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Chutz
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   Posted 12/4/2009 11:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Please join us for our daily Koffee Klatch! It doesn't matter which forum you are on, you are welcome to join us for a little fun and smiles. Only rule is we never, ever mention the 'P' word. shocked We are no different than anyone else on the planet. We still have all the dreams and desires that others have only some days it's hard to remember that. So in here we are 'normal' folks again...for a little while.

Today let's talk about one of our best attended topics...food! And these are yummy holiday foods. I think many of us bake something special at Christmas time or other holiday if that's how you celebrate in winter time. Either way we love to make those once-a-year treats for our famliies. I do know that many of us have cut down on what me make due to limitations but what are the one, or few, delights that you won't give up making this time of year.

Around this house we always make Baklava! A dear friend is Greek and it's her recipe. So I need to be getting the phyllo dough and make sure I have enough nuts on hand for the recipe. It's a tradition that hubby and I do together. If I make anything else it will likely be some cookies like spritz or tea cakes. I'm like so many others who used to bake for the entire community ... it seemed like anyway. Now it's a small amount but I'm OK with it. I keep plenty busy anyway with kids and grandkids and with the other gals in the family baking we seem to have more than we know what to do with. One thing I might just make this year are my uncle's homemade caramels. Wow, those were always so good.

Is there something you are going to make special this holiday season?
Chutz
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PAlady
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   Posted 12/5/2009 1:37 AM (GMT -7)   
When my Mom died back in 1993, I took over making the pumpkin pies for the holidays. I didn't get to make them for Thanksgiving because I've been too overwhelmed, but I'm going to attempt them at Christmas, even though most of the family will be out of town! I owe my cousin one from last year for helping plow my driveway!

And a few years ago someone gave me a really simple recipe for biscotti (anise flavored). Trouble is when I make those I eat "several" before they even make it out the door!

PaLady

Lindaloo
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   Posted 12/5/2009 6:43 AM (GMT -7)   
I will be making my jam shortbread cookies.  This recipie I call my "secret Recipie"  but I give it to everyone. LOL.
 
I just got a copy of an email sent to my daughter from one of her high school friends saying she is making the cookies for her family and they have become" her" daughter's favorite.  She also states that she has fond memories of me making the cookies for her and my daughter when they were in high school and how good they are.  That email meant a lot to me.
 
I don't always make them because they are a lot of work and I have to use a cookie gun, but they are the most delicious cookie you will ever taste!
 
Love to all my healing well friends at this Christmas season.  God bless you all!
 
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fatherjohn
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   Posted 12/5/2009 10:31 AM (GMT -7)   
We always have cinnoman rools on Christmas morning. It has been a tradition that I started when our kids were little. I always remembered on the farm that my grandma always made home made one. I cheated a few times and the the quick pop in the oven but plan on home made ones this year. My wife and daughter are on the "I have to lose weight" kick right now so I have to be careful what I make.  

Mrs. Dani
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   Posted 12/5/2009 10:41 AM (GMT -7)   
Is there something you are going to make special this holiday season?
 
     Dear Chutz,
 
     Yes! I make "Christmas Baskets" every year. It takes about 1 - 1.5 weeks of non-stop work but it is well worth it!
 
  Chocolate lollipops (white, fudge and dark) hand painted
     santas, elves, deer, snowflakes
 
   White chocolate covered jumbo candycanes
      variety of sprinkles (girls do the sprinkles for these)
 
    Mint crispt "gift" chocolates (white and dark) hand painted
       filled with "mint crisp" , peanuts, or layered opposing chocolate type
 
    Divinity squares
 
    Ghirardelli "bark" bars (white and reg)
 
      Once I have seen so much chocolate I could pull my hair out, we package, arrrange in baskets, finishing ribbions and fetti... then send them off to brighten our friends and family days. smile 
 
     I think what I like the most is the "list" has expanded from the original "lillipops and candycanes" 8yrs ago, because of "requests". It is really cute when I get calls starting around thanksgiving that all sound about the same! " Hey dani! How you doin? Did you start on chocolates yett?" This years request was for "anything with peanutes?" so I will be filling some baby "gift chocolates" with peanuts this year. Hope it works :-)
 
  *huggs*
     dani

 

 

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straydog
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   Posted 12/5/2009 11:15 AM (GMT -7)   
I see the pounds coming on and feel them, lol. I hate to cook but I love to bake. I always make pumpkin bread, its just so good and easy. My family begs for it and I usualy turn out 18-20 loaves. I also make peppermint bark candy, Hershey brownies, amaretta fudge, sugar & iced sugar cookies, Mexican fudge, secret recipe cheese logs, and truffles. I love truffles and always order the special ones just for me from Godiva. That is my present to myself every year. I do want to try a pumpkim roll this year. They are to die for. I usually go the high school craft show and spend $10 for one and they re yummy and rich.
 
When I was a kid growing up in Kentucky we had what was called "Kentucky Cream Pull Candy". It is awesome but there is so much to making it. The humidity has to be just right, it must be 32 or below outside, you have to have a marble slab to put it on and to pull it and cut it. It is similiar to making taffy because you do have to pull this stuff in ribbons to get it to the right consistency. Well, I do not have those conditions very often in Tx. I did find a person on Ebay one year that made it and oh I made myself sick eating too much. lol. 
 
Happy Baking everyone. I want some of Dani's chocolates, yummyyyy!!!!!!
 

crohns disease dx 2002 & small bowel resection, still looking for remission whatever that is, chronic pain 22 yrs, added ulcerative colitis 6-05 to the mix, high blood pressure 28 yrs, aortic heart valve insuffiency, depression, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis lumbar spine, scoliosis lumbar spine, peripheral neuropathy hands & feet, COPD & on oxygen therapy, lupus & psoriasis and psoratic arthritis. Several other health issues just not enough room to list it all. Too many surgeries to list and too many medications to list. Currently on 17 different daily medications. Intrathecal pain pump implanted June 05.


Chutz
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   Posted 12/5/2009 2:10 PM (GMT -7)   
OK, how do I get on you guys lists? Wow, what an amazing array of goodies. I'm drooling already. I must admit I was in a mood or "who cares" about baking this season but you all have gotten me back in the mood.

Thanks!
Chutzie
The three grand essentials of happiness are: something to do, someone to love, and something to hope for. — Alexander Chalmers

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skeye
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   Posted 12/5/2009 2:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Mmmm lemon spritz cookies! It's an old family recipe that's been passed down from generation to generation. We use a real cookie press & make cookie Christmas trees, and poinsettias. Then they get topped with green and red sprinkles. So good!

Skeye

privey
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   Posted 12/5/2009 3:37 PM (GMT -7)   
We mostly make candy here. We have a day planned where we all bring or pitch in to the cost of the ingredients and the bring containers to divide it. We will make milk chocolate fudge, peanut butter fudge, peanut brittle, cornflake peanut butter bonnies, christmas wreaths, paydays, to name a few. I will make cookies on my own, thumb prints, pecan balls, coconut date balls, sugar and molasses cookies. I love to bake also and have already started.

melliflious
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   Posted 12/5/2009 5:18 PM (GMT -7)   
My family sets aside one day and goes a little cookie crazy. We had a sweetheart oatmeal recipe and a sugar cookie recipe (secret ingredient = orange zest) that we cut out and frost like crazy. My dad also makes spritz cookies, his grandma's tradition. Another tradition is that he and my mom pull peanut brittle. My dad's parents used to do it every year, and this year my boyfriend and I are going to give it a try. We also make chocolate covered mice, which are a huge hit. Its very easy. You take a maraschino cherry with a stem, dry it off for awhile, then dip it in chocolate. Then you stick a hershey's kiss on the end, put two almond slices behind the kiss for ears, and use frosting to make little eyes. Everyone loves them!
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babycakes-
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   Posted 12/5/2009 7:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Ooooh cookieS ! yum. hehehe, those mice sound tasty. personally i like gingerbread people, decorated with bright icing and m&ms for buttons. this week im going to attempt a christmas cake >.< dont know how it will go, but ill try !

Dani - That sounds so nice, &tasty!
 

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straydog
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   Posted 12/5/2009 9:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Wow just thought of something a nice Bourbon cake would be yummy with a cup of fresh hot coffee. My sister use to make these things and wow the smell would knocked you over. She wrapped the cakes in cheese cloth soaked in bourbon.
 

crohns disease dx 2002 & small bowel resection, still looking for remission whatever that is, chronic pain 22 yrs, added ulcerative colitis 6-05 to the mix, high blood pressure 28 yrs, aortic heart valve insuffiency, depression, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis lumbar spine, scoliosis lumbar spine, peripheral neuropathy hands & feet, COPD & on oxygen therapy, lupus & psoriasis and psoratic arthritis. Several other health issues just not enough room to list it all. Too many surgeries to list and too many medications to list. Currently on 17 different daily medications. Intrathecal pain pump implanted June 05.

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