Gifts, Goodies and Greatest Hits

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Freshly baked cookies are part of the season, don’t you know?

Each holiday season, I post some greatest hits from this blog as inspiration for food and beverage holiday gifts. Since I seem to be lagging in my posting lately and am about to start making some of these very items today, it seemed like the perfect time to re-post this line up from 2014. It’s raining here today…a perfect day to stay indoors and bake some drop sugar cookies! I hope you’ll find something on this list that inspires you to get in the kitchen and make something wonderful for the people you care about. Happy December and happy cooking!

I have some new recipes, really I do! And some travels and adventures to share as well. And I have pictures, too. But as I am still in high gear work mode right now with some deadlines looming befo…

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9 thoughts on “Gifts, Goodies and Greatest Hits

  1. I haven’t decided if I am going to do any Christmas baking this year. We are celebrating with my family but have decided to volunteer at a soup kitchen on Christmas day so we won’t be seeing JTs family. I just don’t need all those calories screaming my name. But if I were to do any baking, those drop sugar cookies look wonderful!

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    • I hear you, Eva. How wonderful that y’all are volunteering at a soup kitchen. Such a great thing to do! I will not get as many things made this year as I have in the past. I’ve been traveling too much to have the time. But I did make the drop sugar cookies to surprise a client/friend. 🙂

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  2. It’s going to be quite cold around here for the next few days and would be perfect for baking but, alas, I’ve no plans to do so. It’s going to be a quiet Christmas and I’ve little need for dozens of cookies and the like. I’d be the one eating them. I plan to get to an Italian bakery and buy an assortment of cookies — just a few of each — and sidestep the baking altogether. The only problem with this plan is my natural tendency to buy some of EVERY cookie in the display case. I’d be better off baking. 🙂

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    • I know what you mean about baking and then eating them. We have the same problem here! Even if I buy them, I will eat them. 🙂 I’m not really baking as much this year as I have in the past, actually. When I look at this original post and realize I made ALL of these things in one holiday season, I can’t believe I had the time and energy! 😉 Know this will be a quiet holiday for you, John. I wish you and your family the warmth and joy of each other and comfort in memories of happy times. May your holiday be blessed and filled with happy surprises.

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  3. Hi There! I haven’t been keeping up with my ‘fellow bloggers’ for a while… I’m getting my beloved yellow farmhouse ready for sale and that’s been a BIG project. In any event, these look lovely! I’m going to have to included them in my Christmas Cookie Repertoire. For there past few Christmas’ I haven’t made any Christmas cookies, due to some health problems – and my son Mike texted be that he REALLY wanted come ‘Cheech cookies’ (my nickname..) this year! Finally my not-severe health problems have been solved (thyroid-based) and I’m looking forward to baking, baking & baking… just like the old days.
    I wish you and yours the happiest of holidays!! Cecile ; o )

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    • Hi Cecile! Well obviously I have been delinquent in posting and in reading fellow bloggers’ posts. It has been a busy year dealing with some issues for my mom, but I am hoping to get on a more regular blogging schedule next year. I’m glad that your health problems are not severe. Sorry to hear about your selling the farmhouse. I shudder to think about what would be involved in selling our home so I applaud your diligence. Merry Christmas to you and yours, and best wishes for a happy and healthy 2017!

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      • So great to hear from you! Sorry you’re having issues with your mom. It’s often so difficult… I’m having a hard time, now that putting the house on the market is near…. I’ve lived here longer than anywhere since I got married. And, believe me, I started clearing out things way back in the spring. My son wasn’t working for a while – thank God. He was a great help!! There’s two problems with getting ready to move from this house. I’m not planning to buy anything else right away. Instead I’ll have a small rented place here in western Massachusetts and will spend a lot of time at our home in the Pocono mountains in Pennsylvania – so I just rented a storage unit & will begin to put things in it after the new year. 2. I have things from our farm in Quebec & also from when we lived in Malta…YIKES! We’d moved soo many times before but I’d get rid of a few things, then put the rest in the truck! This time I’m doing a true ‘weeding out’… which has been a bit hard but very satisfying in some ways. (There were several Christmas items I thought about ’cause I wanted to use them this Christmas… but I’ve got LOTS of stuff!!) If we don’t communicate before Christmas – I wish you and yours a very, very merry holiday season!! ; o )

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