It’s the most wonderful time of the year… I’m not sure why but for some reason, I am more excited for the Christmas season as an adult now more than I ever really remember being as a child. Of course, the promise of a new Barbie doll and playhouse was enough to get me out of bed at 5am in my footie pajamas Christmas morning, but that was more a specific excitement. It starts for me now right after Thanksgiving, and while as an actual holiday day, I enjoy Turkey Day more, as a whole season of sights & sounds, Christmas is my favorite.
I go to the Boston Ballet’s performance of the Nutcracker every year, and it never gets old or boring. It’s the most fantastic holiday event. Better than that Radio City Christmas Spectacular junk. Ok fine, it has its merits too, but there’s something about the traditional Nutcracker ballet that just makes the holiday season for me!
Then there’s the trees and the lights, and the bows! I love Christmas lights and seeing the city all dolled up for the holiday. And no matter where I am living I insist on having a real tree of my own. This year’s makes Charlie Brown’s tree look like the one in Rockefeller Plaza, but I don’t care. It has character. And so far the beast (cat) has not attacked it so I’m happy.
Another bit of the holiday season that I truly love is the holiday baking. I like to cook, I like to bake, so give me something festive and it’s on! Last year I tested the waters with this food blogging thing by documenting a holiday baking marathon in my apartment as I prepared my gifts for my family, friends & co-workers and made 6 different types of cookies. This year, I started with two and I’ll see how I feel next weekend. I volunteered to bring in some goodies for our work holiday party this week and was excited to have an excuse to bake again. I didn’t want to make a bunch of holiday treats just to have them around the house. I mean, I love Santa, but I don’t aspire to look like him.
I made one of my favorites that a friend introduced me too and which are super easy, and I made another family favorite of another friend. All about tradition here!!
I also had to re-stock the pantry for this endeavor. There is nothing like opening a new bag of flour, or two whole boxes of brown sugar, six bars of chocolate, and a new jar of peanut butter that really make me happy. That felt like a new version of the 12 days of Christmas…
You can find the recipe for Buckeyes here. I didn’t change a thing and would like to thank Smitten for providing and easy how-to. I was warned by my friend C$ that buckeyes were a day long (possibly more) process, however, this recipe made it only a holiday movie length process. 🙂
I have a page for the Kahlua Fudge Bites because I did change those up a bit. Not that I am opposed to booze in baked goods, but, I didn’t have Kahlua and wasn’t about to buy a bottle for a measly two tablespoons if vanilla extract produces the same results. As I was just typing that I thought, “Are you sure you don’t have Kahlua?” My old roommate left some random booze at the apt, and lo & behold, I opened the fridge door just now and there is a teeny bottle in the door, hiding behind the peanut butter. Whelp. Disaster could have been avoided, but it worked out anyway.
You may be thinking, what disaster? I am prone to be a bit absent-minded at times and though I thoroughly checked the amount of butter necessary for the recipe, (3 sticks, really? are you sure?)
I didn’t double-check the amount of vanilla extract to use in lieu of the booze. It was substantially less than 2 tablespoons, which as I poured in the second tablespoon of vanilla I thought, “that seems like a lot.” And it was. Oops. I compensated by adding a touch more cocoa powder and dash more of salt and everything was right with the world again.
At least now I know I can spice up my egg nog this weekend!