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)
- 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!