From My Kitchen,  Good Things,  Holidays

Holiday Baking

The shopping is done, the gifts are wrapped, and I've decided to spend the remaining hours before Christmas Eve baking to my heart's content! Here's what I have on the menu…

Shrimp and Cocktail Sauce
Honeybaked Ham
Sweet Potato Casserole
Summer Sausage
Jack Cheese
Sugar Cookies
Reindeer Eyes
Peanut Clusters
Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies
Cinnamon Rolls
Zucchini Bread
Pecan Shortbread Cookies
Fleur de Sel Caramels
Savory Meatballs

I think that's it, but I can't guarantee it. I have no idea why I'm making so much food, bc much of it will end up in the freezer or taken to Mike's office. But I do love it all, and I feel very fortunate to be able to do it. (Plus, some of Frieda's staples every Christmas Eve were shrimp, sausage, crackers, and cheese, and I'd like to keep her tradition going for Mike and the girls.) I'll also be taking quite a bit of it over to my parents' house on Christmas Night, where I feel sure my brother will polish off the reindeer eyes!

Here's what I have so far (most of it baked while listening to Christmas movies)…

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I clearly have a long way to go. ๐Ÿ™‚ I did bake gingerbread cookies as well, but I've eaten every last one of them. Sorry, Mom. I'll make more.

Btw, I've been making the Reindeer Eyes ever since my good friend Chris sent them to me in the mail several years ago. Get yourself some round pretzels (I got mine at WalMart) and almond bark and Christmas M&M's. Melt the bark, drizzle it in the middle of each pretzel, and drop an M&M down into it before it hardens. Voila! They're sooo good!

I hope you all have a beautiful Christmas Eve. We're expecting snow, for which I'm happy. I do love a good snowfall…puts me in the mood to bake!

Merry Christmas!

P.S. For those of you who wanted to learn how to make the snowflakes that Sophie made, she posted the video on her blog! Have fun! Paper Snowflakes


  • joanntx

    mom used to make Peanut Butter Blossoms!!! (last picture!) thank you for the memories!
    i’ve been lucky that i’m making my pumpkin bread for everyone! the Christmix Trash will have to wait for another year. its no fun being under the weather during the holidays. time off an i’ve been battling a cold! ๐Ÿ™
    for christmas dinner i bring the Pumpkin Crunch Cake! my friends husband scolded me at thanksgiving cause i brought the pumpking bundt cake ~ by the way i loved it!
    love the look of the reindeer eyes! will have to try that some year!
    Wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas! now i’ll get back to my baking!

  • Kristen from MA

    I’m vegetarian, but I could easily make a ‘meal’ of the Fleur de Sel Caramels!! Yummmmmm!
    I think it’s wonderful that you are continuing your MIL’s traditions for your family. I hope you all have a wonderful holiday. Cheers!

  • Cathryn

    Hmmmmm, warm, yummy Christmas memories. Merry Christmas to you and yours from our house to yours. Cathryn ๐Ÿ™‚

  • connie

    Everything looks and sounds just wonderful. Thank Sophie for the link to making those wonderful snowflakes. I’m off to make some right now.
    Merry Christmas!!!

  • Sheryl

    Merry Christmas to you and your family. I am going to make some of those pretzels in the future. Thanks for sharing. And I love the snowflakes, I’m going to make some of those too.

  • Betty

    All these cookies really look jummie!
    As a Christmas present, I’ve got 2 of your designs: Olga and her friend Boris. They really are cute, and I want to stitch them right away. So thank you for designing those, I really love them!
    I wish you and your familiy a very mery Christmas!

  • lilicouette

    hummmmmmmmmmmmmmmm รงa ร  l’air bon!!! (it seems so delicious!) i envy you ๐Ÿ™‚
    wish you have a wonderful christmas with yours, i wish you too, a lot of love and tenderness for the year to come!
    ร  bientรดt

  • Vicki

    I didn’t have a name for the pretzels with chocolate. The way I learned to make these is line a cookie sheet with the pretzels- single layer. Unwrap and put a hersheys hug on the center of each one. Bake 200 degree oven for 4 minutes. Remove from over and place an m&m in the center— Really easy!!!

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