Sunday, December 21, 2008

It's Beginning to Smell a Lot Like Christmas

I have been wanting to sit down and post something appropriately Christmas-y, but Christmas seems to have gotten in the way. There is always something else to be doing or planning, and by the time I sit down at night I don't really feel like getting on the computer. I just want to sit back and watch The Office or old episodes of Smallville.

Yesterday I spent 7 hours in the kitchen doing my Christmas baking. I made:

  • pumpkin bread

  • banana nut bread

  • lemon pecan cookies

  • peanut butter/oatmeal/chocolate chip cookies (Colossal cookies)

  • snickerdoodles

  • peanut butter fudge

  • Texas trash (our spicy version of Chex mix)

  • dill-ranch crackers

  • spiced tea mix

I filled bags with goodies and delivered them to our neighbors, and then collapsed on the sofa for a few hours. All of the tasty goodness that was leftover was put in containers to be consumed over the next week and then finally culminating as part of a Christmas Eve buffet.

It just wouldn't seem like Christmas without some of these goodies, and although it takes time and effort, I love making all of them. I love the way the house smells when there is bread baking in the oven, and cookies cooling on the counter. I estimated that I used 4 lbs of sugar and 2 lbs of butter, not to mention plenty of cinnamon and spice!

I think the gym and I are going to be very close friends in the coming months.


luvmy4sons said...

Yummy...T'is the season...and the New Year is the season of new resolutions...Enjoy!

Alana said...

I seriously want to be your neighbor!

Mocha with Linda said...

Wow. You were one busy gal. Makes my feet hurt just reading it. I used to be in overdrive making jillions of things but I've cut back the last couple of years. Of course, this year has practically been a lost cause. I finally got some peanut brittle made tonight - so that makes it feel and smell like Christmas!

And it's fun to read someone else who calls it Texas trash! LOL

Lisa said...

Sounds yummy!!!

Crystal said...

YUM! Can I come over and watch Smallville and veg out with you?? We are Smallville fans here too! I made something Friday called Georgia Cornbread that was sooo good!! My mom has made more since then! If you like pecans you'd love this! Let me know if you want the recipe. Although, you might want to save it for next year since you've done your baking! :)

Becoming Me said...

Mmmmm that does look so good

Nana 2 four said...

How did you find the time for all that baking? I couldn't get that much accomplished in a week. Sounds delicious.

Love your picture on the top of your blog.

In Him,