Gifts, Goodies and Greatest Hits


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. 🙂


  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.


  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 )


    • 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!


      • 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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