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Christmas 2012 – The Year of Cookies and Treats 
 
Dec. 26, 2012 12:59 am 
Updated: Dec. 28, 2012 12:07 am
Well, it is 11:11 pm on Christmas night.  I am sitting in a mess of toys, clothes, gadgets and wrapping paper.  What better time to write my blog reminiscing about my Christmas doing throughout December.
As some of my friends and followers may know, December was a month for cookies, and a month for Pinterest.  I have two brand sponsored cookie boards on Pinterest – my World’s Biggest Cookie Swap board, here: http://pinterest.com/momasangelbaby/world-s-biggest-cpokie-swap/< , sponsored by Allrecipes, Nestlé and Ladies Home Journal, and my McCormick’s Big Holiday Cookie Share, here: http://pinterest.com/momasangelbaby/mccormick-s-big-holiday-cookie-share/< , sponsored by, wait for it . . . McCormick.
As an Allrecipes Allstar, December was a month for Cookies and treats, as Nestlé and Ladies Home Journal were our sponsors.  We received some Nestlé chips with which we were asked to bake/make our choice of 5 yummy recipes.  I have made 4 of the 5 so far, and don’t know whether I’ll get to number 5 before the end of the month, but if not, it could yet be in my families future.  The 5 recipes follow:
The Jumbo Dark Chocolate cookies are the only ones I haven’t made yet.
I started making cookies early this month.  My German class had a final session on December 5th, and I decided to make a recipe I found on the German Allrecipes site.  It was for Chocolate Macrons (I learned that there are 2 kinds of cookies, Macrons and Macaroons, the previous is a merengue type cookie, which is what I made, it seems to be a popular cookie in Germany for Christmas.  The latter is, to my understanding, often made with coconut, as I had always thought Macaroons were).  They were pretty easy to make, and well received by my classmates and my professor.  Here’s my picture:
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After I finished my finals for this semester, I started making cookies.  My family all live here, in Albuquerque, NM, and my 3 kids have 6 cousins in the area (Hubby’s family, who I really consider in my family as well, all live long distance, so we only get to connect to them through modern technology).  Every year at Christmas, the cousins draw each other’s names randomly.  This year my 9 year old drew her 18 year old cousin’s name.  Buying for him is a challenge, kids that age often don’t want much that falls into the $10-$20 range.  So we decided that instead of buying for him, we would bake for him.  We made 3 of the items on the Allstars “to do” list, and a couple of other things as well.  His gift included the following:
Sweet and Salty Tollhouse Cookies (link above, picture below)
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White Chip Orange Cookies (link above, picture below)
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Butterscotch Haystacks (link above, picture below)
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Chocolate Coconut Haystacks
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Caramel Corn
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Peanut Butter Rudolph Reindeer
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All together they looked pretty good:
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I already blogged about my Gingerbread Snafu, so I won’t go into detail about that again.
For a church potluck, I made the Dark Chocolate Cherry Fudge. (link above, pictures below)
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We had Oyster Stew and crackers and cheese for Christmas Eve dinner:
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And finally, I made a Caprese Salad for Christmas dinner at my mom’s house:
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It was a busy month for me.  And I think there may be more to come yet, we’ll see.  In the mean time, I want to wish everyone a very Happy New Year.  And may we all enjoy 2013, filled with fun, and yummy food!
Until Next Time. . .
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I am an Allrecipes Allstar Brand Ambassador (a voluntary position) and I’m not compensated for my work with Allrecipes.com. 

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Caprese Salad
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Comments
Dec. 26, 2012 5:21 am
Some very yummy looking food there! I saved the oyster stew recipe - we love oysters! Never had them in a stew, though, but in looking over the recipe I think I'll use fresh oysters in place of the canned. We're heading out to the Eastern Shore soon and we always bring home quite a few! Happy New Year to you!
 
Dec. 28, 2012 12:07 am
Cheryl, I sure empathize with you about the getting so hot, when you cook. Even in winter, I am roasting, along with the food. So, it is hard for the cook to look decent for sitting down to dinner. I do run a fan often, except when, my little granddaughter is here. Don't want her to put her little fingers in it. Growing up, we had oyster stew, every Christmas Eve. Not sure why; we didn't live near the shore. The oysters were from the grocery, shucked & in a package, in the meat dept. I enjoyed it, but have never tried to make it myself. Sweets are usually my thing to cook at Christmas time. All of your dishes sound tasty. Thanks for sharing.
 
 
 
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About Me
About the ONLY thing I don't like about cooking is the HEAT!! I'm not sure why, but I get very easily overheated. I usually sit while cooking, and have a fan blowing directly on me if available. I've been thinking about renaming myself - thehotchef - lol. It's a little better in winter, but I live in Albuquerque, NM - it never gets REALLY cold here, and my body just seems to want to overheat when I get busy in the kitchen! That's one of the reasons I like to divide my kitchen work into 2 or 3 parts at a time. One day I chop the veggies, the next day I roast the veggies, and the 3rd day I put together the lasagna and bake, for example.
My favorite things to cook
Bread, black bottom banana cream pie, fruit salad, beef stroganoff. I like to try something new for Thanksgiving every year.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Mom's tea ring, macoroni/potato salad, bread, BRINING the Thanksgiving turkey.
My cooking triumphs
Best pies ever!
My cooking tragedies
My husband likes his own cooking better than mine! So much so that he is willing to make dinner for our family everyday - that's just fine with me!
 
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