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Who’s baking goodies?

MaryinColorado | Posted in Gather For A Chat on

One loaf of bread done, only about about 5 more varieties left to do!  Cherry Wink cookies are done and boxed, gingerbread dough is resting in the fridge, next is sugar cookies and date/pecan or walnut pinwheels. Two pumpkin pies cooling. 

“It’s beginning to look alot like Christmas!!!” 

Edited 12/21/2008 7:00 pm by MaryinColorado


  1. fabricholic | | #1

    Yum. Sounds good. I love baking, but since I am a new diabetic, I am trying to steer clear of it this year. I tend to eat what I bake. lol I will be making Rice Krispy Treats, because my niece loves them and is having difficulty making them herself. I don't know what she is doing wrong, unless she has it up so high that it burns. I love making cheesecake for Christmas and Carrot Cake. I love to make pound cakes, also. I hope you enjoy all of your goodies.

  2. miatamomma | | #2

    Mary--Bet your kitchen smells yummy.  I don't make cookies or candies any more as my DH and DGD are diabetic so no sense in tempting them though I do miss the making.  I do make 8 "Jewish Sour Cream Coffee Cakes" that go to my 3 children and 4 grandsons so all of them can have coffee cake for Christmas morning breakfast.  They have been in the freezer for a week and will go home with them on Christmas Eve from our house.  Hope I remember to keep one for us.  Pumpkin pies and cheesecake are due to be made tomorrow.  I am cooking a ham and furnishing the dessert for our Christmas Eve dinner and the DDs are doing the rest. I am so fortunate in that all of our family lives in town so everyone will be here Christmas Eve and then be able have Christmas Day at home with their own family.  I sincerely hope that everyone can have a wonderful Christmas and be as fortunate as I feel our family is.  Merry Christmas, Mary, and everyone else.



    1. MaryinColorado | | #5

      What an excellent gift on Christmas morning to open one of your delicious coffee cakes!  I love that idea, thank you for sharing it.

      Happy Holidays to one and all!!! 

    2. Ceeayche | | #17

      My mother also suffered from diabetes.  She really missed getting her chocolate fix and some of her favorites. 

      I discovered Splenda as a wonderful alternative.  I learned early you have to fiddle with the recipes (it's about twice as sweet as regular sugar and it doesn't always react chemically the same way.  It comes in white and brown sugar varieties.  While I didn't do it often, I did find that some of her favorites whipped up right nicely!  This enabled her to enjoy a taste of our families traditional sweets on special occasions without shooting the blood sugar level off the charts.

      1. miatamomma | | #18

        I do use Splenda in many recipes or a combination of sugar and Splenda.  I do know that it doesn't work in all baking.  Except for the holidays I don't do much with desserts as neither of us needs the calories.  Nice to have tho.


  3. gailete | | #3

    Haven't made anything but peanut brittle and fudge. I'd like to make a few treats, but probably the same person that is eating all the peanut brittle would eat all the cookies (me). With no parties or get togethers this year, there isn't much reason to be doing the kind of baking I used to do when I worked and took treats in, had an open house plus family get togethers. This is a strange Crhistmas for me this year although I have been sewing presents and am almost down with them.



    1. MaryinColorado | | #6

      I hinted to my daughter in law several times how much I loved her fudge last year.  She took the bait and is bringing fudge!  Yum! Yum!  My favorite treat!!!  When I was a teen, my friends and I sometimes made fudge and popcorn, we couldn't wait for the fudge to set  so we sat around it with spoons and gobbled it up while watching some scary show on tv like the "Outer Limits".  Now kids are so lucky they can rent any movie they like.  I think that's why it's my favorite treat, all those warm fuzzy friendly feelings are brought to light again. 

      Peanut brittle is great too, I have only made it a few times but love it!  Enjoy your treats.  I'm proud of you for getting your gifts made on time!  I'm making that one of my New Years resolutions this year.  Bless You!  Mary

      1. gailete | | #12

        I make the peanut brittle in the microwave and it only takes about 10 minutes. I'm afraid I have to make another batch, I got the nibbles today. Hoping to spend tomorrow making some treats as all my Christmas sewing is now done and I can get back to my regularly scheduled list of things to make!


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          rodezzy2 | | #13

          oooo oooo please send me the recipe.  I can do that one.  In the microwave, awesome.

          1. gailete | | #14

            This recipe came with my Kenmore microwave years ago. That one eventually bit the dust and now I use one with higher wattage so had to adjust the timing a bit.

            Microwave peanut brittle:

            1 cup white sugar

            1/2 cup corn syrup (like Karo or generic is okay)

            Combine in a large 2-3 quart glass bowl and cook on high for 3 1/2 - 4 minutes (depending on your wattage)

            Stir in 1 3/4 -2 cups of peanuts with a wooden spoon (salted or not doesn't matter even though the recipe calls for dry roasted peanuts, I use whatever I have)

            Cook on high for another 3 1/2 - 4 minutes

            Stir in 1 teaspoon butter or margarine and 1 teaspoon vanilla

            Cook on high for 2 minutes

            Add 1 teaspoon baking soda, stir till mixture is uniformly light and foamy, pour out onto a large greased cookie sheet or pizza pan. Cool, break into pieces. Save for Christmas or eat, you choice!

            Hope you don't have any problems, I think it is yummy and much nicer that standing and stirring a pan for almost an hour.


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            rodezzy2 | | #15

            I'm going to try it tomorrow.  I don't have any nuts tonight, and with the bad weather, I don't want to go out tonight.  I'll get some in the morning when I can walk to the neighborhood store and not loose my parking space.  Lots of snowing here in Chicago and lots of bad parking spaces.  I was three times this past weekend up through Monday.  Taking a break from struggling in the snow since I'm on vacation. 

            Thank you so much, I love brittle.

          3. gailete | | #16

            We have had horrible weather for weeks (I'm east of you) and yesterday there was a lull and I ran a few errands that I had been putting off due to the weather. The store was jammed and the lines were long. A guy standing (impatiently) behind me in the check out line said it was worse than Black Friday. I said this is what you get when you have had the weather we've had and the only break coincides with the day before Christmas last minute shoppers.

            Saw a bunch of sad, unhappy, bickering people at the store also. I wish people would remember what the true reason for Christmas is. It should be a happy time of celebration.

            Sitting here waiting for my kids to come over. Christmas mornings are so different now that they are out of the nest.


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    rodezzy2 | | #4

    I'll be right over, yum yum.  giggle

    1. MaryinColorado | | #7

      Sounds good to me!  I'll be waiting with bells on! 

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        rodezzy2 | | #8

        I slept most of the late afternoon, early evening, now I'm WOKE!

        1. MaryinColorado | | #9

          Too bad I didn't get online early am., I was awake too!  Finally broke down and got a prescription for amoxicillin!  Okay, I know, "should have" listened to you before!!!  he he

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            rodezzy2 | | #10

            I hope you get well soon.  You've been working way too much, but it's been fun YES?  But now take it easy and enjoy the holiday.

          2. MaryinColorado | | #11

            Thank You!  I put my not so little "elves" to work already this morning.  (the grandkids)  The closer it gets to Christmas, the more cooperative they are for some reason, ha ha. 

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