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Monday, December 20, 2010
It's time for the Be Jolly By Golly Blogfest and I'm THRILLED because it's been so long since I've had the chance to partake in any sort of blogfest. And what's better than one so Christmasy??
Check out Jen's page to see all entries. So many people have signed up which means NO WORK will be done on Monday!
The only real tradition my family shares each and every year is cookies. My mom makes hundreds of cookies and since I've been on my own, I try to do the same even though I'm nowhere near her assortment and I usually make pretty much the same things she does...
We always put up our trees the weekend before Thanksgiving just to get in the spirit a little sooner.
My own tradition? I shop too late, wrap too late(and so so very badly)and rush too much. But it makes me happy, so what the hey, right?
I don't have a special drink I make, so I scoured the internet to find something fairly simple to do and came up with this:
Found on the Betty Crocker website and super simple. And it involves my BFF, wine. :)
2 cups dry white wine(I used Chardonnay)
1 cup Cranberry-Apple juice
1 cup sparkling water(I had to skip this...see picture below)
Mix and add apple slices or fresh mint sprigs.
A simple spritzer and SO good!
But...if you want to chill the sparkling water in a hurry, make sure not to forget it in the freezer!!
My favorite cookie to bake? Okay, friends, I need you all to lean in and pinkie swear you can keep this a secret. I make the BEST chocolate chip cookies. It's been discussed amongst everyone I know and voted on.
Here's the secret:
Buy Nestle semi-sweet chocolate chips.
Follow the directions.
Add a box of instant vanilla Jello pudding to the flour mixture and when you mix everything together, make sure it's as smooth as a baby's bottom. No joke. If you don't mix it almost TOO much, the cookies turn out hard, even if you underbake them.
Next....underbake them! Just when the edges start to brown(more of a golden color)take them out.
I know plenty of people do the pudding, but if you don't do it right, it just isn't as good.
As for my decorations, I'm still not where I want to be. I'm in a small one bedroom apartment so I have to make-do.
Presenting my favorites:
My teeny tree and my Christmas pillow which is so cute.
Part of my collection of Christmas trees
Some more stuff.
Little buddy. :)
And for some fun for you, check out this website where I get a million cookie ideas!
And now, I'm going to relax with a glass of wine before bed. Happy tradition-making!