Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Christmas Baking

What's a holiday without messing in the kitchen? Especially when you have a daughter who likes to bake and is a Nutritional Science Major! In one of her classes, she learned how to cook and bake many delicious items last semester, and came away, among other things, with a simple, yet mouth watering nut brittle recipe. So today, she made Pecan brittle and Cashew brittle. Also, on board were Old-Fashioned Sugar cookies, White Chocolate Ginger Blondies, and my contribution was Applesauce Mini Bundt Cakes & Caramel Drizzle from the latest Gooseberry Patch Christmas cookbook.

What a fun afternoon we had!! Almost too full from nibbling to enjoy our latkes with sour cream and apple sauce this evening. Ah, on those, admittedly, I cheated and made from a package, yet still pretty good and tasty. We love trying as many of the seasonal goodies that we can during this time of year.

Afterwards, Kara very creatively divided up the bounty amongst four platters so that our neighbors could also enjoy our treats, and celophaned them up with ribbons and candy canes. We just came back from delivering them in the crisp, night glad we did this. We sadly found out that one of our neighbors just lost their job. So I hope this brings them cheer. Another, we did the ding dong ditching technique since no one answered, but on our way back, we saw our neighbor's little boy picking up the treats which seemed so much bigger than his little head! I could have sworn I heard him say, "Look what Santa brought." So our hearts are big...another neighbor also had her pajama-ed children bring in the goodies, while with the 4th neighbor, I joked "Happy Hanukahmas!" since they celebrate both holidays.

So we had our fun...good memories...good baking...2008.


Riet said...

That is a lovely daughter Jacguie. I love that American idea of baking cookies and bring them around to neighbours and friends. Over here people would just stare at you and think you were crazy. LOL
Happy Christmas to you and your family. Riet

Jacqueline Korteland Boller said...

I think it's more Dutch to bring flowers when you visit, right? If you did that here in American, they would stare at you too like you were crazy!! I do it anyway sometimes, though!!

Annelies Dease said...

What fun...and how blessed we are when we can spend holiday times with the ones we love!!! Wish we were closer and we could get both of our daughters in the kitchen at the same time!!!! Hugs and Merry Christmas from us all!!! XXX Annelies

Jacqueline Korteland Boller said...

We should really do that some year!! I bet all we'd have to do is sit back and drink tea while the girls do all the work!! Sounds good to me!!