as well!

Looking forward to starting this new daily post and inspiring you to change up your Christmas baking!

❤ Every one needs a little more creativity in their lives!