A Holiday Oops

I meant to post this week after Christmas. But while intentions are good, relaxing/being busy is even better.

Sometimes I was lazy.

Sometimes I was busy. Shopping, catching up with old friends, and prepping for my upcoming trip.

But mostly I was lazy. It’s okay to put your feet up and forget the world for a couple days.

My Christmas was wonderful, filled with tasty Christmas Eve bites. My family brought a fruit and cheese tray which was a perfectly balanced starter for a delicious dinner and snacks throughout the night.

Delicious Christmas Morning breakfast of cinnamon rolls, hashbrown casserole, bacon, and fruit.

And leftover cookies and sweets for days.

My favorite moment? Possibly making chocolate truffles with my mom as a last minute spontaneous treat. It was messy but fun and something totally different. I’ll share later.

Are you getting ready for the New Year? I am, but it’s mostly overshadowed by my upcoming trip to…. Australia! I’ll be there for 5 weeks and am planning (If I can keep my hands out of the cookie jar) to have about 2-3 posts prepped for each week with maybe a few updates (we’ll see). But if not, just bear with me, I’ll be back up to weeks filled of posts in February!

Keep relaxing because busy comes again in January! 😉

Only Two more sleeps till Christmas

Know this line from a Muppet’s Christmas Carol? If not, go watch it, it’s a gem.

But seriously, Christmas is just a round the corner, and I am ready. Ready to give gifts, to celebrate with family, to wake up in the morning to a twinkling tree in a still dark room.

To eat Christmas breakfast of hashbrown casserole, bacon, and fruit. To guess and nibble on chocolates from a variety box. To celebrate what Christmas really means.

And share another recipe with you.

Homemade Peppermint Patties

from the Savory Sweet Life

  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 5 1/2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1 tablespoon peppermint extract
  • 3 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 3 tablespoons shortening

Combine milk, 2 cups of powdered sugar and peppermint extract in bowl and mix with a mixer until well combined. Slowly add more powdered sugar (about 1/2 cups at a time) until mixture is tough but still shapeable.

Form into flat disks or whatever shapes you can get them into at this point. I had some trouble with this but food is still food. Freeze for no longer than 1/2 hour.

Meanwhile microwave chocolate in 30 second intervals until melted. Stir in the shortening to loosen up the chocolate a little.

When ready, dip the mint disks into the chocolate until covered. You can use a fork but I used my fingers because I found it to be easier. Place on wax paper and refrigerate until set.

Have a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, from my family to yours.

A peanut butter tradition

If we didn’t make peanut butter blossoms in our house at Christmas time, I’m not sure what I think would have happened. Come rain or shine, there always present.

For me, there more traditional than sugar cookies. We always have them, maybe because there one of my dad’s favorite, or that everyone enjoys them. Maybe it’s because they’re pretty easy to make. My mom has rolled out these cookies year after year, either just for the family or for cookie exchanges.

I have fond memories of my brother and I helping her roll the dough into little balls and around again in the sugar. Pressing on the Hershey kisses right after the oven. And munching on the cookies before they were cool so the chocolate is still melty. (um actually, that still happens.)

It’s not a fancy cookie and you’ve doubtlessly seen them many places. But I think my family’s peanut butter blossom is the best. No other blossom that I have can compare. I don’t know what the secret is, I don’t think there is one.

Peanut butter blossoms are my ultimate traditional Christmas cookie.

Peanut Butter Blossoms

1 3/4 cup flour

1/2 t salt

1/2 cup brow sugar

1/2 cup peanut butter

1 t baking soda

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup shortening

1 egg

2 T milk

1 t vanilla

48 milk chocolate kisses

Unwrap kisses and place in freezer if possible. This allows for easier assembly.

Mix all together. Roll into balls and roll in sugar. Bake at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes.

Press kisses onto cookies immediately after pulling out of the oven.

 

What’s your favorite holiday cookie?

 

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Hi! I'm Kristina and a college student who loves food, eating, fitness, and variety of other fun things! I have a combined love of food and fitness and trying to balance it all into my busy life. FoodNook is my way of documenting my experiences and adventures in navigating healthy living on my own and trying out new things.