Monday, December 10, 2007

Christmas baking

*lots of pictures below*
We spent 12 hours on Sunday getting our Christmas baking done.

We baked/cooked up 11 different items. No pictures of the little elves ... after we finished the shopping, we got in our comfy cozies and started baking to Christmas music. Let's just say we weren't beauty pagent material! The elves included
my sister, my sister in law, our lifetime friend from school and me. My nephew came over for a bit to help us w/ Magoo. My "twonager" is a job in itself. We simply couldn't keep this kid out of the kitchen otherwise.

Talk about tired at the end of the night. OH BOY! My sister kept calling for "union breaks" throughout the day, she was funny.

We spent the day getting our list together, shopping, teasing each other, measuring, whipping, stirring, giggling, baking, cooking on the stove top, non stop chasing after Matthew, non stop washing bowls and dishes.

We did have one cookie casualty, the Pumpkin/Choc Chip cookies. Too bad, they sure looked good ~ but tasted like crap. *giggling* The recipe didn't include the 5 cups of flour we needed, so we didn't include it in our shopping ... so, my friend had her husband bring us the flour she had in the freezer.... major party foul.... it was freezer burned and *gag*... made the cookies taste nasty... they tasted like the flour smelled... you know what I mean???

Some of the ingredients.
The assembly line!

Little Santa cookies ~ made w/ Nutter Butter cookies... aren't they adorable!! We didn't have to bake these, but they sure took a while!

These are Chocolate & Cream Cheese sandwich cookies. These are so rich, you can only eat one. The Fantasy Fudge is in the back.

My goodness, these are the Chocolate Mint Dreams. We will double or triple this next year. I screwed these up, actually... I left out 1/2 of the 1 cup of the mini chocolate chips ... GAH! These do not look like the picture at all!! Oh well, they sure taste good.

Candied Spice Pecans. I could not stop picking at these. SO ADDICTING. My parrot sure wanted some of these.

Mom's homemade, easy breezy, yummy Peanut Brittle from when we were kids.

Ginger Snappies.
Chocolate Chip Toffee Bars. A big time favorite, too.

Mom's No Bake Chocolate/Coconut/Oatmeal/Peanut Butter drops. It's an old family favorite, too! We need to triple these next time.

Fresh Cranberry/Orange cookie drops. I wasn't sure I'd like these, but they are sooo awesome.. I could not keep my hands off them. Love that tangy, tart and sweet taste.

I am so totally bummed... I had a picture of the table filled with all the goodies on their tins ... but I must not have "saved" to my phone. *big sad pouty face*

This is Sunnie checking out all the treats!! He was BEGGING for some pecans ... but the sweets won't be good for his beak. I had to put my foot down and say NO.

This is Matthew trying to help keep up busy. We had taped up all the recipes on my cupboards for easy reading.

Finally, about 9 o'clock ... we ordered pizza. Get this, the pizza delivery guy pretty much hustled almost a 50% tip. I could not believe he practically "guilted" my neib for a huge tip!!!!
Of course we were going to tip the guy ... but not a gosh darn 50% tip ... it put my friend totally on spot .... after asking for our change back a couple times, he just let the guy have it.
I won't be ordering pizza from that pizza place again. It's a very well known popular pizza joint. Not sure they'd be happy knowing their pizza driver begs.


Ann(ie) said...

I want that whole plate of sandwich cookies and some of the nutter butter Santa's puleez. Actually, hang on I'll be right over.


Liam's Mom - Gina said...

I am drooling over here! HOLY YUM! You gals did a lot of work!

Sunnie, poor baby smelling all that yumminess and not getting any...

Andrea W. said...

Wow, I am impressed! Looks yummy!

Anonymous said...

wow terri, those cookies etc, Awesome, please keep them far away from me, I’m on a strict diet this week and next week as well. I just got back from a 7 day vacation in new Orleans where I ate my way thru the place.

Merry Christmas Hon, and have a few of those great looking cookies for me......... look

Dan said...

If ever you guys decide to migrate over to the Sunny Olde England, let me know and I will see if I can find you a place near me... I need a baking friend to ply me with cookies :D

Anonymous said...

Holy Crap. That's a lot of baking.

Kate said...

Where can I place an order??? tee hee. Those look DELICIOUS! Sounds like you had a really good time. So jealous your baking is all done. I have to get to mine this weekend. Enjoy them all!

Merle Sneed said...

Terri, please email me a sample of each.

Anonymous said...

you put me to shame - I haven't even STARTED my Christmas baking yet. Sigh. :) Looks yummy though! :)

Grandma W said...

This could be a full time Christmas Baking job for these holiday elves. I saw the real things this morning and they are as good as they look.

There is nothing like family and lifetime friends along with Christmas music to get all pumped up for this task. The girls wanted me to join them; but I am such a finger licking, batter eater elf there kitchen could not "afford" my usefulness. Ha Ha.

It is nice to pass down some of the family favorites. When it came to "sweets", there were plenty.

Young or old, they are still my kids, Tammy too, and I love them.
Merry Christmas, girls! mom W

RWA said...

Good for Matthew helping out - and bad for the pizza guy begging.

I'll send you my address so you can send me a couple of each kind to sample.

In_spired said...

Good Grief, Ter! Who's gonna eat all this???

crabby old man said...

I gained 10 lbs just looking at the pictures.

A Little Revolution said...

Oh, so much for that weight loss. I'm fatter again...just from looking.

*shaking fist at pizza delivery thug*

Flawed & Disorderly said...

WOAH! Unbelievable!

Chris H said...

Drat! My mouth is watering looking at all the goodies. Thanks for that!

Multi-tasking Mommy said...

Where are the recipes???? Some of those look so amazing!!! Who's kidding who? They ALL look amazing.....PLEASE send me the recipes if you are willing to share...

Bubblewench said...

holy moly you are the baking queen! I didn't do any cookies this year. Looks like fun.

Love the pic of Sunnie! He's so pretty!