Santa Faces

I used to love getting those little holiday themed mini magazines/cookbooks at the grocery store checkout.  I got one many years ago when our son was little that had ideas to make treats for Santa.  They were super easy, and the kids could even help make them.  I ran across these Santa faces, and not only were they cute and easy, they were really yummy.  So, we made them every year.  I even remember the year my mom was supposed to come visit us in North Carolina, but had a stroke the first weekend in December…so, change of plans.  Instead of Christmas in our home, we loaded up our 4 wheel drive sleigh and headed to Texas.  Our son was just 4…and I didn’t want his Christmas to be disrupted in the least.  So, in addition to all the presents, I packed up all the supplies and ingredients I would need to carry on with our traditions of baking and decorating everything as usual.  And, that included all the items necessary for Santa faces. Continue reading “Santa Faces”

Reindeer Treats

From the time my son was probably 2 or 3 years old, I can remember making these treats every year to leave on the plate for Santa.  I had already found a recipe for Santa faces, which we will discuss in the next post.  However, I hadn’t seen a reindeer treat that I really liked.  So, I played around with some ideas until I found one that worked.  It’s basically just graham crackers, pretzels, chocolate candy coating or chocolate chips and candies or chocolate morsels for eyes and a red hot candy for a nose!  You can get chocolate bark, so it’s already brown.  I have done that, but I didn’t want it that dark.  So I mix a little of both white and chocolate for a light brown.  I first toasted coconut to a golden brown and pressed it into the chocolate coating to mimic his furry texture…and it was cute and tasty.  But, most kids, and some adults, don’t like coconut.  So, I gave that up.  But feel free to add it if you like!  The “Twelve Weeks of Holidays” continues. Continue reading “Reindeer Treats”

Peppermint Bark

We love peppermint bark at Christmas.  We usually make a trip to a fancy gourmet kitchen store to browse during the holidays.  That is my happy place.  For some people it’s the beach…for me it’s Williams Sonoma!  Just sayin’.   It is there that we usually pick up a tin or two filled with the peppermint goodness to munch on throughout the holidays.  Confession…it tends to be a budget buster.  So, I decided to try and make it myself…and it worked!  For a fraction of the price.  Another confession…I saved all the beautiful tins the original stuff was packaged in, and now I put my own in there.  I don’t think anyone will know the difference!  Shhhhh!  So here’s how easy it is.  Another treat in my “Twelve Weeks of Holidays” series. Continue reading “Peppermint Bark”

Pilgrim Hats

I love Thanksgiving.  It’s my favorite meal all year long, and I have many fantastic memories of big family dinners.  It holds a special place in my heart.  And so, when our premature son finally came home from the hospital right before Thanksgiving…my mother-in-law came to the rescue to help as I juggled a new baby and the big feast.  Having already had other grandchildren, she gave me so many helpful hints and ideas that even tho’ he was an infant and would not care about crafty treats for a long time…I could file them away for when he would.  And, more importantly, I would have plenty of impressive things to take to the many school parties I would be involved with in the years to come.  This is one of those tried and true kids’ treats that made numerous appearances both at our dinner and the classroom party table.   Continue reading “Pilgrim Hats”

Baked Sweet Potato Fries

I love sweet potatoes, and fortunately, my family is on board also.  It’s probably one of the few things resembling a vegetable that I can get my son to eat.  Several years ago, I ran across a recipe for “fries” that you bake in the oven.  I played with the seasonings and cooking times, and this is the result.  I must have made hundreds of batches of these for a side dish or tasty snack.  I love that they aren’t so heavy and greasy from frying.  We enjoy them year round…but they seem especially appropriate with their beautiful orange color this time of year! Continue reading “Baked Sweet Potato Fries”

Witches’ Hats

Here is recipe number 2 in my “Twelve Weeks Of Holidays” series…When our son was little, there was no more joyous time than Halloween through Christmas.  He always adored dressing in costume and trick-or-treating.  We’d usually try to get together with a group of friends, and sometimes, we’d meet at one of our homes for a quick bite and Halloween themed desserts before heading off for more sugar…crazy…I know.  But, it was fun, and I’ll never forget those times.  These cute little Witches’ Hats always made an appearance at those gatherings…and just like magic, they always disappeared. Continue reading “Witches’ Hats”