Holiday Greetings & Such

I hope you are all having a wonderful holiday. I’ve been busy trying to stay sane while the kids are out of school. Today, I spent all afternoon pretending to be domestic. I made 8 or 9 dozen chocolate chip cookies…from scratch. I also finished up a half completed batch of Buckeyes I started last week. I had made the peanut butter ball middles, but ran out of chocolate for the shell, so I just left them in the freezer for later. Today was later. I also made another half-batch to use up the chocolate coating I made today.

This batch of peanut butter balls seemed WAY easier for me to make…probably since it was my 3rd batch. I also think I figured out a little trick that my mother-in-law left off her recipe, which made it easier also. I’m sure she would have taught me the trick if she were still with us.

Another thing that I tried today that I hadn’t done with the first 2 batches of Buckeyes is I used my fondue pot to keep the chocolate warm instead of plunking the bowl in the microwave after every few buckeyes.

So, now all I have to do as far as “baking” goes is prep the sausage swirls I make every Christmas for breakfast. They’re pretty easy to make, just a pain to prep. In case you’re wondering, it’s just crescent roll dough rolled out a little bit with a layer of ground sausage smeared all over it then rolled into a log & sliced about a half inch thick (like cinnamon rolls, except not as thick). I figured out a long time ago that it’s much easier to “cut” them if the “log” is firm – otherwise it just squishes & the pieces are all funky shaped. So, after I roll the “log” I put a layer of wax paper around it & stick it in the freezer for an hour or so, then I cut it up & put it back in the freezer until I’m ready to bake them. Yummy Christmas breakfast that cooks while we’re opening gifts.

Anyway, I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season no matter which winter holiday you celebrate!

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