I know, I know. No matter what how you define it, the holidays are officially over. I have been so busy with my darn office (those pictures will be coming very soon, I promise!) that I haven't done much posting. Looking back through the pictures I have taken the last month, I noticed tons of food pictures, so thought I would share those (because I am sure you are bored looking at my pictures of my kids!)
I always make goodies to bring over to friends and neighbors. I do something different every year, although Pete has pointed out it would be much easier to pick a couple of things I do well and stick with that. Me? Apparently I thrive on the stress that comes with trying out new recipes when I am crunched for time. This year I made chocolate dipped toffee squares. So good! Unfortunately I was too impatient making the first batch and did not wait for the candy thermometer to read "soft crack" , instead deciding that "firm ball" was close enough. Nope. The toffee never actually hardened and I had to scrap that batch and start over. Lesson learned.
I also made "Angel Kiss cookies". I found the recipe on Laura's blog, Piece of Cake. Interesting side note-- when I mentioned to her that my cookies came out super flat, she suggested I turn my oven down a bit. Since I have lived in this house my cookies all come out super flat! I even replaced all my baking soda and powder thinking it was that. Now I am wondering if it is just my hot oven.
The final thing I made was these cookies. Growing up we called them "Hello Dollies" ( I have no idea why) I have also seen them called magic cookies.
Next year I will take Pete's advice and choose 2 things I am familiar with.
The kids did some gingerbread cookie decorating this holiday season
This is the boys at Christmas Eve dinner. No, we did not drug them with wine at dinner. They had cranberry juice in our Christmas wine glasses.
We received tons of treats from friends and patients. This item was especially beautiful and delivered on Christmas Eve, making for a perfect dessert for the evening. It was a red velvet mini bundt cake.
I made a delicious eggplant dish to bring to my sister-in-law's house for dinner. Do you see the big indentation? One of the boys stepped on it getting out of the van. Based on the markings in the foil we deduced it was Vinnie. We still ate it though!
Now I seriously need to go on a diet!!
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