Christmas Goodies

This is the only time of year I will spend hours in the kitchen baking cookies, cakes, candy and fudge.

This is the first year I have made sugar cookies. For some reason I have always felt it was a hard task. (or maybe I thought I might like it). I have put it off long enough. I usually always make pecan butter cookies or Biscotti. Not this year. I tried all new recipes that I have never attempted.

Sorry no photo of the sugar cookies yet because technically it’s only 8:00 in the morning and I haven't made them yet. I wanted to get my post out before I start with all of my Christmas Eve festivities. 

I made a batch of Italian Canestrelli cookies. They turned out delicious! The slight taste of lemon and powder sugar, set these cookies away from the typical butter cookie.
Since I have an Italian husband, It's always fun to throw in a special Italian recipe in the mix.

I'll never be able to compete with my mom or the little Italian grandmother that once held this green handled rolling pin. But its always fun to take a shot at it.

I have been wanting to try out my extra large muffin pan so I made a dozen apple muffins. I did not have any large muffin cup liners so I made my own using parchment paper. They looked like they were right out of the bakery. Dontcha think? I ended up eating one and giving the rest away. I may make some more of these later. My dad has requested some. I can't say no to daddy.

I also made some shortbread cookies. These were the easiest ever! With just three ingredients they turned out great. Perfect with morning coffee. 
Did I say "only three ingredients"?

Then there was the Fudge. I have an easy fudge recipe, but when I saw the award winning peanut butter fudge recipe over at Andrea's blog, I had to give that one a try. I love peanut butter fudge and when she mentioned it could be made in the microwave, I was sold! Mine did not turn out as pretty as hers but it was still delicious! Thanks Andrea.

Today we will make a trip to a few neighbors and hand out boxes of homemade goodies. Later we will head over to mom and dads for some family time with dinner pickups and gifts for the kids. 

Before I close, I want to show you this darling Christmas ball that my favorite friend made me. The movie “Die Hard” is one of my favorite Christmas movies....Ok not really, but it is the most exciting Christmas movie....Ok maybe technically I should call it a Holiday Movie....
Anyway, she made me a Christmas ball that represents one of the main phrases in the movie. You have to see the movie to understand. 

I love it. Thank you Anne!!!

Yall please remember the true meaning of Christmas. 
Jesus is the best gift of all.



  1. Ah HA! This is a sweet blog entry, of course that is meant both ways. Love it. The cookies and muffins look great, I can almost smell your kitchen from down here on the Peace River. Imma thinking your mama really rubbed off on you! You are too young to still be baking like the old folk did. (SMILE) Sherry will smile BIG at the fudge.
    Merry Christmas to you and Saint Nick. (the Italian cookies look and sound great.)

  2. I prefer the raw dough...but don't tell our secret

  3. Everything looks delicious! I didn’t get around to sugar cookies this year so I’m going to make some for Valentines Day. Merry Christmas to you and yours! I’ve so enjoyed getting to know you this year through your Life Away From the Office Chair!!

  4. Everything looks so delicious Lisa! I didn't bake any Christmas treats this year since I have a cold and I haven't felt like doing much lol. I won't lie I miss baking and passing out Christmas treats! Merry Christmas Eve!

  5. Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to you!!

  6. I hope that your Christmas would be enjoyable and may the essence of Christmas remain always with you. Merry Christmas .

  7. Yum! I was afraid I would pound up during the holidays but I’m only up a couple pounds.
    Merry Christmas & Happy New Year.

  8. This is a perfect roundup of deliciousness! Happy New Year's and Happy Fiesta Friday! Thanks for sharing with us!


  9. Sugar and shortbread cookies are my favorite and those muffins do look bakery worthy. Thank you for bringing them to FF and Happy New Year.