12 (Blog) Days of Christmas: On the Second Day
On the Second (blog) Day of Christmas . . . I give you my shopping!
This is what one corner of my sewing room looks like right now. Boxes. Bags. Wrapping supplies.
I like to shop . . . given the right circumstances. I can shop for days, say, on the Miracle Mile in Chicago. Or at charming little shops in charming little towns on the lake. Or, oh, at yarn shops! But. I really am not a fan of the Christmas shopping. I don't like the mall -- especially when it's crowded with harried shoppers (in droves) and those little kiosks selling everything from jigsaw puzzles to home spas to hideous, giant animal slippers. I do most of my shopping on the Internet, with only occasional forays out into the mall.
I officially finished my shopping yesterday. (At the mall. . .)
(Also. . . look what I found . . . and couldn't resist . . . when I was at the Yankee Candle Store in the mall. What knitter could pass this by?)
Ten on Tuesday: Visions of Sugar Plums
This week, Carole has us thinking about our Ten Favorite Christmas Cookies!
It's a bit on the early side for me to start my Christmas cookie baking, but I have certainly started thinking about it. Here are my favorites:
- Pepparkakor - a family favorite and annual tradition
- Swedish Spritz - buttery goodness with just a light sprinkle of colored sugar (besides. . . who doesn't need that annual fight with the cookie press?)
- Shortbread - one of Tom's specialties and oh-so-fabulous
- Double Chocolate Kiss Cookies - another of Tom's fabulous contributions; this one is chocolate shortbread wrapped around a Hershey kiss, with a sprinkle of powdered sugar on the baked -- but still-warm! -- cookie; perfection, I tell ya!
- Peanut Blossoms - those charming little morsels with the just-softened Hershey kiss stuck on top
- Magic Bars - some people call them "7-layer bars", but in our family they are Magic Bars (and for some inexplicable reason, my Mom's taste a whole lot better than mine, despite our using the same, exact recipe!)
- Mincemeat Bars - I'm sort of alone in my love of the mincemeat in my family (all the more for me!)
- Sugar Cookies - I love the charm of the cut-and-decorated sugar cookie, but, alas, I just make mine in flattened balls to save time
- Peppermint Brownies -- my regular brownie recipe . . . with a layer of York Peppermint Patties layered in the center; like Girl Scout Thin Mints . . . only more decadent
- Chocolate Fudge -- not too sweet - and with plenty of nuts, please
How about YOU? What are your favorite Christmas cookies?
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