baking Baking.  Manipulating ingredients magically from one-dimensional elements separate & of themselves to 3 dimensional blends of delicious.  I like it.  I look forward to it every Christmas season.  There's something so very happy about taking a break from the sewing studio only to step into the kitchen and create.

cookie book

Each year the boys and I read this book before we begin our baking day.  This book was gifted to us by Ma & Pa.  It's a must have in your holiday library.  The content is full of wonderful life skill lessons all based upon the characters baking Christmas cookies.

book open

I love that the characters are a happy mix of humans & animals.  My boys still enjoy having it read to them at 9 & 7 years old.


Peanut Butter Blossoms


  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter
  • 2 cups Bisquick
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • granulated sugar to roll dough


  • Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Beat condensed milk & peanut butter until smooth.
  • Add Bisquick & vanilla. Mix well.
  • Shape into 1 inch balls.
  • Roll in sugar.
  • Place 2 inches apart on baking sheet
  • Bake 6-8 minutes
  • Once removed from oven, place Hershey Kiss in center of cookie.

casey & nana chocolate

A couple of years ago I baked all by myself.  It was a much needed time of reflection & thanksgiving in my kitchen of one. This year I wanted to have one of my most favorites in the mix with the boys & me.  Nana came and stayed all day. Having her with us was such a treat.


Crock Pot Candy


  • 1 large block of white almond bark
  • 24 oz. dry roasted peanuts
  • 2 bags of milk chocolate chips


  • Place almond bark in bottom of crock pot.
  • Put 2 bags of chips in next.
  • Lastly, pour nuts on top.
  • Place lid on crock pot for 1 hour on high.
  • Remove lid and stir ingredients once hour is up.
  • Drop on wax paper in clusters & let cool.

eli chips

The boys milled in & out of the baking process.  Eli was so attentive & kind to help.  He has always loved doing things with Nana.

nana & eli oven


kp & case

And would you look who just happened to show up for a surprise visit all the way from South Carolina?!  Aunt Tee-Tee!

kp & nana

Oh, it did my heart good to be with these 2 faces.


nana & boys

nana & casey

choc chip cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookies


1/2 cup shortening
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar 
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soday
1 teaspoon salt
1 bag of chocolate chips
1/2 bag of white chocolate chips {optional}


Cream shortening & sugars until creamy; add eggs and flavoring and mix well.  Pre-mix dry ingredients and then add to wet mixture.  Stir in chips.  Make small balls of dough and place on cooking stone.  Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. {yields 4 dozen}

This is my most favorite recipe.  I made them here & added white chocolate chips for a girls' weekend away.

pb fudge

Peanut Butter Fudge


  • 3 cups of sugar
  • 1 1/2 stick of butter
  • 7 oz. jar of marshmallow creme
  • 1 small can of evaporated milk {5 oz.}
  • 1 1/4 cups of peanut butter


  • Bring sugar, butter and milk to a roaring boil.
  • Cook for 5 minutes. {be sure to stir so as not to burn}
  • Add 1 1/4 cups of peanut butter to mixture and marshmallow creme.
  • Stir well and place in 9 x 13 pan to cool.
  • Cut as desired.



Nana made the sugar cookie dough, so I don't have her family recipe. I do have a recipe that I use that works wonderfully for these cookies.

sugar cookies

Sugar Cookie Cut-Outs


  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  • Mix butter & sugar until creamy.
  • Add eggs one at a time.
  • Then add vanilla.
  • Mix thoroughly.
  • Add remaining ingredients.
  • Mix thoroughly.
  • Cover & chill at least one hour.
  • Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Roll out dough about 1/4 inch thick onto floured surface.
  • Cut into desired shapes using cookie cutters.
  • Place on baking sheets {stone ware lined with parchment paper}
  • Bake 7-9 minutes until set.
  • Let cool about 2-3 minutes on baking sheet before transferring to cooling racks.
  • When completely cool, decorate & enjoy!

candy cane fudge

White Chocolate Peppermint Fudge


  • 3 cups of sugar
  • 1 1/2 sticks of butter
  • 1 small can of evaporated milk {5 oz.}
  • 7 oz. jar of marshmallow creme
  • 1 bag of white chocolate peppermint chips


  • Bring sugar, butter and milk to a roaring boil.
  • Cook for 5 minutes. {be sure to stir so as not to burn}
  • Add 3/4 of white chocolate peppermint chips to mixture and marshmallow creme.
  • Stir well and place in 9 x 13 pan to cool.
  • Place 1/4 remaining bag of chips on top of fudge.
  • Cut as desired.

cookie plate

Our day was a full one as these goodies were made with love and meant for sharing.  In bags & bundles, they made their way into the homes of our friends and family.  To me, this baking day was just one of the gifts I was given this Christmas. It serves as a memory I can hold in close to my heart when I think back on my kitchen filled with some of very best blessings.

christmas baking

Ready for some baking of your own?  There's still time!  Ole St. Nick doesn't come for 2 more sleeps!  Gather up the ingredients and pile into your kitchen to make some memories with the ones you love.

bringing to christmas 850

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