Christmas Baking 2012

I know this is a bit late but I did a lot of baking for Christmas. My baking started with baking for my friend Derek’s family and pretty much ended there. I had plans on doing much more but after baking 7 different types of cookies/bars I thought it would be a bit excessive to do more.

There are too many recipes to share, if anything sounds appealing to you, just ask for the recipe. Almost everything is from Better Homes & Gardens. Next year, if you don’t already do this, I would suggest you pick up their annual cookies and bars holiday magazine.

My favourite cookie I made was the Mexican snicker doodle cookie. I will be sharing this recipe in a few weeks as I will be making them again for a taco party.

Happy munching!

IMG_3163Left: Ginger Cranberry White Chocolate Blondies
Right: Sugar Cookies with Christmas Sprinkles

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Top: Lime Meringue Wreaths and Shortbread Thumbprint Salted Caramel cookies
Bottom: Gingerbread cookies and Chocolate Spice Shortbread Cookies

IMG_3166Cream Cheese Swirl Brownies

IMG_3167Cherry Chocolate Cookies (made by my mom) and Mexican Chocolate Snicker doodles

 

New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Eve is not my favourite holiday. I stay up until past midnight on a daily basis and I go out t drink and eat on a frequent basis. NYE makes all these things more tedious and expensive. My ultimate NYE is the following: going to a movie, a casual dinner at one of our favourite places, maybe a drink or two and then home for movies and the countdown. And today’s plan follows along those lines: we are going to see Django, then grab a bite to eat and a drink downtown, although probably at some ungodly early hour in order to get a table, and then over to a friend’s place where we will be trying out the Watermelon Champagne Jell-O shots I made.

Regardless of where 2012 found you and where you will find yourself in 2013, Happy New Year! Check out some cookies to reflect on the past year and get pumped for the new one ahead!

NYE2Happy New Year from LilaLoa.

newyearscoupleclockHappy New Year from Bake at 350.

0471Last year was celebrated by Sugerbelle.

900x900px-LL-7ca34af6_steampunk_new_years_eve_cookies_1A more unique New Year’s wish from Semi Sweet Designs.

New_Year_Cookie_Animation_003_grandeAnd finally, what the night is all about, the final countdown courtesy of Flour Box Bakery.

Happy New Year and see you in 2013!

Chicago 2012

Oh, hey! Remember when I had a blog? Things have been incredibly busy over the past month with work, travelling, baking, appointments and Christmas. There is a list on my phone of about 10 posts that I have to write and I’m hoping over my Christmas break (5 days off of work, then back for 2 days and then off for 4 more!) I can catch up on life and food.

On American Thanksgiving weekend we went to Chicago for a wedding and a little getaway. The wedding was of a friend I had met in university, Nicole and her now husband, Andrew. They are a beautiful young couple and they are so in love it just makes you smile. I’m glad we were there for the wedding, I wouldn’t have missed it for the world!

We were there from Friday, November 23rd to Tuesday, November 27th with the wedding taking place on the Saturday. As like any other trip I take, the majority of my pictures and highlights revolve around food. Here is a day-by-day breakdown of where and what we ate and some details about what we did in Chicago.

Friday, November 23  On Black Friday we were walking up the Magnificent Mile which is probably one of the worst ideas we have ever had. It was packed, crowded and terrible – a very bad first impression of Chicago. As we would learn the rest of our stay, Chicago is nothing like this. It is relaxed, friendly and comfortable.  GC and I met up with Cynthia and we tried to go to The Purple Pig but it was packed so we opted to try some legendary deep dish pizza at the chain Giordano’s.

Me and GC with a deep dish Chicago-style pizza. Photo credit: Cynthia

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The 12 Days of Christmas – Cookies

Growing up, my favourite Christmas carol was “The 12 Days of Christmas.” Between the song and a set of ornaments my father had made, it didn’t feel like Christmas until this carol had made an appearance.

Here are a few beautiful examples of this carol in cookie form.

12 Days of Christmas cookies by Arty McGoo.

12 Days of Christmas cookies by Gourmet Mom posted in Quick Dish by Tablespoon.

12 Days of Christmas cookies by Lila Loa. She also includes individual posts dedicated to each day with a tutorial on how to create the corresponding cookie.

Happy munching! Although, these are all too beautiful to munch.

“A Christmas Carol” Cupcakes

More festive inspiration, this time coming from Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.”

This cupcakes come from Maddiebird Bakery in Chicago. In a production of the play, one of the cast members ordered these cupcakes for the cast and crew. You can see close-up shots of the figures on their Facebook page here. It’s unfortunate that I discovered this bakery after we returned from Chicago but that just means we will have to go back!

My favourite is the ghost of Marley. He looks crazy and spooky all at the same time. It’s nice to see Christmas desserts other than cookies. Cookies are the go to because they make large batches and are easily transportable but cupcakes allow you to do so much more.

These cupcakes have inspired me to watch The Muppet Christmas Carol and bake cupcakes – I hope they do the same for you too!

Happy munching!

Christmas Cookies – Part I

Every Christmas I have plans to make intense gingerbread and sugar cookies. I have ideas of intricate piping and using sprinkles, buy silver balls and fondant. Of course, pill I get lazy and opt to do loose swirls which resemble a Jackson Pollock painting rather than anything festive.

Today while Christmas shopping on Etsy I came across Whipped Bakeshop. Below are just a few examples of her magical abilities with cookies.

Santa-saurus Rex cookie set.

Winter Wonderland cookie set.

Deluxe Ugly Christmas Sweater cookie set.

Gingerbread Snowflake cookie set.

Those are just some of my favourites in her shop but she has much more to choose from including Hanukkah cookies. Use these cookies as inspiration for your own baking or a yummy gift idea for a friend!

More holiday inspiration and yums to come! Happy munching!